One of the biggest hurdles to getting out sometimes is lack of time in one’s schedule. Who reading this has come home and thought, “I want to get out and ride!”. Then reality sets in and you realize by the time you pack and get your bike ready, your window of opportunity to ride is now too small. Or you just don’t want to the stress of scrambling last minute to get everything ready.
What actions you do before you even hit the trail, ie. planning, are a major part to a successful adventure. Personally, I believe the more you plan, the less hassle and stress you’ll have while on the bike. Below is a list of suggested steps one can take while planning a S24O, to help keep it stress free and not feel rushed. The first two are essential to ensuring you have an enjoyable time.
Step 1 – Pick a Date
Check the forecast and pick a day without chance of rain, that way you can take less and let’s face it no one is going for a S24O if it’s raining. I’m not saying you can’t just pack up and go, but a little planning goes a long way. Pick a day you know you have some extra free time or can get out of work early.
Step 2- The Route
Your route is probably the one of most important parts of your S24O. When planning your route you should consider how much time you have available, as well as the terrain.
You want a route that is long enough that the ride is fun and feels worth the effort, but not so long that you have to race home in the morning just to make it to work on time. Consider leaving a change of clothes at work, and instead of riding home, simply ride into work the next morning as part of your route.
Step 3 – The Camp Spot
Part of route planning is knowing where you’ll camp. Again, it’s not essential but knowing where your camp is ahead of time will help eliminate wasted time, and that means more time to ride. You can scope out potential campsites on previous rides and ensure you won’t be searching around in the dark trying to find a flat spot.
Be sure to check with local land management to see if camping is allowed in the area you plan on camping.
Step 4 – Invite a Friend
Think about inviting others to enjoy the fun with you. Just be sure everyone is a prepared as you or all your time savings might be lost waiting around. Find friends with the same goals as yourself.