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tarwheel 03-28-14 07:57 AM

I'm hoping to ride my first short tour next week, weather permitting. Plan to ride from my home in Raleigh, NC, to the town of Oriental on the coast. It should take me 3 days. I was originally planning to camp but the locations of parks/campsites along the way are not good for my planned daily mileages, so I will probably stay in hotels. I am ready to go with gear ready and trip mapped out but waiting for the weather forecast to make a final decision. We have had unseasonably cold, wet weather all winter and spring so far and I have no interest in riding through cold rain for 3 days. Right now the forecast is looking good, however, so maybe I'll get lucky.

Machka 04-19-14 06:44 AM

We're on holiday ... a hub and spoke sort of tour ... so today we cycled to a pair of tourist attractions and bought tickets to go to them at some point this weekend. Then we cycled northward to a beach, spent a little while sitting on the beach having lunch, and then we cycled back again.

It was a lovely day without much wind ... sunshine and 17C.


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sknhgy 04-19-14 02:46 PM

I camped April 5-6 in the Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. Rode mountain bike trails both days. Definitely plan on going back to explore the rest of the place. Would like to try some primitive camping along the trails. Or, I could just stay in the campground at night and ride trails all day. Off-road riding is my favorite.

surfjimc 04-19-14 05:22 PM

Last summer I did the Pacific Coast, San Francisco to Long Beach (home). This summer I am hopping to do either the Oregon Coast or the Northern CA part of the Pacific Coast route, Crescent City to San Francisco. I'll work in one of those, as well as a 50 mile hike in the Eastern Sierras this summer. Hopefully everything will fall into place in the next month or so. I'll also do a few over nighters to the local beaches.

bikemig 04-19-14 05:32 PM


Originally Posted by one_beatnik (Post 16373528)
I'm heading across northern Nebraska for 7 or 8 days into the Black Hills and then ride the Ride Across South Dakota back. (RaSDak)

That sounds like fun. Did not know about RaSDak; I'll have to check it out one of these days.

bikemig 04-19-14 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by Cyclebum (Post 16403939)
Two old dudes, me 72, bud 77, will leave Tuesday, Vicksburg to NOLA, on the Mississippi River Trail. Both on loaded bents. Forecast is for perfect cycling weather.

The bike riding around Vicksburg and the Feliciana parishes is beautiful. There are not a lot of roads into New Orleans and most of those are not really bike-able. Do you have a route?

Cyclebum 04-19-14 06:00 PM


Originally Posted by bikemig (Post 16685806)
The bike riding around Vicksburg and the Feliciana parishes is beautiful. There are not a lot of roads into New Orleans and most of those are not really bike-able. Do you have a route?

Basically followed the Mississippi River Trail. It is lightly marked. The last 25 or so miles can be ridden on the paved levee trail. Disappointingly, we had to exit the levee before getting to Audubon park due to construction. Journal here.

2travelers 04-19-14 08:28 PM

Since we (my wife & I) are new to touring and trying out our new added racks & panniers, we will take a one day ride out 15 miles @ stay in a hotel and then back the next day.
Then in mid June, we will do a 3 day, 2 night light Inn to Inn tour in Door County, WI
In August we plan to do a 5 day, 4 night Inn to Inn ride in Manitowoc County, WI
And then starting Labor Day we will do a 7 day 6 night Inn to Inn tour, again in Door County.
We have always loved biking and now that we are nearing retirement we look forward to slowing down and enjoying the biking life.:o:p

Machka 05-15-14 06:25 AM


Originally Posted by 2travelers (Post 16686166)
Since we (my wife & I) are new to touring and trying out our new added racks & panniers, we will take a one day ride out 15 miles @ stay in a hotel and then back the next day.
Then in mid June, we will do a 3 day, 2 night light Inn to Inn tour in Door County, WI
In August we plan to do a 5 day, 4 night Inn to Inn ride in Manitowoc County, WI
And then starting Labor Day we will do a 7 day 6 night Inn to Inn tour, again in Door County.
We have always loved biking and now that we are nearing retirement we look forward to slowing down and enjoying the biking life.:o:p

Sounds good!! :)

Caddy909 05-16-14 09:19 PM

DALMAC or Shoreline West Bicycle Tour - waiting for a friend to confirm preference.

Then maybe 1-2 days cycling down California's coast after a wedding.

stevage 05-17-14 03:02 AM

In March, a group of about 15 of us did three days around the Lake Eppalock region.

Day1: Castlemaine to Lake Eppalock via O'Keefe Rail Trail, camping at a massive bogan campground on the lake. Big culture shock with all the bogans there with their speedboats and four wheel drives. Had a great swim near Axedale, and the rail trail was great - it will be excellent when it gets all the way to Heathcote.
Day 2: To Colbinabbin via Tooleen - flat, a bit unremarkable.
Day 3: via Rushworth to Nagambie, Avenel then Seymour. We had a dramas - my derailleur exploded on a mountain bike path, so got a lift to Nagambie where I swapped bikes with partner who went home on the bus. The trains were replaced by buses, so we continued on to Avenel then a couple of us continued to Seymour for the hell of it.

