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Your Best 40 bicycle-touring miles? Where and why?
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:33:54 AM »
I thought it could be interesting  to see some the best cycle touring days you guys ever had. I know it's tough, but try to pick 30-50 miles (roughly an easy day) you could say it was the best ride ever. Where was it? and why was it so special? a stunning landscape, an amazing encounter, an incredible meal, the magic of a sweet downhill, a great tailwind... a nice mix of those... whatever it is. And if you can't pick just one, write down 2!

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It's taking place in august, in the Syrian desert. After a nice dinner made of mutton and camel milk (the milk was not that great) with the local Bedouins it was time for my wife and I to leave the oasis of Palmyra sitting in the middle of the desert. Cause of the painful temperature during the daytime, we decided to leave at dusk. What a great idea! We were heading north towards the Kurdish part of the country to go back to Turkey. The temperature was just perfect, the brand new asphalt felt like riding inside of a mall. The silence was absolutely perfect: not a single car, no clicking wheel thanks to my Shimano silent hub, just the smooth friction of the tires. Thanks to the very dry air, the full moon was astonishingly bright, so bright that we turned our lights off. The silence, the gentle breeze, the obscurity only broken by the moon, the easy ride... riding the immensity of a desert in those conditions was truly a beautiful experience.

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« Last Edit: January 26, 2010, 11:40:14 AM by travleur »

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Re: Your Best 40 bicycle-touring miles? Where and why?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 07:08:07 AM »
Hi

it took place between ELoualidia and Eljadida on the atlantic in Morocco. After spending one day and a half resting, chilling and eating grilled sardines in the beautiful laguna of Elwalidia i started off to Eljadida early in the morning with a full tank of energy, i guess it was the reason why i crossed the 80 km fully loaded in 4 hours, it was also due the apparent difference of Altitude.. the reason why i was happy is that i like to go as fast as i can when i want to ...

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Re: Your Best 40 bicycle-touring miles? Where and why?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2010, 09:48:48 AM »
One of the best bike rides EVER is from BaƱos to Puyo in Ecuador.  You go down about 4000 feet through a narrow canyon with waterfalls every few miles and cliffs to throw rocks over and fruit stalls with incredibly delicious goodies...  It's FABULOUS!  We happened to climb up it, but even the climb isn't that bad - the road has a good grade and isn't too steep, except for a few short stretches.  Anyway - I've posted a slide show of the ride here:  http://www.examiner.com/examinerslideshow.html?entryid=968543

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Re: Your Best 40 bicycle-touring miles? Where and why?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 12:14:22 PM »
My best day was in East Tibet, somewhere in November 2005.
I like climbing, and the climb from Nyinchi at 2900m to the next pass at 4500m seemed to be built for me. The road was freshly paved and the dozens of curves carried me up through magnificent primary pine forest. I started that day at 4 a.m. to avoid a checkpoint. However, the police were fully awake and waved at me, I waved back. With my bottles frozen, I couldn't drink until 10 a.m., but who cares in this scenery. Around 8 I witnessed the sunrise, already quite a bit up the climb. The first rays started to warm me around 9 and an hour later I could drink a bit. Hours and hours of easy peddling in a low gear took me up the gentle 5% slope to 4500m where I could see the prayer flags waving in the wind. But the biggest surprise came when I rounded the last bend. A fantastic view of the mighty Namcha Barwa, 7700m high, in a clear blue sky. It took litterally my breath away. And for one hour I sat in the snow in the deepest meditation watching this giant mountain and the surrounding pine forests until my friend arrived as well. In the following 2000 vertical meter downhill I was sometimes crying from happiness or yelling like a madman. I took many pictures, but none of them captures my happiness and the majesty of the landscape. That night I camped in a kind of subtropical forest.
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Re: Your Best 40 bicycle-touring miles? Where and why?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 11:56:54 PM »
Peter, You were lucky to have the Mancha Barwa waiting for you like that! I actually camped 2 days at the top of this pass just waiting for the sky to clear so I could see this magnificient summit! There was no way that I could come all that way and climb that high without seeing it! Finally, after 2 days, we were running out of food to the point that we had to leave the very next morning. It was just before dark when it finally came out from behind the clouds, and it was a thousand times bigger and so much more impressive than what I was expecting. I was so happy that I waited! Sleeping at 4500m high was not very comfortable... but it surely was worth it! That climb you're describing was also a lot of fun going downhill! Nicely paved! It was Franz, 1 hour behind you, wasn't it?
Alvaro, I will get you some links ASAP.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2010, 02:20:41 PM by Stephane »
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Re: Your Best 40 bicycle-touring miles? Where and why?
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2010, 03:56:26 AM »
yes, it was Franz.
The good old Franz.
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