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    A Beginners Guide to Cycle Touring: How to prepare

    I apologize if this is a repost - I didn't see it anywhere. hilarious

    http://cyclingtrip.com/sections/guide/index.htm
    What is bicycle touring?
    "So I kept looking and eventually found that a spark plug had same threads. So I cycled next two days until I got to Jackson, MS with a spark plug instead of right pedal." - mev

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    Eh, it sounds like whoever wrote this had a bad experience touring... I get it is intended to be funny but it's a little ridiculous even for a joke.

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    I laughed

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    me too

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    Several of the points seemed familiar to me.

    I've seen a similar description about sailing, but it was considerably shorter:

    1. Take all the cash you can get (beg, borrow, steal, whatever), in paper money.
    2. Stand in cold shower with your clothes on. One by one, rip the notes into pulp.
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    Sounds angry and bitter to me.
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    I had a good chuckle at it - even though the only thing I've done that loosely qualifies as a "tour" was a 2-day jaunt with a night in a B&B with luxuries like a hot shower, by the end of the first day I could appreciate most of it.

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    Made me laff. Especially Step 6.

    Think of a song from the 1980's that you really hated. Buy the CD and play 20 seconds of that song over and over and over for about 6 hours.

    I'm a "no iPod while I'm riding" kinda guy, but there have been times on tour when I've had to put it on, just to clear my head of an earworm.
    "I heard the music and I wrote to it. Some people beat drums, some people strum guitars. It's all in the music you hear" ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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    No laughs here. The intro gives a glimpse into his cycling mindset.

    One thing I found interesting is that he left the (now closed) Bunk House Inn in Whitefish on June 12, 1999 and headed towards the Roosville border crossing just north of Eureka. Our cross country group came down from the Eureka area (Rexford) and stayed at the Bunnk House on June 13th. Missed him by a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tansy View Post
    Sounds angry and bitter to me.
    while I laughed, I still wondered why the fellow went to all that time to make such a negative "joke". Oh well, hope he got his poop sorted out, after all this was 11 years ago.....

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    Aw, hell. You have to be ready to laugh at yourself. I could write something similar about canoe tripping, touring in an antique roadster, or restoring an off-the-grid cabin. Doesn't mean I don't love it and wouldn't jump at the chance to do it again. I laughed, heartily.
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    I liked it.

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    two thumbs up for this. feels like a our first week going over the sierras into nevada, snow, rain wind...wooo

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    Ah, c'mon, it was funny.

    The only thing I want to know is why the "Wicked Witch of the West" music flits through my head when I'm pedaling hard (duh da-duh da duuuuh duh, duh da duh da duh....aaaaargh)

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    The sitting on a softball line made my LOL. Oh, and "clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you..."

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    While there is some discomfort involved with traveling on a bike, it just makes one appreciate the small things and simple comforts more. Not everybody gets it. A friend of mine who doesn't do bike touring calls stealth camping "hiding in the woods".

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    Tl;dr

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    I actually read this guy's tour journal many years ago and it stays in my mind as one of the finest ones I've seen. He starts out one way and ends transformed. That's a great story, every time. Its LONG so you're not going to knock it out in a single sitting or even a couple days.

    Which brings me to journals-- I actually like when the writer complains about stuff. A tour isn't all roses and beautiful vistas. There IS some real suffering happening and I want to hear about that suffering and how it transforms us. Anyone know of some other good tour journals? I'd like to read them.
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    To clarify, I thought it was a good concept. I am the first one to laugh at myself. But I just don't find most of his analogies funny/amusing.

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    Well, that was a few minutes of my life I'll never get back. So awful I gave up after Step 8.
    Other forms of transportation grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart. - Iris Murdoch

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    His journal is really quite good. Better than most by far.

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    I can't believe I'm actually doing this.

    What makes the article funny is that an activity like bicycle touring, whose primary aim is enjoyment, necessarily entails so much suffering. We call this "irony". Irony is a common feature of humour. There is nothing "bitter" or "negative" about this piece at all; rather, it is a satirical exaggeration of an irony inherent to bicycle touring. If one were actually bitter or negatively inclined toward touring, it would be impossible to even write this piece; you see, enjoyment is as necessary a support for the central irony of this piece as suffering is. The joke, literally, is the recommendation of suffering for the purpose of enjoyment.

    Now I have to take a shower. Explaining humour is a dirty business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seenloitering View Post
    I can't believe I'm actually doing this.

    What makes the article funny is that an activity like bicycle touring, whose primary aim is enjoyment, necessarily entails so much suffering. We call this "irony". Irony is a common feature of humour. There is nothing "bitter" or "negative" about this piece at all; rather, it is a satirical exaggeration of an irony inherent to bicycle touring. If one were actually bitter or negatively inclined toward touring, it would be impossible to even write this piece; you see, enjoyment is as necessary a support for the central irony of this piece as suffering is. The joke, literally, is the recommendation of suffering for the purpose of enjoyment.

    Now I have to take a shower. Explaining humour is a dirty business.
    satirical exaggeration of an irony inherent to bicycle touring

    wut?
    What is bicycle touring?
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    There are tons of guides out there for touring, but few of them actually talk about the biggest part of touring.

    The mental aspect of it. Weekend trips help with your gear and such, but do little for your mental aspect.

    The best way to handle the mental aspect, do a weekend trip in the worst possible weather (cold/rain/wind). See if you want to continue after the 3rd day. Touring isn't always fun folks.

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    This is satire, folks. The writer is describing their seemingly irrational love for touring (and proof that reading isn't as simple as identifying words.)
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