Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 51 to 75 of 106
  1. #51
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,466
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dark13star View Post
    Machka, you are right that AC is more reasonable, but most Americans have a hard time booking them to places like Europe. One thing to keep in mind, is if you are on AC, but book through United, you pay United's fee.

    I haven't brought a bike to Australia yet, but since I am tied to United (living in Denver), I need to stick with them whenever I go to Australia. Those miles are enough for status right there and that gets you free economy plus for the year.
    Qantas flies out of LA ... not that far from you. That's where I'm catching it.

    One of the tricks to cheaper flights etc. is to use feeder flights or other methods to get to a main flight. For example, when I travel to France to ride the PBP, I fly into London (Heathrow) and then cycle, take the ferry, and take the train to the Paris area. That route saves me approx. $500 (overall, not just cycling charges) ... and I get so see more.

    For my flight to Australia in June, the cheapest flight was Qantas from LA. So I'll book a cheap feeder flight from here to LA. That route will cost about $500-$800 cheaper than flying directly from here via AC.

    Sometimes you've got to do a little hunting around and see what's available.

  2. #52
    Mountain Goat dark13star's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Synapse 3 Carbon
    Posts
    2,244
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I do fly out of LA for Australia. I just meant that I couldn't forfeit my United miles on such a long flight. I need them for status since I fly about every other week on United.

    Also, United and Qantas were close for coach, but Qantas was twice as much for business class.

    BTW, I wish I had time to cycle. This will be my first time in Alice Springs. Also hitting Darwin on this trip.
    "I would be an historian as Herodotus was." Charles Olson
    http://herodot.us

  3. #53
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,466
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dark13star View Post
    I do fly out of LA for Australia. I just meant that I couldn't forfeit my United miles on such a long flight. I need them for status since I fly about every other week on United.

    Also, United and Qantas were close for coach, but Qantas was twice as much for business class.

    BTW, I wish I had time to cycle. This will be my first time in Alice Springs. Also hitting Darwin on this trip.
    Well yes, if you've got miles, that makes a difference. I've got them with AC, but used a bunch of them up last April.

    When are you going?

  4. #54
    Mountain Goat dark13star's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Synapse 3 Carbon
    Posts
    2,244
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post

    When are you going?
    Last week of June through 4th of July. I am presenting at a conference in Alice Springs. I can't wait to see the interior. Previous trips have been Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Cairns, and Adelaide.

    Where are you moving?
    "I would be an historian as Herodotus was." Charles Olson
    http://herodot.us

  5. #55
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Montreal, Quebec
    My Bikes
    Litespeed Ultimate 2006, Litespeed Pisgah , Specialized Roubaix 2008, Trek Madone 2011
    Posts
    898
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are crit races on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the Montreal area starting in late June.

  6. #56
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,466
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dark13star View Post
    Last week of June through 4th of July. I am presenting at a conference in Alice Springs. I can't wait to see the interior. Previous trips have been Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Cairns, and Adelaide.

    Where are you moving?

    Just north of Melbourne ... where the bushfires were. The bushfires wiped out my husband's home, and approx. 2000 other homes around, but we'll be living at the orchard where he works ..... for several months or a year anyway.

  7. #57
    Mountain Goat dark13star's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Synapse 3 Carbon
    Posts
    2,244
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Just north of Melbourne ... where the bushfires were.
    I should have known that. I saw your post...

    When you both get settled again, you will have some wonderful cycling in that area.
    "I would be an historian as Herodotus was." Charles Olson
    http://herodot.us

  8. #58
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,466
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dark13star View Post
    I should have known that. I saw your post...

    When you both get settled again, you will have some wonderful cycling in that area.
    I'm looking forward to exploring the area some more.

  9. #59
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Posts
    7,288
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
    The Rockie Mountains!! going to tackle the BTC. something like 500 miles in 6 days up and over two 10,000 foot passes. i better get to training. later.
    Cottonwood and Independence are both over 12,000'.

    Probably see you there.
    ...

  10. #60
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Posts
    7,288
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Moab - tomorrow.
    Santa Fe - next month
    Possibly the Big Horn mountains in August.

    Other than that - more I hope! If I ride out my door to tour in the rockies, does that count as traveling?
    ...

  11. #61
    Cycling Skier songfta's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Washington, DC
    My Bikes
    2008 Pedal Force ZX3, 2006 Jamis Eclipse, 1997 Marin Indian Fire Trail
    Posts
    617
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not too far - too many concerns with work, family and budget to blow too much on travel - but I still plan on traveling to some centuries and endurance rides along the eastern USA:

    - Mountains of Misery in Newport, VA (Memorial Day weekend)
    - Harpoon Brewery-to-Brewery ride in Boston, MA (third weekend in June)
    - Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge in Monterey, VA (first weekend in August)
    - Great River Ride in Westfield, MA (first weekend in October)

    There may be others, but the most likely scenario is staying close. If I need to head out west for family matters, the bike may come with (especially if the trip lasts more than a week).
    Last edited by songfta; 04-09-09 at 04:43 PM. Reason: dates
    2008 Pedal Force ZX3
    2006 Jamis Eclipse
    1997 Marin Indian Fire Trail
    www.randomduck.com
    My cycling photos

  12. #62
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    294
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
    Moab - tomorrow.
    Santa Fe - next month
    Possibly the Big Horn mountains in August.

