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6/24/13 8:52 P

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We just did GOBA as a shake down for biking daily and using our camping equipment. I wrote a little journal about GOBA. Here is a link to it.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&
doc_id=12524&v=2p

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5/20/13 2:40 P

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Just thought I would post another update about our bike tour. We spent the winter doing a lot of research. Christmas was all about the tour for us in terms of gift giving to each other. We got a BOB trailer to pull behind our tandem, a variety of camping equipment and biking things for the tour. For our anniversary this month, my husband gave me the Adventure Cycling maps for the Pacific Coast. I gave him some merino wool clothing he wanted. (Wool was the "traditional" material this year for our seventh anniversary.)

My husband retires June 6th and we close on the sale of our condo in Illinois on June 11. Since we didn't know how long it would take to sell the condo, we had been thinking of starting our trip from Washington State in the fall, go down the Pacific coast to San Diego and then cross the US using the Southern Tier route.

Before we got the condo under contract for sale, we signed up for the week-long Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) the third week of June. We figure GOBA's 50 mile daily rides and nightly camping would be good training and a good test of our camping gear. We also had made some commitments in early July and need to complete our move to Tennessee. We have a lot to do to get our house in Tennessee set up for a family member to stay in our home whle we are gone on our big trip. So our current thinking is to stick to the September start date for the "big tour' and spend July and August doing shorter one or two week self-supported tours to get in more practice.

We are really enjoying the rides on our tandem this spring. On Saturday, we road with our panniers on the tandem (we each get one as our "closet"), and our "kitchen" bag which sits across back on top of the panniers as a test drive. After a couple miles, I asked my husband if he noticed any difference in how the tandem handled. He was confused by my question because he had forgotten we had put the panniers and kitchen on the back. Obviously, we got the weight distribution right!

We have done several 35 mile rides this spring. On Sunday, we did an organized ride in our area with about 2,000 other riders. We only saw one other tandem and two other recumbents on the ride although there may have been others. Organized rides are always fun for us because we get to go on new routes and people tend to comment on our unusual tandem.

I'll post more about our training and plans throughout the summer. At some point we will start a separate blog dedicated to the ride.

It's all good!

Edited by: SIMPLELIFE4REAL at: 5/20/2013 (14:46)
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9/16/12 10:13 P

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That sounds like a good plan.

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9/16/12 9:36 P

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Great thoughts MISSG180, we were actually thinking of something similar by starting in Washington state in July and working our way down the Pacific slowly so we don't start across the southern perimeter until January or so. For anyone that is interested, Adventure Cycling Association has great maps for various bicycle routes around the U.S. As we get closer to the time, we will be purchasing maps from ACA.

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9/16/12 8:37 P

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I'm excited for you & yes please keep us updated.

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9/16/12 5:51 P

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Biking the perimeter would be a real challenge, and I'd recommend starting in California in the fall and going counter-clockwise. You'd be in the south for the cooler weather, but not get to hurricane country until after the season.

I love reading about your preparations!

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Just thought I would give a quick update on our progress toward planning our self-supported tour next summer. We have been doing tons of research about camping gear and bike tour related issues on the internet. We've even taken a backpacking class at REI just to learn more about ultra-light camping. Today, we were too tired to ride, so we spent the day at camping stores (Erehwon, REI, Dicks) checking out equipment and clothing. We've learned a lot, but have only pulled the trigger on buying our bike (the Hase Pino tandem).

Each time we go riding on the tandem, we feel like we are learning new things that will apply toward the trip. We don't have a route picked out yet. We were originally thinking of biking across the US, but now we are talking about biking around the entire perimeter and taking about a year to do it. My guess is that we might divide it up into two trips...but not really sure yet. It's all a work in progress and it will be mid June at the earliest before we leave which is when my husband retires.

I feel really grateful to have a husband that is interested in doing the same thing I want to do. He thought I was crazy when I first brought it up, but now he has really bought into the idea!

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8/10/12 8:33 A

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That's seriously cool. I hope you'll keep updating the thread as your plans gel!


