Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Let's go on a bike trip!

I frequently talk to people who want to go on a bicycle tour, but are overwhelmed by the apparent complexity of such an undertaking, and, in the end, they get bogged down in internet discussions about tires or panniers and never actually go through with any trips. I am planning for a week-long tour this summer, tentatively scheduled for the first week of August. Anyway, it occurred to me that this would be a good opportunity to invite experienced and inexperienced bicycle tourists to come with me. I especially want to welcome people who are new to bicycle touring, who may be otherwise a little intimidated by logistics and all the potential pitfalls of going it alone.

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I don't have a specific route in mind just yet, but the idea would be to cover around 45-50 miles per day at a relaxed pace. Some days may be 30 miles, and some days may be 70 miles (maximum) - it all really depends on the locations of towns, campgrounds, motels, and other points of interest we plan to visit. There's nothing worse on a bike tour than being tired after a long day, but still pressed for time to cover many miles while daylight is running out... Rather than a rigid itinerary dependent on grueling high-mileage days, I prefer to build in the flexibility of a leisurely daily mileage schedule.

There will be no charge for this trip, and I will accept no responsibility for your safety or enjoyment. My plan is to provide a nice route and the companionship of a group, but on a bike trip, as in life, it's not reasonable to expect everything to go 100% smoothly and according to some preconceived plan. The basic idea is that each rider would be responsible for his/her own bicycle, equipment, food, physical fitness, etc.

Food: Some combination of cooking, grocery stores, and restaurants. The route of the trip will not be far-removed from civilization. We will pass numerous opportunities for replenishing food/supplies. Personally, I like to have munchies on the bike, but eat at least one big meal a day at a decent restaurant.

Lodging: Mostly camping at campgrounds, but perhaps one or two nights at a motel. In general, no lodging will be arranged in advance unless it seems necessary to have reservations somewhere. Most of the time, we can decide on the road where we're gonna stay.

If this is of interest to you, or you have questions, please let me know.


brother yam said...

I'm interested -- I may even convince me darlin' Mrs to join us.

Tim said...

I have a vision of you in an apron serving me pancakes.

Snakebite said...

This is very intriguing. I hope to have time to fit this in. Sounds like great fun!

Chad Parrish said...

Sounds like fun, once the dates get hammered down I will put in for the time off of work.

Shaun said...

I'm definitely interested and would very much like to come if I can finagle it.

Anonymous said...

Count me in. I can't wait, I really want to do some bike touring this year.

Mark W.

doug peterson said...


Great idea! As you note, people can become overwhelmed with the details. Our club did a S24O last fall. Based on the success of that, a small group just completed San Francisco to Southern Cal, planned & executed on their own. Once people see how simple it can be, bike touring becomes a natural.

doug peterson