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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle guidance
« on: July 17, 2015, 11:04:22 am »
Do a forum search on bikes.  There have been numerous threads discussing the various bikes for touring.  This includes their approximate cost as well as their pros and cons.  There are a number of bikes that have good reviews and they run a little more than $1000.  (not sure if that is in your budget)

I started touring by first starting on a supported tour using a road bike.  As I got more experience and confidence I bought a bike that was better equipped for touring and started my solo touring. 

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Routes / Re: TA to the Katy Trail from KS
« on: July 07, 2015, 10:19:43 am »
I followed the TA through Newton, KS and deviated shortly after leaving Newton.  I turned south on NW Butler Rd (good road low traffic) and connected with Hwy 196 east (Very good road with shoulder and low to moderate traffic).  Follow 196 until you pass over the 254 and I-35.  The road becomes W. Towanda Ave in the city of Eldorado (very good camping options)  At the 4 way stop head north on SW Boyer Rd and then go east when you Hwy 54.  Follow Hwy 54 (it connects again with the TA in Rosalia and then diverges again) until you get to Iola, KS.  In Iola take the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail (great trail and state park $3.50 per day to use) to Ottawa, KS.  Then get on the Flint Hills Nature Trail (another rail trail) to Osawatomie, KS.  Just north of Osawatomie get in 279 east which becomes W 343rd St.  South at Block Road.  Follow the paved road south until you get to W 359th St.  Follow that east to Drexel, MO.  There you connect to Hwy 18.  Follow that east until you get to Clinton, MO and the beginning of the Katy Trail.

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California / Re: Local advice for a UK visitor please?
« on: June 27, 2015, 08:10:54 pm »
You didn't say when you were coming to the U.S.  If you are doing the Western Express during the summer plan to start early and carry lots of water.  It will be hot and dry with literally nothing between towns.  Plan on riding about 70 miles between services in Nevada.  No need to worry about dogs or bears.

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General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:08:36 am »
It's always nice when I ride into town if there is some type of sign directing me to approved camping spots.  The symbols used on the ACA maps for signs would be helpful.  Often times I have to consult google maps to find the available services.  A big plus for me is the availability of a warm shower.

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Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 Disc - Compatible Fenders
« on: May 24, 2015, 07:05:50 pm »
I had this problem on another bike.  The fenders came with an adapter that kept the fender stays away from the brake.  Not sure but take a look at Velo Orange.  They may have some adapters or fenders that fit.

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This is the email I got from Caltrans.

Cleghorn Northbound Off ramp from the 15 freeway, and Cleghorn Northbound on ramp to the 15 freeway are closed until roughly June 12th; however, the Southbound side is open. Cyclists travelling on the Southbound 15 freeway towards the coast can exit at Cleghorn and take Cajon Blvd. south towards Kenwood Ave. If a cyclist is travelling north and exits at Kenwood travelling up Cajon towards Cleghorn, when they get to the Northbound 15 freeway on ramp there is nowhere to go due to construction. Northbound travelers would have the following options: (A) Take the Northbound shoulder on the 15 freeway past the Kenwood off ramp up to 138 off ramp, bypassing Cajon Blvd. (not recommended due to narrow shoulders at bridges and near construction areas); (B) Take the Kenwood exit north and travel up Cajon Blvd. to the Southbound 15 off ramp, and oppose traffic on the Southbound 15 freeway shoulder to the 138 Southbound onramp (not recommended due to opposing traffic on the freeway); or (C) get off on Kenwood and call for a taxi service to transport them up to a destination past construction, which would be either 138 if travelling on 138 or to Oakhill Blvd. if continuing north on the 15 freeway (Option (C), is the Recommendation).

We are working on getting a sign made providing the numbers to call for a taxi if they wish to obtain a ride through the construction zone. There will be one placed for Northbound travelers at Kenwood and at Cleghorn. This sign should be in place by the beginning of next week.

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There is ongoing construction on I-15 in the Cajon Pass that impacts the route.  This is from the email I received about cycling access.

