"Interesting film Bob. Thanks. I wonder how Major Taylor first became interested in bikes. His autobiography is available for over $200 on Amazon. But there are a lot of other books on him available much cheaper."
"Well Bob, the 'Empire Builder' that runs through Wisconsin no longer requires boxed bikes; now you can simply wheel your bike directly to the Baggage Car and hand it up to the attendant. From the Empire Building…"
"Well without getting political, I cannot believe your 'Annual Highway Report.' Any report that places North Dakota and Kansas at the top is screwy. Those are 'state highways' tho...and for cycling, we ride…"
"Hi Bob! That's a link to some great bike writing. Thanks. I spent a couple hours this morning following your adventures over the past 20+ years. Lots of good information about bike touring all over the US, in a…"
"...supposedly due to the dairy industry...
I've heard the same urban legend. But I think it is because Wisconsin just maintains itself better than other states, socially, physically, athletically, etc. For instance, we go all…"
"Glad you found it useful. And I didn't mean to endorse all those cross-state rides. With my current perspective, the only organized ride worth joining is Ragbrai across Iowa; it is a masterpiece, no matter what your perspective.
"Well I've biked rail-trails, and I've biked small rural Wisconsin roads....and I prefer the roads. On a rail-trail, you're just grinding out the miles at a constant pitch. No downhills to zoom down; no uphills to…"
Hi - here's my question. You described a route from Chicago to STL in an earlier post, something along the lines of Elgin, Sycamore, Oregon, Sterling, Quad Cities...then down along the east bank of the Mississippi, connecting to Rt 96 to take Golden Eagle ferry to Missouri flood plain biking into St Charles.
Do you by chance have a cue sheet or online link to this route you can point me to?
I'm planning a ride STL-Chicago and interested in alternatives to the Route 66 trail.
Hi. I just sent a friend request to ask you a question. A while back you suggested that I use Hwy 12 to shorten my trip across IN to MI. I wanted to find out if you had a preferred route to get there and where you actually get on Hwy 12. Thanks, Jeff.