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General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 25, 2016, 01:48:09 pm »
In order to be fair to "rednecks" I should clarify, that my experience with them has actually been the young suburban teens who drive their dad's big truck and like to show off how cool they are.  I don't think any of them I encountered are true good-ole-boys.     It is unfair to generalize all in big overgrown pickups just because those have been the ones who have been showing off and causing me danger on the bike!

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 15, 2016, 01:55:15 pm »
I have biked a lot of rail trails however I haven't found any that one can take for a long distance (i.e. touring across multiple states).  BUT, I haven't done an exhaustive look.  LEt me know if there is a good website?  THANKS!!!!

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 15, 2016, 10:55:53 am »
Thanks Pete!  That is exactly what I was asking.  I suppose I was just wondering - from experienced people - about the safety factor when out in the boonies alone!   Your answer is about what I expecting.  BTW: do you use paniers or a bike trailer?

General Discussion / Newbie
« on: March 13, 2016, 05:53:33 pm »
Hi Folks,
I feel as though you have heard enough from us "newbies" and if so, I would be OK if you just pointed me to the right info rather than responding directly.....

I have been an avid biker for 30 years.  In a nutshell I do about 2000 miles a year on my road bike and perhaps a few hundred on my mountain bike.  I live in the Minneapolis area, so that isn't a bad tally for relatively short bike season.

I retired last year, and with the advent of the '16 bike season, I am looking at taking a few bike trips this year.  I have done RAGBRAI for 14 years, but since that ride caters to us riders I am not experienced at touring on my own.  I love my 'alone time' so I am completely OK with going solo, but I am looking at some input from you experienced folk.  One trip I am looking into is the MRT from Minneapolis to my old hometown of Dubuque Iowa.  My main concern is safety; I am concerned about all the roads without much of a shoulder.... and especially those "rednecks" who love to hassle us bikers when we are out in the boonies.   

Anyone who "gets" my concerns, will likely be the one(s) who can provide some feedback.

Thanks in advance!!!!

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