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Old 01-13-14, 05:35 PM   #101
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Has anyone heard from Issac? Did he bail after the stomach pains or did he keep going?
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Old 01-13-14, 09:02 PM   #102
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I havent heard from him either.

Btw I want to thank everyone here for the great tips, I managed to make it from Toronto to Halifax.
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Old 01-15-14, 09:25 AM   #103
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Wow, for starters I can't imaging eating at McD's on a regular basis, let alone on tour. Could be a whole thread by itself.
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Old 01-16-14, 03:05 AM   #104
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Wow, for starters I can't imaging eating at McD's on a regular basis, let alone on tour. Could be a whole thread by itself.
It comes up in the Training and Nutrition forum. If you're interested ... have a browse through the first few pages. You'll likely find something.
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Wow, for starters I can't imaging eating at McD's on a regular basis, let alone on tour. Could be a whole thread by itself.
I didn't get that from this thread. fast food restaurants offer a dry/warm/cool space with free wifi and a place to charge batteries. So a good place to hang for a while while on tour. As for the food, most fast food restaurants offer healthy choices. Salads and the like. For breakfast Mickey D's now offers an Eggwhite Mcmuffin. Served on a whole grain english muffin. 250 calories, with 60 of those coming from fat. It's not perfect but eating it won't kill you. And it tastes good!

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Old 02-26-14, 02:04 PM   #106
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Lets just say I learned a lot from trying to make the tour in the winter time. Still alive, perhaps a winter tour was not the best way to go. But I walked away learning a lot.
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Glad to see that you are still alive and kicking
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Lets just say I learned a lot from trying to make the tour in the winter time. Still alive, perhaps a winter tour was not the best way to go. But I walked away learning a lot.
Glad you survived. I hope no permanent damage from frostbite and no serious damage to the wallet from your endeavor.

Personally I would not try to bike tour in winter. I occasionally ride my bike in winter and finally bought studded tires this year. And I have winter camped and probably will winter camp again. But I have absolutely no desire to combine the two together.

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Old 02-27-14, 10:26 AM   #109
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Glad to hear you are ok, chief.


I actually really enjoyed the winter tour, but if it wasn't for warmshowers.org (I only had to camp outside once), it would have been very hard.

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Must have taken a while to thaw out. Good to see you made it.
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Lets just say I learned a lot from trying to make the tour in the winter time. Still alive, perhaps a winter tour was not the best way to go. But I walked away learning a lot.
You gonna leave us hanging with just that comment? C'mon, man, expound on that a bit!
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Lets just say I learned a lot from trying to make the tour in the winter time. Still alive, perhaps a winter tour was not the best way to go. But I walked away learning a lot.
Where's the story? Got pics? Tell us all about it.
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It'll come in time. Work has been crazy. A lot of travel.
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Winter touring comes down to simply being in the right area with the right equipment. I don't have a warm enough sleeping bag and this winter has been the utter wildest. If not I probably would have ended up going for a winter tour this year. This year was definitely not the year for it unless I had a MUCH warmer sleeping bag. Heck, I've only had 2 days off the bike all winter and that was mostly cause I didn't want to have to clean the darn bike up those evenings. My winter riding experience has expanded MASSIVELY this winter. Pretty much the only thing I haven't dealt with is ice. Snow out the arse around here but I generally see very little in the way ice any winter. I ride the same setup on the bike year round. Around here I would go for a winter tour. In other parts of the country, ice countryside, no thanks unless I really modified the tires and gained some experience with riding on ice.

I can easily see winter touring being much easier yet more difficult all at the same time...depending on which aspect you are talking about determines whether it is easier or more difficult. Admittedly, over Christmas does take things to a whole new level of travelling.
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there was another guy touring in Canada: http://wintercycletouring.com/2013/1...n-canada-pt-i/

He was way up north in Labrador though. Very well written blog and he has a lot of useful info if you ever plan on doing something in the winter.
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there was another guy touring in Canada: http://wintercycletouring.com/2013/1...n-canada-pt-i/

He was way up north in Labrador though. Very well written blog and he has a lot of useful info if you ever plan on doing something in the winter.
Wow, that's extreme touring, next to zero room for error. He could have easily ended up losing fingers/toes to frostbite or dead from hypothermia. Although I personally enjoy the adventure of back-country touring, that kind of torture is too much. I'm glad he came the same conclusion.

To me one of the beauties of bicycle touring is you can outrun seasonal changes under your own power. I think it is best to head towards the equator if it's getting too cold and away from the equator if its getting to hot.

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