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Old 03-17-00, 01:03 PM   #1
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I would love to spend a few weeks biking around alaska, or maybe china... what about you?
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Old 03-22-00, 03:07 PM   #2
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I'm excited about the Western and Northern parts of the Trans Canada trail, I'm also chomping at the bit to do the Divide. I'd like to take about 4 months and do the Divide, then explore the Grand Canyon and Moab. I'd love to ride slick rock.

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Italy! That way I could enjoy beautiful scenery and friendly people who appreciate cycling and espresso and good music.

I would have said "France," but I've already had the great good fortune to visit France (though not on a bicycle), so I'm more curious about Italy.

Hey -- how about "Italy AND France"?
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Old 04-03-00, 10:42 PM   #4
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I would definitely agree about France. Very bike friendly, quiet roads, massively varied terrain and scenery, good accomodation and food, can be cheap or expensive depending on your budget. Everybody loves cyclists and hotels don't mind if you turn up covered in dead flies..

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Italy! That way I could enjoy beautiful scenery and friendly people who appreciate cycling and espresso and good music.

I would have said "France," but I've already had the great good fortune to visit France (though not on a bicycle), so I'm more curious about Italy.

Hey -- how about "Italy AND France"?
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Old 04-13-00, 03:42 PM   #5
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I'd love to spend a few weeks in France, and when I get the time I'll definitely be going to Tasmania (Australia).
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I have always wanted to see the maritimes and the gaspe penninsula,
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Absolutely Jon. I've toured in Italy twice now, and in (quick calculation) 11 days, I'm off there again - to the Marche region this time. I can thoroughly recommend Umbria.
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http://www.a-nelson.dircon.co.uk/index.htm

for info on a couple of tours I've done there.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JonR:
Italy! That way I could enjoy beautiful scenery and friendly people who appreciate cycling and espresso and good music.

I would have said "France," but I've already had the great good fortune to visit France (though not on a bicycle), so I'm more curious about Italy.

Hey -- how about "Italy AND France"?
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Old 05-08-00, 11:24 PM   #8
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Outer Banks in North Carolina.

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great touring countries...

Just returned from cycling the Adriatic Coast in Montenegro and it is spectacular! Pensiones averaged about 6usd per night, food is great and cheap, people were friendly, roads are in good condition....need I go on? I am going back in two weeks to continue into Croatia....
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Has to be Prince Edward Island

I'd head back and do Prince Edward Island again. We're thinking of getting a tandem and I'd love to do it that way.

When we went, there was no bridge and so the roads might be a bit more crowded during the main season. We went after Labor Day in 1990 and it was fabulous: friendly folks; more varied terrain than you'd expect; and just lovely quiet places to cycle (we stayed off the Trans Canada highway whenever possible--and it's very possible). We got a big kick out of staying in B&B's as well.

Glad you asked; I think I'll put a bug in my wife's ear now!

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INDIA

INDIA IS YOUR ANSWER. YOU WILL MEET A FANTASTIC POPULATION, NATURE, KULTURE, HISTORY, NICE CLIMATE.
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I'd go for India. There's some fantastic scenery in the Himalayas, not to mention the fascinating mixture of cultures throughout.
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Best place to tour

In Europe the best place to go, is Italy. Close to the Giro route, at the Dolomites. June, July, August.

I thought Colorado, was the best in the USA, but seems as if no popular tours are available there? Can anyone advise different.
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Africa!!!

I lived in France for a while, and got to see parts of it by bike. One of the guys in my office was from Tunisia, and he coerced me into ferrying to Tunis and then riding to his family's home... maybe 135 miles altogether... of the most fascinating scenery... From Roman ruins to straight, wide, deserted highways, Mediterranean on one side, absolutely nothing on the other. Ever dodged wild camels? They won't chase you, but they won't get out of your way, either.

Given time and a bankroll, I'd like to pedal from Egypt to Morocco, do the Maghreb tour. Algeria would be a challenge, though. I'd have to trade spandex for kevlar.
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China - definately

I have bicycled in North America, Europe, and Asia.

China is the best adventure and the most bike friendly for your biking miles.

I would say the ideal trip would be to follow the Great Wall from West to East. The reason being that, after all is said and done, you would have been mostly bicycling down-hill. The Wall is along China's toughest terrain, so it would be very difficult to actually follow it closely, but you could run parallel to it and along it for some sections.

I would buy a Chinese 28" rim traditional single-speed bike. They are well made and can be repaired along almost any street in China for almost nothing. Also, you would blend into the crowd more than if you are on a brilliant and eye-catching modern bike. I won't get into it here, but it is good to blend in if you can.
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Netherlands is the Cycling meca

I just returned from a 3 week cycle tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. There are cycle paths there that are as wide as a road and ONLY for cyclists, they provide special signal lights for cyclists at intersections, the cyclist has the right of way virtually everwhere and the people are friendly. And there are bicycles everwhere.The deserts are great also and the sights are fantastic. It can be crowded in summer months with tourists so try later in late August early September, you will miss the tulips but there are less tourists.
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Just one??

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I can narrow it down to two. Or three.

In the US, I'd like to spend some time in the Sierras around Yosemite. Maybe in June, before the crowds, but after things warmed up a little. I'd ride all the roads in Yosemite, then head out to some of the infamous mountain passes around there.

In Europe, I'd like to ride some of the through some of the incredible, scenic mountains in France and Italy that you see in pictures of the TdF and the Giro. Another thing that would make Europe cool is the chance to ride where a cyclist isn't considered a second (or third, or fourth) class citizen on the road.
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If I could tour anywhere.....

I would go to Scotland. Given that I believe that is part of my heritage (I am adopted basing this off physical apperance). I have seen many photos and would just get lost there. I have also read about people that have rode Iceland and say it is incredible! So I would say Scotland then Iceland.
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If given the chance I would like to do the TDF Route!, I like to go to France, and ride my bike in the TDF route
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My choice would be to cycle across America, but if time was a factor I would chose Great Bitian, Ireland and Scotland. I did Ireland and Scotland many years ago and would like to do it again. GB looks like it might be nice as well.
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I would want to a circle around america. down through texas and back through new england and then back down south. I have read of people doing it and it takes a good 6 months.
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In Europe the best place to go, is Italy. Close to the Giro route, at the Dolomites. June, July, August.

I thought Colorado, was the best in the USA, but seems as if no popular tours are available there? Can anyone advise different.
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I'd go for New Zealand.
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I would love to spend a few weeks biking around alaska, or maybe china... what about you?
Ever since seeing the Lord of the Rings films, I've fantasized about visiting New Zealand. And touring on my bike is how I'd travel that land.

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Malaysian Borneo might be an amazing trip. English throughout, decent roads, tons of forest and a greater acceptance of two wheeled vehicles. Plus a variety of foods (thai, malay, chinese, indian) and cultures (similar). I took a three week vacation there and it was one of the more amazing experiences I've done. Highly recommended.
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