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2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 - Your Short Tours
 Machka member offline
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posted 1/27/2013
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Short tours are great for those of us who can only spare a few days from our busy schedules to spend on a cycling tour ... or for those of us who want to do a quick exploration of the area where we live, or an area we want to learn more about ... and for those who want to test equipment, bicycle setup, etc.

When you go on a short hub-and-spoke tour, weekend tour, long weekend tour, maybe even a week-long tour, or something similar, tell us about it here.

Where did you go? What did you see along the way? Would you recommend the area? What sort of accommodation did you use? What kind of bicycle did you ride? Did you learn anything new?


What short tours do you have planned for 2018?
thread edited on 3/18/2018 at 7:28:59 AM

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posted 1/28/2013
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I intend to put in a few short tours - still in the planning stages. I'll be back.

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posted 1/28/2013
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Every four years I get to ride to Eureka California for a family reunion. Can't wait. It takes a couple of weeks if I goof around a bit.

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posted 8/11/2013
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Have any of you been doing short tours?

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posted 8/11/2013
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We've done a couple hub-and-spoke tours since we got back in January.

February 23/24 - Weekend cycling/camping trip at a nearby lake
www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157632690960213/

March 9/10/11 - Labour Day Long Weekend in the Australian Alps. Very pretty area and despite the fact that it was desperately hot, we did get some cycling in
www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157633064830733/detail/
post edited on 8/13/2013 at 6:27:05 AM

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posted 8/11/2013
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I will be doing Cycle North Carolina in Late September if that counts as a tour.

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posted 8/12/2013
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We recently rode Lake Champlain and are planning a long weekend riding Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.

CLICK HERE go see the crazy guy journal
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posted 5/6/2014
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Bump ...


 Machka member offline
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posted 5/6/2014
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We've been travelling quite a bit this year ... weekends here and weekends there to various parts of Tasmania.

And most have been hub-and-spoke style tours.

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posted 4/19/2015
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Have you been doing any short tours in the past few years ... got any planned this year?

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posted 4/19/2015
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Hub & Spoke Tour - Feb 21/22

Feb 21 we covered 50.73 km cycling in northern Tasmania ... where the roads are beautiful, wonderful, and gloriously relatively flat. Flat compared with the Hobart area.

We loaded up our folders ... me with pannier and handlebar bag, and Rowan with panniers, trunk bag, and trailer filled with folding chairs, table, cooler, etc ... and cycled to Evandale for the annual Evandale Village Fair and Penny Farthing National Championship.
www.evandalevillagefair.com/

Some photos here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157650926526416/

We set up and spent a great day watching and photographing the Penny Farthing races.

And it was a beautiful day ... clear blue sky, high of 28C, relatively light wind. Way up north, there are two cyclones creating a swath of destruction ... they aren't directly affecting us, but they are pushing the tropical air of Queensland down to Tasmania. It is hot and humid these days.

When we got back, we did an additional exploratory ride ... and then walked to and from the local pub for a delicious dinner.


Oh yes, a highlight of the day was meeting a couple on a tandem. We got chatting with them, and found out that they've put a lot of km on their tandems (plural) ... about 200,000 km ... plus they have owned penny farthings and have also put a lot of km on them ... in the neighbourhood of 60,000. Wow!


Feb 22 ... 43.64 km ... on our tandem!

Our tandem has been in storage pretty much constantly since June 2012 while we roamed around the world and then moved several times. Finally, at the beginning of November 2014, we got most of our stuff out of storage including the tandem ... and we were able to ride it at the end of November.

We did not have the opportunity to ride it again until about 10 days or so ago, when we set off on a test ride ... and our front tire went flat on a descent, and everything went wobbly. Rowan just managed to maintain control and we came to a stop upright and intact.

But I think that experience shook me up more than I thought.

We started the ride today, then stopped at an intersection, and just as we were about to go ... quite unexpectedly, I started shaking, my chest tightened painfully ... and I couldn't do it! I was off the bicycle in a flash.

But I wanted to get back on and try again. So we walked a little way, and then set off again ... and that time I was mostly OK, although it took me a while to settle in.

Again, the roads in northern Tasmania are lovely ... relatively flat and mostly very quiet. The first few km were a little busier, but then we turned a corner and there was hardly any traffic at all for the next 20 km or so. And then it was slightly busier at the end. So nice to be out in the country with hardly anyone around.

One additional feature of the ride ... I have a brand new Brooks saddle on the tandem. So this 43.64 km ride was my inaugural ride on that brand new Brooks. We were stopping about every 5 km or so ... so I could take a little break and stretch.
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