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Forum: Touring
09-27-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 104
Posted By raybo

Let me start by saying I don't camp, so I can't...

Let me start by saying I don't camp, so I can't really help there. I do use couchsurfing and warmshowers along with getting rooms.

Do not miss Slovenia, one of my favorite European cycling...
Forum: Touring
09-21-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 889
Posted By raybo

No. I'm an mp3/audiobooks kind of guy.

No. I'm an mp3/audiobooks kind of guy.
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By raybo

This page has 7 links to information about bike...

This page has 7 links to information about bike touring in Norway (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Norway&state=&place=&id=&subtopic=).

Not all of them may be useful to...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,368
Posted By raybo

I am likely much older than you at 68. I am also...

I am likely much older than you at 68. I am also retired, so time constraints are not tight. I have been touring (and retired) since I was 50. I have developed an approach that works for me.
...
Forum: Touring
08-31-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By raybo

This page has 4 links to information about bike...

This page has 4 links to information about bike touring in Arkansas (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=United%20States&state=Arkansas&place=&id=&subtopic=). Not sure any of them...
Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 881
Posted By raybo

I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA...

I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA (https://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipComments.php?tipID=2130). You might find some useful information there.

It would also help to know what things you...
Forum: Touring
08-08-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 826
Posted By raybo

I've traveled with two "suitcaseable" bikes: an...

I've traveled with two "suitcaseable" bikes: an S&S coupled one and a Bike Friday NWT. The S&S bike is, by far, much harder to get into its hard-sided case and maneuver around. The Bike Friday lives...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,640
Posted By raybo

Do you speak one of the languages of the...

Do you speak one of the languages of the countries you listed? If so, I would give preference to that country.

I've done many tours in Europe but have not done one in Spain. My impression of it is...
Forum: Touring
06-27-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 946
Posted By raybo

I did some searching around and found this link...

I did some searching around and found this link at bikemap.net which appears to be the EV 11 route in Estonia (https://www.bikemap.net/en/o/2766980/#6.19/58.712/25.76). According to the map page, it...
Forum: Touring
06-13-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By raybo

Can you be more specific on what you consider...

Can you be more specific on what you consider "supported?"

Does this mean a commercial tour where someone drives a SAG wagon, carries all your gear, provides the food and a place to stay?

Does...
Forum: Touring
05-28-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,104
Posted By raybo

I don't have a bell, but I can whistle pretty...

I don't have a bell, but I can whistle pretty loud. For some reason, people jump out of the way when they hear my whistle. It is good to keep things clear, but I often feel embarrassed for giving...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By raybo

I don't know if any of the links provided will be...

I don't know if any of the links provided will be of use to you, but this page has 6 links to sites with information about bike touring in Japan...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,447
Posted By raybo

If you have the time, riding the entire Pacific...

If you have the time, riding the entire Pacific Coast would be great. Each state is a bit different. Washington has lots of trees and tree farms, cranberry bogs, Indian Casinos, and such. Oregon also...
Forum: Touring
04-18-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,639
Posted By raybo

I also have given up sleeping on the ground. I...

I also have given up sleeping on the ground. I don't even carry camping and cooking gear (saves 10 pounds, at least) anymore.

On my first bike tour, from SF to LA, I did 70 mile days. This was too...
Forum: Touring
04-09-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By raybo

This page has 5 link to information about bike...

This page has 5 link to information about bike touring in Iceland (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Iceland&state=&place=&id=&subtopic=). I don't know if any of them address...
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By raybo

I don't know if this information will help you,...

I don't know if this information will help you, but I rode from Vermont (over the Kangamagus pass) to Acadia NP through Conway NH, Augusta and Belfast ME. What I remember most is what another bike...
Forum: Touring
03-17-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By raybo

Have you seen this brochure:...

Have you seen this brochure: http://www.cyclingfromguildford.co.uk/KAcycleguide.pdf

Also, there is a good page of info at the CTC:...
03-08-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,628
Posted By raybo

Yes. Had a detailed plan for Rome to Bari to...

