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indyfabz 08-20-14 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by BobG (Post 17054298)
One year I rode south from Badlands NP to Gordon NE and on west through Chadron and Harrison into WY. Really nice. North central NE is pleasant also, particularly the Niobrara River east of Valentine. You can follow some cool dirt roads right through the National Scenic River Preserve and beyond.

Niobrara National Scenic River (U.S. National Park Service)

My rough plan is a loop from Rapid City. To Spearfish then through Spearfish Canyon to pick up the Mickelson Trail south of Lead to the end in Edgemont. South from there into NE, possibly stopping at the primative campground at the Toadstool site if the dirt road is rideable, then to Ft. Robinson S.P. before heading east toward Chadron an then turning north back into SD to Hot Spring and then maybe Custer via SR 87 and U.S. 16A.

euclidpb 08-20-14 11:27 AM

dc to? Westward (much of Lewis and Clark, several deviations (currently in SD.) fun.! Beautiful!

tomn 08-20-14 06:59 PM

My touring partner and I were all set to start the Sierra Cascades route on September 2nd, and then the forest fires started. We switched last week to pedal again down the Pacific Coast. This will be my fourth trip from here, Aberdeen WA to S.F., but it is such fun. Hilly, but fun.

rhm 08-21-14 08:46 AM

I'm getting ready to do a week+long swing through central New York State with another member of this forum. Finger Lakes, "Leatherstocking Region", possibly as far north as the Adirondacks. Camping in State Parks, a few Warmshowers hosts, taking it easy, not covering any awesome miles.

The bike is packed!

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-U...2017.01.37.jpg

indyfabz 08-21-14 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by rhm (Post 17057270)
Finger Lakes

Nice. Just did my second Bon Ton Roulet last month. Some nice riding up in the Finger Lakes. Hammondsport is an especially cute little town.

deepspacegiant 08-24-14 06:22 PM

Goin from Phoenix to Portland late September

Machka 09-15-14 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by tomn (Post 17056041)
My touring partner and I were all set to start the Sierra Cascades route on September 2nd, and then the forest fires started. We switched last week to pedal again down the Pacific Coast. This will be my fourth trip from here, Aberdeen WA to S.F., but it is such fun. Hilly, but fun.

Are you on tour? How's it going?

krobinson103 09-16-14 12:26 AM

Just did the length of South Korea. When I return to New Zealand in December I plan on touring round the North Island (no real goals, just want to reconnect after 12 years away) for 2-3 weeks. Not worried overly about destination other than I want to ride down 90 mile beach and pick up a few spots a went as a kid.

SparkyGA 09-16-14 02:23 AM

Just finishing up my SEA in Sapa Vietnam and now heading back to Japan. Been a good 5 months so far of touring.

tarwheel 09-16-14 09:05 AM

Leaving for my second "long" bike tour on Sept. 27, riding Cycle NC from the mountains to the coast. I have ridden several days of CNC on a number of occasions, as well as their spring weekend ride, but never the whole week-long fall tour. The route this year is very nice from Sparta, NC, east just below the Virginia state line to Edenton, and then south to Manteo and Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks. The entire ride should easily top 400 miles, averaging 60+ miles a day. This is a supported tour, so the organizers carry your gear from town to town along the route. I plan to camp most of the way.

North Carolina Amateur Sports

Originally, I had planned to ride a loaded-tour loop through Coastal NC and the Outer Banks. However, when I saw that the CNC ride this year was ending at the Outer Banks, I decided to do that instead. In addition, several of my friends are riding CNC, but I was having trouble recruiting riding mates for the loaded tour.

In June, I rode the GAP-C&O Canal trail from Pittsburgh to Washington DC with friends. This has been a very wet and rainy summer in the Mid-Atlantic states, so we were very lucky that it was so dry. I highly recommend this trip for cyclists looking for a week-long tour that is largely free of traffic. We stayed in hotels and inns along the way, and carried our gear in panniers, but campsites are available along the entire route. Total riding was about 400 miles including our side trips to towns.

