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Death, Life & the Rural American Gas Station

West from Florida with low standards and a dream
By Jeff Arnim and Kristen Waddell
#703 - posted Sunday February 7, 2016 by Neil Gunton

"Ask most anyone who's left home behind and spent a few months hiking or biking while sleeping outside most nights and they'll tell you the experience was life-changing, life-giving, life-affirming, or maybe all three. There's something to this, because although some of them were rugged outdoorspeople before they set out, others weren't. Take me for example. Before I decided to start traveling by bike I had camped exactly twice in my life. I didn't hike or kayak or run or rock-climb. I couldn't swim. My sleeping bag had never been used outside of the basement in the house I grew up in. I had ridden a bicycle one time since I was in elementary school and that ended with the bike shoved in the back of a taxi. And yet with no good will toward any of this stuff, riding long distances on a heavy, awkward bike and going to bed on a thin air mattress inside a drafty tent out in the woods of Washington felt right almost from the beginning. The 20,000 miles of loaded touring that followed only made those affections stronger..." - read this journal

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Thailand 2016 *   David Flatley  12:59 
6 of 16 days
A Tour in Chile *   Alan Williams  12:20 
37 of ??? days
Hatfield to York by tandem *   Adam Edwards  12:12 
Completed Sep 2015
Gone 4 a Ride *   Linda Stuart and Mike Stuart  12:11 
554 of ??? daysFeatured Journal #701
Where Am I Going? *   Peter Thomas  11:42 
13 of 22 days
It should be vacation but it is a long tour on the !? For hul i hovedet front det ville nu vaere pa *   Val Andersen  11:06 
997 of ??? days
Great Lakes Tour Project *   Robert Scott  11:04 
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Holy Crap This Country is Just Too Wide *   Truls Asdal  10:40 
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1963 of ??? days
Cycling Beyond my Comfort Zone: Ethiopia *   Timothy Tower  09:02 
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Great Lakes Tour Project *   Robert Scott  11:07 
Completed Feb 2016
Old Knees Guide: Bike the Trails, Rail Trails & Backroads *   Bob White  23:43 
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Day Trips & Training Rides *   Bill Stone  Sun 7 
Completed Jun 2015
Brief Breaks *   Scott Anderson  Sun 7 
Work in progress
Loaded Bicycles *   Kelly Iniguez and Jonathan Voelz  Sat 6 
Work in progressFeatured Journal #487
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Digital Gear  Micro SD Card help/Advice Needed   Tom Norton  Jan 28   11   12:36
Regional: North America  500 lb man riding across America   Colton Thies  Jul 23   238   10:06
Touring with Disabilities  Human Powered Wheelchair Update   Douglas Coulter  Jan 15   4   10:05
Components  Pinion Gearbox Potential   Alastair MacDonald  21:11   3   09:48
Regional: Asia  Japan: Tour by folding bike and train?   Graham Smith  Sat 6   7   20:51
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Stoves  Emberlit Titanium UL Wood-burning Campstove   ****_  1   Tom Kepler  Thu 4   0   Thu 4
Panniers  Ortlieb Carrying System for Panniers   *****  *****  2   Tim Raphael  Jan 24   4   Mon 1
Lighting systems  Lights and helmets combined   ***__  1   Fred Spengler  Mar 12   5   Jan 30
Tires  Maxxis Overdrive Maxxprotect 26 x 1.75   *****  1   Sydney Winer  Jan 24   1   Jan 25
Brake systems  Bike Brake   *****  ***__  3   Mike Cosenza  Dec 16   21   Jan 23
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Siciclando* www.siciclando.com Tour Operator 2016-02-07 
Here's a great site that gives some idea of roads to be cycled, It maybe dangerous for motorcars but it's cycling nirvana for some.* www.dangerousroads.org Maps, Route 2016-02-02 
Sichuan Chengdu Natooke Bicycle Shop www.natooke.com Travel resources, Tour Operator, Shopping (specialist), Shopping (general), Communications 2016-01-30 
Great bike trails near Las Vegas recumbentgourmet.com/2016/01/13/t... Route 2016-01-13 
Recumbent Trike Tour of the Florida Keys recumbentgourmet.com/cycling-and-... Travelogue 2016-01-07 
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Myers, Carol (cmyers2190) 8 Feb 2016  5 Nov 2014 
Del Luongo, Claudio* (cdl) 8 Feb 2016  31 Jan 2016 
Wimborne, Tim (Timshoots) 7 Feb 2016  4 Oct 2011 
Bigl, Reinhart (rbigl) 7 Feb 2016  29 Sep 2009 
Komerous, Ray (cgoabwannabe) 7 Feb 2016  30 Jul 2015 
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kg0Vcn_image.jpg Yes, the sea was just as beautiful this morning

Image on journal page: Day 49: Ferry to Zadar in journal 3x3=60 (a summer around the alps) by Marie Sylvain (Unfinished, not updated for over 1 year)

 2016-02-08 12:07 
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zTS83k_image.jpg If I recall well: pink = announcing good weather forecast...

Image on journal page: Day 49: Ferry to Zadar in journal 3x3=60 (a summer around the alps) by Marie Sylvain (Unfinished, not updated for over 1 year)

 2016-02-08 12:07 
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CNPFHo_image.jpg ... but what about half pink / half blue?!?

Image on journal page: Day 49: Ferry to Zadar in journal 3x3=60 (a summer around the alps) by Marie Sylvain (Unfinished, not updated for over 1 year)

 2016-02-08 12:07 
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Egypt-Cairo028.JPG Always full of positive energy in GBI

Image on journal page: [13/12/26~30 (D+852) Egypt/ Cairo]: The last night in Africa in journal Traveling around the world by bicycleFeatured Journal #483 by Jin Jeong (1621 of ??? days)

 2016-02-08 11:44 
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397527880.072540.jpg These sunflowers reminded me of inside out umbrellas because the wind was blowing them from behind as they were trying to keep pointed at the sun. The ones on the other side of the road seemed like they were watching me, all with a different face.

Image on journal page: Day 59 Hazelton to General Sibley Park, Bismarck, North Dakota: Fighting the wind in journal Do It While You Can- The Northern Tier by Frank Rubio (Completed May 2014)

 2016-02-08 11:41 
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