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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    Where would you go?

    Here's the deal ...

    You just won a contest wherein you get up to 30 days to visit up to 3 places. All travel, meals, and boarding expenses are paid. You get $5000 of expense money. If you are employed, they have somehow magically arranged with your employer to allow you to go and not even use your vacation time. You get to take a companion, if you wish, and you get to take your bike.

    You and/or your companion also miraculously feel better health-wise than normal.

    You get to pick what time of the year that you want to go.

    Where would you go? How much bike riding would you want to get in?

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    1.The Dolomites, including Madonna del Ghisallo.
    2. French Alps, including Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux (Ventoux is technically part of the Alps)
    3. Going to the Sun Highway, Glacier National Park, Montana.

    Cycling would be the raison d'etre for going.
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    The Bahamas, Antarctica and the Moon

    Bahamas in winter. Antarctica in Summer. And I'd need a special bike to ride on the Moon but boy would I go fast!

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    I'm in
    where do I put my mark?
    10days with the Irish
    10days in Tazzie
    10days in China
    Then keep riding till the 5000 runs out

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    I suppose one of the first places I would want to go would be America. Never been there and some of the "Epic" rides sound good- So If I could get in 3 rides such as Triple Bypass- Ride the rockies and something else that involves a hill- I would be happy with around 400 miles.

    Next would have to be the Alps. That taster of mine at Ventoux last year made me realise that road riding is Fun. It is not all hills but 10 days of touring the Vineyards would be fantastic. Would need a truck as sag wagon though to pick up the purchases.

    Then after all those hills- Anywhere without wind and rain and a sensible temperaturs of about 70. Just to give the Heart a rest from all the "Fun" it has been having- How about a cruise liner with a promenade deck to relax on? Or possibly a tour of Holland to take in the scenery (If it meets the other criteria.)
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    1. To Japan, somewhere southeast of Osaka in the country where there are few if any signs in english and lots of little villages to explore.

    2. To Florida, in the vacinity of St. Augustine and farther south near the space coast.

    3. Almost anywhere along the Rhine river valley

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    Since the fall of the US $ could it be in Euros instead?

    1. New Zealand
    2. OZ
    3. Tibet

    1 and 3 a mix of biking (MT and Road) and hiking.
    2 biking as much as possible.
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    7 days riding from Banff to Jasper
    10 days scuba diving in Palau and Yap
    13 days hiking and riding around New Zealand

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    >>> what time of the year. . .Where. . .How much bike riding would you want to get in?

    1. Moab, Canyonlands, Arches area, spring.
    2. Escalante/Vemillion Cliffs/North Rim Grand Canyon area, spring.
    3. Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i [the big island], any time.
    Lots of biking, but hiking and running, too.

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    I think that I'd start with a trip to Nova Scotia. Then we'd fly across the continent for a tour of the San Juan islands. By the time that we got to San Diego the money would have run out so we'd have to stay with Digital.

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    1. Paris, the only city in the world one never has to leave to be happy.
    2. Paris, the city where the TdF finishes each year.
    3. Paris, the city of my ancestors.
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

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    I think I'd do an island tour, all by bike:

    10 Days Scotland
    10 Days Sicily
    10 Days Crete

    Ask me in five minutes and I'll give you a different answer.
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    I would want to ride my bike in Europe while my wife shopped. We would spend the evenings together in Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium etc.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    10 days cycling with Andy Hampsten in Italy - 4 pigs,
    10 days skiing in the Swiss Alps
    10 days on the French Riviera sailing on a yacht with a captain and crew stopping to cycle at different locations.

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    Riccione, Italy On the Adriatic near San Marino and East of Florence
    May or September

    http://www.belvederericcione.com/cgi...zione=ciclisti

    We have a need to go back.

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    Beginning a few years ago, I decided to keep an active list of my top 5-10 places that I wanted to visit. Since I haven't had any opportunity to go out of the country, I've been limiting my list to the USA.

    After turning 50, I've been making it a goal to visit at least one place on my list every year. I figure that if I'm 50+ and still in reasonably good health, that I shouldn't put these things off.

    I haven't given a lot of thought to my top 3 worldwide. Places that are attractive do include some that have been mentioned:

    - I would love to visit Europe (never been there). At the top of my list would be stops in Scotland, the Rhein Valley in Germany (my ancestral homeland), and Austria.

    - New Zealand sure looks beautiful on travel shows. Plus that is where the Lord of the Rings Hobbiton was built, just the place for Tom Bombadil to visit.

    - Third place is hard to pick. Both Alaska and Hawaii are attractive. Would want to study the World Heritage Sites list longer to make my decision.

    The Florida coast was mentioned in an earlier post ... I did that this past January. Spent a week visiting the area from St. Augustine to Melbourne, where my parents, brothers, and sisters live. It was a great, relaxing week. Did some birdwatching in the Canaveral National Seashore, observed migrating right whales along the shoreline, visited the Manatee protection area and lighthouse at Ponce Inlet, hiked through the blossoming azaleas in Ravine Gardens State Park.

    The top 2 places on my USA-to-visit list are Yellowstone and Moab/Arches. I will be visiting at least one of them this year.
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    Drop me in Paris and I'll start a spiral course to cover the rest of France and other bits of Europe for the whole month. The love of my life and I spent 2 weeks in France a year ago and my big regret was that we didn't do any cycling. And if we had money to let her shop while I was doing the crazier parts that would be even better fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAsFat View Post
    1.The Dolomites, including Madonna del Ghisallo.
    2. French Alps, including Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux (Ventoux is technically part of the Alps)
    3. Going to the Sun Highway, Glacier National Park, Montana.

    Cycling would be the raison d'etre for going.
    +1 (great minds think alike ).

    But #1 has to include the mighty Stelvio (both sides).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSP View Post
    +1 (great minds think alike ).

    But #1 has to include the mighty Stelvio (both sides).
    WOW, that would be a great ride, going down.
    George

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    I'd really like to do a cross-continental bike ride. Until my butt got real sore about 30 miles into it.

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    The Netherlands.

    Home of my ancestors, very few hills, and no white bikes!!!!

    Uh, and probably some nice looking ladies as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BSLeVan View Post
    1. Paris, the only city in the world one never has to leave to be happy.
    2. Paris, the city where the TdF finishes each year.
    3. Paris, the city of my ancestors.
    4. Paris, before she gets arrested again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Paulie View Post
    The Netherlands.

    Home of my ancestors, very few hills, and no white bikes!!!!

    Uh, and probably some nice looking ladies as well...
    Looks like me and my wife, after we eat.
    George

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