A good friend and touring buddy told me about this forum, and I am pleased to have joined. You know, it seems that if representatives and senators were like bicycling enthusiasts, all might be right with the world.
I am a business and technology process consultant and project manager, and that occupation enables me to enjoy a fair amount of scheduling freedom I entend to use to enjoy my bicycling hobby.
Seems to me that bikes are like horses. If you can ride one, you can ride 'em all. However, no matter whether your ride is an old plug, a sturdy workhorse, or a racy model, you develop a special affection to it. Its that way with me, anyhow. A few years ago, I bought a used Koga Miyata that has become like a horse I had decades ago. So, I honored the bike by naming it after that horse, Fury. He takes me everwhere I want to go even though he doesn't work like the beautiful woman like the horse did. In all fairness to the bicycle, though, the problem is more likely me than my ride. The bike is still young and very handsome.
The opportunity to do any a tour of any length is a luxury. I like to relax when I ride and I find it difficult to relax when I ride on roads with hundreds of other horses zooming by. So, I like bike paths...especially ones like those I rode on in Europe (Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium) during the summer of 2004. In fact, I liked it so much that I plan on returning this summer. The plan is to ride the Main River in Germany upriver from Frankfurt to Bamberg and then to ride South along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal to the Danube at Kelheim. Then, I will continue East along the Danube toward Vienna. I probably will run out of time before I get to Vienna, so I will go as far as I can and then fly back to the US.
On that trip I will be part of a dynamic group, others joining as their vacations start and leaving as their vacations end. Some part of my first tour in Europe comes to mind every day, and I can't wait to return.