If Youre Going to Ride Coast to Coast, Youve Got to Start at the Coast Theres a couple of spots up near the lighthouse where I know itll be necessary to get a shot or two before we leave. Parked, I head over to where I spotted Don on the way in. Hes already working on his bike. His brandy-new high-dollar headlamp bulb has failed him. Hes already got the spare in and is buttoning it up. Apparently, my unintentional circuitous route around the Mulberry bush to get here hasnt set us back as far as I thought it would. Were at Nubble Light on Cape Neddick, Maine, where we agreed wed meet to officially begin our journey. Were heading to Malibu, California. How you doin? I think Im about ready to throw up. Good. Im not alone. Its been quite an emotional ride to this point. Somewhat surprising and yet it shouldnt have been. The concept of riding all the way to Malibu and everything that goes with it has become somewhat overwhelming the closer our actual departure comes. Done with the headlamp, Don gets his bike moved over near mine for the obligatory photo shoot that marks the beginning of our journey. We get some shots. Don even has a new digital camera! Wow! First a GPS, and now going digital? Whats next? Not so fast. Out comes his trusty 35mm. Hes not yet ready to completely abandon the old school memory recorder. Photos taken and a quick chat with the van load of people next to us, were geared up and heading towards the EvilClown compound for dinner. We pull up just in time to see Sue pulling steak tips off the grill. She still hasnt met Don. Introductions quickly out of the way, its time for dinner. Having taken the first steps, and a bit more relaxed, we discuss this anxiety surrounding the trip over a couple of beers. Neither of us are prepared to abandon the trip. We do, however, conclude that tomorrow well just head to Pennsylvania instead of Malibu. Much like eating an elephant, its much easier to swallow this trip one bite at a time. With our final plans made, Don settles into the 'Flamingo Lounge' for the night and Sue and I head to bed. While the journey has already begun, tomorrows the big day.