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Gear Talk / Re: Burley Nomad Trailer
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:41:48 am »
I tend to haul too much stuff on tours and my Burley made that even easier. "What the heck, I have room." I bought it because of all the rear wheel problems that were occurring.  Those went away after the purchase.  I never noticed that it was there except on the climbs, then it was like I had thrown out an anchor.  But when I rode with younger guys, that's when I realized how it was slowing me down.  So this next year I am leaving the trailer at home and being more frugal with luxury items.  I know I'll miss the Burley but I don't like holding up others.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:22:39 am »
A thousand miles into my tour this summer, the sole split away from my right cycling shoe.  I was in the boonies and put on my crocs that I used for showers, etc.  After a week or so I forgot I was wearing them and passed right by a bike shop.  Since they were comfortable I just kept them on.  I wore them another 3,700 miles, all the way home.  I heard lots of flack about it and I didn't look pretty, but it just goes to show you.  Big dollar shoes are not necessarily a necessity on a bike tour.

General Discussion / Re: Numbness, Tingling and Loss of strength in hand
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:02:15 am »
In 2013 I did a 7,000 mile tour with mustache handlebars and changed hand positions consistently.  Afterwards, it took 6 months for the numbness in my fingertips to go away.  In 2014 I followed that with a 4,700 mile tour after some adjustments.  I had put a three inch extension in to raise the handlebars and then lowered the seat.  No numbness or tingling after the ride.  In 2015 I plan on adding aero bars which will really take pressure off my hand nerves.

Classifieds / Re: Seeking used Bob Trailer
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:35:12 pm »
Thanks for your reply.  I found a trailer and already using it.  I had forgotten all about my ad.  Taking off for a long tour in a few weeks and I will see if I like one wheel trailers.

Out of this world!

General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:59:34 pm »
I tend to do 4,000 miles or more on tour each year and feel that it's unnecessary to worry about intake, whatever it is.  My body is the result of thousands of years of evolution and it efficiently converts anything I put into my mouth into energy when I'm burning so many calories.  I stay in host homes most of the time and certainly will not be picky about their generosity.  I lose a half pound a day no matter how much I eat on tour so that's okay with me.  I'm 70 and don't waste my time left on silliness.  I recommend the same with you.

General Discussion / Re: Travellingfoxes Epic Cycle Adventure USA 2014
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:48:33 pm »
Hey Traveling Foxes:  I wish you well on your epic adventure.  I remember starting out early last year (April 1st) and went many days until I was down to one layer of clothing.  I headed south as fast as I could go.  This year I begin June 1st heading for Vancouver from the Midwest and may bump into you in the Pacific Northwest somewhere.  I am also traveling down the Pacific Coast from there but only to San Luis Obispo, Ca where I will end it for the year.  4,000 miles is enough for me for one season as I don't wish to be away from home so long.  ...I will follow you as I go.  You can see my route at¬
Good Luck, Jack Day

Routes / Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:00:59 am »
Hey Brian:  Looks like you had a great trip.  The wind was with you, right?  I did a west-to-east and wind was hardly a factor.  I met folks coming the other way and their experience was the opposite.  Yet I've read in places that it is the same each way.  I don't believe it.

My 2014 ride is actually a western USA loop from and to home in Iowa that is cut in half.  I found I don't like being away from home that long to do the whole thing at once.  So my 2014 end-stop in San Luis Obispo is my daughter's home.  It will then be the START for 2015.

The original route for this year is more or less a guideline at this point.  Host locations influence planning and I also take input from people like you and make adjustments every day.  I do appreciate your info and I will read your blog.  It looks like a great resource. 

The more detailed my planning, the more anxious to start I become.  Some areas appear to be inhospitable but I've found that I am often wrong about things like that.  It's the people one comes across that make the day.

Routes / Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:01:51 am »
Thanks, Jennifer.  That's exactly what I was looking for.

Routes / Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:46:26 pm »
Hey Craig:  Thanks for the input.  I don't mind pushing up a hill or two, but from what you say this route is terrible.  I'll check out the options. 
Jack Day

Routes / Re: ferry from Key West to Ft. Myers
« on: April 04, 2014, 02:10:07 pm »
I took that ferry fully loaded from Ft. Myers to Key West and they were very helpful. (I carry all the bags a bike will hold.)  They charge for the bike, like $6, and then they took charge of the bike going up the gangplank.  On the fantail, they asked that I remove my bags (panniers) and they put them in a luggage carrier like you see at airports on rollers and with sides that slide down.  They told me they do this so the bags don't get covered with salt.
So my answer is, "Don't worry about it.  Just do it."

Routes / Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:56:38 pm »
My routes and overnight stops are determined way ahead when planning a tour.  I make use of Warmshowers and Couchsurfing wherever I can because for me, they are like minded people and their hospitality and generosity make them the finest anywhere.    Yet when there are no hospitality site members, I hate getting beat up by RV Parks and commercial campgrounds when I need a place to tent.  Over the years I have heard about small campgrounds for riders along the Pac Coastline, and I have also heard that they closed some of them down due to problems with the homeless.  I hope to do the Pac Coast in September from Vancouver down and it would be great to hear from someone who has the scoop on campgrounds.
Route in Progress -

Classifieds / Found One - Seeking used Bob Trailer
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:37:47 pm »
Looking for a Bob Trailer or similar this season as a loan, rent or buy.  So pack up that dusty thing hanging on the wall in the garage and send it to me for my June 1st bast off.  I need to carry more weighty gear and water for remote regions and lonesome mountain roads through the Pacific NW and I'm tired of rear wheel breakdowns in the middle of nowhere.

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General Discussion / Re: New Tool For Planning Your Tour
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:01:34 pm »
I didn't know there was a 'Where am I feature.'  I was just going to move a bicycle icon along the map as I went.  Thanks for alerting me to that.  I'll look into it.

I also have a Spot Connect satellite tracker which works really well.  The drawback is, it doesn't show much history if you are on a long tour, so that's the reason for the Google Maps Engine.

General Discussion / Re: New Tool For Planning Your Tour
« on: March 23, 2014, 06:50:01 pm »
Hey Drew:  Thanks for the kind words.  Actually, the map is a layout for my plans this summer.  I'm not on the road until June.  By then the map should be filled in with tons of information and ready for anything the ride throws at me.

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