Touring - "Vacation by Bike"
 
A Taste of Touring...
A couple years ago our cycling hobby ventured into new territory, that of touring.  We load all our gear on our bike and take off on vacation!  The photos on this page are a sampling, intended to give you a feel for what this experience is all about.

Riding a fully loaded bike while touring is a whole different ball game.  Fortunately we did a lot of research and preparation before we got started, so we actually knew what we were getting into!  We share some of the best wisdom that we learned regarding how to get started on our Touring Tips page.  We also had to make some  equipment changes in order to haul everything.  We talk about that on our Touring Equipment page. 
 
A view from the road...  (taken with a handlebar mounted camera - details here)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Stops for rest & refreshments...
     
     
     
The 3 pictures above are at a restaurant in Rainier, Oregon (by the Columbia River) after riding 70 miles on a 100 degree day!
     
Enjoying the sights...
     
     
     
     
Camping... 
     
     
     
     

Before we ever thought about touring, we had logged over 6,000 miles on our tandem.  Over the years we had tried all different kinds of cycling activities.  I think each one helped us gradually focus in on what we really enjoyed most (see our "Finding Your Thing" page).  We discovered that we like a leisurely pace of sight-seeing, that also includes stops for coffee and meals.  We also don't mind riding long distances.  Because of what we had learned about ourselves, touring just seemed like the next logical step for us.  Make it a multi-day trip!  As it turned out, we were right, we loved it!!

When we first considered touring, we were a bit hesitant about the camping part since neither one of us had ever done any tent camping.  We really enjoyed that as well.
 
Two things that helped make this new venture so successful for us was the research we did ahead of time (Tips page), and carefully choosing all the gear we would need (Equipment page).  It's hard to put into words, but it's an exhilarating experience to ride into a campground and set up camp, having carried everything with you on your bike.  On one of our trips, we stayed at a town on the Oregon Coast that we had visited a number of time over the years by car.  Several times while there, we said to each other:  "Wow, can you believe that we actually rode our bike here!!!"
 

 
 
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