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Old 04-17-19, 07:27 PM
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On a little tour on my Bob Jackson.

I have ridden 175 miles in 3 days thru northwestern illinois and some of iowa. Its been fun.

First stop. Dunlap.


Johnson sauk st park



Mississippi palisades overlook.


Into iowa


Back to illinois at clinton


Me sunburnt on the road
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Meanwhile I've been going to work like a sucker.
I envy you. hahaha Enjoy!
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Congrats on livin' the good life! Are you still on tour, or was it 3 days and done?
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I set off two weeks from tomorrow, on a tour across Ohio. On a bike I will see for the first time the night before I leave. Bought off the Ebay/Craigslist thread. My facilitator has been storing it since October. A 1980 Trek 414. I have no intent to hijack this thread. Carry on without me.
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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite
Congrats on livin' the good life! Are you still on tour, or was it 3 days and done?
im in a 40 buck hotel in morrison. 2 more days to get back to peoria. Camping sucks right now because none of the campgrounds have water on.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
I set off two weeks from tomorrow, on a tour across Ohio. On a bike I will see for the first time the night before I leave. Bought off the Ebay/Craigslist thread. My facilitator has been storing it since October. A 1980 Trek 414. I have no intent to hijack this thread. Carry on without me.
hijack away! Touring is such a wonderful thing to do on a bike.
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Way to go man! All smooth sailin’?

And the Bob Jackson looks great!
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Originally Posted by deux jambes
Way to go man! All smooth sailin’?

And the Bob Jackson looks great!
no coal rollers. Drivers have been excellent really.

Im sure this scares the hell out of them.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
im in a 40 buck hotel in morrison. 2 more days to get back to peoria. Camping sucks right now because none of the campgrounds have water on.
There's a bike tourist blues song somewhere in that quote.
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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite
There's a bike tourist blues song somewhere in that quote.
makin me laugh!
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Congrats! My envy of you runs strong tonight. Right now, you are free. Enjoy, savor every moment.

I used to tour on my Bob Jackson race bike. I installed a Blackburn rear rack using their dropout adapters (no eyelets on race bikes). That carried compact Bellweather (?) panniers, a tent and sleeping bag. I had a good sized handlebar bag, too.

I had no credit card (or any significant amount of money). I would bathe when I got to a State camp site or just jump in the river. $40 motel - that is DEEE-lux!

How are your legs, back and buns holding out? Three consecutive days of 60 miles can take a toll if you are not conditioned to it, especially on a loaded bike, even on flat terrain.
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag
Congrats! My envy of you runs strong tonight. Right now, you are free. Enjoy, savor every moment.

I used to tour on my Bob Jackson race bike. I installed a Blackburn rear rack using their dropout adapters (no eyelets on race bikes). That carried compact Bellweather (?) panniers, a tent and sleeping bag. I had a good sized handlebar bag, too.

I had no credit card (or any significant amount of money). I would bathe when I got to a State camp site or just jump in the river. $40 motel - that is DEEE-lux!

How are your legs, back and buns holding out? Three consecutive days of 60 miles can take a toll if you are not conditioned to it, especially on a loaded bike, even on flat terrain.
im doing fine. 62 is getting up there but really i am in better shape than when i was 50. I dont train or anything i just commute with stiff hills.
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Looks like a nice setup for touring.
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What an excellent thing to do. Chapeau!
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Ok, a question. I'm planning a bit of bike packing/touring so am sorting out my gear and how to load my '87 Voyageur. I have the list as minimal as I can get it and the total weigh is still "impressive".

Do do you have a good idea of what your total packed bike weight is? Over your 3 days does it matter? 50 to 60 miles per day seems pretty achievable. Oh, a bit of envy here regarding the Bob Jackson.
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The Mississippi looks full--- as do your Brooks panniers! Great work, especially this time of year when winter can still blow back in from Canada or tornadoes can pop-up out of Texas. Safe journey back home to Peoria.

Speaking of "blues" C&Ver [MENTION=190941]jimmuller[/MENTION] could easily write a Bluegrass song about your adventure!
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Ok, a question. I'm planning a bit of bike packing/touring so am sorting out my gear and how to load my '87 Voyageur. I have the list as minimal as I can get it and the total weigh is still "impressive".

Do do you have a good idea of what your total packed bike weight is? Over your 3 days does it matter? 50 to 60 miles per day seems pretty achievable. Oh, a bit of envy here regarding the Bob Jackson.
im afraid to weigh my panniers. Plenty heavy. Gonna do laundry today and make em lighter. Ur voyager is an awesome bike.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
The Mississippi looks full--- as do your Brooks panniers! Great work, especially this time of year when winter can still blow back in from Canada or tornadoes can pop-up out of Texas. Safe journey back home to Peoria.

Speaking of "blues" C&Ver [MENTION=190941]jimmuller[/MENTION] could easily write a Bluegrass song about your adventure!
the variability of the weather made me pack heavier.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
the variability of the weather made me pack heavier.
that reminds me... did you get caught in the snow on Sunday? Weird stuff. Peoria got about 3" or so.

I grew up in that area of Iowa, and enjoy getting back there. The riding along the Mississippi can be quite nice.

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Good going! I don't think I am the only one that envies you! I am 64 and dream of the time when I can tour the pacific northwest on bike. I will probably fix up one of my vintage road bikes for touring and do it! At this point of my life , I see light at the end of the tunnel , I just hope it ain't a train. Joe joesvintageroadbikes.wordpress
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Good going! I don't think I am the only one that envies you! I am 64 and dream of the time when I can tour the pacific northwest on bike. I will probably fix up one of my vintage road bikes for touring and do it! At this point of my life , I see light at the end of the tunnel , I just hope it ain't a train. Joe joesvintageroadbikes.wordpress
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Loving this! "Sunburnt on the side of the road", but looking quite happy doing it.
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Bravo!
Is the handlebar-mounted coffee cup the secret to touring success in less-than-perfect weather?
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