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General Discussion / PTS? Post Tour Syndrome?
« on: November 10, 2008, 11:43:22 am »
I can understand where you are coming from.  I rarely tell people about my travels as they either don't understand, think you are just showing off or maybe it is too much of a challenge to them.  Best to just enjoy it and get ready for the next one. But you are right it is hard to readjust.

General Discussion / PTS? Post Tour Syndrome?
« on: November 09, 2008, 12:34:56 pm »
Guys don't do it - stay at home or you will become a cycle tour junkie!  I have several long haul trips around the world - and just planning to set off on the Southern tier in Feb 09. Since deciding to go I have had endless sleeples nights with anticipation & excitment.  You waste your life planning/going over old trips on Google Earth. You bore all your friends & family, who can't wait for you to go. Your face will start aching with a silly contented smile once on the road. BE WARNED. and like the man said you will suffer from PTS.

General Discussion / What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: November 10, 2008, 12:04:29 pm »
Hi Bill, Insurance I have through my bank card and pay a bit extra to cover the time I will be out there.  Maybe contact Lonley Planet who have specialist insurance companies linked to them.  
Yes i cycled for  Boston up into Canada and across to Vancouver, finishing in Seatle. The Rockies where stupendous.  I'm in Southampton (presently flooded) if oyu are anye=where near this way, happy to meet and discuss.  Tony

General Discussion / What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: November 10, 2008, 11:51:24 am »
Hi Bill, I am fortunate in that I have a house in Florida so was able to take it out with me prior to starting my XC tour in Feb. It cost me £50 on Thomas Cook all I had to do was book it on the flight prior to leaving. You have to box it up but don't seal the box as the security will want it taken out and x-rayed. They have extra big ones.  It was really no big deal.  To box it just take off your pedals, turn the handle bars round and let the air out of your tyres.  Not a lot to put back together at the other end.  I have flown with my bike many times. Happy to help any time. Tony

General Discussion / What Touring bike would you suggest?
« on: November 09, 2008, 12:41:35 pm »
Hi - I am from UK also but decided to have my bike shipped out from here as need to know it suites you unless you have time to trial the new one.Only cost £50 to take with me on the flight.  What I have done is buy all the rest of my equipment, clothes, camping,etc in the States - much cheaper. Good luck. I set out in Feb for Southern Tier.

General Discussion / Getting a US Visa to ride TransAm plus
« on: November 13, 2008, 06:49:40 am »
Hi Guys, I have just got a visa, very nervewracking experience including sitting in the Embassy for several hours.  Seems the main criteria is - have you enough money to support yourself, proof of serious ties back home, ie owning a house, permanent work or an ed course to go back for.  Need to re prove this all over again when you land in USA.  Take as much documentation as poss including a return ticket home if possible. Good luck cos it is a great country and brilliant to cycle in.  Oh and shame about your rugby team.LOL

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