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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.

General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:49:03 pm »
@Habanero, I'm sorry, but where did I ask for a monetary donation? I asked for used equipment that I could buy or equipment that could be donated for free. That's not monetary. Also, that was not the base point for my post; I actually needed advice about lightweight cycling and how I could budget optimally. Please don't be so quick to judge a post without reading the details.

P.S. And although I am biking for the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation, many generous people have donated equipment to me as opposed to money. Whether it's a personal tour or whatever, that's their prerogative to do that. And I am so happy to them for making my dreams come true. Not everyone has the means to save up for a tour and I don't mind using worn or used equipment. I am glad people thought about me, dusted off their unused equipment and let me have it. That's thoughtful. But once again, that's not what my original post was about.

Thank you.

General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: March 28, 2013, 01:16:18 pm »
Dan, that's a remarkable news article! He makes what I'm doing seem like child's play. lol

Howdy y'all!  I am successfully riding with my doggy after finding other people who are doing the same thing. I wasn't able to pack lightweight. After I created a website, I received a slew of donated equipment, including a tent and sleeping bag and stuff for my doggy. We leave officially April 15, 2013, but smaller tours have been wonderful. There is a long list of people who have toured the States and the World with dogs successfully. Please feel free to add my website and name to that list once I finish:

BTW, there are many amazing trailers specifically made for hauling dogs. They are heavy duty and it almost feels like your dog isn't back there. I would recommend the Doggy Ride and te Cycletote.

Thank you!

General Discussion / Re: North Nevada & Utah in summer
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:21:01 pm »
I am taking the ACA route from Pueblo, CO to SanFrancisco, CA around June, July. Will I also run into crazy heat?

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