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12/31/13 9:57 A

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I love Hawaii. It sounds like a great trip.

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12/30/13 7:28 A

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I really REALLY want to do the Womantours Big Island for beginners trip to Hawaii they have scheduled for 2015 at the end of January. But I am waiting to sign up until I do the tour this year with them, just so I know I will enjoy bike touring. I don't see myself really not enjoying the trip but you never know.

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12/29/13 10:56 A

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Maybe in 2015 I will be able to take one of those bike tours. 2014's vacation time is already spoken for since we are taking a family trip to Italy.

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12/25/13 11:12 P

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The girls posted some pictures on facebook, it looks like it is cinch strapped to the pannier rack on the back of the bike. The bright yellow and orange of the buckets is good for visibility, though I probably would have spray painted them and stuck reflective stickers on. I understand why she did it since I see the price of good water proof packs of a similar size are 75-150 dollars. When I figure out how to link to the pictures I will.

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12/25/13 10:34 A

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I'm still trying to envision how the kitty litter tubs would work! LOL!

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My cousins went on their trip in October, and elected *partly due to the gov shut down, and worries the C&O would be closed* to only ride the GAP trail. They road unsupported for I think 5 or 6 days. They had a blast and took loads of picture. Some of my favorites include the "college student panniers" two of my cousin's made out of the large square kitty litter tubs. I bought them all gift certs for Road ID before they left. A little bird told me next year's trip is going to be Michigan.

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Yeah I was pretty lucky my work let me go. I actually just got of school and had only been working for my company for 4 month as a coop student. When I got back they hired me as a regular employee and gave me a raise. Lol I should go on more tours ;)

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11/24/13 12:35 P

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What an awesome time. 7 weeks seems pretty quick! I'm impressed. Alas, I am still a working stiff and can't take 7 weeks to do anything. But I may start planning for it in a couple of years! If I can get hubby onto a bike....

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Hey missg180

Our trip took about seven weeks to complete, it was completely no supported. The things we needed we hauled. We camped for the majority of the trip. The plan was to stay in a hotel only in San Fran, Los Angeles, and San Diego ( places we stayed for a few days), but we did resort to hotels twice unplanned. Once due to extremely bad weather and creepy vibe of the camp site, and the other due to illness; I have ulcerative colitis and by the end of the trip I was quiet ill.

We stayed mostly in state parks which were awesome in Oregon, as you know. California state parks were hit and miss, many were on the side of the highway, did not have soap in the washrooms, and were more run down. There were a few gems though in the mix, sleeping among the redwoods was amazing.

We did mostly ride alone but you are never alone on the road. The route we took is popular so we met many other tourist. The people you meet on the rode is half the fun. We met people traveling with babies and older children, we met people who bought bikes their bikes at Walmart, we met a guy who was training to ride the divide, we met a guy who was in grade 11 traveling solo from Vancouver to San Diego (his mom drove him to his starting point), we met a man who swears that riding his bike cured his cancer and we met a pack of young guys that seemed to double in size each time we saw them (going from two to a group of fifteen) and so many others. One thing I learned on this trip was that anyone could do it.

If you are considering doing this trip, the good book is bicycling the pacific coast. We used it everyday on our tour. And please remember to go south, I just have to shake my head at all the northern travellers I saw.




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11/23/13 12:10 P

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4MEHEALTH emoticon We're a fun, motivating team - glad to have you join us. I'm going to try to do more riding this winter. Pavement is still dry... emoticon

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TerribleT, I just checked out your pictures. What an amazing trip. I grew up in Oregon, so am very familiar with the coastal highway and how gorgeous it is! How long did it take you, and did you camp along the way or were you staying in hotels? It looks like it was just you and your mate--was the trip supported in any way? I'm really fascinated and would love to know some of the details!

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10/14/13 1:35 P

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Hi Everyone,
I am new to the team and new to riding again. I am going to try to ride all winter and I want to try a tour in 2014. I am going to check out the Womantours.com. Thanks for the info.

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9/24/13 11:57 A

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I am not too far from Niagara, and I know that website. I really wanted to do the one in cap cod.. but let me check out this one out are you doing this with friends ?? or by your self?


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That looks like a wonderful ride. Thanks for sharing, you ROCK! emoticon

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that is AWESOME.

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No. I was 180 lbs when I left, 158 when I returned. The bike weighs about 32 lbs and then my panniers on top of that.

You don't feel the weight until the hills and on those I suffered through with as much grace as I could muster, which was not much.

In California hills were frequent but you adjust. By the end of the trip the hill would have to be more than 1000 ft for me struggle or very short and steep.

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Wait wait wait, did you do that ride at a body weight of about 350 pounds? So you, bike and trailer combined were over 400 and you were able to climb hills?!?!? You are my HERO!!!
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9/16/13 12:39 A

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I posted a couple on my spark page.

It was an amazing trip the coast is so beautiful, I miss seeing the ocean all day.

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WOW! That sounds like an amazing tour! Pictures, please!!!

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Just got back from a Vancouver bc to Mexican border bike tour, best experience of my life. I averaged 100 km a day while towing about 40-50 lbs of gear. I lost 20lbs along the way.

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That made me smile - thank you!

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1300 for the 4 day trip with lodging and what food is included. I paid extra for the single upgrade because I am an only child so I am not good at sharing.

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Sounds super fun. Is it reasonably priced?

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Was half looking for some walking or biking tours in Eastern Tennessee, but haven't looked extensively yet, but this really sounds like a neat idea.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
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Very cool!

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That sounds wonderful!

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That sounds awesome! I want a full trip report when you get back! Can't wait to see some pictures!

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WOohooo for you! I have a friend who's done several guided/supported tours, and she loves them - she says there's something very liberating about not having to schlep your own stuff, and that if you get a flat there's someone who'll help change the tire. I hope you have a BLAST!!!

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Those woman tours look like a great way to go! I'm sure you will have fun!

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Wow! This sounds like TONS of fun!

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I did it! I booked the Niagara falls bike tour with womantours.com for June of 2014. I need to call them when I wake up in the afternoon and put my deposit on the trip. The have several longer harder tours of places on my "must see" list so this will be a good shakedown run for me to try bike touring. This is only a 4 day trip and Niagara is a 6 hour drive from where I live, I can easily do that with the bike on its rack.

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