I'm very interested in going on my first tour. It is a fully supported, recreation oriented tour along the Great Lakes in the summer, with stops along towns, sites of interest, etc. Food is generally provided, and you can camp or stay in hotels along the way. Not cheap, but probably a lot less expensive and a lot more healthy than a comparable road trip.
Distances vary from about 80 km to 100 km per day. I have the option for going for the full tour (7 days) or paying for 1 to 6 days, and exiting the tour at whatever point I choose.
I'm relatively new to biking, and I am by no means a racer. However, I'm fairly fit, exercise regularly, and can ride 40 km to 50 km comfortably already at between 20 km/h to 30 km/h.
I do however have some competing interests. The end of the tour overlaps with another local event in which I could participate as a photographer (I shoot action/sports). I could "have it all" and go on the tour for 4 days, and then exit, and head back for the other event. While this seems like the perfect solution, I would others' opinions on:
1. I'm not sure how I would hold up - "interest wise" - for 7 days straight on the bike. It does seem a little long to me, and I'm wondering if it might just be "too much". I'm sure I will make friends, but I like to be busy, and ashamedly, get distracted easily.
2. Conversely, I'm wondering if I'll regret leaving early if I exit the tour after only four days. The tour sounds like fun, and this might be one of the few opportunities I'll get. I'll likely have other significant commitments next year.
Any opinions for a touring newbie?