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Like touring, recording a tour is a very personal experience.

Personally, I'm strongly in the camp of keeping a record. For my first few bike adventures I didn't and after even a small amount of time the days, experiences and feelings start to merge together. A bit of discipline to record the special moments has a long term payoff. But like a lot of things one thing affects another.

I invested in a "good" camera and ended up giving it away! It was such a faff to stop, unpack it, take the photo, repack it that I found myself assessing every shot and often deciding it wasn't worth the effort. Probably heresy for a pro! :-) It also took up a lot of space.
I have found a practical point and shoot backed up with my cheapy, Android phone more than enough. I sometimes look enviously at other shots with professional standards taken on pro equipment - but I console myself that carrying such gear would have altered my trip.
(Google is great for adding a location to a photo. With a non gps enabled camera, taking one photo with my phone to supplement the camera means that locating that photo later is easier).

I'm not a fan of drone shots, although I can think of a handful of Youtubers that I do enjoy. However, I'm pretty convinced that the process of taking such footage (as well as the requirements to recharge and manage the footage) would significantly alter my trip. I'm on my bike to travel first, recording it is secondary. If the recording alters the travelling then I'm no longer doing what I set out to do.

I'm a huge fan of the written word (maybe because my pictures are so poor! :-) ) and I will frequently stop to scribble down some words on the notes app on my phone. (I'll write them up later). In particularly special places I might even make myself comfortable and write "properly". That way I'm maximising my time in that place and making a memorable record of it. A simple cheat is to utilise the voice memo feature on my phone. I used to have voice memos of special places that I encountered, or snapshots of the "environmental noise". Fabulous records to keep. I used to have a recording of me babbling excitedly in the pitch darkness on the Natchez Trace. The excitement and wonder in my voice was a joy.

I kept a daily Travelogue on a UK site for (what turned out to be) a three year trip entirely from my phone. It was  a labour of love that I was determined to keep. Most of the time I enjoyed it, sometimes it was a chore and a few times the comments were a real filip when times were tough. I used Facebook as a "proof of life" kind of thing. It was quicker and easier to post something most days and it proved a great way of connecting with people that I met along the way. I'm not usually a Facebook user.
However, for security reasons, I was always careful never to reveal my exact location in real time and all my posts were referring to a day or two in the past. That may be overkill for your route.
Sometimes, internet was non-existent or too slow so postings happened for 2,3,4 days at a time - they were all ready to go on my phone.

I found the process to be wonderful. Every day, at the end of the day I got to relive the day, look at the photos, sometimes listen to the sounds. For good days it was a great feeling and for the less enjoyable days it was an opportunity to put things into perspective, go to sleep  and start afresh the next morning. If I never posted a thing publicly, that process alone was worth all the effort.

The suggestion to go out for a day or two with the idea of doing what you intend to do on the "real tour" is excellent. As a solo traveller I often had plenty of time to write up my daily notes. At other times writing up the notes would mean sacrificing the experience so they got postponed. When typing wasn't possible a voice recording worked a treat. I'd imagine people travelling with another may have different priorities. I tested out my Travelogue process on a week long mini adventure to make sure it would work.

It all comes down to you and what you want to achieve. However, to publish or not, keeping a record of what matters to us is a really, really good thing to do.

P.S.  I used to be highly critical of silly errors in journals - until I did one live! Dealing with different languages, sometimes cold, sometimes sweaty fingers, often tired, sometimes stressed all lead to little errors. To me, they're a descriptive part of the story.
Best of luck to you!

Have you considered contacting Arkel directly? Friendly folk.

General Discussion / Re: helpExtended touring in Europe
« on: November 10, 2023, 01:23:41 pm »
What is the easiest country to get a visa from today?
I think you will find that the answer to that very much depends on the passport(s) you carry, your personal circumstances and possibly previous travel/visas.

Generally, Schengan area countries will allow up to 90 days out of any 180. Currently, there's an ad hoc system in place to track dates at borders but a fully centralised, computerised system is in the way.

As always for something like this, the proper authorities are the best placed to answer questions.

Routes / Re: 3-4 month USA 2024
« on: August 06, 2023, 03:52:59 pm »
Presuming you are a European citizen you will need a Visa to stay beyond 90 days in the US and environs. The standard ESTA exemption is only 90 days and can't be reset by crossing into either Canada or México.
Something to consider in your planning.

