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Helping other bicycle tourists by collecting local information

Old 05-03-13, 11:51 AM
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Helping other bicycle tourists by collecting local information

I just returned from a 10 day tour around Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas. While this is near the ACA Southern Tier route, it isn't on any official biking route that I am aware of.

This is an area with few services only available in the small towns that dot the region. While a town, such as Marathon, has a store, it doesn't necessarily have the kind of food you might want or need. Knowing the best place to buy food in an area is invaluable information.

As I was riding, I collected the business cards of the stores, restaurants, and bike shops that I found offering a good selection, made some notes on the back, and then, when I got a few minutes, entered them into the website (www.biketouringtips.com) so that others who might be riding in the same location could make use of my experience. In the end, I typed in 7 entries for Alpine, Marfa, Terlingua, Fort Davis, and Lajitas, Texas.

I know from personal experience that the right bit of knowledge can make a huge difference when bike touring. It took a bit of effort and I have no way of knowing if anyone will benefit from it, but this is my way of trying to help out others.

Since we are entering bike touring "season," I just wanted to suggest this as a way to collect and remember local tips that you might want to pass on. I offer my website as a place to hold such local tips, though there are many others, such as, www.crazyguyonabike.com where people will look for such details.

While putting local information in a trip journal is helpful, it can be hard to locate among the other details. Adding a separate entry, indexed by place and topic, in one of the on-line bike touring directories makes it much easier to locate.
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It is good to have that information but just one note ... be sure to include the date the information was collected. The date, and the season, and the presence or lack of festivals, and whether or not there's a national holiday on, and all sorts of factors can make that sort of information vary.
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