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Old 09-28-16, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by HTupolev
In early July I did a six-day tour around the Cascades here in the Seattle region.
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Photos from my last month’s eleven-day, 545 mile loop tourout of Missoula, MT:
Just catching up on this thread, great trips and scenery guys! The mountains and streams are more my thing, cities not so much
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Originally Posted by T Stew
The mountains and streams are more my thing, cities not so much

Yeah, but it's nice to blow into a place like Butte every once in a while, get a motel room, "freshen up" in civilization and get a good steak. But generally I to try to stay in or near smaller towns with decent services since I cook most dinners. It's nice to not have to carry groceries far. With that said, sometimes it's worth it when the overnight locations are pretty and off the beaten path. On this trip I had to carry groceries notable distances on three days, including the entire day twice.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Yeah, but it's nice to blow into a place like Butte every once in a while, get a motel room, "freshen up" in civilization and get a good steak.


Seriously though, don't mean to exclude civilization entirely, just isn't what I yearn to explore as a destination in itself like the mountains. Certainly good to clean up and resupply, have a nice meal, wash clothes and that kind of stuff.

I backpack and paddle in the mountains, but have yet to do a two wheeled trip through any. Someday.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
A few pics from riding the Katy Trail last week.

brother in law's bike on the right with homemade bags. I tried rear bags up front with a compression dry bag atop the rear rack. Worked great.
Homemade panniers are impressive, at first glance I assumed it was some boutique custom from Portland or something.
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan
Homemade panniers are impressive, at first glance I assumed it was some boutique custom from Portland or something.
Yeah, the front bags were about $7 each and the rear were $12 each.
The rear bags are massive...probably 33liter each.
The fronts are actually pretty neat and i will probably pick some up to make for that price. They are waterproof material and the top is a 3 flap fold.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
The fronts are actually pretty neat and i will probably pick some up to make for that price. They are waterproof material and the top is a 3 flap fold.

Love the stylish look.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Yeah, the front bags were about $7 each and the rear were $12 each.
The rear bags are massive...probably 33liter each.
The fronts are actually pretty neat and i will probably pick some up to make for that price. They are waterproof material and the top is a 3 flap fold.
Ahh I didn't catch that earlier, very impressive! I've been meaning to dig out my neglected sewing machine from 15 years ago and start crafting things again... though I do like the modern quick attach pieces although I suppose some snapping buckles and velcro would do the job well too, or buy some of the quick attach hardware sold separately.
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Originally Posted by T Stew
Ahh I didn't catch that earlier, very impressive! I've been meaning to dig out my neglected sewing machine from 15 years ago and start crafting things again... though I do like the modern quick attach pieces although I suppose some snapping buckles and velcro would do the job well too, or buy some of the quick attach hardware sold separately.
I read about folks sewing their own panniers, rain flies & quilts...I shoulda paid more attention when my mom did sewing. Once hand-sewed a nylon shoulder strap onto an Army-type belt to make a Sam Brown-type belt that would comfortably hold the Motorola walkie-talkie, surprisingly it held up well.
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Any Thanksgiving tours?
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This weekend, we did an overnight cycling tour.

Saturday morning, we drove to our start location, set up the bicycles with our panniers, etc. ... and started the tour with a ferry ride to Bruny Island.

When we got there ... off we went into the howling wind and drizzle and cold. All day long we had head/cross wind gusts to 80 km/hour. Riding loaded touring bicycles up and down the hills on Bruny with that wind was a challenge and despite the fact that we stopped a few times along the way, we were quite tired when we got into our campground at Adventure Bay.

Where did we stop along the way? The Neck, of course, to take photos from the lookout. Then Bruny Island Providore to get fudge ... mmmm! Then the Bruny Island Berry Farm for pancakes with berries and ice cream.
https://www.brunyislandberryfarm.com.au/

We stayed in the campground at Adventure Bay when we did this tour last year, so we were welcomed back, and we pitched in the same spot where we camped last year. Last year we were able to spend the evening sitting outside and were also able to walk on the beach. This year, the rain rolled in and wind continued all evening so we took advantage of the camp kitchen and spent our evening there.

Fortunately, the wind died during the night, and when I got up about 3:30 am, the sky was clear and the stars were bright.

