I’m getting more confident going on long rides solo. Going solo is something I haven’t done a whole lot of and I still get moments where I think ‘yikes I’m on my own miles away from anywhere and anyone – what will I do: if I have a mechanical that I can’t deal with… OR what if I fall off... OR what if I don’t have mobile coverage and need it…OR what if (insert something else diabolical that could possibly happen here) happens???’ The more I go on solo rides, the easier it is to see that my anxiety about riding solo is really because of my over reactive imagination. I’ve now proved that I can go for a long solo bike ride and come back safe and sound with all limbs attached!
Sometimes out on the ride I’ve felt uneasy, the way I deal with that is to remind myself that I’m prepared, I’ve got snacks and plenty of water, I’ve let someone know my planned riding route in case of an emergency, and besides – I’ve got two good legs and if it’s a mechanical (or big hill) I can just walk!
Being in the region that hosts the township of Tully which is renowned for being the wettest town in Australia, the road went through very flat farmland growing thirsty cane and banana crops either side for at least 15kms. I rode past so many signs that said ‘private property’, ‘respect farm biosecurity’ and / or ‘trespassers will be prosecuted’ etc. and felt that it wasn’t a particularly welcoming place.