Author Topic: Making the Commitment  (Read 9205 times)

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Offline Bike Hermit

Re: Making the Commitment
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2011, 05:12:04 pm »
If it seems daunting, why not give yourself permission to take it off the "bucket list"? Setting an extreme goal like riding coast to coast might suck all the fun out of it. What if you don't make it all the way for whatever reason. Will you be obsessed over the failure? Bicycle touring is not an extreme sport! What if you start out with the idea of going as far as you can or as far as you feel like? Go as slow or as fast as you want. Don't over plan. Stop if and when you feel like it. Take a nap. Relax. You might end up riding all the way and feel like riding back too. You might go two or three weeks and decide to pick it up again next year. Who cares? What if you did it in two or three week chunks, coming back to the business and family and doing another two or three week chunk the next year. Touring should be relaxing and you should have a great time. I give you my permission! ;D
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Offline Tourista829

Re: Making the Commitment
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2011, 09:53:04 pm »
I believe a cross country tour is more than possible. I take touring one hour at a time. Many small segments added up to a lot of daily milege, over many days to make one very big tour. I can only speak for myself. My motivation is the adventure, people I encounter along the way, and the beautiful sights I see. It also gives me a tremendous satisfaction to know I am self reliant, no car, and the mileage I accomplished. However, it requires a serious committement, sacrifice, and something you really enjoy doing. Are you a person that plans out every detail or are you flexible and adapt to things as they happen? I like to plan but I also can adapt to different variables. You need a balance.* The above advice, others have given is great. Since you have done other tours, you know the things that detour a tour, like not planning your clothing and equipment properly. Cold and wet, is not good. Not planning extra time, for proper rest, unforeseen injury, mechanical problems**, and sight seeing, adds extra pressure and can make it a chore. Proper nutrition and hydration are very important. If this is your first CC tour, you may want to find someone, who has done it, the company and the experience will give you the confidence that will keep your spirits up and keep you going. As Nike says, "Just do it!" Good luck to you. *Since you own a business, if you need to stay at a motel more than camp, do it.**know how to fix your recumbent and take a few parts that might be hard to find.