Yes. Had a detailed plan for Rome to Bari to Balkans and then back to Rome. Now, I am working on a ride around Ireland, instead. June timeframe.

I’ve put the Rome - Balkans trip on hold for a year.
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 497
Posted By raybo

I have a hard-sided case, so this might not work...

I have a hard-sided case, so this might not work for you, but I use old tubes zip-tied to the metal parts.
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,183
Posted By raybo

I generally book rooms in advance, if it is a...

I generally book rooms in advance, if it is a busy season or there aren't many places to stay where I want to stop for the night. I also check if there are grocery stores and restaurants in the...
Forum: Touring
02-22-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,959
Posted By raybo

There is a website called...

There is a website called conversationexchange.com (http://conversationexchange.com) that lets you contact people who want to speak your language and will help you speak theirs. I have used it...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,959
Posted By raybo

When I tour in non-English speaking places, I try...

When I tour in non-English speaking places, I try to learn a bit of the language, as well. To help me, I've created a couple of flashcard sets: one for German and one for Italian. Since I'm further...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,820
Posted By raybo

I listen to audio books when I ride/tour. I used...

I listen to audio books when I ride/tour. I used to listen with one ear bud. Then, I discovered bone conduction head phones that sit just in front of my ears and vibrate the sound through my skull....
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,850
Posted By raybo

I started my 4-week ride in early July. There was...

I started my 4-week ride in early July. There was snow on the peaks but not on the ground. There was some rain, but rain in the mountains isn't all that unusual in the summer.

My suggestion was to...
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,850
Posted By raybo

When people ask me about the ride I'd recommend,...

When people ask me about the ride I'd recommend, I always answer the Icefield Parkway between Banff and Jasper, Alberta Canada. In 6 weeks, you could start in Yellowstone, though this isn't the best...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,940
Posted By raybo

Rome to Bari, Italy, Ferry to Dubrovnik Ride...

Rome to Bari, Italy,
Ferry to Dubrovnik
Ride to Kotor and then to Durmitor NP (in Montenegro)
Ride to Bosnia -- Sarejevo and Mostar
Take the ferry to Hvar and then to Split, Croatia
Ferry to...
Forum: Touring
01-19-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By raybo

Journal of my ride from Bolzano to Vienna

In August, 2019, I rode from Bolzano,Italy through the Dolomites to Cortina and then to and over the Grossglockner Pass to Vienna in 16 days. It wasn't the lowest traffic time of the year and there...
Forum: Touring
01-06-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By raybo

A couple observations: I have found bike...

A couple observations:

I have found bike paths common in Italian cities. Even Florence, had bike paths. While riding in Milan or Rome would require some advanced planning, I have found safe routes...
Forum: Touring
12-25-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 648
Posted By raybo

I planned a route from Venice over to Trieste on...

I planned a route from Venice over to Trieste on to Istria over Cres and Krk down the coast a bit and the up to Plitvice NP before heading north to Slovenia. I flew into Venice (from the US).
...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,699
Posted By raybo

I have shipped a hard sided 26x26x10 S&S case...

I have shipped a hard sided 26x26x10 S&S case many times using UPS. I've done this in the US, US to Canada, and within Europe. Never a problem. The mailing labels don't always stick to the case so...
Forum: Touring
11-11-19, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 378
Posted By raybo

Book listing World Heritage Sites

I discovered a book at my local library called World Heritage Sites, 8th Edition...
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,941
Posted By raybo

I'm in the training before a tour camp. I also...

I'm in the training before a tour camp. I also plan my rides down to the place I'll be staying for the night. I do this because I don't like to camp and don't take camping gear when I tour. As a...
Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By raybo

In December, it will be cold for this part of the...

In December, it will be cold for this part of the world. As low as the low-40s in the morning. There may also be fog. If the sky is clear, there will be fabulous sunshine, though cool air during the...
Forum: Touring
10-31-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
Posted By raybo

I have a custom-made frame bag that uses 2-inch...

I have a custom-made frame bag that uses 2-inch wide strips of strong velcro. It is held in place securely. I'm not sure what your concern is.

