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Routes / Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:00:59 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, 06:01:51 am »
Thanks, Jennifer.  That's exactly what I was looking for.

Routes / Re: Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:46:26 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, 11:10:07 am »
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, 10:56:38 am »
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 / Seeking used Bob Trailer
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:37:47 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.

Route-in-Progress -

General Discussion / Re: New Tool For Planning Your Tour
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:01:34 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, 03:50:01 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.

I'd say 'go for it'.  I run into Lone Lady Riders frequently and I am always amazed at their ability to take on the world.  Try to stay on the ACA routes and you will see plenty of other riders.  I've never run into an unsafe situation on tour and in speaking to women riders, they haven't either.  But if you were my daughter, I'd want you to carry pepper spray in your handlebar bag.  If you have the means, pick up a SPOT CONNECT satellite-tracker, too.
Plan your route far ahead.  Use Warmshowers and Couchsurfing whenever you can.  You meet the best people!
Safe Riding.

All the above is correct but check with your shipper.  If you are ordering something, be sure and tell them to ship it USPS.  UPS and Fed-Ex don't ship to the post office.  ...I found out the hard way.

General Discussion / New Tool For Planning Your Tour
« on: March 22, 2014, 04:42:00 pm »
New tool for planning your tour.
I enjoy sharing my on-tour experiences on Facebook with updated photos and brief stories while pedaling my route. One thing followers have been asking for is a 'single-click to see' zoom map where they may pinpoint my location on the road while also looking at the route ahead to where I am going, and even looking back to where I have already been.
Google Maps Engine Lite is free and fills that purpose very well. After playing with it for awhile, I purchased the Pro version which allows for much more information to be included. ($5 per month) I'm still playing with it but it will also import data from Google Drive where I keep a spreadsheet of my host information and overnight stays.
It requires some work during the planning phase but later while traveling, it just takes a little wifi now and then to keep up and make adjustments. All I have to figure out now is how to import it to my Garmin GPS unit. ...See my 2014 in-progress tour map below.

General Discussion / Re: bike tour spring summer 2014 questions
« on: February 06, 2014, 04:05:05 pm »
Don't worry about it, that's wasted effort.  Your body is the result of thousands of years of evolution and will make the best of what it is fed.  Eat whatever your body tells you it wants when on a high calorie burn trip.  It will use every smidgen.

In planning, you have to determine your methods of travel, first.   My desire is to stay with as many hosts as possible.  Others may be loners and would rather not plan but camp on the fly.  To me the hosts make the trip.
Below is my method, but everyone has their own ideas.
1.  Draw a general line on a map that defines your direction of travel from point A to B.
2.  Select a town or general area on either side of that line every thirty to fifty miles as an over night stop.  (This gives me time to get to know my hosts and maybe look around a bit)  If you are young, you are going to travel lighter, faster and farther, and only be concerned with the end goal.  The older the wiser.  I don't want to miss anything in-between.
3.  Use Warmshowers, Couchsurfers and Tripping websites to locate and arrange overnight hosts in overnight stop areas.
4.  Contact governmental State and City Tourism Departments for their bicycle and state road maps and side trip sites.
5.  Use Google Drive to create an systematic on-line spreadsheet of all pertinent data that your laptop/phone can access at anytime.
I organize my rides months in advance.  In 2013, I traveled 7,000 miles and stayed with 127 hosts that I will never forget.  I owe the overall success of my trip to prior planning.
Hope this helps.

General Discussion / Re: Hosting - WarmShowers
« on: February 06, 2014, 03:04:00 pm »
Dear Day Tripper: 

You are what this website is all about.  Graciousness and hospitality are contagious, didn't you know?  Those you help never forget and always pass it on ten-fold.

Thanks for all you do.


Thanks for the invite, but I did Maine last year.  It's beautiful and gorgeous and you should have a great time.

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