I just returned from a LONG m/c trip. Dick & I rode to Grand Junction
in 1 day-590 miles. We were meeting Tim & family for a long weekend.
I wouldn't recommend it. You know we ride all the time at least 300 miles
each weekend. This time I was exhausted. It takes 1 day to catch up.
If you plan on doing 500 plus days, I thought I would tell you some of my
thoughts. 300 to 400 days are the most enjoyable as you can have some time
to sight-see along the way. For example like when riding through southern
Utah you will pass some beautiful sites like Zion, so be sure to take time
to sight see.
First, make sure you are very comfortable. This includes no tight clothes,
and layers so you can take off things or add them as you need them. While
riding, you can unzip your jacket or close it up. If you think you might
be cold--check all the large cities on your path to see the temperatures--wear
silk long underwear. It is comphy , keeps out the wind and doesn't make
you too hot.
Make sure that when you are on the bike nothing binds-like at your knees.
Also make sure you like the angle of your knee-the pegs can be raised or
lowered. If your back aches-this can be real important. I sometimes place
my arm across my lower back to relieve pressure and give me a change of
One thing I love about riding is the time to observe the scenery and to
meditate. With so much time, thoughts just fly through your head. Sometimes
I carry a small pad & pen so I can jot these thoughts down. And remember
you can always take pictures. I do sometimes, but the camera sometimes annoys!
A fanny pack is useful as you can have gum, candy and money handy-if you
want it while riding.
And another thing-carry water. I have one of those camel packs, which I
haven't started using yet this year, but it is almost warm enough.
We ALWAYS stop every 2 hours or 100 to 200 miles miles-according to the
roads--Highways are a lot different from twisties. You should stop at a
'clean' gas station. You get a chance to go to the bathroom, get water or
something to drink, get a snack if you feel dizzy, and top off the gas tank.
You never want to run low on gas as some roads don't have stations close
I hope this doesn't sound too 'know-it-all" because it is just some
thoughts I had last weekend that I hope will help make your long trips more