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Old 09-01-17, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by HobbesOnTour View Post
Anyway, day 2 into a 2 week trip, I'm cycling along through the German countryside on a nice quiet road, singing away to myself in a state of near bliss. I know where I'm going, I know how long it will take to get there, I have a good idea where I'll stay. All is good in the world. Then, over there, I see a big wood, stretching off in the distance, a distance that was stretching off in the wrong direction.

Now, I love forests, especially German ones. There is something almost spiritual about them and they are full of history and mystery. "It's a pity it's in the wrong place", I thought to myself and continued on. But the darn forest was bugging me, calling out to me. "I can't go in there", my conversation with myself continued. It's the wrong way! I spent hours and hours planning this route. Look! I even laminated the maps! They're organised day by day with all kinds of useful info on them!"

I cycled on.

"How can a forest be in the wrong place?"

Then I stopped and turned around.

I rode through that forest. For about 3 hours, just me, the bike and Hobbes, the tiger. When I finally came out of it, I had no idea where I was, or how to get to where I needed to be. But then, where did I need to be? Nowhere!

So I pointed the bike in the general direction I wanted to go and headed off.

(This helped me redefine the concept of being lost - I'm only lost when I need to be somewhere and I have no idea how to get there! As a result, I'm hardly ever lost now on a tour )

And that's when I figured out what I enjoy about bike touring - the freedom and the independence.

So that's my favourite tour because without it, all my other trips would have been very, very different.

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Fantastic! That's a great way to look at touring.

On the tour that was the reason my wife and I purchased our first custom tandem, a ride from near Sacramento, CA to Spokane WA for a family gathering, we had a similar experience. We were riding on hwy 89 somewhere near Lassen and were both getting fed up with the aggressive traffic. (We later hypothesized that exhaust fumes affect brain chemistry and cause people to argue.) A tree-lined gravel road appeared on our right and my wife said, "I'm going that way." What choice did I have? Off we went without a clue as to whether or not the road even went through. That became a "normal" way for us to tour from then on.
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Old 09-01-17, 09:52 PM
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Two tours come to mind: a trip that combined the backroads of Alsace and Burgundy; and a tour from west to east across Charlevoix, Quebec.

The France trip was special because both regions were stunning, the cycling was pleasant, the food was great, and the people I met along the way were as interesting as they were welcoming.

The trip across Charlevoix was special because of the rugged terrain (including the steepest hills I have ever encountered), the fjords, the whales in the St. Lawrence River, the smells of salt water and pine resin in the air, and the wonderful people.
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Old 09-03-17, 09:36 AM
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Favorite Tour - October 2016 tandem from Parma, Italy to Rome following the 12th century Via Francigena pilgrim route. Fully Loaded, small hotels / hostels along the way. No reservations or plans except get to Rome by the end of the month. Loose / open schedule gave us plenty of space and time to improvise along the way..... We stayed in one village for 3 days just because we liked it, they had kittens at the hostel and we did unloaded day excursions in the region. That kind of self designed / no obligation / make it up as you go approach enables you to modify on the fly such as sleep in on a heavy rain day, hang out at the cafe, do some laundry and take a nap in the afternoon.

If you're going to the time and energy of cycling in Europe and your up for the adventure / challenge of truly touring ,
in the European style , the way the locals do it....seriously consider the option of going independent, cut loose, no pre-booked hotel reservations, pack lite and carry your own gear....pick a route and a destination and just go for it....!!
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Old 09-03-17, 09:49 AM
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Georgia, Caucasus ... very special country!

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Old 09-03-17, 06:17 PM
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By far, my favorite tours are the annual tours we do with our daughters.

I could not pick a favorite of the 6 "girl's tours" we have completed. They are all different and special.

It is just fun to spend time with our adult daughters; and all the challenges of bike touring have made us a closer family.

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Old 09-03-17, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by vermonttandem View Post
If you're going to the time and energy of cycling in Europe and your up for the adventure / challenge of truly touring ,
in the European style , the way the locals do it....seriously consider the option of going independent, cut loose, no pre-booked hotel reservations, pack lite and carry your own gear....pick a route and a destination and just go for it....!!

No problems with hotels being booked up?
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Old 09-04-17, 05:06 AM
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They were all special in their own way, but if I have to pick one it would be my first tour (the TransAmerica).

Why pick that one?
  1. It was my first tour.
  2. I dreamed about it since I missed Bikecentennial in 1976.
  3. I did the trip with my daughter.
  4. It is a great route to sample all of the US including the places that most folks just fly over.
  5. The people and scenery along the way were great.
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Old 09-04-17, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Doug64 View Post
By far, my favorite tours are the annual tours we do with our daughters.

