Touring - Looking for feedback
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07-18-11, 07:24 PM
I am making plans to travel by bicycle. Most people have a set schedule or route. I am considering something different. I want to follow temperate weather patterns. Right now I am planning to head north when the temperature hits 80F and head south when the temperature hits 40F. I would head east or west when the temperatures are in between. I also plan on renting a car if the temperature goes below 30 or above 90 as an emergency measure. This seems good in theory but I'm sure there are lots of people out there that can poke holes in this theory. That's what I want. Tell me what I'm not seeing.
This will be self supporting while towing a dog trailer. Have to watch the weather because my little dog is 14 years old. For more info see
This trip may last a month, a year or a lifetime. Don't know yet. Will mostly be in the USA for the time being.
07-18-11, 07:40 PM
You are probably a pioneer in that kind of bike travel. Come back when you have experience to offer those who wish to follow! I will be leaving soon on an open ended tour myself, will probably follow the weather somewhat. The economy is making some of us be creative and come up with new lifestyles. We are the pioneers of bicycle wandering.
Sounds good to me!! I'm not one to plan out my routes in any great detail when I'm on tour. I will have a general idea where I might like to go, but that's about it. And "where I might like to go" could change en route.
Just something to think about ... take into consideration more than just temperature. You might want to look at prevailing winds and rain patterns, and adjust your movements accordingly.
07-20-11, 01:01 AM
Ha...bicycle wanderer...I like the idea. Probably crazy as a loons, but...
I just watched on as a good friend passed away from cancer. Relatives are dropping off like flies now. For me, living a 8-5 life all my life has not been very fullfilling, leaving me with dreams unanswered; just feelings of wanting to 'be free'...experience new things. The last time I was 'free', I was bicycling through europe after seperating from the Air Force. I felt alive then, though...sort of aimless, drifting. But as long as I was moving, I was seeing new things, experiencing new people, cultures. My biggest regret was not having someone to 'share' the view with; that is, like someone else's photographs, one can never convey the gravity of the 'experience' unless the viewer was there too. Otherwise, just 'nice' pictures.
Still, it was a high point in my life and now as my years pass on, I realize I have only a few 'vital' years remaining to ever 'realize' things I've dreamed upon, like returing to the road. I remember before, that first 'step' is the hardest one. Once on the road, well, things always took care of themselves, and the obstacles one worries about 'before the ride', always turn out to be pretty solvable. Anyway, thanks guys for helping some of us still in the 'dreaming' stages to see others who have 'realized' actually getting out there and doing IT [IT being whatever one dreams upon]. We're all crazy in our own way I suppose, ha. I imagine a lot has changed since the 70's though.
How do you guys support yourselves [ergo, where's the money], ha.
07-20-11, 12:28 PM
If you're concerned about Tobý in the heat, you can always buy one of those small, portable tent fans. They're lightweight and would help keep him comfortable.
07-20-11, 02:42 PM
Larry, I like your plan... but I'd do it for ME, heck with the dog LOL...
Ron: Right on. No one ever lay on their deathbed saying "I wish I had spent more time in the office." How do you pay for it? Well, if you're in hock up to your eyeballs, you can't. So you get out of debt first, and while you're doing that you learn to want less, appreciate more. That's where I'm headed now, making good progress. I have never seen so many beautiful days and sunsets as I have since I stopped blowing all my money keeping up with the Joneses. Two more years, if all goes well, my children will be on their own (they may not realize that yet, but boy they sure will hahaha) and I ... am ... outta here. Like you, I lost a great friend to cancer a few years back - the difference with him was, he did it right - always kept his life in control, traveled with his family often, wrang the most out of life. His life was so inspiring to me and I am a richer person for having been his friend (for 30 years). Larry: Go for it. You can always find "good" reasons NOT to do something, but you don't need good reasons TO do something, just do it.
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