They say part of a holiday is the planning . The next is getting there which in our case will be the holiday. The destination will be the smallest part. Last the way back is also part of the adventure.
I have been keeping touch with my dad regularly. He sure is living out the planning and training for his cycle holiday. He is working hard and has been on a exercise schedule. He is now on to the cycling every day stage. His exercise has effected his blood pressure. He is normally on blood pressure tables. He monitors his blood pressure and has had to stop taking tables as his blood pressure has come right. As with age there are lots of other things you have to look out for with your health.
He is concerned that his health will hold out for the whole trip. I just keep on telling him we are going to go at his pace and if he has any problems we can rest or if worse comes to worse we can find a bus home.
As with all first time tour cyclist, he has a long list of questions.
Gear is one question:
I just keep saying that you do not have to have the most expensive gear.
Take time to find the things you need and do not buy the first thing you see.
Normally we buy too much gear and cannot pack all. Land up having to leave some behind.
Find what you have around the house and modify it if you need to.
Should he get a more comfortable saddle or riding pants. Well I say that if you going slow and doing sight seeing. It is up to you. Which ever you feel comfortable in.
Should he put slicks on. Well he is not going to go heavy off-road. It will probably help to get a more easy roll.
Clothing to take with:
Hard to say to a person that is used to been set in their ways to leave most things at home. Time to rank needs and wants. Summer tour will always have rain in this area. Then there are the night time mosquitoes to keep off. Wind chill when it rains. The scorching heat at mid day and afternoon. Then something to swim in. Light backpacking towel.
Well back to me. I have stopped training and now resting for the Momentum 94.7 this weekend. Will let you know next week how it went.