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      CommentAuthorxbobeahenx
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
     
    I'm hoping to do a few overnights (maybe 2 nights) with mountain-biking linked in. So, I'm thinking of driving somewhere close(ish) and hitting trails with some camping.

    Aside from kingdom trails (obviously happening this summer), where can I/we go?

    Let's do this: http://vimeo.com/29848923Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
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    i love this idea^

    wompatuck, nickerson state park on the cape (not great, but i know it well), any of the north conway stuff among others
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      CommentAuthorxbobeahenx
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
     
    how is womp? I've never been. I'll look into these places for sure.Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012 edited
     
    I enjoy wompatuck pretty thoroughly. That is, I enjoy it thoroughly when I don't get sucked into an endless vortex of campground trails. The terrain is very new england - rocky, rooty, picky. No major climbs to speak of (bummer) but all the same, its a blast. They've got a campground on site, so its an easy target for camping/biking.

    The first time I met bfixers, it was myself, dsg, and plytheman going on a camping weekend at Wompy. It was a great time, and we've been vowing to do it again. I would be into a camping trip there in a heartbeat.

    edit - this weekend?!ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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      CommentAuthorxbobeahenx
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
     
    this is all sounding rad. Sadly, between work and school, I'm busy 7 days a week. In a few weeks it'll be gametime.Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
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    moved to not start a firestorm for off-topic discussion:
    tristan:If its a rainy day, you're gonna be out in it for a *long* time. You will be wet. There's no getting around that. As such, I find it best to forego the rain gear and fenders, and only break out the rain gear when its time to make camp.
    very valid point, i just prefer fenders to no fenders even if you're in it all day. keeps you and your stuff less dirty from road grime and keeps you warmer if it's cool at all while raining. on a warm day, however, holding off of your rain gear until camp is a fantastic idea.
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
     
    Best thing about fenders for me is knowing that I'm not ruining my buddy's day by spraying shitty water all over.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
     
    In other news, Ive been running over packing lists in my head for my trip, which is leaving in two weeks-ish. We're going to be relying on a new stove, and I'm on a bunch of new gear, and I still haven't actually built my bike yet. I'm getting nervous, but I know it'll all come together. Waiting on a handlebar bag and cranks to come in.

    Still need to get some bug dope, decide on emergency food rationing, build a wheel, build my bike, find a bike box... Typing this is stressing me out.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
     
    What is your tentative route/time-frame? Just curious.unstuck in time
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
     
    landing in pucallpa, peru on the 26th. riding over the andes, and finishing in trujillo, peru, on the 9th.

    route is roughly...
    pucallpa -> tingo maria -> huanuco -> chiquibamba -> huamanhuanco -> yungay -> la pampa -> mollebamba -> agallpampa -> trujillo


    reserving the right to bust straight out to the coast should disease, mech stuff, or time issues come up.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
     
    damn, dude.

    did you read ted's blog too?Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
     
    ^^, Dayummm. I is jelly.unstuck in time
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
     
    ^^heh, yes, I did. His pictures of gnarly dirt roads won me over, and proved it was a place I really wanted to ride. Ted's ramblings about how great it was didnt hurt, either.

    A couple years ago, I rode the california coast with my buddy. On the second to last day, we were planning on a pretty standard and easy 80-90 mile day. Things went smoothly, but come mile 60-ish, we find a "road closed - jeep track only - proceed at your own risk" barrier. At that point, going around would've been too far (and would have ended up being an extra 30-40 miles iirc). We only had one route to take, so onwards we rolled. Things quickly turned upwards (as in, up a big mountain), as well as to very gnarly dirt. The 'road' had large holes all over, a couple of washed out spots, large rock formations we needed to climb, and general awesomeness. To make things more interesting, there was what looked to be mountain lion poop lining the road. We had some bear spray and a machete that we kept handy, more for our mental health than for any real protection from an attack. Thankfully, we still had a couple hours until sunset, so we didnt need to worry about getting cougarmauled too badly.
    The rest of the climb went as you'd expect it to - slow, painful (I was tremendously overgeared), and involving couple flats. When we finally reached the top, and were rewarded with some incredible views of the mountain range we'd just climbed, as well as a peek at what we were about to descend. The descent was gnarly. Swoopy, fast, steep, and long. We stopped a few times on the way down to let our rims cool - we could smell the burning rubber and didn't want to risk a heat flat, fully loaded, while descending. Thankfully, the heat-flats never happened, but damn those rims were *hot* when we decided to stop. After a while, the road leveled out, and we found a grove of lemon trees. We grabbed one for our morning tea, and rolled into our campsite, a nice spot right on the ocean, but sheltered from wind.

    That was one of my most enjoyable days on a bike, and something that both myself and my buddy are trying to find again. Thus, Peru.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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    ^glorious. tristan, i'm going to start planning the next one and you're going to be part of it.
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
     
    re-reading my post made me realize that i left out
    THAT RULES CONGRATS UR GUNNA HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!!!!Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
     
    Awesome, Tristan.
    Awesome Tristan.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    Awesome, Awesome Tristan.somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2012
     


    Full Set


    Tour went very not-as-planned, but we met a major goal, which was climbing and sleeping atop the cordillera blanca. We got some good, hard riding in, and hopefully I'll get around to uploading some GPS tracks in the next couple days.

