Well, I've been planning my first tour for weeks. Just a short little over-nighter not too far from home to try things out. Make sure the tent works, how would my knees manage with the trailer, see which things I thought I needed and don't, things I didn't even think of that I do need.
Yesterday evening, my husband and I went and found a nice place for me to camp for the night so I could get an insanely early start this morning. That went fine. The new tent is good.
I woke up at 4 am to have a leisurely breakfast of granola (lots of almonds and cashews) and a banana. By 4:30, I decided it was more than light enough for me to be out, though I was a bit edgy about the fog.
The first few miles went fine. It was nice and cool. The fog gave a certain beauty to the morning. The trailer was absolutely no problem for me to haul along. My speed might have been down a tiny bit to make sure I didn't strain my knees too much. The fact that we didn't do the wild 17 mph charge off for the first 1 to 3 miles frustrated the dog a bit, but he soon settled down.
Then things went very downhill and very fast. Chaffing. I've never had a problem with it before, but rather suddenly it became a very serious issue. After 16 miles, I had to stop. It was affecting how I rode which WAS starting to make my knees scream since I wasn't able to keep proper form without the irritation getting worse faster.
I finally found a decent place to stop and decided too much damage was done for me to go on. I could barely walk even in cowboy style let alone keep on. I'm quite disappointed. Still, at least it was enough for me to try out the tent and to discover that the things I thought would be an issue aren't so much. Now just to figure out why after some 1000 miles around home this year, I suddenly get my first ever severe case of chaff.