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My New Riding Companion – iPod Touch

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iPod Touch

I don’t listen to music while rideing but I love to bring my iPod Touch along.

Here’s why:

1. I have always carried a book with me in my bike bag. With the iPod Touch I now carry as many books as I want in much less space. Plus if the light is dim .. no problem, the display is back lit. It is even easier for me to read a book in my sleeping bag on the iPod Touch than it is to read a paperback because the iPod Touch is easier to hold and I don’t have to hold a light in my teeth.

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Written by Roland

April 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

Hot Buy: Cycling in Quebec, 5th Edition

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A new edition of Cycling in Quebec: Official Guide, 5th Edition in English is coming out very soon and can be ordered now. This is the best guide available for La Route Verde and cycling around Montreal and Quebec City. The English version is hard to get and usually sold out before summer. So if you are thinking of bicycling in Quebec order one now.

Click on the link above to order. The site is in French but easy to figure out. Just remember that Courriel is the official French word for email address. If you have any trouble with the French page, you will find an example of a completed form at the end of this post.

See: Official Opening of Longest Bike Path Network in North America for some of the reasons I like this guide.

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Written by Roland

April 18, 2008 at 8:24 am

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Finding a Parking Place for your Car while Bicycle Touring in Vermont

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Grand Island State Park - South Hero, VTGrand Island State Park - South Hero, VT thanks to Gary at http://www.rollingroads.com/gary/nhvt.shtml for the picture

Finding a parking place for your car while you are off on your bicycle tour is a major part of planning a bicycle tour. Each of my tours has had its own answer.

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Written by Roland

February 25, 2008 at 9:38 am

Posted in Tour Planning

Crossing the Canadian Border on a Bicycle

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Stanstead, Québec  border crossing.jpg

The Route I have been laying out crosses the border from the US into Canada and returns. So what do I need to do to be prepared for that crossing?

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Written by Roland

February 22, 2008 at 10:55 am

Planning your own Bicycle Tour – Part 6 – First Route Map

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Preliminary Map North Hero, VT to Montreal

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Note: Revised 2/23/08 – Start Point moved to North Hero State Park from Rouses Point, NY

We have a route concept and rough idea where we would like to spend the nights, Chambly and Saint Jean sur Richelieu. Using the Lake Champlain Bikeways Maps and Cycling in Quebec, I have laid out a preliminary one way route using Google Maps. This first cut at a route has some problems:

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Written by Roland

February 21, 2008 at 9:40 am

Planning your own Bicycle Tour – Part 5 – The Process

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Burlington, VT

So we have our trip concept set, a week long ride from Vermont to Montreal and back. An evening in Chambly is desired and days should be around 40 miles to make the ride enjoyable for my wife.

Information has arrived, maps of the bicycle routes in Vermont and Quebec, a Vermont Camping Guide, “Cycling in Quebec” from Velo Magazine, and a Vermont Vacation Guide.

From this point on the process becomes recursive with each decision interacting and affecting previous decisions. However, we won’t let this process go on too long .

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February 20, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Planning your own Bicycle Tour – Part 4 – Information Found

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2006 Montreal Bike Festival2006 Montreal Bike Festival

So I have a trip concept ride the Richelieu River from Vermont to Montreal with an aside to Chambly possible. I did my web search for trip information and here is what I found:

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Written by Roland

February 13, 2008 at 2:26 pm