I was chatting the other day with a musclehead at the local gym who was very proud he had ridden his bicycle 50 miles to Albany, New York. He was taken aback when I mentioned I had just completed a round-the-world cycling tour, but the fact is that I did that trip by riding about 50 miles a day: for two solid years.
I give you much the same encouragement. If you can ride a bike around the block, you can ride it around the world. If you can ride a bike across your town, you can ride it across the USA or any other country.
I have alot of tips for touring on my website (shame, shame...this is not spam, though...i have a world bicycle touring website) at http:www.cyclingscholar.com where i answer alot of your questions. I'll be glad to answer them on this excellent forum, as well.
I have been somewhat of a Lazybones since i first joined bikeforums in February. The very next day I got an offer for a teaching position in China, which I ended up turning down after considerable mental anguish! So I hope to be writing here alot more soon. I just bought a new bike for a big east coast USA tour this summer so maybe I will see some of you on the road.