Bicycle touring can be amazing, exciting, and full of adventure, but don’t be fooled. It doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes your body aches and begs you to slow down or give it a rest. Your mind may seem to keep focusing on the one thing you’ve been trying to avoid. Other times, you can’t stop smiling or imagine being anywhere else in the world other than tour. So, why do you want to bicycle tour?
In the summer of 2016, I met Jason and Jessie while touring down the Pacific coast. These two kind spirits were closer than two roaches on a bacon bit. They were a curious pair full of optimism and had a passion for cycling. They both decided that pedaling down the coast would be a great way to celebrate their college graduation. We linked up the last day of Oregon and ended up cycling all of California and reaching the Mexican border together. Celebration was their reason for touring.
Back in September 2017, I was hosting through Warm Showers when I had the pleasure of meeting Jerome. He was on an epic journey from Montreal, Quebec to the tip of Argentina. When talking to him about his journey, I found out that he had been suffering from depression for quite sometime. It was affecting his relationships, personal life, and self-esteem. He was exhausted and tired of being down, so he bought a bike and took off. Depression and the will to overcome it was his reason for touring.
My first tour came out nowhere. I had been dealing with some pretty heavy emotional weights for a few months and needed a change. I ended up making a list of all the things that brought me joy. My list included: mountains, music, travel, bikes, nature, friends, meeting new people, and camping. So I decided to go on a trip that encompassed everything that made me happy. I bought a one-way ticket that day and never looked back. Awakening joy was my reason for touring.
You may want to celebrate an accomplishment, overcome fears and challenges, or just have an adventurous soul that wants to explore the world. Whatever your reason is for your interest in bicycle touring, just do it. Don’t wait for the right moment. Don’t wait for someone else to agree to go with you. Buy the bike, get the gear, book the flight, and start getting an idea of your route. What are you waiting for? Start now!