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How to write a bicycle touring journal?

The title may make you think whether riding a bicycle has anything to do with being a good writer. To clear your doubts at the beginning, it does not. You really don’t need to be Charles Dickens to enjoy going on bicycle tours! A lot of people writing journals do it for their personal use. It’s actually quite fun to write a journal where you give an account of your own life everyday as it happens. If you are someone who goes on bicycle tours frequently, a great way to log your trip is by writing a bicycle touring journal. Not only does it give you the opportunity of keeping a record of the distance you are traveling and the places you are visiting, it is also a wonderful way of telling the world what you are up to.

Bicycle Touring Journals

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A lot of bicycle tourists also maintain a journal with a view to share their adventures with other bicycle- enthusiasts. In fact if you search, you will find quite a few of these journals online as well. Not only are they fun to read, but they are fun to write as well, as you will know when you start writing one yourself. The idea is to write something that you know will be a fun and interesting read for other bicycle tourism enthusiasts. So what are the things to remember if you are starting a journal of your bicycle tours? Here are a few.

a) As said earlier, the idea of a touring journal is to keep an account of what you do. Your journal should contain vivid details on how you spent a particular touring day, what happened, what places you visited, people you met, the food you ate, any interesting happenings that may have occurred, etc. Make sure that it is an interesting read.

b) You may not be a born writer. Very few are. Don’t worry. Being a good bicyclist has nothing to do with being a great writer. But if you are writing for an audience, you better make it interesting. Your choice of words may not be Shakespeare-esque, but it can certainly be something your audience can understand and feel drawn towards. Popular bicycle bloggers will tell you that it’s not about the language, it’s about the content.

c) Focus on a certain thing. For instance, if you are someone who is interested about the historical sites you visit while on your tours, focus your journal on that. Talking about stuff you are not interested in (the daily distance traveled, for instance) is going to be boring to you and your readers.

d) It does not matter that you are not a great writer, but when you get on to write a journal which other people will be reading, better make sure that you get the grammar and punctuation right. No person is going to come back to your journal if the writing is full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Getting the grammar right shows that you respect yourself and your readers. If your English is really bad, get someone to proofread for you before publishing.

e) A great way to start your bicycle touring journal is to start a blog with WorldPedal.com. It is free and involves almost no effort on your side. You can blog whenever you want, wherever you want, as long as you have access to a laptop and an internet connection. Starting a site is comparatively expensive and will take a lot more effort than blogging.

f) Last but not the least, have fun. Writing a journal should be a fun activity, something that you enjoy doing. Make sure that is the case.

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Daily Cycle Touring Distance

Tips on calculating the average daily distance during a bicycle tour

This is perhaps the most common concern of new bicycle tourists: what distance should they be travelling everyday on their bikes? Well, the right answer to it is that the ideal distance is one which the person travelling is comfortable with and which meets his personal goals for the tour. But this answer will probably not really help you a lot if you are a first- timer. So I decided to write this piece with a view to give you all an idea about how you should calculate the average daily distance, instead of giving you a vague answer.

cycle touring road sign

Road Sign in Morocco

If you are doing a cross-country bicycle tour, you should know that most people doing that clock an average between 120 and 140 km on most days. A lot of them also have the occasional shorter days (when they want to do a little sightseeing) and a few much- longer days. For someone who is new to biking tours, the prospect of travelling 130- 140 km everyday may seem boring. But I will let you on a secret: it is actually not! In fact, if you drive a car for that distance you are bound to feel bored, but when you cycle, the beauty of the scenery keeps you refreshed and happy.

When you research, you will find that many experienced bicycle tourists go for a lot of longer days as well. But usually you will discover that they are people who are on a tight schedule and have to complete a set distance within a set period of time. But if you want to enjoy the scenery, meet people and go into museums, keeping your average daily distance low is a good idea. In fact if you are just starting out, I would advise you to aim for not more than 50 km a day. This distance will let you enjoy the sights, rest, laze around a bit and even enjoy a sense of accomplishment at having reached the target. Your priority should be to enjoy the tour.

Another thing you need to remember is that each tour is different and for that reason, each tour’s average daily distance is also different. If you are going on a longer tour, you could set the limit at 120 km. If you are planning a weekend tour, an average daily distance of 80 to 100 km is a good idea as it will give you a lot of time to do the things you want to do. Also, this applies for that time of the year when the long summer days get over, giving way to shorter days.

Hmm … there’s another thing you need to remember while calculation your average daily distance. You have to take into account that you will need rest days as well. They are very important if you want to keep your body refreshed and active. Also remember that you may encounter some really bad weather or strong headwinds which may mar your biking time. Keep all these things in your mind when you chalk out an average daily distance.

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