Ah, bike touring. Love it. Two buddies and I, when stationed in Europe, used to take most of our leave all at once and tour a different country on our bikes, unsupported, for three weeks at a time. Saw northeastern France, East Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the south island of New Zealand that way. When I was transferred back to the States, we rode our bikes around Arizona for three weeks. A truly wonderful way to travel!
Life kept me away from touring for a decade, but I decided to celebrate turning 50 a couple of years ago with a short, 9-day bike jaunt around Vermont. I was on my bike, on an adventure, on my 50th. It was fabulous, and reminded me of why I enjoyed bike touring so much! Below pic is of us at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon back in '97. I'm in the middle with my Koga Miyata World Traveller!