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    Art - first off, I just "ride bike"; I'm not all...

    Art - first off, I just "ride bike"; I'm not all that interested in optimizing things...so I just buy tires as needed and aim for (1) wide-enough to tour on, and (2) "quiet" tread, and feel lucky...
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    Boredom en route

    Have you unconsciously designed boredom into your tour? Take care not to plan all the adventure out of your trip beforehand. Leave room for surprises--good and bad. You will feel more alive and less...
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    It wasn't so much the bridge as it was the 5-mile...

    It wasn't so much the bridge as it was the 5-mile approach:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewscanon/2762021130/

    (Don't worry, this bridge is so out-of-the-way that you'll never find it.)
  4. Since the distances are so low, you might...

    Since the distances are so low, you might consider going slightly farther, crossing into Ontario at the Peace Bridge and riding northward on the lovely quiet path along the Niagara River to NF and...
  5. I appreciate Google's effort and have confidence...

    I appreciate Google's effort and have confidence the'll work out the kinks. That said, when I plotted a course from Woodstock to Victor NY, it gave me two choices. One, though with way too many turns...
  6. First time riding over 60 miles a day? A two-day,...

    First time riding over 60 miles a day? A two-day, 160-mile trip? What do you take? Three days. Then enjoy a leisurely ride, stopping to take lots of photos along the way with the camera you've added...
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    My experience is the same as David in Pa. Have...

    My experience is the same as David in Pa. Have both. Comfort similar. Love the Lite's compactness. I think you'll do fine with the Lite. I got the full-length just to dodge possible foot end problems.
  8. Part way into your training-ride period, make...

    Part way into your training-ride period, make some of your rides fully-loaded with most or all the gear you plan to have aboard. You want to get behind you that surprise of climbing aboard what was...
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    Denise Goldberg has lots of journals of her solo...

    Denise Goldberg has lots of journals of her solo trips HERE .
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    I use a mini-cassette tape recorder and...

    I use a mini-cassette tape recorder and transcribe when I'm back home. Hanging from my neck, it's always ready for on-the-move commentary. I record what comes into my head as soon as it occurs to me....
  11. I'd say you have a quite reasonable route picked...

    I'd say you have a quite reasonable route picked for a 30-day trip. I'm near the Hudson River and biked west, reaching Sisseton SD in 23 days averaging 70/day. You're going up and over the Great...
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    Agree with valygrl - at that time of year, go up...

    Agree with valygrl - at that time of year, go up in latitude and elevation, and Colorado's a wonderful choice.
  13. A couple of weeks after I'd finished my crossing,...

    A couple of weeks after I'd finished my crossing, I sat down with pen and paper and this came out:

    I remain awed by the richness of the experience. Few of us ever really link up in such a way,...
  14. Carole King's So Far Away and Home Again Stan...

    Carole King's So Far Away and Home Again

    Stan Getz's Here's That Rainy Day

    Dobie Gray's Drift Away

    Added: Dang, I see I've already posted here....the two Carole King songs. If forgetful, at...
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    Retired computer programmer from the early years...

    Retired computer programmer from the early years (years that some here may never have heard of) of computer graphics.

    My just-for-fun income now comes from stock photography (career earnings...
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    Stay north, as jamawani suggests. Since you say...

    Stay north, as jamawani suggests. Since you say your destination is flexible, consider ending up in Astoria OR or Ilwaco WA and riding back to Portland or Vancouver (WA) to catch the train back. I...
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    Unwarranted, IMO. I'm an Oklahoman living for the...

    Unwarranted, IMO. I'm an Oklahoman living for the past 45 years in upstate NY, including a recent 12 weeks in Brooklyn. Maybe it's just me, but I frequently come home elated by how nice people have...
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    This probably would never have happened had I not...

    This probably would never have happened had I not been overly tired and inattentive. Perhaps it was the late start I’d gotten out of Lemmon SD after the previous day’s 101-mile westward push,...
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    First thought--best thought

    +1 on brotherdan's post! As for me...

    ...it is the long-term effect on me that I value most. Following the idea of "first thought, best thought", I include the paragraph below, done days after...
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    My Voyageur's my only touring bike. Bought it new...

    My Voyageur's my only touring bike. Bought it new in 1991 and it has given me near-trouble-free service while biking/camping cross-country and on many other tours. I've never wished to trade up.
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    For a long-term, steady trickle of funds: If...

    For a long-term, steady trickle of funds:

    If you are a good photographer, investigate the online microstock companies. As a contributing member, you can upload photos which are in turn bought by...
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    I've never had anything stolen. Though at night I...

    I've never had anything stolen. Though at night I do often secure the bike to something substantial and stow my panniers in the tent with me, by day I like to practice "stealth security", which is to...
  23. Douglas - I'm glad to get your bridge info, as I...

    Douglas - I'm glad to get your bridge info, as I suffered such a crossing and knew there must be a better way. There was lots of broken glass on the bridge when I crossed, in addition to a somewhat...
  24. No - the secluded area (it's some kind of...

    No - the secluded area (it's some kind of "preserve") is north of Annandale Rd -- north of the last part of Annandale that goes east-west just before it hits 9G. If it's not marked or you don't see...
  25. Years ago (I'm reading from trip notes) I...

    Years ago (I'm reading from trip notes) I bivouacked 4 miles north of Castleton just 50 yards up an obscure path on the right, leading off Route 9J. (Photo below) You'll find a large flat area that's...
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