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General Discussion / Re: Dogs n' bears
« on: November 09, 2015, 02:19:39 pm »
Couple of thoughts regarding dogs.  I once rode with a young lady who tried sweet talking dogs.  It went something like "hey sweet baby, good doggie, etc. etc." followed by vicious barking and growling as the dog came out in pursuit. I yell a lot, occasionally profanity.  One theory I have developed is that when you take off to outrun a dog, you look like prey to the animal.  Triggers an instinctive response.  Therefore, I have been trying to maintain a more leisurely pace and not show fear. I have been advised that doing that, however, is to look like a sandwich to the animal. It does seem to work.  When it doesn't, I use Halt.  Once had to empty a can of the stuff to get a pit bull off my wheel.  Dogs are a real hazard. 

General Discussion / Getting in shape for touring
« on: November 09, 2015, 02:05:05 pm »
I would like to do the C&O/GAP tour in September, 2016.  No touring experience as of yet.  Road biking, rides average 30 miles on a Saturday with a metric century a couple of times a year. How much mileage/how many times per week and how far in advance to get in shape for that ride?  Fifty mile days seem daunting. Thanks!

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