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Old 03-15-10, 01:55 PM   #1
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Fantasy Tours?

Any tours come to mind that are like this, either (1) fantasy tours that you might just actually do someday, or (2) fantasy tours that are unlikely or even very unlikely to actually happen, but nonetheless have some kind of appeal and attraction?
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Old 03-15-10, 02:59 PM   #2
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I'm doing the TransAm in 2012... so there's one fantasy I'll be checking off!

I'd also like to do a tour of Spain where we hit all the places where good food is... a few other tours, but who knows... I'm focusing on the TA for now.
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Old 03-15-10, 04:22 PM   #3
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it's all fantasy to me,i would love to tour some part of america solo but that's just fantasy.
love to get back to spain maybe do the camino again solo but that's also fantasy.
this year i would love to tour ireland end to end but only if we get a good summer big big fantasy.
but you never know what might happen ,maybe the fantasy angle will smile on me for once.
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Old 03-15-10, 04:43 PM   #4
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...Before-You-Die

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...g-destinations

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...our-Dream-Tour

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-would-you-go
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Old 03-16-10, 07:54 AM   #5
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Well, I have a lot of fantasies, but only a few that can be printed here. J

Fantasy rides, that’s easy:

1.) Riding across the USA and then coming back by riding across Canada. Yes, I know
this would take a while. Maybe the better part of a year. But still…

2.) Riding the Land’s End to John O’Groats (which is, for those who don’t know far southwest
England to far northeast Scotland). This is only about 900-1,000 miles so it maybe only take two weeks
at the most, depending how much and how often you stop to see tourist sites like Stonehenge.

3.) Riding across Continental Europe. Maybe starting in Portugal and riding east. Ending who knows where, but just riding. This may or may not include extensive touring within some of the larger European countries like France, Germany, and Italy. Another and separate European fantasy ride would be an extensive tour through Ireland. I hear it is just beautiful and fun to ride if you can deal with the narrow and sometimes dirt roads.

I hear that riding across Asia is quite an adventure too, such as riding through China and India. Maybe in another lifetime…
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I got laid off from what was most likely the crappiest job known to man but it did afford me time to think about touring allot. So I guess from that stand point, it wasn't so crappy. Well now that I'm unemployed, I'm seriously considering riding the Trans Am. I received a severance package that didn't make me a rich man but it is enough to live on the road for many months. I'm going through the process in my mind of what I have to do to make myself lighter on my feet. What do I do with my car? What do I do with my dog? What do I do with my tools, computer, other bikes? Do I put the inanimate things in storage? What if I decide to stop in a new area of the world and move out of this area completely? Day dreaming is fun but now I have to work out the mechanics of making a life on the road work.
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Old 03-16-10, 02:36 PM   #7
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Cross Country Brewery Tour. Hit as many as I can. Sleep in a tent as much as I can. Sounds perfect!
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Old 03-16-10, 02:59 PM   #8
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I got laid off from what was most likely the crappiest job known to man but it did afford me time to think about touring allot. So I guess from that stand point, it wasn't so crappy. Well now that I'm unemployed, I'm seriously considering riding the Trans Am. I received a severance package that didn't make me a rich man but it is enough to live on the road for many months. I'm going through the process in my mind of what I have to do to make myself lighter on my feet. What do I do with my car? What do I do with my dog? What do I do with my tools, computer, other bikes? Do I put the inanimate things in storage? What if I decide to stop in a new area of the world and move out of this area completely? Day dreaming is fun but now I have to work out the mechanics of making a life on the road work.
I'd have someone house sit.. take care of the dog and see how it goes. It's the TA.. not a world tour.
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I'd have someone house sit.. take care of the dog and see how it goes. It's the TA.. not a world tour.
You don't know that.......
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True.. but after 2 months doing the TA you might have had enough. If not... then you have a problem
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Hub and spoke tour of Bordeaux.
That's the plan for this autumn anyway.
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I got laid off from what was most likely the crappiest job known to man but it did afford me time to think about touring allot. So I guess from that stand point, it wasn't so crappy. Well now that I'm unemployed, I'm seriously considering riding the Trans Am. I received a severance package that didn't make me a rich man but it is enough to live on the road for many months. I'm going through the process in my mind of what I have to do to make myself lighter on my feet. What do I do with my car? What do I do with my dog? What do I do with my tools, computer, other bikes? Do I put the inanimate things in storage? What if I decide to stop in a new area of the world and move out of this area completely? Day dreaming is fun but now I have to work out the mechanics of making a life on the road work.
If time isn't a factor here, definitely PM me and I'll send you a link to my TA.

My TA is going to be a DreamTour with Tour d'Afrique, and so I need to put a group together to go in 2012. If enough people sign up, then I get to go for free as the creator of the trip, and that would mean I could afford to bring my girlfriend with, and she really wants to go. If anybody else has been dreaming of a TA, let me know and I'll contact you as soon as my page is live.
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My ultimate, unrealistic fantasy tour? Nomadic life on a bike, touring for years, stopping at different places for a few weeks or months, moving on... My idols. Isn't gonna happen though: married and my wife would never go for this and have one of those job things that I need to show up for every day in order to have money to pay rent and buy food, computers and bikes

A bit more realistic? A year long tour around USA.

Although, I'll be lucky if I get to tour around NY State for a few weeks this year

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My ultimate, unrealistic fantasy tour? Nomadic life on a bike, touring for years, stopping at different places for a few weeks or months, moving on... My idols. Isn't gonna happen though: married and my wife would never go for this and have one of those job things that I need to show up for every day in order to have money to pay rent and buy food, computers and bikes

A bit more realistic? A year long tour around USA.

Although, I'll be lucky if I get to tour around NY State for a few weeks this year

A.
Not wishing anything bad to happen, never say never. A year or two ago I would have never ever thought an extended tour was possible and low and behold, circumstances have changed so drastically in a totally unforeseeable way that now I'd feel foolish for not taking advantage of it. Talk about serendipity!
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Not wishing anything bad to happen, never say never. A year or two ago I would have never ever thought an extended tour was possible and low and behold, circumstances have changed so drastically in a totally unforeseeable way that now I'd feel foolish for not taking advantage of it. Talk about serendipity!
Keep thinking about this... You may or may not ever have this chance again. Do it.
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Across the US from Portland
Bend
Klamath Falls
Reno
Highway 50 - the "Loneliest Road"
Southern Utah Canyon Country - Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Moab
Four Corners
Santa Fe
Alamogordo
Roswell
Dallas
New Orleans
Biloxi
Pensacola
Charleston
Norfolk
Washington DC area.

This is a list of places I've always wanted to see, places where friends live, places I was stationed while in the service, and ending up at my niece's place.

Also a tour of Ireland, and in the UK the Land's End to John O'Groats ride.

Across the US may happen via the TA in early autumn next year but that zig-zagging route probably not be possible both for financial and physical reasons. But we are talking fantasy here, aren't we?

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