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Old 08-05-13, 12:24 PM
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Pretend tour

Here's my big tour for the next 10 days (already started this morning):

50 miles per day on the scenic C&O Towpath and Mount Vernon Trail for five days, then 180 miles on the weekend on either the Great Allegheny Passage or C&O Towpath, and another 4 days at 50 miles a day on the C&O/MVT. In reality, the 50 mile days are riding to work and back, with a weekend overnight camping somewhere on the GAP or C&O Towpath.

I know what you're thinking, but it's the best I can manage right now. Hey, lots of folks travel great distances to ride here, so why not pretend I'm touring. Long breaks during the day, free accomodations at night in a comfortable bed. OK, it's lame.
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Nothing at all wrong with this, in my opinion. It doesn't have to be labeled a "tour," if you think it's lame. 630 miles and eleven days on a bike is better than any tour I've ever taken!
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If you are also bringing a crap load of stuffs to work and back, and sleep/cook in your back yard then it wouldn't be as lame
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If you are also bringing a crap load of stuffs to work and back, and sleep/cook in your back yard then it wouldn't be as lame
I'm trying out ultralight touring. So far, so good. I might break out the grill and set up the tent in the backyard for the full blown experience, but will surely be tempted to crawl into bed at 3 a.m. Does setting it up in the living room count? Those cicadas are really loud.
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Originally Posted by alan s
I'm trying out ultralight touring. So far, so good. I might break out the grill and set up the tent in the backyard for the full blown experience, but will surely be tempted to crawl into bed at 3 a.m. Does setting it up in the living room count? Those cicadas are really loud.
Leave the tent at home and pretend you're in a B&B on a creditcard tour!
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Originally Posted by alan s
I'm trying out ultralight touring. So far, so good. I might break out the grill and set up the tent in the backyard for the full blown experience, but will surely be tempted to crawl into bed at 3 a.m. Does setting it up in the living room count? Those cicadas are really loud.
I don't think the grill and the tent are allowed in the ultralight category. If the cicadas bother you then it seems you forget to pack earplugs (a must item) for your trip. Strangely enough we haven't heard any cicadas on this side of the river yet.
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Day 1 (Miles 1-50): Today was a great success. Everything worked as planned, but legs are a little more tired than usual. Found a great wifi connection and a great B&B "Maison Moi." Now resting as I write this, planning for the next day's ride. I'll sleep well tonight, but not looking forward to the weather, which promises a bit of rain.

The bike: Surly Troll in ultralight bikepacking mode (packing list to follow)


The route: mile after mile of this


The obligatory photo: Milepost zero
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