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Old 11-28-07, 09:26 AM
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Next summer's bike tour - is this planning too far ahead?

Just confirmed next summer's bike tour, with the same gang of friends with whom we rode from Helsinki to Stockholm in 2005 and London to Copenhagen last summer.

Whee!

This summer (2008) it'll be a circular tour of North Brittany (France), London to Portsmouth, ferry to Saint Malo, and then a coastline and rural tour in Brittany. One of my favourite parts of the world. 20 in the gang so far. I foresee that food will be involved.

All I have to say is "yip yip yip huzzah". Do I make myself clear?
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Old 11-28-07, 09:35 AM
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It's never too early to start planning those summer tours

This sounds like a great one....enjoy.
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We generally start planning the next summer's tour during the current trip. Been going on for 18 years now.
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Old 11-28-07, 11:51 AM
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Wow, what an amazing ride! Do you pics that you can put up here from last years?
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Ah, you're just rubbing salt in the wound now. I won't have anything as impressive next summer. Envy is not a fun emotion.
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Old 11-28-07, 12:16 PM
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Not too early and what dates and any spare places?
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We have confirmed our bicycle trip to Mallorca, Spain for next fall and we have another biking week scheduled in Southern California in May that we planned last May.
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Anticipation is a large part of the fun. What better way to go through winter than to think of, research, plan and anticipate your summer bike trip? Also, it is a good way to motivate you to do some training. Have fun.
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Old 11-28-07, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
Just confirmed next summer's bike tour, with the same gang of friends with whom we rode from Helsinki to Stockholm in 2005 and London to Copenhagen last summer.

Whee!

This summer (2008) it'll be a circular tour of North Brittany (France), London to Portsmouth, ferry to Saint Malo, and then a coastline and rural tour in Brittany.
I'm going to ride across Nebraska...
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Old 11-28-07, 06:14 PM
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They have tours of the texas Hill Country and they run about $800 for the week. I'd like to give that a try.
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Originally Posted by Old Hammer Boy View Post
I'm going to ride across Nebraska...
Are you doing BRAN next year? I did it in 2006. Nebraska isn't flat! (You'd think I'd know that, having grown up there, but where I'm from it's flat as a pancake.)

And you're right, it ain't France!
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Are you doing BRAN next year? I did it in 2006.
You did BRAN? You were really moving at a rough age, yes?
 
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It's never too early to start planning those summer tours
I should know. California, here I come! See my signature line for details.
 
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I'm always dreaming of a tour.

I want to take off about 6 days for the Texas Hill Country sometime before February. I may just do a base tour from a nice hotel or camp site somewhere. I like mild winter camping.

My bride is at least talking with me about doing a week in Ireland next summer on good rental touring bikes, provided I don't try to do 70 miles per day.

I'm planning to do Oklahoma Freewheel. Don't know about TRIRI yet.

The one I really dream about is the day we sell our company, I order a new Co-Motion Norwester Tour, and then take a couple of months from Anacortes, WA to Boca Chico, TX.

Just dreamin.................
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Originally Posted by divingbiker View Post
Are you doing BRAN next year? I did it in 2006. Nebraska isn't flat! (You'd think I'd know that, having grown up there, but where I'm from it's flat as a pancake.)

And you're right, it ain't France!
Yep, that's the plan. Some friends, my wife and I plan on doing it. The route this year is a bit circular, ending about 150 miles from the start. Not as exciting as the Southern Tier like I did earlier this year, but what the hay! We can't go far here (Utah) without running into some serious climbing, so I don't think we'll have any problems with the hills, besides it's supported. Should be fun, but not France for sure...
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Old 11-29-07, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Old Hammer Boy View Post
Not as exciting as the Southern Tier like I did earlier this year, but what the hay!
Oh, that's my dream...but it will have to wait until I retire. Such amazing accomplishment!

Originally Posted by The Historian
You did BRAN? You were really moving at a rough age, yes?
Not sure what you mean, but I was a youngster back in 2006. BRAN is one of the many crazy things I did when I was 49, apparently trying to run away from the thought of being 50. Turns out it's not so bad...
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Oh, that's my dream...but it will have to wait until I retire. Such amazing accomplishment!



Not sure what you mean, but I was a youngster back in 2006. BRAN is one of the many crazy things I did when I was 49, apparently trying to run away from the thought of being 50. Turns out it's not so bad...
BRAN, rough age = roughage... oh skip it. It was a tired pun. Digital Gee would have gotten it.
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
BRAN, rough age = roughage... oh skip it. It was a tired pun. Digital Gee would have gotten it.
Duh, it went completely over my head. Not very sharp first thing in the morning...
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Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
Not too early and what dates and any spare places?
A week from July 5th. Spare places - not entirely within my gift - We've booked through a trip organiser "Skedaddle" who seem like a very good company, and reserved for 20. First come first served from the regular gang - if it doesn't fill up I'll keep you posted, Stap. If past experience indicates the future, a taste for gin is a pre-requisite
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I should know. California, here I come! See my signature line for details.
Historian,

If your tour brings you to the Wilkes-Barre area I have a place for you to stay. It doesn't seem to be on your route, but if you come this way for a short preparatory tour let me know.

Either way, I'll meet you next spring for a ride... I did my first ride on my new bike, and I am looking forward to piling on the miles!
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Historian,

If your tour brings you to the Wilkes-Barre area I have a place for you to stay. It doesn't seem to be on your route, but if you come this way for a short preparatory tour let me know.

Either way, I'll meet you next spring for a ride... I did my first ride on my new bike, and I am looking forward to piling on the miles!
Very kind offer. I may take you up on it this spring.
 
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It's not too early at all.

I've got a tour booked for May and motel reservations for the Midwest Tandem Rally on Labor Day. I'm working on a Fall trip right now.
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You're gonna love it, wobbly, I did a similar trip back in the 80s. If you get a chance to visit Belle I'sle on the far-eastern tip of Brittany do it. It's beautiful.
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