Super to hear of your excitement with cycling and thoughts of touring! I've got one cooked up for myself in a couple weeks.
As you've already found: the more one cycles, the more stamina one has for yet MORE cycling!
Just keep getting on the bike consistently and push yourself in little (or maybe bigger) ways...a little longer, little further...tackle a hill you'd like to conquer...didn't make it? Had to walk? Get back to it again and see if the next time you get further up the hill!
Love the idea of a cycling club. I consider myself SO BLESSED to have one of the very BEST cycling clubs I know of: southerntierbicycleclub.org/
If you have difficulty locating a club, check in with your local bike shops and they can point you in the right direction. Some bike shops sponsor / organize clubs themselves.
If there are no clubs in your area consider starting one up yourself! Your local bike shop may lend a hand and either co-lead it with you or certainly spread the word. Write a letter to your local paper, see if they'll put a public service announcement in, put posters up around town. Sometimes the BEST clubs may begin with just a few folks with common interests!
Keep us posted on your progress! :-)
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