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Old 02-09-20, 09:26 PM
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What is y’all next bike adventure?

I have nothing planned except Mötley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett on July 15 in Houston. Then Rammstein in San Antonio on Sept 16 the KISS in Austin on Oct 1. But I need to plan some bike adventures.
So what bikes plans do you guys have in store? I’m just curious and needs some ideas of an epic bike adventure that won’t break the piggy bank. Oh heck with it even if it is expensive I would love to hear about you’re bike excursions.
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Well Carbon River Road (Mount Rainier) just closed to auto traffic.

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Ride to work on Monday morning.
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Bike Virginia again...a beautiful state.
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Several friends in the Fort Worth/Dallas area ride centuries a few times a month. Some plan out everything, others just wing it.

An old neck injury usually limits my rides to 50 miles or less. Much less Sunday -- I was aiming for 50 but bailed out after 28 due to neck spasms. I can handle a few metric "centuries" a year and usually just wing it. I'll go for my usual 20-30 mile route and if I'm feeling good I keep going.

I did one full century last summer or autumn, around 105 miles, and the last 15 miles was miserable. In part because I started that morning with a fast group ride around 40 miles, had lunch and decided to go out again. But the group ride pace took a little more out of me than I'd realized. So I'm better off going solo or with one or two friends at a compatible pace. For me, there's a huge difference between averaging 15 mph and 17 mph over a long distance.

If you're on Facebook, check in with several groups and they'll often post notices a week or month or more in advance of planned rides. That's how I met most of my cycling friends. I resumed cycling in 2015 after a 30-year hiatus, found one casual group and as soon as I liked and followed that group's page, FB suggested others. Pretty soon my circle of acquaintances, and a few good friends, developed from there. Almost all of my closest buddies came through cycling, including some I just met along the road and struck up conversations with.

The tricky bit to Facebook is avoiding the drama. There are some folks I enjoy as riding buddies, but we are radically polar opposites politically. I just avoid that topic and we get along fine. Others are very emotionally needy but we get along okay too. I just don't get dragged into the need/feed loop because it never ends. And they almost always have a larger support group than they realize. Some folks are like my cats -- they veer wildly between needing constant attention and suddenly it's "DON'T TOUCH ME DON'T LOOK AT ME DON'T TALK TO ME." Well, oh-kay. If I can deal with that with silly cats, I can handle it with humans too.
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Old 02-10-20, 04:32 AM
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ragbrai this coming july…..did it for a couple of years with college friends 15-17 years ago and the 'tutu dancing pedals' team is reuniting for this coming one!!!!
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This is the map for most of my two-week tour starting mid-June (The last day I will retrace my steps between Hamilton and Missoula):

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31562518?beta=false

Lots of dirt on this route, including two unpaved mountain passes. I've done some of the roads before, but there will be a lot of new mileage and new camping locations, including two nights at a state park in Three Forks where the Madison and Jefferson Rivers meet to form the Missouri River. Another highlight is Bannack State Park. It's a restored ghost town. The place has hiker-biker sites, with amenities for cyclists like power, a covered picnic table, rep[air stand and bear lockers. The last pass on the profile is neat. Combines both pavement and dirt on the way up. On the way up you pass a sapphire mine where you can buy buckets of dirt and pan for sapphires. On the way down it starts as dirt then turns to pavement, Before it does, it passes a cool waterfall. (Skalkaho Falls.) I rode it back in 2014. Got caught in a massive, very cold rain at 7,800' just as I started the descent so I didn't have time to hang out at the falls. Looking for another shot at it.

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Well, the Tour de Pickle is coming up in April

https://www.ncpicklefest.org/tour-de-pickle/
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Well, the Tour de Pickle is coming up in April

https://www.ncpicklefest.org/tour-de-pickle/
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Natchez Trace in late April, from South to North, self supported and a mix of camping and motels. We'll rent a car to drive to Natchez to start, then rent a car in Nashville for the drive home. It's a relatively easy, confidence building, 450 mile ride, and you can cut your costs by camping more and motel-ing less.
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Old 02-11-20, 10:01 AM
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I’m thinking about riding the paved trails that cover Tucson. The rest of the family can see the sights as I’m out riding so I won’t have to hear not another bike trip whining.
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I’m thinking about riding the paved trails that cover Tucson. The rest of the family can see the sights as I’m out riding so I won’t have to hear not another bike trip whining.
I recommend ear plugs to help ignore the whining. I don't understand why people think it's so strange (or hard, or not and sweaty, or dirty) to adventure by bike. They ought to be pleading for you to take them with you.
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I recommend ear plugs to help ignore the whining. I don't understand why people think it's so strange (or hard, or not and sweaty, or dirty) to adventure by bike. They ought to be pleading for you to take them with you.
I inherited the athlete well at least the weekend warrior DNA. I have tried but is a total waste of energy I would rather use on my bike.
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(or hard, or not and sweaty, or dirty) to adventure by bike.
Because sometimes it is. My record is 5 days of riding without a shower afterwards. I did "sponge off" with water heated in one of my cooking pots after day 4. The next day I doused my head numerous times with campground spigot water because it was so warm and sticky. When I finally walked into a motel office in Missoula at the end of the 6th day (a humid 60+ miles) I kind of frightened the desk clerk. There was a young woman cleaning up the parking lot. She was still there when I emerged all showered and shaven. She said "You look like a totally different person."

During my two-week trip last June I only had to go two days without a shower afterwards. I would have been three but I traded a showerless state park for a motel and restaurant one night because it was chilly and rainy and I knew the park had no shelter to cook under.
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Because sometimes it is. My record is 5 days of riding without a shower afterwards. I did "sponge off" with water heated in one of my cooking pots after day 4. The next day I doused my head numerous times with campground spigot water because it was so warm and sticky. When I finally walked into a motel office in Missoula at the end of the 6th day (a humid 60+ miles) I kind of frightened the desk clerk. There was a young woman cleaning up the parking lot. She was still there when I emerged all showered and shaven. She said "You look like a totally different person."

During my two-week trip last June I only had to go two days without a shower afterwards. I would have been three but I traded a showerless state park for a motel and restaurant one night because it was chilly and rainy and I knew the park had no shelter to cook under.
After a week of no shave no bath in Big Bend people start to get scared of ya. I had a similar experience once I found a shower and was able to shave people were more receptive towards me. I’m like I’m the same person I just have been in the desert for a week.
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After a week of no shave no bath in Big Bend people start to get scared of ya. I had a similar experience once I found a shower and was able to shave people were more receptive towards me. I’m like I’m the same person I just have been in the desert for a week.
The fact that my skin gets quite tan/dark doesn't help in some parts of the world. Neither does that fact that I travel solo. It's different now that I am in my 50s. When I was in my thirties I could just sense some people thinking I was someone to be watched because I must not have any friends. I soon got to telling people I was on my way to meet up with my girlfriend, who was working at Mesa Verde N.P., which was actually true.
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