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Old 12-08-12, 09:54 AM
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touring ideas for a snow bird?

currently live in the north east. thinking of taking some time off to do a tour somewhere warm this winter. any ideas or suggestions? i have toured before and done a fully loaded tour on the trans am route and part of the pacific coast. usa preferred but international is ok. not sure how long it takes to get a passport. mine is expired
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Old 12-08-12, 10:28 AM
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How much time do you have?
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Old 12-08-12, 11:52 AM
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Well , the Passport renewal perhaps, will take enough time to renew to get you till the end of February.
I began a tour from Dublin Ireland Airport, then.. 97
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Old 12-08-12, 03:44 PM
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i don't have a set time but realistically about 3-4 weeks of travel time. i may try to get some time off in march or something. might work better temp wise. i don't like riding in the cold much.
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With 3-4 weeks, the southern hemisphere would work for you. Australia is quite warm in March, but not usually overpoweringly hot.

You might also consider some parts of Europe.
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March in the US is still Southern Tier time. With 3-4 weeks, you could get half way across the US. I'd start south of San Antonio and head west on the ACA route. Be prepared for some rain and cool nights. Be a bit like much of Australia without the flight time. To date, Texas does not require a passport, but may be working toward it.
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Old 12-08-12, 11:01 PM
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This very recent thread might be useful for you to peruse:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...rs-in-February
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Old 12-11-12, 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
currently live in the north east. thinking of taking some time off to do a tour somewhere warm this winter. any ideas or suggestions? i have toured before and done a fully loaded tour on the trans am route and part of the pacific coast. usa preferred but international is ok. not sure how long it takes to get a passport. mine is expired
How about Florida? Nice & warm (usually, esp in the south), no hills, no language problems (though Spanish can help). Roads often have wide shoulders. True, scenery can be a bit monotonous but the ocean, clouds etc are pretty neat. Stayed a couple of times at a friend's condo between Miami-Ft Lauderdale & rode a Dahon folder on local rides: just nice to amble around soaking in the warmth etc. One can ride down to the Keys or over to the Everglades. Biking pretty popular down there from working-class local commuters to rich guys riding $$ racing bikes.
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I am planning a ride from St. Augustine to Weeki Wachee springs sometime in late February or early March if you are interested.
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Old 12-11-12, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
not sure how long it takes to get a passport.
The State Department lists official times: http://travel.state.gov/passport/pro...sing_1740.html of 4-6 weeks along with expedited service of 2-3 weeks (door to door). However, if you need it even quicker there are visa expediter services (e.g. visahq.com, visaexpress.net,...) that, for a fee, renew a passport in just a few business days.
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Old 12-11-12, 12:23 PM
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If the desert interests you Southern Nevada, California and Arizona are usually nice that time of year. Las Vegas - Death Valley - Joshua Tree - Anza Borrego - Colorado Desert - Sonoran Desert - basically zig zagging your way from Las Vegas to Tucson via Southern Cal could be a nice ride.
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Originally Posted by 12bar View Post
I am planning a ride from St. Augustine to Weeki Wachee springs sometime in late February or early March if you are interested.
Thanks, looks like an interesting ride but really the only reason I go down to Florida (from DC area) is 'cause a friend owns a condo near Miami that I can use sometimes so I've been thinking more about using that as a base for short area tours. Would be nice to check out the Weeki Wachee mermaids though! Back in 70's I hitchhiked/walked down central Florida Atlantic coast & met some nice friendly folks--one guy showed us his parents' egg farm.
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Old 12-11-12, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by simplygib View Post
If the desert interests you Southern Nevada, California and Arizona are usually nice that time of year. Las Vegas - Death Valley - Joshua Tree - Anza Borrego - Colorado Desert - Sonoran Desert - basically zig zagging your way from Las Vegas to Tucson via Southern Cal could be a nice ride.
Some friends car-toured Death Valley a couple of winters ago & enjoyed it a lot. Lots of interesting history, geology etc plus it seems even in peak season not much problem with crowds.
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Old 12-13-12, 12:36 AM
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+1 for the desert Southwest.

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