My Final Thoughts on my First Bike Tour
Time to wrap up the adventure that was Co Gap Bike Tour 2017!
Overall, I enjoyed my tour. It was neat to see new areas. It was good to learn that I can do multi day physical activity.
Lessons learned from first bike tour
Know how to change a bike tire all by yourself. It will happen. No kind strangers will come by. It’s up to you. Make sure you have all the components to change a tire: spare inner tube, bike tire levers, hex key, tire pump, gloves.
Be comfortable being on your bike. I bought a touring saddle from Terry. I was pretty comfortable on the bike until Day Seven, I did develop some chafing on my rear. I think that was due to the big uphill on Day Five. I could have done a better job with application of butt cream.
What I was glad I carried
Carry enough calories and water. Know where you can next get water if possible. I didn’t carry water purification tablet or system, but that is a good option.
Bug Spray! I forgot it on Day One but was okay. I could have used some more on Day Four fixing my tire on the trail-I had sweated it all off.
Allergy medicine-I took an allergy tablet every morning. When you are in a different state or region, you don’t know what plants or pollen may affect you.
Music-I was glad to have both music and podcasts available for some of my riding. As soon as I hit the edge of Pittsburgh, I put it away, I needed to concentrate on riding.
Camera-or phone, something to take pictures with and record moments. I recorded small things on my Evernote app. This helped me remember when I wrote my blog posts.
I was glad, on this first bike tour,to sleep inside every night. The first thing I would do at the hotel was grab something to eat, like a cheese snack, and then shower! I’m sure having the air conditioning to sleep in was more restful than sleeping in my tent on the ground.
On the other hand, I missed out on that bit of adventure of bike camping. But there will be more opportunities to bike camp, I’m planning on two short bike camping adventures before the end of the year.