These days I bring a lot of my “stuff” (half-gallon water jug, half-gallon green drink jug, breakfast, etc) in to the office in my Jandd pannier (one of them). I know, somewhat odd. But it surely beats the “murse” (man-purse) that I’ve historically used to carry stuff in; and, it at least looks similar to the backpacks that many of my coworkers do in fact use for this purpose.

Anyway, this morning after setting the pannier down and signed onto the computer, I took a second glance back at the bag.

I’ve had in mind for a couple years to ride my bike either across the country or at least halfway across the country (for example, from KS where I live, to Florida, where my folks live). Lately I’ve been doing a lot of blog reading and YouTube video watching of folks who have accomplished this, which has stoked up my enthusiasm once again. The glance at the pannier was a sudden recognition that this bag that I use to daily haul my stuff into the office, is the very one (well, one of two!) that will one day accompany me on this grand adventure.

This little flicker of epiphany brought a smile to my face; a connection between the everyday, and this era when (primarily for fitness reasons) such an epic ride is not yet possible, and the era when such an undertaking is not only possible but is actually something I’m living and experiencing. I don’t yet know exactly when that will be, but I know one thing: I can’t wait.