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    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
    that would be awesome
    it would at the very least help us narrow our scope i think, cuz non-veg compatible is a deal breaker for me :/Must be awful, being so fluffy.
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
    yeah, if I recall correctly, in Argentine Patagonia most vegetarian options in restaurants were like:

    cheese pizzas
    tomato salad
    cazuelas (casserole) with mixture of baked veggies like squash or mushrooms with a big layer of cheese

    though, carnivore portions of all of the above are more common. Argentines love the beef, and finding restaurants that have more than one or two veggie options is a rarity. With that said, when we were trekking, we'd usually just hit up grocery stores and make dulce de leche and peanut butter sandwiches. That along with fruit, freeze-dried soups and boil-in-bag rice (brought from the states) saw us through most of our camping days.
    another thing to be cautious of re: fruit/veggies in south american countries is that it's not always allowed to take plants/plant products across borders. this is especially true regarding chile and their agricultural protections.
    The Argentine post-doc in my lab claims that their pizza is the best in the world.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
    surprisefries:The Argentine post-doc in my lab claims that their pizza is the best in the world.

    Ha.unstuck in time
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
    I am skeptical. Your Argentine post-doc needs to prove his theory with hard evidence for the sake of science.

    that chickpea flatbread that they use as a topping is a neat variation, though.
    i might have had some, but all i really remember was the asado, the steak, the gelato, and the wine.

    I'll see if I can talk her into having her mom ship some, or something. Chickpea flatbread sounds real good.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
    thanks, you all :)Must be awful, being so fluffy.
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
    I just wanted to post that the uppercase I in bike in the title of this thread is really bothering me.gone
    me too.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
    ^Mod win!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2013
    Inspiration:'ll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2013
    Peep this jammy :
    my friend from England rode from England to South Africa O.O
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2013 edited
    rock death:

    anyone here done any exotic northern-hemisphere-winter touring? ideas/advice?

    I haven't, but this guy has. He also has a couple other articles/posts about winter touring.I thought that might be you! But there was no shimmy-shake so I couldn't be sure.
    I recently heard of a 250 mile dirt road route through a state park in washington, and am trying to find info on it. Anyone know what I'm talkin bout? It was mentioned in some video I watched about bike touring in washington, but I can't find the video again or any info on the route. HALP!
    Perhaps poke around to gauge whether maybe it was one of their videos? Swift Industries also tours in WA, they might have linked to iti mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2013 edited

    seems legit pretty much sogone
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2013
    I thought y'all would appreciate this: Australia’s Bicycle Riding Shearers of the Early Twentieth Century

    After photographing the well presented shearer’s bicycle at Pushies Galore, I had to find out more about these men who rode bicycles thousands of kilometres across Australia’s harsh and unforgiving – unpaved interior, only to find more back breaking work when they arrived at the sheds of Australia’s vast sheep stations. Then there were the games these pedaling shearers played, Thumbs Up and Birds Fly……We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
    studyourheart:I recently heard of a 250 mile dirt road route through a state park in washington, and am trying to find info on it. Anyone know what I'm talkin bout? It was mentioned in some video I watched about bike touring in washington, but I can't find the video again or any info on the route. HALP!

    I found it!
    Cycling Sojourner Washington
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2013
    attn: studyourheart

    350 mile mtb route through georgia.gone
    So good! That might happen some day.
      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2014
    my canoe trip got cancelled when a certain someone bailed (still luv u tho) and now i have nuthin but time off and wanna gtfo. thinking about cycle touring the gaspe peninsula in quebec.

    question 1:
    wanna go? leaving within a week and will be gone for ~1 month, v. easy to fit into yr schedule

    question 2:
    been to gaspe or the northern coast of the st. lawrence? ridden from montreal to quebec? have any experience with riding on the route verte? suggestions and tips would be appreciated
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2014
    Sorry bro that sucks. I'd love to catch up with ya wherever you are between June 14-18."Dude's just smashing fructosenormativity, lay off."
      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2014 edited
    if you can make it to gaspe
      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014 edited
    I just got back yesterday from a three week Eastern Canada tour with Graham. Door to door we rode 1300 miles and took 4 ferries. It was rad. One thing I was really into when planning this was the idea of being in an unfamiliar place. While there are a lot of things about Canada that are quite similar to the US there are enough differences, particularly in rural Quebec, to make you feel like you're more than a few hundred miles from home.

