I think these forums are mostly a great resource in helping people touring for the first time build up a solid supplies list, and also to understand the basics of touring. But I feel like easing every single question one could possibly have about the open road kind of defeats the whole purpose. Don't get me wrong, there are essentials that every rider should know in order to keep themselves alive when they're out there. But I think it can be dangerous to one's spirit of adventure to be so thoroughly prepared. Calculating every issue, talking with every person you know about how to have everything go off without a hitch leaves you with other peoples solutions and never your own. I understand that there are cyclists on here who simply want to ride their bike, get the exercise and do it all again the next day. But to the others, maybe the smoothest road isn't always the greatest. The goal should be to get the most out of your ride that you can. If it goes how you like, great. If it doesn't, great. Why is the goal to get there in the least amount of time, with the least amount of trouble? We all set out to do these 'bicycle tours' which at first sounds like one of the most adventurous things a person can do these days, but then we get every mystery answered, and ride the road with every obstacle foreseen. Of course, I understand that even the most prepared always experience issues, and I simply want to make the point that dealing with those issues is always the most vivid memory and when you were most conscious; because you had to be. I just wish people to understand that the best kind of tour is one that you make your own, and don't forget to relax. You can still ride 100 miles and be relaxed. We're a small percentage of the population thats crazy enough to ride our bikes great distances, we want to feel free, so do it without fear, and in your own way.