We started in DC, parking our car at relative's house and riding our loaded bikes to the Amtrak station downtown. We took the train to Pittsburgh, unpacked and reassembled our bikes, and rode to our hotel in the middle of the night. We toured downtown Pittsburgh on our first day and then headed down the GAP trail, averaging about 60 miles/day. It was just a great trip and we are already talking about doing it again some time.

frankieN 09-16-14 09:35 AM

2014 touring plans - Hope to make another trip in the Everglades National Park -- from the park entrance to Flamingo which is the end of Florida on Florida Bay. It's roughly 40 miles. I've done the ride previously with my daughter and a second time with my niece. This trip will be with another niece and whoever else wants to make the ride. We have to wait until the weather turns cooler otherwise the mosquitoes will pick us up and carry us away... It's a fabulous ride --- unlike anywhere else on the planet

tomn 09-25-14 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Machka (Post 17133597)
Are you on tour? How's it going?

Hi Machka,

Sorry I couldn't answer your post while we were pedaling, but I couldn't figure out how on my cell phone. I'm back home after 900 miles in 17 days of pedaling. It was great fun, and I thought I pedaled the hills better than any year. I posted some pictures on my Click-Stand Facebook page.

Cheers,
Tom

indyfabz 09-25-14 01:39 PM

Across PA in my granny gear.

Photos:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/sets/72157647841191346/

Click on the first one and advance manually using the arrow tothe right. Captions will appear on the lower left.

NE Ohio to home. 9 Days, about 500 miles, about 27,000’ ofclimbing. It rained half of the 1[SUP]st[/SUP] day and nearly all of the 60+mile 8[SUP]th[/SUP] day. Longest day was about 75 miles. Shortest day was about45 miles. One flat tire at the end of Day 1. I had to walk party of two hillson Day 8. The ruling grades were in the mid to upper teens.

Stops in Franklin, a few miles west of Clarion, Woodland (eastof Clearfield), a few miles north of Bellefonte, Raymond B. Winter State Park(about 20 miles west of Lewisburg), Bloomsburg, Hegins (home of the infamouspigeon shoot) and Red Run Campground in Lancaster County.

Camped every night. Cooked dinner every night except one. Didn’tuse a computer or otherwise go on line. Sat in a chair with a back only threetimes during the trip. Didn’t spend more than 25 min. or so in a structure withfour walls and a roof. Ran into one BF member in Falls Creek.

Favorite animal sightings were a bald eagle couple squabblingabout 20’ above my head in camp in Franklin and a pet pot belly pig outside ofDanville.

Machka 09-26-14 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by tomn (Post 17161736)
Hi Machka,

Sorry I couldn't answer your post while we were pedaling, but I couldn't figure out how on my cell phone. I'm back home after 900 miles in 17 days of pedaling. It was great fun, and I thought I pedaled the hills better than any year. I posted some pictures on my Click-Stand Facebook page.

Cheers,
Tom


Good to hear that you had a great tour. :) And good job on the hills!

Machka 10-13-14 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by krobinson103 (Post 17134357)
Just did the length of South Korea. When I return to New Zealand in December I plan on touring round the North Island (no real goals, just want to reconnect after 12 years away) for 2-3 weeks. Not worried overly about destination other than I want to ride down 90 mile beach and pick up a few spots a went as a kid.

We are interested in riding some of the cycling routes in South Korea ... did you follow those routes or do your own thing?

krobinson103 10-13-14 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Machka (Post 17213697)
We are interested in riding some of the cycling routes in South Korea ... did you follow those routes or do your own thing?

We did mostly the four rivers, but branched off for a faster route home in the last 100km. I've cycled the Han river hundreds of times so there was really no need to do it again. Just bring a Garmin with the OSM garmin basemap and you can't get lost. The four rivers path is the easiest to follow. Its 600 odd km from the west coast in Incheon down to Busan. We did it in reverse. I would choose the Busan to Sokcho route along the east coast though. If you do the four rivers be aware that coming into and out of Busan there are few opportunities to get supplies so stock up!

sculbertson 10-14-14 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by overbyte (Post 16372021)
Jan 4-5: Overnight camping at Costanoa KOA campground near Pescadero, CA, to do the elephant seal tour at the nearby Ano Nuevo State Beach. Then back to Santa Cruz.

June: I'd like to do one of the naked bike rides, perhaps in San Francisco. Never did it, but have been to a nude beach or two many years ago. It sounds like some outrageous fun.

July: Amtrak with my bike and camping gear to Portland, Oregon, for 4th of July, stay in a hostel, bike around Portland area and camp somewhere, then Amtrack down to Eugene for the Oregon Country Fair and camping adjacent to it for a few days, then Amtrack back to San Jose and bus to Santa Cruz. I probably will go from Portland to McMinnville to see the Spruce Goose airplane and camp near there. I'd also like to stop by the site of the hardware store and bike path in Tigard that were the subject of the landmark Supreme Court case Dolan v. Tigard in 1994 (Dolan v. City of Tigard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), which established additional limits on the taking of private property for a public use. In Eugene, I plan to tour the Bike Friday folding-bike factory.

If you'd like to join me in July, let me know by commenting here.

Rather than Amtrak from Portland to Eugene, have you considered riding to Eugene via the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway - Ride Oregon Ride ? I haven't ridden it yet but it looks like a great ride.

overbyte 10-14-14 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by sculbertson (Post 17216876)
Rather than Amtrak from Portland to Eugene, have you considered riding to Eugene via the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway - Ride Oregon Ride ? I haven't ridden it yet but it looks like a great ride.

Yes, I looked into that bikeway route. I postponed my Oregon trip until 2015, but when I do it, I'm considering the Willamette Valley route if I can get at least 1 other person to join me. I'll post the ride in the Meetup.com group for northern California bicycle touring and camping. I checked where we can stay overnight along the route. There are parks which allow overnight tent camping, but one leg of about 120 miles would require one night in a motel.

jrickards 10-17-14 07:00 AM

Is it too early to start talking about 2015?

I'm thinking of doing a 5-day tour to Lake Temiskaming and back (the route ends at my sister-in-law's place where I plan to meet my wife but I could simply add another day and ride home).

bikemig 10-17-14 07:11 AM

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Originally Posted by BobG (Post 17054298)
One year I rode south from Badlands NP to Gordon NE and on west through Chadron and Harrison into WY. Really nice. North central NE is pleasant also, particularly the Niobrara River east of Valentine. You can follow some cool dirt roads right through the National Scenic River Preserve and beyond.

Niobrara National Scenic River (U.S. National Park Service)

This looks great. Have you done a tour here? I've heard a lot of good things about north NE for bike riding. I'm not far as I'm in IA.

bikemig 10-17-14 07:19 AM

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Originally Posted by bicyclehobo (Post 16376369)
Deadhorse, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina


Looking to start Mid May...no timetable on finishing...looking to ride parts of the GDMBR through to Mexico from Banff.

I have been thinking about this since I chickened out in 2010.

Don't forget to send us postcards! Argentina is beautiful.

bikemig 10-17-14 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels (Post 16390232)
Four Old riders..March 01, Houston to El Paso

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358513

Yeah I've driven the I 10 and seen that sign before, lol. That will be a heck of a ride.

BobG 10-17-14 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by BobG (Post 17054298)
One year I rode south from Badlands NP to Gordon NE and on west through Chadron and Harrison into WY. Really nice. North central NE is pleasant also, particularly the Niobrara River east of Valentine. You can follow some cool dirt roads right through the National Scenic River Preserve and beyond.

Niobrara National Scenic River (U.S. National Park Service)

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Originally Posted by bikemig (Post 17224745)
This looks great. Have you done a tour here? I've heard a lot of good things about north NE for bike riding. I'm not far as I'm in IA.

Yes, one year I drove west from NH with a mountain biking buddy for some spring riding in SW CO and SE UT. He had to stop en route at Sioux City, Iowa for a business conference so from there I cycled on west through northern NE. I finished at Valentine where he picked me up to continue the car trip west. As I recall, I followed NE 12 until I turned off onto the dirt near Meadville and followed those through the Niobrara Preserve most of the way to Valentine. Zoom in on the park service map at the above link and you'll see them. I was riding a mt bike but it would would have been doable on a well tired touring rig.

Another year I did a long solo tour from Regina SK to Las Vegas NM. That route took me from Badlands NP SD, across the Pine Ridge Reservation and into NE at either Gordon or Merriman, I don't remember which. From there west through Chadron into WY as mentioned above. I really enjoyed the northern tier of NE on both trips.

Machka 11-24-14 05:45 PM

Got anymore plans for the remainder of the year?

fietsbob 11-24-14 06:06 PM

$1200 to the Dentist..


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