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    Junior Member bcolli08's Avatar
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    Bundle of Nerves!

    Hey everybody, well the week has arrived. I fly out of DC this Friday for San Francisco to start my first tour, a trek to Santa Barbara to visit a high school buddy I haven't seen since college. Something about it finally being here has me an absolutely mess of nerves and excitement. I know I'm as ready as I can be and I've tested the loaded bike and got all my gear ready to go, but last night I was up til some ungodly hour because I couldn't sleep! Anybody else get pre tour jitters? Cannot wait to get out there and get biking.

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    bcoli08, Usually just before one that is 'different' in some way. For example my sister and I have an overnighter planned and she hasn't been on a bicycle for that duration for a long time.

    Brad

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    Congratulations. You're normal. And no matter how often you tour, there'll always be some pre-tour jitters. Heightens the experience.
    The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me

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    No problema , go to crazyguyonabike.com , you can pre-ride through a journal . Have fun !

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    It's normal, accept it. You'll be fine once you start. Have a great trip!
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    There's nothing "routine" about what you're embarking on, especially the first time. If you ever don't get excited about it, something's wrong. Have a great trip.

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    andrewclaus
    If you ever don't get excited about it, something's wrong.
    +1

    It is a great ride. Have fun, and don't forget a post trip report

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewclaus View Post
    If you ever don't get excited about it, something's wrong.
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    Makes sense.
    Rice is important

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    The jitters are those things that happen when you are REALLY living. Enjoy them. I get them before every tour, even the ones I've done before. I find that after starting the tour the jitters subside, but are replaced by a profound appreciation for the experiences.

    Weather forecast is looking good at this point. If that holds it should be a great time to be there since the hordes of tourists don't show up until after Memorial Day. Have a great time.

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    Make sure you can get your bike in a bike box before you get to airport. That includes removing pedals. I can't think of a worse way to start a trip than have something go wrong before you even get on the plane. And beware of the dreaded airport scale that checks to see if your luggage is a few ounces over 50 pounds. I carry a small electronic scale to weigh my luggage, if too heavy then something has to go into my carry on.

    In this age of internet and cell phones, you should have no problems. If something broke on your bike a couple decades ago, you might have a really bad day.

    Have a great time.

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