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Old 09-21-06, 10:57 PM
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Salutations

Greetings from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I was an avid biker as a child. I rode for both recreation and transportation. But I gave up biking when I got my driver's license. From the age of sixteen to twenty one I didn't get on the saddle a single time. I worked as a pizza delivery driver through high school and most of college, and I started to feel really guilty for being a party to such an environmentally destructive industry, which contributes to the lazyness and obeisity of Americans. So I started to ride my bike again to counteract the negative aspects of my job. Eventually I quit the delivery business, did most of my commuting by bicycle and started to train for a cross country bike tour, which I had been dreaming about doing ever since I first was introduced to the idea of bicycle touring in Alaska, when I was fourteen.

When I graduated college I took off on my bike and headed from my home in Ann Arbor to Michigan's upper peninsula. From there I headed west and north, through the plains, Glacier National Park and the North Cascades, until I reached Puget Sound. From there I headed south until I reached Los Angeles. Who knows, I might still be riding on that tour if family obligations hadn't forced me to stop in southern California.

Three years later I'm still really big into bicycle touring, and I'm always looking for an adventure that is more monumental than the last. I love to ride in general, and biking is now my sole mode of transporation, but it's the romance and endless possibilities of unsupported bicycle touring that I really crave.
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Old 09-22-06, 12:36 AM
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Greetings from Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Glad to hear you are returning to cycling. It is definitely a sport. And to be truely car-free is something most can only imagine. I'm lucky, though. I live in the West End, only a block from the grocery, the post office, and only a few blocks from the liquor store, so, all I have to worry about is getting to work. I cannot give you to much info on unsupported touring. Haven't done it. But it is one of my ideals as well. Cross-Canada, down into the States, Across them, and back! We shall see.

Good luck.
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Old 09-22-06, 11:27 PM
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Yeah, being car free really does feel great. It was a bit interesting getting used to winter biking though. But it feels pretty good being the only one out on two wheels in middle of the night in a foot of snow.
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