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    gribley, I was touring in Normandy with a friend...

    gribley, I was touring in Normandy with a friend a few months ago. We actively sought out little roads. The narrowest ones were the best ones because they were devoid of traffic. It really wasn't...
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    Both of your proposed routes through France seem...

    Both of your proposed routes through France seem to avoid some of the best touring areas you'll find anywhere. You touch on a little bit of Brittany which is nice, but after that, you'll be along...
  3. If none of you speak any Spanish, it would...

    If none of you speak any Spanish, it would definitely be difficult. As for safety, Chile felt like just about the safest place I've ever toured. Argentina isn't particularly unsafe, especially...
  4. The California coast from SF southward typically...

    The California coast from SF southward typically has gorgeous weather in September and October.

    I had perfect weather touring in SW France in the 2nd half of September. I once biked into Italy...
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    Even if you were to get lucky with the weather,...

    Even if you were to get lucky with the weather, the landscape will be bleak and sunset will be early.
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    Please let us know when you return home how it...

    Please let us know when you return home how it went. Also, I hope you can spend a few days in the city of Oaxaca. It's a wonderful place. It also has some of the best food in all of Mexico, and...
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    Nice video, Lynette. (Your first link in post #8...

    Nice video, Lynette. (Your first link in post #8 above is missing the "n" in "down".)
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    I've seen the following outfit in Oaxaca...

    I've seen the following outfit in Oaxaca recommended in guidebooks. I have no personal experience with them.

    Bicicletas Pedro Martínez

    I've toured elsewhere in Mexico on my own. I've been to...
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    We drafted each other a lot when we had a stiff...

    We drafted each other a lot when we had a stiff headwind.
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    As djb indicated above, be prepared for some...

    As djb indicated above, be prepared for some fierce winds. The Magdalen Islands (Iles de la Madeleine) are very pretty, but they are up there with Patagonia for the worst winds I've ever...
  11. Let's ask Bette Davis: ...

    Let's ask Bette Davis:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3zShjyaTr8
  12. I remember especially liking the biking along...

    I remember especially liking the biking along Keuka Lake. Watkins Glen the town was a dump, but Watkins Glen the state park was surprisingly pretty.

    The glass museum in Corning is excellent.
  13. I've had a Bike Friday for 14 years and have...

    I've had a Bike Friday for 14 years and have flown with it a lot. Depending on where I'm going, I've left the suitcase at hotels, guesthouses, with friends, and once in Mexico at a business. I only...
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    I took a minibus in Laos and they put my bike on...

    I took a minibus in Laos and they put my bike on the roof, along with lots of other stuff up there.
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    I always found a guesthouse for the night in...

    I always found a guesthouse for the night in Laos, but in some rural areas, it was pretty rustic. One area was off the electric grid but there were still simple huts available. The route from...
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    If you're really going to cycle in Vietnam, spend...

    If you're really going to cycle in Vietnam, spend some time researching a route. Everything I have heard about cycling the main north-south road in Vietnam makes it sound hellish. Endless traffic...
  17. At this late date, I think the potential downside...

    At this late date, I think the potential downside is far greater than the potential upside. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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    I rode the GAP and C&O on my Bike Friday folder...

    I rode the GAP and C&O on my Bike Friday folder with Schwalbe Marathon 20 x 1.50 tires. No problems.
  19. alan gave a very good description of what is...

    alan gave a very good description of what is probably the easiest and most straightforward way to get to Alexandria. If you happen to find yourself on the C&O towpath after lots of rain, however,...
  20. Syracuse to Asheville in 4 days while avoiding...

    Syracuse to Asheville in 4 days while avoiding too much up and down. Sounds like a troll to me.

    Who has graduations in July?
  21. I have had no health problems at all during 3...

    I have had no health problems at all during 3 independent bike trips in SE Asia, though as I wrote above, I brought both Immodium and Pepto-Bismol, just in case. I ate lots of street food and market...
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    I biked the entire loop around Crater Lake on a...

    I biked the entire loop around Crater Lake on a beautiful sunny day in early September. (I drove up to the park, however.) It's a gorgeous but exhausting ride because it's mostly up and down with...
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    Glad to hear you were joking about "survival".

    I compared your list with what I took on my last (unsupported) tour in SE Asia, specifically to Laos & Thailand. I noted the things on your list...
  24. I wonder how I managed to survive touring in SE...

    I wonder how I managed to survive touring in SE Asia without half of that stuff (especially the food & drink) and no support vehicle? I've yet to find a place in SE Asia where it was difficult to...
  25. I found a good article from the Pittsburgh...

    I found a good article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette which explains the origin of the name:

    Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, has plenty to offer except sand and surf - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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