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  • Jason Brune

    Kudos for your unique and wonderful activism. Looking forward to seeing some of the new videos and hopefully seeing a presentation in person. The drawing are awesome too.

    I find every twist and turn your lives make, on the road and personally to be inspiring.

    August 17, 2011
  • James Hinchcliffe

    I have enjoyed following your travels. It has made me decide to buy a Brompton, to rediscover cycling as the fun it was when I looked through a childs eyes. I also intend to take my Brompton to Australia later this year. Enjoy your break, and keep writing.

    August 17, 2011
  • Barb Hobe

    I love your website, which I recently discovered. As I finished reading the above, I thought, “Not all who wander are lost.” And, after reading “You’re Doing It Wrong,” I thought of how right you and others are. I have a Bike Friday which I ride upright, average speed of about 11 mph, and use dual platform pedals. And I’m very happy, as are you. Thanks for all that you are doing to promote cycling! Barb

    August 17, 2011
  • Very cool. You’ve been both inspirational & instructive as I’m working towards launching my own long-term tour. Keep it up!

    August 17, 2011
  • Thanks for the perspectives on changing plans.

    August 17, 2011
  • Tom Howard

    Hope you enjoyed Montana. It has a lot to offer, to bikers. Keep up the excellent posts, and I especially love your drawings.

    August 17, 2011
  • Sorry to hear that you haven’t been able to use Amtrak. We just finished a short bike ride and a long train ride with our Dahon’s. It was our first time to carry on a folder, and it worked better than expected. (See blog above)

    Perhaps you would have better luck in the eastern U.S. where there is more train service. I am eager to hear more about your folder/Amtrak experiment.
    cjh

    August 17, 2011
  • We are leaving for Quebec’s Route Verte Sept 3 with our folding bikes to check out a corner of the world where bicycle tourism has definitely impacted the economy. The American West is not set up for multimodal travel unfortunately. Travel by bicycle through many parts of the western U.S. is often dangerous and inconvenient for the cycle tourist. Maybe you should join us on the Route Verte? :-)

    August 17, 2011
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    August 18, 2011
  • Nic

    Laura and Russ, thank you so much for sharing your journeys. I have enjoyed all your stories and vids whenever I’ve been able to steal a moment. Your storytelling style really makes me feel, happy. I have to thank Brompton, for mentioning Big Adventure Small Wheels. I’ve been wanting to buy a Brommie for commuting and every day use. I also dream of the day that my partner and I can have our own big adventure and tour around America and Europe on the Brompton. Keep doing what you are doing, its great stuff! Your fan in Oakland, Nic. Ps, have fun at the wedding!

    August 19, 2011
  • et

    I don’t know the Canada Rail (http://www.viarail.ca/en/main) policy re bicycles, but Amtrack isn’t “the only train in the wider NW” if you’re willing to see Canada also.

    August 20, 2011
  • Karen

    Great website. It inspires me to do more with my Brompton. And that is an absolutely fabulous picture! Enjoy your adventure and safe travels.

    August 23, 2011
  • I’ve taken my Brompton onto Amtrak many a time, mostly Seattle/Portland round trips but also Seattle/Vancouver, BC, Seattle/Salinas, and one way from LA to Seattle. (I flew to San Diego and took Amtrak back, stopping in Santa Barbara, Salinas, and Portland along the way.) The bike fits readily into the luggage rack at the end of an Amtrak passenger car, so you don’t even have to muck with checking anything. Having a bike is great for exploration and for a fun jaunt, for example, the ride from Salinas to Monterey by way of Castroville. With a Brompton, you can also take the bike onto buses without worrying about whether there’s an open slot on the bike rack. I talked about this in a recent blog post on why I ride a Brompton: http://practicalbiking.org/2011/08/why-i-ride-a-brompton-folding-bike.html.

    Here’s hoping you get back on the road again soon or, at the very least, get up to Seattle to talk about your adventures.

    Thanks for recounting your adventures.

    Scott

    August 23, 2011
  • Wow, I just found this site through Adventure Cyclist magazine. Bob and I are in our 60s and we have done multi-modal touring to some interesting places. In part, riding a bike was a necessity for Bob until he had double knee replacements in 2005. Walking any distance was not an option.

    In California, we’ve ridden the Coast route to Paso Robles for the Great Western Bike Rally on our loaded Bike Fridays, then rode to San Luis Obispo and caught the Coast Starlight train back to San Jose. One year we rode on to Santa Barbara before taking the return train.

    In 2002 we did a cheap fly/drive package to France, stayed in country inns, and rode the countryside. Then we used the car to move locations from the Champagne region to the Burgundy region. We ended up on bike for 6 days in Paris, a great place to ride bikes.

    In 2004 we took the Fridays to New Zealand. We combined riding both North and South Islands with buses, a ferry, the Transalpine Express train, and plane for our two week visit. Now there is a country that makes bike touring really sweet.

    More recently we crossed the USA by bicycle in 2008 when Bob’s asthma required an assist through high altitudes in the Western States by rental car — we still rode over 3000 miles without it. We returned to San Jose by Canadian Via and Amtrak.

    This year we rode from Key West, Florida to Portland, ME. Lots of ferries were involved on the East Coast. Airplanes got us home. You can check out our tours on http://www.crazyguyonabike.com where searching for bobandmary and bobandmary2 will take you to journals about our adventures.

    In the future we hope to use Amtrak and the folding bikes on tours yet to be decided.

    August 28, 2011

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