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Routes / Florida in February
« on: November 11, 2008, 04:36:11 am »
Graet info, very much appreciated. Regards Tony

Routes / Florida in February
« on: November 09, 2008, 12:07:26 pm »
Hi Litespeed can you give me directions to The Nature Coast Trail please. Or where to find it on web. Thanks

Routes / Florida in February
« on: November 09, 2008, 12:02:19 pm »
I leave for San Diego from Celebration, Kissimmee mid Feb. Heading for Withlacoochee trail- after this north to Trenton. Any advice re best route to conect with ACA Southern Tier as 27 seems only alternative. Tony

Routes / Berlin to Copenhagen
« on: November 21, 2008, 02:04:29 pm »
Hey guys are you setting of now?  Getting cold and wet here in Europe, it's a great ride but.....
Good luck if so.

General Discussion / Presents for cyclist at Christmas???Not an ad
« on: December 12, 2008, 07:07:36 am »
So as a cyclist what will your nearest & dearest buy you.  My partner has got me Butt Cream - who said romance is dead?  Let us all know what odd things people have bought you "thinking this is just what a cyclist needs" I even got talc powder years ago from my Gran, to put inside the inner tube. Apparently stops air bleeding through the tube!!! :confuse:

General Discussion / What is the daftest thing you ever carried?
« on: November 30, 2008, 06:32:07 am »
Hi thanks made me laugh on a miserable wet day here in Uk.  I had this crazy once idea that everytime I stopped I had to throw something away to lighten the load.  Took a while to realise that throwing one sock away just meant I had to carry the other now odd sock which was of no use. Sometimes think my brain gets sloppy on these long rised! Cheers Tony

General Discussion / What is the daftest thing you ever carried?
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:17:28 pm »
Just for fun come on own up as to what is the "stupidest", "most inapproprite" or "over weight" thing you have ever taken on a long distance cycle tour?
Mine a large bag of Jordons Muselia while touring India, and a Punch and Judy puppet show around SE Asia and China, great for breaking the ice though. ;)

General Discussion / Cell phone coverage on Southern Tier
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:22:53 am »
Planning to do southern tier can anyone tell which company has he best cell phone coverage for this route please.  And any hint as to the best cell phone/blackberry/i phone/etc for use on a trip like this which will give me internet conections.


General Discussion / LA cycle it or take a lft past it?
« on: November 15, 2008, 06:36:16 am »
Guys many thanks that is so encouraging that decided I will ride it.  Any clues on where to camp or motels? and how long it might take.  I'm a bit slow!!

General Discussion / LA cycle it or take a lft past it?
« on: November 14, 2008, 11:00:57 am »
After the Southern Tier plan to head north to San Francisco.  LA bothers me.  Has anyone who knows the route any tips or would you just take a Taxi from one side to the other.  Don't like urban cycling much, did you guess that?

General Discussion / PTS? Post Tour Syndrome?
« on: November 10, 2008, 11:43:22 am »
I can understand where you are coming from.  I rarely tell people about my travels as they either don't understand, think you are just showing off or maybe it is too much of a challenge to them.  Best to just enjoy it and get ready for the next one. But you are right it is hard to readjust.

General Discussion / PTS? Post Tour Syndrome?
« on: November 09, 2008, 12:34:56 pm »
Guys don't do it - stay at home or you will become a cycle tour junkie!  I have several long haul trips around the world - and just planning to set off on the Southern tier in Feb 09. Since deciding to go I have had endless sleeples nights with anticipation & excitment.  You waste your life planning/going over old trips on Google Earth. You bore all your friends & family, who can't wait for you to go. Your face will start aching with a silly contented smile once on the road. BE WARNED. and like the man said you will suffer from PTS.

General Discussion / What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: November 10, 2008, 12:04:29 pm »
Hi Bill, Insurance I have through my bank card and pay a bit extra to cover the time I will be out there.  Maybe contact Lonley Planet who have specialist insurance companies linked to them.  
Yes i cycled for  Boston up into Canada and across to Vancouver, finishing in Seatle. The Rockies where stupendous.  I'm in Southampton (presently flooded) if oyu are anye=where near this way, happy to meet and discuss.  Tony

General Discussion / What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: November 10, 2008, 11:51:24 am »
Hi Bill, I am fortunate in that I have a house in Florida so was able to take it out with me prior to starting my XC tour in Feb. It cost me £50 on Thomas Cook all I had to do was book it on the flight prior to leaving. You have to box it up but don't seal the box as the security will want it taken out and x-rayed. They have extra big ones.  It was really no big deal.  To box it just take off your pedals, turn the handle bars round and let the air out of your tyres.  Not a lot to put back together at the other end.  I have flown with my bike many times. Happy to help any time. Tony

General Discussion / What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: November 09, 2008, 12:41:35 pm »
Hi - I am from UK also but decided to have my bike shipped out from here as need to know it suites you unless you have time to trial the new one.Only cost £50 to take with me on the flight.  What I have done is buy all the rest of my equipment, clothes, camping,etc in the States - much cheaper. Good luck. I set out in Feb for Southern Tier.

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