I love that it lets me ride my bike when the weather isn't cooperative. I love that it lets me maintain my fitness level without having to leave my house. I love that I can watch movies while I ride. I loved being able to rearrange and adjust my bike fittings just the way I wanted/needed them.
BUT......it is still riding to nowhere. It still is, literally, a pain in the butt. It still means that I'm not actually moving.
Until I got the trainer, I really didn't understand what it was that really addicted me to cycling. Now I know. I love the exercise and the companionship and the getting fitter as I age, but what really gets me is the going somewhere. Having a destination, reaching it, and returning home safely under my own power.
That's what's missing on the trainer, and that's what I crave. This bike tour will give me that in spades and the trainer will help me be ready for it. Love/hate - two sides of the same coin