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    Coming, as well, from a background as a long...

    Coming, as well, from a background as a long distance hiker the occasions, while bike touring, of offers of a place to stay and free food have fit in well with my experiences with "Trail Magic" and...
  2. My technique as well. It's a very important part...

    My technique as well. It's a very important part of the day. I call it "rehydrating."
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    Cycocommute, Thanks for the critique of the...

    Cycocommute,

    Thanks for the critique of the A.M. marketing propaganda. I'm very grateful you cut through the b.s. Any comments on the study that I linked to?

    (Phil)ltowner
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    Aqua Mira is entirely different from iodine. It...

    Aqua Mira is entirely different from iodine. It is a two-part system that produces chlorine dioxide. However, it is not the same as sodium hypochlorite which is the main ingredient in bleach and...
  5. Trip Report: Baie-Comeau to Emeril Jct., Labrador and back

    This is the site to visit: https://sites.google.com/site/quebeclabrador/
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    A propos of the above. I finished my account of...

    A propos of the above. I finished my account of my ride on Quebec 389 during the summer of 2010. I'd posted a picture of my bike used on that ride to this forum sticky. Here is the full account:...
  7. Looks like an excellent holiday greeting card...

    Looks like an excellent holiday greeting card photo.
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    +1 No one I ask can ever get free for the...

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    No one I ask can ever get free for the same length of time. Maybe it takes more coordination than I've been capable of hitherto. At any rate, solo tours have been the only option so far.
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    +1 to that (and all facetiousness aside I feel...

    +1 to that (and all facetiousness aside I feel your pain. I too experience a letdown when the tour ends.)
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    Hey, how can a guy in Carolina complain about...

    Hey, how can a guy in Carolina complain about being off the bike because of colder and inclement weather? What about us in New England, or especially those poor guys in Buffalo? It's all relative I...
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    Bungie cords, sunglasses, a pair of pliers, a...

    Bungie cords, sunglasses, a pair of pliers, a screw driver and once, while commuting, a manure bucket:
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    Oh, and on this summer's tour, a Toyota truck emblem
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    My wife and I have developed an understanding of...

    My wife and I have developed an understanding of sorts. My first long solo tour was a length of Vermont (Rt. 100) and back ride of one week's duration ~30 yrs ago and my wife came and picked me up,...
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    I use Shimano MTB/SPD for my riding shoes but...

    I use Shimano MTB/SPD for my riding shoes but definitely want something else on my feet at the end of a long day. I've found the "aqua sock" type of footwear to work very well for my purposes. They...
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    Switzerland might have changed in 40 years but...

    Switzerland might have changed in 40 years but when I was there in 1973-4 it was a place where mothers left their babies in their carriages lined up outside a Migros market and a jewelry store break...
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    Is Bush Bike Australian for Mt. Bike?

    I was stopped by an Aussie (S. African?, not sure of the origin of the accent) BMW motorcyclist when riding on Que. Rt. 389 in 2010. He told me I was only the "second crazy bastard he'd seen on that...
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    +1 This is one reason why I like to use Google...

    +1 This is one reason why I like to use Google Map bike directions. You never know what they will dish up. Sometimes its a very pleasant surprise, sometimes it's close to a disaster. Be prepared to...
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    Or check with each outlet. Here is Sierra Trading...

    Or check with each outlet. Here is Sierra Trading Post's International Shipping Policy
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    If you want to go more in the ultralight...

    If you want to go more in the ultralight direction, consider: AntiGravityGear For an REI/MEC type outfitter but with often cheaper prices try: Campmor. For even cheaper prices, but more catch as...
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    I will confess that I am most attracted to roadside scenic areas (with toilets) that have "no camping or overnight parking" signs. I usually roll in about dusk and use one of the picnic tables to...
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    Thanks for saying something. Finishing the...

    Thanks for saying something. Finishing the account of the ride has been on the back burner but it doesn't take much to motivate me to finish it. I'll let you know when I've got more of it done.
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    My brother and I spent a night just outside the...

    My brother and I spent a night just outside the mowed area of the Point Reyes N.S. visitor's center (Bear Valley) picnic area (we just hung around 'til closing time and then laid out our sleeping...
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    Manitoulin Is. it was, and from there the Bruce...

    Manitoulin Is. it was, and from there the Bruce Penn., Owen Sound, Meaford, Collingwood, Orillia, Lindsay, Omemee, Peterborough, Hastings, Campbellford, Stirling, etc. (Much of which was on rail...
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    I find them by plotting a destination in Google...

    I find them by plotting a destination in Google maps and then hitting the bicycling icon. Their database appears to be pretty well tied into the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's list. This summer's ride...
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    True, but there are many snowmobile/quad trails...

    True, but there are many snowmobile/quad trails that are converted rail trails and I've found those to be very passable by bike. If you'd like an account of a two day trip on the K&P Trail between...
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    Switch to a hammock you can't get much higher or...

    Switch to a hammock you can't get much higher or drier than that.

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