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Old 01-28-13, 08:40 PM
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Itching for a Multi-day Ride this Year

Hello everyone,

So one of my 2013 goals is to do more than one multi day ride. Last year I did a 250 mile ride over two days which I plan to do again.

Since i live in deep south texas (look it up on the map) I've been looking around to find something that is not too far away. I always wanted to go to Big Bend and Adventure Cycling has a tour that looks good but you need your own camping stuff, etc. which I have none. It's been a long time since I went camping, a long time!

I found the OKlahoma freewheel tour the other day and it looks good and there is an option to use an external service from shuttle guy for all the camping gear etc at an additional cost. June 8-15th, 2013

https://www.okfreewheel.info/wps/

So the tour in OK looks good, the heat, ride and weather does not concern me since I face that all the time. I know riding seven days in a row will be challenging but I ride fours days a week now. Of course that is part of the fun, the challenge.

Has anyone done the OK event? If so what was your experience and how do you get from the finish city back to the start?

If I go I will probably rent a vehicle and drive to the start so if anyone along the route wants to join in they're more than welcome to ride with me to and from the event. I figure if I can do this, I.e. the camping and riding then I can decide if I want to try one of the big bend tours in the fall.

Or if anyone else knows of another event in Texas let me know. I've considered the ms 150 also but that is only two days of riding. Also the two day event in Galveston in the fall is an option.

I think it would be fun to ride with other 50+ riders also. BTW, my friends think I'm crazy about riding the bike so much....but that's OK

I just want to get on my bike and ride multiple days....maybe one day i will do some touring, when retirement becomes a reality.

Opinions?

Thanks,
Richard
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There is a Texas Hill Country ride done by Adventure Cycling... that would be a nice one whenever it is.

Found it....

https://www.adventurecycling.org/tour...V13&id=402&p=1
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Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
There is a Texas Hill Country ride done by Adventure Cycling... that would be a nice one whenever it is.

Found it....

https://www.adventurecycling.org/tour...V13&id=402&p=1
Thanks Billydonn but that one is full already and they have a waiting list. The date is also not as desirable for me because of previous commitments.
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I did OK freewheel several years ago. One day the lunch break fell through.

The first night they let TeamCrude drink beer and play music and keep everyone awake till late.

The OK hwy patrol did a great job.

Mechanical support...not so good from what I saw. I had no mechanical issues.

I packed camp gear in a duffel and clothes and toiletries in panniers. I spent about half my nights in hotels.

Texas Hell Week is more fun.
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Old 01-28-13, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Rwc5830 View Post
Thanks Billydonn but that one is full already and they have a waiting list. The date is also not as desirable for me because of previous commitments.
Why not try Cycle Montana? I've done it twice and it is awesome.
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Email Adventure Cycle about their tours. I did the Blue Ridge with them, and there were cabins to motels available at every night's stop (a couple of our group stayed inside every night!). Also, one of the Trans-Am tours (van-supported, IIRC) a few years ago had a guy who said he'd paid a bit extra but stayed inside all but two nights.

You might have to get a sleeping bag, but no tent!
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Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
Why not try Cycle Montana? I've done it twice and it is awesome.
That's the one I want to do.
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Are you looking for:
- A ride that has separate stages over several days, or
- A long single ride that goes over several days and nights, non-stop?
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Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
Why not try Cycle Montana? I've done it twice and it is awesome.
Billydon, that one is on my radar....but not yet. I saw your posts and it does look awesome, but that is a long drive for me. About 2,100 miles. So far, I've not seen too many positive comments for OK freewheel. Maybe I just need to suck it up and practice camping and try one of the adventure cycling Big Bend tours in the fall. In other words, HTFU

But that Montana ride does look awesome....
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Email Adventure Cycle about their tours. I did the Blue Ridge with them, and there were cabins to motels available at every night's stop (a couple of our group stayed inside every night!). Also, one of the Trans-Am tours (van-supported, IIRC) a few years ago had a guy who said he'd paid a bit extra but stayed inside all but two nights.

You might have to get a sleeping bag, but no tent!
Good suggestion thanks!
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I've done the Blue Ridge Parkway on two occasions from end to end, 470 miles and over 48,000' of climbing. It's a great ride. Both trips were done with a sag wagon that carried our gear. One trip we camped, the other we stayed in hotels. The campgrounds are set at around 63 miles a day distance so it works well given the amount of climbing involved.
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Originally Posted by DGlenday View Post
Are you looking for:
- A ride that has separate stages over several days, or
- A long single ride that goes over several days and nights, non-stop?
I'm not looking for a brevet or rando (endurance ride) if that is what you mean. I do plan a 200K in March and might try a 300K or another 200K in April but those are separate goals. Just more than two days but not too far of a drive since I'm still working, at least one more year.

Any ideas are welcome though, thanks!
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In most of the AC trips there are motels available if you reserve them early. That's how I do it nearly every night.

FYI... The Tour de Nebraska in June is a better ride than you think. Google it up for info. And NE is much greener than OK.

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Originally Posted by Rwc5830 View Post
I'm not looking for a brevet or rando (endurance ride) if that is what you mean. I do plan a 200K in March and might try a 300K or another 200K in April but those are separate goals. Just more than two days but not too far of a drive since I'm still working, at least one more year.

Any ideas are welcome though, thanks!
Okay - thx.
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