Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
Bikes: Hard Rock Sport, Peugeot Triathlon, Schwinn Paramount Series 7
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Sorry about the misfortunes, but you both gave it a shot and now have more knowledge on which to base your next tour attempt. Cutting a tour short is much better than not going at all.
I had two abandoned tours this year. Went a week on the first one when my girlfriend said "enough." Too many shoulderless roads, too many logging trucks, too much heat.
Went solo on the second one. Was supposed to be a Portland to San Diego tour, but ended up being Portland to Trinidad, CA. Too much rain on that one. I hate riding in rain, then camping in rain.
Have you got your back troubles figured out? I've had lower back issues (muscular) for over 30 years, and didn't figure out until about 4 years ago that it is completely manageable via exercise and stretching. When I do about ten minutes worth of those on a daily basis, the back troubles are non-existent. Such a relief.