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Forum: Touring
02-16-15, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,250
Posted By nancy sv

Awesome! You will have a blast! My husband...

Awesome! You will have a blast!

My husband and I pedaled from Alaska to Argentina with our two sons - one on a tandem, and one on his own bike. Mike linked to our site above and there is a lot of...
Forum: Touring
12-12-14, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 734
Posted By nancy sv

Thanks guys! There are many ways to learn what we...

Thanks guys! There are many ways to learn what we need to know to be successful in life. School does a decent job for most kids. I am not anti-school at all as I realize that it's the best thing...
Forum: Touring
12-09-14, 09:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 734
Posted By nancy sv

I totally agree that school and education are,...

I totally agree that school and education are, all too often, separate entities. I am not anti-school at all, as I know that it is a great thing for millions of kids. That said, I know that it's not...
Forum: Touring
12-09-14, 07:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 734
Posted By nancy sv

Well said, Sparky. I was a teacher for 21 years...

Well said, Sparky. I was a teacher for 21 years and know how utterly useless test scores are as a predictor of quality of life. Unfortunately, our society still places huge emphasis on them - and...
Forum: Touring
12-09-14, 05:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 734
Posted By nancy sv

I totally agree with you, Max. I don't think that...

I totally agree with you, Max. I don't think that test scores are a true indication of learning, but they are a fairly decent indication of "academic success in school." Many people criticized us...
Forum: Touring
12-09-14, 03:58 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,614
Posted By nancy sv

I guess that depends on what you consider a...

I guess that depends on what you consider a productive member of society.
Forum: Touring
12-09-14, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 734
Posted By nancy sv

Long term academic benefits of bike touring for children

I know that I'm not real active here anymore - I check in here and there though. Given that many people here felt that we had destroyed our children's lives by taking them out on the bikes for 4...
Forum: Touring
10-20-14, 10:28 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 9,119
Posted By nancy sv

My first "tour" was in about 1982(ish). I took...

My first "tour" was in about 1982(ish). I took four days to ride to a dam about 100 miles from home and back. It was a disaster - totally a comedy of errors. I knew nothing.

But that trip taught...
Forum: Touring
10-20-14, 10:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,239
Posted By nancy sv

Yowch. That hurts.

Yowch. That hurts.
Forum: Touring
10-20-14, 10:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,351
Posted By nancy sv

...and then, of course, there is a lovely little...

...and then, of course, there is a lovely little hostel on the KATY Trail. Anybody know if it's still there? When we cycled the KATY in 2007, the hostel was free for anybody using the trail. The key...
Forum: Touring
10-20-14, 09:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,351
Posted By nancy sv

So many great places! I have very fond memories...

So many great places! I have very fond memories of camping in the desert in Baja. We were ahead of schedule and were going to meet my MIL in Mazatlan, so needed to kill time. We just pedaled until we...
Forum: Touring
10-20-14, 09:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 931
Posted By nancy sv

All of it. I found I really only used 2 hand...

All of it. I found I really only used 2 hand positions on my butterfly bars, and wanted both of them big and fat.
Forum: Touring
09-27-14, 11:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 931
Posted By nancy sv

I had 4 or 5 layers of tape on mine by the time...

I had 4 or 5 layers of tape on mine by the time we reached Argentina. It wasn't so much for the padding and cushion, but for a natural hand grip. I found that having the small bar to wrap my hand...
Forum: Touring
09-27-14, 11:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,239
Posted By nancy sv

One time I was hanging out next to the...

One time I was hanging out next to the Mississippi River waiting for my tent to dry out as it was getting smelly. A guy came up with a boat and asked if I wanted a ride. I left my bike and all my...
Forum: Touring
09-27-14, 05:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,239
Posted By nancy sv

Security of laptop/camera/etc

A friend just wrote and asked me about how to secure her valuable items while touring if she wanted to take a swim or go grocery shopping. Since we had 4 of us, we always made sure that somebody was...
Forum: Touring
01-30-14, 12:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 856
Posted By nancy sv

It'll be awesome! Yes, the Surly would be a good...

It'll be awesome! Yes, the Surly would be a good choice for a bike.

