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Old 01-30-10, 12:50 PM   #1
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Your Dream Tour?

I have just given you a magic wallet with infinite cash... what's your dream tour?

Do you want to bike across Europe, eat wonderful food in Spain or Italy, see the sights in Southeast Asia, or maybe the culture of Mexico and Central America is more your thing?
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Old 01-30-10, 02:20 PM   #2
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if i got great weather and that magic wallet you have,well my perfect tour would be stay here in ireland suffer no breakdows no injurys my fitness level would be skyhigh,the sessions in the pub at night would be only mighty and my sleeping bag would be so so comfy ,wake up to a perfect cycling morning.there you go that would do it for me. cheers anto.
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That would have been the Trans America. Since I have already done it, with my daughter no less, I am not sure if it still qualifies. In any case I generally think of various US destinations when I think about "dream tours". My current dream tour is the Sierra Cascades route that I am planning for this Summer. Others are the Pacific Coast, the East Coast, and a number of routes in the Rockies.

OTOH, I guess my dream trip isn't really a trip but the ability to do a longish tour every year or so. I wouldn't limit that dream to bike tours though. Backpacking, kayaking, sailing, and journey running could all scratch the same itch for me.
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My dream tour is Actually a fairly realistic one.Drive from Ohio in Febuary or March with my Bike and gear to Tucson then south across the border to Guaymas.leave the car and take the ferry across the Sea of Cortez to Santa Rosalia and bike south thru Mulege,Bahia De Concepcion.Loreto to La Paz.Take the Ferry back across to the Mainland at Mazatlan and then follow the coast back up north to my car in Guaymas and then back to Tucson and then back east to Frigid Ohio.
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My two dream tours are a crossing of South America and a crossing of Africa. They are still on the horizon for me to do in a number of years, but an infinite amount of money would hasten when I would start.
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That would have been the Trans America. Since I have already done it, with my daughter no less, I am not sure if it still qualifies. In any case I generally think of various US destinations when I think about "dream tours". My current dream tour is the Sierra Cascades route that I am planning for this Summer. Others are the Pacific Coast, the East Coast, and a number of routes in the Rockies.

OTOH, I guess my dream trip isn't really a trip but the ability to do a longish tour every year or so. I wouldn't limit that dream to bike tours though. Backpacking, kayaking, sailing, and journey running could all scratch the same itch for me.
say staepj1 do you think you'll ever do a tour with your daughter's again.
i really enjoyed the photos of your last one.
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Actually only one of the two was my daughter and the other was one of her friends from college. My daughter Erica is making noises about possibly joining me for the Sierra Cascades route this Summer if she can manage the time off from grad school.

We both stay in touch with Lauren and the three of us ran a half marathon together this past September, so you never know... we just might all tour together again some time. They are great touring partners so I hope so.
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With a magic wallet with infinite cash, why would a person limit themselves to just one part of the world. We'd hit the road and try to see it all ... or most of it.

The tour would not be one where we packed up camp in the morning, rode 80 km to the next campsite, slept overnight, packed up camp in the morning, rode 80 km to the next campsite, etc. etc.

Rather it would be one where we would fly into a country, and perhaps spend a few days touring (by bicycle, bus, train, etc.) the city we landed in. Then we might cycle out to a place we wanted to see, which might take a day or two or more, and then we might spend a week or two there, getting to know the area and having a good look around. We might pick up odd jobs or volunteer work here and there, and may end up spending a month or two in some locations. Sometimes we'd cycle between destinations, other times we might take another form of transportation. All very casual and generally unplanned. Wherever the wind blows us.
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My magic wallet tour would involve a high end folding bike and travel, lots of travel. I would probably start with the US and see everything I could that is reachable by train, then possibly by bus. The other possibility would be to take a small RV to use as a base camp and ride to see everything in the area, but regardless camping would be at a minimum.

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Where can I get me one of those magic wallets, please?
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Hand over the wallet then I will start dreaming.
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If someone else is buying, then I'd like to go to Bhutan.
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If someone else is buying, then I'd like to go to Bhutan.
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Pamirs, Karakorum, Himalayas, and the Tibetan Plateau.
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@staehpj1: It's really cool to see you posting here because reading about your trip is what gave me the itch to start touring! I've only done the Katy Trail so far, but I dream of doing the TransAm soon... hopefully in 2012.

@jamawani: Well, 10 different responders so far... if we each get 2,000 of our closest friends to give $500 each, then I can have one of these wallets ($1 million) and raffle off the other one to one of us 10!
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Right now I'm dreaming of tandeming the C&O Canal with the Mrs. for our 3 year anniversary this year. Not as lofty a goal as some but I'm really looking forward to it.
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@staehpj1: It's really cool to see you posting here because reading about your trip is what gave me the itch to start touring! I've only done the Katy Trail so far, but I dream of doing the TransAm soon... hopefully in 2012.
Thanks. I am glad that our journal helped get some folks inspired. I look forward to reading about your Trans America in 2012.
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Scotland, especially the Hebrides and a bunch of distilleries. Scandinavia. All of the Himalayas, especially Bhutan and Tibet. A circuit around the Mediterranean.

And if, in addition to the money and time, I also knew Spanish, Central and South America.
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Start somewhere in southern Italy, work my way north, see Sardinia, Corsica, see Florence again, see northern Tuscany, continue north and cross the Alps into France, maybe head for the Pyrenees after that.
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If someone else is buying, then I'd like to go to Bhutan.
SNAP! Bhutan, Vietnam or........ Scotland. Although if I had a magic wallet, I'd want magic weather too! (without the midgies!)

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Gibraltar to Gibraltar, counter-clockwise. Sweet.
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I've pretty much completed my priority tours.. Think still on my wish list to do sometime, Australia or Tuscany.
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