All in all, a pretty cruisey little trip which attracted a lot of softcore people. It was more about relaxing and chatting rather than doing anything particularly epic.

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Erick L 05-19-14 09:11 PM

I did a 4-day trip along the Ottawa river last week, from Montreal to Plaisance park on the Quebec side and return in Ontario.

Spring is finally here...
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Bike trail traffic:
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Campsite near Carillon dam. There are free sites close by.
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chekmx 05-21-14 01:21 PM

So far I did the Swiss national route 5 over easter staying in youth hostels and a spoke and hub tour on road bikes based in Beliinzona. I have a overnight bikepacking tour planned for the end of June in preparation for a 3 day bikepacking tour at the end of July which will hopefully include my first time crossing the Alps. Hopefully I would like to squeeze in a least one overnight tour on my roadbike to see what that is like too.

growlgames 05-22-14 01:46 AM


Originally Posted by chekmx (Post 16779489)
So far I did the Swiss national route 5 over easter staying in youth hostels and a spoke and hub tour on road bikes based in Beliinzona. I have a overnight bikepacking tour planned for the end of June in preparation for a 3 day bikepacking tour at the end of July which will hopefully include my first time crossing the Alps. Hopefully I would like to squeeze in a least one overnight tour on my roadbike to see what that is like too.

I'm in ZRH 2-3 times a year for work and have been taking Brompton the past few times. I would love to do a 4-7 day credit card tour with it around the Italian part sometime. Need to look for some routes.

JoeMan 05-23-14 08:06 PM

I have the good fortune to live in Oregon. I often ride sections of the Pacific Coast Bike Route. Oregon has many state parks along the way that have hiker/biker areas. I always ride N to S.

mev 05-24-14 05:57 AM

Finally able to settle on some plans for a summer tour. Will go over to India for work and while I am there take a bicycle vacation. Plan is to ride from Manali to Leh (Leh?Manali Highway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). Distance is only 490km, but the average elevation is over 4000m (13,000ft) so need to make sure I acclimatize.

Walter S 05-26-14 06:56 AM

I had a great time camping this weekend. Left Friday morning and returned Sunday night. Went to Dawson Forest and Amicalola River. Beautiful ride and weather.

Weekend camping at Dawson Forest and Amicalola River | Walter's Little World

johnread 05-26-14 02:02 PM

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Hey Walter! I just finished spending about 45 minutes on your blog, reading every post, and really enjoyed living your adventures vicariously! I live in the Atlanta area and commute daily from downtown to Decatur. I also spend quite a bit of time on the Silver Comet and look forward to a S24O soon in the Brushy Mountain area. I'm planning a five day tour along the Natchez Trace for October, so your blog was quite helpful. See you on the Beltline!
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Walter S 05-26-14 06:24 PM

Thanks John. It's nice to hear you got useful information.

Machka 07-01-14 04:29 AM

Anyone touring for the Canada Day Weekend? :)

jcollinsia 07-01-14 10:34 AM

Just got back from 4 days/3 nights riding the Bike 4 Trails system in Wisconsin. Great River Trail, La Crosse River Trail, Elroy-Sparta trail & The 400 State Trail. Besides the storms and downed trees, it was a great trip!

capejohn 07-01-14 12:03 PM

Both of my usual touring partners were not able to ride this year so I did a supported tour. It's all HERE

Carbonfiberboy 07-01-14 06:19 PM

Just got back from a 7 day, 440 mile group cc tour in Montana. We all shared sag duties, so we only rode 375 of that. It was a fairly flat route, only 12,000' of climbing, so we did OK on our tandem. We took a lay day in Butte, which was very interesting. We visited the Berkeley Pit, one of the largest Superfund sites in the country, now a tourist attraction. We also visited the Big Hole Battlefield, where the flight of the non-treaty Nez Perce was ended by the US Army, also very much worth visiting.

Western Montana was beautiful with decent riding. Like most low population areas, only the main roads are paved, but traffic was light and the people were kind and friendly. Missoula-Hamilton-Wisdom-Butte-Drummond-Seeley Lake-Missoula.

Walter S 07-06-14 07:52 AM

Nice camping on July 4th in Dawson Forest.

Machka 07-16-14 01:23 AM


Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy (Post 16899978)
Western Montana was beautiful with decent riding. Like most low population areas, only the main roads are paved, but traffic was light and the people were kind and friendly. Missoula-Hamilton-Wisdom-Butte-Drummond-Seeley Lake-Missoula.

We drove through that area in 2012 and thought it might make for some nice touring. There were, as I recall, sections of paved bicycle path along side the highway in places ... near Kalispell, Polson (a little further north than where you were), and Missoula.

Do you have photos of that tour?


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