well this is my first post. my name is Gian and im from michigan(about 20 miles north of detroit)
ive been xc mountain biking for a few years and this year plan to start some racing. i have also always loved to camp. i never new about bike touring until about 3 or 4 months ago when my dad brought a bike touring magazine home. i was instantly interested.
i would like to give it a try this summer maybe a few trips. for my first i was planing a 3 to 4 day around the coast of the michigan thumb. my main question is: how do you choose the route you plan to take? what roads are acceptable and safe. country roads are probably less traffic but speeds are usually 55 mph. also where do most of you camp. do you stealth camp or just in campsites. my stops would all be at state parks and i know that at my first planned stop their is a park is usually really slow. not many people. should i just wait until its dark to pitch the tent or is it better of to stay at the campground.
also, i plan i just using my raleigh 4.0 mountain bike. i would think that i only need a rear rack as my trips will be short.will this bike be acceptable.
i know this is probably basic stuff but i would really appreciate the help.