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Catfish on a bike Catfish made the 3000+ mile trip across the USA, and documented every mile in this forum.

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Old 09-05-01, 10:43 PM   #1
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July 26th, Intro to the tour.

Just a coupla weeks befor seting off on another bicycle trip. I was thinking Id send out some bulk e mailings to keep friends and family informed as to my progress and adventures, as time on public computers permit. Then the other day Beth asked me if I was going to have another message board, like the one i was using last summer. I really haddent thought about that but now I am wondering if that would work out better I know some of you enjoyed reading each others postings as well as the stuff i was writing.

the equipment I am using is basiclly the same as last year the trek 520 I have completly rebuilt just about everything that moves. I up graded to a stronger rear wheel.The fairlane didnt hold up so i got a clyde as a replace ment and built it up with dt 14 ga spokes, got a new seat, one with a hole cut in the center, I did buy a new tent and am hopeing this new and improved version doesnt leak like the old one. I seam sealed all the seams to be sure the first rainstorm will be a test.

I am taking the train to portland or.on aug 7th, my brother is giving me a ride to the station will stay one nightin portland to re assemble the bicycle locate some stove fuel, and just hang out. the following day ILL head to the coast. Some one suggested hy 99 west, ride south to Florance and go east crossing the cascades and again visiting in Bend or. and the deshutes national forest. I will continue into the john day fossel beds and on to baker city and through hells canyon this is where i will see places i couldnt go last year due to the forest fires blocking my route, the bitterroot and lolo hot springs as well as climbing lolo pass.

when i get to miessoula I'LL decide weather to go north to glacier park again and travel the north route. The thinking being that i could take some extra time and stop in some places i didnt visit last summer as well as revisit some of the places i really liked. the other alternitive is to go south and head to yellow stone and through wy and col and travel a bit farther south.

Which ever route i end up on I hope to get to wisconsin for the splended fall season and the colors that I missed last year. I would like to finish up the tour with a trip arround lake michegan.

Someone asked me why tour? and I responded why not? you never know how much is enough till you understand how much is too much

george t korkos (catfish)
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Old 09-05-01, 10:46 PM   #2
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Posted by BicycleBob

Yay!!! Way to go George!

Read this for some info about the OR coast (it is post #32 from Michelle Shaffer's ride last year).

[a note to those who might try to read that entire thread: BicycleForum was having numerous tech problems during Michelle's adventure and as a result, there are lots of mangled posts, links, etc.]

Here is a link to George's previous tour, Catfish on a Bicycle- part one
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Old 09-05-01, 10:47 PM   #3
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Posted by Chris L

Catfish, I envy you so much man! Have an awesome tour.

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Old 09-05-01, 10:48 PM   #4
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Posed by Scott Knaffla

Good luck!
I will be thinking about the fun you are having while I sit at my desk job :-(
Someday I will be as adventurous as you ...

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hi george.....sounds like a very interesting trip.....i just got back from Florida,it was great!!!!never been there before.....well,take care......cheryl holt
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Old 09-05-01, 10:49 PM   #6
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Posed by george t korkos

B-bob thanks for the link and help.

Chris L:
thanks for the kind words,forget about the envy though

Cheryl:
Florida? man you really get arround! I Saw your mother and Dad last weekend, we went to Archies Bennifit party, she told me how make that potatoe soup you and her made last winter I gotta say that was about the best soup ive ever eaten.

the count down has begun, I got most everything I need to start.The bike is about as ready as it can be Its funny ever since the finish of part one i just remembered all ther good things, as I get closer to departure i am starting to remember the rain, sleet, wind, cold sore muscles, thirst, heat, being hungry, wet, ect, but it is still all worth it. Last day at work today, got to see some good friends one more time.thanks for stopping by to see whats happening here
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Old 09-05-01, 10:50 PM   #7
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Posted by BETTE

Hey Bro, Good talking to you last night. Be Careful, Be Safe, Have a Great Ride. (Remember to look both ways when you cross the street) Your Little Sister, Bette
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Old 09-05-01, 10:51 PM   #8
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Posted by Sue Gorzek

Hey George,
Have a great trip. Your truck is safe. WE'll take good care of it. Be careful and safe. Hve a great time. Anxious to hear more of your adventures.

Love,

Sue and Don
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