|Elspeth Beard rode a beat-up BMW around the world.|
|In 1929 Vivian Bales rode 5,000 solo miles in 78 days.|
It is not like the United States where there is a large network of good-quality roads that simply have lower speed limits and less traffic. Such as in Texas, where you can get from Dallas to Houston either by the I-45, or via a combination of U.S., state, and farm-to-market highways, and in both cases be relatively assured of good road surface. In Her Majesty Elizabeth II’s United Kingdom, back roads are small, they are badly maintained, and they tend to wind illogically through every possible village and town.
|Steve and Tina spent much of 2013 riding all over the United States.|
I realise that the main thing I need to do to increase endurance is simply ride as much as I can. But I’m also investing in a few modifications I hope will help make the ride easier/more comfortable. Chief among these are heated grips. My father bought me some for Christmas, and I’m going to have them put on in the next week or so. Additionally, as I write this, I am waiting for the delivery of a new, taller windscreen. It will only add 12cm (4.7 inches) of height, but, as they say in these parts, every little helps.
My hope is that the combination of these two things will result in my not getting so cold so quickly. It’s hard to go very far when your teeth are chattering.
Beyond that, though, I’m not too sure what to do. So, I’m turning it over to you: what else can I do to increase my time in the saddle? What are tricks you use to stay comfortable and alert for long rides? I’d love to know.