I decided to take the day off from cycling today, which although I started feeling guilty about, I soon got over, especially when I realised I hadn’t had a day off the bike since leaving Anna’s and the farm in Pemberton. I spent the morning generally farting around on the internet, answering a few emails and surfing for nonsense over coffee in an internet café over the road from the state campground. It was toasty warm in there, and I managed to dry my shoes out nicely! In the afternoon, I did some reading, and had a reassess and evaluation of my kit and myself. I’ve managed to throw away some accumulated crap that I have no use for, and have also decided that I don’t need to carry as much food and water for the time being. Places to buy things are plentiful, and will be for between the next 30-40 days, which is the time it will take me to reach the Mexico border. Equipment wise, everything is now fine, although the tent does have obvious limitations, and I will need to reseal the seams at some point in the not too distant future. Finances – as always I lack that extra buffer that gives peace of mind, but I’m pretty much on track, and should be able to finish the trip at Christmas 2010 with just a little bit of debt. Time wise – Everything’s going smoothly, and I probably have a month or even two to play with. Weather – I need to get another 500 miles further south to be comfortably out of the bad weather zones and into areas where its more stable. Food – I need to start varying what I eat, and eat more of it, as I’ve lost at least a waist size, and I wasn’t exactly overweight to start off with.