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General Discussion / Re: Should we have a sub-forum for Guided Tours?
« on: January 03, 2010, 12:00:05 pm »
Candid assessments of ACA tours can be found on Bike Forums.  You'll find that there's lots of whining, probably something that ACA would prefer not to sponsor here.  CGOAB has journals organized by ACA route.

I probably don't have your skills in the dark arts of internet search engines but I couldn't find a forum dedicated to the ACA guided tours, or even one that references them.

What I was thinking of was a forum that someone could see conversations about all the Guided Tours in one place. This way, someone who is wondering if they should spend a grand on a guided tour can get more info from the reviews, questions and general chatter that should evolve there. Also, if all the threads re guided tours were in one forum, it would help the choosing of one over the other.

If some opinion is negative, that will help ACA correct the problem, if any. If it is unwarranted whining, it would be obvious. I don't think ACA should have a problem sponsoring open discussion of their guided tours.

General Discussion / Re: Greetings
« on: January 02, 2010, 06:40:29 pm »
UL advocates are either very tough or are liars. 
Tsk, tsk...
Just because you don't know how a thing is possible does not mean that it isn't.

Hi Mugs,
I too am a noob tourist. The idea of making every ounce count is interesting, though I wonder if over the long run a pound or two makes much difference when the weight is on the wheels instead of on your back.

Where do you shave the most weight?
You mentioned fuel so I assume you cook. What does your kitchen kit look like?
Sleeping pad or no?
If hanging points can be found, would a hammock and tarp be more versatile and comfortable than a tent of equal weight?


General Discussion / Should we have a sub-forum for Guided Tours?
« on: January 02, 2010, 02:08:07 am »

I just signed up for one of the Guided Tours and was searching the forums for others who had, or were planing to, take this tour. To my surprise, I found nothing.

Then I started searching for any info related to any of the other Guided Tours. I found some references, but no real info.

There is no place on the forums where someone can browse the experiences of veterans of the guided tour they may be interested in. Since a large part fo a tour are you fellow riders, it would be great to get to know them first.

I know I could start a thread here about the tour I'll be taking but after a while it will be buried by the general discussion. Someone coming along next year who may be undecided whether it is worth the money would never see the posts that would grow out of a successful guided tour and may deside to spend their money elsewhere.

If the profits from the guided tours benefit the ACA, shouldn't we make the place for them on the forums?

What do you think?

Colorado / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: December 02, 2009, 03:22:32 pm »
Howdy Folks,

I'm Sean and I'm a total noob. I just became a member of ACA yesterday. I have never toured, but I want to give it a try. The longest I have ridden in a day is 65 miles. I'm 53 years old and have only been peddling since September '08.

I ride a Trice T trike that I set up for cargo so I can use it instead of my car for errands within 30 miles or so.

Before I join a group tour, I'll build up to a point where I can peddle multiple days of 60 miles or more.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the months/years ahead.

Colorado / Re: CEO Jim in colorado
« on: December 02, 2009, 02:55:06 pm »
Went to the one in Fort Collins last night. Had a great time. Thanks all!!

BTW, last night I wasn't an ACA member, today I am.

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