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International / Cycling out of the airport in Cancun.
« on: November 22, 2015, 09:22:30 pm »
Anyone have any experience cycling out of the airport in Cancun?

International / Health Insurance on the road abroad.
« on: November 18, 2015, 01:07:38 pm »
Any Americans out there with cycling abroad have experience with international health insurance?

Food Talk / Eating well on tour.
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:00:28 am »
I wanted to just begin a new topic about food and eating on tour. I've done some 1,000 mile plus rides through rural areas. In some places food is not only scarce but it's crap. I ate things like Jimmy Dean Sausage Mcmuffins on the Western Express from convenience stores because that was it... Now I'm on the Atlantic coast route. I stock up when I can in larger towns where there re actually grocery stores. But the concept of "food deserts" is a reality out here. In the summer months there is produce of course. But now in the fall post harvest, even the locals eat conveneince store crap. Towns in North Carolina have the Dollar General. These are fairly large but I could not find one piece of fresh produce. How is it for other cyclists?

International / Mexico-Central America-Columbia
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:50:31 am »
I'm considering this as a ride this winter. I'm thinking of begining in Yucatan through to Belize and Guatemala and down to Panama. I know there's folks out there who are familiar with cycling this. Any info on camping of course, road conditions, routes, fun stuff, stuff to avoid. You know, the usual.
If anybody's intersted in joining me, drop a line.

South Atlantic / Traffic on the AC
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:42:07 am »
I am currently cycling south on the AC. SOme of the route is on nice quiet back roads. And some of it feels just short of treacherous. Of course this is subjective. I'm coming from the wild, wild west. I rode the Western Express this summer and quiet and I mean QUIET roads were the rule not the excception. Feels opposite here. I'm a little discouraged. It's not just the volume (speaking of which, what's with the pick ups on steroids?) but the rate of travel I have experienced by drivers. Is the route from south Florida to Key West like this as well? I'm considering bailing on ths ride, I feel scared much of the time.

Classifieds / WTB
« on: October 02, 2015, 10:46:13 pm »
Looking for used Carradice Camper longflap. I really want to try one of these for ultralight touring. I will have to modify it some and I'm not actually sure it's going to fit my small frame bike. That's why I want to find one used. I also like to upcycle stuff.

Midwest / Trans America to Katy Trail
« on: July 03, 2015, 12:26:01 am »
I am working my way east from San Francisco via Western Express. I want to continue east on the Trans America and I'm wondering how to link up to the Katy Trail east bound. From the eastern terminus, I am going to navigate my way up to Pittsburg to ride the GAP/C and O to DC.

Connecting ACA Routes / UGRR to Great Allegheny Passage
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:39:38 am »
I would like to connect the UGRR to the GAP which is basically Pittsburgh. Anybody done this or have any ideas?

Classifieds / Wanted: Western Express route maps
« on: May 26, 2015, 03:55:22 am »
I'm looking to beg, borrow or hopefully not steal a used set of the Western Express route maps. Anybody out there have a set they want to part with?

International / Western Australia
« on: April 12, 2015, 01:56:31 pm »
Anybody have any info or experience cycling Perth to Broome?

International / Portugal: North to South
« on: March 08, 2014, 09:23:28 pm »
I got a wild hare.... That's how most of my bike trips start out. This one involves cycling from northern Portugal to southern Portugal in Novemberish. I have not picked a route but it is starting to get cool by the Atlantic coast so wherever I'm most likely to encounter favorable weather. Does anyone have any experience with this part of the world? I'd love any and all information, comments, suggestions.

International / Flying into Paris
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:55:37 pm »
I'm flying to Paris in August and making my way down to Spain by way of Bordeaux. Anybody have any experience with getting to the city from CDG? It's an overnight flight arriving at about 8 in the morning from Washington DC.  I don't sleep well on planes. Therefore I don't expect to be in very good condition to unbox my bike, put it together and cycle into the city. Just wondering if anyone has experience with vans, taxis, etc in Paris. My other thought is to leave my bike home and buy a used bike in France. Any thoughts or experience with this?

Connecting ACA Routes / Connecting Southern Tier to Western Express
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:47:19 pm »
I'm considering riding the Southern Tier E-> W late September until November. I'd like to connect to the Western Express near Durango, CO from Silver City NM. Anybody have any experience with this?

General Discussion / Health/Medical Insurance while cycling abroad
« on: September 01, 2012, 09:58:01 am »
Anybody have any experience with health insurance providers while traveling abroad? I found a company or 2 but they don't specify if (God forbid) I get hurt while cycling if they will cover it.

Gear Talk / Handlebars
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:54:33 pm »
I am thinking of switching to a different handlebar. I am very narrow in the shoulders and my drop bars are a little wide. I'm also considering a more upright position.
Anybody know anything about the Nitto Moustache? Ever use a set? Any thoughts, opinions? I also can't seem to find the specs, like the width from handle to handle.

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