The short tours are good too ... and so we've got a thread especially for them.
2014 - Your Short Tours
Just booked a flight to Missoula for June 19th. The plan is (starting on the 20th) Darby (or Sula), Wisdom, Divide via Wise River, Twin Bridges, Ennis, Butte, Philipsburg, Hamilton then back to Missoula.
The trip will be a variation of what I planned in 2011. This version collapses one day into two and visits an additional town (Ennis). A couple of difficult days, but I think I can hack it. Hoping that I won't have to make an adjustment like in 2011. Skalkaho Pass between Philipsburg and Hamilton was washed out. We had to take a detour. It was a very pretty detour, but I really want to ride Skalkaho, in part because the rode passes Gem Mountian, where you can buy a bucket of dirt and pan for saphires. I like kitsch like that.
Booking a non-refundable flight really is a good motivator.
Bike camping trip Memorial Day weekend. 50ish miles to a campground, camp overnight, and ride back home making for 100ish miles total fully loaded. A prep ride for what's coming up the last week of July. A two week bike adventure/tour from Niagara Falls to Albany NY (self supported) then the PTNY organized Hudson Valley tour from Albany down to NYC..assuming nothing comes up health, family, or business wise between now and then.
You don't have to fetch it. You don't have to feed it. Just ride!
My SO and I are riding Astoria OR to the central CA coast at the end of May. It's our first real tour and we really can't wait.
A wild man once explained to me how bicycles came from sailboats.
Well, finished my first tour in early March.
Read about it here. Sorry pics might be upside down on some devices.
Can't wait until my next tour (maybe late this year) and retirement.
crazyguyonabike.com: Bicycle Touring: Three Guys in West Texas - "Tom's Ride", by Richard Cavin
Yes I had a blast.
Cycling is an addiction that is worth having; let's go!! South TX Randos www.rgvrandos.org
Wilmington, NC to Buffalo, NY, early Fall. I need to stay in Wilm for the summer, but take care of my mother in Buffalo thruout the winter. Then, in April-ish, I ride back to NC for the summer. This routine might go on for each of several years. “Mandatory Fun!” Hopefully I can reduce my carbon footprint a little by cycling instead of driving my Corolla. Tent camping & grocery store meals all the way.
The trip up North should be a breeze. With the foundation of my daily bicycle commuting thru the summer (110 miles a week) & a few weekend camping trips, I think I can make 100 miles / day, at least until I hit the Pennsylvania hills. That’s my aspirational goal. However, riding back to NC in the spring might take longer, as I won’t have as much of a foundation. Plus, headwinds are likely then.
Picked up a Surly Cross-Check last week, for dependability & lightness, compared to my other touring bikes.
montreal this summer... 200km with a friend of mine, gonna meet up with friends in montreal and probably party
I'm considering a tour to Yellowknife , leaving late June to mid July
Hopefully nothing goes wrong with our June tour, in 2 weeks from this coming Monday. We've got the boxes already
We are really looking forward to this tour because so much has happened and we need to get out of here for a while.
We hope your plans are going ok.
Right now on tour on the Pacific coast, Vancouver BC to San Diego. Picture taken near Cape Lookout, Oregon.
I am off to El Paso,Tx. and left to St. Augustine, Fl. Leaving Sept 1.
I have signed up to do a tour in Alaska with Alaska Bike. Anyone done this? Anything that I should know? This is my first tour and I am excited. I am doing their multi sport tour, so the rides will be short, but I think beautiful......
I had grand plans of touring the Rockies, but was denied time off work.
Check out my cycling videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/forestyforest/
We have a 10-month-old whose put a serious dent in riding over the past year. However, he's getting to the age where a day or two away from electricity and running water isn't going to kill him so I'm planning a tour for our family for this fall. Right now considering an out-and-back from Cedar Island, NC to Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks. Just not fully excited about the wind potential.
http://www.meetup.com/norcal-biketou...nts/184585802/. Here's the group's home page: http://www.meetup.com/norcal-biketouring/ .
Last month in Montana:
Missoula-Sula-Jackson via Gibbons Pass-Divide Bridge via Big Hole Pass & Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway-Twin Bridges-Butte via Pipe Stone Pass-Philipsburg-Hamilton via Skalkaho Rd.-Missoula
Got rained, hailed and snowed on coming down the Byway (nearly 30 mile descent) to Wise River. Saw about a dozen participants in the GDMBR on that stretch. Got rained on very hard coming down from Sklalkaho (another nearly 30 mile descent) after panning for sapphires at Gem Mountain. Couple other days with short shower events and some hail while in camp at Sula. No exotic quadrapeds except one Dahl sheep, but I did see lots of birds, including two common snipes that put on quite a show when I startled them. Several free range ruminants on the unpaved rode between Melrose and Twin Bridges.
Supposed to start Vienna, OH home to Philly in a couple of weeks. Looking at South Dakota and NW Nebraska for next year.