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Our Next Bicycle Tour: Chicago Trails Loop 2014

Our Next Bicycle Tour: Chicago Trails Loop 2014

Two months have now passed since our grand European bicycle tour in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. And we are already itching for another!  Our next tour will need to be a bit closer to home due to cash and vacation time constraints SO we’ve elected to do a 200 mile loop in the Chicago area over six days in September 2014.  Craig and I have been throwing around the idea of a...

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Planning Your Commute

Planning Your Commute

I’ve been a bicycle commuter for years now and it seems like a normal lifestyle to me.  I am aware, however, that to most people this way of travel is considered unusual… around these parts anyway.  But there are also lots of folks out there who really WANT to try bicycle commuting but they just don’t know where to start.  So here’s the process I go through when planning...

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Exped SynMat 7 Sleeping Pads

Exped SynMat 7 Sleeping Pads

It’s camping weather out there!!  When the leaves turn bright colors and the air gets brisk, Craig and I start itching for a nice fall bicycle tour.  We’ve been bike touring for many years and after much experimentation we’ve finally fine tuned our camping gear to perfection. Camping and sleeping comfortably on our bike tours is a top priority. Long gone are the days when I...

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On The Streets: Successfully Cycling With Cars

On The Streets: Successfully Cycling With Cars

It’s the main reason why more people don’t bicycle commute.  Fear of cars.  I completely understand.  I really don’t like cars at all.  I lived without one for four years.  I recently did get a little used Mini Cooper.  It’s so cute.  But there it sits in my driveway.  I only drive it a couple of times a month when I absolutely have to.  I much prefer to ride my bike....

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Google’s Bicycle Trail Maps

Google’s Bicycle Trail Maps

Whoah!  I just discovered the neatest thing!  Google has recently begun to show bicycle trails on their Google Maps.  This is a wonderful new feature that I’ll be using constantly in the future. I use Google Maps all the time while I’m planning my bicycle trips.  I hate cycling on roads with heavy traffic so I use Google to find alternate routes on quieter streets through...

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COGAP INTERNET RESOURCES: For geeks like me, you know who you are!

COGAP INTERNET RESOURCES: For geeks like me, you know who you are!

As is my habit, I’ve spent the month before our COGAP tour in 2010 exhaustively researching the internet to prepare for this adventure. For my geeky readers, here’s a list of the most helpful resources that I’ve found for the C&O Canal Path / Great Allegheny Passage area. http://elephanteating.blogspot.com/2009/03/c-and-o-canal-campsite-guide.html Journal with a cool name!...

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KT 2008 Equipment List

KT 2008 Equipment List

For the geeks like me who like this kinda’ stuff… here’s my equipment list from our six day Katy Trail tour in 2008: Kona Dew Hybrid Bicycle with Shimano Deore gearing system upgrade Ortleib waterproof rolltop back panniers – Ortleib waterproof panniers are pricey but are the absolute best panniers you can buy and they will last forever. REI 15 degree F. down sleeping bag...

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Tips for Riding the Katy Trail

Tips for Riding the Katy Trail

The Katy Trail is one of the easiest introductions to touring. You can get a little taste without two of the biggest hassles of bicycle touring — car traffic and big hills — but still experience an intense week of camping and pedaling. Our Katy Trail expedition was a great test of our gear and our touring planning and we learned a lot. I encourage you to try it yourself! If...

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