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    Yeah, the maker space failed spectacularly (unfortunately). I had not head that they are attempting to reboot. I hope it works out better this time. Could we get a few shots of your RV? It looks like it's based on a truck/bus frame vs. traditional RV frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainHaddock View Post
    Yeah, the maker space failed spectacularly (unfortunately). I had not head that they are attempting to reboot. I hope it works out better this time. Could we get a few shots of your RV? It looks like it's based on a truck/bus frame vs. traditional RV frames.
    yeah i had heard the guy who tried to franchise ended up being a bit flaky/odd. it's too bad too, it really is a great place and PDX seems like an obvious place for one.

    here's our RV, it's a "Super C" based on a Ford F650...



    if you've got time to kill you can watch these two vids i made showing off all the mods i made to the rig...




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    ok, so back on topic! we're all packed up and ready to hit the road early tomorrow. Disneyland here we come!

    i did a few last min mods to the bike, but i'll post those up later as i need to wrap some stuff up and get some sleep. here's a sneak peek at a little decal i made for my stoker's top tube...



    i made "pedal damn it" stickers for my the adults on the bike too, but thought this one was funnier.

    although i'll hit the forums a few times i'll be posting a bulk of our updates on our family blog...

    http://planetpayne.com/

    thx everyone for your support and kind words. wish me luck...i'm gonna need it

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    hey all just thought I'd say hi, we're still on our trip and everyone's holding up well. we're just north of Santa Barbara and just passed the 300 mile mark with a little less than 200 left. my iPad crapped out after day one so uploading my camera pics has been a bust but oh well. it was a refurbed lemon and I'll get it replaced later.

    as for the trip we're on schedule and luckily the rain hit us at the right time and we only had to adjust a rest day by one day. the next day we got a minor soaking, but nothing dramatic. I'll post full details when I get back to the world of real computers. so far it's been a great trip!

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    It's good to hear that you and the girls are doing well!

    If you give me a start point and end point I'll be glad to suggest a route from the coast to Disneyland.

    Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwandaw View Post
    It's good to hear that you and the girls are doing well!

    If you give me a start point and end point I'll be glad to suggest a route from the coast to Disneyland.

    Have fun!
    thanks! we're planning on staying in manhattan beach the last night then riding straight to the Californian at dland.

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    Here is a route from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Californian at Disneyland:
    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1815645

    You can download GPS routes from the RideWithGPS.com website if you want.

    I am confident that you will like the route along the Manhattan Beach coast bike path. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic can be heavy, but I guess you'll be riding there on a weekday morning, so that shouldn't be much of a problem.

    I am also confident about the route from about mile 20 and on, because I have ridden along those streets. In fact, I ride frequently along Ball Rd and Cerritos Ave as part of my regular weekday rides. I'm a little shaky about how to get from the last public street you'll be on (Walnut) to the Californian, but it looks like you'll be riding through a Disneyland parking lot, so it shouldn't be a problem. Ball, Katella, West and Harbor are CRAZY in that area, so please avoid them. Once you're on Disney property you'll get plenty of attention. I just wish I could see the looks on the faces of the staff when the three of you pull up on your rig!

    Unfortunately, I am not confident about miles 8-20, because I have never ridden there, and I know nothing about 223rd St in particular. If you have a chance, I suggest you spend some time checking out that street using Google Street View. In addition, I have asked for help on the Southern California forum, so hopefully some suggestions will come from there. You can read my post at http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-to-Disneyland

    Best wishes, have a great time, and be safe!
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    There are some responses on the Southern California forum, but after reading them, I would still use the route that I have linked to on RideWithGPS.com.

