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I've used luxury lite cot, now owned by thermarest and sold by REI, on a couple of bike tours. At 2.2 lbs it is heavier than ultralight pads, but not too much of a weight penalty in the big scheme of things. It does take a little longer to assemble, but not to bad once you get the hang of it. The big advantage, at least to me, is that it will get you off the ground. Sometime I also carry a very light closed cell foam pad as well. It really is pretty comfortable for my 60+ year old bones. I also use a small blow up pillow.
Thanks John and others - this is really useful as there are obviously different ways of buying the alcohol between countries. I've just checked and the stuff we are using here (UK) is bio-ethanol - now sold in place of methylated spirits. It is certainly much than meths which is nice.
We're coming to do the Southern Tier this spring so if we bring our 'meths' Trangia burner this spring (as well as our propane / butane head) it sounds like we'd best look out for Yellow HEET.
What works best for a camp stove for self contained touring with mostly camping? I currently have an old Wisperlite (gas only) purchased '92 that still works and have used on local overnight trips. My concern is finding small quantities of fuel while on longer trips (cross-country).
I'm was thinking a Wisperlite International as it can burn just about anything but I'm always worried about leaks.
With all these canister type stoves out now I'm wondering if they might be better as I wouldn't have to worry about packing liquid fuel.
I also don't want to pack any more weight then necessary and gas is heavy. Nor do I want to spend a lot of time and energy riding around an unknown city looking for fuel.
Any suggestions / recommendations?
I'd recommend a Primus Omnifuel, runs on anything. I run mine in Petrol most of the time, which is available anywhere in the world.
It isn't cheap, but mines over 12 years old now and certainly had my money's worth.
Also boils a kettle in no time, ideal for making a coffee anywhere, especially when touring in France and you've just bought a load of pain au chocolat..
Paddleboy17 - I think your idea could work for me. Please post a picture. I think I have a pretty good idea of what you're talking about.
Just a warning about Amtrak...I've used it twice, once across the country and once up the west coast from LA to Seattle. Both experiences were disasters. Filthy conditions, WAY late on arrival, unfriendly and uninformed staff. Etc. I'll never use them again. It sounds like others have had much better experiences, so maybe I just hit the wrong train two out of two times.
I have always thought Greyhound Freight was interesting. They ship from one Greyhound bus depot to another bus depot. It has been a while, but Greyhound was pretty flexible on box size--it just has to be low enough to fit in a cargo hold.
Just because it is a Greyhound bus station don't count on it being a station that will accept or receive a bike, and if does one, don't count on it doing the other; my experience.