Sunday morning ... breakfast, packing up, and then a quick trip to the Bruny Island Cruises office to get our bicycles sorted and to pick up our tickets.
https://www.brunycruises.com.au/

And then, at 11 am, we set off on a 3-hour tour. You can see a video of a tour (not specifically ours) here:
https://vimeo.com/125360949

We had hoped to see whales this time (we did this tour last year too), but unfortunately, they've moved on. We did, however, get to see seals, sea birds, and dolphins. As well as spectacular scenery. Plus this time, there was a good swell out there which made for an exciting "ride" and drama at the "blowhole" which was very active today because of that swell. It was blowing huge spray which could be seen from a couple of kilometers off shore.

Back on the bicycles again, we stopped for a delicious lunch, and then made our way back to the ferry again. There was considerably less wind, but the hills are steeper on the way back. We topped the final hill to see the ferry coming across in the distance. So the descent was quick in order to make it ... and back to mainland Tasmania.

Saturday
38.2 km
447 metres of climbing

Sunday
39.5 km
451 metres of climbing
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That sounds like a nice thanksgiving tour.

Machka, you've toured all kinds of places. Have you and Rowen ever done the Katy?
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A buddy and I did a quick 3-day tour last weekend in the Texas Hill Country. 160 miles and 8500 feet of climbing.

Started in New Braunfels went out to Gruene, up River Road (my fave), across Canyon Lake Dam, out to Fischer then on to Blanco. Spent the night in Blanco and ate at Redbud Cafe. Cool place.

Took off the next morning and rode down the next river road to Luckenbach. Had lunch there then headed down to Boerne by way of Sisterdale. Really pretty ride, lots of climbs. Spent the night with some friends in Boerne. Ate at Texas Meat Company. Good stuff.

Next morning started heading back towards New Braunfels through Specht and Bulverde. Stopped at Chain Link bike shop in New Braunfels and bought a bike Had to ride back to the truck in order to come back and pick it up. Had a late lunch at McAdoo's. Good trip.
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We did the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway over Labor Day Weekend. 5 days, 4 nights. It's an annual ride for us. ~233.87 miles. Always ride down and take Amtrak back to Portland. Route officially begins in Newberg, Oregon but I start at my place in Beaverton, ~30 miles to the north. Route officially ends in Coburg, Oregon but we end in Eugene, ~6 miles to the south.

You can read my full review here at https://www.bikeforums.net/pacific-no...ay-review.html

Didn't take many photos but this is a yearly photo.


2015 ride


2016 ride
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Originally Posted by willibrord
That sounds like a nice thanksgiving tour.

Machka, you've toured all kinds of places. Have you and Rowen ever done the Katy?

It was a nice tour ... mostly (Saturday's weather wasn't brilliant) ... but not a thanksgiving one. We don't have thanksgiving here. Just an ordinary weekend ... a "last weekend of spring" tour before the busy-ness of summer starts.


No, we haven't done the Katy. We have travelled quite a bit in the US, but haven't done much in the way of cycletouring there. Most of our cycletouring has been done here in Australia, and also in Europe, Canada, and Japan.



A photo of Saturday's weather conditions ...


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Originally Posted by Machka
Any Thanksgiving tours?

Rode DC-Richmond round-trip on Thanksgiving weekend using the excellent US Bicycle Route 1. It roughly parallels super-busy I-95 but the roads are mostly quiet & very rural, pretty country scenery. USBR1 even has turn signs. Mostly gently-rolling hills, the few steeper hills are pretty short.

SQ Labs 610 Active saddle worked great, first touring saddle I've had in many years that doesn't punish after 80 km.

But fall touring = short days, had to ride 3 hours in the dark one night due to route miscalculation. I had lights but it was slow going on the twisty hilly pitted roads.

I stayed at motels though I was surprised to see spots that might be good for stealth camping. Lots of woods, power-line areas etc.

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Originally Posted by Machka
This weekend, we did an overnight cycling tour.

Saturday morning, we drove to our start location, set up the bicycles with our panniers, etc. ... and started the tour with a ferry ride to Bruny Island.

When we got there ... off we went into the howling wind and drizzle and cold. All day long we had head/cross wind gusts to 80 km/hour. Riding loaded touring bicycles up and down the hills on Bruny with that wind was a challenge and despite the fact that we stopped a few times along the way, we were quite tired when we got into our campground at Adventure Bay.

Where did we stop along the way? The Neck, of course, to take photos from the lookout. Then Bruny Island Providore to get fudge ... mmmm! Then the Bruny Island Berry Farm for pancakes with berries and ice cream.
https://www.brunyislandberryfarm.com.au/

We stayed in the campground at Adventure Bay when we did this tour last year, so we were welcomed back, and we pitched in the same spot where we camped last year. Last year we were able to spend the evening sitting outside and were also able to walk on the beach. This year, the rain rolled in and wind continued all evening so we took advantage of the camp kitchen and spent our evening there.

