« on: November 01, 2009, 07:01:56 pm »
Anyone had the experience of bonking big-time on tour? Boy, I've had a few. One time, on a 91 mile solo day in 80+degree heat, some headwind and 4000 feet of gain, plus heavy panniers and insufficient water and no services for most of the way, I hit the wall with 25 miles to go. I called ahead and reserved a motel and did a lot of walking on hills. I was a little worried for awhile but, of course, made it. I've learned a lot about how to sustain myself since then. I bring extra water, electrolyte powder, good, sufficient food, and work to pace myself. Using a trailer instead of panniers seems to help for me, as I think I get a lot less drag that way. I know there are some different opinions on this, and it's an individual thing with different riders having different preferences.
What are some of your experiences and what do you all do to avoid bonking?