I ride for many reasons: for health, for sanity, for the environment, so my kids will appreciate cycling as part of their lives. But part of me will always ride with the next tour in mind.
Bike touring is the essence of freedom, and if you’ve never tried it, you have no idea what you’re missing. It can take you to places and allow you to meet people that you’d otherwise never see. It can give you feelings of serenity and accomplishment. And it allows you to eat most extravagantly at the end of the day without guilt (especially important when touring somewhere like Italy, where this was taken). I very much look forward to the day when my children are old enough to tour with us. There are indeed many miles to ride before we sleep.