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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:59:08 pm »
It is quite useful and often includes a Website link to the campgrounds. One caution. Double check their map locations.  I found several mistakes.

I rode all day to get to a campground listed by AllStays only to find out it was members only. :(

Routes / Re: Clinton Mo to Pittsburgh, KS
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:02:52 pm »
I did not have any problems relative to water.

Routes / Re: Clinton Mo to Pittsburgh, KS
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:15:36 pm »
Most seem to take 18 west and make their way on to the transam. I took 18 until the Kansas border where it turns to gravel after a steep hill. Was not bad riding the gravel, quite scenic in fact. Rode to 69 and then south. Busy but nice shoulder. I left 69 where Kansas 52 heads west through Mound City (nice little cafe on way out of town). Using 52, 31 and 3 made my way to Iola. Picked the TA up in Eureka.

GPS Discussion / Re: FrontPack: new mobile app for cycle touring
« on: July 26, 2014, 03:00:27 pm »
Steveres: Thanks for the explanation on the offline usage as I see that being the main advantage for a standalone GPS unit today.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:27:33 pm »
You will find many discussions of the pannier versus trailer issue and the merits of each. I personally like panniers especially if I expect to use trains along the way like I do in Europe. Just a whole lot easier.
But my personal observation is that if wind is going to be a factor in your touring I believe a BOB trailer would prove to be advantageous over a front and rear pannier set up. Especially in a quartering headwind where the panniers will tend to act act as speed brakes. This was the effect I experienced coming across Kansas riding with a mix of panniers and BOBs TransAm riders.

GPS Discussion / Re: FrontPack: new mobile app for cycle touring
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:10:55 pm »
Sounds like a nice app. I would like more info on what is required to run it. How does it work when you don't have data service (3-4GL) available or access to Google?

Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:09:45 pm »
I gave up cycling shoes when they got wet and stayed wet. Switched to bicycling sandals with clipless cleats. Only footwear.

+1 For my wider feet I can adjust the fit better. Also easy to use waterproof liners like SealSkinz.

General Discussion / Re: Big Bend Loop II, Van - Nov 2-10, 2014
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:33:38 pm »
I have done the ACA Big Bend Loop and I don't think you have anything to worry about. Lots of individual rode solo and others break up in to two's and threes's. Finishing times varied all over the map depending on stopping and taking pictures and doing hikes. There is always the sweep and sag wagon. Distance shouldn't be a problem for you. There are some stiff stiff climbs though.
Some notes on my tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Ultralight Panniers?
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:02:44 am »
These Arkel DryLites look interesting to me. A plus for me is that they work with rack packs.

Gear Talk / 9spd-10spd chains
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:41:33 pm »
On another thread the subject of chain strength came up. Not to hijack the thread I pose my question here. Is there any definitive proof that a 9 spd chain is stronger then a 10 spd or that it wears longer than a 10spd chain?

As I understand it the 10spd chain is narrower but what other dimensions change? AFAIK everything is pretty much the same except the pins and rollers length. So I am stymied as to how the 10 spd chain would be weaker or wear less. Now if the plates were thinner or pins smaller I could begin to understand.

Just curouis.

Gear Talk / Tubeless tires/tyres
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:41:17 pm »
I was wondering if anyone has had experience touring with tubeless tires?

I understand they are lighter and have better rolling resistance and they self seal small punctures or so says the literature I have read.

I was asked if I knew anything about them but I only knew they were popular with some mountain bikers.

Any thoughts?

GPS Discussion / Re: GPX file splits when uploading
« on: January 02, 2014, 04:48:42 pm »
Over time I have developed my own map editor which may be of some interest. The goal was to be able to use the ACA GPX files to custom build routes. For example the Northern Tier, Lake Erie, and North Lakes routes. I personally don't use a gps device for real time navigation so I am not certain how well the GPX files would work in that regard. But to the OP there may be some interest. is a video overview of my map editor.

If anyone should be interested in seeing the editor live it is at

GPS Discussion / Re: GPX file splits when uploading
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:48:15 pm »
Makes complete sense to me. What you want to do is concatenate the map file sections together and then split that concatenated route into your custom segmentation. You can do this manually fairly easily, albeit tedious. Knowing XML and the GPX file structure will also help. Use a text editor such as Notepad++ and use the Language setting XML.
 1. copy the GPX file to a new GPX file.
 2. in the new file remove all waypoints.(<wpt......></wpt> )to ease the process.
 3. remove all </rte><rte><name>...</name><extensions>...</extensions> sequences. the first <rte> and last </rte> remain.
 4. load into your GPX Viewer to see if the result is a single line and is correct.
 5. at the end of each new section, after the section's ending </rtept> tag, insert a </rte><rte><name>new section name</name><extensions>copy data</extensions> sequence.
 6. load into a GPX Viewer and check if it is what you want.
You can merge the waypoints (<wpt ....>...</wpt> back into your new file and you should have what you want.

You can copy and paste across the ACA map files with an text editor like Notepad++ too.

Not knowing your comfort level manually editing files this may not be a viable solution for you.

GPS Discussion / Re: GPX file splits when uploading
« on: December 29, 2013, 01:09:40 pm »
I believe that each ACA GPX file represents a paper map and has a <rte> section for each map panel. I suspect only the first <rte> is being loaded.
Check this the combined map sections.

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