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I am doing the same thing. Fiji had cycled with me across America. We are going around the world in 2016. Have a safe and fun journey!

Women travel just fine alone all the time.  They have what is called common sense.  Make smart decisions and you will have little to no problems.

General Discussion / Re: My dog wants to go with me
« on: April 25, 2015, 08:33:47 am »
I cycled across the US with my 45 pound girl, Fiji. At first, she could only run about 1 or less miles per day. After a few weeks, she was running about 20 miles per day, with breaks in between, of course. I used a Doggy Ride trailer and Springer America attachment. I loved both, and had little to no problems crossing the country with both products. On a few occasions, other dogs gave chase and Fiji broke the plastic attachment on the springer trying to get to them. Otherwise,  it was very hard to break.  As far as dogs go, if you have no fear, do not panic and show a bit of backbone, most dogs respond well to using the bicycle as a barrier and a loud, assertive tone of voice. I never had a dog still keep coming at me after I declared "No" for both them and my dog to hear. Usually Fiji was instigating the chasers, barking, growling and whining at them. But they still listened to my stern warning. Now, I am not quite sure what I would do with a bear. Lol

Another thing to think about is your dog's personal stamina, joints and pads. I used mushers wax on Fiji ' s paws to protect her pads from great harm. Running on concrete can devastate a dogs paws and joints. So, I would suggest doggy shoes or wax. Also, some breeds can run for lengthy amounts of time.  It helped that Fiji is part Whippet. My rottweiler on the other hand died from over exhaustion on a short walk several years ago. Just like you would for a human,  you need to get clearance from your vet that your pup is healthy enough to partake in bicycle running. I have heard of many owners exercising their dogs to death,  with good intention.

I hope this helps.

General Discussion / To Go Home or Not...That is the Question?
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:31:44 pm »
I am cycling across America. I estimate I'll be in my hometown just around Independence Day. Should I visit my family? I feel like it'll be really hard to leave home if I stop in. My family lives in Missouri. My end destination is San Diego, CA.

Routes / Pittsburgh to Columbus, OH
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:24:42 pm »
Hi Everyone!

I just finished The Great Alleghany Passage, and I need to get to Columbus from here. Are there any good routes?

Thank you,

General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:20:16 pm »
Hi Guys! I'm doing it! Carrying 105 pounds including my doggy. Lol My website is

I am in Pittsburgh right now. Is there a good route to Columbus, OH?

Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway--Will my bike be ok?
« on: May 01, 2013, 01:33:51 am »
Thank you! I'll look into 35mm.

Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway--Will my bike be ok?
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:54:17 pm »
Yep, leaving in a couple of days. Yes, I've already looked at their website and printed out the maps. I just wanted to be sure the unpaved portions were doable. I should probably get thicker tires for my bike.

Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway--Will my bike be ok?
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:15:40 pm »
They are 28c.

Routes / East Coast Greenway--Will my bike be ok?
« on: April 30, 2013, 02:59:50 pm »
I am riding my bike from NYC to Ashland, VA on the East Coast Greenway. I heard that the trail is both paved and unpaved. Will my bike be ok on this trail? I also have a DoggyRide trailer. My bike is a Kona Sutra 2013. 700c tires.
Thank you.  :)

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route close to Moorestown New Jersey
« on: April 10, 2013, 01:28:27 pm »
Thank you!!

Routes / Atlantic Coast Route close to Moorestown New Jersey
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:10:06 am »

I am ordering maps in a few days, if I can't find used ones. Until then, I have a pressing question. Some friends want to know if I'll go through Moorestown, NJ, or at least be close to there. They need to know now. Can anyone tell me if the Atlantic Coast route is close to, or goes through Moorestown, NJ.

Thank you,

Classifieds / Wanted: Atlantic Coasts Maps Sec. 2 & 3
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:05:17 am »
I need maps urgently. Does anyone have these sections that they are willing to sell? I also need the TransAm Wester Express set and the Pacific Coast route Sec. 3 & 4

General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:27:53 pm »
Starting in the west you may need rain gear and cool weather gear for the mountains. You could encounter snow in the higher elevations west of Denver. Once below Denver mail your cold weather gear. Keep the minimum necessary. Many people will not use a tarp. However, a silnylon tarp is the lightest. Don't buy one. Make one. Instructions are on you tube. The taivek raingear can be had for very cheap and it's breathable. The next lightest shelter is a polytarp. I have used one in summer and winter. No complaints except the bugs. Mosquito coils or bug juice works. The good thing about the poly tarp is you can throw it over yourself and your gear in a sudden downpour and it will keep you dry, to an extent. I am not sure about a several hours long torrential downpour. Nylon bleeds through where it touches. A string tied between trees and some lightweight aluminum tent pegs from Wally Word and you are ready for camp. Wally's also has a blue, closed cell, foam pad for about $7.00. It works just fine. You must use good cycling shoes. Those are a must for those hills and that kind of a load.

I'm actually starting in NYC and headed East. I've planned my route down to Virginia, but based on previous advice, I wonder if I should steer clear of the TransAm or rough it and be a bad mamajama by the time I reach San Francisco, and go down to San Diego.  :)  I probably want to avoid it for my first long distance tour. Is East to West worse than West to East?

General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:55:00 pm »
@Westinghouse, Thank you for your advice. I am actually looking at State Maps to see how I can get to San Francisco without too much struggle. If the going gets tough, I'll have to suck it up. I am going to take my time.

I did do a route in Missouri a few months back that was mostly hills. It took me several hours because I had to keep getting off my bike and walking up the hills. And that was unloaded. I've since built up the stamina for those hills.

Sometimes you just gotta try in life and if it doesn't work out, at least you can say you tried it.

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