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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: November 23, 2014, 04:05:07 pm »
I will be doing MAP 1 of the Southern Tier December 5. I will be riding from Phoenix to San Diego. Then I will take Amtrak to LA to spend time with my son. Can't wait. No camping this time - Just Motels -


   Thanks - I was going to do some camping and some motels. Do you think it will be to cold at night to camp? Should I just plan on making this a motel trip?

Thanks, which direction did you go.

I am thinking of doing Southern Tier Phoenix to San Diego beginning December. Any comments about weather and direction of winds at that time. Plan, half camping, half motels. Thanks in advance.

Routes / Southern Tier- Phoenix to SD - December
« on: May 22, 2014, 04:53:40 pm »
I am thinking of doing Southern Tier Phoenix to San Diego beginning December. Any comments about weather and direction of winds at that time. Plan, half camping, half motels. Thanks in advance.

General Discussion / Re: Packing for flights
« on: March 31, 2013, 05:15:03 pm »
I went to a Thrift Shop. Bought a used suitcase for $10. Put all my stuff in there that would not fit in the box. When I got to LA I gave the suitcase to the housekeeper to keep. When I got to SF I picked up a cheap  bag from a street vendor and home  I went.

General Discussion / Re: Airplane Travel
« on: August 19, 2010, 11:05:41 am »
Thanks to everyone for all the great comments. You can always depend on fellow bike riders to be helpful.
•   So wearing the helmet as I get on the plane is a go – I agree it will be a great conversation starter and I will explain why a guy is walking on a plane in bike shorts holding panniers.
•   I do like the idea of going to a thrift store and picking up an old suitcase to carry everything, now just have to find a thrift shop in San Fran for trip home
•   My bike store is going to pack up my bike for me. I will have to find a bike store in San Francisco to do the same for me coming home, or at least get a bike box so I can pack it. Anyone recommend a bike store in San Francisco.
•   I will keep the bike box as light as possible to make it harder for the airline to hassle me and make it easier to carry.
•   Tsteven4 – thanks for taking all the time sharing the pictures of a boxed bike. This is new for me and I am looking forward to learning all these tips.
•   Direction of trip – I read with interest that valygrl stated that the winds come from Northwest. I did some research and did not think that was going to be a problem in October. Does anyone have wind info? I think the climbs are the same either way you go. I picked the LA to SF direction because San Francisco area seems so much prettier than LA area, wanted to ride and end in the beauty of San Francisco. Airline tickets already bought so going to keep it this way unless someone gives me very strong reason why I should change.
Besides the fun this trip will be, it is all in preparation for a cross country trip some day. Last year I did the C&O canal with Adventure Cycling – that was my first lesson in using a tent. This spring I did a one week trip from Long Island to Boston to Cape Code to Rhode Island and back home – that was a motel trip. Love every minute of it.

General Discussion / Re: Airplane Travel
« on: August 10, 2010, 10:26:27 am »
Thanks for the response - I did not think of putting things in the bike box. My rear panniers are not that big - so I will use that as my carry on and the rest in the bike box. I am not bringing tent and cooking gear so that should work just fine. Now, I must admit I am not a person who cares what people think of the way I look, but you actually walk on the plane wearing your bike helmet? That is a great idea.

General Discussion / Airplane Travel
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:45:36 pm »
I am heading to LA from New York in October and will be spending a week riding to San Francisco. I will then fly home from there. This is a first for me - flying with my bike. The bike part has been figured out. My bike store will help me box it up and Southwest Airlines will fly me and my bike to California. Now, how to carry my bike bags, helmet, water bottles etc. I do not have a tent to worry about as I will be staying in motels. I cannot take them in a suitcase as I will be flying home from a different area. Should I put them in a box and check them as luggage. I think to bulky to bring as carry on. Any suggestions???

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