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Old 03-30-16, 08:21 PM
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What Do You Value Most About Touring?

What would be the most valuable aspects or attractions of touring, for you?
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Old 03-30-16, 08:37 PM
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I get to ride my bike and see sights I may never have seen.
Often I get a chance to enjoy the companionship of good friends
And finally it's a way of simplifying one's life, since all I generally think about is how far are we going to ride, where is my next meal coming from and where will I sleep that night.
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I tour for two basic reasons.

Sometimes it's about the place and getting a sense of it, and a feel for how people live(d) there. That's especially true when the places themselves have significance, ie Historic sites in Europe, or the Grand Canyon.

Otherwise, it's about the people I meet along the way.

Then, of course, there's the ride itself. Touring by bicycle is very different than travel by car or other means. It's a much more immersive (as close a word as I can come up with) experience. Cars drive to or through places, but bicycles make you part of them.
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I like just getting out there and riding and camping and being somewhat separate from the rest of the world. You can see stuff and do things you won't see or do most any other time. It is freedom you aren't going to find in a car or train or aero-plane.

However I do love the fun aspect of planning my trip and getting things ready. Lewis Black I think hit the nail on the head:
(you can start at :57 to get to the point)
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I like the independence and the sense of adventure. I like seeing the world up-close, and I like that I only have to worry about a couple things: enough to eat and a warm place to sleep. I like that I don't have to answer to anyone.

Also, I like riding my bike.
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Old 03-30-16, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by robow View Post
I get to ride my bike and see sights I may never have seen.
Often I get a chance to enjoy the companionship of good friends
And finally it's a way of simplifying one's life, since all I generally think about is how far are we going to ride, where is my next meal coming from and where will I sleep that night.
+ 1.
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Old 03-30-16, 09:42 PM
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Being off the grid and self sufficient.
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Old 03-30-16, 09:56 PM
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I do love the fun aspect of planning my trip and getting things ready.
Definitely part of the fun as I see it
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Old 03-30-16, 10:30 PM
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What would be the most valuable aspects or attractions of touring, for you?
Handling the unknown and figuring out how to overcome issues in the moment.

I am doing training rides 2-3 times a week until August with a large group of teenagers training for RAGBRAI. Working with them to create goals, plan, train, and learn has been and will continue to be a blast.
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i prefer to travel independently, not on an organized tour,
and not tethered to bus/train schedules.

i want to see the places i think are interesting, rather than
following the standard list in the guidebooks.

if i see a fork in the road, i'll take it.
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Old 03-30-16, 11:26 PM
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The ability to see the world. The small town hold on to the countries unique ways longer than the cities.
I also like camping and riding my bike.
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Old 03-30-16, 11:52 PM
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I like getting away from the everyday hassles & out into the fresh air of the countryside, plus the physical & logistical challenges. Bike touring can be very relaxing even with some occasional aches & pains. The rapid training effect can be quite amazing too. If the sights & folks are nice that's a plus. In Europe I've only car-toured; while zooming down the Autobahns can be fun, overall driving in Europe can be a hassle. Next trip there will be a bike tour for sure.
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For some clearly irrational reason, travelling by bike gives me a greater sense of independence and freedom than driving. And the pace of the journey is perfect for me, covering a lot of ground while not missing anything along the way.

And it's meditative. The physical rhythms of being on the bike keep me in the moment, connected to my immediate environment. @FBinNY, "immersive" is an excellent word for this.
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Originally Posted by lightspree View Post
What would be the most valuable aspects or attractions of touring, for you?
This may only make sense to a few, but I like the quiet. Like the difference between a power boat and a sail boat, and I do like both of these two forms.

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Old 03-31-16, 04:42 AM
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In the words of Mel Gibson as William Wallace

"FREEEEEDOOOOOMMM!!!"

Being able to ride where I want, how I want, and camp when and where I want, stop for breaks as I want to, and not have any household chores or work todo.
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Old 03-31-16, 05:27 AM
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Old 03-31-16, 06:37 AM
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Being a traveler, not a tourist.

Getting away from the phone.
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Old 03-31-16, 06:43 AM
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The blending of type-A goal driven and type-B relaxed experiences:
Type-A: planning, organization, sense of accomplishment, miles
Type-B: taking things as they come, having to react to whatever comes up, sharing smiles
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All the girls that look dreamily at my muscular legs.
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All the girls that look dreamily at my muscular legs.
The dreamy look and the eyerolls look are often easily misconfused.
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It changes every day you are out there!!
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Sharpens the focus to the immediate task at hand. Cheaper than therapy. A great way to see the countryside, up close and slow. Sights and smells are good too. Biking+camping+large amounts of food+beers at the end of the day. All good. Visiting new areas too.
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Old 03-31-16, 11:55 AM
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+1 to everything mentioned here. I don't have time to take long tours at this stage of my life, but the few overnight rides I take every year represent the only times I am able to let myself live absolutely in the moment.
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biking+camping+large amounts of food+wine at the end of the day.
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