We cycled Prudhoe Bay - Ushuaia as a family, so it's very doable. I doubt you'll want to start in April though - we started June...
Forum: Touring
01-30-14, 12:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,826
Posted By nancy sv

Go for it! You'll find that the major factor in...

Go for it! You'll find that the major factor in your child's enjoyment is your own attitude. When we first set off with out twins, they were 8. We cycled across Eastern Oregon in the middle of summer...
Forum: Touring
05-09-13, 11:34 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,494
Posted By nancy sv

I wonder if it might depend on how your bike...

I wonder if it might depend on how your bike looks? If you've got nice panniers and a good bike, you don't really look homeless. If you've got an old, crappy bike, and have just tied a bunch of bags...
Forum: Touring
12-27-12, 11:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road A...

One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road
A trip of Discovery from Alaska to Argentina by Bicycle

I like this! I agree that we don't need to repeat Family.
Forum: Touring
12-27-12, 01:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

A tale of bicycling and discovering Hmmm... I...

A tale of bicycling and discovering Hmmm... I like that. I'll have to ponder that one for a while.
Forum: Touring
12-26-12, 10:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

The book is a mother's perspective of our...

The book is a mother's perspective of our journey. While all four of us are in it, it's definitely told from my perspective. I talk about my fears, my concerns, my thoughts and feelings and emotions....
Forum: Touring
12-26-12, 10:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

For some reason the title of this book is really...

For some reason the title of this book is really hard. I struggled with the others, but not this much! Thanks everyone!
Forum: Touring
12-26-12, 09:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

How about something like Changing Gears, Changing...

How about something like Changing Gears, Changing Lives for the title. And the subtitle something about biking the PanAm?
Forum: Touring
12-26-12, 09:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

Now we're thinking we might ditch the title...

Now we're thinking we might ditch the title altogether and get something else. Need to figure this out soon!
Forum: Touring
12-26-12, 08:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

I thought about that, but I think more people...

I thought about that, but I think more people search cycling than bicycling? I wish I knew how to find out what people search. I know I search bicycle, but cycling.
Forum: Touring
12-26-12, 07:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

I'd like to mention cycling somehow, but the...

I'd like to mention cycling somehow, but the cover shows a map of the Americas and silhouettes of our bikes, so it's not crucial. Here's a pic of the cover (we've got a few minor changes, but this is...
Forum: Touring
12-26-12, 07:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By nancy sv

Subtitle for my book?

So... I'm finally in the very last stages of getting my book about our PanAm journey written. We hope to release it March 21 - on the 2-year anniversary of the completion of our journey.

I've...
Forum: Touring
11-05-12, 12:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,093
Posted By nancy sv

At this point I'm making it US only, although I...

At this point I'm making it US only, although I know there are some wonderful places in Canada. Truth be told, there are way too many wonderful places to bike tour!
Forum: Touring
11-05-12, 12:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,102
Posted By nancy sv

I've never used the Burley, but did tour for a...

I've never used the Burley, but did tour for a while with a different 2-wheel trailer. We opted to ditch the trailer and load everything on my bike because of the 2 wheels - I had to ride so far out...
Forum: Touring
10-24-12, 10:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,221
Posted By nancy sv

We used the Thermarest pillows as well. Used them...

We used the Thermarest pillows as well. Used them for four whole years of touring and they are still in great shape.
Forum: Touring
10-24-12, 09:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,093
Posted By nancy sv

I agree that the Oregon coast would be good for...

I agree that the Oregon coast would be good for families, unless something has changed since we did it in 2006. The towns were close together, there were campgrounds every few miles, and the views...
Forum: Touring
10-24-12, 12:38 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,093
Posted By nancy sv

That sounds awesome! We loved the KATY because...

That sounds awesome! We loved the KATY because for a whole week we were totally away from cars. It was delightful.
Forum: Touring
10-23-12, 11:09 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,654
Posted By nancy sv

We recently settled down after spending a total...

We recently settled down after spending a total of 4 years traveling the Americas on our bikes with our children and we ate a LOT with dirt on our hands. Water was a very precious thing and we needed...
Forum: Touring
10-23-12, 11:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,093
Posted By nancy sv

I've heard that Cape Cod is a great place to...

I've heard that Cape Cod is a great place to cycle - never been there, but the whole area is spectacular. I will do some research and see what I can find on it.

