Top 10 Touring Observations

Well, we’ve pedaled about 1,000 miles now and thought we’d share our top ten touring observations thus far.

1. Riding a loaded bike is easier than hiking with a loaded backpack.

2. No matter what direction you are riding the wind will always be blowing in the other direction.

3. Loaded touring bikes and tractor-trailer trucks have more in common than you’d think. Both are slow to get started, slow to stop, hard to control in cross winds, get poor, poor mileage in a head wind and everyone else on the road wishes they would go ride/drive on some other road.

4. Yes, you can get sick of Cliff bars….even the peanut butter/choc. chip ones.

5. There is no such thing as waterproof clothing.

6. If you ride a bike for 8 hours a day, for at least a month, it is possible to eat a two cheeseburger meal at McDonalds and actually feel better after eating it. (980 Calories for under $4.99!)

7. People who drive trucks are more likely to make a bad decision about when/how to pass a cyclist than people who drive cars.

8. Making an effort to run over gypsy moth caterpillars while riding up a steep hill is a good way to distract yourself from the steep incline of said hill.

9. Every downhill has an equal and opposite uphill.

10. Of all the people we meet who want to to where we are going and what we are doing, none of them seem to excited to actually join us. They all look pretty damn happy to get in their cars and drive away.




12 thoughts on “Top 10 Touring Observations

    • Yes, forgive us for lumping all truck drivers into the same category. We have been offered (and taken the offer) for rides with bikes in trucks in a few places that were scary. Thanks truck driving bike riders!

      • LOL was just making an observation 😛 I’m enjoying the ead (and envy the trip) so far,my friend 🙂

  1. Number 9 is true of life in general. LOL and I join the leavers in their cars. sorry, I admire you both so much and love you too, but I would NOT like to be doing that. Looking forward to driving to Santa Fe though.;)

    • At this point I don’t think we have plans to ride tot he west coast. We will be relocating to Santa Fe, NM after the trip and I hope to get some west coast riding in over the next couple of years. Hopefully we will see you at some point in the future Helaine!

  2. Hey!…. I would have preferred biking in that rain instead of driving away in my stinky rental car (which, BTW, I left my GOOD sunglasses in so I have now added that to my crappy, crap week which I hope has ended!). Starting the packing process here and hoping to see you in Santa Fe!

  3. I will keep #8 in mind for monotonous riding, ewww, so squishy! When you end up in NM, let me know and I’ll hook you up with a good friend who is a journalist in town and my very beloved uncles who lives in nearby Albq!

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