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I will (WILL) do at least one century, this year. My longest ride, so far, has been a 64-miler. I was planning on completing a century last year, but my schedule got the best of me. I recently stepped down from my second job as the Sunday night announcer at a local race track, though, so that I can concentrate more on my family (and myself).

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I am SO looking forward to longer trips such as many of you have had...wow, Kestrel...across the country! Would that I had the time & money for this!

Self-supported...? Nah, I would want to hop from hotel to hotel or maybe check on the good graces of others through

www.warmshowers.org

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1/17/11 3:10 P

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Well for those of you looking to do a great multi day ride in the Mountains - I recommend Ride the Rockies. I rode it once - great experience if you want some amazing vertical feet and a well supported ride. I say that because for 17 years I worked as a volunteer staff. Colorado is a beautiful state and this is an amazing way to see it. www.ridetherockies.com

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1/17/11 1:49 P

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Some great ideas here! We are thinking of an Asian bike tour - anyone done any tours with Grasshopper (www.grasshopperadventures.com) or Spice Roads (www.spiceroads.com)?

The only tour we've done to date is the Tulip trip bike and barge with Cycletours out of Amsterdam. Lovely trip, but not heavy enough on the biking for us (usually only about 25 miles per day and very slow...).

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What a wonderful job!!! Being paid to lead bike tours.

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1/17/11 1:35 P

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I have taken lots of memorable bike trips. As a matter of fact every one of them has been memorable. I haven't yet met a bike trip that I didn't like!

Most memorable was my 2000 ride from San Franscisco to New Hampshire. What a great time and what a feeling when it was accomplished without getting in the support van for even one inch! Now I lead tours for the company since I couldn't get enough and I can't really afford to be a paying customer! Actually it is a great feeling to see others living their dreams. I have done 7 San Francisco to New Hampshire crossings (only one that I didn't have to drive the van half the time but I get plenty of bike time regardless) and one from Astoria Oregon to New Hampshire. Maine to Florida. And a ride from Portland Oregon to Cresent City CA with this company. Great rides whether I was working or touring.

I have ridden quite a few others: RAGBRAI, Cycle the Erie Canal, BRAG, Something in Florida I forget the name, Bike Vermont a few times. These are just a few of the multiday and many one day tours.

This is my passion and, although I can't ride fast (which is what I am working on), I can ride for a long time.

I don't really do self supported. I guess I am too spoiled for that but I don't mind "tenting" if it is only for a week or less. I really admire those who can go off with panniers or a BOB trailer and a map (or GPS) and just find their way. I don't think that is in the cards for me though.

At any rate today will be indoor riding for me since it is 10 degrees out with snow all over the place. Hope you guys all have a great day!

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1/17/11 11:00 A

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Sounds awesome!

I had such a blast this past Sept. riding the MS City to Shore ride in NJ. You can catch up with my blog about it here:

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My wife and I ride The Ride Across Minnesota each year which benefits Multiple Sclerosis research. My wife was diagnosed with MS in 1996 so this is a personal thing for us.

The ride is rarely across the state, although we've done that a couple of time, but rather it's usually a 300 mile tour through some part of the state. This year we'll be in the southeast corner going from Rochester to Owatonna to Austin to Lanesboro to Winona and back to Rochester.

Although the ride itself is 300 miles I always add a few extra and plan to go for 375 this year. If you ever want to come join us, sign up with "Team Late" (sleep late, ride fast is our motto).

Have a great day!

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That sounds like an absolute dream come true!

What a WONDERFUL way to streak your way into the 60's!

I'm going to have to retire before I'll ever get enough time to undertake such a venture...can't wait!

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11/30/10 6:58 P

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My dream ride???

The Northern Tier.

Ride across America starting in Washington State and ending in Maine. My girlfriend and I are planning to make that ride in Spring 2012. We have purchased the maps from the Adventure Cycling Association. We are both disabled: she RA me Lupus. We both turn 60 in 2012 and thought it would be a great birthday present to ourselves.

We both ride recumbent trikes and will be self-contained: hauling trailers and camping as we go. We plan on riding 50 miles a day. Should take about 3 months. Our budget is $2000 each.

www.adventurecycling.org/routes/nort
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Here is one idea that set me drooling with anticipation:

How about cycling from London to Paris? :-)

It's not yet for primetime use, but they're hard at work on this...and in Europe cycling is given MUCH more credence than here in the USA...I doubt that this is being given mere "lip-service"!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11447348

Neat article, eh?

How about getting a contingent of Americans doing this together to show that we really CAN do more than go to McDonald's and chug our Coca-Colas...lol!

Other than short stints over the border into Canada I've never done any international travel...haven't really had the interest until now...!

Listen to what one rider said about this route...and this is as it IS, not as it might be re-done: "freniq, from Belfast: I did the London to Paris ride in July, albeit to raise money for charity, but not as part of an organised ride. My father and I planned our own route and for much of the way we followed the route of the Avenue Verte. It transformed what I was dreading would be a gruelling, dull ride into one of the most beautiful trips I've ever taken. The stunning countryside makes you forget how tough it is and how sore your legs are. No matter how lost we got (and we did!), it only added to the enjoyment of the ride. A route I would recommend to anyone planning this trip."

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11/16/10 5:46 P

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I'd love to ride the entire C&O Canal (not road bike compatible, but a great fall ride).