    Add to that breathtaking scenery, excellent bicycle infrastructure/road conditions and accidentally great timing on our part (early enough that tourists hadn't arrived yet, late enough to have great weather) and it turned out to be far better riding than i had expected.

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    TL;DR, the rest of this post is long. I couldn't figure out how to create a show/hide script that works in Vanilla. Sorry haterz

    During our time in Quebec we rode predominantly on a bike route system called La Route Verte, a province-wide bike route system. The Route Verte is well signed and the official map book is pretty detailed. There are many motels, campgrounds, B+B's, and Youth Hostels that have a "Bienvenue Cyclistes" designation, though we didn't stay in any. These spots are officially sanctioned by Velo Quebec and advertise that they're bike friendly on their signs. They offer secure bike parking, guaranteed lodging for cyclists without a reservation, basic tools and sometimes a discounted rate for bicycle travelers. All Bienvenue Cyclistes lodgings are close to or directly on the Route Verte and are marked on the map. All Route Verte roads have a good shoulder and tend to be fairly flat.

    Canada's bike infrastructure goes beyond spending money on bike trail systems and signage, Canadian drivers expect bicyclists to ride on the road and are all willing to share it. I've ridden in lots of places in the US and have never ever seen anything approaching Canadians' attitude toward driving. Not in crunchy hippy rural areas, not in "bike friendly" cities like Portland, nowhere. Canadian people drive the speed limit and give bikes space. Nobody honks. Everyone stops at stop signs and lets the person who's turn it is go. This includes the teenager driving busted up old camry, the good old boy in the huge lifted pickup, the RV wasps, the SUV moms, everyone. It's bizarre. Sometimes the Route Verte takes you on wide detours to avoid a strip mall section or busy downtown, but there's no real need to avoid them if you've ever ridden on the street in a US city.

    Something else that made the riding more pleasurable was the utter lack of syndicated billboards and advertisements. There were a few small billboards advertising local business scattered here and there, but after Quebec City there was an 800 mile stretch where I did not see a single corporate billboard. Chain restaurants and big box stores were rare too, though most bigger cities had a Canadian Tire or something similar.

