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International / where next?
« on: September 13, 2012, 02:12:23 pm »
I have just finished the trans America ride, I have ridden most of Europe...I get a flight back to England tomorrow and I'm already thinking of places to ride next...but id be interested in suggestions for cool.rides :)

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I'm just finishing the transam tomorrow in Yorktown. My advice...do it your own way..it will all be good...Kansas was the toughest state for me in 110-115f no shade and headwinds.
Bug spray is more important than best spray. Bike shops are spread far and wide on the route and some are useless...pueblo, brecken ridge, west Yellowstone, Missoula were ok.
Rockies are long steady climbs mostly, Ozarks are short sharp rollercoasters, apallations/blue ridge are steep ...

People all along the route are used to seeing cyclists and are very helpful and freindly.

Dogs off the leash were an issue in Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, and Virginia.

Navigation is easy with aca maps and or GPS files.

Finding fresh food along the wayvwad a problem..gas station food sucks mostly.

Traffic mostly friendly...just one issue in Colorado...otherwise all drivers courtious and bike aware ...except for the semi.drivers.

Lots if other stuff if you want.justmessage me

Http//:bigonabianchi.blogspot.co.UK

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Routes / civil war routes on virginia??
« on: August 26, 2012, 07:42:12 am »
Hi...I find myself two weeks ahead of schedule after my transam ride..so I thought I would do a mini tour of the civilwar battlefields in Virginia. Are there any good route maps around?
Thankyou. :)

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Routes / Hello fellow tourers!
« on: August 30, 2008, 10:37:29 am »
That is helpful Scott thankyou. I pretty much expected the complete' range' of weather conditions and terrain. The mountains are something I will need to learn to conquer...I mean they ain't going anywhere so to get there I guess I'll need to climb a few :)



"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live"

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Routes / Hello fellow tourers!
« on: August 26, 2008, 02:04:13 pm »
Hi,

I am a Brit cyclist from just outside London and just wanted to say hi to all here.

I have just returned from two unsupported cyclecamping  tours this summer:

1) From Bremen in northern Germany down the German rivers into Basel switzerland via the bodensee (lake constance). 12 days with ride partner

2) Calais in northern france down to Montpellier on the southern french coast. 10 days solo

I would happily help/share any info/experiences with anybody looking to do those trips sometime, or even just interested.

I have a 'pipe dream' to ride across the states sometime. I figure it must be about three times the distance of the trans France ride but given the right preparation I know I could do it. So i would be very interested in any route suggestions, best time of year for the routes, tips, hints etc etc that anybody might be able to offer. I know NOTHING about the USA in terms of geography, climate, locations etc so am looking to get edookated lol! I should say that I am not a big climber..I can handle hills but mountains aint my thing really, especially those big type mouintains you have in the states! I prefer moderate temperatures...by which I mean i would prefer to avoid extreme heat and freezing winter conditions if possible. Scenery is a good thing, but my aim is to cross America reasonably directly and as cheap as possible.

Oh one thing...my forum name is just something i use On a brit cycle board which I joined when i was seriously heavy...I lost a LOT of weight due to cycling and intend to keep it off...I'm a bit fitter now! I tend to ride between 100-120 km a day...(I guess thats around 80 miles approx??)

Anyway cheers.
Rolf. :) :)

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live"

This message was edited by Bigtallfatbloke on 8-26-08 @ 2:13 PM

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Routes / Touring in Provence, France
« on: August 26, 2008, 02:19:42 pm »
Hi,
I was in Avignon and Arles just a few days ago on my trip across France. It was hot and VERY busy (traffic)around Avignon. I went south down to Montpellier having come down from Calais. If I can help out somehow just ask. :)

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live"

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