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Aug 4, 2021 - 3:05:10 PM
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I started my solo bicycle trip in Columbus, OH, destination ... Gettysburg, PA. The 360-mile trek took 5 days and was quite an adventure. Having trained on relatively flat terrain in central Ohio, the mountains were quite a challenge as I rode through W.V. and into PA.

Edited by - Carter Canyon on 08/04/2021 15:06:38

Aug 4, 2021 - 10:21:13 PM
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Paul R

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That's quite the distance. Loaded touring? Got any pics? Any dog encounters?

The farthest I've gone in a day (that I measured) was 170 km. I rode to a training ride for Multiple Sclerosis tour leaders - 35 km to the start. Then we did a 100 km ride, then back home. At dinner, our daughter said she couldn't eat her meal, so I took it after finishing mine. Then I brought the dishes into the kitchen, then raided the fridge until bed at nine. I once rode from Toronto to Niagara Falls with a knapsack on my back. Never again! Ride with panniers!

A number of years ago a cycling colleague phoned. He was outside Kingston, had ridden down from Ottawa, and needed a lift. We gave him a room for the night and gave him a lift to the train station the next morning. He rode down on a bicycle I couldn't lift onto the roof rack. He carried books (he was at a Mathematics conference) and a family-size pop bottle. He had a basket on the front and wire rear baskets. Whew!

Pro cyclists consume more calories than any other athletes. Second on the list is Sumo wrestlers.

Aug 5, 2021 - 3:18:41 AM
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That looks like some trip Gary! Was there a specific reason why Columbus was the start point and Gettysburg was the destination?

7 years back, myself and some friends took a cycle trip that involved us stopping off and climbing the three biggest mountains (relatively small by US standards) in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon). That was a 540 mile trip which we took 7 days to complete. 3 of the days involved around 50 miles on the bike plus one of the hills and the other 4 days were between 80 - 120 miles in the saddle. We cheated though and had some friends follow us with a camper.

Brings back happy memories just writing this up - I'm sure you got the same from your trip.

Aug 5, 2021 - 4:23:22 AM
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When I was stationed in Omaha, we used to do an event every year called SAC Warriors Across the Heartland, or SWATH. You could either ride a bicycle or run from one end of Nebraska all the way to the Nebraska Iowa border in Omaha. That was a 430 some mile trip. The bike riders would do the whole thing and the runners would alternate legs of it. I never did the running or biking, but I did ride in the chase cars a couple of times wink

Aug 5, 2021 - 4:33:26 AM

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Originally posted by Wet Spaniel

That looks like some trip Gary! Was there a specific reason why Columbus was the start point and Gettysburg was the destination?

 

I lived in the Columbus area at the time and had a speaking engagement in Gettysburg. The ride is detailed in a post called 'THE MOUNTAIN'. The site is runninghome81.blogspot.com

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Aug 5, 2021 - 4:33:54 AM
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Originally posted by Wet Spaniel

That looks like some trip Gary! Was there a specific reason why Columbus was the start point and Gettysburg was the destination?

7 years back, myself and some friends took a cycle trip that involved us stopping off and climbing the three biggest mountains (relatively small by US standards) in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon). That was a 540 mile trip which we took 7 days to complete. 3 of the days involved around 50 miles on the bike plus one of the hills and the other 4 days were between 80 - 120 miles in the saddle. We cheated though and had some friends follow us with a camper.

Brings back happy memories just writing this up - I'm sure you got the same from your trip.


Small by our standards or not, Ben Nevis is still impressive. I never climbed it but I got some good photos of it. I had ex in-laws up in Embo on the north eastern coast and when we would go visit them we would drive up the Cairn-O-Mount through Banchory, Tomintoul, Inverness and Tain and on the way home we would run down by Loch Ness into Ft William and back across to Perth and north back to Edzell. Beautiful trip. The one advantage to being married to a Scot was she knew how to avoid most of the tourist trap places and we got to see the real Scotland. We did a couple tourist traps just because, but for the most part we stuck to the out of the way places.

One of the coolest things was watching the Tornado fighters out of RAF Lossiemouth flying out over the ocean. As soon as they were feet wet they went supersonic and then you could hear them dropping back below the sound barrier when they were coming back.

Edited by - Banjonewguy on 08/05/2021 04:39:10

Aug 5, 2021 - 5:51:36 AM
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I rode to the end of the street and back, only had to stop twice to rest. Almost a mile total.

