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10 Tips for Adventure Cycling Trips


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Remember to Enjoy the Experience
When stress intrudes, those are perfect moments to laugh, snap a photo or roll your video camera. Life (and vacation photos) without some tension is boring!
When stress intrudes, those are perfect moments to laugh, snap a photo or roll your video camera. Life (and vacation photos) without some tension is boring!
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This might sound like a no-brainer, but think about it. How many times have you been on a "fun" excursion only to have the joy extinguished by one person's neurosis, complaints, slavish devotion to the itinerary, disorganization, laziness (insert your own traveling pet peeve here)?

If you answered more than "zero," congratulations, you're normal! Still, you don't want that on an adventure cycling trip, where you might have to put up with someone for weeks or months on-end. While you can't necessarily control other people's behavior, you can focus yourself on appreciating each moment of your adventure cycling trip.

When stress intrudes -- someone's chain breaks, or a sign tells you it's 30 miles (48 kilometers) to your next encounter with civilization, those are perfect moments to laugh, snap a photo or roll your video camera. Life (and vacation photos) without some tension is boring!

Take advantage of the abundant reflection time in the saddle. We live today in an over stimulated world, where it's hard to pay attention to any one thing. On an adventure cycling trip, you'll enjoy long stretches where the only inputs are the sun and wind on your face, the view of the countryside rolling by, and the sounds of your own breathing accompanied by a background chorus of birds and insects. You'll be free to daydream or think about nothing at all.

When the trip comes rolling to an end, you will have returned, literally a changed person: enriched by exposure to a different culture, more appreciative of our natural environment, and imbued with a sense of pride at your achievement.


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