One month and counting…

Time has passed fast. Today my calendar told me that only a month remains before Chuck and I leave on our journey. I’ve noticed a definite change in attitude this past week. I have become pretty confident that things will go well on the ride for us. I find that Chuck and I are trading less planning details in texts and emails. My supplies and equipment are pretty well set. I am happy with the technology that I will be taking on the trails to blog. I also find that Chuck and I are pretty much in harmony with our attitudes and goals for the ride. Life is good.

I continue to read journals and chat in the bikeforums.net Touring Forum. I love the folks on that board. I just continue to get good advice and support from these folks. I wanted to highlight some of the responses I got to my recent post on “What’s the most important piece of advice you would give a novice bicycle tourist?’

My favorite response by ratzinger says it all…

Let yourself experience the full range of human experiences and emotions, good and bad. Don’t let it stress you when you’re lonely or too tired or too wet or wondering why you’ve decided to do something crazy like this in the first place. Tomorrow will come. The sun will come out. Live through the experience and learn why so many people are so passionate about traveling on a bicycle. – ratzinger

My other favorites follow. I didn’t have space to list them all. You can see the complete thread here. There are so many good things to remember.

  • Relax. Breathe. Enjoy. — Sam21fire
  • More tour, less de France. – cyccommute
  • Don’t wear the same shorts 2 days in a row without washing. – D. B. Cooper
  • If it makes the tour better for you, it’s the right call–regardless of what it is or what you’re “supposed” to be doing. – The Impossipede
  • My advice is to relax and enjoy the experience, and leave yourself open to serendipity. – Kip
  • Ummm… have fun? Isn’t that why we tour by bicycle? – Rowan
  • Resist the urge to go too fast the first day. Your adrenalin will be pumping and your legs fresh, but you’ll pay for it later if push too hard at the outset. The mileage takes its toll and your legs will get more tired as the week progresses unless you take a rest day every now and then. – tarwheel
  • Never go past a Park Bench or Picnic Table without testing it. You never know how far it is to the next one. Spread the day out, take long rests and you will still get in the mileage. A – Lou Skannon
  • If I could only say one thing I suppose it would be: sometimes something might not work out or you might not enjoy yourself for a short time. Don’t give up, and you won’t regret it as long as you can learn from your mistakes. If you can follow those rules you’ll have a lifetime of enjoyable cyclo touring, I can guarantee that. – holiday76
  • Take any opportunity to get off the bike. If no opportunity presents itself, then make one. Take a photo, touch your toes, eat an energy bar, massage your butt, or your friend’s butt, whatever. You get no prizes for arriving an hour earlier but exhausted. And always remember, that no matter how hard the headwind, how cold the rain, or how steep the hills, some other poor saps are working today. – connell
  • go where you want to go, do what you want to do – gamecock
  • Partner touring requires a lot of consideration and respect for each other’s needs and wishes. This requires a certain amount of discipline, and a lot of flexibility. Gotta be pretty careful here, or you can end up with a busted tour, or at best, an unhappy one. – cyclebum

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