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Routes / Southern Tier - People to Meet
« on: November 04, 2016, 04:43:48 pm »
Presently staying at the restored Simpson Hotel (B&B) in Duncan, AZ due to rain storms.  (Rain in Arizona?) These people have a soft spot for cyclists (Warmshowers hosts) and keep a trailer out back with access to shower/bathroom.  Marcel, a German cyclist, was here when I arrived and we've been having a great time.  Humble Pie across the street has excellent pizza and a pub is within walking distance for a beer.  Deborah is the innkeeper and generous to a fault.  Don't miss stopping here.  Interesting and gracious people.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 01:15:24 pm »
Didn't know Ortlieb had mirrors.  It looks like that will work very well.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:43:06 pm »
I found what I was looking for in a wrist mirror and went ahead and bought the last one the seller had.  It worked very well for me on a 7,000 mile ride until I lost it.  It's called a CyFy Wristview Mirror.  You just slap it on your wrist above your watch and it wraps around snugly with no velcro or snaps.
Thanks for your submissions, guys.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:49:13 am »
Can't use end bars on mine.  They are butterfly.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 25, 2016, 12:52:48 pm »
Hey John:  Thanks for the helmet mirror rave.  I tried one and didn't like it.  It felt clumsy and my left eye is my bad eye.  One I liked was a wrist mirror but I lost it on tour.  Now I can't find another.

Gear Talk / Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: July 25, 2016, 09:33:48 am »
I've looked at some mirrors that mount on the butterfly handlebars of my REI Novara Safari but they are the convex type that make everything smaller and more distant.  I don't want to have to put on reader glasses to see.  Any ideas?

Classifieds / Southern Tier Maps 1 2 3 Wanted
« on: July 23, 2016, 04:55:01 pm »
Southern Tier Maps 1 2 3 Wanted  - Don't care if they are beat up.

General Discussion / Re: Mississippi River barge ride
« on: July 01, 2016, 06:10:43 pm »
...Ignoring the realities of the war, the lifestyle is of what I am speaking.

General Discussion / Re: Mississippi River barge ride
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:21:01 pm »
After reading some of their log, it appears things have changed a lot.  Thanks for sending that.  What gutsy girls.  It was another age, simple and relaxed.

General Discussion / Mississippi River barge ride
« on: June 29, 2016, 03:05:55 pm »
I'm pedaling the length of the Mississippi River this fall, all the way down to New Orleans, Louisianna. On the way, I would like to experience putting my bike on a barge and go for a short cruise and pass through a set of locks.  Anyone have any knowledge about how this could be done?  They have expensive paddle wheelers and tour boats but they are budget busters.

Colorado / Re: Worst experience across the US was in CO
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:41:53 am »
I think you missed the boat in Kremmling, Co.  I stayed at that campground in 2015 and thought the $12 was well spent.  The tenting area was in shaded lush grass, they had all the amenities of showers, laundry, and even a reading/television room.  The owner even offered to take me into town to get groceries and later the maintenance man helped me do repairs on my bike.  ...I've learned that if you want to keep clean, safe, and have a good nights sleep, one should spend the dough for commercial campgrounds.  Granted, I bypass many because they are either crappy or way over priced.

General Discussion / Thank You card for hosts
« on: May 23, 2016, 12:17:49 pm »
Each year I make up a new personalized 'thank you card' for my hosts. I'm so grateful to these generous people for inviting me into their worlds, but not so good at verbalizing it. The rear of the card has room for a personal message and includes all my contact data. ...The card is also good for demonstrating your route when the man-on-the-street wants to know. (Another positive, it makes you the real deal to police, customs agents, park rangers etc... who have never come up against a bicycle tourist. Some don't know what to think.)

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:03:45 pm »
I road it in the rains from Hurricane Irene and it wasn't that bad, but you bring up tire size.  I had 700x35s.  If she has the narrow tires, that could be a problem.  Glad you brought that up.

I wouldn't do a cross country with narrow tires.  There are too many places where they are useless.

General Discussion / Re: Fort Myers to Key west
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:41:48 pm »
The Everglades to me was a boring run of 70-90 miles (can't remember which).  My choice would be to take the ferry to Key West and come back up the Keys.  But then again, you may have a special affinity for alligators.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:36:15 pm »
I'd recommend West to East because of the prevailing winds.  I remember meeting people coming from your direction.  When I asked them how they were doing, they said that besides riding against the wind for 3,000 miles, they were doing just peachy. But that's your option.

To cross the Appalachians easily, take the C&O Trail/GAP out of DC to Pittsburgh.  Lots of single females on that run.  Again your option.

Whatever, have a great ride.  You will never regret it, no matter what happens.

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