I could not pick a favorite of the 6 "girl's tours" we have completed. They are all different and special.

It is just fun to spend time with our adult daughters; and all the challenges of bike touring have made us a closer family.

I am not lucky enough to have family to share my touring experiences. But I am lucky enough to have good friends to share my tours. I can't say each and every tour was a stellar one on its face. But I can safely say I enjoyed everyone because I shared it with a friend.

Due to changing schedules, commitments and ages those days may be coming to an end. I will likely need to tour on my own. It just won't be the same.
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Old 10-18-17, 05:00 AM
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Mine was the Trans Pennine Trail (One side of England to the other) - The Trans Pennine Trail

215 miles of mainly off-road paths and old railway lines, I ended up detouring off it a few times, making my journey 340-odd miles. I loved it because the detours weren't planned, and I had no idea where I was going but thoroughly enjoyed the little hidden villages/towns I visited, the tiny local pubs and such. Great ride, and the only technology I had was a cycling speedometer and an old phone for emergencies.
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Old 10-18-17, 10:39 AM
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Old 10-18-17, 05:10 PM
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Can't match you folks international trips. For me it was a succession of trips in Ca. The biggest one was after high school riding up from San Pedro to Seattle in '73 hitchhiking half the way. Riding from Sonoma to Mendocino against the wind dried my lungs out. Rested for two days at Russian Gulch State Park. Nishiki 10 spd w 44/48 chain rings and 14-36 5 spd. Struggled with that damn little Zefal pump to get 75 psi. Many more trips later.
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Old 10-18-17, 08:06 PM
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Czech Republic. As always, the people made the tour.

Per the above, I've never been lost, just sometimes I haven't known where I was. Lost is completely different.
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Old 11-19-17, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
They were all special in their own way, but if I have to pick one it would be my first tour (the TransAmerica).

Why pick that one?
  1. It was my first tour.
  2. I dreamed about it since I missed Bikecentennial in 1976.
  3. I did the trip with my daughter.
  4. It is a great route to sample all of the US including the places that most folks just fly over.
  5. The people and scenery along the way were great.
I followed that tour with avid interest and you were an inspiration for my RT 76 tour in ‘08. You have an abundance of common sense and I took note (being a little shy of that characteristic).

What a wonderful tour it was. At sixty, I am just now considering another Summer tour along one of the other east-west’ers. We’ll see.

Glad to see you still posting.
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Originally Posted by foamy View Post
I followed that tour with avid interest and you were an inspiration for my RT 76 tour in ‘08. You have an abundance of common sense and I took note (being a little shy of that characteristic).

What a wonderful tour it was. At sixty, I am just now considering another Summer tour along one of the other east-west’ers. We’ll see.

Glad to see you still posting.
Thanks. It is always nice to hear that my posting and trip journals were useful or entertaining to someone.
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Old 11-19-17, 09:23 PM
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Favorite quote ok?
I cycled off into the woods, stashed my bicycle over a hill, and hiked over the pass. 2 weeks later I returned to my bicycle and rolled down into Concret Wa. After I paid for a campsite at the Eagles nest, I asked the vodka drinking old women, if I was to dirty to go into town?

"Oh, not in Concret, dont worry about that."

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So I pointed the bike in the general direction I wanted to go and headed off.

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Old 11-21-17, 06:53 PM
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For me it was the 6,500 mile tour I did nine years ago.

In 2008 I was 42, and at loose ends. I'd quit my job and had some money saved. I didn't know what I was going to do next.

I had my brother drive me to Florida from my home in Kentucky, and I started riding north from St. Augustine, mostly on the ACA Atlantic Coast route. When I got to Maine, I turned west and started following the ACA Northern Tier route. At that point my vague plan was to keep riding indefinitely - maybe do the perimeter of the USA.

In Indiana, I met up with a grad student who had done some touring, and took her out to dinner. That was a nice time.

The rest of the trip, to Seattle, was great, and I rode myself into the best shape of my life. I couldn't get the grad student from Indiana out of my mind, though. I called her, which led to frequent phone conversations as I made my way slowly across Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Washington.

When I got the west coast I abandoned the idea of the perimeter tour, and flew home.

I married the grad student one year later.
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Drove thru hilly parts of Tennessee & Arkansas once, surprisingly picturesque. Tenn had lots of log cabins (real ones, not the fancy billionaires' ones) & in Arkansas it was charcoal-making season.
Tennessee is really pretty, I like it here - and this is coming from someone who grew up / moved here from New England.
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