Make your second day a rest day
When you prepare and train for a expeditions you’re often limited to single days of training and this doesn’t prepare you or your kit for multiple days of exertion. The first few days are then tough and in some cases enough to put you off the rest of your trip. By doing a single day and then resting before you continue you take this shock out of the equation. This gives you time to physically recover, make any adjustments to kit before you go too far, and doesn’t knock your confidence if Day 1 proves to be tougher than expected. I’ve done this for all my big cycle tours (e.g. Canada/Alaska, South America, Europe) and it certainly helps – especially for the saddle soreness! For more about my adventures, including my cycle tours, see my blog: www.jonsadventures.wordpress.com.