It amazes me how most non riders apparently view people who tour by bicycle. I recently went on my first 5 day, 400 mile tour in florida. It was a fantastic time, and I have great stories and pictures to show for it. I never volunteer any of this information to anyone I know (like coworkers) but often times I am asked about it. Since the trip a few coworkers have asked me what I did during my recent vacation, and when I explained, and showed pictures, it amazed me how they all basicly "looked down on me! "
They all just assumed that I was broke, and could not afford to go on a real vacation... Some even unknowingly made rude comments about me and my travel... Ironicly, it is safe to say that this was one of my most expensive vacations ever! before I started planning for this trip i had NO touring bike, and NO camping equipment!!!!!
some of the things I have heard:
"That is stupid, why not drive to where you want to go so you have time to rest and relax once you get there... that way it is a vacation!"
"That is too dangerous. I can't believe you would have the nerve to ride on those roads with all those sickos out there. You need to be safer than that for your family if nothing else"
"couldn't afford a plane ticket, huh..."
"How much longer till you get your license back?"
"You know the hotels really aren't that expensive out there, you probably could have at least stayed at a hotel each night to make the ride less miserable"
How the hell that guy got "miserable" out of my experience and pictures about the trip I will never know...
Has anyone else experienced this or do i just live in hell?