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Old 06-27-08, 06:12 PM
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Where do you want to go next?

Where do you want to go next? How about after that?


There are lots of possible places on my list (in no particular order) ....

-- Japan
-- Various place in South America
-- Much more of Europe
-- The western side of Australia
-- New Zealand
-- Canadian Maritimes
-- Alaska

How about you?

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Maybe New Zealand one day, but there is all of the USA that I still need to see.
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Longer term:
- I want to cross Africa (2013)
- I want to cross South America (?)

Mid-term:
- Penza, Russia to Urumqi, China (2010)

This year:
- Pittsburgh to Washington DC (I cycled in 50 states, this adds DC)
- Mekong Delta of Vietnam (Thanksgiving)
- Bike+Hike from my home to top of 14,255 ft Longs Peak

Areas on my wish list, but not really scheduled:
- Gibraltar to North Cape
- Lands End to John O Groats
- More of Poland, particularly the "yellow" roads
- Kiev south to the Crimea
- Once around Iceland
- Cambodia, Angkor Wat
- More of Southern China
- Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
- Indonesia
- Northern India, particularly Rajasthan
- Murray River Valley, Australia
- South Island of New Zealand
- Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
- Quebec to Goose Bay via Trans-Labrador Highway

My problem is the more places I visit, the more I find to add to the list. I've been fortunate to have taken off for a ~12 month leave every 4-5 years so may be that I get tack some of the bottom stuff onto my next big trip (2013).
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Old 06-27-08, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka
Where do you want to go next? How about after that?


There are lots of possible places on my list (in no particular order) ....

-- Japan
-- Various place in South America
-- Much more of Europe
-- The western side of Australia
-- New Zealand
-- Canadian Maritimes
-- Alaska

How about you?
At the moment all I can do is dream, since I'm grounded with a cracked rib from my last tour. But after then....

My recovery tours - overnights to French Creek State Park in Elverson - 24 miles round trip, and Green Lane Park in Green Lane - 70 miles RT.

Later this year, two overnights - Pine Creek Gorge in northern PA (124 miles and change) and York PA to Ashland MD (82 miles)

Cumberland MD to West Newton, PA, and back over 6 days (260 miles)

And probably some more overnights this fall.

2009 - PA to CA (3000 plus miles)
 
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I want my wife to see where I grew up in New England. During the fall colours.
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Long term: Cross Australia.
Cross New Zealand.

Mid term: Cross Canada & the US.
Tour the British Isles.
Tour Norway, Sweden & the Baltic states.
Tour from Holland to Moscow.

Short term: Cross the Alps lenth wise W to E.
Tour Sicily & Southern Italy.
Tour Portugal & Spain.

So many places, so little time.
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I've never actually toured before, but I want to do it a little this summer. I thought about Seattle-San Francisco, but decided that might be a little too ambitious for the first time, so I've settled for Seattle-Victoria, BC, and then in to the Gulf Islands if I have time. I figure it'll take two days to get to Victoria, and then, after a few days there, two more days to get to Galliano Island.
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Anywhere. I've never been on a tour, and even now I don't have nearly enough vacation time to go anywhere far. I live in Tennessee and could ride to plenty of interesting places in my state, but with the hostility of the drivers around here I'm afraid to.
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Originally Posted by Lamplight
Anywhere. I've never been on a tour, and even now I don't have nearly enough vacation time to go anywhere far. I live in Tennessee and could ride to plenty of interesting places in my state, but with the hostility of the drivers around here I'm afraid to.
Could you do an overnight tour?
 
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Back to Italy, an extended ride through Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia, and back onto the mainland for northern Tuscany. Crossing France and finishing up at my sister's place in Ireland would be fun.
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Hi, my name is Gordon p and I am a travel-addict.

I am dreaming about cycling in the Nordic and Baltic countries especially the west coast of Norway - where I once lived. Iíve also been looking at southern Europe as well and Iíve started to research Poland, Romania, Hungry, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Grease. Iím also am looking at the Continental Divide route - Canada to Mexico via America and on to Central and South America. I would like to explore more of Canada and will be spending this autumn cycling part of the Route Verte in Quebec and kayaking the Rideau Canal/One Thousand Islands.

