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Old 07-24-09, 04:54 PM   #1
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Reasons for going on a TA tour

Hey guys, as some of you might know I am new to the forum. I previously made a post asking how to prepare for a tour. But what I forgot to ask myself are why do I want to go on a tour. Originally this was not my idea, it was my friends idea. So I thought about why would I want to go on a tour myself

My reasons are as following

1.to see the country ( I haven't really traveled in the USA since I moved here)
2. to become more independent
3. to see nature
4. to accomplish a cost to cost tour, to prove to my self that I cant plan something and complete it
5. to meet people on the way
6. to learn about myself
7. I am hopping that thins trip will change me for the better, that it will have positive consequences on me after its completion
8. To have an adventure

I just want to be sure on my I am going, I dont just want to copy my friend. I want to be sure that I am doing this for my self and with the right reasons in mind.

So are these the reasons right??
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Old 07-24-09, 06:32 PM   #2
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Sounds pretty logical to me. I asked a friend to go cross-country with me for summer 2010, and if those were his reasons I would be even more motivated to convince him to come.
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Old 07-24-09, 07:09 PM   #3
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Reasons will vary from person to person and you seem to have captured some common reasons.

The best way I've known to test my own reasons for touring is to see how I feel about them under adversity. For example, after an entire day of headwinds or rain or some mechanical problems. It is then that I sometimes might question things and fortunately for my touring come up with answers that keep me touring.

One of the images that I'll sometimes flashback to is a scenario that happened early in my touring in college. I'd done a loop from Boston through southern NH and Maine. That particular morning, I had gotten up at ~5am to a pouring rain and two hours later I was stopped at bottom of a hill - soaking wet, glasses misted over and a bit hungry and I just had to laugh at the situation and think "I sure am glad I enjoy cycle touring or else this might be pretty miserable". At times, some of those experiences are easier to look back on than live in the present - but I've found for myself that sense of travel and adventure in new places and experiences combined with sometimes being type A goal driven is something I really thrive on...
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Old 07-24-09, 11:55 PM   #4
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... I just had to laugh at the situation and think "I sure am glad I enjoy cycle touring or else this might be pretty miserable".
Right on mev!
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