    We started in Montreal and rode north through Quebec City. French is the official language of Quebec and while some folks do speak English it's not a given that you'll be able to communicate in anything other than French. The ride was kinda bland between the two cities, but the St. Lawrence River is really impressive. It's fed by many tributaries that meet the river with a waterfall and it's big enough that you can have sunny skies over you while watching a huge thunderstorm go down over the river:
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    Past Quebec, the Route Verte officially ends before the Charlevoix region. Charlevoix is very hilly and there are a number of very steep sea level to 2000+ft climbs before you get to the end. The steepest marked climb was a 17% grade (summit ave is about 9%) and it goes between sea level villages and high peaks for 70 miles before flattening out. Tough riding but beautiful:
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    In Tadoussac you take a ferry across a fjord. I had no idea that there were fjords in eastern North America. There's a whole lot of whales in and around the area. Fjords rule:
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    After Tadoussac, the ride regained the Route Verte. It was rural and the landscape was almost Sub-Arctic. There were places where the boreal forest became taiga, riding with taiga on our left and estuary on our right. There's only one road in this area and its course was altered in the not-too-distant past, so rather than demolish the old highway when it was rerouted the workers cut it in half and turned it into a bike path:
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    After we reached Baie-Comeau we took a ferry to Matane on the Gaspé Peninsula. Gaspésie is the northern end of the Appalachian Mountains, where they meet the ocean. Most of the riding on the north side of the peninsula was flat and bordered by the sea on one side and towering cliffs and waterfalls on the other:
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    The Gaspésie skyline is punctuated by many windmills and is one of the highest wind power capacity regions in Canada. We passed a few modified tractor trailers carrying 200ft windmill blades produced in a factory in Gaspé:
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    There were a few impressive views in eastern and southern Gaspésie, but the area was built up and touristy and the RVs had just started to filter in at that point. We crossed into New Brunswick in Campbellton and rode on some great inland highways through NB. It's legal to ride on all roadways that cars can go on, including the Trans-Canada and all interprovincial highways. The highways had the advantage of a generally large shoulder, a direct route, and very little traffic. In almost every case they were a better bet than local roads. We followed the course of the Miramichi river and saw lots more boreal forest and vernal wetlands:
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    From St. John, NB we crossed the Bay of Fundy to Nova Scotia by ferry. The riding was very similar to NB but with more ocean wind thrown in. In Yarmouth, NS we took a Ferry to Portland, ME. They have been working out the best way to make a profitable ferry service between Nova Scotia and New England for years and the idea this year is a luxury cruise ship with a casino, theater, fine dining and cabins. It's clearly not working, as the ship was running at about 8% of its passenger capacity for our trip. It was weird being on a luxury vessel after three weeks in the woods, and stranger still that the thing was empty:
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    The good news is that with our bikes the ferry cost less than $150 for an 11 hour ride. In Portland we stayed with friends and took the Amtrak Downeaster home the next day.

    Because there is so much open space in this area finding a place to camp for free was never really a problem. In more built-up areas there were ample campgrounds, but most weren't open yet (the tourist season doesn't begin until the end of June) and we were able to camp free at vacant sites. It helped offset the high prices of food. In Canada, most everything is significantly more expensive than in the US. Groceries were 50% more expensive than at home. We didn't buy much other than food, but advertised prices for things like gas and consumer goods were way higher. The only things that cost less as far as I could tell were weed, lobster, cigarettes, Unibroue beer and health care. But, there's less poverty, higher wages, better public works projects, no litter, a great recycling program, more public jobs and better education, so you get what you pay for.

    Most of the people we really connected with ended up being in New Brunswick, but nearly everyone we met in Canada was friendly and hospitable. We got fed and invited into people's homes frequently. All in all it was an excellent place to go for a bike tour, exotic while still being close at hand, great bike infrastructure (but very few bike or camping stores so if you lose or break something you're screwed) and amazing views.

    Especially with Quebec's huge undertaking with the Route Verte it's surprising to me that there's almost no promotion of long distance cycle touring in this region. Ostensibly the Route Verte is modeled around the weekend B+B traveler so there's no mention of places to buy groceries or bike shops in their map book, but it's so close to being as good as Adventure Cycling routes (it's a public program which in many ways is better) that it's crazy that there's no effort to bring tourist dollars through by promoting bike touring of Quebec to Canadians and Americans. So this is me saying that if you ever have two weeks or more to go on a bike tour, take the bus or the ferry and ride Quebec and Atlantic Canada. I've been on a few longer bike tours in the States and this tour beat the hell out of all of it. If you left this afternoon, you could be in Nova Scotia tomorrow morning with your bike for under 200 bucks.

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    Rough Map of the Route
    rock dathe:If you left this afternoon, you could be in Nova Scotia tomorrow morning with your bike for under 200 bucks.

