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Forum: Touring
03-31-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By smudgy

I have toured with my Miyata1000 since the early...

I have toured with my Miyata1000 since the early 80's. They were the best "off the floor" touring bikes made at the time. Rides like buttah. But they could be a bit "noodly" under a full load. The...
Forum: Touring
02-15-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 760
Posted By smudgy

Southern Illinois Gravel Ride (video)

This was my only "long" ride in 2020, 3 days. I rode across southern Illinois (River to River) on mostly gravel roads, from Grand Tower on the Mississippi River to Cave in Rock on the Ohio River. The...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,117
Posted By smudgy

I bought a Terry Liberator a few years ago. About...

I bought a Terry Liberator a few years ago. About $75. Now I have one on every bike I own. I never looked back.
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,859
Posted By smudgy

You, Sir are one of the lucky ones, in my...

You, Sir are one of the lucky ones, in my opinion. I wish I could get my wife to ride more than 20 miles.She's a lovely person with many wonderful talents, but she's just not that into biking. To be...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,859
Posted By smudgy

" A toast to our wives and girlfriends (raise...

" A toast to our wives and girlfriends (raise glass). May they never meet."
Forum: Touring
04-11-20, 12:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 731
Posted By smudgy

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is about 10-15 miles east...

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is about 10-15 miles east of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Not far from a place called Colbert Ferry, where the Old Natchez Trace crosses the Tennessee River.
In the Lynyrd...
Forum: Touring
04-10-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 731
Posted By smudgy

Muscle Shoals (note spelling difference) is...

Muscle Shoals (note spelling difference) is located in northwest Alabama. Yes, many famous musicians recorded there.
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,545
Posted By smudgy

I walk away with no broken bones, that was good.

I walk away with no broken bones, that was good.
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By smudgy

Thanks for watching. I recently purchased an even...

Thanks for watching. I recently purchased an even lighter drone with a better camera. The technology keeps getting better. As far as your question, do you mean while out on tour? I'm pretty slow and...
Forum: Touring
03-28-20, 11:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By smudgy

I should have said "don't complain when it finds...

I should have said "don't complain when it finds you." I wish I could take credit for that one.
Total miles from Pueblo to Carbondale was 1,093. No clue on the elevation gain. I probably don't want...
Forum: Touring
03-28-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By smudgy

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOI3W06oluIwvFoVD...

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOI3W06oluIwvFoVD31Rdwg?view_as=subscriber
I just learned a new internet trick!
Forum: Touring
03-27-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By smudgy

UKFan4Sure, Thanks for the positive comments. I...

UKFan4Sure, Thanks for the positive comments. I have been bike touring for years and sometimes people ask me about it. I started the videos as a way to show people what bike touring is about. For me...
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,727
Posted By smudgy

I just bought a Mavic Mini Drone. It was about...

I just bought a Mavic Mini Drone. It was about $500. It's super cool. Weighs in at 249 grams. Many FAA restrictions don't apply to drones that light. Takes awesome video. One downside is that it is...
Forum: Touring
03-23-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By smudgy

indyfabz, I rode the Lewis and Clark on 2004 and...

indyfabz, I rode the Lewis and Clark on 2004 and fell in love with open spaces and small towns of South Dakota, North Dakota and eastern Montana. I have also rode across Nebraska twice, I love the...
Forum: Touring
03-22-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By smudgy

TransAmerica Trail Bike Tour, The Dreaded Middle Third

My 4th and final tour of 2019 captured on video. I only had time to ride from Pueblo, CO to Carbondale, IL. I heard a biker call it the dreaded middle third. He said it's called that because that's...
Forum: Touring
02-28-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,381
Posted By smudgy

If you are credit card touring and you have...

If you are credit card touring and you have things planned out and you know where you are going to be each night, I say Yes. Book the room. I think there is something to be said for being spontaneous...
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,555
Posted By smudgy

Erie Canal Bike Tour. A great 5 day ride.

The Erie Canal is a legendary route that connects Buffalo and Albany, New York. The canal/trail goes through lots of cozy little towns that date back to the 1810's. I parked in Lockport for 6 nights...
01-19-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 901
Posted By smudgy

I've ridden the Natchez Trace Parkway in...

I've ridden the Natchez Trace Parkway in mid-March for spring break. I started in Nashville and headed south. It was cold and cloudy and by day 2 it was about 40 F and raining, some of the worst...
Forum: Touring
01-19-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,522
Posted By smudgy

UKFan4Sure; Thanks for taking the time to...

UKFan4Sure; Thanks for taking the time to comment. No, my wife stayed home on this one. I've got another video coming out soon. 5 days on the Erie Canal in NY.
Forum: Touring
01-17-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,522
Posted By smudgy

The shuttle service is out of Columbus. If you...

The shuttle service is out of Columbus. If you contact them in advance and give them a 'heads up', they will pick you up anywhere along the trail and drop you off anywhere along the trail between...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,522
Posted By smudgy

I stayed in hotels every night (Xenia, Columbus,...

I stayed in hotels every night (Xenia, Columbus, Massilon, Cleveland) except Bridge of Dreams. I don't think sleeping under the pavilion is a sanctioned camping area, but there is a porta-toilet...
Forum: Touring
01-15-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,522
Posted By smudgy

Ohio to Erie Trail, Cincinnati to Cleveland. Another short tour

The Ohio to Erie Trail is a great 4 or 5 day short tour. Some people can't take 3 months vacation at once to ride across the country. This was my second short tour of 2019. I made a video. I hope you...
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,906
Posted By smudgy

My brother coached as well. He always said the...

My brother coached as well. He always said the perfect coaching job would be at an orphanage. No parents!
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,316
Posted By smudgy

Natchez Trace Parkway Video. Did someone say short tour?

I rode the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2019. I made a short video. I hope you like it and leave a comment.

https://youtu.be/WOzml_UTGEI
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