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General Discussion / Re: New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: February 06, 2013, 05:57:40 pm »
Hey, John. I am East Tennessee about an hour and a half from Damascus, Va.

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General Discussion / Re: New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:27:15 pm »
The best part of all this, I don't have a time frame. I just threw out that number for a goal. If I get going and find that 65 mpd is what I like, then that's what I'll do. I can spend as long as I want out on the road ( weather permitting)I'm sure I will lay over with friends, find a music festival going on or what have you. I know some people like to push hard all day to reach a destination and then relax. I am the procrastinator that takes all day to reach the his goal, taking breaks when I feel like it. To sum all this up, I am just going to get on the bike and ride. I'll just see what happens. 

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General Discussion / Re: New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:23:49 pm »
The hike was very hard. 99% metal is all it was. I figured I could go hike another trail with ease. Instead I picked something that I know nothing about. To be honest? I am kinda nervous. I asked my self what am I getting into??!!  I rode my bike for the first time yesterday for 5 miles and it KILLED ME! It made me want to do this trip even more. I think you^^^ hit the nail on the head though. The best moral boost for me, was getting to town and eating real food and cold drinks. Hitting a town every day or multiple times a day might make it more mentally enjoyable. 

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General Discussion / Re: New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: January 31, 2013, 10:22:02 pm »
Sure thing, Westinghouse. I actually made a video while on my hike.  A few things are different for the bike trip though. I switched to a Neo air short pad weighing 8 0z. I also don't have to carry 4 days of food. The biggest things that keep my weight down are my tent and sleeping bag. My tent is 1lb 10 oz and my bag is a 1 lb down bag. Another thing is I don't carry anything that doesn't involve making miles, eating and sleeping. So no pillow, laptop, i-pad, books, games, extra clothes, box wine, "combat axe murderer knife'. 20 lb propane tank.

I don't condone ultra light camping unless you are used to being cold, wet, hungry and dirty. I have lived in the woods for 2 years now in an Indian tipi. I can handle myself with out loads of creature comforts. If you like to read a book at night, bring one. If you like clean socks everyday, bring them. Trekking/Touring should be as comfortable as you like. This video is just how I like to roll. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp6uwrb-hXY

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General Discussion / Re: New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: January 31, 2013, 07:25:24 pm »
Hi, Jimbo. I want to say I think I will get in full swing after a few weeks. The only thing I can really say is some of the best adventures are the ones you go into knowing nothing about.

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General Discussion / Re: New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: January 31, 2013, 07:17:04 pm »
Only one bag is filled. I weighed every thing today and with 2 days food and the bag weight I am at 19 LBS. I got some tools and 3 tubes stuffed in there also.

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General Discussion / Re: New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: January 31, 2013, 03:50:22 pm »
I hope to just miss the heat. As for my time frame, I can take 4 months or 4 years. Not in a hurry.  I will have a facebook page just for the trip. I am not much of a blog or journal guy.

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General Discussion / Re: New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: January 30, 2013, 04:42:56 pm »
Here is a picture of my setup. .

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General Discussion / New to cycling and taking a loop around America
« on: January 30, 2013, 03:58:00 pm »
Hello everyone!

My trail name is Teepee Tommy. I am new to Cycling and to this website. I have an adventure planned. This one will involve a bicycle. I wanted to post a bit about my trip ahead to see who else I might run into along the way. I am starting in Damascus, Va ( near my home) the first week in March. Riding East to Richmond, where I will get on the Atlantic Coast trail and head south. Connect to the Southern Tier and ride it all the way West until I reach the Sierra Cascades. Head North to the Western Express. Ride West to San Francisco and hit the Pacific Coast trail. Bike North until I hit the Trans America trail and ride it all the way East back to Damascus, Va. ideally knocking the trip out in 4 months. Hopefully I will get to meet many other cyclist along the way.

I just finished Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail this past summer. I found my self unhappy and going crazy being back into the swing of normal life.  Hence this adventure! I am a ultra light minimalist back packer with a base weight of 11 Lbs. I will be using the same gear from my hike while on the bike. I plan on camping most of the way. Going as light as possible will hopefully equal a more pleasurable ride and minimize strain.

My cycling experience? Does riding through the neighborhood as a child count? Didn't think so. I hope to just learn along the way. Another reason for this post is to hear from people who have done a long distance bike trip. I love hearing about others adventures. If anyone has suggestions or major tips I would love to hear. Every little bit of information will help my understanding of this goal.


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