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Old 05-23-10, 03:18 AM
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Touring and Travelling

You tour various places around the world by bicycle, but do you also travel to and around various places in various parts of the world by methods of transportation other than the bicycle?

Are you the type of person who might do a 4-week cycling tour on the other side of your country during your 2008 summer vacation .......... and then spend 6 weeks travelling by airplane, train, rented car, and maybe a little bit of cycling on a rented bicycle in another country during your 2009 summer vacation .......... and then maybe in 2010 you take a series of long weekends where you drive or take the train to all sorts of different spots in your state/province in order to get to know your state/province better, and you might bring your bicycle or you might not depending on how you feel?

Perhaps another way to ask this question might be: Do you enjoy travelling and seeing new places, no matter what the method of transportation?


I love travelling and seeing new places. I get restless if I don't go somewhere to see something new or something I haven't seen in a while at least every 3 or 4 months. I like to include a bicycle in my travels, and have done many different sorts of bicycle tours, but even if I don't have my bicycle with me, I still like to travel.
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Old 05-23-10, 08:10 AM
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I too have RST-Restless Traveler Syndrome. Traveling by bike, kayak, canoe, foot or oil powered vehicle has long been with me.
It is getting progressively worse yet I do not seek a cure to stop it! Please do not offer any solutions other than more travel destinations or routes.
This addiction has a logic of its own.
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Old 05-23-10, 08:22 AM
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I love to travel whenever I can. I like to go far, close by, with or without bicycle. We would often rent bicycles for a day or two, but now we'll be able to bring our folders with us when we travel. Haven't had the luxury to tour for 4 weeks, but we'd do a week here, a long weekend there, as time and funds allow. But I'm always planning some kind of a trip.
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RST- I like that. I travel extensively for work, usually by truck but it allows me to take a bicycle along. I can usually fit in a S24O or two with no problem, and I use the bike to move around the area I am based.

My dream tour would be to get a packable bicycle, a rail or bus pass and take off for a while.

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Old 05-23-10, 09:04 AM
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I enjoy traveling and I do a fair amount of it for work (I'm a historian). This summer I'll be in England, Norway, England again, France, England again, and Ireland. I'll have my packable bike (Bike Friday New World Tourist) everywhere except Norway, though the only place I will be doing bike touring is Ireland. It's nice to have a bike, but it's also nice to travel by train, bus, car, and foot. Back in 2008 my wife and I took a vacation at Squam Lake in New Hampshire. We brought our bicycles on the car rack but ended up not riding them. Instead, we hiked and canoed, and toured the area in the car. If we go back there we might do more cycling (though she is less fond of hills than I am).
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Old 05-23-10, 12:33 PM
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If the traveling doesn't involve bike riding or rock climbing at the destination or along the way, I don't want to do it.
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Old 05-23-10, 03:44 PM
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Rowan and I have recently purchased a canoe ... and while taking it for a spin on the large pond on the property where we live, we chatted a little about the idea of taking it to the large lake over the way and doing some canoe touring of the lake. Cross the lake, camp on the other side ... that sort of thing.

I'm also fond of hiking up mountains, although I haven't quite reached the backpacking stage.
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Great topic. My soft spot. I guess ive always had that addiction. I drive tractor trailer for a living and carry my folder bike where ever i go. Im only working part time now(semi retired) so i like to load my folder along with camera into my vehicle and drive to smaller towns around Alberta and then ride around seeing the sites and small stores,museums and heritage sites etc.. I could probably do that for quite a few years just in Alberta alone to see it all, as ive seen most every where else in my trucking travels. Getting a little to old to do the camping thing at (64 years) but sleep in some pretty old quaint little hotels lately.
I should add that if i have 3-4 days in a row to spare, i still ride my LHT to the towns within reach in that amount of time and leave my folder and vehicle at home.

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I have to say that ever since we started riding, we saw so much of our province! People say that Ontario is boring(well, maybe it is compared to BC, Alberta or the Maritimes), but we found so many little gems just getting out of the city for a day or two, it's amazing. Makes you appreciate where you live so much more.
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I would imagine most of us to be travelers, by bicycle or no.

I personally travel more than I don't. By bike is one method, although I try to integrate it into any trip that I can. I'm currently in Florida learning how to sail and fix boats, so I'm thinking perhaps a folding bike would be a good investment someday.
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Old 05-24-10, 02:28 AM
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For various reasons I've decided to scrap my summer bike tour and instead visit various PA State Parks, with my bike, swimsuit, and hiking boots and poles in the car.
 
Old 05-24-10, 04:25 AM
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Since I moved (now, we moved) to Victoria in Australia, we have used cycling as an excuse to explore the state. Often it has been for randonnees where we have to pack up the bikes and drive to the start/finish location somewhere across the state. Other times it has been for touring purposes, mainly with hub-and-spoke rides. Hopefully in September, we will be off to Perth across the other side of the country for a 1000 randonnee and a little bit of additonal touring.