    Other than that - more I hope! If I ride out my door to tour in the rockies, does that count as traveling?
    I did 16 from Buffalo to Ten Sleep across the Big Horns last year on my transam tour. That was an amazing ride. Definitely recommend going east to west.

  13. #63
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    294
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm planning on bringing my bike on a meandering cross-country road trip from Washington to NJ. I'm looking to ride Washington, Oregon, NorCal, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, maybe New Mexico, then probably booking it to N.Carolina, and maybe some additional riding in VA. No set plans beyond the states yet though.

  14. #64
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Posts
    7,288
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by sneekyjesus View Post
    I did 16 from Buffalo to Ten Sleep across the Big Horns last year on my transam tour. That was an amazing ride. Definitely recommend going east to west.
    moab delayed on acccount of weather.

    My friend is planning a club trip, with a van driving our stuff - all passes across the bighorns in both directions for every pass. should be good. I've done 2 crossings myself, both loaded - tensleep to buffalo and ranchester to greybull. great mountain range.
    ...

  15. #65
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    294
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Whats the road riding like in Moab? Could I make up a good loop there?

  16. #66
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Posts
    7,288
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by sneekyjesus View Post
    Whats the road riding like in Moab? Could I make up a good loop there?
    There are a couple of really worthy out-and-backs, all of which you can tune the distance by selecting a starting point.
    - Dead Horse Point / Island in the Sky - century plus if you start in Moab, but you can start at the intesection of Hwy 191 & 311 or farther west to adjust distance
    - Arches NP
    - Canyonlands - Needles District - Hwy 211 from either Hwy 191 or Newspaper Rock parking area, or anywhere in between. (see sample photo below)

    There's the La Sal Mountain Loop (haven't done it, was gonna do it, it's gonna be snowing on top this weekend, weah!) - I think the Moab Skinny Tire festival does that, there might be a map / track available online. Probably around 65 miles and tons of climbing.

    Then there's something I noticed by car, and want to ride - a loop from Monticello over the Abajo mountains down into Indian Creek and back around on Hwy 191.

    Generally the roads are good chipseal (if there is such a thing), water is limited to the park visitor centers, there aren't any towns, traffic is light, it's windy, and the scenery is unreal.

    Bring a camera.

    ...

  17. #67
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,466
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Quijibo187 View Post
    Flood is "under control" within the city. but it's starting to get worse outside the city. They opened up the floodway today. BDI just opened up so we went and got some ice cream and watched the ice flow by.
    here's some pics of the river. (and one gratuitous shot of my cute kid).

    Those pictures look familiar. I hope the flood situation remains "under control".

  18. #68
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  19. #69
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    294
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    New Zealand hopefully, to continue my first season of real training.

  20. #70
    Senior Member Road Fan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Ann Arbor, MI
    My Bikes
    Terraferma 650b, Mondonico SL and ELOS, Masi Gran Criterium, Trek 610, Breezer Liberty, Georgena Terry Classic
    Posts
    11,062
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Continuing on from cycling vacation thread ...

    Where are you planning to travel to cycle this year?

    Are you off to Europe, Australia, China, South America, North America ... for a tour or for an event?
    Are you heading to the other side of your own country for a tour or event?

    Where are you going, when are you going, what's the event?
    I've traveled from southern Michigan up to Northwest Michigan a number of times this summer, to ride the dune-hilly area around Traverse City.

    I hope to go to Colorado at the end of the month to ride from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and back, with the Fifty-Plus forum. Net altitude gain is around 2500 feet, but it starts at 6000 feet. Plans were solid, but then my co-driver pulled out. I'll spend a few days with relatives in Denver, riding at 5000 feet and beginning to acclimate.

    It's also time to look for a job, so I don't foresee any more cycling trips this year.

  21. #71
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Posts
    7,288
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    oooh, nice thread resurrection. Funny to see how my plans didn't happen.

    In 2 weeks I'm going for a 3 week bike tour in Colorado. There's a teeny-eeny-weeny chance I'll be on the glenwood trail the same day as the 50+ ride - that would be totally cool. I'll be on my fully loaded tour bike, so wave as you pass me.
    ...

  22. #72
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,466
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I travelled .... but I haven't cycled nearly as much as I thought I would.

  23. #73
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    New York, NY
    Posts
    459
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If only i had the money. When i retire. I will blow my savings on trips to europe to ride my bike.

    fyi.....Im only 17, long way to go.

  24. #74
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,466
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ch3n207 View Post
    If only i had the money. When i retire. I will blow my savings on trips to europe to ride my bike.

    fyi.....Im only 17, long way to go.
    Going to Europe isn't that expensive ... I've been over there 3 times in the past 8 years to ride my bicycle. You should be able to get a flight for less than $1000 ... some seat sales are way less than that. And if you camp, accommodations there are inexpensive. Don't wait for retirement ... go when you finish University.

  25. #75
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,466
    Mentioned
    30 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So ... did anyone else go anywhere interesting this year for cycling purposes.

Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •