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    Going out for the first time.

    Jumping out of the safety of the 12 mile loops I have been doing around the neighborhood. Been doing it for 9 months. It's time to GO somewhere! I am going to leave at first light Saturday morning and plan on going about 60 miles and maybe camp overnight and have my wife come get me later on Sunday or just ride it back. Anything I need to know last minute tips...ect?

    Will be using my 22" Haro MTB 29er
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    Yes.

    It is supposed to be fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyboy718 View Post
    Jumping out of the safety of the 12 mile loops I have been doing around the neighborhood. Been doing it for 9 months. It's time to GO somewhere! I am going to leave at first light Saturday morning and plan on going about 60 miles and maybe camp overnight and have my wife come get me later on Sunday or just ride it back. Anything I need to know last minute tips...ect?

    Will be using my 22" Haro MTB 29er
    12 mile loops ... that is restrictive!


    Yes ... break free ... have fun ... explore ... enjoy! Take it easy ... stop at cafes or whatever along the way for lunch and snacks. Take pictures.

    And unless there's some really nasty weather or something, ride back, but perhaps try to ride back on a different route.

    Make sure you've got tire repair equipment and a rain jacket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    12 mile loops ... that is restrictive!


    Yes ... break free ... have fun ... explore ... enjoy! Take it easy ... stop at cafes or whatever along the way for lunch and snacks. Take pictures.

    And unless there's some really nasty weather or something, ride back, but perhaps try to ride back on a different route.

    Make sure you've got tire repair equipment and a rain jacket.
    Will do! I am starting to think I want to take my Univega Viva Sport...

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    If you plan on being (awake) in your tent for any significant amount of time (with shortened daylight hours) you might want to bring a book/kindle, podcasts, music, etc. Let us know how it goes...

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    Nope. You have already thought of all of the possible ways this could turn bad. None of them will happen. A new one will. But just go and deal wit what ever big or little thing pops up, you'll be fine... have fun
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    Clocks are reset Sunday. Make sure you and your wife both either forget or remember before you agree on a time to meet.

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    Dress warm, hydrate properly, take pictures, eat well, try to sleep well (this will be hard without practice).


    And like everyone else has said...... HAVE FUN

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    Thanks everyone! Think I am going to take my Univega Viva Sport on her maiden voyage...I just can't leave her in the garage.

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    Watch out and make sure those bears don't eat ya Sorry, just had to do it. Have a good time and enjoy the first trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyboy718 View Post
    Jumping out of the safety of the 12 mile loops I have been doing around the neighborhood. Been doing it for 9 months. It's time to GO somewhere! I am going to leave at first light Saturday morning and plan on going about 60 miles and maybe camp overnight and have my wife come get me later on Sunday or just ride it back. Anything I need to know last minute tips...ect?

    Will be using my 22" Haro MTB 29er
    Lucky! We're still completely iced in up here in the midwest...

    Keep it up, and you'll be thinking of 60 miles as a nice afternoon spin soon enough. Report back when you start on a 600 mile trip.

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    Have fun and give us a recap...what you liked, what you didn't like.

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    Well guy's I apprehensively left my truck in the parking lot and pushed off at about 8:15AM. I say apprehensively because I didn't know what might be in store for me and I was a little worried about safety and cars and such. I had a goal of 60 miles and although I didn't hit that goal...I did however hit 50 miles! Wow! is all I can say, another milestone in my life and boy was it fun! I rode from Terrell, TX to Canton, TX to Wills Point, TX. I only had 16 more miles to go to make it back to my truck, but I was beat and called my wife to come pick me up. Took me 4 hrs 22 min average 11.5 mph. Wow, I burned 2,703 calories...what do you guys eat while doing this to keep gas in the tank? I stopped for lunch and ate a 1/2# hamburger and fries. So peaceful, relaxing and able to see a lot! I heard a lot of blue birds, saw a lot of country side. I am definatly going to do a long ride at some point. So I am going to start training. I LOVE this bike...my Univega Viva Sport did great...so nice to pedal, I stayed in high gear 95% of the trip and just motored up hills at 10 mph. I can't imagine what a high end bike from this era is like. I divided the trip into 3 legs and took about a 15-20 minute break at the end of each except for lunch was about 30-40 minutes.

    Cows like bicycles...they just stare in wonder as you pass by. Horeses could care less about them, chip-seal roads suck, tuck laces into shoes, found my correct seat height...I adjusted once too high and it made my knees hurt then lowered almost back where it was and they quit hurting. I got buzzed a few times on the busier state road...a group of BMW's obviously a car club came whizzing by super fast. I need to get a mirror.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyboy718 View Post
    Well guy's I apprehensively left my truck in the parking lot and pushed off at about 8:15AM. I say apprehensively because I didn't know what might be in store for me and I was a little worried about safety and cars and such. I had a goal of 60 miles and although I didn't hit that goal...I did however hit 50 miles! Wow! is all I can say, another milestone in my life and boy was it fun! I rode from Terrell, TX to Canton, TX to Wills Point, TX. I only had 16 more miles to go to make it back to my truck, but I was beat and called my wife to come pick me up. Took me 4 hrs 22 min average 11.5 mph. Wow, I burned 2,703 calories...what do you guys eat while doing this to keep gas in the tank? I stopped for lunch and ate a 1/2# hamburger and fries. So peaceful, relaxing and able to see a lot! I heard a lot of blue birds, saw a lot of country side. I am definatly going to do a long ride at some point. So I am going to start training. I LOVE this bike...my Univega Viva Sport did great...so nice to pedal, I stayed in high gear 95% of the trip and just motored up hills at 10 mph. I can't imagine what a high end bike from this era is like. I divided the trip into 3 legs and took about a 15-20 minute break at the end of each except for lunch was about 30-40 minutes.

    Cows like bicycles...they just stare in wonder as you pass by. Horeses could care less about them, chip-seal roads suck, tuck laces into shoes, found my correct seat height...I adjusted once too high and it made my knees hurt then lowered almost back where it was and they quit hurting. I got buzzed a few times on the busier state road...a group of BMW's obviously a car club came whizzing by super fast. I need to get a mirror.
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    Sounds like a good day in the saddle, to me!
    "It doesn't get easier, you just go faster."

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