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Old 09-16-07, 04:02 PM   #1
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tour of the National Parks

Hi, just wanted to share my website of my tour this summer with my friend Ursula from Phoenix AZ to Jasper, Canada while stopping at as many national parks as possible (12 total). Here's a few pics from the website to try and tempt you to visit

www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2391







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Old 09-17-07, 06:18 AM   #2
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Those are some beautiful pics!
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Looks like a great trip. Have now viewed all the pages. My thots,

Interesting that you did you whole trip on a folder. No regrets?

You two had too much fun!

Could use a little more chitchat, maybe route info/maps for those anticipating a similar trip.

about the pictures:
Beautiful, stunning, takes your breath away, Ursula that is. The scenery ain't bad either.

Thanks for posting your report.

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Old 09-17-07, 12:35 PM   #4
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"Interesting that you did you whole trip on a folder. No regrets?"
No regrets on bringing the folder (Friday), but on my next long distance tour I'll take a full size touring bike and use the Friday on shorter trips.


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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll do that soon.
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Thanks for sharing your ride with us. I enjoyed reading your tour diary on crazyguy.... I rode a good portion of your Colorado route just a few weeks after you came through our great state. It brought back good memories of folks I met during my tour of central and northern Colorado.

In the beginning of your tour diary you make references to injuries that required long recoveries before you could make the bike tour. Did the injuries hamper your trip in any way? I captain a tandem and take folks on rides who have difficulty riding on their own. I'm sure stories like yours - coming back from significant physical challenges - gives people hope that big things are possible post accident or after recovering from a disease.

I agree with an above poster - great photos ... even the scenery!
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Yeah I think we're a good story for people suffering from injuries who are wondering if they'll ever get on a bike again. After having to stay in bed for 2 years, i certainly doubted whether i'd ride again, let alone ever walk again.
Our old injuries nagged us frequently (my back, her hip), and often we had a take a half day or a day off to rest, but luckily neither one of us had a flair up, or a strain or worse.
btw, we really enjoyed Colorado, the nature, the people, the weather, bike-friendly, terrific!

And yes we did have way too much fun on this trip!
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I'm in the middle of your blog, and saw the bank robbers. Are they real people? They are looking very real, but to ask 4 odd looking persons to draw their guns and 3 are with the finger on the trigger is scary and to me imaginary. So are they real?
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Finished the blog. I found it very amusing to read the comments to the photo, and loved the funny photos.
It was an amazing path to choose. Maybe I will do it some day.
How did you manage in the hills? There were big hills!
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What a wonderful trip! Please update with more dialog on the ride....I've thought of doing something similar in a couple years when I retire and have been inspired by your journal.
It looks like you went up Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain Park. How was it? I've driven up and down but with the road having no shoulders, I wondered how it would be on a bike.
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What a wonderful trip! Please update with more dialog on the ride....I've thought of doing something similar in a couple years when I retire and have been inspired by your journal.
It looks like you went up Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain Park. How was it? I've driven up and down but with the road having no shoulders, I wondered how it would be on a bike.
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When you have the opportunity to do a similar trip, I recommend that after leaving Arches National Park you head southeast to visit Mesa Verde National Park and then take one of the prettiest ride in Colorado (my opinion, of course) which runs from Durango to Ridgway. From there you can meet up with the route described in their blog through Glenwood Canyon.

Trail Ridge Rd was resurfaced this year. It's a fun ride heading east or west. Generally, you want to begin the climb early in the morning since afternoon thunderstorms can bring rain, hail or snow even in July.
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Yeah I think we're a good story for people suffering from injuries who are wondering if they'll ever get on a bike again. After having to stay in bed for 2 years, i certainly doubted whether i'd ride again, let alone ever walk again.
Our old injuries nagged us frequently (my back, her hip), and often we had a take a half day or a day off to rest, but luckily neither one of us had a flair up, or a strain or worse.
It's wonderful that you both were able to work through/overcome the injuries and get back on your bikes (and simply walk). Some of the folks I ride with on the tandem may never be able to ride on their own again, loss of sight, for example, and yet, they love being out on the bike. The sense of freedom, the fresh air and all of the other qualities that, I dare say, we all love about touring, adds a lot to their lives. Mine too!

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btw, we really enjoyed Colorado, the nature, the people, the weather, bike-friendly, terrific!
I hope you can make it back to Colorado at some point. There are a lot of wonderful bike tours here. Post a note you'll be heading this way and you'll find folks have lots of suggestions.
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When you have the opportunity to do a similar trip, I recommend that after leaving Arches National Park you head southeast to visit Mesa Verde National Park and then take one of the prettiest ride in Colorado (my opinion, of course) which runs from Durango to Ridgway. From there you can meet up with the route described in their blog through Glenwood Canyon.

Trail Ridge Rd was resurfaced this year. It's a fun ride heading east or west. Generally, you want to begin the climb early in the morning since afternoon thunderstorms can bring rain, hail or snow even in July.
Thanks! When they resurfaced, did they make it more bike friendly in any way? It seemed very narrow & scary to bike to me, but that may just have been my take driving it..
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Trail Ridge Rd was resurfaced this year. It's a fun ride heading east or west. Generally, you want to begin the climb early in the morning since afternoon thunderstorms can bring rain, hail or snow even in July.
Still ongoing, or at least it was as of about a month ago. Tthe lack of shoulders wasn't the worst of it. When we drove through it was raining, there were many delays, long lines, some sections w/ only a single lane to share between traffic going both ways. Still beautiful, but I was glad I was in a car.

There were two bikers at the visitor's center near the top, but they were either credit card tourers or day trippers.
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I'm in the middle of your blog, and saw the bank robbers. Are they real people? They are looking very real, but to ask 4 odd looking persons to draw their guns and 3 are with the finger on the trigger is scary and to me imaginary. So are they real?
We'll, the bank robbers were real people, but quite harmless! There's a tourist train between the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff (I believe), and these guys put on a show and reinact a robbery.

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When you have the opportunity to do a similar trip, I recommend that after leaving Arches National Park you head southeast to visit Mesa Verde National Park and then take one of the prettiest ride in Colorado (my opinion, of course) which runs from Durango to Ridgway.
We wanted to do this stretch, but at the time we thought we were behind schedule and needed to catch up. Lots of locals said that southwest Colorado has some of the prettiest nature in the state, so i'll have to go back and check it out!
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Hey Rick! How the heck are ya? I can't wait to see you and Uschi's photos from Banff and Jasper Natl Parks. I know I rode through the same area, but you two always seem to get better photos than me.

Where's your next tour going to be? If I don't do another long tour next year, I'll at least try to take a week or two to ride around here in Colorado. Which, yes, is damn beautiful.
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Hey Alan! Great to talk to you again. How was your ride up to Alaska? I gotta check out your site again too. (PM coming soon). Hopefully next summer i can quit my upcoming job and go on either the
1. Great Divide Mtb Route
2. The Copenhagen-Vienna bike path, the longest continuous MUP in the world (I believe) with 0 cars the whole way
3. Go nuts and ride from SF to Argentina.
Worst case i'll have to wait until 09'. What about you?

Everybody this is Alan, the guy we rode thru Wyoming with. Once during the tour I asked him if he knew about BikeForums, and it turned out he was a BFer too!
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