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Prepare for the trip and any problems you can anticipate.

  • Decide how to deal with such problems. Consider terrain, location, weather, and other factors that could affect your trip.

Locate the area where you’ll be riding.

  • Use a map to familiarize yourself with the area. If the area is remote, also purchase a topographic map and familiarize yourself with the terrain.
  • If you own a GPS, take it along. If you don’t have one, consider buying one.

Assess your physical condition, your equipment, and safety rules.

  • Analyze all of the logistics related to the trip.
  • Based on this information, decide whether the timing of the trip is good.

Notify someone about where and with whom you’re riding and your expected return time.

  • Leave a specific plan with a family member or friend.
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