    Take aways were: dogs suck, mountains are beautiful, peruvians are the nicest strangers I've ever met, water filters are great, deserts are fun if scary, chicken gets old, life can be cheap, and riding bikes is still good fun.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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    Wow.
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2012
     
    diggin that tarn.gone
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    so glad you got to experience that tristan, congratulations.somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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    oh man, i'm gonna have to wait on that photoset because this kind of thing is very NSFW for me. just call me excited and know that i feel that this belongs in the bike porn thread as well...
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
     
    ^fair enough, but one cannot deem their own pictures porn!ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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    once you're adequately removed from having taken them, i would disagree.
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      CommentAuthorstingobango
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012 edited
     
    clockwork ted:oh man, i'm gonna have to wait on that photoset because this kind of thing is very NSFW for me. just call me excited and know that i feel that this belongs in the bike porn thread as well...

    ^+1. Ted, maybe you can come over to my office, we can close the door and the blinds, and um...yeah, not weird at all, right?I thought that might be you! But there was no shimmy-shake so I couldn't be sure.
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012 edited
     
    tristan:
    Take aways were: dogs suck, mountains are beautiful, peruvians are the nicest strangers I've ever met, water filters are great, deserts are fun if scary, chicken gets old, life can be cheap, and riding bikes is still good fun.


    Seriously, dogs really suck. Once I was minding my own business riding through some random mountain in Ecuador when a group (IDK if it was large enough to be a pack) of three dogs started chasing me. I was on a shitty, rented mountain bike and going up a very steep hill and it was all I could do to keep from being mauled while a little old lady yelled ineffectually at her dogs to stop and her little sons or whatever laughed hysterically... thank god for adrenaline O_O

    Ted, how did you deal with that sort of thing while you were on your tour?

    But, your trip looked awesome. So very, very jealous.unstuck in time
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      CommentAuthorSaffs
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
     
    tristan:

    Full Set


    Tour went very not-as-planned, but we met a major goal, which was climbing and sleeping atop the cordillera blanca. We got some good, hard riding in, and hopefully I'll get around to uploading some GPS tracks in the next couple days.

    Take aways were: dogs suck, mountains are beautiful, peruvians are the nicest strangers I've ever met, water filters are great, deserts are fun if scary, chicken gets old, life can be cheap, and riding bikes is still good fun.


    AMAZING!!!
    Well done, Tristan.
    I trust that Open Pro rim held up, as they do :)
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    west.:
    Ted, how did you deal with that sort of thing while you were on your tour?

    the city dogs were awesome and playful and followed us around almost like tour guides or personal escorts for the most part. the countryside dogs chased us but were occasionally terrifying in the german influenced regions (though the beer did get better there) where massive german shepherds were popular. you just never knew when one would be off its leash/rope or not fenced in. only once, however, was one of my tripmates run off the road by a dog and it luckily only ended with a small cut. the beauty of abundant potable water is you can spray dogs with your water bottle all you want haha.
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
     
    clockwork ted:
    west.:
    Ted, how did you deal with that sort of thing while you were on your tour?

    the city dogs were awesome and playful and followed us around almost like tour guides or personal escorts for the most part. the countryside dogs chased us but were occasionally terrifying in the german influenced regions (though the beer did get better there) where massive german shepherds were popular. you just never knew when one would be off its leash/rope or not fenced in. only once, however, was one of my tripmates run off the road by a dog and it luckily only ended with a small cut. the beauty of abundant potable water is you can spray dogs with your water bottle all you want haha.


    A big factor in the doghate was the first night's ride down the mountain. Unprotected one-lane (two way) roads with big drops off the side, pitch black, occasional speedbumps, and constant packs of 3-5 dogs snarling, snapping, and barking at us. We must've seen a hundred dogs that night. I was doing the bottle spray, until I came upon a speedbump one-handed and nearly lost it. I realized on that ride down that I'd never before had the cause or chance (extended terror) to really scream at the top of my lungs.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2012 edited
     
    So, I'm planning a spur of the moment tour down to Philly, leaving this Tuesday in the early am. Tentative route, due west out to western mass/border of NY (near great barrington), then south along to NYC, then to Philly. Basically the route I had planned on earlier this year for Spring break. Probably follow the Adventure cycling routes part of the way. From experience biking around the northeast and down to NYC before, it really sucks missing all the winding back roads in New England, hence, i want a GPS (see product review thread).

    I'm still in search of the perfect Boston--> nyc route, last two times I did it was... questionable (first, through Rhode Island, CT-ferry into long island, second time all the way through CT).