General Discussion / Re: Stranded in panguitch, UT
« on: May 23, 2023, 05:41:42 am »
Amazon or similar?
Local cycling clubs.
Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Farewell for a while
« on: May 18, 2023, 11:09:09 am »
Tailwinds to you, Sir!

Have a great trip!

Gear Talk / Re: Sandals for colder climate?
« on: May 18, 2023, 06:29:46 am »
Those are the minimum temp ranges I was thinking about.

What did you use against rain?

Nothing. The wool socks keep my feet warm even when wet.

When it comes to rain I am less interested in being dry and more interested in being comfortable.

However, this kind of thing is very personal and very specific. What works for one on one day may not be comfortable for another on the same day or another day. Wet socks and a nasty wind would not be pleasant, I imagine.


Gear Talk / Re: Sandals for colder climate?
« on: May 18, 2023, 05:17:42 am »
It really, really depends on what you mean by cold.

But yes, I have ridden in sandals supplemented with merino wool socks. It has worked fine for me in temps down to 4-5 Celcius.

General Discussion / Re: Kirbyville UMC no longer hosts cyclists
« on: May 17, 2023, 06:47:35 am »
Hi Cwaskas! :D

That's a real shame. I was very fortunate to stay there and be made most welcome, by Jim. There was a wonderful setup for bike adventurers with tools and maps and a very comfy bed! The highlight was dinner and breakfast with the generous and interesting Jim, not the Pastor, but a helper.
He had been hosting bikers since 2014, I believe and for this foreigner it was an educational and wonderful visit.

I am sorry that others will not have that experience and all the more grateful for mine.

Appreciate the news, if I'm not exactly cheered to read it.

Routes / Re: help needed: route selection (June-July)
« on: May 11, 2023, 05:33:57 pm »
I appreciate that I'm on a different continent to you but have you considered where you would like to go?
What places interest you? Have a think and look to link them up.
Apart from busy roads there is little reason to stick to an "official" route, is there?

Routes / Re: Cycling the Parkways from Washington DC to New Orleans
« on: May 11, 2023, 06:18:42 am »
CycleTravel suggests a very doable looking ride from Lebanon to downtown.

Routes / Re: Cycling the Parkways from Washington DC to New Orleans
« on: May 10, 2023, 08:22:29 pm »
If you like music, I wouldn't miss Nashville! I approached Madison (north of Nashville) from Murfreesboro, then from Madison through the city to join the NTP.
I made the mistake of using Komoot to plot a route and it nearly killed me. CycleTravel saved my ass that evening.
Here is my route from Madison and onto the NTP and a bit of the MRT before I turned west.

You may be interested in my travelogue
That link should point to my arrival in Nashville and give you an idea of what to expect.
I travelled from Charleston so some of the earlier posts may be interesting to you too.

It was late November when I did the Trace and it was dark early, very early but traffic was light. My understanding is that it can be very different earlier in the year with lots of RV traffic.

Good luck, that's a great trip you have ahead of you!

General Discussion / Re: Alternatives to bike shorts?
« on: March 12, 2023, 01:43:15 pm »
Ditto on the not wearing of any padding.
I use quick drying boxers. My preferred saddle is a Brooks B17 but clocked up a fair distance on a C17 too.

General Discussion / Re: Hiker Biker Site Locations
« on: March 09, 2023, 07:05:31 pm »
John, you may find iOverlander useful. It is an app (but there's a website too, I believe) that is a map based database of different services useful for travellers.
Since it is user maintained there can be discrepancies in descriptions and some regions are better served than others.

There are reviews as well as basic info. It can work offline.

Another alternative is Osmand, another app that will show campgrounds (among other POIs). Again its utility varies region by region and again it depends on users to supply and maintain data. It's advantage is that we can import a gox file of a route and see what services are within range. It also works offline.

Depending on your bike and surface preferences I can recommend an Xtra wheel trailer.
One wheel, same size as the bike, carries panniers. Great for off-road and no handling issues if well packed and balanced.

It may just be me but a 14 word question that requires a lot more words in return for an answer doesn't inspire a huge urge to reply.

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