With your bicycle tuned and ready, your gear packed, and your route planned in detail, you are ready to hit the road. That, of course, assumes that you have trained adequately and are fit enough for the challenge of a long ride. You will make mistakes the first time out. I have tried to give you as many tips as possible, but there are always things that I forgot or that could be added with more personal experience. Bicycle touring is an adventure and a challenge every time you hit the road. Detailed personal preparation tailored to your needs help to make the experience rewarding.