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Old 04-01-11, 05:49 PM
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Our main touring expedition of the year will be after Paris Brest Paris in August. We will have just under 4 weeks. So after a few days rest to get over PBP we will head off exploring France.

At this stage, we're probably thinking of three sections. One in Brittany/Normandie then head down to the southern parts of France and then maybe across to either Provence or the Alpes. This will be on our Bike Friday Traveler XL tandem using the train to relocate between the regions.

For something completely different, we have not ruled out ducking across to Western Scotland and doing a week through the western islands. That would probably be a last minute call, depending on the weather.

When we tour, we tend to not book in advance, but have a plan A, B and C according to the weather, how we feel and what takes our fancy at the time.

We'll also have a couple of shorter domestic trips as "practice" for the above. What a great excuse to practice.
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GLA, I highly recommend central france, auvergne, langueduc-rousillion including the cevennes and gorge du tarn area.
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In late June a tour around northern New England.

Then in late July the great big FANY ride.

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Old 04-02-11, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
One other thing we're considering is touring with another method of human-powered transportation ... our canoe.

We have a very large lake nearby (the road around the lake is 200 km) that is shaped like a spider with inlets sprawled all over the place. We are considering spending a weekend canoeing, and camping overnight wherever we happen to find a good spot on shore.
That sounds great -- and a lot like one of my best trips ever. We set up on an island in a huge inland lake near Lake Superior and spent the week poking around the multitude of islands, inlets and tributaries. Doing it hub-and-spoke style was very relaxing: no daily setup and takedown chores, and no need to find a new site every night. We also allowed ourselves a few extra comforts, since we weren't lugging everything from place to place every day.
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Old 04-02-11, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by GLA View Post
Our main touring expedition of the year will be after Paris Brest Paris in August. We will have just under 4 weeks. So after a few days rest to get over PBP we will head off exploring France.

At this stage, we're probably thinking of three sections. One in Brittany/Normandie then head down to the southern parts of France and then maybe across to either Provence or the Alpes. This will be on our Bike Friday Traveler XL tandem using the train to relocate between the regions.

For something completely different, we have not ruled out ducking across to Western Scotland and doing a week through the western islands. That would probably be a last minute call, depending on the weather.

When we tour, we tend to not book in advance, but have a plan A, B and C according to the weather, how we feel and what takes our fancy at the time.

We'll also have a couple of shorter domestic trips as "practice" for the above. What a great excuse to practice.
We did something similar in 2004, starting at Heathrow and cycling, training and ferrying across to France, then on to Belgium (Flanders) for a bit, then on to France by train. Attempted PBP, then went west to Nancy. The TGV trains are superb for fast, efficient and relatively cheap travel between major centres. As you are probably aware, you do have to pick your train services, though, as not all TGVs take bikes.
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Old 04-02-11, 06:06 PM
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I'm tentatively planning riding from Savannah GA north along the Atlantic coast winding up in Richmond VA in early September.
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Old 04-03-11, 08:57 PM
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I'm planning to go from Seattle to San Diego beginning sometime in September. I'll be following the ACA's Pacific Coast route.

I have met one person who might be able to make the tour with me, but it's not yet clear if our schedules will line up. I really don't want to go completely alone, so let me know if you're interested in joining.
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Old 04-03-11, 10:11 PM
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I'm really excited to say that I will be doing my first ever tour this summer with my boyfriend and a few friends. We plan to start in Astoria and ride the 101 to Coos Bay and back. We'll take about a week and camp along the way for parts of the trip as well. Any suggestions to a novice cyclist in training for a trip such as this?
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Old 04-04-11, 02:18 AM
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Crud, after reading everyone else's plans - this is gonna sound like bragging. Sorry, but it isn't. I've waited dang near 20 years to do this.

I decided to retire early just before Christmas . Planning since then and I depart May 1st. Circumnavigating the U.S. (counter clockwise) starting in south central Pennsylvania. I've budgeted 12 months (yes I know it can be done much quicker) with the only time constraint of making it to Seattle before the fall snows come .

After I finish that I've got a couple others rattling around in my head (Rte 66/Europe/Mid-East).
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Old 04-04-11, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan View Post
Main tour is going to be the month of June doing a big figure 8 of almost all the famous cols of the French Alps. Just got our new passports today! Officially all set to go now. 9 weeks today, can't wait!
Hiya, nice to hear that you will be heading to the French Alps soon ! I live near Albertville and would be happy to cycle a little bit with you if you wanted to or grab a coffee somewhere. If you are around from the 5th to 12th of June there will be the Dauphine Libere here in Savoie, with 2 great mountain stages on saturday and sunday. This is gonna be a great year this year, hope Schleck, Hincapie or Contador will be doing it. In any case I hope you will have a great time in France !!! Enjoy ! Definitely a perfect time for cycling here as all the mountains are sill white and the Passes will all be open. Ced x (Email address: miolanet at yahoo dot fr)
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Old 04-04-11, 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by imonabike View Post
Me too! Cross-Canada tour starting from Vancouver in May - solo, though. I'm getting pretty giddy about it! Hopefully our paths will cross
I hear ya, it seems like we've been planning it for ever... I just want to get on the road. If we don't end up crossing paths, good luck!
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Old 04-11-11, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
For now...just some short tours.

