Bike Tour Vacations

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Bike Tour Vacations

  1. 1. Vacationing by bicycle: a Puffer’s guide <ul><li>Doug Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Created… </li></ul><ul><li>November 15, 2004 </li></ul>
  2. 2. What’s a Puffer? <ul><li>Casual biker </li></ul><ul><li>No spandex </li></ul><ul><li>Bike less than $500 </li></ul><ul><li>Has another life </li></ul><ul><li>Not too proud to walk up hills </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why bike? <ul><li>Low stress exercise </li></ul><ul><li>All ages </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>Scenery in slow motion </li></ul><ul><li>Meet people, not just see things </li></ul>
  4. 4. To travel by bicycle is a humble, non-aggressive way to get close to people. It is a way of saying we are passing through with no thought of invasion or conquest, only the simple will to share part of the road. Claude Herve
  5. 5. My experience
  6. 6. IC-MSP - 1980 <ul><li>360 miles </li></ul><ul><li>10 days </li></ul><ul><li>1 biker </li></ul>
  7. 7. Scenes
  8. 8. Trails - 1997 <ul><li>290 miles </li></ul><ul><li>6 days </li></ul><ul><li>7 bikers </li></ul>
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  12. 12. SE Iowa - 1998 <ul><li>200 miles </li></ul><ul><li>5 days </li></ul><ul><li>2 bikers </li></ul>
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  15. 15. GRABAAWR-2000 <ul><li>500 miles </li></ul><ul><li>5 days </li></ul><ul><li>1100 bikers </li></ul>
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  18. 18. Provence - 2002 <ul><li>260 miles </li></ul><ul><li>12 days </li></ul><ul><li>35 bikers </li></ul>
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  23. 23. SAGBRAW - 2004 <ul><li>300 miles </li></ul><ul><li>6 days </li></ul><ul><li>1100 bikers </li></ul>
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  27. 27. Equipment <ul><li>Multi-speed bike </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross/good tires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water bottles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helmet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gloves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Padded shorts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bike shoes? </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Keys to enjoyment <ul><li>Train yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain your bike </li></ul><ul><li>Make your bike do the work </li></ul><ul><li>Go with friends </li></ul><ul><li>Stop to smell the roses </li></ul>It’s a ride, not a race.
  29. 29. Nearby weekend rides <ul><li>Red Jacket Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Sakata Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Cannon Falls Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Root River Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Sparta-Elroy Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Twin Cities trails </li></ul>
  30. 30. Resources <ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biking in Vikingland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycle Vacation Guide -MN & WI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore MN Biking Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clubs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bike Wisconsin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UWSP - Biking and Hiking Tours </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Questions? Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. H.G. Wells

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