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June 2003 to June 2004

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Introduction
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Some Advice About Advice
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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

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DownTheRoad.org's RoadNews Newsletter: Mp3 interview download, itchy feet, and continued 50% off book sale
February 3, 2009
(Sent From Yuma, Arizona, USA)


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We only have a few weeks left of our break before it is time to load up our touring bikes and go.  Both Cindie and I are getting itchy feet to be back on the road.  Although the weather is nearly perfect here we know it will get hot soon.  But really, it is the days getting longer that awakens our instincts to ride north.  The sun chases us north and south, the wind blows us east and west, and tourist visas limit our time in most countries.  Something is always moving us along.  We have enjoyed staying indoors and road biking here in Arizona's incredible southern desert but it just does not feel like home.  The road is our only home these days, the place where we feel the most organized, comfortable, and at peace.  Traveling life is simpler and familiar while indoor/stationary life stresses us both out.  I think we have forgotten how to live in one place because we get bored with it and want to move on.  The day will come when our bodies are too old for this but getting our minds to let go of our nomadic lifestyle seems impossible.  How will we ever stop?

Mp3 interview download

Cindie and I had a fun interview with Jon Winston and another bike crazy man named "LX" on Jon's popular BikeScape PodCast.  This is an informal interview/conversation in San Francisco, just blocks from Golden Gate Park, in the heart of the new American cycling movement and bike culture.

MP3 Audio: BikeScape PodCast with Jon Winston (60 minutes)
http://www.prescottyellowpages.com/Video/MP3/An_Endless_Tour_with_Cindy_and_Tim_Travis.mp3

Book Sale Still On

Our 50% book sale is still going strong.  Either Cindie or I ride  almost daily to the local post office with books being sent all over the world.  Bike commuters are rare to non existent in this town and our riding instead of driving a car always causes quite a commotion while waiting in those long post office lines.  Some cannot believe life is possible without a car.  One man told me it was, "Un-American not to drive like a normal person" and another well meaning man, assuming I had a DUI (drunk driving), told me, "With a good lawyer you can get your license back".  Sometimes I feel like a stranger in my own country.

Our upcoming departure date to travel across the USA is still scheduled for early March.  Because we want to avoid the cost of shipping books back to our warehouse in Ohio we will try to run out before then.  When we actually leave and/or run out of books is anyone's guess but the sale will end either way.  Our books will still be available through our regular online fulfillment system with the old prices and, because we will not be personally shipping them out, it is impossible to sign copies.

50% OFF BOOK SALE
http://downtheroad.org/Publishing/9_discount_on_sale.htm

In closing I want to thank the thousands of subscribers to our email newsletter and/or RSS feed.  I know our posts are less entertaining when we are not traveling and, as you can tell from the beginning of this letter, we will be back on the road soon and posting travel stories and pictures.

Tim Travis

 

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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

Best Place to see Alaska Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Best Place to see Yukon, BC, Canada Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Best Place to see WA, OR, and CA Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- 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.

Best Place to see Pictures AZ thumbs

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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

Best Place to see Pictures

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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

Best Place to see Pictures Colorado Thumbs

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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.

Best Place to see Pictures Mid-West, USA thumbnails

Full size Picture Pages

- 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

Best Place to see thumbnail pictures of bike touring in New York State and City

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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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