I leave the bag on the bike and rarely take it off....
Forum: Touring
10-22-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 711
Posted By raybo

1) I spend whatever it takes. I don't try to save...

1) I spend whatever it takes. I don't try to save money when I travel by bicycle. That said, whenever I get the chance, I try to find hosts for the night, which saves a lot of money on lodging. I...
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,549
Posted By raybo

On my "normal" diamond frame touring (Waterford)...

On my "normal" diamond frame touring (Waterford) bike carrying 4 panniers and a tent on the rack, I was riding into Nevada from Carson Pass with a tail wind and hit 45 MPH without even knowing it as...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,756
Posted By raybo

I used Couchsurfing (CS) long before warmshowers...

I used Couchsurfing (CS) long before warmshowers came on the scene. I've even stayed with the mother of one of the founders! Before couchsurfing, I used something called Hospitality Exchange.
...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,672
Posted By raybo

I always rode a bike around Southern California...

I always rode a bike around Southern California where I grew up. I lived close enough to Disneyland to bike there. Same for the beach.

When a friend of mine graduated from UC Berkeley, he rode...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Posted By raybo

One way into Sonoma is via the Russian River,...

One way into Sonoma is via the Russian River, which comes out at Highway One. You can ride north from SF, up through Bodega Bay (location of the movie The Birds) and turn right at Jenner. Then,...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,756
Posted By raybo

John, A much more direct thing to say would...

John,

A much more direct thing to say would be "This is my office and you need to be out of it at 8am." Then, I would post a sign there that says the exact same thing. Then, I would simply come in...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,756
Posted By raybo

I have spend many night with Warmshowers hosts....

I have spend many night with Warmshowers hosts. The last one ran a cafe and woke me up at 6am to accompany him there. I was a bit surprised but in 10 minutes I went from asleep to on my bike riding...
Forum: Touring
10-02-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 677
Posted By raybo

I always create planning pages for my rides. Here...

I always create planning pages for my rides. Here is the one for this ride (https://www.biketouringtips.com/showPublicPlan.php?planid=52&planName=Italy to Vienna through the Dolomites and over the...
Forum: Touring
10-01-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 677
Posted By raybo

Thanks for the kind words and the heads-up on the...

Thanks for the kind words and the heads-up on the page problem. I have fixed this problem.
Forum: Touring
09-26-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 677
Posted By raybo

The Grossglockner Pass was beyond my ability....

The Grossglockner Pass was beyond my ability. But, through determination, refusal to quit, and some walking, I made it to the top. No joke, indeed!

Thanks for the information on the Brenner Pass....
Forum: Touring
09-19-19, 12:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 677
Posted By raybo

Selected photos from my ride from Bolzano, Italy to Vienna, Austria

In August, 2019, I rode from Bolzano, Italy on the western edge of the Dolomites to Cortina on the eastern edge and then north to the Drava river and over the Grossglockner Pass (the highest paved...
Forum: Touring
09-02-19, 10:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,218
Posted By raybo

If you want distance, then go all the way down to...

If you want distance, then go all the way down to San Diego. But, the quality of the ride degrades once you are south of Santa Barbara (some would say south of San Luis Obispo). Certainly, riding...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 797
Posted By raybo

I don't know if these are any use to you, but...

I don't know if these are any use to you, but here are 2 links to information about bike touring in South Africa:
...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,178
Posted By raybo

I have a Bike Friday New World Tourist. It is a...

I have a Bike Friday New World Tourist. It is a folding touring bike. It only has a single tube connecting the front of the bike to the back. The tube is very low to the ground, below my knee....
Forum: Touring
07-28-19, 11:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,062
Posted By raybo

I developed a bike touring website with no...

I developed a bike touring website with no intention of making any money off it. Crazyguyonabike.com is much more popular than my site and it does seem that getting thousands of unique visitors a day...
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 05:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,279
Posted By raybo

I use booking.com when Warmshowers or...

I use booking.com when Warmshowers or couchsurfing didnít work. For the most part, they didnít work and I used booking.com extensively.
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