So last night Matt and I went over to our Grandparents' house to prepare for Monday's trip, and we were met with solemn faces. We had no idea what they were about to tell us... As our #1 supporters we probably couldn't bear to have them tell us we shouldn't do the bike trip. But Grandma Gina and Pops went on to tell us that we couldn't do it without a follow car because it is too dangerous... And Grandma Gina said she would follow us! Wow. Matt and I were floored because two minutes earlier we were preparing to be freezing over the Rockies, and now we were making plans to drive to CA.
Today we drove from Utah to San Diego and will start biking from San Diego to Florida tomorrow morning. This was our original route, but when we found out that we didn't have a follow car, we had to change our route because the long stretches between towns down here would be impossible without a follow car in that kind of heat. We think that with a follow car this is our best route now, and we will have a lot better chance finishing the whole bike trip (coast to coast) in five weeks because we won't be trying to scale the Rockies.
When you're around Grandma Gina and Pops spontaneous things are bound to happen, and now Matt, Grandma Gina, and I are in a cheap motel in San Diego preparing for our "real" first day tomorrow morning. Thanks Pops and Grandma Gina (and Mom and Dad for the car)!