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Routes / Re: Erie Canal Bike Trail - Stone Dust trails
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:50:04 pm »
I have ridden the Erie Canal twice.  It is an easy fun ride with lots of places to stay and things to see if you want to take some extra time.  Bike route 5 which is also NY Rt 31 parallels the canal and gives another option if the crushed stone surface becomes difficult.   I wrote about my experiences on the crazyguyonabike site and you may get some insight into the route and places to stay. 

Routes / Re: Southern tier late 2014, east to west.
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:28:24 pm »
We may possibly meet up this fall.   I had planned on riding the Southern Tier from Florida to Austin in March of 2015, but now am really considering leaving late October in order to get to Austin by Thanksgiving. 

Urban Cycling / why bike?
« on: May 08, 2007, 02:53:23 pm »
You sound very angry.  Turn off your tv for a few months.  And for goodness sake, at least block Fox channels. You will feel much better about yourself, about riding, and have less animosity toward your neighbors.

I can tell your really a good liberal deep down.  Embrace those hippys. The will show you the way.

Keeping me young as I grow old.

This message was edited by capejohn on 5-8-07 @ 10:55 AM

Urban Cycling / why bike?
« on: February 23, 2007, 01:34:26 pm »
I'm up your way every Thanksgiving. If your consider Portland as being your way.  I spent my summers working at a camp in Winslow in my college days.

During our annual Thanksgiving shopping excursion, I bring my bike.  Wifey shops, I ride. When it's time to eat or sleep, I come back. Just like my dogs do at home.  :)

Having a hobby that helps people make it that much more fun, doesn't it?  

Keeping me young as I grow old.

Urban Cycling / why bike?
« on: February 22, 2007, 04:21:55 pm »
That's one of the better bike stories Sail...

Where is your shop?

Keeping me young as I grow old.

Urban Cycling / why bike?
« on: February 08, 2007, 11:51:59 am »
No reason for riding bikes that are any different from playing sports or going out to dinner.  I enjoy it.

Keeping me young as I grow old.

Urban Cycling / Urban Touring
« on: February 08, 2007, 11:38:16 am »
I have a couple of regular one and two day tour choices just off, and on, Cape Cod. One is riding across the Bourne Bridge to "The Cape" There are plenty of paved trail miles, and the roads are bike friendly, if that's your preference. There are many available places to stay. From five star accomodations to commando camping, and everything in between.

Once on the cape side of the bridge, there are so many riding choices.  Hug Buzzards Bay to Woods Hole and Falmouth, or head north toward Wellfleet and Provincetown. Another good choice is to hang around Dennis and the Yarmouth area.

 An alternative to crossing the Bridges is a great ride to the Plymouth area. Plymouth is very close the  Myles Standish State Forrest, which has miles of roads and a half dozen ponds that are open to camping at a reasonable rate.  (If you choose to check in. Budget cuts, if you know what I'm insinuating ).  ;)

I very often have the roads to myself riding from New Bedford, Ma. to Buzzards Bay (Bourne Bridge) and/or to Carver (Myles Standish). Naturally once you get to the touristy areas, a rider has to share.

This message was edited by capejohn on 2-8-07 @ 7:43 AM

General Discussion / Where to camp
« on: October 20, 2008, 10:22:24 am »
Two of us rode the Erie Canal this summer. Except for one night, the locals directed us to places where people camp on public property.  The short 6 day ride is posted on my journal, and tells how we found our campsites.

Keeping me young as I grow old.

General Discussion / Late start from Yorktown
« on: August 07, 2006, 05:18:16 pm »
You don't have to do the whole thing. Worrying about finishing will take too much away from the experience. Set your start and end date (if you need to get back to schoo),  and finish the rest another time.

This message was edited by capejohn on 8-7-06 @ 1:19 PM

General Discussion / How to survive weather on the Northern Tier
« on: April 15, 2006, 01:08:32 pm »
Read the book "Hey Mom, Can I ride my bike Across America".  There are some really good descriptions of getting through bad weather.  

A very fun book to read.

General Discussion / Cross Country bike documentary
« on: March 07, 2006, 11:21:09 am »
I purchased a copy of the documentary and found it very entertaining. The  music, especially the cello, was a nice touch.I have two questions.

1. Is the music available on a cd

2. A couple of comments in the 2005 summer ride with the NC group gave the impression there may be a documentary about that trip. Yes?

I had company from Toronto this past weekend and showed the movie.  The reviews were all great. If there is another, I am a definite customer.

$25 is not "that" bad. Everyone should keep in perspective that we are not dealing with a major distributor who can mass market its' product.

This message was edited by capejohn on 3-7-06 @ 7:23 AM

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