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My plans for summer ...

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... describe a stretch of grand adventures.
  1714 votes / 13%
... involve some small trips.
  4086 votes / 31%
... involve no special vacations or trips.
  3370 votes / 25%
... mean more work than the rest of the year
  2472 votes / 18%
... start about six months from now.
  1461 votes / 11%
13103 total votes.
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My plans for summer ...

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  • Recovering... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CrimsonAvenger (580665) on Tuesday May 28, 2013 @01:31PM (#43843143)

    ...from bone marrow transplant.

    No unnecessary contact with anyone who might be ill, or who might know someone who is ill. Which severely limits what one might want to do for fun...

    By the end of the year, should have my childhood immunizations restored, and next summer will be a lot more fun....

  • Pedaling (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jcaplan (56979) on Tuesday May 28, 2013 @02:04PM (#43843383) Journal

    Pedaling across the US - east to west. I've been planning to do it since high school. Finishing grad school seems to be the perfect time.

    Starting: Provincetown, MA. Ending: San Francisco.
      Approximate route:,-71.0758567+to:43.2323393,-86.2590757+to:40.0115442,-105.2775582+to:38.2089812,-122.1499352+to:Lincoln+Way&hl=en&ll=38.548165,-85.605469&spn=35.448818,53.569336&sll=42.346365,-71.07605&sspn=1.977165,4.22699&geocode=FRRwgQIdnuHQ-w%3BFSY0hgId8HfD-ykzi83tDHrjiTHLREkIFo1TAw%3BFVOskwIdfcrb-im_C56q1dcbiDEFG_kDTpKEyg%3BFRiHYgIdipe5-SmJTX78L-xrhzEx8CFuKjriCw%3BFdUFRwId0SO4-Ckt6RIZRhKFgDHoJI0yGuN3vg%3BFec7QAIdnKSy-A&t=h&dirflg=b&mra=mrv&via=1,2,3,4&lci=bike&z=5/ []

    Departure: Early July
    Arrival: End of August.
    Mileage: ~60/day (97 km / day)
    Style: Mostly camping. Some friends and hostels along route.

    Anyone, including you, is welcome to join me for a stretch. jon caplan a_t ] g-mail dot kom
    Also welcome are your tales of similar trips as well as advice. (I've done some one week tours before.)

  • Re:Pedaling (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 28, 2013 @07:01PM (#43845759)

    Back when I was much younger, I pedaled from Los Angeles to Ithaca, New York. I went by myself and carried about 70 lbs of gear. I usually did 60-70 miles a day, with a low of 30 and a high of 100. It took me 65 days, with 55 days of cycling (too much time in Santa Fe). I took the scenic route, seeing Death Valley, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, and Mammoth Caves. West of the Mississippi was a lot more interesting.

    This was before Google Maps, so I only had a vague idea of my route. I would buy a state map at the border of each state and then happily discard it at the other end.

    I only paid for camping once, and that constant search for a place to sleep made the trip more interesting. I highly recommend it.

    I am not that outgoing, but I met lots of people. I think it helped that I was by myself. One guy wanted to take my picture at the Grand Canyon. That's it. No conversation, just a picture. Ok.....

    Then there was the escapee from a Spanish prison. His sister was an accomplice, and she killed herself in prison. So he was going to go back to Spain to kill the guy who ratted them out (his sister's husband).

    I met a guy with 5$ in his pocket and trunk full of beer (to sell to the Native Americans). I also met a pair of Native Americans enjoying a beer at 8 am (one of whom who was the result of incest between his mother and grandfather).

    I met an actor from a large production in Chilicothe, OH who let me sleep at the theater. I met a really nice set of cops in Arkansas, and the next day a different not-so-nice cop who wanted to run me out of town.

    I met a family from Pennsylvania at the Grand Canyon. They said that if I was ever around their place, I should call them up. The next winter, I biked from Ithaca to Washington, D.C. and called them up. They were surprised, but happy to host me for a day.

    I happened to bike along the path of Race Across America (RAAM) at the exact right time. I talked to one of the support crew, and saw the first and third place pass me by.

    Finally, I met a ton of other people riding across the country. They all seemed to travel in groups. I am not sure if it is better to travel alone or not. I did not have any problems with motivation.

    Prior to this trip, I had done 3 day solo trips by myself, so I was fine with the physical part. The challenge is largely mental. In any case, best of luck!

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