Touring across the country was a life changing trip for me. I experienced changes to:
1. My Body - I lost over 20lbs and became an amazingly strong cyclist. I started mountain bike racing right after my first tour. The fitness I gained has stayed with me for the past 20+ years.
2. My Mind - Before the trip I believed I had limits to my ability. During my journey, I learned I had no limits. I understand I can do anything, run a marathon, get a Ph.D. in math, beat a grandmaster at chess.
3. Spirit - I considered myself unhappy before I left, I would complain often. After the trip, I learned to say thank you for everything. This changed my life by improving on all of my relationships.
Are you interested in doing a bicycle tour? If so I have made a list of items most people will need below. Please understand everyone is different and my opinions are just that....don't take them too seriously.
1. Bicycle ( Frame and Suspension )
4. Sleeping bag