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Old 02-01-13, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
My bewilderment is with those of you who can actually go about your daily business all year long waiting for the next ride to Alaska or something just as huge.

I figure that there are other things to do the rest of the year, many of which do not involve a bicycle.
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Old 02-01-13, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka
Maybe that's because we do rides like what you describe above quite regularly. Just about every weekend for most of the year, for the past 20-ish years now, I have done rides like what you describe.

Some weekends are spontaneous rides in the countryside, seeing whatever there is to see around the next corner. Some weekends are planned rides where I'll check a map and pick an interesting place to go. Some weekends we drive somewhere and ride from there. Some weekends are hub-and-spoke tours where we'll drive to a scenic spot and spend 3 or 4 days cycling in different directions. Some weekends are overnight tours (although these aren't as frequent).

There aren't very many weekends where we don't go for a ride somewhere.

I mentioned this in the other thread you started, but I start a regular Weekend Rides thread in the Road forum each weekend ... go check out the rides people are doing. I just started this weekend's thread ...

For those who can't fit long term Bicycle touring adventures into their current lifestyle Machka has described perfectly what short touring is all about.

If you long for an extended tour but it's not in the cards - well, if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with!!! Making short tours work for you is all between the ears.
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I try to take a one week adventure coupled with a 3 or 4 day every season. Every year I also ride a 4 day 340 mile charity ride which is a bit like a tour. I also sneak away for as many overnight trips as I can, packing very lightly and riding to the country to camp.
I am lucky to live on an Amtrak route so getting away from home is not a hassle. (I have used Amtrak to get to The GAPCO and The Erie Canal)

Different strokes for different folks.

In my line of work there are no vacations as one doesn't generally work for the same company all the time.

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