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  1. Had you been capable of paying attention, you may...

    Had you been capable of paying attention, you may have noticed my response was to simplygib stating his opinion of news reports and state department travel warnings being overblown and insinuating a...
  2. You're right. I've always been interested in...

    You're right. I've always been interested in Libya. I don't know anyone there that has had a bad experience, though there are probably some people that have had to dodge a few rockets. Just their...
  3. I still like the Bianchi Volpe for this. The...

    I still like the Bianchi Volpe for this. The frame is not as robust as a full-on touring bike, but is ample enough for light touring. It is one of the more useful general purpose bikes I've ever...
  4. Is there a listing anywhere of the missing...

    Is there a listing anywhere of the missing tourists? I used to have a good Estonian friend who did a lot of international bike touring.
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    I'm in complete agreement. It would be super to...

    I'm in complete agreement. It would be super to roll a bike on/off and not have to deal with the boxing or packing necessary with flying or shipping. I would even begin selecting some tour locales...
  6. I'm in North Carolina, so not on your route. But...

    I'm in North Carolina, so not on your route. But I am a southerner and here is my stab at answering your questions.
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    Actually, Amtrak trains 73, 74, 75 and 76 provide...

    Actually, Amtrak trains 73, 74, 75 and 76 provide bicycle service at all stops in NC, not just the ones with baggage service. That is because these trains are owned and operated by the North...
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    I have a nearly identical setup to what you are...

    I have a nearly identical setup to what you are planning, except I have the P099 front bags instead of the P100.
    I've found these offer plenty of room for my tours. In fact, I rarely ever use my...
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    I use the H-100. It has a separate small pocket...

    I use the H-100. It has a separate small pocket inside the large main compartment, a large zippered outside front pocket and two slide pockets on the side. It's very stable and has a quick release....
  10. +1 . I fully appreciated the article was an...

    +1 .

    I fully appreciated the article was an attempt at humor, satire, irony or what have you. I simply didn't think it was good at any of them.
  11. I love my Bianchi Volpe for multi purpose roles. ...

    I love my Bianchi Volpe for multi purpose roles. It's been a grocery hauler and doubles as my tourer when riding through Europe. One of the nice features of the recent Volpe's has been the flat...
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    I've used clipless pedals with Shimano Mtn shoes...

    I've used clipless pedals with Shimano Mtn shoes in the USA, but in Europe use toe clips with a Lake cycling shoe (the model name I can't recall. Wish I could because I would love to have another...
  13. Well, that was a few minutes of my life I'll...

    Well, that was a few minutes of my life I'll never get back. So awful I gave up after Step 8.
  14. Well, I feel better now. I was feeling guilty...

    Well, I feel better now. I was feeling guilty about not riding my tourer much except when on a tourer. Apparently I'm not the only one.
    I have several bikes in my garage which allows me to...
  15. My daily commuter is a Masi Speciale CX, which...

    My daily commuter is a Masi Speciale CX, which has the same frame as the Randonneur. I've had it a year this month. Getting used to it was slow going at first, but with a few modifications I've...
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    Interesting you should put it that way. I have...

    Interesting you should put it that way. I have friends that worked in the news media. Often when someone turned 100 years old or was the last remaining WWI vet or something, my friends would...
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    When I was in my teens, I played a lot....and I...

    When I was in my teens, I played a lot....and I mean a lot.....of tennis. For years I played nearly every night and every weekend year round (unless the court was covered in ice). Team tennis,...
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    -Predominantly rural, with evenings spent in...

    -Predominantly rural, with evenings spent in small urban areas like villages or towns large enough to have a few restaurants.
    -Flatish, with some rolling topography to keep things interesting and...
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    Easy choice. Belgium and Luxembourg, with an...

    Easy choice.
    Belgium and Luxembourg, with an emphasis on the Ardennes region. Beautiful ride, lots of history, good roads, friendly people, great food along the way. Eventually finished up with a...
  20. +1 on Miles From Nowhere, by Barbara Savage. ...

    +1 on Miles From Nowhere, by Barbara Savage. It's a classic.

    Another good one is Changing Gears, by Jane Schnell. She writes of her journey around the perimeter of the USA. Unfortunately, it...
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    Two tents. Definitely. Of course, I'm also the...

    Two tents. Definitely.
    Of course, I'm also the guy that doesn't want to share a hotel room with another guy.

    Between this thread and Nancysv thread about rider separation, I've learned I'm...
  22. Most of my tours are solo, so it isn't an issue....

    Most of my tours are solo, so it isn't an issue.

    But I take a few tours with buddies. I don't consider myself a fast rider, but I like to maintain a steady, uninterrupted pace and finish the day...
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    I'm fleshing out several ideas, but it will be in...

    I'm fleshing out several ideas, but it will be in Europe regardless.

    My dad was a US combat infantryman during World War II. He landed at Normandy and fought across northern France, Belgium,...
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    I'm another fan of the free standing tent. One...

    I'm another fan of the free standing tent. One of the benefits is the ease of changing locations if you have to move. Once I arrived at a campground as a heavy rain began. After waiting under a...
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    +1 on the Champion Flyer. Have one each of my...

    +1 on the Champion Flyer. Have one each of my touring bikes now. The springs are firm enough to avoid bouncing, but flexible enough to absorb road shock. BRILLIANT!
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