What do you say to the people back home who are nervous for you? I can't be the only one who's family is really REALLY worried about my cycling adventures. They aren't outdoorsy types or risk-takers, and they worry themselves into a frenzy about me doing even a 3-day solo trip. They're having a really hard time comprehending the big cross-country trip I'm currently planning, and every time I see them I get a big guilt trip about how much anxiety I'm causing them and how much anxiety it would cause the extended family if they knew and blah blah blah. So far nothing I can say seems to help them relax. What's crazy is that I haven't lived in the same city as my parents in a decade, and don't talk to them daily. Except for a phone call once or twice a week they normally have no idea where I am or what I'm doing (though they do know I bike almost every day), and this seems to be fine for them, but for some reason the idea of me on a bike in a different town or camping makes them completely bananas. I don't want to cut them out of my life or my plans but I don't know how to handle their anxiety.
So, for anyone else who's dealt with overly-anxious folks, what do YOU say to convince them that bike touring is not going to be the death of you? Is there a resource somewhere to help with this sort of thing? A book? A brochure? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!