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    I was backpacking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area (NE Oregon) car-free last week from Tue. morning to Friday afternoon. But it was a hot 6 hour drive in my buddy's car to get to the trail head.
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    Due to illness, my partner isn't able to do longer bike rides anymore, and I'm not really into taking vacations by myself.

    Instead, I've done what might be called day tours: I pick some destination, ride there, hang out for a bit, then come home. When I lived in Southern California, I frequently went to Huntington Beach (50 mile RT), and also enjoyed my trip to Crystal Cove State Park (65 mile RT). I had planned to do a day trip to San Diego the week before we moved - a 110 mile bike ride and train ride home - but I came down with a really nasty ear infection, so it never happened.

    There's a few state parks around the area that I'm planning to check out - the Great River Bluffs State Park should be doable in the near future. Eventually, I'd like to take day trips to Winona, MN and maybe Decorah, IA. I know there will be some work thing or another in Madison at some point, so that would be a good excuse to ride there, especially since they really don't like to pay for car rentals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandempower View Post
    It didn't sound like an insult; more like a subtle relegation to go somewhere else. Anyway, I know about the touring subforum but thanks for mentioning it. Have you considered that many of these sub-forums overlap topically? Bike touring is really a combination of living 'car-free' and 'home-free,' i.e. nomadically, for example.

    Does the 'living car free' sub-form refer specifically to aspects of car-free living besides touring? No matter, you referenced the touring sub-forum as a resource and we're wasting thread posts discussing it further.
    And it was nice to see that Machka herself got some good info here about a bike tour that she plans to take next year.


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    For those willing and able to travel far from home:
    http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-g...ls.html?id=818

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    For those willing and able to travel far from home:
    World's Most Beautiful Bike Trails - SmarterTravel.com
    Thanks for the link. Some interesting trails to explore.

    We've done parts of the North Sea route, and of the Velodessy Trail which isn't mentioned on the list. I've also had brief contact with the Munda Biddi Trail in Western Australia before it was completed.

    And there is a network of trails that are reasonably well marked in Belgium, the Netherlands and France that I've thoroughly enjoyed and am looking forward to exploring again.
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    It's almost the end of summer in the northern hemisphere ... where have you travelled this summer?

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    I've been doing just overnight camping trips all summer. Great fun though. Mainly in Dawson Forest which is a bit more than 50 miles from my home. I usually leave my house around 5 a.m. and I'm in the forest before noon and setting up my camp. Then it's an afternoon of exploring and just enjoying the sound of the Etowah River rapids near my camp.

    But I am finally going to have something more like a vacation. It's only a week off work but that's still so much better than riding somewhere one day and riding home the next! I'm doing a waterfall theme this year. I've mapped out several waterfalls and campsites I want to visit. This will be so much fun. I've picked about 15 waterfalls I want to see, I think what I actually visit will be more like ten. I'm planning low milage days so I can enjoy little side trips I find along the way or just hang out and bask in the sun and mist of the Appalachians. I'm leaving on Saturday September 13 and returning Sunday September 21.

    Can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    I've been doing just overnight camping trips all summer. Great fun though. Mainly in Dawson Forest which is a bit more than 50 miles from my home. I usually leave my house around 5 a.m. and I'm in the forest before noon and setting up my camp. Then it's an afternoon of exploring and just enjoying the sound of the Etowah River rapids near my camp.

    But I am finally going to have something more like a vacation. It's only a week off work but that's still so much better than riding somewhere one day and riding home the next! I'm doing a waterfall theme this year. I've mapped out several waterfalls and campsites I want to visit. This will be so much fun. I've picked about 15 waterfalls I want to see, I think what I actually visit will be more like ten. I'm planning low milage days so I can enjoy little side trips I find along the way or just hang out and bask in the sun and mist of the Appalachians. I'm leaving on Saturday September 13 and returning Sunday September 21.

    Can't wait!
    That sounds awesome. Have fun and give us a full report when you get back.


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    I used a car four times, but I went to Thailand and Vietnam this summer. Was a rather nice two months. Cycling in those countries was definitely a departure from the norm!

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    Summer is my busy season... there has not been much time to get away but that will change.

    This past weekend a group of friends got together to ride what was a 222km round trip with an overnight stay at the lake, we did this in memory of one of our friends who passed away earlier this year on the anniversary of her solo tour to California.

    Getting ready... my bike is the blue Kuwahara and the copper bike is a vintage Specialized (I built that fork).



    Our first rest stop after getting out of this sprawling city...



    We found some roads that were not quite roads...



    Slept like a baby... was snug as a bug in the bag and bivy while a few of the other folks complained of being a little cool.



    We live in the land of big skies... the secondary roads are almost car free.



    Got the bike ready for another out and back trip planned for Friday / Saturday... will be running lighter and tighter on what will be a 130 km round trip.



    After that I'll probably be waiting until next spring... our travels will be taking us to Michigan for family matters and will need to prepare for that trip.

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    I just had a perfect week in the chattahoochee national forest. The riding was great. The views were beautiful. The camping locations were plentiful and splendidly serene. And the hot weather gave us a break down here. In fact I made an unplanned stop to buy another layer to keep warm at night. I hiked to several waterfalls and they were each wonderful in their unique expression of nature and just nourishing to my soul.

    I'm back in town but can't go home without stopping to lay in the grass at Piedmont park and grove on it. Updated my blog last night at a motel.

    Hello again everybody!

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    I love pictures of happy wanderers !

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    Nice photos!
    Gimme that car-free living!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne113 View Post
    car free tour can be amazing because i have personally experienced it.
    Where did you go? Do you have photos?

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