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Thank you for this great post! I have mostly focused on MTB riding, but have always wanted to do some light touring. This gives me some great ideas, as we have several great tours close to us here in Ohio. GOBA even is coming through Wayne County this year.
It's time to start planning and preparation for summer touring. There are lots of neat things we can do on our bikes that are in reality, mini vacations.
Commuting to work, riding the MUPs, charity and club rides, or simply riding to the market are wonderful, but there are also lots of bike opportunities that some think are "hard core", but actually are easy and lots of fun.
For example. The NYC Five Boroughs ride.
This will be my third year and my youngest son, who is 25, may join me. May 8th is the date but the best part of the event is May 7th, spending time roaming around Manhattan.
Back to the summer tour. I have two in mind, the Erie Canal towpath, www.footprintpress.com/Articles/bicy
which is over three hundred miles of biking from Buffalo to Albany, NY.
The other is a combination of the C&O/Allegheny towpath which stretches from Washington DC to Pittsburgh. www.atatrail.org/
The tour will be mainly cheap motels, but I will have a tent and sleeping bag for the night or two that are perfect for sleeping under the stars.
I ride a lot, not fast and not really that far. 30-40 miles is a good days riding. But one of the better rides is what is known as an s24o, or sub 24 overnight. It's a 35 mile ride to the Myles Standish State Forrest in Plymouth Ma. We ride out on a Friday night after work, camp out, hang around for a while on Saturday, before riding home.
Not only is it a good way to practice all the camping and riding skills, a ride home is just a phone call away, if it's needed.
The above is sport touring. It's a type where we don't need the high end touring bikes, nor do we need to carry lots of stuff. Rear panniers and a handle bar bag is plenty sufficient. Most of the meals are picnic style with grocery store food. Evenings are at pubs and restaurants.
A pocket rocket, www.rei.com/product/660163 , can be used to boil water for morning coffee or evening hot chocolate (with cognac naturally). Also a quick snack of mac and cheese or oatmeal.
If you want to read some really great bike touring stories go to www.crazyguyonabike.com . Browse around the personal logs of people who tour. You will without a doubt find some of the best adventure stories you have ever read.
Edited by: CAPEJOHN at: 1/13/2008 (09:54)
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