I'm a cyclist but haven't yet tried touring. I've done multi-day charity rides and know that the preperation, the ride itself (ups and downs), and the post ride recollection is fascinating. I've read two touring "experience" books, the name slips me now but the guy road from alaska to bottom of south america, and one by the metal cowboy . I've been trying to find touring books or travelogues I can print and read but I'm not sure a lot of what's out there is going to appeal to me.
I would appreciate if you could recommend me something based on the following wishlist:
- the author is a cyclist...likes to talk about bikes, the riding experience (things I can relate to)
- would like something mordern (not sure I would be interested in the 1800's story about the guy who went around the world on the penny farthing (sp?)
- would prefer Canada as it's where I live, but the US, Europe would also be fine (however, not sure I would like to read about touring in the desert, arctic...can't relate!)
- part of the story can be about finding oneself, but that's not all I want to read about (cycling first, self discovery and other spiritual stuff can play a small part)
Be careful about books and blogs. These people are nothing like you and you'd realize that and use it as an excuse not to tour. Lots of interesting books and blogs are about people in totally different situation than you. They have way more time. Have a job and family situation that allows such a travel. And are at a much better location to do these things. If it sounds like excuses then you have correctly identified it. One easily composes excuses as to why I couldn't do this myself. Best thing is to stop reading and go out and do it yourself. Besides you want to experience your own adventures. Consume the books, blogs, and this forum with care.
What got me started on touring was a manual called Two Wheeled Travel, which i read in the 1970s if I recall. before I took my world tour (the internet was in infancy then) I talked to alot of world touring folks thru email.
Now, as I do with my own www.cyclingscholar.com, I like to read websites about folks who took intermediate and world tours where
(1) they provide alot of pictures and commentary about their pictures;
(2) talk alot about their experience on the bike and with the people;
(3) answer questions addressed to them (if they have an email link) in a timely fashion.
I don't like blogs that talk too much about the bikes and cycling. I find it interesting at first but my favorite blogs are those done by people going places I have never been and want to go, like Africa, or Brazil. It sure would be boring to read a book all about cycling. Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot,....