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  • biketour wrote on their own wire:

    I’m in Arizona, looking for work. It’s not going too well. The International Appalachian Trail is a great trail to hike. They are making it longer now…I may have to go back to hike the new part!

    7 years, 7 months ago

  • biketour wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 8 years ago

    biketour wrote a new blog post: 6/6/09 – City and Trails %s

    68.0 miles
    I feel like I did battle today. I was on the bike almost 11 hours, and I’m exhausted. I could never have done it if I hadn’t taken yesterday off to rest.
    I was on the road early so I could beat the traffic and ride the main road, reaching the bike path in nine […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 6/5/09 – Taking Time To Heal %s

    0.0 miles
    I was in the shower this morning when the motel fire alarm went off. I got dressed, grabbed my bag with all my important stuff in it, and headed for the exit. Response was fast; firemen were already coming in the door as I was going out. I joined the other motel guests huddled […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 6/4/09 – A Hard Day At Work %s

    61.9 miles
    It stormed with hail last night, and I was sure glad I wasn’t in my tent. This morning was gray and cold, and I headed out in a light mist.
    Today could be divided into thirds. First came lots of hill climbing. When the terrain finally leveled out a little, I had a headwind. At […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 6/3/09 – The Bad And Good In Town %s

    45.3 miles
    I’d noticed that I could short-cut today’s ride by using the four-lane U.S. Rte. 1 instead of all the backroads, but I was afraid traffic might be bad. It looked quiet this morning, though, so I decided to give it a try. There were several opportunities to connect with the backroad route if I […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 6/2/09 – Richmond’s Not Bike-Friendly %s

    45.8 miles
    The day started out nice, with ten miles of pleasant, shady riding before reaching the outskirts of Richmond. I encountered my first real hills since Texas, and pedaled past historic battlefields with cannons lined up. I passed a drained swamp where all the trees except one were just rotted stumps. At the very top […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 6/1/09 – Bicycling The Way I Like It %s

    62.5 miles
    Last night I made a cue sheet for today’s ride. I wrote down mileage, direction of turns, and road names — one directive per line — in printing large enough to read while I’m riding, and stuck it in my map holder. It worked! With just a glance, I could confirm a turn and […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/31/09 – Watch Out For McDonald’s %s

    61.9 miles
    I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find that this section of highway 158 was a quiet two-lane road. It ran along the edge of Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The wildlife was shy; turtles dove off logs and fowl took to the air as I approached. Even though I don’t like swamps, […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/30/09 – Don’t Ride On Nails %s

    52.1 miles
    I started out under dreary skies, but by mid-morning it was hot and sunny. I was continuing on the horrible Rte 158, and even first thing in the morning it was busy.
    I’d just passed an abandoned house and was musing that the trees in back would have made a nice campsite, when suddenly my […]

  • biketour wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 8 years ago

    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/29/09 – Back To The Mainland %s

    27.4 miles
    Just before bedtime last night, my lower back spasmed. Bending to sit down hurt, and it hurt to stand back up. I hoped that a good night’s sleep would relax it, but it still twinged this morning. Being on the bike didn’t hurt it too much, so I set off, thinking that some easy […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/28/09 – More Wild Beaches %s

    53.6 miles
    It was supposed to rain all day with thunderstorms by noon, but it was clear when I got up. I put half the rain covers on and put the rest where they would be easily accessible, just in case.
    Most of the day I rode through Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Pea Island National Wildlife […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/27/09 – Better Clouds Than Crowds %s

    39.2 miles
    It was gray with low, dense clouds when I got up this morning. By the time I left the room, a slow drizzle was falling. I parked the bike on the ferry and stood in the warm dampness, watching as land fell away behind us. Then I went to sit inside the passenger lounge, […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/26/09 – Back To The Sea %s

    59.7 miles
    The boy scout program last night was a flag retirement ceremony. I’d never seen one before. At first I watched from afar, but then I thought it would be a shame to miss it and I drifted in closer.
    A representative flag flew at half-mast; they raised and lowered it to the playing of […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/25/09 – Warning: Rant & Rave Ahead %s

    65.1 miles
    When I woke up this morning, I thought it was cloudy and fixing to downpour. Then I realized it was only dark because I was in an enclosed shed under the trees. It was actually a nice, sunny day, although clouds and headwinds did build up in the afternoon.
    Since the road through Camp LeJeune […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/24/09 – Happy Birthday, Dad! %s

    57.9 miles
    Today I took my dad bicycling with me for his birthday. He died two years ago — the official date of death was the 25th, but I know he left on his birthday, just like he said he would. I was there when his spirit departed; his body just didn’t wind down until the […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/23/09 – A Quiet Day %s

    6.9 miles
    I decided to split the difference and stay at the state park another night. That way I can ride through Wilmington on Sunday morning while it’s quiet, and I’ll only have one holiday night to find a place to stay.
    I set out early to see what I could find in town. The library, normally […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/22/09 – From Sea To Shining Sea %s

    17.0 miles
    I’d camped in a good spot last night. It was quiet and dark, and I could hear the ocean waves somewhere on the other side of the trees. I had to pack up in a hurry this morning, though, before the mosquitos could carry me away.
    Half a mile down the road I came upon […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/21/09 – An Enjoyable Day %s

    24.5 miles
    The time off with Steve and Stephanie was just what I needed. It really lifts my spirits to talk with people who understand bikes and touring, and they are such a fun and welcoming family. I had a great time. This morning they dropped me off on my route; it was time to move […]

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    biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/20/09 – Hangin’ In The Bike Shop %s

    0.0 miles
    I was invited to spend the day and another night at Steve and Stephanie’s house if I wanted. Since I’m not in a rush right now, I accepted. Steve looked over my front wheel and didn’t find anything wrong with it, and since it spins smoothly, I’ll just go ahead and not worry about […]

  • biketour wrote a new blog post: 5/19/09 – Bundling Up Again %s

    41.3 miles
    This morning was cold, cloudy, and windier than yesterday. I couldn’t just sit around another day, though, so I bundled up and headed out. Between struggling with gusty crosswinds and cringing from heavy traffic on shoulderless roads, it’s safe to say I didn’t have one bit of fun today. I’m sick of the east […]

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