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With airline fees changing by the week, travelers have a lot of uncertainty regarding the total cost of their flights if bringing oversized and/or overweight luggage. Often airline personnel themselves don't even know the current policy and calling customer service can provide differing answers depending upon who you talk to.
Our Athletic-Minded Traveler video crew had a blast interviewing cyclists, mechanics, fans, and even the podium ladies at the Tour of California's final stage in San Diego. Everyone was happy to talk to us, even the time-crunched and focused riders.
As I mentioned in my last blog, the tiny town of Sisters, Oregon (pop. 3,000) is a semi-annual destination for my wife, daughter and me. In-laws live just outside the quaint and friendly "Old West" town (and for a sports connection, Sisters is the present home of Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Fouts too). Until a few years ago, the town of Sisters had no health club, making frigid winter workouts a bit more challenging--the area is blessed with unbelievable trails, mountains and roads that are wonderful to explore on foot, bike, etc.
One of my friends was in Mumbai for the Grand Opening of India's first Bikram Yoga studio. Bollywood stars and local dignitaries (along with approx. 25 American representatives) gathered at the Mumbai Marriott hotel for a 10pm Bikram Yoga demonstration and party to follow on Wednesday night. Grenades exploded and guns were fired at the nearby domestic airport just as the yoga festivities began (airport shootings were not covered by the media).
We're very excited to announce our latest partnership!
According to yesterday's Wall Street Journal, the three major airline carriers--American, United, and Delta--hold the highest "lost luggage" rate. United's mishandled baggage rate during the past 10 years is 29% higher than the best rated airline, Continental.
Delayed flights causing missed connections are the primary reason for luggage blunders. And as the on-time performance of the nation's carriers sprials down, mishandled baggage rates spike up.
In July 2007, Paris began a public bike rental program ("Velib") that makes cruiser bikes available to anyone wanting to ride. More than 20,000 bikes and 1,450 self-service stations are spread across the city. Rental is easy and if you get your bike back into another rack (or the same) within the first 30 minutes, there's no charge!
Airlines are charging extra these days for many items that used to be free: food, pillows, check-in luggage, help from the skycaps, etc. Southwest is now even charging more for those wanting to board first...so called, "business fares".
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We're just back from the Tour of California's final stage in Pasadena. Congrats to Georgie for a much deserved stage victory and to Levi for another Tour win.
You can go to Velonews or other cycling sites for a race report, but if you're like us, nothing is more arousing than seeing up close the bikes and equipment being used by top pros.