SparkPeople Virtual Cycling Team: Touring the Globe Team Messageboard Our team is dedicated to cycling for health, fun, and camaraderie. We travel (albeit virtually) on long distance bike tours--logging our miles and sharing stories along the way. SparkPeople Virtual Cycling Team: Touring the Globe Team Messageboard SOLO VIRTUAL BIKE TOURS 2011 Hey Bicycle Tourists, <BR> <BR> I guess we all joined this team because we just LOVE TO BIKE TOUR...or at least we love to ride our bikes. So, no excuses. Let's RIDE! <BR> <BR> We haven't done a virtual tour together for a year now. I must apologize for not getting them going again last winter. Things have been busy. I hope everyone is still working hard on their healthy lifestyles. I have an idea I hope will offer you all the solution to having a negligent team leader--that is, Solo bike... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:14:09 EST Hello - Is Anybody Out There? (Hi from Florida) Time to get serious (again). Joined SparkPeople last year but it did not seem to take for a variety of reasons. I am almost at the point (2 weeks in) of thinking I will stick with it this time. <BR> <BR> Now I am looking around, trying things out. What's cool in the SP world? <BR> <BR> I like to think of myself as a biker chick. (Too much of a klutz for most sports, not a speed demon, like to enjoy nature and take time to stop and smell the roses.) Looking for some like minds to ke... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:29:40 EST 65 roses tour is on again!! hey team!!! i'd like to invite all of you to join me in searcy, ar for our 2nd annual 65 roses tour to benefit cystic fibrosis. check out our website: <link><BR> </link> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 10:32:49 EST Share the Road article I had seen this article in the Amarillo news a few weeks ago--I just hadn't realized that it related to one of our fellow teammates. <link><BR>-04/pledge-no-driving-while-texting </link> <BR> <BR> Share the Road also has a Facebook page if anyone is interested <link><BR>d-Amarillo/137655262934438 </link> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:01:01 EST Fellow cyclist from Indiana I am pleased to find this team as I am always looking for inspiration and support. The cycling miles are down this week but the season begins again on jan 4th, can't wait. If anyone is interested please check out and go to the blog section to see daily ride posts. The rest of the site is in need of an update but the blogs are always current. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:53:25 EST Hello from Pennsylvania So where do i start Fri, 8 Oct 2010 18:05:37 EST bdb100 in little rock,ar GREAT day for a ride and we turned out in droves in central arkansas this morning!!! about 1800 riders participating in the big dam bridge 100. i finished the 30 miler, my friends did 50,others 68, and still others 100. our lbs was WELL represented. my friend mike did 50 miles on his hand cycle - his longest distance to date. he did awesome. my ride was uneventful for which i'm very grateful. worst thing for me was something on my bike keeps eating my shorts so had to by a new pair. for... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 19:35:09 EST Hello from Wisconsin I am new to SparkPeople, but not new to biking. I have been biking seriously for about a year now, but would like to get even more serious. I am currently training for a duathlon relay (my best friend is running), that is in the middle of September. I am looking to get tips and suggestions from other bikers, about races, but also about improving my biking skill and endurance. Right now, I am struggling with hills. I am also losing weight, so that will obviously help my hills. Any other ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 23:02:11 EST I Met a Goal!!! i finally participated in a race: co-ed team duathlon with my son joseph!! <BR> <BR> hot/humid as is usual for summer in arkansas. i've been pretty nervous about this, never having done any sort of athletic competition EVER. my prayer was "don't fall and don't interfere with anyone else." those prayers were met. next secret hope was that my trophy envy would come to an end. even that hope was fulfilled!!!! joseph and i finished 2nd out of three teams. he was the better runner and gave me abo... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:36:38 EST Hello from San Antonio, TX Just wanted to say hi. I've been riding off and on since 2003. Had to take a break from 2005 until 2009 bad hip and back. Started riding again last April because of stress. Guess God thought it was a good thing because so far it is all working. <em>332</em> <BR> Ride Strong and Pedal Safe Mon, 12 Apr 2010 20:01:59 EST Dokkum, NL to Santiago de Compostela, ESP Petra, aka Missfying, has invited us to join her on this trip. It's an 1875mile/3000km pilgrimage. Here is what she wrote about it. <BR> "Santiago de Compostela is in Northern Spain. It is a place where people went in the middle ages on a pilgrimage. Dokkum is another such place. in the north of the Netherlands. There is a walking trail from Dokkum all the way to the south of the country traditionally used for this pilgrimage." <BR> <BR> How it's gonna work: Everyone will keep there own ... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 21:31:16 EST LAST LEG--BRISBANE TO CAIRNS-- 050miles ---Dang...this topic heading is almost always never leaves the name as I type it in. Our mileage for this leg is 1050miles...not 050...Sorry. <BR> <BR> <BR> 101 (from last leg of our tour) + 2 = 103 miles <BR> <BR> We are headed up the east coast of Oz into the tropics of Cairns. It may get humid and muggy....but we are tough, hardened cyclists who can handle a little heat. <BR> <BR> Like Dorie in "Finding Nemo"....."Just keep swimmin'. Just keep swimmin'..... Except in our c... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 21:13:14 EST CANBERRA--SYD NEY--BRISBANE --750miles It's time to start posting to this post. We will be in Brisbane when we ride another 750 miles. <BR> <BR> We got all our supplies replenished and our gear repaired in Canberra, so we are ready to head back on the open road--North to Sydney. Anyone know of some great places to eat there or places to visit? <BR> <BR> After a couple days here in Canberra, where we enjoyed the tour company paying for luxury accommodations and fine dinners and wine, we are back to roughing it in our tents ... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 22:31:39 EST mileage Are you getting my miles? <BR> <BR> Do I need to keep track of them myself and enter them on this forum? <BR> <BR> I do have in at my goals and track it daily. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 19:54:43 EST hello from downunder Hi, my name is Crispian, you can call me Crispy. <BR> I love cycling, I have been racing since I was 11 and currently ride 300km per week. I also have a 43 hr/wk job and wife and 2 yr old boy/girl twins to support. It gives me little time but I am happy. <BR> We moved to Australia in October 2008 after selling our house and bakery in NZ. I now work for a large bicycle retailer on the Sunshine Coast of sunny Queensland, Australia. We love it here! <BR> My wife is a popular member on this site ... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 01:13:07 EST ADELAIDE TO CANBERRA - 750 miles Please forgive my delay in getting us headed out of Adelaide. By now you all must be pretty anxious to get on the road, and Adelaide is feeling a bit stale for us intrepid cyclists....I was having some trouble pulling myself away from the beaches. We are going to be inland for a thousand miles or so now. <BR> <BR> We'll be riding the Mallee Hwy to Canberra. I found this interesting bit of information....maps to public toilets along our route. LOL!! Oz has everything! <BR> <link> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 14:58:46 EST the 65 roses tour hello team members!!! <BR> <BR> my lbs is co-sponsoring a bike tour to benefit cystic fibrosis. anyone close to arkansas (or not) i'd love for you to come and ride with us. i just heard from my ride partner petra that the 65 mile option is beyond her skill set!!! that's a scary thought 'cause she's a very good rider. if you love hilly routes this is the tour for you. even the shorter routes will have plenty to challenge you. <BR> <BR> now patty - those of you that live in the rocki... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 20:27:26 EST Hi from Amsterdam, The Netherlands Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Since I cycle to work 4 days a week, I thought this would be a good team to join. On workdays I cycle around 15,5 miles both ways. Yesterday we had about 2 inches of snow (that's a lot for Amsterdam), making the cycling practically impossible. I hope that joining this team will motivate me to put some time in on the elliptical on days that cycling outside is too much and/or on my days off. <BR> <BR> Since you guys started on Monday, should I add the 31 miles I did on Mond... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 07:34:16 EST Hi from WA Hello. My name is Sue :) and I live just outside of Seattle WA. I have been biking some the past few years and want to train for some longer rides. I am pretty wimpy about biking outside in the bad weather, it it is mostly going to be indoors. I have a couple of cycling videos that I like to ride to and have started taking spinning classes again. The virtual rides seem like fun. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 15:47:43 EST The Yellow Brick Road--Redux Yep Folks, we're heading to Australia again this January. CLICK on our Team Mascot (the little guy in a helmet with the big wheel) and it should take you to the map of our route with information about our destinations. <BR> <BR> We'll arrive in Melbourne on Monday, January 4, 2010 and will have two weeks to ride the 455 miles to Adelaide to catch Lance in the Tour Down Under. So get all those workouts and miles in....I wanna get a good place along the Tour so Lance will notice me. <BR>... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 22:35:38 EST 2010 HANGIN' AT THE LBS/COFFEE SHOP ...til we ride again. <BR> <BR> Grab your mocha breve or latte and come sit outside in the warm sunshine--it's always 80F, sunny, and friendly here. We can reminisce about the tour we just completed and plan our next one... <BR> <BR> while the bike mechanic gets our bikes tuned up and ready to go.... <BR> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 17:35:09 EST PIE TOWN, NM TO ANTELOPE WELLS, NM --303.1miles This is our last section folks!!! By now we are hardened mountain bike riders and we must be ready for a shower. Personally, I think (after the shower) I would like to just sit in a big tub of water and soak. <BR> <BR> Banff seems so long ago, yet we've ridden this whole trail in just a couple months. We haven't had to hang our food in trees to keep the grizzly bears out of it for weeks now. We've been extremely lucky by having no bike breakdowns or flats. Here is a link with some great... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:58:54 EST Idita-Walk 2010 Idita-Walk 2010 Has Just Launched! *Registration Open* <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays! <BR> <BR> We are pleased to announce that Idita-Walk 2010 is officially underway (year #12), and registrations are now being gathered. The dates for this year's event are 1 February 2010 - 31 March 2010. The prices are the same as the last 2 years, $10 for each participant (human and/or canine). You will receive a collectible lapel pin for your participation and paid entry fee, as well as a finisher certificate... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:53:44 EST Hi there from vt My name is lander and I'm a fairly simple guy i love my bicycles, my dogs and my garden. I love the fact that on the back of a bike life and the world itself just has to slow down :) I'm looking for people in my area to go on fun rides with please friend me to discuss different winter riding blues and everything and anything. glad to be here <BR> Sun, 13 Dec 2009 01:09:41 EST a thought........ while we are pedaling away on our trainers and occasionally and happily outside this winter, here's something to think about. would anybody like to ride the hotter 'n hell 100 in whicita falls, tx this coming august? my riding buddy has talked me into it. this year there were over 14,000 riders <em>40</em> registration starts at 1201 january 1st. but hotels go fast-make reservations now!!! there are also camping and in-home options available for the more adventuresome. the website is w... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 07:49:35 EST Hi from Oklahoma! Hi all! I just wanted to introduce myself as a new member to the team. I enjoy cycling but have not done much in recent years, so I am hoping that this team will inspire me to hop back on my bike! Since I'm from Oklahoma, it is a little too cold right now to be biking outdoors(highs in the 30s the last week or so), so I plan to get some time (and miles!) in on the stationary bikes at the gym until the weather warms up some more. Hope to be a productive member of the team! <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Dec 2009 22:56:58 EST Hi From Alaska! I'm new to this team but would like to join in on the goal. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 13:59:32 EST Hello from NE IN Hi, Now that rainy winter weather is settling in I'm turning to my stationary bike more. I'm looking forward to tracking here and sharing the joys of the trail. Shirley Wed, 2 Dec 2009 08:08:39 EST SOUTH PASS, WY TO SILVERTHORNE, CO -- 405.1miles (Patty climbs out of her sleeping bag, pulls on her shoes, and crawls out of her tent to warm up by the morning campfire and to have some of Jim's great coffee and a good breakfast.) <BR> <BR> We've crossed over the continental divide eleven times since starting our little trek in the mountains. Not hard climbs, cuz most of our riding has been done near the tops of the mountains anyway. <BR> <BR> We're in Atlantic City, WY for the evening. After we leave here we are in for about 140 mi... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:57:46 EST POLARIS,MT TO SOUTH PASS, WY--507.7miles Tonight we are camped at Kissick Canyon. This is an area I know well--from the road--but not so much off road, such as we are traveling. I used to live just a few miles west of here in Leadore, Idaho. My husband just got back from a week hunt in Grant--a wide spot in the road that we passed through about ten miles back. <link><BR>gdt_picture_show/sec_2/2-03.htm </link> <BR> He left us some antelope for our evening dinner tonight. We are out of glacie... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 02:06:37 EST 2nd Leg--ROOSVILLE TO POLARIS, MONTANA--5 531.3miles Mornin' everyone. I think we'll ride in to Eureka, MT this morning for breakfast and maybe we could all take a hot shower. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the pictures of the country we will be traveling through: <link><BR>gdt_picture_show/sec_1a/1a-map.htm </link> <BR> <BR> At this link there is a set of pictures taken around Richmond Peak--my house is 24 miles due west, as the crow flies. Everyone should come over and soak in our hot tub when we g... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 03:04:45 EST 2nd Leg--ROOSVILLE TO POLARIS, MONTANA--5 531.3mil The site was being worked on when I tried to post this and it gave me an error message. So I tried to post it again only to find it is now here twice. <BR> <BR> PLEASE DON'T POST TO THIS THREAD.... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 03:01:30 EST Here from Orlando Hi everyone. So happy to find you guys. Love riding my bike on the trail in East Orlando and looking forward to tagging along on these trips. Looks like you're having too much fun, and I don't want to miss out. Tue, 3 Nov 2009 13:46:09 EST Hello From San Antonio, TX I am really excited to have found this website. I have been cycling for 4 years and love it. I am trying to improve my performance and will keep you posted on my progress and how I am doing it. Tue, 3 Nov 2009 11:00:11 EST HELLO FROM MA! Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm new to this group as of today. I'm a 56 yr old, very arthritic, diabetic, but generally happy lady. Yeah, the arthritis gets me down at times, but when I saw this site I thought about dusting off my stationary bike and joining up. I live on the RI border, teach full time music in a fabulous independent elementary school and am a free lance vocalist, singing cabaret style shows. I'm hoping that riding a stationary bike will qualify as bike riding! If yes, then count ... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:21:24 EST BANFF TO ROOSVILLE, MT -- 215miles This is where we will start entering our miles on November 1st. At that time, you can include any miles or time on the spin bike from that weekend. Spin bike miles are recorded by the cyclometer on the spin bike OR, if you don't have one, you only get a lousy 10mph--no matter how much of an animal you are on the bikes. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> previous miles 0.0 <BR> my miles today 0.0 <BR> cumulative miles 0.0 <BR> <BR> (If you all know of a better way to do the cumulative miles, please s... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 23:56:52 EST Great Divide Mountain Bike Route - Novemer 2009 <em>636</em> Canada <BR> <link><BR>ide.cfm </link> <BR> <em>670</em> Mexico <BR> <BR> It's time to take out your mountain bike, air up the tires, and strap on your helmet for a rip-roaring ride along the continental divide. <BR> <BR> We leave from Banff, Alberta, Canada on Sunday November 1, 2009. This is a full blown, albeit pretend, bike tour of 2600miles. We will sleep under the stars; bathe in mountain lakes; eat that yummy dehydrated food; p... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 23:33:19 EST Howdy ya'll Hi all, <BR> I'm back! I look forward to getting back into a real workout routine. Running on a treadmill is better than nothing but hasn't kept the weight off. I've missed ya'll and want to catch up on the real Summer Tour. <BR> <BR> Glad to hear your next tour is from Banff to Mexico. You're travelling through my favorite country side -- the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. <BR> <BR> I've missed you and glad to know that you're still here. I'm ready to start training for next year's... