23. A Beginners Guide to Bicycle Touring – Things before you go…

I know, I know, you just want to get on with it already….  Almost there, this will make your ride better, I PROMISE!

Make sure your teeth are good to go before you head out, it is one of the few things that will easily cause everything to fall apart quickly.  Having a tooth problem.  The only reason I would not take care of a tooth problem prior is if I were headed to a country that was know for good dentists at a much cheaper rate.  Thailand, Mexico, India, all are well known for A+ dentistry at super low rates compared to The USA.

If there are any special medications, make sure you have them.

If you rely on glasses to see, take a spare pair, this is very lightweight and you may find yourself in a place that cant make you a set if your break!

Make sure you have funding and you have spoken with your bank in order to let them know where you are going and not to shut down your account if they see charges outside the norm, which is common these days…

If you own a home make sure it is ready to be un-inhabited.

Make sure someone knows where you are going, unless this is a serious mission and you are out the door never to return type thing…

Make sure to have fun, and if you’re not, let yourself know its O.K. to stop, to go home, to settle… Life is an adventure, this is a piece of that…

Aloha!

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