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3/8/07 1:28 P

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I agree. It has stirred longings to get out and ride, but not necessarily like that. Maybe I'll do a couple of centuries this year or the MS150. I like a nice shower and a comfy bed at the end of the day too!





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3/8/07 10:33 A

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Because of your recommendations, I picked up a copy of the Metal Cowboy. What a fun book! I have been enjoying it during my long commute. But, it is not stirring any longings to go touring! I need my warm bed and shower every night.

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
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ABIKER's Photo ABIKER Posts: 981
2/21/07 11:12 A

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Thanks Starrysapphire. I'll definitely check out that website.





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2/21/07 8:30 A

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If you're looking for touring stories, check out www.crazyguyonabike.com. There are stories from hundreds of cyclists in all different countries about their adventures.

~Brenda, from the fingerlakes region of New York--talk about challenging terrain!!

Edited by: STARRYSAPPHIRE at: 2/21/2007 (08:31)
'If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.' -Maya Angelou


 
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2/20/07 7:45 P

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Great Book!!!

Bob

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ABIKER's Photo ABIKER Posts: 981
2/20/07 5:54 P

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A friend of mine gave me a book to read recently that's full of touring tales: Metal Cowboy Tales from the Road Less Pedaled. It's a collection of essays and articles written by Joe Kurmaskie about his experiences while touring all over the world. It's been a great read over these winter days and has me really primed to get back on the bike.





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1/24/07 12:46 P

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Bob - You must've seen some amazing terrain on what I believe is the best way to travel.

Has anyone toured Internationally? I've done Tasmania, North and South New Zealand and Hawaii (I know, not International, but outside the continental US)...but I want to try other countries (of course, France is on the list).

I'm curious if others have explored some great countries that's worth recommending.

-Felisa
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1/12/07 8:01 P

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That's awesome. I've been thinking about mixing some travel and cycling. It's got to be the ideal way to see a new place.





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1/11/07 9:25 P

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Hi, My favorite riding is probably out west although New England is very pretty and can be challenging. This summer I rode in Quebec Eastern Townships. There were many many endless big hills there. Lots of 12% plus stuff for a few miles a down hill and then more climbing. At the top you could see the big hills ahead and the road cuts through the crests for many hilltops in the distance. That was hard work but fun. I did the Maine coast with a friend from Oregon who remarked that Maine didn't seem to have many flat spots.
I live in Florida in the winter. It is probably my least favorite place to ride.
Bob

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1/11/07 9:19 P

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Hi, I ride a Easy Racer TiRush. It is a long wheel base recumbent. I was an upright rider before some serious back surgery in 2002. I wanted to do the cross country and my sports medicine guy, who rides a recumbent, suggested I would get back on the rosd faster riding that bike. The picture of me at Stevens Pass was the one year anniversary date of my
surgery. I have been lucky to have no problems since. The recumbent is slower up hills but faster down. I believe it is that way because the bike is around 50 lbs with touring gear (80 fully loaded). I don't think that it has much to do with the configuration of the bike. Of course my 68 y.o. heart doesn't like to get much above 160+ for long - so perhaps that is the biggest factor.
Bob

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1/11/07 7:50 P

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Hi Vista,

I share the touring passion. Only get a couple of weeks a year of self-contained touring, with my husband due to his vacation limitation.

Which location was your favorite for touring? I've done sections of Alaska twice, and want to go back. The Oregon coast was fantastic too.

Love the Grand Teton wallpaper on the back of your sparkpage!

Happy trails,

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ABIKER's Photo ABIKER Posts: 981
1/11/07 12:36 P

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Hey Vista,

Nice to meet you..so you average about 4500 miles a year? What is weapon of choice for touring?





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1/11/07 7:13 A

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Hi,
Nice to find this forum. I have been doing long distance riding for about six years. In that time I about logged over 27,000 miles. One cross country, one west coast ride starting in Sydney, B.C. thru WA, OR, and CA., Rides thru ME, NH, VT, and Quebec, rides up and down the Maine coast and inland to the mts., and many others. I ride about 200 miles a week off season and when in training about 40 to 60/day/5 for fun. If anyone has questions about touring or bike camping or places to ride, give me a shout. I would be glad to share what I have learned. emoticon

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