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Old 01-27-11, 01:17 AM
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A lot of the places I've toured have had "unfinished business". One place that I've been particularly keen to return to is the Granite Belt region of Queensland (around Stanthorpe). I did this on my first ever tour, and it was nice, but there were a few areas that I missed along the way because of my lack of touring experience and my (then) fear of straying too far from major roads. I actually wanted to do that a few weeks ago, but some floods stopped me.

Scotland is another place I'd like to return, largely because there are so many roads through the highlands that lead to castles, mountains, lochs and who knows what else. I could probably spend a year exploring that place if I had the time. I'm already planning to return to Japan at some point, but maybe in the spring this time (for the cherry blossoms), and maybe explore the south of the country, and try to get more time to explore Kyoto properly this time.

Then there is New Zealand. I had to bail on some parts of the South Island when I was there because of some extreme weather around Invercargill, and then I ran out of time, so I didn't get to Kaikoura either. Of course, the problem is that with so many new places to visit, it's sometimes hard to find the time to do it. There are some tours I've been putting off for years, just because there were other places I wanted to go at the time. So if you're asking whether I'd like to go back to these places, the answer is "yes". If you're asking when I'm going to do it, the answer is "I really have no idea".
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Old 01-27-11, 01:22 AM
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Many WA State tours I've done more than a few times... the Olympics, Cascade Loop... various combinations of both as well as along the Washington Coast and Most of the Eastern side of the State.

One thing I do have that not everyone has is great touring from my door. Whidbey Island is pretty great all on it's own.
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Old 01-27-11, 03:18 AM
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I've cycled along various portions of the Danube cyclway 3 times now. Each time included Vienna->Budapest.

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I've cycled through Romania twice, both times included chunks of Transylvania.

All enjoyeable & memorable tours, but each one independently different. I would enjoy going back if time permitted.
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Old 01-27-11, 03:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris L View Post
Of course, the problem is that with so many new places to visit, it's sometimes hard to find the time to do it. There are some tours I've been putting off for years, just because there were other places I wanted to go at the time. So if you're asking whether I'd like to go back to these places, the answer is "yes". If you're asking when I'm going to do it, the answer is "I really have no idea".
This probably is the kernel of thought behind starting the thread. A region or country might feel "comfortable" and there might be a whole range of things to see or do, but time is a limiting factor on the first tour, and the object of the return journey is to experience some or all of the remaining things.
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Old 01-27-11, 12:34 PM
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I've done a lot of close to home one-week tours here in British Columbia. I've done some of the routes multiple times, but each time, I experience something new. I've also done tours much farther from home, and I can't think of an area I wouldn't want to ride again.
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Old 10-23-12, 01:35 PM
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Having completed 4 months of travels now, and having a moment to pause and reflect on the places we've been during the past 4 months ...


I would really like to return to:

-- Hokkaido, Japan ... where I'd like to spend about a month or 6 weeks travelling further afield than we did.

-- Scotland ... where I'd like to spend about a month or 6 weeks doing more cycling and travelling further afield than we did.

-- Switzerland ... I'd like to return to the valley where we stayed as a starting point, and then maybe explore other parts of Switzerland and surrounding countries.

-- and most of all, the west coast of France. I would very much like to spend a whole summer ,or even longer, in that area. If there were a way to move there and work for a year or so, it would be tempting.


Those four places are the highlights of the trip ... but there are other areas it would be nice to visit again, at least as starting points for tours in different directions than we went this time.
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Old 10-26-12, 02:18 AM
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Yes, unfinished business ...
In my previous life I travelled and then my wife and I put it on hold because we were dealing with raising kids and a mortgage and her return to graduate school. That is all in the past and bike touring has become a way of travel that has progressed since 2006.

I still have not completed Perth-Sydney, but at least east of Adelaide is done. Last year I cheated by camping in the Grampians, the Flinders, and Lake Eyre by 4X4. In a past attempt we could not go because of incredible headwinds and thus a lack of available time.

OTOH, my camping/travelling companion will hopefully tour Ireland this summer while I bicycle there -like my ex and I had planned in 1981. So finally I'm be able to see the western Emirald Isle by bicycle, and finally do Mallin-to-Mizen Heads and more...

Then of course there are bits and pieces of Europe to see. Good thing that she likes bicycling too, but more the supported style, which is fine by me...

Yup unfinished business -gotta love it
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Old 10-26-12, 06:34 AM
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Halfway during my second trip to Newfoundland, I was planning a third one.

I went to the Canadian Rockies a few times before, but never while biking, so I toured there this summer and could go again and again.
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Old 10-26-12, 03:54 PM
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I've had two attempts at the TransAM Trail....the third attempt (2012) is a start over from Yorktown. And a Thousand miles I have already seen. I have a couple of ride partners in 2012, it wouldn't be fair to them to not start at Yorktown...besides, I'm sure there is a ton I missed in the miles already ridden! Namely, I'm positive I wasn't chased by all the dogs in Kentucky!!

OH! I forgot RAGBRAI. This year I'm registering (as always) but I'm going to bag it. I'm taking my Surly LHT instead of my Aegis, and riding with full panniers, tent, cooking gear etc. The route will be announced in a few days, so I'll be able to see how much "hurt" I'm in for.

As stated above, I started in Yorktown on 1 May 2012 but with only one partner and finished 78 days later in Seattle, and solo since Kansas. It was a totally wonderful tour!!
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Old 10-26-12, 04:18 PM
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I have reridden short sections of longer routes like the Trans America, Sierra Cascades, Southern Tier, and Pacific Coast. That isn't exactly going back, just a bit of overlap. That said I definitely would definitely go back and do some of the routes I have done again. The Oregon Coast in particular comes to mind as one I would do again.
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Old 10-27-12, 02:28 PM
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In early August, 2004, I had planned to cycle to Nelson, B.C. and then north to Kaslo. That section of the road is around 70 kilometres and it's a beautiful road.

When I got to Nelson, I felt an immense sadness. My wife and I had vacationed in that area many times in the past. She had passed on in October, 2003. I was not yet ready to deal with the memories along that part of the road. In Nelson, I turned around and started back for home.

This year, in early July, I was in that area once again. When I started the short tour, I did not know how far I would get or which roads I would take. This time, when I rolled into Nelson, it felt completely different. The memories were still there, but they were much easier to handle. I rode north to Kaslo and then east to New Denver and Nakusp. Along the way, I realized once again why I had enjoyed that area so much.

I will probably go back to that area again, although I have no idea when that might be.
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Old 10-28-12, 08:45 AM
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I bicycled 45 of the 50 states this year and when I got home a few weeks ago..... That s how the story goes. Now I am heading back to Western NY and Maine for some real winter trekking. Then in the spring heading back to Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington to ride the Divide Trail via New Mexico (South to North). Western New York in that Rochester region was an eye opener of how the East could be living versus the city mess.
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