Here's how to physically prepare your body for a long distance bicycle tour.
A slice of life in the Washington Cascades: mountains, elk, heaven-sent convenience stores and "worship centres" masquerading as churches. After a long climb into the mountains from the east, I spent a day and two nights loitering around Randle and sleeping behind the local Methodist church, recharging for the ride to Mount St. Helens.
Before we launch into the details, from route planning to gear to hiker-biker camp culture, I thought it’d be fun to assemble ten reasons why you (yes, you!) should get your wheels on the road for the first time. Personally, I could go on forever about why cycle touring is the greatest thing since sliced bread and how you should start planning your trip right now, so it took considerable effort to trim this list back to just ten.