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Old 02-22-06, 07:34 AM   #1
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I'm coming to your town!

Sooner if you live in the North or West, later in the South and East. In two months my gf and I are quitting our jobs(just gave notice this week!) selling or storing our stuff, leaving the appartment, and going on a year-long US bike tour. The first part of the route goes up through Michigan, West through the UP, across N. Wisconsin to the Twin Cities, across SD, Wyoming, ect. to the coast. The specifics will be determined as we go, but this is an open invitation to ride a day or two with us, buy us a beer when we stop through, or extend any hospitality along the way. We're compiling a list of people that we know, would like to visit, or who have offered their couch or floor space, so PM me if you fit into any of those catagories. I started a blog to which we will be posting photos and travel journals, but I intend to continue posting on BF as well.

This is still a little ways off and I was planning on saving the news for later, but I figure that knowing where people are will add in the planning process.
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Old 02-22-06, 07:38 AM   #2
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NICE!

live the dream for us cube rats pinned down by the man everywhere...
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Old 02-22-06, 07:43 AM   #3
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NICE!

live the dream for us cube rats pinned down by the man everywhere...
I've been sitting in the office all year, thinking about this plan. It is almost here.
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Old 02-22-06, 07:53 AM   #4
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Fantastic! I've been planning my own little tour after I found out I can take un-paid leave if I want. 3 weeks of vacay doesn't give you enough time to really get "out there"...

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If you're passing though to visit the fam, you know there will be beer waiting for ya'll.
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Old 02-22-06, 08:09 AM   #5
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Fantastic! I've been planning my own little tour after I found out I can take un-paid leave if I want. 3 weeks of vacay doesn't give you enough time to really get "out there"...

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If you're passing though to visit the fam, you know there will be beer waiting for ya'll.
I'm staying in Dunn Co for a week, we should go ride mtbs!
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Old 02-22-06, 08:20 AM   #6
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You've probably done your homework but if you can beg, borrrow or steal some of the adventure cycling maps. They're really decent for bike touring with; much easier to deal with than a map.
http://www.adv-cycling.org/routes/maps.cfm

Really good if you don't know anything about the area or are going a long way between two cities. But maybe all the BF folks will make it all immaterial by having someone join you all the way.

I'm dead jealous, sounds like a great trip.
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Old 02-22-06, 08:22 AM   #7
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go to couchsurfing.com for places to crash along the way. It's a great idea and it seems to be catching on.

(btw - [totallly jealous])
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You've probably done your homework but if you can beg, borrrow or steal some of the adventure cycling maps. They're really decent for bike touring with; much easier to deal with than a map.
http://www.adv-cycling.org/routes/maps.cfm

Really good if you don't know anything about the area or are going a long way between two cities. But maybe all the BF folks will make it all immaterial by having someone join you all the way.

I'm dead jealous, sounds like a great trip.
Andrea just joined adv-cycling, so hopfully we will be getting our first set of maps soon. It would be great if we could ride with BF posters along the way, you are certainly welcome.
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When you get close to DC. Great accommodations, close to all the sites you want to see or protest Plus, SPARKS.
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awesome plan. are you doing this tour on FG/SS bikes or proper touring bikes?
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You will be missed in the interval!
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Old 02-22-06, 08:52 AM   #12
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awesome plan. are you doing this tour on FG/SS bikes or proper touring bikes?
We are riding touring bikes(sorry not that hardcore ), as we will be unsupported and riding over mountains.


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You will be missed in the interval!
We are really sad to be leaving, especially with summer coming up. I love Chicago, but it is def time to do this!
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go to couchsurfing.com for places to crash along the way. It's a great idea and it seems to be catching on.

(btw - [totallly jealous])
Here's another place that might be worth checking out: http://www.warmshowers.org/
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yarrr! DC welcomes Ira whenever you guys make it here.
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Good luck Ira + Andrea! Please tell us when the good bye ride will be.
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yarrr! DC welcomes Ira whenever you guys make it here.
if all goes well, we will be doing the east coast next spring. thanks!
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Old 02-22-06, 01:05 PM   #17
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Good luck Ira + Andrea! Please tell us when the good bye ride will be.
I'm glad you mentioned that! When we leave Chicago, you are all welcome to ride to the dunes and camp with us the first night. It'll be a Saturday, and I'll give advance notice when we pick a date.
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Welp I'll be moving into an apartment this summer so if you end up in the lovely Richmond, VA - there's a nice place for you to stay - and a bunch of people around here always looking for an excuse to ride
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Very very jealous. Hope the wind stays on your backs the whole way!
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That'll be so much fun. It'll be hard seeing you guys ride off
while we all go back to sitting in front of our computers.
hmmm...maybe you'll pick up a few stragglers along the way?

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I'll be down to ride whenever you go through the Twin Cities, hit me up..............
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Sounds like fun.
I have a room and futon that may be available when/if you come through SF....
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Cool! NC welcomes you!
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Let me know what months you might be by either oklahoma city or houston. I could set you up for a few nights and feed you.
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I could probably at least buy you a beer when you're passing through the cities...
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