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Old 03-04-07, 09:47 AM   #1
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Hello from: "The Natural Stated"

Hi Im from the NW corner of Arkansas in the town of Rogers, been here 27 years and Im 53 so thats almost half of my life.Im a cuban natural of Basque descend.
I ride a R300 Raliegh do fully loaded tours of 3 weeks and bunches of overnighters guerilla campings rides on it, got small gears yet I live in a hilly country(Ouch!!!) But keep me in shape and ready for an upgrade.
Start touring as a child back in Cuba to a Bible camp outside Havana with the boys of a Baustist Seminar nex to my house, in an single speed bike made in China to big for me, from there I discover that can go far away places in a bike.
Ive see very little of you guys around here and I dont know why is that, this place IMO is very nice to ride. In the 90s I stop a 78 years old man who was riding from Indiana to Arizona (If remember right) in a single speed, he told me that he was doing this ride for many years to go see hes son and that was he last year and that he wanted to do it in that single speed crusier, can you belive?
Ive do MTBiking alot around here but I havent done it an few years.
And yes I keep a cigar in my panniers at all times. I enjoy take a dip an a creek, lake , river, etc after a good ride, pich my tent, cook , eat my dinner and laid back and lisen my shortwave radio when I smoke my cigar!!!! So you see ciclistas come in many diferent forms and shapes!!! :=>

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Old 03-04-07, 10:06 AM   #2
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Hello ozarkman, there are a number of our members who practice your type of 'stealth' cycling...I just can't remember what forum they can be found in...long distance cycling, perhaps?

Anyway, yes ciclistas come in many different forms and shapes!

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Old 03-04-07, 10:12 AM   #3
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I checked the major national bike routes and they do go around the area. I looked at the elevation/contour maps for your area and it does seem a bit lumpy. I was a vet 40 years ago and I am still allergic to the idea of being near Fayettville and you are just north of there. You have a lot of nice lakes to the east, hope you can combine camping with fishing. You can find people who like your style of bike camping in the touring forum.
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Old 03-05-07, 06:37 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, for so welcome me!!!! Ken Im sorry youve had bad experience in Favetteville; I used to love to ride around it but now just getting to be to much traffic there.
I got a cousin in Cuba who want it to be a vet since he was little and now hes one!!! Me? I just love animals and bicycles!!!
EastHill you said:stealth cycling? Well yes when I push the bike in the woods I dont let anyone see me!!!!
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welcome to bf!
sounds like you're in the range i'm wishing to return too, in a sense.
stapped here with a house, car, school, job, etc that seem to deflate current touring dreams. i am enviouse of your freedom!
i too see a removal, or lack of bicyclists, here on the east coast (recently saw abundance of bike inclusion in california though). it can be done!
a friend toured through your area (2005) and was set aside by the bike- exclusion there.
represent and welcome!
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Old 03-07-07, 05:32 PM   #6
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Yes, Tomg I guess the guys just go up true Missouri or around true Oklahoma. I ride few loops around this area, here from Rogers to Tennese and back (Via Little Rock) and I havent see any rider only few "Hobos" with bunch of Walmart bags hanging allover the bike, etc.
I guess people are trying to avoid the hills around here.
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