We’re half-way through summer but there’s still plenty of time to take a cycle touring trip. What could be better, cycling the open road with not a care in the world?
Before you set off, take a few minutes to digest the wise words of Aoife Glass and what she learnt on her mini-touring adventure, cycling 150 miles from London to Lyme Regis. It’s essentially a guide on how NOT to plan a cycle tour!
I have never been one to let little things like practical considerations get in the way of a good adventure. In many ways, it’s a wonder I haven’t yet appeared on an episode of ‘Helicopter Heroes’ – although there is still time.
Last year, I decided to cycle from London to Lyme Regis. Why? I hear you ask. Well, as a bit of a geology geek, I attend the annual Fossil Festival every May bank holiday weekend. This time, I thought – I wonder if I can cycle there?
I’d never done any touring. In fact, other than my regular commute of 9 miles each way, I’d never cycled for more than a couple of hours in one go. London to Lyme Regis is over 150 miles, a bit of a jump in terms of scale. But, I thought, why not? As they say, you don’t know what you are capable of until you try.