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International / Tipping guides and drivers
« on: November 30, 2015, 10:23:07 am »
My wife and I will be touring in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in January 2016.  Can anyone offer suggestions regarding tipping the guides and drivers.  Is that acceptable and if so what is a reasonable amount for good service.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier next summer
« on: April 26, 2009, 10:21:06 pm »
David,

You and I corresponded earlier this year about the NT route.  Mine is finalized as follows.  We will follow the route from Anacortes to Osceola, Minnesota which is on the Wisconsin state line north of St Paul.  We will proceed due east through Wausau and return to the Great Lakes routes near Shawano, Wisconsin from where we will follow the route to Manitowoc.  We will cross on the ferry from there to Luddington, Michigan and then take the connector route across Michigan into Ontario entering at Marine City.  We'll cross Ontario basically along the north shore of Lake Erie and rejoin the NT at Erie Fort.  From there it will be the NT into Bar Harbor.

I've got it plotted out at about 3,800 miles and 65 riding days averaging a little less than 60 per day.  We plan to leave Anacortes on June 2 and hope to arrive in Bar Harbor about August 20.

Bob Willis

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Routes / Northern Tier next summer
« on: December 16, 2008, 10:49:32 pm »
David,

I have the NT maps and once Christmas is out of the way will begin seriously studying the route.  Right now my thought is to leave the NT at Winona, MN and cross Wisconsin to north of Milwaukee to take the ferry across Lake Michigan to Luddington.  Then I will cross Michigan to Port Huron north of Detroit and enter Ontario at that border crossing.  From there we (my wife and I on a tandem pulling a BOB)will proceed basically due east to Niagra Falls to rejoin the NT and head on to Bar Harbor.

If you would like, I'll get back to you when I know more.

Bob Willis


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Routes / Northern Tier next summer
« on: November 05, 2008, 09:48:02 pm »
My wife and I are planning on doing the Northern tier next summer and I have a couple of questions at least for starters.  Is there a start date that will minimize the chances of encountering snow at higher elevations in the mountains?  When doing one and two week tours in our part of the country we have averaged about 65 miles a day which might be useful to know in answering the question.

To shorten the route somewhat has anyone taken the Luddington ferry across Lake Michigan and crossed into Ontario north of Detroit?

Bob Willis
Cincinnati, Ohio


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General Discussion / Transporting a tandem
« on: March 15, 2008, 07:55:44 pm »
To BioDiesel Bob,

Thank you for responding regarding the tandem travel case.  Right now I am just looking for education.  Any super tour plans would be at least a year from now.

Bob Willis


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General Discussion / Transporting a tandem
« on: March 02, 2008, 09:59:15 pm »
I read a recent discussion about shipping bicycles.  My wife and I ride a tandem which would seem to make solutions more complicated.  We have done a number of one week and two week tours in the midwest transporting our bike and gear in the back of our Ford Explorer, but with retirement now just four months away, we are anxious to carry through with long deferred dreams.  The northern tier comes immediately to mind, but I would love to spend extended time in Europe.  New Zealand is our big dream.  There and Europe removes the Explorer from the list of transport options.  I would love to know how others have dealt with this.  Is a fold up tandem perhaps an option?

Bob Willis
Cincinnati, Ohio


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