last year's affair—I wanted to share my process. When broken into small tasks, things get done without too much effort. There's nothing better than anticipating time away on two wheels
An interesting destination can jumpstart a bike tour. It could be as simple as the next town over or halfway around the world. Pick your spot and choose it wisely, otherwise best laid plans will fall to the wayside.
2. Best Time of Year
This may depend on location, weather, or even transportation. Perhaps there's a family schedule that one needs to work around. Once my husband and I decided our children weren't coming with us, we chose September for this year's adventure, partly because our chosen destination is cooler that time of year and less rainy, and partly because our children will be in school. Childcare won't be as great a burden on our family.
3. Setting the Date
Are you traveling with others or going alone? The more people that tag along, the more logistics. Take this into account in the initial planning stages. Do you need to schedule vacation, arrange child care or have someone watch pets? Keep a calendar, notebook, or list. Break down your priorities. This year a friend is tagging along from Oregon, so she made roundtrip plane flight reservations. These two dates kicked off our logistics.
Where will you stay overnight while on tour? Are there campground, hotel, or B&B reservations to set? This will vary widely depending on what type of adventure you choose. Since we need to shuttle a vehicle and start and end in large cities, I researched and reserved two hotels and a plane flight. However, with abundant camping options, where we rest our heads for most nights will depend on daily mileage.
5. In Motion
Take a deep breath. Pat yourself on the back because you've set your vacation in motion. Now comes the easy part. Use time between logistics planning and tour time to make sure your bike and body are in shape. If it's an overnight adventure, skip this part, but if it's for multiple days, attend to those bothersome things about your bike that you've put off. I'm adding puncture proof tires plus another bottle cage. I also need the derailleur assessed by a professional as it's not shifting as smoothly as it should.
That's about it. Your bike tour can be a simple overnight or lengthy vacation. Honestly, it's not that difficult to plan and oh so worthwhile.
For great overnight ideas and more in-depth gear and bike set-up, visit bikeovernights.org.