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Old 10-25-08, 09:21 AM   #1
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Where are you planning for next year?

I suppose it only really applies to Northern Hemisphere tourers, but what wets your whistle?
I quite fancy Flanders. If I had the money, I'd choose Bodensee to Koenigsee, cycling by the side of the Alps the Salzburg in April when the blossom's out.

How about you?
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Old 10-25-08, 09:39 AM   #2
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well if all goes according to plan,its france for 3 weeks 1500 km,from ireland overnight ferry to roscoff down to bordeaux inland to tulle and basically back up to roscoff.but if that dosen't happen well i might do misen head to malin head ( end to end).or it could be somewhere in wales.
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Old 10-25-08, 10:14 AM   #3
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After the rainy season is over I plan to do a short tour down the pacific coast route from the Oregon border to SF. I will probably take about 10 days to do so I can take my time a bit.
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Old 10-25-08, 10:20 AM   #4
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My current plan is to ride from Oregon coast to Yellowstone, probably in July. I've just started looking at options but I suspect it will mostly be along the Transamerica route.

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Possibly three weeks somewhere in Scandinavia. Far north, if possible, unless my research reveals that there are biting insects. Or Northwest Territories. Better start making decisions...
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Old 10-25-08, 11:23 AM   #6
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Wow, I like the sound of the Pacific Coast, and Yellowstone. Cycling through Yellowstone sounds wonderful.
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Old 10-25-08, 11:24 AM   #7
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Possibly three weeks somewhere in Scandinavia. Far north, if possible, unless my research reveals that there are biting insects.
I did 6 weeks of Scandinavia not so long ago and the mosquitoes were at there very worst in Lapland, absolute nightmare they were. Highly recommend Scandinavia though, if you can put up with the cost of everything.

China is calling me (Beijing to Kathmandu), if not probably Iceland, then across to Norway and whichever way the wind blows from there.
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Old 10-25-08, 12:05 PM   #8
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I'm not sure why this would only apply to Northern Hemisphere tourers ... those in the Southern Hemisphere should also be getting a "next year" in which to tour. In fact, the weather in the Southern Hemisphere generally allows for a longer season of touring than the Northern Hemisphere.

That said ...

My tentative touring plans for 2009 are ...

May - Golden Triangle in the Canadian Rockies (this is a 3-day organized tour I've done a couple times before)

August - Australia ... I'll be packing up and moving there to be with Rowan, and once there Rowan and I are planning to spend some time touring ... we haven't decided where or for how long yet.
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Old 10-25-08, 12:51 PM   #9
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This spring (May/June) we plan to take 4/5 weeks to...

Plan A - Fly to Malaga, Spain than head home to Holland.
Plus point, we love Spain. Minus point, it's long (+/-2800kms, we'll need min. 5 weeks).

Plan B - Tour Corsica and Sardinia.
Plus point, very beautifull (so we've heard). Minus point, for the cost of flying we can tour for over a week.

Plan C - Cycle streight south to Nice (via Col de la Bonette 2715m, if it's open). From Nice cycle along the coast to Genoa, than turn north heading home (via St. Gotthard pass 2108m, if its open).
Plus point('s), leaving and arriving home on bikes, high mountains and some coastal riding inbetween, distance just about right at 2400kms. Minus point, might be a bit early for the passes, but its the only time we have.

Early days yet, but we are leaning towards Plan C now.
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Old 10-25-08, 01:07 PM   #10
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in april i will start my round the world trip........the time is finally come after few years of preparations and long time planning!
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Old 10-25-08, 01:10 PM   #11
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Either a dash through Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark, or a more humanely paced exploration of the eastern and southern parts of Finland. Option 1 would be very interesting and probably very expensive, option 2 could be fun and a great way to learn more about my own country... kind of hard to choose I say :-P
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Old 10-25-08, 01:38 PM   #12
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Bodrum, Turkey -> Azerbaijan -> Iran, fly home to Arizona.

May to Sept 2009.

