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Thanks for the replies.
Definitely not doing my proposed route then- Thanks Miller!
My biggest issue with riding the TransAm from E->W starting at the end of April is timing... I don't really want to wait until the end of April to go... I've been trying to select a route that would allow me to start early to mid March.
I suppose the more general question here then is what do you advise I do if we want to set out that early?
(Actually live in the UK by the way )
The advantage of the recumbent is not having any of those issues from the start. Not any. Not at all.
You come across a bent rider on your journey and you ask him or her how they feel, how's the road treating their body, how's their ride? They don't ever say anything like, "I can't wait to get off this bike so my arms/neck/wrists/hands/butt can stop aching/hurting/twitching/numbing."
While the cure for cycling palsy is to never get it, the way to never get it is to have a bike that has the affliction designed out of it.
Just my opinion, of course, not really part of this discussion. I have a seat that is four inches thick, a backrest and a headsup riding position that is relaxed and natural; high definition cycling, a bike designed with the behind in mind.
I put about 5,000 miles on my bike in a year mostly because it's so comfortable.
4. Some time later (a few years maybe?) she reported that folks manners had gotten worse and worse and that guests were not cleaning up after themselves and expected too much in the way of hospitality. She complained that they didn't offer to help by doing some work around the place. I confess that I didn't either. We did clean up after ourselves, thanked her, and tried to have generally good manners. After the fire the three of us kicked in and sent her a check. We think of her as a friend.
I had mixed feelings about the news of her stopping hosting cyclists, which she obviously had every right to do. On one hand I was saddened that folks were rude and left her place a mess. On the other I thought it odd that she expected folks to do things like work on the roof or what not. I know that about the time we rolled into Ordway we were dog tired and the next in a hurry to make time. The guests that have stayed with me have all been the same in that regard. In general expecting much more than guests being thankful, polite, and cleaning up after themselves can only lead to disappointment.
Miller - It depends on how you plan to use your tent. If you are planning on doing significant backcountry hiking in the northern Rockies, then maybe I'd use another one. If you simply will be camping in developed sites, then I would wash it according to manufacturers' instructions - light non-degreasing liquid - and allow it to air for an extended period. Campgrounds already have so many food odors, I suspect your tent will provide little attraction.
PS - Make sure your tent is totally dry before packing it unless you like that mildew-tent smell.
I took food in my tent last year in an area with no bears. Should I be concerned about using that same tent this year in black bear country?Some would say yes. Me. I wouldn't worry unless maybe you cooked and/or really slopped food around in there. My impression is that you will carry some food odors in on your body and clothing. I think bears can tell the difference between some odor on a human and food actually in there.
I am from grizzly country and have cycled, hiked, and camped without incident.
I have had grizzly tracks around my tent the next morning.
First, NEVER take any food into your tent.
If you've had food in your tent, I would suggest getting another.
In a similar vein, do not pack you tent in a pannier with your food.
Second, in bear country change out of your cooking/eating clothes.
You may not smell the food odors, but a bear can and will.
I took food in my tent last year in an area with no bears. Should I be concerned about using that tent this year in black bear country?
Third, learn to hang you food and toiletries in a bearproof manner.
Grizzlies are too large to get correctly hung packs,
But black bear cubs - esp, around Yosemite NP have figured out how to get them.
In areas with bad bear problems, you must use a bearproof cannister.
Most frontcountry campgrounds have bear boxes - -
But you should know how to hang your food - just in case.
Parks Canada - Appropriate for Northern Rockies, too -
My observation is that most folks on the TA do carry one. I think every rider we met and camped with did. The very few exceptions were those who had a support vehicle. That said I am sure it would be pretty easy to do without, but why? My light cooking/eating setup weighs 9-12 ounces depending on the particular choices. That plus about 12 ounces for fuel.
Even when I trim my gear list to bare bones, the stove still makes the cut for me.