Originally Posted by valygrl
Jacobino - can you tell us about it?
I'm back, met some really cool people and had a lot of fun that you probably don't want to hear about. Sitting around the campfire singing "Kumbaya" and stuff like that.
But if you ever want to lead a group on a tour, the course is useful. There really wasn't a lot of info on biking and touring (we can get that from bikeforums.net
). Most of it was about working with groups.
Basically the Adventure Cycling "philosophy" is teaching people to ride on their own and handle most of the things that come up. You set a simple, daily routine that everyone learns to follow, you divide up the chores (mainly just cooking), and then you let everyone pretty much do their own thing unless there's an emergency.
The instructor even told us a story about a tour he led where one of the participants didn't show up at camp in the evening.
The others were getting worried and asked "what should we do?" and he answered, "Let's make dinner." Sure enough, the missing guy was smart enough to take care of himself, and he showed up a few hours later.
I also learned that Adventure Cycling tour leaders don't get paid very much. "You do this to support your habit," is how the instructor put it. It's basically a subsidized vacation where you might
earn enough to pay for some new gear.
I'm glad I did this because I'm leading my first tour (not with Adventure Cycling) this spring, and I dreaded being in a position where I have to tell other people what to do, especially when they're on vacation. It's good to know that ACA has had 30 years of success by not
telling people what to do.