This will be my first tour ever. 4 hour rides are about the longest i've been on, but i'm usually loaded with somethings... oh and i ride everyday for atleast a couple hours (i really love to ride, being in a car makes me sad) I'm a young guy, 23, so i know all of a sudden i'll be riding past my limits, but i've done some pretty crazy hikes. having to keep up with much more experienced people, not being used to the 45lb pack on my back... but I just put my head down, tell myself I can do it, and trudge on. I generally know how to take care of my body, stretching, taking anti-inflammatories (i like tumeric and ginger), self massage, and breathing properly. So ok, all this disclaimer stuff aside (please don't tell me i'm going to die, i'm going to go anyway, haha.)
I'll be leaving colorado springs, CO heading southeastish to Arkansas to catch the fall colors in the first or second week of october. I was thinking I'd go across Kansas, but Oklahoma is an interesting (maybe compared to kansas anyway) option. Opinions? I'm thinking I'd like to start my Arkansas ride in the north western corner, and then fallow the changing colors south (the leaves turn sooner in the north.) I've got the Arkansas traffic load map for trip planning... but was wondering if anyone could suggest some particularly stunning routes. I've got some super low gearing, so while i'm sure i won't be kicking the ass of hills, it's not my main concern to avoid them. After Arkansas i'll be heading south to Baton Rouge, LA to visit family and friends. I'm thinking my prettiest option will be to ride near the missisippi, but other route suggestions would be appriciated.
So now it's the part of this post that I show off my bike:
'77 schwinn super le tour 12.2
8 speed casette 12-32
triple crank 48-34-24
A weird mix of components. but they were all donated to me! yay! and I got them to all work together smashingly, if i do say so myself. (i like friction shifting!)
Cheap-o waterproof transit bags (i've heard the rivets can go, but if/when that happens i plan to macguyver them with some machine screws/nuts that i'll keep JIC) I've already had to do some minor mods to these bags, but in the 2 weeks i've been riding around everywhere with them they've never even hinted at popping off, and i don't always ride over smooth surfaces, or take it easy on the bike. The steel frame is just so fun and springy...
Oh, one more possible major concern. I have only one pair of nice riding shorts. I read that pain in the gooch is mostly caused by bacteria/dirty gooch. I'm thinking each night i could spray the chamois pad with peroxide or alcohol or something? They'd get a wash on rest days. Should i invest in chamois cream stuff?
Thanks for reading all this sillyness. i'm just getting excited!
...and if anyone will be in Arkansas during the 1st or 2nd week of october I'd probably enjoy a bit of company. Or if you live there and have a couch I could crash on that would be amazing too. This is going to be a super low budget ride. I'll be camping everynight. Unless I find a kind soul to let me stay the night in their house.. but i'm not a hotel kind of person. I have all my backpacking gear (water filter, camp stove, etc) to keep me alive.
Edit: awe crap the "AK" in the topic should be "AR" if you didn't guess.