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General Discussion / Re: Your first long distance tour...
« on: January 24, 2010, 02:12:40 pm »
What does "terra incognito" mean? I looked it up and found out that incognito means "in disguise"

Any time I want to know what anything means, I just type it into google and find out!  What a difference from just a few years ago.

This is a great forum.  Not knowing any better, I've ridden it on Hwy 2 twice, once in 1980 and once in 2003.  It was fine, but I'm sure the advice here is much superior.  Next time a'm going to go some new area, I'll check here first.

Pacific Northwest / Re: ACA forum members from PNW
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:37:47 pm »
I've ridden a lot around the Eastern Washington-Northern Idaho-Western Montana areas.  It's great.  In fact, I'll be riding the supported rideidaho this August with a bunch of friends.  Many of my day rides are in Western Washington around the greater Puget Sound area.  I have family there and know the roads well.

Routes / Re: Favorite tours?
« on: January 20, 2010, 11:07:43 pm »
The Pacific Coast, around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington,  the Northern Idaho and Western Montana areas.  I'm sure I would have many others if I got a chance to ride them.  I like the west and rural areas, mountains, deserts, farmland, praries, ocean coasts.

Cycling Events / Re: Ride Idaho August 2009
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:14:27 pm »
I and a group of friends just signed up for the 2010 version.  I sounds like a great ride, at an affordable price.  This year they're accepting 300.

General Discussion / Re: Training
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:10:55 pm »
I agree with previous writer.  I ride several times per week when the weather permits (around here that's about March-November), probably average 50-120 miles/week.  When a tour comes up, I just pack and go.  No special training is needed.     

General Discussion / Re: Greetings
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:38:12 pm »
I've toured several times south of Spokane through the Palouse country.  There are lots of rural roads and very acceptable weather in March/April.  I just get a road map out and make it up.  Even better is the "Washington Road and Recreation Atlas" by Benchmark Maps.  It will get you drooling over possibilities throughout the state.

General Discussion / Re: Biker vs World
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:30:59 pm »
For me personally, skip the friendly toot of the horn. If you must, don't do it until you have already passed me.

Now I must admit I really want to lay it on the horn at times when I get behind a pack of racers heading down a major two lane road 3-4 abreast and will not pull single file and traffic is backed up 4+ cars deep.  To me, that is unsafe, rude, and perpetuates motorists bad attitudes toward all cyclists.
I agree.  What jerks.  Some riders have to get a clue if we want the driving public to treat us all with respect.

General Discussion / Re: Convincing others of safety of cycling
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:27:58 pm »
Why not start with small steps.  Try a rail trail overnighter with a friend.  Build up her confidence as well as your own.

My mother is gone, but I still check in with my wife while on tour.  She might not understand where I am, but she likes to know I am alright.  Calling in is the first thing I do after making camp.
Same here.  My wife wants a call daily, and has told me she doesn't want me to take any extensive tours alone.  Hmmmm. We may face that issue in the next couple of years. 

Gear Talk / Re: Touring (Ageing?) Compromises
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:25:18 pm »
I'll get a sturdier, less sensitive ride with more durable wheels anbd less chance of a serious breakdown

You could just put the more-durable wheels in the CF bike, right?  Or if they're not the same size, get another pair made?

  You are right.  I tried my old bike out and realized within 5 minutes I'm not going back to steel or any other bike but CF.  I do have a set of other wheels that are sturdier and I will use them on tours.

Pacific Northwest / Re: ACA forum members from PNW
« on: January 05, 2010, 11:18:48 pm »
Wow! thanks for the contact.  I usually start hitting the roads regularly in February.  I look forward to finding another partner.  There are not very many regular riders around here.  Keep in touch.


General Discussion / Re: Convincing others of safety of cycling
« on: January 03, 2010, 08:30:43 pm »
I'm 61, my parents are 87, and they seem to have finally gotten used to it.  They are more comfortable when I go on a guided tour than when I go alone,

General Discussion / Re: Biker vs World
« on: January 03, 2010, 08:27:09 pm »
John Nelson is right--don't honk the horn, especially if you are passing me.  It is a distraction and can cause trouble if there are other things going on in the biker's world at that moment, and there often are.  Honking while passing can also make the biker swerve and get the tire stuck in the dirt, sand, etc on the roadside, causing an accident.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Spokane to Kennewick
« on: January 02, 2010, 12:05:13 am »
I've ridden some around the area. The back roads are wonderful.  I'd try something like Spokane-Rockford-Tekoa-Colfax-Dusty-Dodge-Waitsburg-Burbank.  These types of roads have wonderful rural flavor and friendly natives.  We use this part of Washington for yours sometimes, as the southern protions have the warmest weather in the state in early spring.

General Discussion / Re: Your first long distance tour...
« on: December 28, 2009, 11:11:21 pm »
Excitement on the first question about the tour to come and excitement on the second question about tours to come.  I'm still excited, 30 years later about touring, and still doing it every year.

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