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Gear Talk / Cook stove for International travel
« on: December 02, 2015, 01:11:52 pm »
OK world travelers. What cook stoves are you using? I'm headed to Latin America for the winter and  want to
1. Lighten my load
2. Use a stove that has more availability of fuel.
I'm considering the alcohol stove, small, light and denatured alcohol is everywhere.
Thoughts, ideas, comments, warnings gladly accepted.
I await your wisdom.

Gear Talk / Re: Water Filtration
« on: December 02, 2015, 01:10:59 pm »
I rode the Western Express this summer and surface water can be rare. However, I carried a bottle filter that someone gave me. I'm glad I had it. It doubled as an extra water container (I was carrying as much s 2 gallons at time) and when I did find water I was glad to have a filter.
I have since switched to the Sawyer Mini. And that's after years in the back country with an MSR Sweet Water.
It can't hurt to carry something like a Sawyer. I also have an extra 1 liter Platypus. It's useful to have a cup or pot in order to fill the plastic bag bottles, the opening is really small.

International / Cycling out of the airport in Cancun.
« on: November 22, 2015, 09:22:30 pm »
Anyone have any experience cycling out of the airport in Cancun?

Gear Talk / Re: Packs and pack weight for long tours
« on: November 19, 2015, 04:26:11 pm »
Best general rule EVER for cycling, back packing and traveling. LESS IS MORE!
With the exception of the most basic tools and maybem MAYBE rain gear, if you have not used it in a week, DITCH IT! Unless you are going to the most remote corners on Earth, fully self supporting where there will not even be road kill, most of what you think you need, you don't.
My Ortlieb Rear Roller classic are only half full now. My clothes fit into 2 5 liter stuff sacks, tools in seat tool bag, sleep/camping gear all goes infront handlebar bag. Ukulele (soprano) strapped onto rear pannier.
That's it. Any more questions? drop a line.
Have fun and keep the rubber side down.

International / Health Insurance on the road abroad.
« on: November 18, 2015, 01:07:38 pm »
Any Americans out there with cycling abroad have experience with international health insurance?

South Atlantic / Re: Traffic on the AC
« on: November 15, 2015, 12:18:48 pm »
Thanks folks for the support. I'm hoping th A1A is a little more mellow. I hate to bail on a ride and I really want to be where it's warmer...

I had the same issue when I bought my first touring bike several years ago. The gearing just didn't work for me. I looked into changing the drive line.  In the long run, I had to eat some loss but ended up with a first gen. Sala Fargo. Size small. Triple in the front and a 34 on the rear. A little heavier over all but I love it! I'm a smaller woman and while the geomatry isn't perfect for me, I've changed out bars and such and it works well now. Good luck.

Food Talk / Eating well on tour.
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:00:28 am »
I wanted to just begin a new topic about food and eating on tour. I've done some 1,000 mile plus rides through rural areas. In some places food is not only scarce but it's crap. I ate things like Jimmy Dean Sausage Mcmuffins on the Western Express from convenience stores because that was it... Now I'm on the Atlantic coast route. I stock up when I can in larger towns where there re actually grocery stores. But the concept of "food deserts" is a reality out here. In the summer months there is produce of course. But now in the fall post harvest, even the locals eat conveneince store crap. Towns in North Carolina have the Dollar General. These are fairly large but I could not find one piece of fresh produce. How is it for other cyclists?

International / Mexico-Central America-Columbia
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:50:31 am »
I'm considering this as a ride this winter. I'm thinking of begining in Yucatan through to Belize and Guatemala and down to Panama. I know there's folks out there who are familiar with cycling this. Any info on camping of course, road conditions, routes, fun stuff, stuff to avoid. You know, the usual.
If anybody's intersted in joining me, drop a line.

South Atlantic / Traffic on the AC
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:42:07 am »
I am currently cycling south on the AC. SOme of the route is on nice quiet back roads. And some of it feels just short of treacherous. Of course this is subjective. I'm coming from the wild, wild west. I rode the Western Express this summer and quiet and I mean QUIET roads were the rule not the excception. Feels opposite here. I'm a little discouraged. It's not just the volume (speaking of which, what's with the pick ups on steroids?) but the rate of travel I have experienced by drivers. Is the route from south Florida to Key West like this as well? I'm considering bailing on ths ride, I feel scared much of the time.

Classifieds / Re: Price Reduced: ACA Atlantic Coast Route Maps
« on: October 02, 2015, 10:49:47 pm »
I'm interested. Do you still have them?

Classifieds / WTB
« on: October 02, 2015, 10:46:13 pm »
Looking for used Carradice Camper longflap. I really want to try one of these for ultralight touring. I will have to modify it some and I'm not actually sure it's going to fit my small frame bike. That's why I want to find one used. I also like to upcycle stuff.

Midwest / Trans America to Katy Trail
« on: July 03, 2015, 12:26:01 am »
I am working my way east from San Francisco via Western Express. I want to continue east on the Trans America and I'm wondering how to link up to the Katy Trail east bound. From the eastern terminus, I am going to navigate my way up to Pittsburg to ride the GAP/C and O to DC.

Connecting ACA Routes / UGRR to Great Allegheny Passage
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:39:38 am »
I would like to connect the UGRR to the GAP which is basically Pittsburgh. Anybody done this or have any ideas?

On the whole, I'd have to say bike touring in Europe is a much more pleasant experience. I don't know about less expensive however. I do camp because it's cheap. In the U.S. one can (wild) camp in the National Forest for free. I've also asked permission of ranchers and farmers in the U.S. and have had great experiences. The rules and laws differ country to country in Europe. For example, France is very relaxed about wild camping while in Spain it is illegal. I don't care for campgrounds anyway. It was kind of entertaining in Europe. The campgrounds are packed and noisy.
The biggest difference is traffic. While Europe has its share of congested cities I never felt open hostility to cyclists like I have in the U.S. As an American, I am somewhat embarrassed by the overall cultural demonization of cyclists and pedestrians. Not ALL over the U.S. but by and large the U.S. is auto-centric. There are parts of the country that I simply will NOT ever cycle. And there are sections that are incredible! Whatever you do, have a good time and keep the rubber side down...

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