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    "Making Fun of Bike Touring" contest idea

    I was thinking the other day about all the interesting stories we bike tourists have to tell that we rarely, if ever, get to talk about.

    How often have you come home from a long tour and been asked "How was your trip?" and not been able to keep the questioner's attention for more than just a "great" or "loved it" or "wonderful?" It happens to me after every trip.

    So, I wondered if fellow bike tourists would be willing to write down some of their best stories as inspiration to others.

    It occurred to me that I could sponsor a contest by offering to pay $100 for the "most interesting" story. I liked the idea of calling it the "Making Fun of Bike Touring" contest since some of the stories might be funny and others might show just how much fun bike touring can be.

    So, if I created such a contest would you submit something? Would the $100 prize make a difference?

    Thought I'd ask before going any further with the idea.
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    This is not a joke, and I hope nobody finds it offensive, but would a story about pooping in my pants during a bike trip be acceptable?
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    I think the descriptive term for that kind of story should be obvious! We could title it "Too Boldy Go..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
    This is not a joke, and I hope nobody finds it offensive, but would a story about pooping in my pants during a bike trip be acceptable?
    Papa Tom won the 100 bucks,no one can beat that nor do I want to!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
    This is not a joke, and I hope nobody finds it offensive, but would a story about pooping in my pants during a bike trip be acceptable?
    Must've been a tough climb!

    Now we need a woman giving birth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamrock View Post
    Papa Tom won the 100 bucks,no one can beat that nor do I want to!!
    Donno - Papa Tom hasn't said if it was FUN or not ...... not that anyone really needs to know

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    Now you're all dying to hear the story, aren't you?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradtx View Post
    Now we need a woman giving birth.

    Brad
    Let me tell you the story of a man who gave birth while on a bicycle tour...

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    I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by riding my bike across the country . . . So send me the $100

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    My buddy and I ran into a guy who seriously cautioned us to be wary of the river people.

    "Your bikes are like Cadillacs to them"..."I asked my daddy why and then he slapped me...then I knew" verbatim quotes from our discussion. He saw that I had a 14" machete, that put him at ease as I could "cut their heads off".

    How I wish I had my Go Pro on for that.

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    Wow...

    Not the response I envisioned when I started this thread.

    So, I guess the answer is no one cares.

    Too bad.
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    You're interested in something or you're not. If you weren't interested in stamp collecting could you imagine trying to listen to someone talk to you about it. If i get asked about my travels i keep it short and sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raybo View Post
    Wow...

    Not the response I envisioned when I started this thread.

    So, I guess the answer is no one cares.


    Too bad.
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    Something strikes me as a bit odd about this thread's premise. Dunno why. And I'm a pretty odd guy to begin with.

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    Drinking with the Locals Cycle touring across Europe was fun, [: pedal, pub ,pedal, Pub.:] repeat..

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    Quote Originally Posted by clasher View Post
    Something strikes me as a bit odd about this thread's premise. Dunno why.
    As a bike tourist, I am always interested in how others like me experience their bike touring. I may be one of the few people who actually likes to hear other people's bike touring stories and experiences. It occurred to me that offering a prize might be enough to get people to write about memorable touring times. My hope was to post these on my own website, maybe even make it a yearly feature.

    Instead, I seem to be attracting pooping stories and odd comments. Oh well.
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    But I don't realy go bike touring! Mostly I go on extended picnics - some of which just happen to cover thousands of miles and may take weeks or months before I have to come back and pretend to be 'responsible'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acantor View Post
    Let me tell you the story of a man who gave birth while on a bicycle tour...

    Was it named poo?
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    >>Wow...Not the response I envisioned when I started this thread.<<<

    Sorry, Raybo. I really didn't mean to ruin your thread. The story I mentioned just happens to be the one that my friends don't mind hearing over and over. All my tales of beautiful scenery, interesting people, and delicious fresh air seem to bore anyone who wasn't on the rides with me. This just happens to be one of those smack-your-knees and laugh-until-you-can't-breathe stories that just gets worse and worse as it progresses. I promise I won't print it here now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raybo View Post
    Wow...
    So, I guess the answer is no one cares.
    .
    I care, but my personal experience has been most others don't want to hear/read about my touring experiences. I'd sure enjoy reading about others trips.

    I'd sure be interested in hearing more about iforgotmenames trip!
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    Not feeling well , I dropped 'a load' along the road home, by the roadside, it rained heavily that night,
    so it made for the Crabs in the Estuary's extra Dunginess, that winter.

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    I got laid in Isle. MN. A few years ago, for S & G, I Googled the name of the woman. I found short article from an area paper explaining how a woman of the same name living near Isle got busted for cooking meth after the police were called to her house for a domestic disturbance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybo View Post

    Instead, I seem to be attracting pooping stories and odd comments. Oh well.
    Mine is actually a true story...I like the thread as I enjoy others stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iforgotmename View Post
    Mine is actually a true story.
    So is mine. The scary part that I didn't mention is that I had to do some quick math in order to rule out the possibilty that the child they found in the home was mine.

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