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Old 07-31-12, 12:34 PM   #1
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Cycling on vacation

Who all looks for bike paths, etc. and/or take bikes with you on vacation/road trips? My wife and I are headed to Destin FL in a couple of weeks for our 5th anniversary, and now that I'm into cycling again I'm looking for good areas for biking, hopefully with a rented bike for my wife. I'm taking mine in the car, but she doesn't have one. We may do some riding together one day, but other times I'll probably be alone.

I found this path that runs along 30A from Highway 98 over east past the Seaside community. Wow does it ever look nice.

Can't wait to be on this path:
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll...95.13,,0,12.62
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We love taking our bikes when vacationing!! Especially love riding at Hilton Head and Outer Banks!
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Well here we are in sunny Florida, only it's not sunny got in a short ride on Saturday, but it's been raining most of yesterday and today, and we leave tomorrow. Not sure if I'll be able to ride this afternoon or not. Talk about bad luck with the weather.
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I brought my bike with me on our family vacation for the first time this year. we went to the Outer Banks, i got in a couple good rides, and i also did my first century, riding from Nags Head to Cape Hatteras.
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Who all looks for bike paths, etc. and/or take bikes with you on vacation/road trips?
Here is my video from beautiful NW Michigan. It was Father+Son, 4 days cycling vacations. We slept in the tent, and were riding every day. My son is only 5, but did 60 miles. It's always awesome to do something like that with your kids.

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Old 09-16-12, 07:19 AM   #6
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wow that's awesome dude. Liking the music, too. What is it?
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wow that's awesome dude. Liking the music, too. What is it?
Thanks! If you referring to the music, it's my own original piece. I'm not a musician, but I like to try to compose something from time to time.
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How can you not be a musiciain and compose something once in awhile? I'm not a musician and I listen to the radio. Composing something once in awhile makes you a musician, at least to those of us who are truly "not musicians".
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I usually find a way to get a ride somehow. Our last trip was to Reno NV, where I built a bike at the bike co-op (awesome place), rode it for a couple days, then donated it back. A couple years ago we drove to Concord NH for vacation, so I took my bike and got a chance to spend a day riding in the White Mountains, which was fantastic. I try to ride on business trips, if possible. That's how I've ridden in India and Africa, which were both amazing experiences.

Next week we'll be in Sarasota. We're flying so I won't be taking my bike. Unfortunately I don't see a co-op there so I've been checking out craigslist; I might pick up a beach cruiser or just rent.
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Way to go!! The little ones grow up so fast!! All too soon there nothing but pics & memories!!!
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The route you're. looking at is very nice. Its about 65miles -- Destin to Panama City.
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The route you're. looking at is very nice. Its about 65miles -- Destin to Panama City.
Have fun.
lol yeah I never did make it to that path along 30A. That was 2+ months ago. I ended up doing about 12 miles between our condo on Scenic 98 and the Destin Commons Mall. It was about 8 AM nobody around, and the parking deck's 2 upper levels were blocked off. So I went up there anyway.

This pic was on Tuesday morning 21 August, just before we left to head back, after raining most of Sunday afternoon and ALL DAY LONG on Monday.

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How can you not be a musiciain and compose something once in awhile? I'm not a musician and I listen to the radio. Composing something once in awhile makes you a musician, at least to those of us who are truly "not musicians".
Ok, fine. I'm a amateur musician ;-)...at least not a very good one lol
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My wife and I take bike vacations every year, our work was such that we'd get 2-3 months off every winter. We'd usually go to Phoenix and LA for winter biking. The bike paths in both cities are really great. We've also ridden in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Portland. Minneapolis is truly phenomenal for off rode paved bicycle paths, I can't recommend that city highly enough. It's even got a strong winter bicycling culture for the hardcore, plus they plow their bike paths.
Now that we are retired we are on the look out for new bike friendly vacation areas. I think riding in the summer is going to be a real treat though we are reluctant to experience really hot weather, anything over 80 degrees. We'll probably schedule our vacations for fall & spring.
If you've got a city or area that you would recommend for a bicycle vacation we'd love to hear of it.
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we do but carrying 4 bikes is a challenge, especially now that the kids ride adult sized bikes
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heh funny how this has made it back up to the top. We're planning our trip this year to Destin once again. This time my wife and I will both be bringing our bikes, and this year I will definitely be making the ~30 mile round trip to Seaside and back. Last year I wasn't ready for it, but this time it should be no sweat as I have much more experience.
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