I am in the process of preparing for a big multi-year trip and have started to reduce the amount of belongings I own and I already have enough money saved up and my two touring bikes are almost ready to roll. The problem is I am happy where I am living, I really like the work I am doing and I am working on a masterís degree. Considering I spent much of my life traveling, and consider it my addiction, right now I am not ready to leave on another epic journey. Soon enough however I will burn out at my job as a social worker and I will once again submit to itchy feet and wanderlust!
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian
Could you do an overnight tour?
Probably, but again I'm nervous about encountering a hostile motorist on a lonely highway in the middle of nowhere. I'm also not sure how far I can ride now. I am car free and ride every day, but the farthest I've ever gone was 60 miles and that was 11 years ago. I'm sure I'd have to take it easy.
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Originally Posted by Lamplight
Probably, but again I'm nervous about encountering a hostile motorist on a lonely highway in the middle of nowhere. I'm also not sure how far I can ride now. I am car free and ride every day, but the farthest I've ever gone was 60 miles and that was 11 years ago. I'm sure I'd have to take it easy.
I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I refuse to believe the Volunteer State is so bike-unfriendly that an experienced cyclist cannot pull off a two day out and back tour. I don't have any experience with riding in TN; posters, any suggestions?
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian
I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I refuse to believe the Volunteer State is so bike-unfriendly that an experienced cyclist cannot pull off a two day out and back tour. I don't have any experience with riding in TN; posters, any suggestions?
You may be right, but I'm just going on my past experiences with riding in the country, and my constant experiences of riding in my town.
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I'm actually slowing down after 15 years of touring. Camping in tents and sleeping on the ground for days on end, doesn't do wonders for a 70+ body anymore!! So I'm probably going to start credit card touring which will have the added benefit of loosing some weight on the bike. With that bit of knowledge I would like to credit card Alaska (the one state except for Hawaii I haven't done) just not in the winter; also parts of Australia since I have some old buddies that live there; I also have a yearning to bike parts of Russia. By the time I finish these I'll be too old to be riding a bike since any kind of head injury could spell a death sentence-of course that risk is there for me today just not as dramatic as it will be in my 80's.
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I am currently planning out a trip from Panama heading North. So far that is all I have planned out, but would want to at least make it to Chiapas and Oaxaca in Mexico.
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In no particular order:
- Laos
- Tibet
- Carreterra Austral (Chile)
- Slovakia
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I've decided after my first post here that when I reach 80 I will retire the bikes and buy hiking boots and hike long distances.
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Originally Posted by freako
I've decided after my first post here that when I reach 80 I will retire the bikes and buy hiking boots and hike long distances.
Can't you do both?

I've done some decent hikes on some of my tours. It's a nice break from the cycling ... uses different muscles, allows you to see some areas in more detail.
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wow, i want to be you when i grow up!

i met a guy in the hostel at leadville, who was 83, and had just ridden from florida to alaska and was on his way back. i think he stopped in colorado to climb a bunch of 14ers.
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Originally Posted by Lamplight
You may be right, but I'm just going on my past experiences with riding in the country, and my constant experiences of riding in my town.
I found Tennessee to be pretty bike friendly. Kentucky too, but there sure were a lot of loose dogs though.

On rural Tennessee and Kentucky roads I found the drivers among the most courteous I have encountered. Where in Tennessee are you? I always thought of the state as great for riding. I had planned to spend part of my Summer vacation there this year until I was sidelined by an accident. Maybe next year!
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My plan was to do the Blue Ridge Parkway this summer, but that isn't going to happen. I am recovering from injuries due to an bike/car accident and the detours on the parkway look like a real hassle this year any way.

So what do I have in the works? A ride in the San Luis Valley area in Colorado with an online friend in late August if I am healthy by then.

Other rides on the hit list:
+ Pacific Coast
+ Glacier NP area
+ Colorado Rockies (We hated to say good bye to the Rockies last summer on the TA)
+ I am excited by mention that AC is working on a Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route. It would make an awesome loop if combined with the PCH.
+ Someday maybe a US Perimeter Tour

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Originally Posted by Machka
Can't you do both?

I've done some decent hikes on some of my tours. It's a nice break from the cycling ... uses different muscles, allows you to see some areas in more detail.
Sure but I have friends that died when the slipped and fell in showers, on ice, stumbled over a curb and hit their heads and died within a few days afterwards. I'm a Marine...actually former but you know the old saying, anyway's bicycling beyond your 80's brings about a certain risk of crashing due to coordination not as good as it use to be, dimmer eyesight, slower response time etc, then you hit your head even with a helmet, or break a pelvis etc and your going to take a long time to heal if ever. I would rather take up long distance hiking for another 10 or 15 years, God willing, then to get hurt in a crash and not be able to do anything for those years. The death part I can handle actually, it's the long term injury situation I don't want deal with if I can help it. The older you get the less tolerance you have for pain, when I was in the Marines and got injured in battle no big deal I was young, you'll discover that Machka.
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I'm in middle Tennessee, just south of Nashville. It's been a long time since I rode in the country, but the last time I did I got tired of every lifted truck flying past me and revving his engine/gassing it/screaming at me. That was years ago and after that I sort of lost interest in cycling for several years but would often drive in the country, and the treatment was much the same even in a car. Most of the time I would be driving I would have a lifted truck glued to my tail, revving and swerving from side to side because I had the audacity to go the speed limit. Perhaps I just attract crazy people? I don't know, but for some time now my brother and I have wanted to go for a night-time ride in the country on our touring bikes, but it's just too risky. And this coming from two people who ride in city traffic all the time.
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