I love to go riding on the Natchez Trace Parkway and on Highway 96 in Franklin, TN. My other favorite place to ride is Highway 68/80 in Southcentral Kentucky, which goes from Bowling Green to Russelville. I do like to go on long road trips. When I am gone for several days at a time on long trips, I attach a Garmin Etrex Legend GPS, Archos Jukebox 10 GB MP3 player, and two solar panels onto the back to power those two components. The GPS is great! It not only give me a road map, but will also show me where the closest restaurants, hotels, parks, and etc are and how far they are from my current position. My MP3 keeps me more than entertained the whole time with more than 700 songs on it. The best thing of all is that I never have to worry about running out of power with the solar panels. I also put on my 30 watt headlights when on trips.
My bicycle setup is as follows:
2002 Giant OCR 3
Shimano WH-7701 Dura-race Carbon Composite Aero wheels
Shimano Ultegra Gear System
Shimano Ultegra Brakes
Giant Aero Carbon Fork
Selle Italia Gel Saddle
ITM Carbon Composite Handle Bar
ITM Magnesium Stem
Campagnolo Record Carbon Seatpost
Michelin Axial Carbon Road Tire
I upgraded my bicycle to the above specs, instead of buying a new TCR because I think its black, yellow, and silver paint job blows away any TCR model bikes. I dropped its weight down 7 pounds from 24 to 17.
My new years resolution is to ride 2 and a half centuries on a 4 day weekend from Nashville to Shilo, TN National Battle field and back.