...and I have the habit of smiling when I'm nervous, so similarly suited to smiling automatically in situations when a smile is a good thing!
Travelling Two and Toms Bike Trip were useful resources for me too. Many blogs offer advice about stuff they have no extensive experience in...they just want to write a review because it seems to be the done thing...but both of those sites offer sensible information based on real experience.
The best feeling is being on the other side of a big trip and realising you are your own expert and can stop trawling the internet for advice from others!
A couple of little tricks I have worked out:
1. When parking your bike, you may have read about using sturdy elastic bands (bungy cord type) to hold the brakes on so the bike doesn't roll. Something I use that is even better than this suggestion is double sided velcro. The elastic bands stretch over time and so becoming increasingly less effective. Double sided velcro does not.
2. If you have electronics (camera etc) in a pannier, they can become super heated in warm weather. I have cut up a silver windscreen sunshield into a perfect shape that acts as a pannier liner and really helps to keep things cooler in the pannier.
3. Depending on what camping stove setup you have, the same sunshield stuff can be used to make a pot cosy. I can half cook my rice or pasta on the stove then place the pot in the cosy, where it finishes cooking without further heat input. This allows me to cook my other stuff (veges) on the stove and have everything ready at the same time. Helps to conserve fuel too.
4. The best footwear (in my opinion anyway) is clip in sandals. Shoes are hot and gross in warm weather and suck when they get wet in rainy weather. Sandals keep your feet nice and cool in warm weather...in warm and wet weather they are perfect because they don't get soaked and take days to dry....and in cold and wet weather they are perfect when paired with waterproof socks.
5. Avoid using an inflatable mattress. Yes there are some very comfortable options out there but inevitably on a long tour they will fail. A solid foam mat may take up more room, but can be much lighter and are bulletproof.
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Feb-2016, at 03:07 by Budgie Escapee ]
Excellent idea of pairing waterproof socks with sandals. I'll have to try it.
Never had a idea about this but hey i got a great info from replies. Thanks!!
Did you go on camping? How was your experience? Would like to know.