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    Songs that describe the feeling of bicycle touring

    What songs do you feel best describe the essence of bicycle touring.
    My #1 pick would be Snowin on Raton -Townes Van Zandt
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxC1u...elated&search=

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    "On the Road Again" by Willie, and "Rollin' Down the Highway" by the Doobies. Can you tell my age?

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    not at all, I'm 25 and think those are great songs

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    What about ... "6 Days on the Road and I'm Gonna Make it Home Tonight"?

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    Yes I have 3 versions of Sixdays
    Taj Mahal
    Sreve Earle
    Gram Parsons

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    And the line: "I'm a little overweight and my log books are way behind" sort of fits my style of cycling ... not that I'm overweight but that I always carry a bit too much stuff and my ride journal is usually a few days behind.

    Plus when I get all the gear on my bicycle, I feel like I've gone from riding a sedan to riding a semi. I was joking on my most recent tour that I should have one of those "Wide Load" signs attached across the back of my panniers.

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    Roadtrip by Tim Finn
    Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel
    Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
    Life is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmb View Post
    What songs do you feel best describe the essence of bicycle touring.
    My #1 pick would be Snowin on Raton -Townes Van Zandt
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxC1u...elated&search=
    Better(?) yet, "To Live is To Fly". Although I have only the Cowboy Junkies version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmb View Post
    Yes I have 3 versions of Sixdays
    Taj Mahal
    Sreve Earle
    Gram Parsons
    And don't forget the Sawyer Brown version

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    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
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    I have a whole collection of "road" songs, but a few of my favorites:

    Radar Love by Golden Earing
    Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
    Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider
    Highway to Hell by AC/DC(my favorite sprint song when I was racing)
    Just about anything by Marshal Tucker Band or the Allman Brothers

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    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
    _Nicodemus

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
    _krazygluon

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    My personal favorites are Key to the Highway by Eric Clapton and BB King and Hit the Road Jack for Ray Charles.

    Ray

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    Turn the page - Bob Seger
    Why Aye Man, Marbletown, Northumberland - Mark Knopfler
    Slow Down - Morcheeba
    Ramble On - Led Zep
    Magic Carpet Ride, Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf
    Walk the Walk - Poe
    Midnight Rider - Allman Bros
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    "Rockin' Down the Highway" will make you tear off your headphones after hearing it for the 3rd time the same day.

    "Driving My Life Away" is good. "Steep grade, up ahead, slow me down, making no time, yeah I got to keep a-rolling".

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    How about..
    the Bicycle Trip by Bruce Cockburn (from the album "Bruce Cockburn' 1970)

    Drift along
    Hear the gravel crackle
    Butterflies
    Shades of the eternal dancer
    God has buttered the land with sunlight
    Sunlight
    Corn grows high
    Like a tall watusi
    Katydid
    Hums a monotonous tune
    Rather hypnotically
    Hmmmmmm
    Overhead there's a parrot with boxing gloves
    Singing like me
    What a clever bird
    Even knows the words
    But he doesn't seem to see
    Me
    Making my great escape
    You can just take so much of your own advice
    Who needs a king
    Sitting in a tree
    So loquaciously
    Pigeonholing everything
    Pigeons have a way of taking wing
    Back again
    Purple thistles bristle
    All around
    Bane of the Eternal Dancer
    Hmmmmmm
    Home is just around the bend...
    The end

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    The theme song from "Captain Kangaroo" - -
    It has the perfect cadence for pedalling.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3w7w58CREY

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    Luka Bloom's track about bicycling, "The Acoustic Motorbike" (not a fan but seems relevant...)

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    www.myspace.com/witnessthefitness

    Ok, it's me. And an open-tuned acoustic guitar. The first song is called San Felasco. It's seven and some minutes with one real line: "Got a long way/to keep your head up." Somewhere between bleak and spacious and reassuring. I love it.

    There's also the song Carlos. Carlos is an acoustic guitar that I brought with me from Tampa up and along the Blue Ridge Parkway three years ago. I left Carlos with the Cookie Lady. Hopefully this qualifies me for something. = )
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    My first choice is East Bound and Down(Theme from Smokey and the Bandit):

    Ol' Smokey's got them ears on,
    He's hot on your trail
    and he ain't gonna rest til you're in jail
    So you've got to dodge him, you've got to duck him
    You've got to keep that diesel truckin'
    Just put that hammer down and give hell!
    Somehow, in my case, as a clyde, pulling a BOB, this passage seems to fit me especially well, especially on the first day of any tour, when my main goal(since I'm alway running late) is to try to make time as well as I can.
    Ride a bike. It makes your legs stringy, and less tasty to our Kanamit friends.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcl8a View Post
    Better(?) yet, "To Live is To Fly". Although I have only the version.
    I think Cowboy Junkies is the best version.

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    I'm gonna go with the feeling more than the actual lyrics...

    Witchita Lineman--Glen Cambell

    Catch the Sun--Doves

    Ventura Highway--America

    Classical Gas--Mason Williams

    A Million Miles Away--The Plimsouls

    The Air That I Breathe--Hollies

    Times Like These--Foo Fighters

    Steppin' Out--Joe Jackson

    Ariane--Acoustic Alchemy

    >>>Matthew, nice work! That's something I would listen to on a long lonely road.
    Last edited by ronzorini; 09-08-07 at 09:23 PM.

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    And let's not forget ...

    Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

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    "Out in the Country" by Three Dog Night

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomick View Post
    Luka Bloom's track about bicycling, "The Acoustic Motorbike" (not a fan but seems relevant...)
    I'm a huge fan. Every time he graces our shores I go to a gig, I suggest anyone that likes folk music should. Great song too, now that you've mentioned it I can't get it out of my head.

    "pedal on, pedal on, pedal on for miles, pedal on"

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    I have a Few...

    Truckin-,just cant get the line "What a long and strange trip its been" outta my head. And

    Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad

    Promised Land

    Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountian

    China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider

    Help is on the Way/Slipknot/Franklin's Tower

    Not Fade Away

    He's Gone

    Tons of Steel

    Touch of Gray

    Cassiday

    Cold Rain and Snow

    The Wheel

    Estimated Prophet

    Throwing Stones

    Wave That Flag

    And the Entire 5/8/77 Show from Cornell Univ.

    "Jus A Freaky Ole Deadhead,Doin Sumphin Different" This is what I tell Folk that ask if I am riding across country

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