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11/16/10 11:56 A

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Two dream journeys for me are RAGBRAI in Iowa and a bike tour of Ireland (or horseback, LOL).

I'd also love to do one of those tours that ties in with the Tour de France.

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One of our local bike club members did the Ride Across America and shared how wonderful their experience was cycling through Kansas.

He said that people were so trusting, warm and inviting, throwing their doors open, welcoming riders to shower up, putting out meals for them and many other favors. For him it felt like he had traveled back in time to a place where people have not yet become tainted and jaded by the world.

You bring up another excellent point:

MANY states have a Ride Across ____

Here is Georgia's BRAG:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_Ride_A
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New York has their Great Big FANY Ride coming up July 24-30, 2011:

www.fanyride.com/

Here is a pretty neat listing of rides broken down state-by-state:

peteandedbooks.com/brides.htm

And another great resource is Bikely.com, where folks post rides that they've done so that others can benefit from their experience:

www.bikely.com

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11/14/10 11:30 A

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I feel like a real novice jumping in here and sharing but here goes:

My BIGGEST adventure so far has been Biking Across Kansas. For those of you that believe Kansas is flat. Ride this and feel the thrill of the Kansas Hills from west to east.

I have loved the 60 mile rides I do each year. (a metric century) I have yet to do the CENTURY. Possibly next year. This is one of the reasons for my weight loss. To prepare for my first Century!

THANKS FOR THE SUPER FOOTNOTE DDOORN
about your friends riding through Kansas. Yes, that is what I experienced as well with the people of Kansas. Being born, bred and buttered here in Kansas sometimes we take that for granted. It is always good to hear someone from the outside looking in.



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11/14/10 11:13 A

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It'd be an honor and SO COOL!

Our bike club is the BEST! Here's a link to all the rides they've bank-rolled into their database:
www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/bike
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11/14/10 10:34 A

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Don- I may - come spring come for a visit and ride with you guys.



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Hey Jan,

We've got a great group of cyclists HERE!

How about a SPARK across America...?!?! Pass the baton from one Spark Cyclist to another from sea to shining sea...? :-)

Don

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Here's my dream trip: http://www.cyclingescapes.com/index.html

Multiday cycling through the mountains out west...just makes me drool every time I think about it!!! :)

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Don. If we can get a group of spark runners together in Pittsburgh- what do you think it will take to get a group of spark cyclists together?

The run we are doing is 'just a short run' with a 5k, 8.1 mile, half marathon and 30k. The 5k and 8.1 mile is walk friendly. There is even a group here on the site for the people coming to the event. (March 26)



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Have heard some wild stories about the Ride Across America, (RAAM) Jan...!

Mostly in this WONDERFUL book about biking:

Bike For Life: How to Bike a 100 when you're 100!

www.bikeforlifebook.com/homepage.asp

I would be VERY tempted by the sights and challenges, except I'm not into competitive cycling...at least with others...I'm into competing with myself only.

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Last year one of my first "longer" rides was the Kal-Haven Trail in Michigan which runs from Kalamazoo to Lake Michigan at South Haven. The trail is 33.5 miles, but I started at my son's apartment and extended the ride to around 45 miles.

It was a lovely ride even though I was initially concerned about the fact that it was not paved. The hard-packed dirt was bike-able enough for non-mountain bikes, although I wouldn't recommend it for road / touring bikes with super-skinny tires.

Here are a couple links to information about the trail:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal-Haven_Trai
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www.vbco.org/government364491.asp

One caveat: although the trail is strictly off-limits to motorized vehicle, it DOES cross over paved streets on a fairly regular basis with Stop signs posted in advance of these intersections.

After a while, as it is SO rural, and seeing NO traffic at a majority of these intersections one can be tempted to just SAIL right through these intersections:

Bad idea! Nearly had myself a collision, which I averted, but became respectful of those Stops from then on.

I'll come back and share other rides of note that I've completed this past year for the benefit of those who might want to try them out.

Don

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11/14/10 7:45 A

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My favorite ride is the bike ride around lake Tahoe and Seattle to Portland. Although it was tough - I loved the bike portion of the half ironman this spring (Wildflower triathlon).

Would love to be part of a RAAM team.



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DH and I have ridden the KATY trail across MO and loved it. We plan to do it again. You can do it on your own, but we did the state parks organized ride (the week after Father's Day every year) and really enjoyed it.

But our Favorite is the Florida Bike Safari, hosted by the Florida Freewheelers. They know how to set up a ride. It isn't across country, but have great daily rides of varying distances, great food and wonderful people. What more can you ask?


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It sounds like you have some great plans and goals. I have only ridden a few centuries since they no longer have any organized ones in Alaska... at least not any that I know of.
One of the best parts of cycling is to plan (dream) ahead!
This year I did a 2 week tour of Vermont... riding somewhere new everyday is my favorite activity. Last year I rode a 1 week California wine country tour, and next year I hope to ride in France... but I'll have to see. I'm hoping anyway...

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This year has been the Year of the Century for me. It's been the year I've become hopelessly addicted to the HIGH I get from road cycling longer distances.

Next year, 2011 will be my Year of Multi-Day Touring Cycling trips!

I've been having a blast dreaming and scheming possible venues for such an expedition and would love to hear from others any stories about such journeys YOU have taken or are DREAMING about making in the the future!

Let's put our collective experiences together and inspire ourselves to get out on that open road and FLY! :-)

Don

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