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    Sticky: Please tell us your age. A month away from 54. ...

    Please tell us your age. A month away from 54.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    Surly Steamroller 48x16 single speed, and fixed, mostly freewheeling these days.
    Surly Long Haul...
  2. Earlier this summer I thought it might have made...

    Earlier this summer I thought it might have made a difference when I put in my resume that I left a company to ride a tour along the Mississippi. I also explained in the interview that I have been...
  3. I had always thought my family rather open to my...

    I had always thought my family rather open to my riding and commuting by bike. For a year now I have been car free, and it's never been a concern until this morning. The last Saturday of the month we...
  4. I did not follow the MRT but did ride along the...

    I did not follow the MRT but did ride along the Mississippi last summer from Minneapolis to St. Louis. I took the WI side of the river. It is very bike friendly on that side of the river. There are...
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    Anyone ride the Cowboy trail in NE?

    Have the touring bug again and the Cowboy Trail outside of Norfolk NE to Valentine, doesn't seem to be one whole trail like the KATY, but still looks like a fun tour. Anyone ever give it a shot?
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    I lived in Ft. Collins a long time ago, it's cool...

    I lived in Ft. Collins a long time ago, it's cool to see a bike path along the Poudre. We used to drive up to the pass to hike and Cross country ski.

    May have to return to CO to see family and...
  7. Has commuting by bike hampered your job search?

    Being met with some opposition to being a commuter while looking for employment. It seems future employers are hesitant to take on a qualified employee because they don't have "reliable...
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    Finding work's been difficult

    I've been car free for a year now. Last summer I took off on to tour along the Mississippi, and across MO. I decided to come home when I got to KC and Joplin had been hit by the tornadoes. Since...
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    Have made it to Kewanee, IL, about 40 miles north...

    Have made it to Kewanee, IL, about 40 miles north of Peoria. Another zero day in the state park, it's hot and windy. The winds along the Hennipen Canal bike path were in my face about 20, and I...
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    Got my wheel out the door!

    Yep, I am on the road. I am checking in from Cassville, WI. None of the training I did prepared me for the endless ups and downs of the Mississippi bluff country. This is a great route with some...
  11. This is my debate at the moment, do I want to...

    This is my debate at the moment, do I want to haul my MacBook or an iPad? iPad's are more compact and would do just about everything I do with the MacBook but edit pictures, and video. I don't...
  12. Oh yeah, Mount Rushmore Memorial Day weekend.

    Could this be a nightmare? Campgrounds full? Hotels full? Do you skip those big holiday weekends and tourist hot spots? My tour plans look like I'll be in the vicinity that week. I'll try to...
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    Been packing and repacking the panniers trying to...

    Been packing and repacking the panniers trying to even out the load, or get 40 % over the front wheel and 60% over the rear. Then the stuff I'll need quick access to on the side of the bike I get...
  14. Coordinating your tour with other's schedules

    This question arose over the ham on Easter, "When are you going to be in the Black Hills?" Seems my brother and his family are taking a week off in June to go to a favorite spot on the planet. I...
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    There's too much going on to get bored on the...

    There's too much going on to get bored on the bike. I LOVE riding, so like nancy sv I have no idea what being bored is. I get in a zone, and the mind slips away, but I don't think that's being...
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    Breath... Dailing it in.

    Today's events, pack and repack. Then hang everything on the bike, ride it, redo. I have forgotten how a loaded bike handles, and this isn't quite everything.

    Breath.

    Futzed with the saddle,...
  17. Been packing and unpacking, working out the...

    Been packing and unpacking, working out the inventory, and space considerations.

    The LHT has been changed, have the dark green Brooks now, added aerobars and front rack, and Surly stainless steel...
  18. Said good bye to an old friend today. My van was...

    Said good bye to an old friend today. My van was hauled off to be junked. I haven't driven it 2 months, the brakes were shot and the shock towers in the wheel wells were rusted out, the repair was...
  19. Just junked my van. I am finally car free...

    I didn't drive all winter, haven't really driven the van at all, 'cept some really nasty weather, but the brakes went out and I quit driving all together. Rather than new tabs and another month's...
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    Great story! Looking forward to this on my trip....

    Great story!
    Looking forward to this on my trip. Been watching the weather, wondering what May will be bring, it snowed here this morning, fun riding in it, cause it wasn't sticking to the trail. ...
  21. I so enjoy this. Thanks everyone. It's way...

    I so enjoy this. Thanks everyone. It's way early this morning, and the snow that's suppose to be falling isn't yet. I have the final touches to take on in the apartment, and almost a week to go. ...
  22. I really have been at this hard for some time...

    I really have been at this hard for some time now. I look back at my post in 05, and the advice and support are phenomenal, those posts got me here to be able to say I am nervous as hell. I have no...
  23. I just searched the DB and found an old post...

    I just searched the DB and found an old post about the same time 6 years ago, 04-16-05 to be exact... Same thoughts, same feelings, same churning of the gut.
  24. Help! Date gets closer, chickening out becomes an option...

    I am crazy... I am going to check into a psyche ward...
    Okay, I'm a bright intelligent guy. I enjoy cycling, I enjoy travel, I enjoy bike touring. I have several "tours" under my belt, but as the...
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    I enjoyed reading this, cause, while I didn't go...

    I enjoyed reading this, cause, while I didn't go out on a "short tour" I did go out on a 45 mile ride, and got beat up by the wind, then sat in the apartment contemplating my upcoming tour, and my...
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