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Old 10-25-08, 03:30 PM   #13
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Europe trip - may 2009 to september/october 2009.
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Old 10-25-08, 05:50 PM   #14
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How about you?
I am waffling between two alternatives:
a. Easy plan; ride the US from bottom to top, riding from Brownsville to Dallas over Christmas, Dallas to Cheyenne over Spring Break and Cheyenne to the Canadian Border late in the summer. I will at least do the Texas ride over Christmas.
b. More ambitious plan; ride from Samara, Russia to Urumqi, China by way of Chelyabinsk and Astana, Kazakhstan for two months starting in late July.

I would really like to do the more ambitious ride, but not certain if I can afford to spend so much time from work in one chunk and hence next year might be the easy plan with multiple week or week and a half vacations. If I can't do the ambitious ride for 2009, then will try for 2010.
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Old 10-25-08, 06:04 PM   #15
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My brother is getting married in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in the Spring. I am hoping to ride to the wedding . . . down the Baja peninsula to La Paz, and then catch the ferry to Mochis. Not sure if I will have enough time for the return trip; if not, I'd like to spend a few days riding around Copper Canyon (Batopilas and Creel).
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Old 10-26-08, 03:55 AM   #16
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I've just moved to the UK, so I'm gagging to get over to continental Europe. There are so many choices to investigate, but it's likely to be Germany (Danube), France, or Netherlands. Plus weekend trips in England. The bike is still a work in progress, so we'll see what happens.
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Old 10-26-08, 04:20 AM   #17
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Where I go depends on when and how long my vacation will be. I have no plans but a few ideas:

- Newfoundland and Labrador during iceberg season.
- North coast of St-Lawrence and Anticosti island.
- South coast of St-Lawrence and dirt roads on the Laurentian hills.
- Canadian rockies
- Alaska

I really have no clue. I'd also like to ride fast and light from Montreal to Gaspé.
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Old 10-26-08, 05:38 AM   #18
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Well, I had been planning an two-ish week trip out through Death Valley around the New Year, but have since decided to put it off as I do not think I will be physically or financially prepared for the trip. Hopefully I will be able to do it next year, and maybe even talk somebody into going with me!

So, other than that... I plan on going on RAGBRAI in July, as living in Eastern Iowa I have always been interested in doing it, but never actually done it. I suppose it's not much of an adventure, but I suspect it will be fun none the less.

I bought most of what I need when I was planning for my Death Valley trip, so I hope to do some local weekend tours come spring.

Someday I would really like to ride down the pacific coast starting at around the US/Canada border and ride down to the tip of South America. Someday.
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Old 10-26-08, 06:19 AM   #19
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Starting January 6, 2009 I am doing 5 weeks through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
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Laos and Thailand in the winter but probably not until January, so technically no tours planned for next year.
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If I'm touring alone my plan is to fly to Great Falls, Montana and ride the Lewis and Clark Trail to Portland, Oregon, then take Amtrak home. (I'm even planning on splurging for a sleeper car!)

If I have any luck getting someone to go with me I may do the Oregon coast again, or even start in Vancouver, BC, and ride the coast down to Crescent City, or even San Francisco. I have a couple of potential first-time tourers who may want to go, and I think the Oregon coast is pretty good for a first tour - lots of campsites, lots of fellow tourers to meet, plenty of services, etc. If you get good weather it's hard to beat, at least in the US.

If I go alone I want to go somewhere I've never been. I'd like to do the whole Lewis and Clark trail someday because it intrigues me and I'm a Lewis and Clark buff. But I won't have time for all of it. (I need to retire one of these days. )
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Old 10-26-08, 07:38 PM   #22
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St Paul to St Louis along the Mississippi and the Amtrak back home. I thinking a 10 day trip? Anyone else done this and if so how long did it take?
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St Paul to St Louis along the Mississippi and the Amtrak back home. I thinking a 10 day trip? Anyone else done this and if so how long did it take?
Dann, may just catch up with you for part of that ride. We'll be doing at least the Illinois portion of the Great Mississippi River trail
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Old 10-26-08, 09:12 PM   #24
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Tampa, FL to Providence, RI. I'm visiting a good friend.
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If the economy doesn't completely tank, I plan to tour the Rhineland, and then on to Amsterdam via a couple of islands in Friesland. If I can't manage that, I'll just do Seattle-San Francisco and back.
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