Maybe the mods can split the thread if required.Thanks for the reply - have been wondering whether to join them for a while - are you a member?
(worries whether this is serious thread drift)
I have toured the Lakes with all the wrong kit... 60litre rucksack, carrier bags bungied to the pannier racks and a road map that showed no gradients.You're far from alone in that. I know several people with bikes and gear far "superior" to what I ride on...... but it never gets used.
And, Every. Single. Time. I go away, whether for an overnight or longer, I will meet people who express a desire to do what I am doing, but are convinced that they "can't".
I can relate to that.
I changed my job. One of the best things I ever did. Turns out that all those hours weren't just a negative for my touring! But extreme for many.
I've always thought the most difficult thing to get right in Touring (like a lot of things) is the attitude. There are people who acquire the gear, but never venture off, and there are those that do a long tour and find it hard to climb back on a bike again.
Without meaning to be confrontational, have you ever asked yourself why you haven't gone on a trip?
You've mentioned time, money and weather. All valid. But in a timespan of 8 years, a little difficult to swallow .
Have you planned a trip? Sometimes just researching a route can be enough to fire up the juices and provide some momentum. CrazyGuyOnABike.com is full of journals, some better than others, but many are pure inspiration!
The thing is, and this is the paradox, that once you've done a little tour or 2, you'll understand exactly why you want to do it. The only problem is getting the first one under your belt.
When I wrote that I had 2 specific points in mind, and one more general.Not picking an argument hobbes (I always value your posts) but why should the bit of the planet matter? If OSM maps are weak there, it will affect a lot of other devices. Other bought maps are available for Garmins. Presumably the Garmin Etrex 20 can see the sky as well as it can in Europe or its US home? And surely it will still function as a straight line pointer, or provide a bread trail highlight to be followed back?
Easy to say but I think some people over- plan - either to the point where they almost believe they've already 'done the trip' or start being afraid it might never live up to their grandiose expectations - or not be like the edited highlights of other peoples journeys.my top touring tip is to actually do the tour.
I joined CC eight years ago looking for some touring tips. I got the pannier racks, the panniers, the small pack tent, the downmat sleeping mat and the frame thing that makes it into a seat, the tangia-a-like stove, and pretty much everything else. It's all ready and packed into the panniers so i can just clip 'em on and go... but i haven't actually gone anywhere.
i stopped and asked a group of builder blokes for the quickest route to .... Somewhere in Yorkshire.When completeley lost...seek out blonde in mini skirt for directions...also works when not lost at all :?:
I could that too..You could sing "Why does it always rain on me..."
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