Aug 5, 2021 - 6:02:58 AM

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Originally posted by Banjonewguy

Small by our standards or not, Ben Nevis is still impressive. I never climbed it but I got some good photos of it. I had ex in-laws up in Embo on the north eastern coast and when we would go visit them we would drive up the Cairn-O-Mount through Banchory, Tomintoul, Inverness and Tain and on the way home we would run down by Loch Ness into Ft William and back across to Perth and north back to Edzell. Beautiful trip. The one advantage to being married to a Scot was she knew how to avoid most of the tourist trap places and we got to see the real Scotland. We did a couple tourist traps just because, but for the most part we stuck to the out of the way places.

One of the coolest things was watching the Tornado fighters out of RAF Lossiemouth flying out over the ocean. As soon as they were feet wet they went supersonic and then you could hear them dropping back below the sound barrier when they were coming back.


I've spent many a weekend on 'the Ben' during the winter months - it has some fantastic classic winter mountaineering routes.  one of my climbing partners at the time has since gone on to summit Everest 15 times as a guide.  Unfortunately the three hills I mention have now become a cash cow for sponsored 24 hour challenges with charities bussing in hundreds of people at a time - the amount of rubbish and human waste they leave behind is heart breaking.

The rifle scope on my .308 came from MaCleods of Tain - one of the most scenic drives to a gun shop ever - and you're right, with the tourists sticking to the honey pots, a little insider knowledge goes a very long way towards enjoying the rest of the country.

Aug 5, 2021 - 6:07:57 AM

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We stopped in at the Geln Morangie distillery while we were there just to have a nose around. Really nice folks. It is sad that people make such a mess of a place like the Ben. It's sad how many can't see past their own nose. Whenever I take my son fishing, before we leave I give him a bag and have him pick up trash from where we were. He used to get mad because it wasn't his but I told him if people left a mess everywhere other people wouldn't let anyone use their land and if the trash makes it into the water there won't be any fish left to catch. Now he grabs the bag himself when we leave.

Aug 5, 2021 - 6:36:04 AM

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Originally posted by Banjonewguy

We stopped in at the Geln Morangie distillery while we were there just to have a nose around. Really nice folks. It is sad that people make such a mess of a place like the Ben. It's sad how many can't see past their own nose. Whenever I take my son fishing, before we leave I give him a bag and have him pick up trash from where we were. He used to get mad because it wasn't his but I told him if people left a mess everywhere other people wouldn't let anyone use their land and if the trash makes it into the water there won't be any fish left to catch. Now he grabs the bag himself when we leave.


That's great of your son Bill.  I live in an area famous for having three peaks - three hills on a circular 25 mile route.  It too has become a charity magnet for sponsored walkers trying to bag then in 12 hours.  Yesterday my 14 year old was out on one of the hills with a litter grabber and a trash bag - some of the stuff she collects is honestly beyond me.

Aug 5, 2021 - 6:46:17 AM
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Originally posted by Wet Spaniel

That looks like some trip Gary! Was there a specific reason why Columbus was the start point and Gettysburg was the destination?

 

I lived in the Columbus area at the time and had a speaking engagement in Gettysburg. The ride is detailed in a post called 'THE MOUNTAIN'. The site is runninghome81.blogspot.com


Thanks Gary, a really enjoyable read.  i doubt there is anywhere in the uk with a 'climb for the next 7 miles' sign - and I sincerely hope I never discover one!

Aug 5, 2021 - 6:55:21 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Banjonewguy

We stopped in at the Geln Morangie distillery while we were there just to have a nose around. Really nice folks. It is sad that people make such a mess of a place like the Ben. It's sad how many can't see past their own nose. Whenever I take my son fishing, before we leave I give him a bag and have him pick up trash from where we were. He used to get mad because it wasn't his but I told him if people left a mess everywhere other people wouldn't let anyone use their land and if the trash makes it into the water there won't be any fish left to catch. Now he grabs the bag himself when we leave.


We caught some trespassers on our land, and we have a problem with people dumping trash, abandoning cars, and other problems, like partiers smashing bottles.  These people apologized and said they were just foraging for wild plants for dinner.  After a brief conversation they offered that if they could continue to forage, they would bring trash bags and pick up trash that others left behind.  So far it's working great, and they notify us if they see problems that we need to address.   If others didn't leave a mess, I would take down the no trespassing signs altogether.  I like hikers, just don't like litterers. Poachers, dirtbikers, and snowmobilers ignore them anyway, but without the signs we have little legal ground to stand on.  

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