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Your next "dream tour"

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Jackalope:
I would like to do the National Parks route... After that an around the world tour..

What is your next dream tour.  One you've been dreaming about for a while?

brad:
well for memorial day weekend i am riding from lake constance in germany to colmar france up the rhine river on the french side back home to heidelberg germany.

my dream trip of a lifetime is an around the world

perhaps the dream trip that is achievable is a ride on the transamerica from east to west down the pacific coast route and back on the southern tier.

Jackalope:
I just came up with this tonight.. So I finish my job here in Arizona this July. I had been thinking about heading up to Canada on my bike, but tonight I had this idea for a "four corners" trip. So I get to Canada by September/ October, take a left.. from BC ride down the Pacific coast, pit stop in Baja for NYE, rest  then continue riding east towards Florida, arriving in March to visit the Florida trail crews, pit stop in Key West.. then bike north up the atlantic coast as spring moves north with me. Arrive home in NY about this time next year, rest.. back on the bike north to Maine

How about that for a dream tour :p

rtwbikerider:
Jackalope and Brad, your “dream tour” of cycling around the world is not as difficult as you might think. If you’ve done some self-supported touring in the past, can handle up to 18 months away from home, and have enough money to buy your next mid-priced automobile, then you can bicycle around the world. I cycled around the world in 2001-2002 and lived to tell the tale. A trip of that magnitude requires a lot of preparation, but it is “do-able” for most bicycle tourists, in my opinion.

Plan on spending the first 6 months in the northern hemisphere, the next 6 in the southern hemisphere, and the final 6 back in the north. I started my trip in Europe and the Middle East, dipped down to Australia and New Zealand, and finished in the USA. It took me 15.5 months. I probably spent between $30,000 and $35,000 (including food, lodging, airfare, health insurance, phone bills, furniture storage, and miscellaneous). Because I preferred staying indoors to camping most nights, and because my route took me through many expensive tourist areas, that number is high. In hindsight, there are many ways in which I could have saved money (including a round-the-world plane ticket), but I was having too much fun at the time.

So, start planning. Even if you never actually attempt your “dream tour”, it’s still lots of fun preparing to see the world on your terms.

This message was edited by rtwbikerider on 6-2-04 @ 5:11 PM

JayH:
So when do we start planning, Brad? :)

My next dream trip is the trip I postponed from last year, biking to Baxter and climbing Katahdin, from where I live in NJ.    

But biking around the world would be amazing, for sure.

I'd like to bike on mars too but the water issue might be a problem with all of it somewhat frozen.. :)

Jay

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