We've been throwing around the idea of getting our heavy-rigid and then articulated truck licences so in the long term we can see the country as ddez does -- by tractor-trailer (aka semi-trailers here).

I've done a quite bit of sailing, but the canoe we have acquired will enable us to explore some of the major rivers here, such as the Murray and even the close-by Goulburn. A couple of folding bikes might fit in the central compartment of the canoe along with camping gear.

I also am quite enamoured with train travel, and certainly the trip from LA to Seattle, the super-fast TGVs in France and the Abt railway in Tasmania rank highly in my travelling experiences -- all entirely different and interesting.

There is a still a huge amount of Australia for us to see, but then there is also the rest of the world.
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Old 05-24-10, 07:23 AM
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By nature, I am more of a bicycle rider than a traveler. I tend to get restless if I am away from home for too long. Riding my bike, day after day, has given a sense of purpose to all of my travels. The actual, physical aspect of touring has kept my mind focused.

Wandering around, for its own sake, has always felt a bit odd to me by bike or car or train or any other means.
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Old 05-24-10, 07:43 AM
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I would love to travel the world by any means, but I just don't have the kind of time and money required for that. Oh, and I hate airports, flying, the whole paranoia surrounding this method of traveling in the post 09/11 world. So I bike and drive around Eastern US as much as I can.
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Yeah Machka, wanderlust... apart from bike touring, one of my loves is snorkelling which has taken me to many tropical islands and beaches. On those trips I usually stay in the same place for weeks or months on end (kindof the opposite of bike tours)... On the other hand, my days are pretty similar on tour or on an island (apart from the bike riding, hihi), camping, cooking, sleeping under the stars...

I work seven months of the year, and spend a few months a year "on the road" one way or the other... that's when I feel "at home"...

Unfortunately this means flying as I work all summer long and the snorkelling and bike touring is not too good in winter in Northern Europe ;/

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Ever since I server in the U.S. Peace Corps more than 30 years ago I have been addicted to world travel particularly and any sort of travel at all in general. I've only done two foreign tours by bike, one in Malaysia as a PC volunteer up the then rural east coast of the Malay peninsular into Thailand, and the the other in Denmark about 22 years ago. I'm ready to go anywhere anytime by any means of transportation if I have the time and money.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Rowan and I have recently purchased a canoe ... and while taking it for a spin on the large pond on the property where we live, we chatted a little about the idea of taking it to the large lake over the way and doing some canoe touring of the lake. Cross the lake, camp on the other side ... that sort of thing.

I'm also fond of hiking up mountains, although I haven't quite reached the backpacking stage.
That's something I want to do, you're going to enjoy it. Just yesterday I took my son (Five) to look at some canoes and kayaks. Maybe in a couple years when he's older I'll get us both started with that. Can't wait! I think I'd prefer a Kayak, but I'd be happy with either if I get to take my son. He seemed excited.

Good luck with the new venture.
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Old 05-25-10, 05:58 AM
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To be honest I have mixed feelings about this one. I suppose if the time came where I *couldn't* ride a bike for one reason or another, I'd settle for travelling by some other method, but for me, the bike is just the best way to travel. It gives me opportunities to see and experience things that I wouldn't get to see and experience from a tour bus or a cruise ship. In fact, it was really the bike that gave me the motivation and the means to travel in the first place, and inspired me to visit places I wouldn't have otherwise planned on visiting. On a couple of my bike tours, I've ended up jumping on a bus because I ran out of time, and yes, passing the Kaikoura Coast in New Zealand or the Coorong National Park in South Australia was very scenic, but given the choice I would have preferred to ride through it and maybe camp there the night.

In the last three years or so, I've also rediscovered my love of hiking (something I'd neglected a little before that), but I'm yet to do any overnight hikes -- the longest one I've done so far was a 24km day in Lamington National Park. I am planning a four day hike somewhere to the west of here in the next year or so, and possibly a night on Mt Warning as well. That could be another option if I can ever tear myself away from the bike for long enough.
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Traveling is our life's passion. I like it even better on the bike where you can see close up the scenery and smell the smells.
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I am a traveler before a cyclist. For many years I dedicated my life to the world and my passports seeing what was far away from California. I soon will be able to rededicate by plane, bike and foot with no specific destination in mind.
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Just thought I'd bump this question again.

When I posted this, Rowan and I were doing a lot of hub-and-spoke tours around our area in Victoria and South Australia ... about once a month we'd drive to a nice spot and spend a weekend, long weekend, or week cycling and travelling here and there based in that spot. It was a great way to get to know quite a bit about our local area.

We're doing some of that on a bigger scale now, travelling here and there around the world by various methods of transportation, and still incorporating as much cycling as we can ... doing hub-and-spoke tours, and some point-to-point tours.

I grew up doing this sort of thing ... my family travelled a lot, and we would often have the bicycles with us to explore the areas where we stopped in more depth.
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