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    Thread: My first tour starts tomorrow, Help me make it through the first stroke

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      02-06-2012 09:41 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      Debating on sending my boots and thick winter coat home. These 2 items gone would save a ton of weight. I still have a fleece and windbreaker to rely on. Thoughts???
      are you going through any mountains further west? It can get cold in an instant when doing that.
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      02-06-2012 09:42 AM #52
      Glad to hear things are going much better! Love the pics!

    3. 02-06-2012 11:26 AM #53
      KEEP DA COAT... glad your in better weather

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      02-07-2012 07:47 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by haenszel View Post
      are you going through any mountains further west? It can get cold in an instant when doing that.
      Passed a post office yesterday. sent the boots, coat, and Polos fluffy bed home. Today is a no work day. We road 30 miles to Perry, Fl. I cannot see mountains till probably after NM. The fleece and windbreaker are plenty warm. plus the extra blanket and Polo's doggy heat.

    5. 02-08-2012 02:42 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      Passed a post office yesterday. sent the boots, coat, and Polos fluffy bed home. Today is a no work day. We road 30 miles to Perry, Fl. I cannot see mountains till probably after NM. The fleece and windbreaker are plenty warm. plus the extra blanket and Polo's doggy heat.
      enjoy that florida climate..

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      02-10-2012 09:01 AM #56
      Yesterday was interesting- lets start off backwards:

      *The dumbest **** I saw today award: man filling gas tank with his son standing next to him, both holding the nozzle. the kid reaches up and knocked the damn thing out the tank .....gets gas all over him, the car, the ground. the nozzle was locked on. The mother jumps out of the car screaming "get his clothing off of him!", which left the kids screaming.

      *Short cut Award: Nope.... no short cut should ever get an award normally, but this one deserved it. hard packed sand to soft deep sand, to steel slab for bridge and clay, back to asphalt. The soft part I met a family that ended up giving the 3 of us a ride back to the highway.

      We are in Panama City. Only 50 miles from last night. We road today at a much slower pace with a traveler who is on his way to CA. I never realized how fast i actually traveled til today. 100 miles for me goes by swiftly.Bad part is now i cannot link his page. decided to stay in Panama City after realizing we are a week ahead of all my Warmshowers.org hosts, that I gave estimated dates to meet. Tomorrow, we are going to finish Florida out and enter Alabama. Then do Alabama in a single day.

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      02-10-2012 09:19 AM #57
      Sounds awesome, good job

      I might be going to TX later this month, let me know if your stopping in San Antonio. But your probably headed further north.

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      02-10-2012 04:44 PM #58
      I'm so far ahead of schedule, stayed in Panama City another day.

      San Antonia could be possible, still on the fence about crossing all of Texas to visit Q in southern Arizona. Now trying to find something to do for the night in Panama City. This place is a "Tourist" pit, not an "Adventurer". I love when people ask if I am on vacation. I always respond- When I am on the bike, I am at work.

      *something i noticed yesterday- not really sure how to explain it.... but there is no body fat. i feel like Bruce Lee. Crazy, 40 push-ups a day, 8-10 hours of riding, a poo ton of calories and feeling like a million bucks.
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      02-11-2012 01:55 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      I'm so far ahead of schedule, stayed in Panama City another day.

      San Antonia could be possible, still on the fence about crossing all of Texas to visit Q in southern Arizona. Now trying to find something to do for the night in Panama City. This place is a "Tourist" pit, not an "Adventurer". I love when people ask if I am on vacation. I always respond- When I am on the bike, I am at work.

      *something i noticed yesterday- not really sure how to explain it.... but there is no body fat. i feel like Bruce Lee. Crazy, 40 push-ups a day, 8-10 hours of riding, a poo ton of calories and feeling like a million bucks.
      being in shape is the best feeling ever. keep up the good work

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      02-11-2012 09:50 PM #60
      So I sent the coat home.... It is suppose to get down to 30 something the next couple of nights. Great. Fleece, thermal, and windbreaker on. Pensacola, FL.

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      02-12-2012 09:27 AM #61
      It's getting down into the 30s here in the north of Houston area of magnolia. Also the further west you go you will run into hill country and its pretty cold and desolate there. Plus its 100s of miles of hills. That's all before you reach new Mexico to begin with. Be safe and hit me up when you come thru magnolia!

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      02-12-2012 09:34 AM #62
      Thanks for the information. I'll stop at a Goodwill and pick up another coat.

