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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.

General Discussion / Re: How picky are you?
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:26:42 pm »
I don't oil until it squeaks.

General Discussion / Re: Knees.... not the bees knees...
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:25:31 pm »
The solution to my bicycle knee problems that got so bad I couldn't drive my car, was to use a prescription anti-inflammatory drug called Naproxen.  Maybe there is an over-the-counter equivalent.  After 2 pills the pain was gone and a month later I did a 7,000 mile ride without so much as a twinge.  (The first doctor had said that I had a torn meniscus.)

I would hope everyone would be so fortunate.

General Discussion / Mancave Training Accessories
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:09:01 pm »
I was just downtown in Des Moines where the Iowa Bike Expo is being held tomorrow. I wandered around the booths setting up. They weren't all ready yet but the most interesting and truly innovative products I saw were from a new start-up company, "Cave Competitor". They are unveiling their product line at the show.

Their market target is the hardcore Ironman and Triathlon crowd that have training bikes in their basements. The Cave Competitor products are high-end stands to use while training. One is the Media Stand for in front of you that holds anything from a phone for music to a 17" TV screen. The other big item is the Caddy which sits alongside the trainer. This is for your food, drinks and whatever. It includes a slip-in freeze tray that keeps your Gatorade at 40 degrees for 5 hours. And it even has a add-on service post for working on your bike.

The items are made by a fabricator in Iowa who uses the same steel and paints on these stands that they use for making parts for John Deere tractors. The items are heavy duty and well thought out.

I would get too bored training in my basement, but this might be helpful to those of you out there that do.

Routes / Re: Canada to Mexico through California
« on: January 02, 2015, 01:08:50 pm »
Welcome to the USA.  Here's hoping you Brits have the time of your life in our country and that you meet many of our generous and friendly citizens while here.  Too bad you don't have more time.  I would tell you to go at half the speed so that you are not just passing through.  I rode a portion of that route last summer and there were many other riders with the same idea.  I teamed up off and on with bicycle tourists from Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Belgium and other Americans while using the hiker/biker campgrounds and I have to to say the camaraderie made it the most enriching trip ever.  The way you are doing it, the tendency is to stay in your own group and you miss dealing with others along the way.

Monterey south to Moro Bay, California on the Pacific Coast Highway is iconic, the ride of a lifetime.  I hate to see you miss it.

The following is my route map from last year if it will help.  I finish the rest of the coast next season.

Enjoy America.  It is the Best!

Routes / Re: Death Valley Route
« on: January 02, 2015, 12:39:48 pm »
I do the free mapping through Google and it's placed for easy access from any device in the cloud, just like your email.

I believe you have to have a Google Account.

SEARCH for Google Maps Engine.  This used to be a premium map service for $5/month and I was glad to pay it.  Just recently they eliminated the fee and it is now free.

Go to My Maps and open and save your own..

There really isn't much of a tutorial.  You just have to go to every button and find out what it does and make some practice maps.  After you get used to it and you understand how it thinks, you are on your way and it's easy.

Good luck!


Routes / Re: Death Valley Route
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:47:58 pm »
I'm looking at March/April to pass through, but I don't do sand.  I'll stay on the main roads with 700 x 35 tires.  I appreciate the feedback.  Most of your info looks do-able.

Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« on: December 31, 2014, 05:27:21 pm »
Sorry, Colin.  I sent you next year's planner map by mistake.

Here is last year's ride:¬

Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:46:44 pm »
Great trip.  I wish I could talk my daughters into coming along.  ...If you want an ultimate experience, go north from Yellowstone to hit Hwy 212.  Take that over Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge before angling down.  It's tough but stunning.  I'm 71 so judge it accordingly.  Charles Karalt called this the most beautiful highway in the USA.  I agree.  I did it last year coming the other direction.

This is going to be the best thing you ever did with your daughter, hands down.

Routes / Re: Pacific coast elevations
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:33:45 pm »
Last year I toured from Vancouver to San Luis Obispo on the coast roads.  None of the hills were killers and I pulled a two wheel trailer.  Oh, yeah.  I'm 71.  If I can do it..........

Routes / Death Valley Route
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:28:39 pm »
I'm planning my next ride and can't find much on sights to see in Death Valley, CA.  Any experience out there?  The following is my early 2015 Desert SW Tour Route.  The map is on-going and zoomable.

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