To start off with, I'm a 16 year old male living in Florida. Cycling is one of my favourite things to do, and I've had a desire to go on a long tour for over a year now. My ultimate goal is to go on a TransAm trip, but you have to walk before you can run
So, I'm tentatively planning a trip around Florida for next summer. I'd be using the Florida Connector and the Atlantic Coast Section 7 maps from Adventure Cycling. I've tried to tell my parents about my longing to go on this trip, but they both seem very worried about my safety. Same reaction from my girlfriend. Does anyone have any tips for introducing the idea of touring to a loved one? I figure that I should give a little semi-formal introduction to bicycle touring and why I would want to do it, and why their main worries (someone attacking me, someone stalking/murdering me, an animal killing me, etc) aren't really something that should keep someone from living their dream.
I did invite one of my friends, who is also 16, to come along, but I'm not so sure that will work out. Mostly everyone I know objects to the idea of me going alone. I'd be comfortable with it. Any tips on this, too?