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Old 09-20-12, 02:55 PM   #1
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Other active stuff you do on tour

Yesterday we bought a small kite and went kite-flying on the beach. We'll keep it and do a bit more later in the tour when the wind is up.

Today we got a frisbee and had some more fun on the beach. It'll go in our kit for some impromptu outings later in our travels.

The French seem to love a game involving oversized table tennis bats with a hard ball, and just hitting it back and forth. So we'll do that tomorrow.

And a British couple on a tandem brought along a pair of badminton racquets and shuttlecock. We won't go that far, what with the other ball game just mentioned.

This is all activity that involves stuff that is reasonably light, although not necessarily compact, that can be toted along on a touring bike, and can involve couples or simply guys or girls on their own without needing any special venues or facilities.

Maybe this is more a European things. Maybe not.

What other physically active pursuits do you engage in on tour (keep it clean, please)? Do you carry anything in your panniers like a frisbee or just a plain ball?
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Old 09-20-12, 04:47 PM   #2
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We carry our hiking gear: Goretex trail runners, nylon shorts, poly T-shirts. So we go for walks and hikes, great for recovery. Same gear makes good townie clothes, too.
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Old 09-20-12, 05:10 PM   #3
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I go hiking and backpacking. For that, I stopped using bike shoes, replaced the handlebar bag with a small photo daypack and carry a Gossamer Gear Mariposa, a full size backpack which weighs less than my daypack.

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Oh - - - about a half dozen hikes across the Grand Canyon, etc.
I don't think I've ever driven to the Grand Canyon - or to the Canadian Rockies - or to Alaska.
Maybe I'm far too trusting, but I just lock my bike to a tree with a cable lock -
And head off for a few days of hiking.

I strap a mid-weight hiking pack across the back rack -
Keep my tent/pad/sleeping bag in it while riding for fast set-up -
Then convert to hiking mode whenever I get the urge.

Ultralite I isn't.
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Bringing my pocket mandolin and sitting in on pub sessions, along the way,
playing Music, may not be active enough.. I'm supposing..

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Bringing my pocket mandolin and sitting in on pub sessions, along the way,
playing Music, may not be active enough.. I'm supposing..

I am fascinated, fietsbob, by your pocket mandolin. This is not the first time you have mentioned it. Is it possible to post a picture of it?
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For me off bike activity on tour is mostly hiking or sometimes some touristy sightseeing. I have gone whitewater rafting while on tour though.

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Old 09-21-12, 05:41 AM   #8
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Bringing my pocket mandolin and sitting in on pub sessions, along the way,
playing Music, may not be active enough.. I'm supposing..

yeah me too can't figure this one out, i play guitar so i've seen backpackers guitar by martin even one you can take the neck off but i've never seen a pocket size mando.
so bob plese post a photo.
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A friend of mine that I used to backpack with carried a Frisbee instead of plate for eating. I recall he was proud of how few grams it weighed but I do not recall the number.

I carry shoes that are robust enough that I can use them for light hiking instead of carrying lighter ones that would be sufficient for campsite use. But, I usually put most of my excess energy into miles on my tour instead of other calorie burning activities.
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Get drunk with the locals.
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Today we got a frisbee and had some more fun on the beach. It'll go in our kit for some impromptu outings later in our travels.

The French seem to love a game involving oversized table tennis bats with a hard ball, and just hitting it back and forth. So we'll do that tomorrow.
And we did ... we bought the paddles and ball, and played the game we've seen several couples and groups playing on the beach. It's harder than it looks! And between it and the frisbee tossing I know I'll be sore tomorrow.
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I'd like to bring a set for playing bocce, but they are heavy.
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I have a fishing pole that breaks down into 5 pieces 14" long that I taken with me a few times.
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I just did a search for pocket mandolin and up came many different, creative and cool designs on a number of web sites. You can also see some on youtube. I immediately thought I would much prefer one with paired string sets, but the one I saw and heard on youtube was a four string instrument and it did not sound bad.
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Dont have any of mine.. this one seems like the shape..
though mine a flat back,top, all mahogany. 'Leo' , Denver Colo on the label

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dtSrbYoXCp...0/IMG_8690.jpg

got a padded cover/case sewn up.
it has the shape of one of the little wooden spoons you get for ice-cream cups..

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I had a fishing rod for while on tour and tend to go on 'photography' walks up the sides of mountains for fun. Also have the habit of trespassing and going where your not supposed to go If the weather is warm I also like to swim in random locations (rice paddies anyone?)
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After riding, I usually don't do much that is active, mostly going to museums, cinema, theatre, eating and drinking
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Yup. 12 oz. curls.
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Dont have any of mine.. this one seems like the shape..
though mine a flat back,top, all mahogany. 'Leo' , Denver Colo on the label

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dtSrbYoXCp...0/IMG_8690.jpg

got a padded cover/case sewn up.
it has the shape of one of the little wooden spoons you get for ice-cream cups..
very nice that looks like a vintage insturment
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but pints are 16 fl.oz, a better workout..
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I hike, flyfish, hunt for illegal drug manufactures trying to hide in the woods, nothing too exciting.
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Mostly hiking, but I have also done kayaking and horseback riding.
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Yesterday we bought a small kite and went kite-flying on the beach. We'll keep it and do a bit more later in the tour when the wind is up.

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^^^^

A few days later, further up the coast of France, the wind really picked up, the precursor to a three-day Atlantic storm.

The kite wouldn't fly at all well in the strong wind; it kept diving into the ground. Hmmmm, what to do?

Then I figured out that the tail, while quite long, wasn't enough to keep the kite flying upright. So I took off my Croc-lookalikes, and tied one to the bottom of end of the tail. Voila! It was the perfect weight.

There were several cafes along the road parallel to the beach, but hidden by the dune and bank above. But they would have seen the kite... and the errant croc on the end, so it might have been an amusing sidelight to their day, too.
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