    Anybody potentially interested? I'm probably going to ride at a leisurely pace, no more than 70 miles/day (if that), self supported, camping along the way at campsites (and some stealthing it as necessary).unstuck in time
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2012
     
    Shit, leave on Friday and I'd be game. I was just going to post to see if anybody wanted to do a light tour over the weekend starting Friday and getting back Sunday.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2012
     
    stingobango:
    clockwork ted:oh man, i'm gonna have to wait on that photoset because this kind of thing is very NSFW for me. just call me excited and know that i feel that this belongs in the bike porn thread as well...

    ^+1. Ted, maybe you can come over to my office, we can close the door and the blinds, and um...yeah, not weird at all, right?


    hahaha


    congrats tristan!!! that looks amazing and awesome! thank you for sharing your pictures!Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012 edited
     
    nerdo:Shit, leave on Friday and I'd be game. I was just going to post to see if anybody wanted to do a light tour over the weekend starting Friday and getting back Sunday.

    heh, currently in a library in dover plaines NY trying to catch up on my emails and figuring out where to stealth camp before the ride down into NYC tomorrow.unstuck in time
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012
     
    ^I know a few nice farms in the Red Hook / Staatsburg area where you could probably pitch a tent, and I have friends in Hudson you could crash with possibly. But all that's the wrong direction for you. Good luck!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthortyler
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012
     
    Just returned from riding from Boston to P'Town! Did the Claire Saltonstall route. It was my first long ride on my newly finished (the day before we left..) touring bike! First day we rode all the way to Hyannis, where my mother lives. The day couldn't have started better, weatherwise. In Plymouth was when the gods decide to shower us with, well, torrential rain. And thunder! So we walked over the Sagamore, soaking shoes but smiling, and road on. The service road was an amazing strech. Long sloping hills, nice gradient and few cars. 65 miles first day. My ma had a massive dinner ready with some beer and we slept it all.
    Our plan was to take the ferry back to boston the next day after riding the PTown, but the schedule was a bit different from what we remembered. So in interest of time, scenery and not having to 'beat the clock' my mom drove us to wellfleet and we continued on the path from there. Day 2 was gorgeous. That stretch is some of the most lovely bike riding. Pine scrub lined swirling trails with the ocean in earshot. Ate massive amounts of clams, fish, oysters and beer in town then had a whiskey on the ferry ride back. Topped out at about 100 miles in two days, which I'm quite proud of.
    No mechanical issues, no crashes, no injuries. Just nice, tired, sore, satisfaction.
    • CommentAuthorJimmyJ
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2012
     
    ^sounds better than my trip down there.

    had all the niceness of the actual ride but we rushed to get the ferry back, ate a quick lobster roll, tried to celebrate with a beer on the boat but it was super choppy and i ended up throwing up for 45mins on the way home.


    that service road is great. would do it again, but stay the night in p-town i reckon.
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    Going on a little mini tour-let next week with a couple friends, taking the train to Portland, ME with the plan of wandering North along the coast. We plan to leave Portland around noon on Sunday, and then get back to Freeport by Tuesday night to stay at a friend's place. Any suggestions for the time in between? Sights, roads, spots to (stealth)camp? We'll probably cover 60-100 miles per day.I thought that might be you! But there was no shimmy-shake so I couldn't be sure.
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      CommentAuthorRachel
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2012
     
    Pemaquid Point is pretty! There is an old lighthouse you can go up (this lighthouse is also featured on Maine's quarter), there is a small museum, and it is just a gorgeous area to walk around.



    There also seems to be a campground here, but I dunno anything about it. Man, Maine's coast is great, have fun!
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      CommentAuthortyler
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2013
     
    I've got a week off from work at the end of April and I've been doing the preliminaries on planning a camping tour, perhaps a loop through NY or up to Lake Erie or Superior. Any suggestions on routes or other 4-5 day bike trips worth considering?
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    I super want to do this one: http://www.atatrail.org/i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    tinyhonkshus:I super want to do this one: http://www.atatrail.org/


    ooooooooooooooooooooo this + the C&O looks awesome
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2013 edited
     
    end of april will be cold up north, head south

    take a bus to dc make your way to front royal va and ride skyline drive for as long as you have timegone
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2013
     
    Western Mass is nice (if rather hilly getting there); I biked from Boston out to Western Mass then down the Hudson River Valley to NYC last summer, everything after Worcester up to almost NYC was pretty nice.unstuck in time
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2013
     
    ^Yes! I've biked the shit out of this area. It's all super pretty, if you can get past the stench of cows from all the Hudson Valley farms. (Farm vegetable stands everywhere, though.)Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    someone sent me this cool new publication on bike touring. they claim it will be a quarterly publication but they just put out the first one. i'm 20 or so pages in and felt it was worth sharing.

    http://bunyanvelo.com/

    the only thing i am put off by is the name.
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    Lotta Bergs up in there. Looks awesome - I especially like the fivefingers strapped to the pack.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    no relation that i know of, unfortunately? i also still can't look at fivefingers without getting a little weirded out.
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      CommentAuthorseanile mick
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2013 edited
     
    you must love mittenssomebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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    Ortlieb panniers, yea or nay?You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
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    yaysomebody turn the lights off on this place already.