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 22:27:30 EST Howdy from Central Indiana I will admit first off that I have an addiction to Spark teams! I'm also addicted to my bike. I completed the goals for the first part of the Summer, my 100 mile, 4th of July weekend. Now, after some time off for a business trip to Boston, I'm ready to begin the second half of Summer training: Getting ready for my own Labor Day weekend ride; an annual 50 mile ride that I've made since my heart attack back in 2007. That first year was the half-century to mark the half-year anniversary of the ... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 15:37:28 EST Howdy from Central Indiana I will admit first off that I have an addiction to Spark teams! I'm also addicted to my bike. I completed the goals for the first part of the Summer, my 100 mile, 4th of July weekend. Now, after some time off for a business trip to Boston, I'm ready to begin the second half of Summer training: Getting ready for my own Labor Day weekend ride; an annual 50 mile ride that I've made since my heart attack back in 2007. That first year was the half-century to mark the half-year anniversary of the ... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 15:37:14 EST Hello, I'm Babykay4 By sharing my knowledge with others, I help myself the most...I have been very appreciative of all the information I am receiving and I hope it is ok that I copy and paste it and send it onto others...I like that article that talked about losing....I am no longer going to say that word "lose", cause I don't want to ever "find" it...I will say 'CHANGE'.. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 11:19:01 EST Hello from the Rocky Mountains! Hi! I just found this team and am looking forward to getting started. I am from Southern Colorado a bike lovers mecca! I mountain bike and do allot of road riding in the summer (it is to hard to do at -30F) I hope to start raking in the miles and motivating myself out of my slump. <em>217</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:06:19 EST Summer Taunt--2009 We managed to post three months on the March Taunt topic. Boy, are we good!!! We need to keep posting our workouts as a way of saying, "Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na!! Look how good I'm doing." Or, "Beat That, you slackers!" With a whole lot of tongue in cheek, good natured LOL's. <BR> <BR> (Patty struggles to her feet, breaks her crutches across her knee, (ouch), tosses the pieces across the room, stands up straight, shoulders back, and steps proudly into the breach! Bursting into song, to the ... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:22:55 EST My CHOICE: CLYESDALE or Age Bracket????? In August I'm going to attempt a race around our lake. It is Lake Winnebago and the race will be about 90 miles. It is called "Race the Lake" <BR> <BR> This is my first year to do this. I have two options: 1. I can race in my age category (45-49) which if I average about 20 mph I could place about 13 out of 50 from last year's results. If I go by my Century time (with a broke spoke during one of the legs), I would place about 32nd out of 50. <BR> <BR> Option 2: Clydesdale Bracket: any one... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:00:44 EST SPRING TAUNT -- March 2009 Are you tired of the word "challenge"? Every team and community message board on SP has issued challenges lately....some within their team, some against other teams. I'm asking our team to join in with the "Spring Taunting". You know...that's the same as a challenge, but with a bit of a sarcastic flare to it--which I often feel is implicit when some folks post their workouts and accomplishments anyway. LOL! <BR> <BR> This will be a good-natured little jab at all those challenges. Here's... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 13:45:35 EST Just hangin' out at the "LBS" While we wait for the next tour to start, we can hang out here at the "local bike shop". This is a place to meet up, keep in touch, and chat over a cup of coffee <em>469</em> about our latest events, accomplishments, brags, bike purchases, log our training miles, reminisce about our previous tours, and plan our next. <BR> <BR> This is a nice little shop, just around the corner from where you live. It's in an older part of town with a bunch of ambiance, local flavor, and history. It ser... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 01:07:24 EST Virtual Transcon tinental Trail bike trip Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am currently bicycling along the Transcontinental trail. <BR> <BR> My current location is Virginia. I am hoping by the end of the month to start across Kentucky. <BR> <BR> This site is great because it when you log your miles, it will display a picture of the location where you virtually are. <BR> <BR> Here is the link if you are interested is checking it out. <link> </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:52 EST EUCLA to PERTH -- 885miles Well, since we are less than 150 miles from Perth I figured it was time to put up our final leg. Sorry for being so late. I'll add up our miles again soon and see if we are wading in the Indian Ocean yet. <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 20:39:39 EST New Team Member I just learned of this team from a post on Freedom Riders. I do a lot of biking 3/4 of the year, mostly road and rails-to-trails. I have 2 bikes--a TREK hybrid and a new carbon Specialized road bike. It's heaven to ride a light-weight bike. The TREK weighs in at almost 30 lbs. before the panniers. <BR> <BR> I've ridden the C&O Canal Towpath from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC, and the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland. Both offer fantastic rides. I highly recommen... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 13:27:56 EST ADELAIDE TO EUCLA -- 960 miles A salute to my cycling mates!!! You guys are animals!! (and I mean that in the nicest possible way--read below for the miles you've accrued in just the couple weeks we've been in Adelaide.) <BR> <BR> We will leave Adelaide Monday at 9AM--that's 5pm eastern time US on Sunday (if my calculations are correct). The TDU is over as of about midnight eastern time US on Saturday. Don't try to figure it out, it will make your head hurt. So, we will be off tomorrow, as it were..... <BR> <BR> R... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 00:42:41 EST Summer 2009 Real Tour Discussion As many of you know, we dedicated "virtual" bike tourists joined this team because of our deep held desire to actually do a real tour--specifically the TransAm--one day. For this summer, some of us have tossed around the idea of riding BRAN (Bike Ride Around Nebraska) or the Tour de Nebraska because Nebraska seems sort of central to many of us. After some research it seems that Rapid City South Dakota is an even more central location for most of us. <BR> <BR> I found a tour company at th... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:48:07 EST Biking in Texas Hello everyone - I thought I would join a new Spark Team this year that is consistent with the exercise I plan to do. And I see it's a small group, so hopefully I will be able to get to know you all soon. I am (just) 50, a mom of two teenage boys, wife to a great husband (he got me a new bike rack for Christmas) and live in San Antonio. The problem with where I live is it's in the middle of bad traffic. Rolling hills in my neighborhood, but lots of stop signs. Sigh. I hate blowing by th... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:16:53 EST Hello from California My bike and stationary bike have been collecting dust for the past few years. I plan to make bike riding a daily habit now and need all the motivation I can find. <BR> Sat, 3 Jan 2009 13:15:23 EST MELBOURNE TO ADELAIDE -- 450 miles <em>244</em> 1627 miles in OZ since we left Brisbane on the 12th of November. We need to put in some serious miles/fitness minutes between now and the 18th of January. I hope everyone can find some time to post a link or two about the history or customs or scenery of the areas we are traveling through. <BR> <BR> This is a picture along the coast as we start out of Melbourne toward Adelaide. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ontheloose/ausandnz_05-06/1134329520... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 20:17:06 EST CHRISTMAS IN TASMANIA We made it to Melbourne, but were too late to do much touring around before the ferry left for Tasmania. We can do the touristy thing and find the hot spots in Melbourne when we return after the first of the New Year. <BR> <BR> I mapped out a route and found you could do a full loop of the island in about 600 miles. How long did everyone want to spend there? I get so enchanted and fascinated just googling the island in satellite mode. I want to see everything. And my mind drifts away to t... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 16:44:26 EST Hello from MA Hi! You got my interested from the other cycling team! What do I do next? Do we get brochures? <BR> Patti Tue, 2 Dec 2008 11:08:59 EST SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE- --550miles <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> On to Melbourne.....Did everyone enjoy Sydney? I looked on their website and saw they just finished up a full week of bike events. I'm glad we got in on that. They even had their very first bike swap. I just loved the lights over the harbor and that beautiful bridge (the locals call "the clothes hanger.") <BR> <BR> It's amazing to me how many miles you guys keep posting duri... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 18:53:09 EST BRISBANE TO SYDNEY--575 miles Everyone get through customs OK? You would have thought they'd never seen "locals" before. Good thing we let Christopher and Ann do the talking for us. <BR> <BR> Cindy and Ann have taken the lead for us and logged in to get us started with over 100 miles. Someone tell Lisa to take a break from that new trainer for a minute so she can log in all her miles. Check out the local flavor before we head out. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Would someone chec... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 12:25:04 EST HOLIDAY CHALLENGE! During the holiday's it will be understandable if you cannot find time to post regularly, BUT we are here to get healthy so you have to keep active. Don't let the holiday guilt keep you away. We are all going to eat too much or not ride enough, etc. during the next two months. You are not alone!! Posting a mile a week is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> What's important is that we keep in touch. I'm a terrible one for not communicating during down times. I wait until I'm back on track so y... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 12:22:33 EST Virtual Australians! Aussie Slang Primers in hand? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.html </link> <BR> <link><BR>uide/ebook.html </link> <BR> <BR> Okay. Here is your assignment: <BR> <BR> On this Topic Thread: Once a week post your (new) favorite Australian term or saying found in your "textbooks". You can also do a Google search for more sites and try to stump us. <BR> <BR> Par... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:05:47 EST CROSSING THE PACIFIC! OK everyone....get off those deck chairs and give me twenty!! This isn't a luxury cruise for cryin' out loud....and, hey, Jim--step away from the buffet table!!! ;-) <BR> <BR> (Patty dashes by on her 200th trip around the deck of the ship. Pausing periodically to heave over the side.....poor patty doesn't do well on the ocean.) <BR> <em>24</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2008 13:27:25 EST NEW TEAM NAME? If we are now crossing Australia I think that perhaps a team name such as "Across the United States" is a bit out of touch? ;-) <BR> <BR> Any ideas for a new team name? Here are some ideas I thought of....not very clever, but descriptive: <BR> "Virtual SparkCyclists" <BR> "Virtual Bike Tours--Cross Countries" <BR> "Virtual Bike Tours--Cross Country" <BR> "Wino's on Bikes" <BR> (LOL just joking to see if you're paying attention.) Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:03:33 EST FIFTH & FINAL LEG OF TRANSAM--WOO HOO!! This is it! The last leg of our journey together. <BR> <BR> 504 miles to go!!! Yep, you heard right. ONLY 504!! <BR> <BR> I went back to be sure I had brought everyone's miles forward. With that and the awesome miles you've posted since Saturday we have covered 271 miles in three days. You all should be proud. Even Wendy (Rosie2195) is home from her cruise and is back in the pack. <BR> <BR> <BR> We are finishing with a flurry. Those that are traveling are still riding. Those that ... Tue, 28 Oct 2008 15:39:52 EST Fourth Leg--Pit tsburgh, KS to Harrodsburg, KY Onward and Eastward!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Howdy, Howdy, Howdy!!! What song shall we sing today, as we ride? How about: "Get your kicks on Route 66" <BR> <BR> "Well if you ever plan to (ride east or west), <BR> Travel my way, take the highway that's the best. <BR> Get your kicks on Route sixty-six. <BR> <BR> Well it winds from Chicago to LA <BR> More than two-thousand miles all the way. <BR> Get your kicks on Route sixty-six. <BR> <BR> Well it goes through St. Louie, Joplin, Missouri <BR> Ok... Sat, 4 Oct 2008 12:54:38 EST Third Leg--Bre kenridge CO to Pittsburg KS Here is the link to the next leg of our tour. This one takes even longer to load up because it's 1000miles. So, link to it and then go for a bike ride while it loads. :-) <BR> <BR><BR>tes/co/breckenridge/364185755044 <BR> <BR> You can start logging your miles here any time. We have logged in a total of 1832 miles so far. You all should be so proud of yourselves. We are making this look easy!!! Mon, 15 Sep 2008 02:13:59 EST I hit my goal weight today! I just had to share! It is biking, it is Sparkpoints. <BR> <BR> My blog post about my journey is linked below. