My brother and I rode 300 miles to visit friends in PA eight weeks ago. We just got back, after visiting them for 6 weeks. It took us about a week to travel out there and it rained five out of the six nights. Fortunately it didn't rain during the day, so we stayed pretty dry. Our trip back was only four days...because it got cut short due to injury. We did better mileage than the ride down, but I developed tendonitis in BOTH Achilles tendons. I think it was because my seat was too high. I had adjusted it while in PA, and placed it too high. We got rained on during the day this time...but it was ok. Actually, one of my favorite memories from the ride home was getting cats-and-dogs-poured on, at the very top of a mountain. For some reason, it was amazing!
We got picked up 80 miles from home, and it really feels like we completely missed a big part of the trip.
My brother got two flats - one on the way down, and one on the way back.
My rear brakes completely wore out - before the big mountain!!!
Now I know to take extra brake pads on trips.
We camped in graveyards, one campground, along the Pine Creek Trail, stayed in a Lutheran dining hall at the invitation from the parson, and hid in the woods above a little creek once. My tent kept me dry, and became my little home-away-from-home. The mosquitoes weren't bad, and we had no wildlife problems at all.
All but one truck driver were courteous and considerate. Fortunately we were not riding when the rude truck driver tried to smear us on the guard rail. It would have been much harder to squeeze against the rail to stay out of his way if we had been on the bikes.
We found a much better route home than we took there....it avoided two mountains and a very steep dirt road!
We rode through farming country, Amish country, and lots and lots of small towns.
I amazed myself by how much I needed to eat and drink. It was absolutely phenomenal!!!
All in all, I really enjoyed the journey, and now am thinking of where I can go next! I want to try a solo trip, too, now....