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Wash them and then strap them on top of panniers, they will dry quickly in the wind. Make sure to tie or clip everything in so you don't get to the end of the day and realize that you no longer have an article of clothing.
The only thing I'd add to these responses is that in your regular rides it's helpful to look for hills and ride up them - at your own pace. Steeper/longer the better.
You might want to check with the domestic airline to see if they will accept a bike in a bag.
Thanks I thought it was just me and my computer, or I did not have enough post to get smiley priviledges yet
I find this fascinating as of course here in UK we don't carry any kind of weapon. I have cycled most places around the world and as yet have never encountered any situation needing to take up arms. I did develop the snear that guy from Hill Street Blues used but that just made people laugh.
Of course you need to be aware of who is around and use your common sense for your own protection. I always work on the assumption that if it doesn't feel OK move on. I think you have to be very unlucky to meet these characters out in the country side, more danger from a passing truck. There are many women travelling by bike alone out there maybe they can give good advise. I have also spent a lot of time in the USA, cycled across twice and all the people I have met have been great - never felt once in any danger.
I agree material things can be replaced and no one is worth getting hurt for them.
Now dogs are a different thing, right p in the a. But I like the get off and confront them with a loud command way of doing things, or use them to your advantage if going up hill, amazing how it helps you reach the top having one snapping at your heals.
Ronnie and girl friend have a great trip and enjoy - they're not really out to get you.