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.