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SLIM_STYLISH Posts: 62
6/21/07 11:46 P

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Hi Valygrl,

I know what you mean. I've been struggling with the same 10 pounds for too many years. SP has helped me with realizing how many calories are needed and recording what is consumed.

I usually lose about 5 pounds on a two week tour, by traveling self-contained and not eating junk food or eating out very much. Most people would be deprived living on oatmeal, powerbars, gorp, peanut butter sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and top ramen. A simple life in a tent in the great outdoors, anything tastes great.

In the past I've had trouble with periods of riding (100-200 miles a week) and periods of less riding where the weight gain starts. SP has given me some tools and insight to cut back on those non-riding times.

Good luck, stick with it, don't give up, get up and keep going. Success will happen.

 
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6/21/07 8:41 P

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Hi all, my first post here at SP, I've been using the site for a couple of weeks now, just found the bike team.

I tour!!! Love touring!!!! but... seriously, I do NOT lose weight on tour, if i'm lucky, i break even, and then after the tour ends, I zoom up a bunch. The weight I'm battling off right now has been yo-yo-ing on and off since the end of my first long tour, 3 years ago.

Touring sucks for weight loss. It trains you to eat as much as you want, because you can while you are touring. Then when the tour ends.... watch out!

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6/6/07 1:15 P

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Has anyone ridden the Katy Trail? I'm thinking about making the trip out there this summer. Thanks, Tommy

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5/17/07 5:55 P

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Cool beans John,

Thanks for the kind words. It's been a long hard road but I am getting somewhere. I've been really motivated over the last 6 weeks. Another cycling website I like is www.bikejournal.com I keep an online log of my miles there.

Take Care,

Tommy

 
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5/17/07 5:47 P

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Hi tommy
Once agin, wow to your weight loss. Just created an account on that website. Thanks
John :-)

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5/17/07 5:38 P

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Great to meet you John!

Good luck with you tour this summer. I'm going to Argentina myself this summer but for a tour by rail (my other passion). Check out www.warmshowers.org for a great network of people who host touring cyclists.

Tommy

 
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5/17/07 5:27 P

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Hi Tommy
Haven't tried full touring yet, but have done tours of Argentina and Spain, both for charity. So we went out for cycles everyday but never had to carry gear just ourselves and the bikes. In July I do a coastal tour of my home country, Ireland so looking forward to that. I hope some day to tour the States for a couple of weeks.
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5/14/07 8:01 A

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Yes, I've seen that site. There is a lot of good touring info on the web. I'd love to do Alaska sometime, it's a big place and I'd need to get some other tours under my belt first. Thanks for your reply.

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5/12/07 7:50 P

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Hi Tgears1,

Have you seen crazyguyonabike.com? It's a great place to get ideas for tours. I've been wanting to do the Erie canal ride with my nephews. If you like self-contained and when you feel comfortable, check out Alaska. Done parts of it twice and thinking of going back again in summer.

 
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5/4/07 1:26 P

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Thanks for your reply. I've done a weeklong mostly solo unsupported tour and did a pretty good job at it. I've done a lot of reading both online and hardcopy and really done a lot of planning. If you've not done the Great Allegheny Passage you should put it on your list.

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5/4/07 12:53 P

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Hi, I do a lot of touring, but haven't done the Erie Canal. I have many friends who have and talk higly of it. I think they did it with "In-Motion" tours. They are good group. This year I may re-do the Moosa to train for a ride from Ludenburg, MI to Maine. I did MOOSA last year and it was a good workout. Lots of rolling hills in Quebec and western Maine. Be glad to answer an questions you have about suppoerted and unsupported touring.
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5/4/07 9:58 A

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I've ordered The Erie Canal Guide Book and found it to be great. It can be found here
http://www.ptny.org/guidebook/index.shtm
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I'm not 100% sold on the Erie Canal for this summer but I'm leaning that way. Last summer I rode the Great Allegheny Passage and I love mountains. The Erie offers something new but I keep hearing the mountains calling me back. Maybe I'll get both in, that would solve the it.

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My boyfriend has done tours, unsupported. He rode west/east across Nevada a bit over a year ago, pulling a trailer, camping along the way. I fully intend on doing this as well. Starting short with a Reno to Elko one (300 miles), and then going for more. We'll be doing this together early this summer I think. I can't wait. I'd like to do something like on a much larger scale in the near future, covering several states.

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5/4/07 9:25 A

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Tgears- I rode the Erie Canal a few years back (Buffalo to Albany mostly on the towpath). I did it on a supported tour (they hauled you luggage and did some meals but still"tenting") It was really nice and I have heard that the facilities for camping are growing each year.

I am sure that you will not be disappointed if you do it.

I am headed off on May 25th to work on a fully supported bike tour across the US. Can't wait to leave and get out of the daily gring for two months!

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OH I forgot to say. I fellow sparker told me about a shop that sells used bikes that they have all fixed up. Itís a 3 hour dive from my house but the bikes are high quality and pretty well priced. As it happens I will be headed that way next week, so I am going to go check them out. How exciting

gail


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Tommy that sounds like so much fun and I have dreamed of doing that since I was a child. Thanks of the great memory you have brought up out of me once again. Itís something that I canít imagine I will ever do, but never say never. Right now I have kids at home and I bet one of them would love to do something like that but the other would think itís all work. But I am afraid there would be no convincing DH. A friend of mine just toured parts of Europe by bike last year. He says itís the best time he has ever had. He even got to do a leg of the Ďtour de Franceí.

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I haven't done that yet, but would like to. I went to a bicycle shop and found all kinds of resources such as pamphlets, magazines, etc., all about bicycling, and there were classes listed for everything from bike touring to bike maintenance and they are free! Maybe you could find something like that in one of your local bike shops?

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5/4/07 8:23 A

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if there is anyone here who tours by bicycle. I've been cycling to get healthy for a few years and last year did my first unsupported long distance multi-day tour of over 400 miles in a week. I set off from Pittsburg and traveled to Washington DC with a tent and sleeping bag strapped to my bike. A week later I was there in front of the White House. It was a great time and I am thinking about cycling the Erie Canal in New York this summer.

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