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>_journal.asp?id=MOONKEE2 Sun, 7 Sep 2008 20:32:39 EST Second Leg--Missoula MT to Breckenridge CO Well deserved day off in Missoula. It's a beautiful day. You can enjoy our farmers market with fresh fruit and vegies, then wander down by the river park and enjoy some of the local music. Or, you can enjoy the music AND watch the kayakers work the river wave. If you like to fish, there's plenty of that. Or perhaps float the river and look up at the sky, for a change--we've been staring at the road surface in front of us for a week. We only have two great restaurant's that I'd recommend... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 15:39:13 EST Mass Start TransAm--log first leg miles AND THEY'RE OFF....... <BR> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> A champagne toast to everyone, a loud cheer from the throngs of observers, slaps on the back all around, and a mighty "Hi Ho Silver"....oh, sorry incorrect analogy. <BR> <BR> You can click on the Team picture and go directly to the map/route whenever you wish. Let's keep in touch with this page at least once a week. If you don't get any mi... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 21:35:24 EST First leg of virtual TranAmerica tour didn't work....I'll try again. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 22:12:10 EST Let's make the trip NOW! No more excuses. We are small in number and that's good. I believe we may be only four now, since I cannot locate Joel--our "creator"--and he does not have a Sparkpage. I'll let you know if I hear back from him, or if any of you know him, please call him back into the fold. I hope he's just spent the last four months on his bike and incommunicado. :) <BR> <BR> I'm sure hoping you all will "spark" to my idea, cuz I'd love to do this. Ready to hear my proposal? Brace yourselves--How about we do a virtual bi... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:36:27 EST An enthusiastic "sign me up" I'm one of those who also want to cycle across the US--someday! I'd like to hear from any of the other (four) members of this team as to how we accomplish this goal. I work in Missoula Montana, home of the Adventure Cycling Association <link> </link> . Have you all heard of it? I look forward to "meeting" each of you. Patty Mon, 25 Aug 2008 13:13:02 EST A Bike that Will Go The Distance So, I have to buy a new bike... mine has been chained to a rail for the last year or so at an apartment building in snowy Upper Michigan (and I live in Wisconsin <em>20</em> don't ask). I'm going tomorrow to pick one out so I can stop riding my mom's road bike. I think I'm going to opt for a hybrid... not that I completely understand what that even means! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway... I can't wait to start really tracking my miles and progress! Tue, 22 Apr 2008 00:42:13 EST HELLO HELLo HELlo HEllo Hello hello =) Hope you liked my echo... =) Yes, I can be very lame. =) My name is Amy and I am joining this team because I am planning to complete a long distance ride. My father has always been a biker, completing RAGBRAI several times... over the years he has been leading an unhealthy lifestyle. He was hospitalized this weekend... thankfully he will be okay, but his doctor has ordered him to stop smoking, begin exercising and eat healthy (as most doctors recommend <em>20</em> ). To show support and ... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 02:34:42 EST The basic idea... Hey ther everyone, if you have stumbled onto this page, then great, but if you came here on purpose, AWESOME!! Just to let everyone know, one of my life-long dreams has been to bike across the United States. Now this is not motorcycle, but bicycle. Am I crazy? A little, but I think it would be one of those memories that will stick with you forever. I created this team to unite other long distance cyclists. Post anything related, like best equipment, or your favorite bike setup for touri... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 02:57:04 EST