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Old 09-23-09, 10:48 AM   #1
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$20,000 and unlimited time

Just curious and day dreaming, if you had 20,000 USD, all the gear for self-supported touring and unlimited time, where would you tour? How long would you try to stay on the road?
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Two years in North and South America.
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Start tomorrow, keep going until I've spent half, then turn around.
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Money? Not that much right now.
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I would start in london, through the tunnel to paris, the around europe counter clockwise, and up through as much of the eastern bloc and russia as i could get to, then down through greece and turkey and into africa, then counter clockwise around africa, across india, nepal, and south east asia including malaysia and thailand, then back up ending in Beijing.

My only rule would be that I have to average 40 miles a day, with a maximu lag of 120 miles (ie if I choose to stay in one place 3 days I have to make up the distance).
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My only rule would be that I have to average 40 miles a day, with a maximu lag of 120 miles (ie if I choose to stay in one place 3 days I have to make up the distance).
i like that rule for a hypothetical trip like this....
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i like that rule for a hypothetical trip like this....
Me too. But then I thought, would I want to put rules on myself? Eh...I guess those miles lost(?) could be made up easily, especially if terrain, wind are favorable at some point.


As far as me day dreaming this, I'd like to make it last 2+ years if possible. WWOOFing or other non-pay volunteering could help with making it last longer. I've never been to S. America, Asia (outisde of India), NZ and Australia, so those sound intriguing to me.
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id just tour the states. all of them. part of canada, maybe part of mexico.
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Depends where you've already been and what time of year you want to head out.

For myself: I just spent six months in Asia and would love to go touring in Central Asia. But that's a summer thing, and I've got no job, $17,000 and a desire to hit the road again. So I think that I'm going to fly down to Beunos Aires, Argentina and ride down through the Andes. After five months I'll be back in the states to hike the Continental Divide Trail. I'd much rather do that than ride the Great Divide Route.
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Quit your job, sell your car, cash in a CD, your dream could become reality, my friend.
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Stockholm to Lisbon, with a side trip to Italy along the way.

Plenty of ways to burn up $20,000 on that route. I would try to spend modestly, but be more interested in enjoying the trip than stretching it out. Should last for several months, which would be enough time to get around.

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Your money will last a lot longer (two or three times as long, maybe more) in some third-world countries than it would in North America.
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I would start in the southwest in late winter and move north with the weather. I'd visit all the big western national parks and take my time with each one. For this pipe dream trip I wouldn't worry so much about covering ground, as enjoying to the maximum the ground that I cover.

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What is WWOOFing?
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I'd get a passport, ride wherever and whenever I felt like that day, for as long as I could. I'd prepare my own food to extend the trip.
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hookers and blow in vegas.

probably wont last long
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If, on your dream trip, you cycled through the Niagara grape-growing region and stopped at this quaint winery to buy a small souvenir, your money won't last long!

http://www.royaldemaria.com/collectors.html

(I think the wines on this page are sold by the half-bottle: That's 375 ml per bottle.)
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start tomorrow, keep going until i've spent half, then turn around.
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edit: ok, wtf is going on? I'm trying to do a "D" but it keeps changing it to "d"?!?
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I would just get on my Surly LHT and go with the wind.To start off I would go to Bangor Maine to to who knows but I would have a lot of fun doing it.I would take my time stay as long as I wanted to at the place I was at.I like to meet people that loves to ride bicycles as I do.There is no better feeling than to just ride no place in mind just go with the wind.Would be fun but guess this dream want happen any time soon lol.
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probably wont last long
Hilarious.
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Interesting range of responses. I would think the answer would be different for each individual, both in terms of what they want out of their tour and what they are giving up in return.

For me, I don't think I want to be on the road for a year or two - I get sick of it after a few months, and desire stability, friends, home, my S.O. I've done a few semi-extended trips, both on the bike and in a van, and I really just want my own home after a while. Little things like wearing the same clothes all the time, not knowing your way around, being with strangers... all start to get to me. Even on trips with my S.O., where we have each other, being on the road gets old.

Then after I'm home a while, I miss being on the road.

So, the first thought that pops into my head is go to France, Italy & Switzerland, maybe Spain, stay wherever I felt like, from camping to nice hotels, eat in lots of awesome restaurants, do some rides where I stay in one place for a while and ride all the awesome roads from there. Maybe spend 4-6 months. Then go home. I would spend the money with an eye towards maximizing enjoyment of the moment, rather than stretching out the time as long as I could.

That's just me, of course.
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I'd spend almost all of it on a lightweight carbon fibre dual suspension cross country bike, then go on a few week-long tours around the place through mountains and whatnot.

(I saw a XC event at the recent world mountain biking championships and I was so jealous of the XC FS bikes...drool)
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My thoughts about the length are fairly similar to valygrl. When I was younger, I quit my job and traveled for 14 months, about 8 of them by bike. The other 6 months I was overseas but I mostly stayed in one place. I biked on 3 continents on that trip. I don't think I would want to bike for nearly as long today. Also, I've biked just about everywhere that I have had a strong desire to visit by bike. (more than 30 countries and on every continent except Antarctica)

Given that, please allow me to slightly alter your query: If someone was going to give me up to $20,000 for a bike trip, where would I go and for how long?

One place which comes to mind is Bhutan. The government restricts tourism there. You must book with official tour operators and there are minimum prices of $200/night in high season, $165/night in low season. I don't even know if they'd allow a group of just 2 people to tour by bike unaccompanied.

So, if Bhutan isn't feasible, and this were use-or-lose money (take a bike tour or else!), perhaps Sulawesi & Bali in Indonesia, simply because I'd like to go there and it costs a small fortune to get there from where I live.

Or possibly, a wine-and-dine bike trip in selected parts of France and Italy that I haven't been to or would like to re-visit. I don't want to go on a supported tour, however. I want the freedom to go where I want, when I want, with who I want, and to select where I eat and sleep.

I think that 6 weeks or so would be just right.
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