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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.

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

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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