Hope this is the right place to start this thread!
I'm about 4 weeks away from riding from the Bay Area to Texas, and back, for my 50th high school reunion (yep...your math is right...I'm 68 going on 17). I've been riding off and on for 50+ years and have done a few weekends of 1-2 nights, but never anything like this. I've been dithering for weeks about whether to ride it or to "act my age"...but I have never been too good at the latter.
So OK...I'm in reasonable health aside from the usual rot that sets in after 60, and I am planning on motelling it there and back. I am planning on jumping on the old Lincoln Highway in (US 50) in Sacramento and following that at least as far as western Colorado, then down through new Mexico and Texas to College Station (yeah I am an Aggie!). The route is open on the way back depending on how I feel.
I know that many of you have lots of touring miles behind you and I am hoping for some tips. First of any general sort about long distance touring, particularly in the west. Second about some specific questions...
1. The PO of my bike had fitted it out with a Givi top box and Givi E21 Cruiser side bags. They don't look very waterproof to me and I'm guessing I should pack everything in bags. Sound right to you?
2. I have the usual 1st aid kit, but is there anything in particular you think it should include?
3. I am looking at a couple of long hot days across Nevada and Texas. Any advice about how you handle the heat would be appreciated.
I will probably think of more things to ask but this is a start. What do you think? Any advice would be appreciated.