Mine was a short 4-day event in 1995 ... I've been touring for almost 12 years! I can hardly believe it has been that long!!
When I was 17 years old, my father cycled from Jasper to Banff (I was born into a cycling family ). I rode with him on the last day, and after that it was my dream to cycle the full distance from Jasper to Banff. I'm not sure why ... life sometimes gets in the way ... but it took me 11 years before I did the trip.
I had started cycling "seriously" in 1990 and was gradually building up my distances and cycling skills. In 1994 ... sort of in preparation for my Jasper to Banff tour ... I had prepared for and ridden a century (and then promptly vowed I'd never ride a distance as long as that again!! ). Then in 1995, prior to the tour, I had logged about 2500 kms.
Nevertheless, it was a tough ride for me. I broke the distance down into 3 days of approx. 100 kms a day with one day off after the second day. Having done all my training in Manitoba (flat as a pancake), the mountains were a bit of a challenge!! Also the bicycle I was riding was quite a bit too big for me, although I had modified it as much as possible to get it as close as possible to fitting. Fortunately I had sag support, so I didn't have to carry much with me at all, plus the food and camping aspects were all prepared for me.
That ride had quite an impact on me. I'd been in a bit of a rut, but that ride helped me realize that I could do what I put my mind to doing ... I returned to school to further my education, and the quantity of my cycling increased dramatically ... including several more tours!
Do you remember your first tour?