Road trips are a great way to unwind from the 9-5 corporate life and explore places like never before. Furthermore, road trips on a road bike take that to a whole new level.
Firstly, all barriers between you and the environment are removed freeing you to take in the sights and sounds. Besides, it’s a great way to test your fitness and endurance. On the other hand, you should also plan this well. Especially in a foreign country where you don’t want to get stranded in the middle of the road. In this regard, here are some tips that can start you off.
Tip 1: Plan Your Road Trip
The first and most important tip for any road trip is planning it. This starts with first picking a location with the right weather conditions for you to road bike on. You certainly wouldn’t want to land up and realize its too wet or cold. Secondly, you have to train for the trip. This includes regular fitness training and practice trips with fitness trackers.
So now that you are ready fitness-wise and have picked the location, the next thing to do is create a detailed map. And this map should include timelines, pit stops, layover, and sights you would want to stop at. In addition to this, hills, off-road sections if any and plains should be mapped. And, don’t worry if you haven’t done this, there are software tools that can help you. Finally, look up the experiences of other bikers and be aware of challenges specific to the terrain.
Tip 2: Dress Appropriately
The road is unforgiving if you are unprepared and you don’t want to get stranded in a strange place. Hence, take efforts to understand the environment you will be dealing with. This includes weather conditions, temperatures, exposure to the sun and humidity amongst others.
Once done, plan an appropriate wardrobe that will keep you comfortable. For example, if you’re exposed to the sun for long hours, then wear UV resistant clothing. There have been cases where bikers have gotten nasty sunburns without doing so.
The next most important thing is to carry appropriate safety gear. This includes helmets, UV protection glasses, gloves, and others. Do not take safety for granted. Furthermore, even carry a good first aid kit and emergency distress signals that will automatically go out if you don’t reach a point.
Tip 3: Don’t Forget To Stop At Sights
Enjoy yourself! You get to do this only once in a while. So plan to stop at sights on your way. Furthermore, you have the added advantage of being on a bike and can take detours to not touristy sights.
You have the privilege to explore many of the unexplored visual treats that others might not see. So do your research and plan time for this. Also, this is a road trip, not a race. Hence, pace yourself, you don’t want to reach your destinations tired, exhausted and on the verge of collapse. The idea is to enjoy the ride and make as many pit stops as you can. In addition to this, these pit stops can also serve as a snack stop where you are reminded to eat and hydrate yourself.
To sum up, road trips are a great way to experience a location unlike any other. It gives you the ability to take in the sights and sounds of the place, stop near that river or photograph that bird. So, enjoy yourself and enrich your life with this travel experience unlike any other.