Fortunately, the wind died during the night, and when I got up about 3:30 am, the sky was clear and the stars were bright.

Sunday morning ... breakfast, packing up, and then a quick trip to the Bruny Island Cruises office to get our bicycles sorted and to pick up our tickets.
https://www.brunycruises.com.au/

And then, at 11 am, we set off on a 3-hour tour. You can see a video of a tour (not specifically ours) here:
https://vimeo.com/125360949

We had hoped to see whales this time (we did this tour last year too), but unfortunately, they've moved on. We did, however, get to see seals, sea birds, and dolphins. As well as spectacular scenery. Plus this time, there was a good swell out there which made for an exciting "ride" and drama at the "blowhole" which was very active today because of that swell. It was blowing huge spray which could be seen from a couple of kilometers off shore.

Back on the bicycles again, we stopped for a delicious lunch, and then made our way back to the ferry again. There was considerably less wind, but the hills are steeper on the way back. We topped the final hill to see the ferry coming across in the distance. So the descent was quick in order to make it ... and back to mainland Tasmania.

Saturday
38.2 km
447 metres of climbing

Sunday
39.5 km
451 metres of climbing
I've got a bunch of photos of this trip here ... scroll down to 26 Nov 16

https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka...57673988989645


A few samples ...

The scenery ...


The stormy weather on the first day ...


The cruise we went on ...


On the way home ...
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This is the bike I built to try this touring stuff. I did three short weekend trips locally. The farthest was Thunder Bay to Nippigon Ontario (130km out). Testing my equipment, and changing/upgrading each weekend.

Oddly, I upgraded the bike 16 days before my month long trek across the Canadian Prairies (fit issue). But it got me hooked.

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Decided Christmas eve that since I don't care for the Christmas thing, I would take a last minute overnight to a nearby wilderness area that I just found out has primitive campgrounds. Never done a S24O trip before, usually short trips are at least three days. https://www.agfc.com/resources/maps/McIlroyMadisonCo.pdf


[IMG]15697608_1415484141797194_8062473597249142338_n by onedollarmiyata, on Flickr[/IMG]

Its about a 20 mile ride from my door to here, along some nice low traffic farm country roads. Once the pavement ends, its a series of fire roads. The bike with 32mm tires handled things fine. Next time I go in the spring I might use a bike that has 40's, with a lighter load. Since its primitive, with no water most of my weight was in plenty of water, which I was glad of when I realized that my shoes, pants, and upon discovering it my hand was covered in some sort of animal feces(I have been a plumber so have seen a lot of crap, and if it was human poo they better get to a doctor). Used almost 1.5 liters cleaning my hands alone. Before leaving I had debated not taking much of a change of clothes, but so, so glad I did.

[IMG]15723359_1414090731936535_5560880534954214552_o by onedollarmiyata, on Flickr[/IMG]

Took my old, old, old north face Goliath sleeping bag, this may be its swan song, as its over 20 years old, worn out(as in missing some)shell, and its gone from being a -15 bag to just about right for a 35 degree night, all while never losing an ounce of its massive five pounds. It totally filled one rear Jandd mountaineering pannier. The tent was the heaviest I own as well, at five pounds. But its a great tent, and I was glad of the double wall for the 100% humidity and overnight rains.

Since I dont ride as much in the winter due to shorter days, thought I would treat this like cyclocross. Heavy winter touring training. I estimate that bike, bags, four liters of water not including the three bottles, and gear were in the sixty pound range. Minus all the water but the water bottles on the return leg.

[IMG]15621581_1414182451927363_3687048239740151749_n by onedollarmiyata, on Flickr[/IMG]
Before the rain, and after the great feces cleanup(a serious problem for a clean freak who hates having any sort of dirt on them), I built what was probably the nicest campfire Ive ever had. Almost no smoke, unlimited supply of deadfall wool nearby(though thats where I stepped in it). Very contemplative night stoking the fire and not missing Christmas.

At some point after I went to bed, a Skunk came and investigated my tent. Since I don't usually use a double wall tent, having something like that in the tent vestibule looking back at me when I shone a light on it was a bit freaky. Turned off the light, laid down quietly and went to sleep.

In the morning I was able to fry a bunch of spam as scorched as I like it without anyone complaining about me doing it, scrambled a bunch of eggs, ate, packed, and was on the road. Cold rain and wind, but only 22 miles to a familiar shower and closet full of dress clothes, where I got dressed for christmas dinner.

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