    Now we're talkin!i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    ah that looks so gorgeous.and then the time will come when you add up the numbers
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014 edited
    in canada slices of pizza are very hard to find, cheese pizza is nearly non existent, and pepperoni goes UNDER the cheese.
    also 2 large pizzas cost $40 in new brunswick. (just random delivery pizza, nothing fancy)

    beer is also very expensive, single 16oz ("tallboy") cans at gas stations were generally $3, and 24oz cans of budweiser or molson or whatever were $5-6.

    just a heads up for any potential pizza and/or beer consumers.gone
      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014
    not a pizza-friendly place
    Has anyone here hiked the "Pemi Loop" in the white mountains? The loop is 31-38 miles around the Pemigawasset wilderness (with Owl's Head Mt. in the center) depending on how many of the mountains you want to summit. I did the Franconia Ridge loop earlier this month which hits 3 of the peaks (Lafayette, Lincoln, Little Haystack) and had a blast, but it was only about 8 miles and a decent portion of my day. I'm playing around with the idea of trying to organize a hiking trip to bang out the whole Pemi loop as I've heard it's fucking gorgeous (which is very believable if what I saw compares even slightly with the rest of the hike) and was wondering if anyone has any first hand experience. I've never done any camping really, besides taking to the woods in Western Mass with some friends to get drunk when I was younger so any advice/suggestions/interested parties welcome. Thanks!and then the time will come when you add up the numbers
      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014
    ^moved to Camping/Hiking thread. sorry to nitpick
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2014
    canada does have a very good assortment of potato chip flavours, eg:

    Damn dudes, that's really awesome. Can't wait to look through all the pics.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2014 edited
    in early july i packed up my prairie schooner and headed west from illinois.

    this is what i saw in illinois:

    iowa looked a lot like this:

    i was reminded that:

    this was easily the sickest truck i've ever seen:


    the homestead act is alive and well in mcdonald ks

    talking about obama probs:

    it was pretty cool when i finally saw the rocky mountains like 25 miles from the end of my last day

    in denver there was a porch, a cooler full of cold beer, a sweet dag and a chill bro awaiting. later the dag used my spd shoes as a chew toy :c

    anyways, the rural midwest is rad. i did very little/no planning (didn't even have a map for iowa), picked a state highway, followed the sun west and stopped when i was tired. kansas and iowa are the two most beautiful states i have ridden in. there were a bunch of days in the high 90s and 2 that broke 100 and i can honestly say that an insulated camelbak with a large mouth to fill with ice was the best thing i brought along. watching the landscape change from soft drift hills of illinois and iowa to gently rolling prairies to high plains with complementary changes in climate and population density was amazing. eastern colorado is desolate and beautiful.

    highlights include:
    inadvertently eating my first hamburger in 15(?) years at a diner in iowa (i thought i was ordering a grilled cheese)
    lutheran church july 4th pancake breakfast where an elderly woman told me she'd pray to keep me safe on my journey west
    july 4th small town rodeo
    getting drunk with a retired judge named delbert and sleeping behind the building
    escaping a crazy thunderstorm in a bar in a filley, ne pop 130
    sleeping in a wheat field
    riding across parts of the historic mormon trail, oregon trail, and pony express route
    riding through some really, really desolate areas- where roads simply turn to dust, rolling through almost ghost towns, riding long long long distances between places to get water or buy food
    eating donutsgone
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2014
    dude sooooo sick! i have thoroughly enjoyed your post cards!! :DMust be awful, being so fluffy.
    yeah, super awesome dude.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    Any ideas for a sub-24hr overnight not too far from Boston? I'd love to be able to bike somewhere, spend a night outside and get back for work in the morning. The #s24o on Instagram has me kinda wishing I lived out west, where this is probably much easier to doI thought that might be you! But there was no shimmy-shake so I couldn't be sure.
      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2014
    Check the sub 24 hour overnights thread
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2014
    gc:attn: studyourheart

    350 mile mtb route through georgia.

    Just noticed this post from last year. Wow, this route begins 30 miles from my in-laws' place. Looks epic. Definitely want to do this, or at least a portion of it, some time.
    It amazes me that the offical times show that the fastest people have actually completed it in two days. 175mi of trail riding per day for two days straight. WUT?::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2015
    this is what i woke up to this morning.

      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2015
    i woke up up here yesterday

    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2015 edited

    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2015
    Graham, where were these taken?Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2015
    medicine bow national forestgone