Saturday, January 21, 2012

Planning of the 1st Long Tour

In early summer I plan on making a bicycle tour around the state of Wisconsin.  Why Wisconsin? Well seeing that I live in WI and I have never made a long tour, it may be advantageous to start with an area I am semi familiar with.  I never realized just how many miles it is around the perimeter of this state.  It has to be close to 1500 miles.  I have roughly mapped a route on a state map, have bicycle route maps of every county I will go through and am now finalizing a route on  I realize that with this route planned out...It WILL change when I am riding it, and that is a good thing. 

I have most everything I will need, but I do need to replace a couple items that have worn out over the years.  My booties/toe warmers ripped apart at the end of last year, so they will need replacing.  Also the rain gear I have is not adequate, so I would like to replace them also.  I have been thinking of going with a poncho from these guys If anyone has suggestions on these or anything else...feel free.  I am all ears. 

As some may know, I am working through a leg injury at the present time.  I had thought it was doing well, but I had a little set back.  I am back at it now, although it's indoors and every other day, things are going well so far.  This is were my riding is taking place for a room in the basement.  It's nothing fancy and although I can see outdoors, it's not outdoors and it will have to do for now. 

I give thanks for having this forum to put this plan out here, because according to Napoleon Hill...Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.

Thanks for reading,


  1. Good luck on your leg's recovery. The ride around Wisco looks like a blast!

  2. That sounds like a great some time in the future I must try riding in the USA....


  3. That looks like it could be an "epic" tour. I'm considering an organized tour in WI sometime in the future.

  4. I like "concrete form to an intangible desire". To me it sounds like following your dreams.This would be a good one for a classroom or practice field! How about a small packable fishing rod and some flies or lures? Sounds like a great trip. Nice workout room!

  5. Fun plans, and it's a great idea to find the unfamiliar in the familiar. Sorry to hear about the leg injury!

  6. Thanks for the comments.

    I am feeling good about where the leg injury is going now. Although I need to exercise it indoors, as the the only winter bike I have now is a fixie with studs. I do not think the fixie is the way to go yet.

    Jeff, if you decide to do a WI tour and don't mind, if I am free, I would give thought to riding also.

    Trevor, and anybody else that is interested, if I have the time I would ride with any of you.

  7. Well Sir,
    Now that looks like an awesome plan!!!
    Oh to enjoy the "golden years" ;) ;)
    your 1st dream came true; why not all the others??!! YEAH!! :)

    Speaking of "bikes"............... Are more custom "Fatties" in the works??

    It's looking like it may be a Cable off-road Classic and Rock Lake type of spring. If things hold true, I'll take ya up on a pedal!!

    Peace, Joe

  8. Joboo...Yes, I am looking forward to making a longer bike trip.

    As of now the fat bikes are still in the works. The prototype is riding the Arrowhead 135 this year and then we will see where we stand.

    I would enjoy getting together and riding about anywhere. I am an old guy though!! ;-)

  9. Many top athlete's talk about visualizing their activity in detail before the event. They see themsleves doing the things that they want to achieve.

    It seems to me it couldn't hurt!

  10. rlove - Whenever I get around to riding in WI I'll be sure to let you know. It would be great to ride together.