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General Discussion / Re: Health Issue(s)
« on: March 18, 2010, 09:35:27 pm »
Yes Manikertamang, health is most important and needed to reach goals!

General Discussion / Re: Health Issue(s)
« on: March 14, 2010, 11:43:11 am »

General Discussion / Untitled
« on: March 12, 2010, 10:38:29 pm »
I am not sure where to put this, or, even what to say... or even how to say it  but...

The more I read on here (and forgive me for going at a slow pace)
Biking seems to encompass every part of ones being.
When you are out there, you are out there...

Facing the world, the weather, your mind, your body, your spirit.

your alone, yet, at other times, with people.

Daytime, night-time, sunshine, rain, wind, cold, heat, snow.

Camping, cooking, eating...

Pressing forward, learning limits...

Living in such a way...that makes you feel like you are really living.

Your are forced to deal with every aspect of life in the real.

If you do not eat right, you suffer...and you could be miles from no-where when that happens.

You learn right there and then, to live with your mistake. One that you do not want to repeat...
because in some instances, it could cost you your life.

I just stand amazed... its sort of like stepping back in time and experiencing life the way it should be.

If that makes any sense at all. 

Routes / Re: Biking for Local Food
« on: March 12, 2010, 08:34:45 pm »
PP could you please check the link in reply number 13. It did not look like a safe place to be???
ps. Joel spoke in Maine recently.

General Discussion / Re: A Riding Partner Can Be...
« on: March 12, 2010, 05:37:07 pm »
...thats a nice way to put it...sorta  :)

General Discussion / A Riding Partner Can Be...
« on: March 12, 2010, 08:24:15 am »
A gift straight from heaven.

General Discussion / speeding tickets
« on: March 11, 2010, 07:37:10 pm »
The person who instilled in me, the inspiration to bike (long distances), that it can be done, and that it is done (prior to my knowledge of ACA and the like) has been riding a bike most of his life.

I am not sure if I was horrified, surprised, or in disbelief that anybody on a bike could get a speeding ticket. But, he did at one time. I doubt this is common. I hardly know this person, yet I respect him, not because he acquired a speeding ticket, but because he did something that (nobody I ever knew) ever did! (Until of course I ended up here) Biking is a way of life for him.

General Discussion / Re: The Cyclist Food Guide
« on: March 11, 2010, 10:06:07 am »
Thank you Westinghouse. I also found a book called "Green for life" where they use a blender for lots of green type smoothies. Perhaps a hand held juicer and a hand held blender may be easier to take along then an elec. juicer. I have not seen this book as of yet.

New England / Re: June Maine to NY border
« on: March 11, 2010, 09:58:09 am »
Halifax ferry may not be running anymore.

I would never miss the "Canadian" Deer Island Ferry, Campobello, Lubec, Cutler, Whiting, East Machias areas. One of the last motorcycle rides I went on included the above...and I always wanted to go back and do it again, only go further and all the way around a particular loop. Roosevelt's cottage is on Campobello Island.

Ellsworth is too busy for me personally. I have been told that the roads have been redone near there, but, I have not been able to get down that way via car. I dont like to drive.

I am not an experienced cyclist, but, hope that will change this year.

I had never heard of the greenway organization! In looking at their maps. I am a little confused as to the route they are taking in a particular area near by. Its very close to here. Your welcome if you pass this way while I am here.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier-ish
« on: March 11, 2010, 09:12:30 am »
Jcostanz:  Thank you for the information about Niagara Falls not having checked baggage service.
It will be a while before I get all of the "possible" connecting trains and depots straight.

It would be nice to be able to de-train from Amtrak and get onto a Canadian rail within short distance of each other. But the most important thing would be to avoid perfume/fragrances and exhaust. Which, usually means smaller depots.

PS. I have seen before. Wonderful concept. It would be great if other train companies followed suit ie: using one whole car for bike storage.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier-ish
« on: March 10, 2010, 01:34:26 am »
update:If I am ever to travel cross country via bike, I will have to plan to take a train for most of the first trip

Amtrak from Portland Me. to Boston

Amtrak from Boston to *Niagara Falls NY

Canadian train from Niagara Falls Canada to Sarnia Canada.

Sarnia Canada to Port Huron MI

Port Huron Mi. To Luddington MI

Ferrying across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc WI.

Cycling from Manitowoc to family. (under 100 miles)

This trip may not be possible due to connections. But, I am hoping that it will be possible.
I want to make this trip spring or fall, not counting this spring because I am not
physically ready. I hope to add longer portions of biking during each pass of the trip.
Perhaps I will never be able to "cycle" the whole thing in its entirety.

**Have not looked into renting a bike in Manitowoc as of yet.

*Not sure on details yet.

General Discussion / Re: Health Issue(s)
« on: March 09, 2010, 11:35:11 pm »
Life is so much fun...
Dont juice with a lot of beets.
It will get your gallbladder going...perhaps not exactly in the way that you would want it to go.

Able to get into one appt. one week earlier. That is good news.

General Discussion / Re: The Cyclist Food Guide
« on: March 05, 2010, 09:01:43 am »
Can anyone answer the question on why we make less HCL as we age?

General Discussion / Re: The Cyclist Food Guide
« on: March 04, 2010, 12:27:02 pm »
 Tony: Thank you. Right now I am going to go very slow. Stay in state until I can get a handle on this.
Will start with day trips, then over-nights, then weekends. I dont think I will need to take a
juicer along until I graduate to longer trips...definitely bottled water. Yes, lots more planning.

Johnsondasw: Thank you. I am hoping that I react the same way as you do. 
Typically I could not eat breakfast until 1:00 PM! Juicing has changed that.

General Discussion / The Cyclist Food Guide
« on: March 03, 2010, 10:22:51 am »
Have the cyclist food guide book here and have read that lots of cyclist have tummy troubles. Sometimes its a matter of eating the wrong foods at the wrong time. ie:heavy meals pre-climb. It sounds as though most of you have already become your own nutritionist (out of necessity) I am sure everyone has their own peculiarities concerning diet on the road.

I have an up coming visit with a gastroenterologist. One of the dr.s there is a cyclist. It would be to my advantage to be able to speak with him. Perhaps he would be "up" on his nutrition. (I personally do not consider en*sure as something viable for me to take.)

Right now my juicer has a crack in it and I am out of veggies to juice. So, I was not able to juice this morning. But, I do have at least 10 quarts of dried veggies. (juicer left overs) I have powdered some of the dehydrated veggies. Unbelievable stuff! TANGY!!! (Ginger)

It seems that I run into problems if I do not juice on a daily basis. I need the liquids as well as the minerals/electrolytes in this form on a daily basis.

Recently I acquired some kefir grains. At this time I am stirring the veg. powder in to the kefir. Sometimes I can handle dairy, and sometimes I cannot. For the time being, I am able to handle the kefir. I am thinking that kefir might be the way to go for me on a bike trip. I still have to figure out if this would be enough protein.

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