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2016 Ole Man River Solo Bicycle Tour @ 72 Aug. 28th thru Nov. 23rd

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2016 Ole Man River Solo Bicycle Tour @ 72 Aug. 28th thru Nov. 23rd

Time is nearing for my next ride. I'm headed down the Mississippi River Basin to New Orleans, and then turning west through the bayou country to make it to San Diego, California by Thanksgiving. Texas looks a little lonesome but the rest of it should be a kick. I am very organized this year, contacting Warmshowers and Couchsurfing hosts way ahead and making arrangements.
A bicycle tour is not just about beautiful sunsets and wonderful vistas. There are lofty reasons to take the time and energy to organize hosts along a nomadic cycling route. I have learned much and benefited greatly from the hospitality shone on past rides, having stayed in host homes in 43 States and 3 Canadian Provinces. The new set of eyes gained has been the backbone of my bicycle touring experiences. Motels and wild tenting are fine but they provide little social or cultural value: one is only passing through without making human contact. Residents are cultural reflections of an area and the real reason one is traveling. We grow through interaction, not through isolation.
Hope to see you out there. Be safe!

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