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      02-12-2012 10:17 PM #63


      Grabs the for this thread! I'm training for a Multiple Sclerosis bike challenge in San Antonio, TX in October.

      My question for you is, 'How long have you been training for this?'

      And if you're running through Corpus Christi, TX. My fiance and I will buy you dinner and a hotel, if needed. (Since we're with the in-laws, we're not a liberty to offer a place to stay. I apologize.. But I would, if I could).

      The weather is very sporadic here in TX. One day 70's, one day 40's. I will be following this! And once you write a book, I would love to read it!
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      02-13-2012 03:28 PM #64
      Currently- Mobile, AL. it is odd how green the grass is once we crossed out of Florida.


      Quote Originally Posted by breane24 View Post


      Grabs the for this thread! I'm training for a Multiple Sclerosis bike challenge in San Antonio, TX in October.

      My question for you is, 'How long have you been training for this?'
      Training.....ha, I was already riding 3 hours every other day out and 3 hours back. I seemed to get more miles done the more i did it. But i never did it for the distance, just to get my muscles used to it. I do 8-10 hour max a day or 100 miles. Generally the 100 miles comes first at about the 6th hour. I know nothing about competitive riding. I just get on and ride. Carrying all this load is way different then just yourself and the bike.
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      02-13-2012 08:30 PM #65
      Alabama! Good to hear!

    16. 02-13-2012 11:14 PM #66
      Keep it up! How's Polo doing (my dogs ask)

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      02-14-2012 12:47 AM #67
      You need to get a paypal account, so we can send you money..
      That way you can buy a cheapo digital camera.. and take more pictures!

      I demand more pictures!
      DO IT!


      I'm so glad, that everything is coming along for you!
      And I'm sure that added weight does not make it any easier on you.

      Polo's my hero.

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      02-14-2012 07:22 AM #68
      Still here checking on you Wilson. Hope you and polo are well
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      02-14-2012 01:40 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by rferic18 View Post
      Keep it up! How's Polo doing (my dogs ask)
      he is awesome! Gaining weight from just riding around. the 2 hours of wallking with him arent working out like i thought. going to have to give him more personal time. maybe 3 hours of play versus 1.5. He dooes really well sneaking into "no pet" zones. My back pack double duties for holdign laptop and him.

      We had a funny instant at a liquor store (beer is calories toooooo). I opened the bag to get my wallet out, and someone saw him.
      Quote Originally Posted by breane24 View Post
      I demand more pictures!
      DO IT! -Bre
      I hear ya. I will post a Paypal for those who want to donate to either Polo or/and a Camera.

      Quote Originally Posted by BHCgreene View Post
      Still here checking on you Wilson. Hope you and polo are well
      Bad weather last night 30mph winds and thunder storms. Woke up in a lake.

      * News flash!!!! Found another black guy out here touring by himself. Waiting for him to catch up from Pensicola.

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      02-15-2012 11:20 PM #70
      Where you at now?

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      02-16-2012 12:18 AM #71
      Still in Mobile, Al. Picked up a ragtag crew Brent a 20 something outta college and Ralph a bearded Shakespeare actor. We are planning to run as a team across the dreaded long stretch of TX. I will be through into LA tomorrow.

      Quick story from today:
      We had a classic close call today. Traveling through an intersection at 25mph, Polo in my back pack, in the "neighbors hood", and guy turning left. Man i'm glad I have some strong legs. The guy slammed on the brakes, I watched out the corner of my eye to see which way the car would slide - kicked my foot off of his bumper and peddle with the other leg. It was an epic moment to capture for video. All the public was screaming 'Did you see that **** he did". We get to the next light, car rolls up and says something about "i bet that made your heart ...." stopped mid sentence. "Wait, you have a dog in your pak?" I laughed and drank my Gatorade.

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      02-16-2012 11:04 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by woodrowstar View Post
      Found another black guy out here touring by himself. Waiting for him to catch up from Pensicola.


      Oh, the jokes! I'll refrain from a few of them..
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      02-16-2012 11:11 AM #73
      Texas has a weird sense of humor.
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      02-16-2012 11:34 AM #74
      That there is generalization.

      Just because I'm in TX, does not mean I'm from TX.
      Does not mean, that my sense of humor reflects all of Texans.


      And since he's a skinny black guy, my statement is flawed. I retract the statement.

      Anyhow, you keep on trucking!

      If you get to Canada, and need a place. I know a few dubbers up that way.
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      02-16-2012 10:44 PM #75
      We in Mississippi. Wow, hurricane Katrina has changed this place.


      Ralph and Polo
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