I just took my first overnight tour yesterday. When going to big stores like Wal-Mart I expected people to be a little surprised by my loaded bike... or maybe even ask me where I was headed.
Instead, it seemed like everyone was looking down on me like I was some lowlife homeless bum. When I talked to people (in exactly the way I would normally), they wouldn't want to talk, or would ignore me.
Sure I was a little sweaty, and wasn't exactly wearing cyclotouring clothes (jeans and a tee shirt), but I didn't look THAT bad.
What do you do to make yourselves stand out as "people with a home that are having fun" as opposed to "poor trashy man who has no job?"
Is it as simple as buying a tight bright shirt and some lycra? Do you just smile a lot and look like you're having fun?
I'm going on a one month trip next week, and would rather not be treated like a piece of trash the whole time.