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Forum: Touring
06-27-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 386
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: 425
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: 1,740
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: 569
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: 2,984
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: 79
Views: 4,549
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: 440
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: 553
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: 308
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: 10,872
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: 472
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: 1,092
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: 3,675
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: 3,675
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: 3,570
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: 8,323
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: 8,323
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: 2,770
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: 236
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: 260
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: 560
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: 1,571
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: 361
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: 5,836
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: 860
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: 1,096
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: 681
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: 3,372
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: 2,589
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: 3,478
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: 860
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: 2,589
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: 2,589
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: 646
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: 646
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: 646
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: 646
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: 1,198
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: 762
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: 1,146
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: 2,016
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: 1,253
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.
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,253
Posted By raybo

I rode the other direction from Naples down to...

I rode the other direction from Naples down to Sicily and then once around (journal here). (https://www.biketouringtips.com/showJournalPages.php?jid=58)

I found the westernmost roads on the...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 972
Posted By raybo

Seeking information about the Grossglockner pass

I may have a chance for a second bike tour this year. Yesterday, I put together a possible route from Bolzano to Vienna through (more of) the Italian Alps. One option for crossing from south to north...
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,665
Posted By raybo

Photos only a bike tourist would take

On my recent ride from Italy to France and Switzerland, I was riding up a deserted road in the Appinines and saw silhouettes of leaves on the recently painted white line. I stopped to get a photo...
Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,277
Posted By raybo

I use warmshowers extensively when I tour and...

I use warmshowers extensively when I tour and would recommend them wholeheartedly. I used to use couchsurfing but no longer bother.

Warmshowers consists of experienced bike tourists or people...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,684
Posted By raybo

I started bike touring the year I turned 50. I...

I started bike touring the year I turned 50. I had a cheap bike for exercise. At 50, I bought a touring bike, planned a tour (SF to LA) and started training hard. I rode too far on that first tour...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,783
Posted By raybo

I saw this sign at the start of the climb from...

I saw this sign at the start of the climb from Martigny up to the Forclaz pass and thought how hard it would have been to ride up it instead of down. I'm impressed!
...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,783
Posted By raybo

Selected photos from my ride from Florence, Italy to Bern, Switzerland

In May/June, 2019 I rode from Florence, Italy to Bern, Switzerland via the French Alps. It took just short of 4 weeks and featured spectacular terrain, wonderful people, and fabulous memories.
...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,981
Posted By raybo

I carry a thin cable and keyed lock, but rarely...

I carry a thin cable and keyed lock, but rarely use it. To stop snatch and grab thefts, I use a large rubber band around the front brake handle which will stop the bike from moving easily. I use the...
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