Cleghorn Northbound Off ramp from the 15 freeway, and Cleghorn Northbound on ramp to the 15 freeway are closed until roughly June 12th; however, the Southbound side is open. Cyclists travelling on the Southbound 15 freeway towards the coast can exit at Cleghorn and take Cajon Blvd. south towards Kenwood Ave. If a cyclist is travelling north and exits at Kenwood travelling up Cajon towards Cleghorn, when they get to the Northbound 15 freeway on ramp there is nowhere to go due to construction. Northbound travelers would have the following options: (A) Take the Northbound shoulder on the 15 freeway past the Kenwood off ramp up to 138 off ramp, bypassing Cajon Blvd. (not recommended due to narrow shoulders at bridges and near construction areas); (B) Take the Kenwood exit north and travel up Cajon Blvd. to the Southbound 15 off ramp, and oppose traffic on the Southbound 15 freeway shoulder to the 138 Southbound onramp (not recommended due to opposing traffic on the freeway); or (C) get off on Kenwood and call for a taxi service to transport them up to a destination past construction, which would be either 138 if travelling on 138 or to Oakhill Blvd. if continuing north on the 15 freeway (Option (C), is the Recommendation).

We are working on getting a sign made providing the numbers to call for a taxi if they wish to obtain a ride through the construction zone. There will be one placed for Northbound travelers at Kenwood and at Cleghorn. This sign should be in place by the beginning of next week.

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I've been unable to contact by phone.  However I did get an email response.  This is the response I got  "Greetings, Our current SB 15 cyclist route is 138 to Cleghorn / Cajon Blvd. / Kenwood.
North Bound yes, the bridges are tight, and currently Cleghorn and the Truck scales are closed until June 12th."

Hope this helps.

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I've reread the Caltrans information a couple of times and this is my current take.  The shoulder will be available (just try to stay as far to the right as possible).  Even though the on ramp is closed you should still be able to get on the shoulder. 

You can access the dirt road (Cleghorn/Forest Service) directly from where Cajon Blvd ends at the interstate. 

Looking at google maps it appears you may be able to access the Santa Fe fire road where Cajon ends.  It will be a lot less time on a dirt road if you are forced to take one of them because you can't get on I-15.  I'll try to call Caltrans tomorrow to see what they say about cycling on the shoulder and let you know. 

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The information from Caltrans indicates the onramp from Cajon/Cleghorn will be closed.  Supposedly there is an emergency shoulder available (whatever that is).  There is forest service road that will take you to the 138.  Not sure about Santa Fe road.   

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There is only one small section where you have to ride on the I-15 and it is near the scales.  Unless I'm mistaken the construction hasn't affected the old road - Cajon Blvd.  This is accessed by going through Devore and using Kenwood.  It ends near the scales so you get on I15 for about a mile and get off at the next exit (hwy 138). Right then take a left on Summit Valley Road.  This puts you in Hesperia.

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Routes / Re: Los Angeles to Hilton Head, SC
« on: April 07, 2015, 08:01:30 pm »
Another route it to go through Victorville.  The route may be what route 66 uses.  You go through Devore and get on Kenwood Blvd.  It ends at Cajon Blvd.  The parallels I15.  It ends just before hwy 138 so you ride on the interstate only 1 mile before you get off at hwy 138.  Go east until Summit Valley Rd.  This takes you to Hesperia and Victorville  Work you way through those two cities until to get to Hwy 18.  Pass under the freeway and it becomes N D st.  This turns into the National Trails Hwy (66) (go straight at the light).  This will take you to Barstow.   For sure in Barstow you will connect to 66.

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Routes / Re: Los Angeles to Hilton Head, SC
« on: April 06, 2015, 10:50:18 pm »
Looks like there is a bridge at Natchez, MS and the east bound side has a wide shoulder.  It may be another way across the river.

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Routes / Re: Los Angeles to Hilton Head, SC
« on: April 05, 2015, 10:37:40 pm »
Check out the new maps for Route 66 from Adventure Cycling (ACA).  They will take you from LA to OK and minimize the miles on the interstates.  For the other states you may want to go the their DOT bicycling sites and they give you an idea of the suitability of roads you may want to take to get across the state.  As an alternative you could take the ACA Atlantic Coast route south from SC to connect to the Southern Tier.  This route will put you on roads that minimize the amount of traffic plus the maps will let you know how the distance between services. 

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Mid-summer heat on Route 66
« on: March 30, 2015, 06:43:20 pm »
It will be hot in the South West.  However, it is doable.  There are plenty of posting on how to handle the heat.  Search for riding the Southern Tier during the summer.  I've ridden through AZ in July and yes its hot and dry but it was still good riding if you like that sort of thing.

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