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    Fat Guy Rolling dcrowell's Avatar
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    Southern Indiana mini-tour

    I'm leaving from my home in Louisville Kentucky in an hour or two and heading north-east-ish.

    I'll be staying with a friend in Bloomington tonight, travelling through Pekin, Salem, and Bedford. Anyone want to tag along part of the ride?

    Sunday, I'll be riding through Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Martinsville, Mooresville, and into Indianapolis, where I'll meet up with my wife and spend two nights.

    I'll head back a flatter, more direct route on Tuesday through Franklin and Edinburgh before stopping for the night in Columbus. I'll have a ride companion by then, but I'd welcome another.

    On Wednesday I'll be riding through Seymour, Crothersville, Scottsburgh, and Charlestown on my way home. I'll probably stop for pizza in Charlestown.

    I know there are some regulars here from the area, and I know this is last minute, but if you have time to ride 10 miles or 90 miles with me, that would be cool.

    You can even contact me on the road. Go to my blog (linked at the bottom), then click the "contact info" link near the upper left. My cell number is there.

    Okay, I've got to get ready now!
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    Bravo! Have a fun trip!

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    Sounds like fun. I'd love to be there for part of it, but last minute logistics (and work) make it hard to manage.
    Craig in Indy

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    Wow, I was really pushing it on day one (Saturday). Headwinds, too much weight in the panniers, steep hills, and a planned 110 miles. I rode 80 and got a ride from my friend and host in Bloomington.

    Day two (Sunday) was only 80 miles to Downtown Indianapolis, and I had a tailwind most of the way. That was nice. Even with a late start, I made it here at a reasonable time.

    Today is a rest day. My wife is driving up this morning to visit. I'll be heading back out tomorrow morning for a shorter, flatter return home.

    Lessons learned:
    • Don't overpack
    • Limit myself to 60 - 80 miles per day
    • Consider using the 'bent on tours, my B-17 feels like a rock on the 2nd day.


    I'm having a lot of fun. I stop at small random restaurants. I'm eating as much as I want with no guilt.

    My legs only hurt a little. My butt and back are worse. Sleeping is easy after a full day in the saddle.

    I've posted Saturday's portion of the trip on my blog (link in the footer) with pictures and a GPS track.
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    Neil_B
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    Wow, I was really pushing it on day one (Saturday). Headwinds, too much weight in the panniers, steep hills, and a planned 110 miles. I rode 80 and got a ride from my friend and host in Bloomington.

    Day two (Sunday) was only 80 miles to Downtown Indianapolis, and I had a tailwind most of the way. That was nice. Even with a late start, I made it here at a reasonable time.

    Today is a rest day. My wife is driving up this morning to visit. I'll be heading back out tomorrow morning for a shorter, flatter return home.

    Lessons learned:

    • Don't overpack
    • Limit myself to 60 - 80 miles per day
    • Consider using the 'bent on tours, my B-17 feels like a rock on the 2nd day.



    I'm having a lot of fun. I stop at small random restaurants. I'm eating as much as I want with no guilt.

    My legs only hurt a little. My butt and back are worse. Sleeping is easy after a full day in the saddle.

    I've posted Saturday's portion of the trip on my blog (link in the footer) with pictures and a GPS track.
    I'm jealous. I wanna be you when I grow up. :-)

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    I read your blog before you left and just figured that maybe you were just some kind of an animal taking on 110 miles loaded in one day. Sixty miles a day is about my limit and you'll always bring too much the gear the first time...enjoy the rest of your tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iforgotmename View Post
    I read your blog before you left and just figured that maybe you were just some kind of an animal taking on 110 miles loaded in one day. Sixty miles a day is about my limit and you'll always bring too much the gear the first time...enjoy the rest of your tour.
    Ditto. 110 miles is a drive, not a bike ride.

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    I wonder what it would cost to have an ambulance follow me if I did this?

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    I made it home safely last night. The return trip was a shorter flatter route. I also got a ride home from Henryville IN. That saved me about 30 miles. Two sixty-mile days worked a lot better. I'm happy with 280 miles over four days of riding.

    The weather was (mostly) beautiful for March. I did have a headwind on 3 of 4 days. My average speed was was almost down to single-digits. Came through a severe thunderstorm yesterday (with tornado warning). Took shelter at a Subway restaurant for 30 minutes, then continued on in sunny weather.

    I'm back at work today. Yes, I rode the bike to work, but it was hard to motivate myself on the bike again. I'm already trying to plan another tour.
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    All I can say is wow.

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    I was reading this and wondering when the dates lined up (I have a horrible time matching weekdays to calendar dates). North side of Indy had some ugly weather last night.

    I'm jealous of your tour, we had great weather around here until last night!

    Well done.

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