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General Discussion / What really is Adventure?
« on: August 13, 2004, 01:55:08 pm »
Willie hit the nail on the head when he said adventure is when you go out of your comfort zone.  I commute by bike over 100 times a year, but last night's ride was an adventure.  At 4 I checked the doppler radar on my computer and saw an immense storm approaching. My wife offered me a ride home but I turned her down. Waiting it out was pointless, so I took off into the maelstrom.

I had to stop 4 times because I couldn't see!  As I passed through Old Town Alexandria, the bright lights of TV crews blinded me as they filmed the crews sandbagging the storefronts near the Potomac River.  Streets and the Mount Vernon Trail were overflowing with water.  Creeks were way over their banks.  And thunder and lightning added to the drama.

After well over 90 minutes (it normally takes me only 65 to ride home) of doing battle with the elements, I arrived home to find nearly a foot of water in my backyard.  

Ordinarily I really like my commute (worss I'm sure you don;t hear everyday) but last night was a blast.  When I finally finished wiping down my bike, I realized that I was exhausted.  

Next week I'm riding across upstate New York.  I can't shape this feeling of excitement and trepidation.  I feel another adventure coming on.

General Discussion / Recumbent Bike Touring
« on: February 09, 2004, 01:53:38 pm »
I recommend you check out  they have several recumbent tour journals, my own included.  I think the link is

You can contact the authors via their Guestbooks

My vote is for recumbent touring, unless you are riding on really rough, unpaved terrain.


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