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Wind, Rain, Cold, Cindie’s Illness, and Forum Trolls

Sept. 2nd, 2008 (Sent From Victoria, British Colombia, Canada)


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As you can guess from the title for this newsletter these past two months have been frustrating. I do not like to complain but not mentioning the bad times, when they occur, would be along the lines of lying. Admittedly, the vast majority of our travels are wonderful but we have hard times like everyone else. So, here is what I call “singing the drifter blues.”

First, except for a handful of sunny days, we have dealt with unseasonably cold temperatures (40 F -50 F) and 80% rainy wet riding. Once we crossed the border from Alaska into the Yukon, Canada the cold head wind picked up force in our faces and has lasted about eight weeks to date. We are now riding the ferry from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada to Washington State, USA. We are optimistic that our weather luck will change in this new region.

Second, and by far the biggest problem we have faced since we were arrested in China a few years ago(see http://www.downtheroad.org/Asia/Letters/9China_censorship.htm) is when Cindie came down with a painful case of the Shingles in the middle of the Yukon Territory, Canada. I have never seen her suffer in so much pain before. Because we were in a remote area, she had to ride through weeks of her agonizing experience. I have seen her rise to the occasion to overcome obstacles in her way before but this was almost her undoing. We could of flagged down a truck and got a ride but she said that the pain was there whether she rode or not and the traveling took her mind off it. I do not know how she did it but she drug herself through about six weeks of hard riding in bad weather while the illness ran its course.

Third, and another big blow to our moral was a thread we started on an online bicycle touring forum. (see link below) When we finished our second book we posted a message letting interested people know that after several delays our second book was finally published. I thought we would reconnect with a few old friends who were waiting for news of the books progress; possibly sell two or three, but not much more. At first, the reaction was pretty much as expected but then along came a couple nasty attacks. We know we are suppose to ignore such things but that seems harder for us than most people. We do not live anywhere and have a group of friends we hang out with. We do not socialize with coworkers or meet the local bike club for rides. Our only home these days is on the internet and this, for the most part, is our only socializing opportunities. When things went negative, we felt like we were “voted off the island” even though there were more pro than con comments. I can accept that some will not like the way our web site looks or other constructive criticisms but I have no respect for people who hide behind an alias and say things online that they would not dare say to my face.

If you read through all five pages of the thread below you can see that the discussion went on for some time even while we were traveling and offline

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=442402

Therefore, we have no plans of returning to public bicycle touring forums. It is sad that a few bad apples ran us off but the drama is not our cup of tea. Leaving this kind of drama and bullies behind was one of the advantages of graduating from high school. We hope that the positive people in these circles come over and join us on our web site and interact with us through the comment section of our blog.

I am sure the next RoadNews Newsletter will be much more upbeat and interesting as we reintegrate ourselves to the USA and see our own country through the perspective of being abroad all these years. We will need some tailwinds as we ride south trying to reach the desert southwest before winter catches us but as always, everything has a way of working out.

Tim Travis
Victoria, British Colombia, Canada

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INDEX #6: Alaska, Canada, and USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present


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Alaska, USA
Valdez, Alaska to Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada (July 1 - 13, 2008)

Cindie's Daily Journals for Alaska

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List) Back on the road in Alaska

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- Valdez Alaska, USA: home of the oil pipeline
- Valdez to Glenallen, Alaska
- Glennallen, Tok, Alaska to Beaver Creek Canada


 Yukon, BC, Canada

Cindie's Daily Journals for Canada

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List) Wind, Rain, Cold, Cindie’s Illness, and Forum Trolls

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- Canadian Border- Beaver Creek to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
- Northern (BC) British Colombia, Canada
- Bob Bell II to Prince Rupert British Columbia, Canada
- Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada


Washington, Oregon, and California

Cindie's Daily Journals

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List) Hear our latest radio interview (mp3) on KGNU Metro with Roger Wendell

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- Bicycle Touring in Washington State on the Adventure Cycling route and maps
- Oregon #1: Pacific Coast bicycle touring route
- Oregon: #2 Pacific Coast Bicycle touring
- Northern California and the Red Woods National Park
- Northern California #2, Red Wood National Park and avenue of the Giants scenic drive
- Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and the wine vineyards
-San Francisco Bay Area
- Phil Wood bicycle hub Factory
- San Jose to Santa Cruz, California.
- Santa Cruz to Oxnard, California


Arizona
Tucson/Yuma to Jacob's Lake, USA

Cindie's Daily Journal for Arizona

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)

Computer Crash and Selling Books at El Tour De Tucson
Return to America
Winter Break in the Arizona Desert
Mp3 interview download and itchy feet
A quickie before I go
Back on the road and you are invited to our public appearances.

LETTER  Seven Years DownTheRoad: What has changed and what we have learned.

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- Tucson City and El Tour De Tucson Bicycle Expo
- Winter Break in Yuma Arizona
- Yuma to Phoenix Arizona
- Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument near Why and Ajo, Arizona
- Phoenix to Prescott to Flagstaff
- Flagstaff to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park
-Grand Canyon NP to Jacobs Lake the Utah border


Utah

Kanab to Monticello, USA (May 2009)

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LETTER NPR Mp3 radio interview, Newspaper coverage, and one dead computer

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- Kanab to Bryce Canyon, Utah
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
- Bryce Canyon to Torry, Utah on Adventure Cycling's Western Express
- Capital Reef National Park to Lake Powell National Recreation Area
- Lake Powell to Blanding and Monticello, Utah on Adventure Cycling's Western Express


Colorado
(June, 2009)

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LETTER Cindie's Daily Journal Now on Twitter and Email Interview

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- Delores to Telluride, Colorado on Adventure Cycling Western Express
- Telluride to Montrose to Monarch Pass, Colorado
- Monarch Crest Pass, Salida, Pueblo
- Pueblo to Sheridan Lakes, Colorado and the Kansas border


Kansas Nebraska
(June/July, 2009)

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LETTER Seven Years DownTheRoad: What has changed and what we have learned.

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- Colorado Border, Tribune, Kansas on Adventure Cycling Trans-America Bicycle Touring Trail
- Fort Larned, Kansas
- Scott City, Kansas to the Prairie Grasslands National Monument and the green Flint Hills
- Council Grove, Manhattan, University of Kansas to the Nebraska boarder
- Nebraska


Bicycle Touring in the Mid West: Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, and Ontario

(July - August, 2009)

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Seven Years DownTheRoad: What has changed and what we have learned.

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- RAGBRAI Bike Ride Across Iowa
- Cycling in Indiana
- Ohio: bicycle touring on Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier
- Ontario Canada, Bicycle Touring Lake Erie Coast, Canada


East Coast

New York State - Niagara to Albany

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LETTER Greeting from the East Coat of the USA

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- Niagara to Ithaca On the Erie Canal bicycle touring trail and Tow Path
- Ithaca to Fort Stanwix in Rome, upstate New York
- Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY
- Rome to New York City - NYC
- Bicycle Touring in New York City NYC
- Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, New York City NYC
- 9/11 Trinity Church near the Twin Towers Terrorist Attack Site Under Construction
- Wall Street and the Manhattan Financial District in New York City
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Liberty Bell, Independence Hall on the C&O Canal Tow Path Bike Trail.
- Valley Forge National Park and Historic Site through the Amish lands to York and Gettysburg
- Gettysburg National Historic Site and Civil War Battlefield Park #1
- Bicycle Touring in Gettysburg National Park and Civil War Historic Battle Field Site.
- Gettysburg - York - Maryland - DC
- Washington DC District of Colombia Capital of the USA United States of America
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC


1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present
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