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General Discussion / Re: Hello, and a newbie question
« on: February 15, 2010, 03:47:24 pm »
Thanks guys!

General Discussion / Re: Your first long distance tour...
« on: February 14, 2010, 12:20:17 pm »
My first 'long' tour was Land's End to John O' Groats, the SW of England to the NE of Scotland, about 1,000 miles.  After a long day on the train, my riding buddy and I arrived at the youth hostel in Penzance, about 20 miles from the start and where we were staying the night.  Rather than use half a day getting to Land's End and back, we decided to knock this first section off after dinner.  No biggie, we were young and in good shape so 40 miles unladen wouldn't take us all that long.

Except we took a wrong turning on the way, which meant it was much later than we intended by the time we arrived at Land's End and it was already dark when we set off back to the youth hostel.  And we had no lights.  And we had both chosen to wear black t-shirts that day.  Oh, we were young.

20 miles of narrow, winding English country road with no shoulder and lots of cars.  I'm sure we scared the heck out of a whole bunch of motorists that night.  I know we certainly scared the heck out of ourselves, but more by luck than anything else, we made it back unscathed. thoughts at the start of the tour were "Ooobloodyhell, I wish we didn't have to do this."

At the end though, my thoughts were "Aw, I wish I didn't have to be back at work on Monday.  There's so much more to see."

Happy days. 

General Discussion / Hello, and a newbie question
« on: February 14, 2010, 12:05:28 pm »
Hi everybody,
Just joined ACA as I'm interested in getting back into touring after a layoff of 20 years or so.  I've been hacking around on a mountain bike for the last 10 years or so but haven't toured since cassette Walkmans were a hot item.  Right now I have a shiny new Cannondale T2 sitting in the shed, just waiting for the snow to clear.

I also have a sort of silly question, that I haven't seen answered anywhere else.  I just received the ACA Tour brochure in the mail and spent a happy hour or so, browsing through it and daydreaming about the tours I'd like to take.  I notice the support levels fall into three categories, self-contained, full support and van support.  The first one is self-explanatory but...what's the difference between the other two?  To me, they sound like the same thing.  Can someone explain this to me?

Thanks in advance.

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