1. e4 Nf6
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: 78º44`W, 42º46`N
Bikes: Mercian KoM with Rohloff, Bike Friday NWT, Pogliaghi Italcorse (1979)
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Thanks for the warm welcoming! Gotta love cyclists.
randya, I'm a SUNYAB alum too, from the early '90s. Piano performance major though.
I've been stuck in the rain for days too...it can be miserable, but if you bring study material or something to create with (I always bring a sketchpad) it doesn't have to be too horrible. It's really only miserable for me when it doesn't let up or if my tent leaks. Otherwise, I'm actually a certifiable rain fanatic. I just can't get enough of that smell.
I've done a decent amount of loaded touring around here, and it's lovely once I'm out in the country, but getting to the country is sometimes scary considering all the suburban development that engulfs Buffalo proper in three directions. (There is always Canada, but passing through Peace Bridge customs on a loaded bike is kinda not worth it) It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't four miles and more of single lane roads with no shoulders and very testy drivers.
Once I'm out of that though, there are some great routes and some very nice people out there. I absolutely love people who are eager to let me camp out for a night on their property without me asking them.
I'm thinking of moving to Eugene, Oregon for a more seasonally hospitable cycling environment. We'll see. I'm saving right now for a Rivendell bicycle and a new laptop, and after those expenses, it's time to decide where to go and then save for the big move.
Anyway, again - nice to meet you!