All plans are very tentative:

- Hopefully lots of over-night weekend trips
- Vancouver Island
- Olympic Peninsula
- Somewhere in the cascades, maybe mountain loop highway if I can talk my wife into some gravel
- Orcas Island
- Whidbey Island/Deception Pass

If you had to choose Vancouver Island or a loop around the Olympic Peninsula which would you choose? I am thinking about 4-5 days only
We did a similar trip and a highlight of it was biking 17 miles up to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains.Dont miss this!
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...ashington.html
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Old 04-16-11, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Patrick512 View Post
I'm planning to go from Seattle to San Diego beginning sometime in September. I'll be following the ACA's Pacific Coast route.

I have met one person who might be able to make the tour with me, but it's not yet clear if our schedules will line up. I really don't want to go completely alone, so let me know if you're interested in joining.
@Patrick512 I'm planning a cross country ride from Philadelphia, PA to Los Angeles California but I plan on landing in Seattle sometime early to mid August. If you're willing to leave before September then I'd be more than excited to do it together. Send me a PM or check out my website www.steelingwest.com
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Old 04-16-11, 07:55 PM
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I'm doing Blaine, WA to Tijuana along the ACA route. I will be leaving on or around June 10th.

Anyone else going in June/July? Sounds like most people are doing it later in the summer, but this is the only time that works for me.
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Old 04-17-11, 07:17 PM
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June, riding self supported from Seattle to Yakima and back. Taking it slow and easy, maybe average 40mi per day
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Old 04-17-11, 08:56 PM
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Hoping to do Mallorca next winter!!!!
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Hopefully starting on the first week of july from Tbilisi (Georgian Republic) and heading southwest, riding through Azerbaijan and reaching the Caspian Sea coast. Then riding along the coast into Iran, and turning southwards around Chalus, riding 200 km more into Tehran.

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Old 04-20-11, 05:32 AM
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Currently packing for our Easter Holiday ... we leave for the Adelaide area tomorrow!
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Old 04-20-11, 06:11 AM
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Our plan is to take the boat to Newcastle (UK/Scotland), train (via Edinburgh) to Aberdeen, boat to Lerwick (UK/Shetlands) then start cycling back via the Orkneys, northern Scotland to Newcastle.

Timeframe: end of august/beginning of september.

Any ideas/caveats?
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Old 04-20-11, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by cadimaki View Post
Hopefully starting on the first week of july from Tbilisi (Georgian Republic) and heading southwest, riding through Azerbaijan and reaching the Caspian Sea coast. Then riding along the coast into Iran, and turning southwards around Chalus, riding 200 km more into Tehran.
Uh, dude, southeast I hope... otherwise you'll be heading to Armenia by my calculations...

Who are you going with? I was just living in The Republic of Georgia not too long ago.
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Old 04-20-11, 09:34 AM
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On 14-17 May we got "A huge touring trip at Khao Yai National Park in Thailand", almost 100 cyclist has join this event.I really want to join this event, only if in can finish my works in time.





P.S. this trip sponsor by Soma distributor in Thailand.
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Old 04-20-11, 12:07 PM
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Sounds like lots of folks have some great plans this year!

Last year I was motivated, but this year, I'm just not quick off the mark, and I'm still looking for ideas. Last year we (my wife and I) biked around Lake Ontario - 1000km in 10 days of riding.

I'm looking for something similar in the same general area. Ideas I'm thinking about are:
  • GAP and C&O trails. I think this is Pennsylvania to Washington area. Would need to figure out logistics of getting back to a vehicle at the start of the ride, and allowing time to drive down from Ontario.
  • Interior lap of Michigan. We're familiar with the Lake Huron side of Michigan, and thought about riding counterclockwise from Port Huron. Good quiet roads on the Lake Huron part of the route. Not sure about Lake Michigan, or what to find in the Northern Peninsula. Also want to stay as far away from Detroit as possible.
  • Quebec / Gaspe / New Brunswick. Great looking mostly rural area, but haven't done much research. Some great pics around, and others here have talked about biking it this summer. My French sucks, and I always feel guilty for not being more fluent when I pass through la Belle Province, so I tend to avoid it.

As well, I've got 6 weeks of vacation this year, and the wife only has two, so we have some issues to resolve...

I'll come up with something, I'm sure - just not sure what it will be yet!
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Originally Posted by Bubba Zanetti View Post
June, riding self supported from Seattle to Yakima and back. Taking it slow and easy, maybe average 40mi per day
Sounds like fun... what route?
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Old 04-20-11, 08:04 PM
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Touring 8-9 days from Pittsburgh to Annapolis, MD on the GAP and C&O with a pal. We are weight loss surgery patients who each lost 90-130 pounds and took up cycling last year. This will be a major event for us to do the ride unsupported and camping along the trails. It's a goal we set as friends to help each other make the 370+ miles on our bikes. So, it will be a pretty special time for this former fat guy.
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Old 04-20-11, 08:19 PM
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Touring 8-9 days from Pittsburgh to Annapolis, MD on the GAP and C&O with a pal. We are weight loss surgery patients who each lost 90-130 pounds and took up cycling last year. This will be a major event for us to do the ride unsupported and camping along the trails. It's a goal we set as friends to help each other make the 370+ miles on our bikes. So, it will be a pretty special time for this former fat guy.
Hey Tom,

I think I mentioned it before but be sure to let me know if you need any help at the Pittsburgh end. You guys are welcome to stay here if I am around. You can start on the Montour Trail which leads to the GAP. I live within about a mile or so of the Montour. Or you can go through the city.

The Montour is nice easy and fairly flat just like the GAP. The city route you would have a couple of hills but nothing too bad but it is about half the distance to the GAP.

Just let me know if I can be of any help. Cograts on the weight loss and you picked an excellent way to perhaps lose a bit more or even maintain.
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