And Michigan is lovely!
Forum: Touring
10-23-12, 06:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,093
Posted By nancy sv

You guys are a wealth of information! As for...

You guys are a wealth of information!

As for the Oregon coast, what kind of close encounters are you referring to? We cycled there a few years ago with our children and didn't have any trouble,...
Forum: Touring
10-23-12, 05:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,093
Posted By nancy sv

Excellent. I'll search. I tried searching "one...

Excellent. I'll search. I tried searching "one week tours" and didn't get much, but short tours is a better search term.
Forum: Touring
10-23-12, 04:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,093
Posted By nancy sv

I forgot about the C & O trail! Great idea. I...

I forgot about the C & O trail! Great idea. I will certainly mention the state rides - there are LOTS of those!

Can you tell me more about the GAP trail? I'm not familiar with that one.
Forum: Touring
10-23-12, 02:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,093
Posted By nancy sv

Best one week tour routes in the USA?

Somebody has asked me to do a post about the best places for families to take a bike touring vacation for a week. I'm thinking of suggesting the Oregon coast, KATY trail, somewhere in southern Utah,...
Forum: Touring
10-21-12, 12:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,063
Posted By nancy sv

We cycled Central America in the time frame you...

We cycled Central America in the time frame you are talking about and it was fine. It's hotter than blazes, and the humidity is through the roof, but it's doable. When it rains, it only rains...
Forum: Touring
04-14-12, 11:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,021
Posted By nancy sv

Do it. The KATY is wonderful. We spent nearly a...

Do it. The KATY is wonderful. We spent nearly a week doing it and loved it. It's a wonderful trail.
Forum: Touring
04-14-12, 10:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,966
Posted By nancy sv

My trekking bars saved my tour! When we first...

My trekking bars saved my tour! When we first took off for a year-long tour with our kids I had standard mountain bike bars. Within a month my hands were hurting so badly I could barely function. I...
Forum: Touring
04-14-12, 10:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,259
Posted By nancy sv

For the record, I think white is the best color...

For the record, I think white is the best color for visibility. I came to that conclusion because my husband's white shirt was what I could see the best when he and my son were far ahead of my on...
Forum: Touring
04-09-12, 09:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By nancy sv

Thanks Neil! We appreciate all your hard work!

Thanks Neil! We appreciate all your hard work!
Forum: Touring
04-09-12, 05:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By nancy sv

Know anything about crazyguyonabike?

CGoaB has been down for hours now - anybody know what's happening? I hope he's not down permanently.
Forum: Touring
03-27-12, 10:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,445
Posted By nancy sv

I would think you could get by without the bulky...

I would think you could get by without the bulky sleeping bag if you made sure you had some sort of jacket you could sleep in if you needed to.
Forum: Touring
02-16-12, 03:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,867
Posted By nancy sv

Yup - sstorkel nailed it. We cycled Baja in...

Yup - sstorkel nailed it.

We cycled Baja in 2006 and loved it. We were ahead of schedule and had 6 weeks before we would meet my mother in law in Mazatlan, so we stretched Baja out for 6 weeks. It...
Forum: Touring
01-01-12, 05:46 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,084
Posted By nancy sv

Are you serious? You never been asked if you are...

Are you serious? You never been asked if you are afraid? Gads! We got asked that all the time! We just told them that no, we weren't afraid of cycling here any more than we would be of cycling at...
Forum: Touring
01-01-12, 05:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,084
Posted By nancy sv

Ditto on all the other votes for people being...

Ditto on all the other votes for people being good and kind...

I've been touring for 25 years now and can only think of one time when I needed to defend myself. It was the summer of 1988 and I was...
Forum: Touring
12-24-11, 12:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,998
Posted By nancy sv

I'm not a huge fan of Ortliebs. They are good...

I'm not a huge fan of Ortliebs. They are good solid panniers, but I don't like the design. I want pockets to organize my gear.

As far as I've found, I think Arkel and Carradice are the best...
Forum: Touring
12-23-11, 11:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By nancy sv

Thanks for the heads-up! We're going to buy a...

Thanks for the heads-up! We're going to buy a backpack and rain jacket tomorrow!
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