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8/8/12 7:09 P

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I feel really fortunate that my husband has discovered he likes biking as much as I do. When I first suggested biking across the US, he thought I was nuts! Now, I think he's as interested in doing it as I am.

If he didn't want to do it, I think I would have looked into the cross-country rides the Woman Tours puts on. They look like a lot of fun, but are expensive!

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8/8/12 11:51 A

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I wish hubby liked biking, because this is something I would love to do. Alas, he regards biking as a form of torture, so I don't see us making any of these trips.....

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8/8/12 11:42 A

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Wow! Sounds like a great goal and you should do it!! I have a long way to go before I can do something like this, but I do know a few people who have ridden from Virginia to Florida and one that rode with John's Hopkins from Baltimore to San Diego I believe. They loved it. Thanks for including the information on the touring bike. I have a road bike and love it but still have great difficulty making it up hills. Good luck and keep us posted.

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This is something that my hubby and I are also seriously considering. We sooo want to do it, but need to wait for a more realistic time, such as when the kids have moved out. :)

To gear up for it, I would seriously recommend several multi-day trips (like riding the Great Allegheny Passage & C&O trail from Pittsburgh to DC ... Or another long tail closer to you). If you are able to do this while the ae various types of weather, it will also help you to determine what things you truly need to haul with you and what you can live without... Personally, during touring, we splurge for a few comfort items... Like the "butterfly" chairs from REI.

I would love to hear more about how your trip is evolving.

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8/6/12 10:34 P

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Yes....Adventure Cycling Association is the first place we looked when we started thinking of this trip. I'm sure we will end up buying maps from them and joining the association. I subscribe to their blogs and have learned a lot from that site already.

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have you looked at Adventure Cycling Association (what used to be BikeCentennial when they sponsored cross country bike tours to celebrate the bicentennial in 1976). they have great maps, advice, packing lists, etc. www.adventurecycling.org/

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Please share the biking blogs you've found! I'm always looking for good blogs.



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Yep....I say we are giving ourselves the gift of good health! I'm just grateful that we are healthy enough to be able to be considering this.

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Wow, what a great retirement gift to yourselves! I haven't ever done it, but I have friends who did it by renting a motorhome and taking turns riding. They had two small children, so that was the best way for them to self-support.

I can't wait to hear about your preparations!

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8/3/12 12:21 P

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how fun! my hubby wont even ride around the block. he did start walking again, so yay!

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My husband and I are seriously considering a self-supported ride across the US next summer! It's been on my "secret bucket list"for a while. Hubby is retiring next spring. About three months ago, we started seriously talking about what we wanted to do after he retires. I told him about my dream and he thought I was absolutely crazy!!! Now he's really on board with the idea. Whoo Hooo!!!!

We have only been married 6 years. Before I met him, I used to do supported week-long rides and doing had done several century rides. Up until this summer, we hadn't really ridden together because my road bike had developed a fatal gear shifting problem and he really didn't have a decent bike. Last March, I spent $400 getting my road bike fixed and in May, hubby bought himself a nice entry level road bike. We have spent the summer riding and he has discovered the joys of riding.

Now we are busy researching equipment for a long-distance self-supported tour and thinking about where we want to go. I'm short (5"3") so finding a touring bike for me is a little more difficult than finding one for my husband. A couple days ago, we drove to R.E.I. in Nashville for test rides on the Novara Safari touring bikes because they happen to have my size in stock. We both loved the bikes. Hubby suggested that I go ahead and buy the bike for me since size smalls are rare....so I did! I'm loving it. It has great braking ability and can climb steep hills much easier than my road bike. It has "butterfly" handle bars so there are multiple positions for riding.

I love my road bike, but it wouldn't have been near as good for touring as this new bike.
(Touring bikes are more sturdy, lower to the ground, have lower gearing ratios, sturdier tires and more places to support things like racks, fenders etc.)

Has anyone here done any long-distance self supported tours? If so, I'd love to hear about your experiences. I've been reading blogs like crazy by people that are currently riding across country as well as several other types of biking blogs.

I'll post more as things develop. This is exciting!!!

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