Bike riding in national parks is not easy as it requires a lot of energy. You will need to prepare yourself well so that you conserve your energy till the last minute and push you through all the challenges that will come up on the road. It will be very helpful if you talk to an expert regarding this matter before you start with your preparation process.
The best way to start with is to know what you want to do during the trip and what you need to do to it safely and make it a part of your itinerary.
Carry All Essential Items
It is only human to forget things, but it is unwise to go for a biking or hiking trip unprepared. To make sure that you do not forget an essential item for the trip start early and make a list of items that you will need during, before and after the trip. Do not rush things and take your time to make such a list so that you do not miss out on anything.
The list of essentials will vary according to the park and its topography and therefore you must know about the requirements of the park first. However, there are a few most common elements that you should include in your list such as means to carry a lot of water to keep you hydrated. If you stay within limits and do not visit the remote areas, you will find several water refilling points and therefore you will not need to carry everything.
If you know that the park you want to visit is known for the scarcity of water, it is better to check out with the visitor’s center to know about the availability of water. This info will help you to plan your central park bike tours ahead accordingly.
Other items to include in your list of essentials are:
- Proper gear and clothing for riding bike safely
- Budget tools and essential medicines
- Snacks, dry fruits and energy bars
- Accessories for your phone and plastic bags to keep your phone and food dry in case of rain.
Prepare For Challenging Conditions
When you prepare yourself for the biking trip, your focus should not be limited to your gear or things to wear and pack it all in your pack. Sometimes, you will need to consider the conditions and the upcoming challenges and prepare yourself accordingly.
It is best to have a couple of days of biking practice before you start your tour especially if you are planning for a long trip. Moreover, if you are not accustomed to uphill bike riding such training will help you to move uphill from lower elevations easily. Take your time and ease yourself with easier trails first and the go for the imposing challenges.
Know the qualities of the park well so that you have enough preparation and training to retain your energy and skip things that most thoughtless adventurers will do. Get ready to prevent yourself from the sun and its harsh conditions in the open land. It is also applicable to moist climatic conditions.
However, central park bike tours can be ‘family friendly’ but if you know what to expect and come well prepared such tours can be significantly enjoyable.
Do Not Outplay Your Abilities
You must never plan any trip which is beyond your reach, ability and experience. You may be excited at the thought of being outdoors but be wise to move at your own pace and within your physical and mental ability.Moreover, hone it before you start with proper biking training sessions to be shape for biking.
Several trails may not be safe and fit for all bikers. Few may not be suitable for people afraid of heights, suffer from heart issues and other medical conditions. It is better to have a medical checkup if you are not sure about your physical conditions. Discuss your skillset and preferences before you start off with the visitor center of the park.
The skilled staffs are the best ones to let you know about the conditions of the trail and whether your specific skill set is appropriate for it or not. If you are not fit for a specific route, the staff will propose alternative routes according to your abilities.
Companions And Crowds
Distinguish between good companions and crowds so that you can have a memorable and safe biking experience. Good companions will keep you within your comfort zone even if you have to face any challenge on the way.
- Stay away from peer pressure and buddy’s plea as it might not end up well as it is commonly associated while travelling with a large group.
- Be honest and upfront to convey that your wellbeing is far more important than newborn friendship. Speak about your hopes and expectations from the trip so that it encourages others likewise.
- Your confessions and stern stance will also help you to address conflict issues early even before the trip starts.
Know The Fellow Travellers
All may not be from the same state as yours and therefore you will meet people with diverse language, culture and habits. You will be safe and secure if you know your fellow travelers during the trip. This does not mean you will need to do a background check or verify their SSN status reports. It is just a way to get acquainted with the others. To enjoy your ride conversing and sharing thoughts and comments with each other a little knowledge of your companions is essential.
You will be able to know and experience the power and beauty of these places if you do not rush with your trip and have some extra time to explore the park. This will make your stay more intimate and relaxed enabling you to enjoy nature’s beauty to the fullest. Remember, bike riding is the cheapest way to feel the wind on your face as you pedal your way through the park for your most intimate experience outdoors.