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Old 03-12-06, 10:23 PM   #1
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Does this qualify as a tour?

I've signed up for the TOSRV in May. I'll be taking the train from LA to Cleveland and will be picked up by my brother-in-law (who's also doing the ride). I'll be arriving in Cleveland on Wednesday and I plan on riding to my other sisters' house on Thursday. She lives about 30 miles north of Columbus and can give me a ride to the starting point on Saturday morning. The TOSRV goes from Columbus to Portsmough on Saturday and back to Columbus on Sunday. I will be sleeping in a high school gym on Saturday night.

The ride between my two sisters' houses is about 65 miles. I was planning on taking all my stuff with me on my bike for this leg. Once I reach my sister's house I was just going to take what I needed for the TOSRV. I've ordered a rack (Axiom Journey) and panniers (Axiom LaSalle) which should be arriving in about three weeks. (I plan on using the sleeping bag and pad for padding when I box up my bike and using the panniers for my carry-ons for the train.)

Would this be considered a tour even though I won't be spending any nights outside, or cooking food? I won't even have to carry my sleeping bag during the TOSRV because it will be transported by van by the organizers. Normally, I wouldn't consider the TOSRV a "tour" because of the rest stops and SAG support, but with the addition of the 65-mile leg it might be stretched into a "tour". What do y'all think?
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Old 03-12-06, 10:29 PM   #2
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As Gertrude Stein once said,
"A tour is a tour is a tour."
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Old 03-12-06, 10:37 PM   #3
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Sure, it's a tour! I have been bike touring for years, and I have never slept in a tent or a sleeping bag. On multiday tours, I always stay in motels, hotels, B+Bs, or with friends. I have never carried a cooking pot or prepared an elaborate meal on a tour.

There are lots of ways to tour... including the way that you are planning to go!

Have a blast!
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Old 03-13-06, 12:25 PM   #4
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A tour is anytime you don't stay at your home at then end of a days riding.
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