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Old 06-17-08, 11:17 AM
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Hello there. What you're about to read is totally crazy but something I've set my mind on doing.

I'm planning a bike trip from China to Paris next fall and besides joy-riding from time to time, I have never really ridden a bicycle. I'm absolutely nuts, I know, but I'm here looking for information about routes, bikes, times, nutrition, expected length of trip, etc. Pretty much everything. I'm in good shape physically and know I can do it but this will definitely be a small challenge.

My first question I have to make sure this is even feasible is how far should I expect to travel in one day? I'm not going to sightseeing, to take my time, etc. but get there pretty much as quickly as possible. I will be enrolling in language school before attending university so the more time in France, the better. I just thought this would be a more interesting way to get there than plane or train.

So if you have any questions, comments or smart remarks, fire away! I'll see ya in the forums.

P.S. My name is Nathan. Hi.
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Old 06-17-08, 11:38 AM
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Get thee to the Touring forums and do multiple searches for the info you seek. Average distance per day depends on you and the riding conditions so figure anywhere from 1 - 250 miles. As for being crazy, there was a guy who rode from one of the Scandinavian countries to Nepal so he could climb Mt. Everest. He wasn't crazy either. Good luck!
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Old 06-17-08, 02:43 PM
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Sounds like an ambitious goal Nathan, here's to hoping your trip is everything you want it to be. I'm sure there are others here who have done similar long distance rides and you should be able to get some input from both the touring and long distance forums!
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Old 06-17-08, 07:38 PM
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Hi Nathan! The first thing you have to remember is that the rest of us are just as crazy as you think you are, so it's not as if you stick out like a sore thumb. In fact, you blend right in!

Enjoy your tour, and take lots of photos .

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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Thanks for all the encouragement and help! I've been searching for all of the information about it and putting it all together. I was really hoping to figure out how long it would take before getting into it but I guess that will come as I learn more.

Once it starts, I'll definitely be posting pictures and updates on a blog to keep everyone from baffled parents and friends to compassionate cyclists updated on it all!
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Yes, the parents may have forgotten how much fun life was back then. You need to try to get them back on a bike as well!

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