    Again, best wishes, have a great time, and be safe!
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    hey all!

    well we made it there and we made it back on the train. the bike boxes don't look too mangled so i imagine the tandem survived the ride. the rest of the trip went pretty well and i'll post more details and pics later.

    we had a few problems after my last post, mainly my front shifter crapped out and stopped downshifting. finding info on the web was too much of a pita b/c most shifting related post on the web revolve around poorly adjusted setups whereas mine was clearly some kind of problem with the shifter or maybe cable since it stopped giving any clicking noise/feeling when downshifting. thankfully this happened -after- the last big climb of the trip and it would downshift if i released all tension so i could manually downshift it by releasing tension with my cable couplers. eventually i just left it in the middle ring and would just downshift to granny using the coupler's threading. we stopped at one shop to get it checked out and both mechanics thought the cable was fraying at the shifter, but it checked ok so they blamed the shifter. it sucked, but it happened at the best possible time so we just rolled with it. it was just a bummer because it killed our ability to carry our downhill momentum further.

    thanks for the route mwandaw, it worked great. we met someone while en route who suggested del amo over carson, so we went with that since i went past carson to hit a Chipotle for lunch anyway. 223rd was a good route and was part of the adventure cyclist route as well so that was no problem.

    i'll have more pics later, but for now here's a pic we got at disneyland. it took some sweet talking to get the bike past security but once they believed our epic tale they escorted us in for a quick photo shoot in front of the main gates...


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    Great photo, great trip, and a wonderful post to follow. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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    Very awesome. It has been fun following you and your fam on your adventure.

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    Wow! I'm glad that you made it to Disneyland in good shape. What an adventure, even with a busted front derailleur. The picture looks great, and I'm glad that you got from Manhattan Beach to Disneyland without trouble. That route had to be a lot different than riding down the coast!

    What are you going to do when the girls say they want to go to the Grand Canyon or the Canyons of Utah? (Oh yeah... that's what the RV is for!)
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    Nice job!
    Congratulations to you all.
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    thanks all, it was a super fun trip. with lots of great memories. i'm still working on sorting out the pics, but i'll let you all know when i've posted them up.

    cheers
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    Congrats!! That's a trip you won't soon forget.
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    hey all, i finally got all the pics and blog post up for our trip. it's a bit of a read, but we really wanted to remember the trip so we got pretty detailed with our post. Some post are by me, others by my wife. it all starts here....

    http://planetpayne.com/blog/2012/10/...to-santa-cruz/

    if you don't want to read all our blabberings you can go straight to the pics here...

    http://planetpayne.com/blog/other-tr...to_Disneyland/

    thanks again for all your help, encouragement, and support.

    to steal a line from old honda motorcycle ads, "you meet the nicest people on a tandem"

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    Droo, I gotta tell ya, when I first started reading this thread I said to myself no way. No way areyou going to be able to ride with your wife and daughter that amt distance. But, then I read your blog! I should have never doubted. You are obviously a can do guy!!! As is the rest of your family!!! Good stuff!!!



    Hat's off, I'm glad you had a great trip!!!! Congrats!!!
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    hey tom,

    thx for the kudos! my wife will definitely agree with you about me being a can do guy. i'm just lucky she goes along with my crazy ideas. i was worried about the girls lasting that long, but it really wasn't too bad at all. i think the key to success was just keeping the daily mileage down. i knew after our 50 mile training ride that they were pretty spent after 40 miles and i had to give up on the idea of going 50-60 miles a day. plus we did it in october so it meant the days were shorter and our daylight was limited. it's like i told my wife, "anyone can bike tour, some people just go a lot faster than others". once you accept the family bike touring experience is going to take longer and go slower the miles really aren't such a big deal.

    it's funny, my daughter put up a lot of fuss before the ride and at one point was very against the whole thing but i knew she'd come around. when we are riding she isn't really pushing that hard so the strain on her was very minimal and in the end she had no other option. sure enough once we got on the bike she really didn't complain or fuss. in the end she turned her negativity into cheerleading. she would peek around mom's shoulders to see the miles on the GPS and count down each mile..."10 more miles to go...wooo!". which was really her way of saying, "10 more miles till i'm off this thing and watching cartoons in the hotel...wooh!" but still, she kept a positive attitude.

    i think our next touring ride might be a bit shorter the girls did like the bike camping aspect so would be cool to do some short weekend tours.

    cheers
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    I have read about half of your blog about the trip, and I also want to say CONGRATULATIONS for a great achievement. I have a feeling that you are a little crazy, but that's a compliment. I'll also bet that you and your wife have an appreciation for your accomplishment, but your daughter won't get it until she's about 25. Then she'll be busy instilling a sense of adventure into her own family.

    Good job, Dad!
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