I just got back a few days ago from a class put out by the Adventure Cycling Association--on how to "lead" a bike tour.
The takeaways are pretty well in line with what I'm planning for the bike tour in Italy this coming spring:
You don't really lead as much as you provide support and guidance so everyone can find their way home at night and have a good meal waiting for them. I promise I'll do at least this for you if you want to tour Italy by bicycle.
The Adventure Cycling Association's philosophy really fits in well with my own concept of what a bike tour should be. You have a lot of fun and see some cool places, but that's almost window dressing compared to the experience and personal growth that happens on a good bicycle tour.
I got an incredibly positive evaluation from the course instructor, who said he's going to recommend me as a tour leader for Adventure Cycling. So if you want to bike through southern Italy with me, you know you're in good hands--verified by an independent third party.
We're going to push the limits when we bike the via Appia. You're going to learn and grow in all kinds of incredible ways. You'll learn a lot about Italy, but you'll learn even more about yourself. And did I mention--we're going to really have fun!
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