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    I would go with the 32c tires. Also, make sure...

    I would go with the 32c tires. Also, make sure you've got fenders and good rain gear. Yes, I have biked in Ireland.
  2. The best maps for touring that I have used are...

    The best maps for touring that I have used are the IGN 1:100,000 series in France. They have a wealth of information, including topo lines.

    Cartes IGN - Géoportail
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    Yes, whoever is arranging for your apartment is...

    Yes, whoever is arranging for your apartment is the person to ask.

    Years ago, I biked to Venice and carried my loaded bike onto a vaporetto to the island of Giudecca (where there was/is a youth...
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    airbnb is useful particularly in cities, but...

    airbnb is useful particularly in cities, but that's also where warmshowers has most of its members. I've used airbnb several times, but only once on a bike trip. The one time I used airbnb on a...
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    Well, this thread took a predictable nosedive. ...

    Well, this thread took a predictable nosedive. First, an astonishing allegation of "clever racism" which the mods should have addressed (racism is not a word which should be casually tossed around),...
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    Trying local foods is one of the best things...

    Trying local foods is one of the best things about touring in other countries. There's no way that I would choose to eat at McDonalds.
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    I was touring in Costa Rica and stopped to ask a...

    I was touring in Costa Rica and stopped to ask a man for directions, in Spanish. He replied to me in English that he didn't understand. He was a retired ex-pat from North America and couldn't speak...
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    I always liked the sound of it. The word is in...

    I always liked the sound of it. The word is in English dictionaries, too, but you're absolutely right about its origin.

    Here's a story that Québecois cyclists may appreciate. I was on my Bike...
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    Actually, there seem to be remarkably few on this...

    Actually, there seem to be remarkably few on this forum who have pedaled outside of the usual places or who have expressed an interest in doing so. (I started a thread about touring in developing...
  10. I've toured in SE Asia as well as Chile, however...

    I've toured in SE Asia as well as Chile, however none of these tours were longer than a month, not a multi-year affair that you're planning. I was riding a mountain bike with 26" wheels in northern...
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    This forum really has become a joke. I know of...

    This forum really has become a joke. I know of other bike touring forums which I'm more likely to visit and post on these days, that don't have the issues this one now has, namely:

    --trolling...
  12. Would your route include the Trail of the Coeur...

    Would your route include the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha? I see that the Route of the Hiawatha is described as a "mountain bike and hiking trail", and I'm wondering if...
  13. A friend and I are planning a trip to Colombia. ...

    A friend and I are planning a trip to Colombia. (That's ColOmbia, not ColUmbia.:thumb:) We'll fly to Medellin, then tour in the zona cafetera and perhaps one other region.
  14. Much of Mexico is as safe as most places are for...

    Much of Mexico is as safe as most places are for cycling. There are huge security differences from state to state in Mexico. I've toured there a few times, and traveled quite a bit elsewhere in...
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    Uh, no. EV = Eurovelo. For example, here's a...

    Uh, no. EV = Eurovelo. For example, here's a link to EV13 cited above:

    EuroVelo 13: Experiencing the history of Europe's division ? EuroVelo
  16. Your point is excellent, and I'm surprised that...

    Your point is excellent, and I'm surprised that the low cost of travel in developing countries hasn't enticed more folks on this forum to venture out and try a destination other than "the usual...
  17. Huh? Your comment makes no sense to me. When I...

    Huh? Your comment makes no sense to me. When I was biking while wearing the shorts portion of zippered convertible pants in Thailand and I wished to visit a temple, I simply zipped on the lower...
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  19. I routinely wear them on planes and trains, and I...

    I routinely wear them on planes and trains, and I sometimes ride in them. They're useful in countries like Thailand where you cannot visit temples wearing shorts.
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    The C&O Canal is a national park and dogs are not...

    The C&O Canal is a national park and dogs are not allowed off leash. The leash cannot exceed 6 feet.

    Pets - Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)
  21. Seriously? You avoid touring in the vast...

    Seriously? You avoid touring in the vast majority of the world because of contaminated water at one place in Brazil? Do you avoid touring in the USA because of water contamination in West Virginia?...
  22. You know what you like and what motivates you, so...

    You know what you like and what motivates you, so more power to you. You might be surprised, however, that there are places in the developing world which would meet your criteria. Parts of Chile...
  23. I think you're concerns are overblown. First of...

    I think you're concerns are overblown. First of all, you can find bottled water pretty much anywhere these days, and there are lots of reliable and lightweight pumping systems available now. I...
  24. mev, I'm glad you chimed in, since you've biked...

    mev, I'm glad you chimed in, since you've biked in far more places than most folks on this board. You mentioned climate, and I'm always careful to try and pick the times of the year where the odds...
  25. Touring in the developing world: Why do you do it, or why have you avoided it?

    I'm often struck how most of the touring destinations discussed on this forum are limited to the developed world, i.e. USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, NZ, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, S. Korea, &...
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