Any ways of including or adding more good humour while on tour?
It seems to be a valuable part of the day, and does something for the tour.
Ride with someone you get along with. For instance, I rode with my friend "Lance" - not his real name - this Saturday, and had a great time despite having a pedal fall off from stripped threads in the crankarm. I wasn't exactly pleased to have a mechanical, but we had a good time anyway.
I've yet to have an ice cream vendor's truck follow me when I ride.
It happened to me in Laos. I had my last big climb of the day to reach a village on a mountain plateau in northern Laos. A man on a motorcycle coming down the mountain road stopped next to me and said in English, "ice cream?". He took out a huge slab of ice cream and stuck it on a bamboo toothpick and handed it to me. A few other touring cyclists in Laos told me that ice cream vendors found them, too. Smart businessmen!
(for non-americans reading this thread, "Good Humor" is the name of a brand of american ice cream commonly sold by truck vendors who drive through US neighborhoods in the summer as their trucks play a tune)
My buddy Dennis is great for wisecracks, but I came up with the best one. He busts on me for not being 'involved' with someone, and for wearing Lycra. So I got him with this zinger while riding one day:
"Neil, you really gotta start scoring. Try out a new line."
"OK Dennis, do you know right now I'm not wearing any underwear? .... Why did you ring your bell?"
Any country store has pink snowballs (a twinkie shaped like a ball with pink coconut crumbs? on outside) or if anywhere south of Madison, Wisconsin you should be able to get a moon pie to go with your ice cream. Sin as much as you want (but only after a 50+ miles day). tom