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General Discussion / Re: Cycling Around the World, but.........
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:56:58 am »
Hello Stephen, thank you. Our blog is about 2 months behind but we we are working on getting updated. I'll send you an email with the plugin about the map that we use.

Ron

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We have over 7000 miles cycling with MKS Lambda pedals and Power Grip straps. About 5000 of those miles were done while wearing hiking boots and the last 2000ish have been done wearing plain old tennis shoes.

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General Discussion / Re: Question About Minimum Stay Requirements
« on: March 02, 2015, 11:58:51 pm »
I've often found that campgrounds have more flexible rules for bicycle tourists.  I stayed in some RV oriented sites that do not allow car campers, but DO welcome bicycle tourists. 



I wish we could say the same thing; however, our experience so far crossing through Arizona and New Mexico has been anything but RV friendly places and the couple private campgrounds that will allow tenters are asking stupid prices ($30 to $60) to pitch a tent. If you're not afraid to camp out in the desert it's free, quiet, and very beautiful.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling Around the World, but.........
« on: March 02, 2015, 11:51:32 pm »
Our advice is to be flexible and take it day by day. Your route and your plans will change as you roll down the road, at least this has been our experience, so be prepared for that. Next week marks 2 years on the road and it has been an amazing journey. Currently cycling across the great southwest of America back to our home in Florida. Good luck and have fun. Will we ever do it again... Heck yeah without a doubt.... but first we need to earn more freedom credits. ;-)

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: January 05, 2015, 10:56:41 am »

I can't remeber the name but there's a website that has a list of trips of women currently cycling solo as well as links to blogs if they have one.   If you'd like some inspiration Google to find the site.



http://www.skalatitude.com/p/about.html
http://www.skalatitude.com/p/wow-women-on-wheels.html


We hosted Barbara when she cycled across Florida. She was about 9 months (June 2012) into her trip and now she is about to complete her journey and be back home in Vienna. Amazing young lady.
http://caretaker.cc/barbels-blog/

Other females that have cycled long distance solo.
http://thatemilychappell.com
http://cyclingdutchgirl.com

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: January 05, 2015, 10:40:33 am »
Generally, you are safe alone. You must understand this country is riddled with crime and there are no guarantees. The fact is anything can happen at any time. Being alone on a bike with all those drivers passing you puts you in eyesight of a great many more people than would see you in a car. In a car only those going faster than you get a look. On a bike just about everybody passes you. A loaded touring bike attracts attention at stops and on the boulevard. There are psychopaths, drunks, crack heads, inexperienced drivers, and the impaired elderly out there cruising around. Weeks ago a cyclist was stabbed to death at McDonalds in Vero Beach, Florida by a mentally ill homeless man. There was no reason whatsoever for the attack. Cycling cross country means many stops at C-stores, restaurants and other places for food and drink. You are generally safe. Be vigilant. Trust your senses and hunches. If he looks suspicious or sinister, he probably is. Beware of anyone who will not give you a last name or proof of it. Be very vigilant at any truck stop. Serial murderers working as long haul truckers have abducted and killed many women. Most if not almost every one of the women were prostitutes. There is a website about this by the FBI. You should be safe. Do not throw caution to the wind. Be careful and aware.

This is some funny stuff right here!!  ;D

Hey,

I am thinking about doing the southern tier either starting in jan or feb going east to west (all ready bought the maps!!!!) But for any of those who are doing it/ done it, Do you think it is relatively safe to do it alone?  If I do it alone are there any precautions you would take?

-Rachel

Rachel go enjoy your ride. Seriously!! Maybe our paths will cross as we will be returning stateside after 23ish months away traveling the world. We plan on returning in Jan/Feb from Vietnam to California and cycling back home to Florida. Currently on the road for 22 months and have yet to come across a single crackhead (haha), serial murdering long haul truck driver (although we did meet a German truck driver in Finland that offered us a ride to Sweden) or crazy jihadist that wanted to cause us harm. Quite the opposite to be honest!

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I'm kind of keen to go it alone, but my poor mother claims I'm going to give her a heart attack, and I don't mind company.


Tell your wonderful Mom that you're going to be fine. Been on the road for more than 20 months and the world is full of wonderful and amazing folks. My advice is go alone unless you have a proven cycling partner to cycle with that you get along with. We may cross paths as we will be returning stateside in Jan/Feb 2015 from Vietnam and making our way from Cali to FL.

Enjoy your trip!

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Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Hubs
« on: December 24, 2014, 10:37:17 am »
More than 11,000 miles/18+ months/27 countries of touring in all types of conditions on our Rohloff hubs and not one issue, not even an adjustment needed.

Yeah I am a Rohloff "lover"! Can't wait to purchase another one and convert my 29er SS back home into a 29er Rohloff Bikepacking beast when/if I should ever return home from seeing the world. :-)


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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:24:41 am »
This year, we cycled from Germany down to the very bottom of Greece, then all the way up to Nordkapp, Norway before cycling back to Germany wearing hiking boots! Sent our boots home and are now wearing worn out tennis shoes as we cycle around SE Asia.  :o

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General Discussion / Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs Marathon Plus Tour
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:05:52 am »
We just replaced our Mondials before leaving Europe for Southeast Asia.

18 months and nearly 10,000 miles on all types of terrain and only two flats.




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General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« on: August 09, 2014, 06:01:55 am »
If you are touring in Europe no reason to mess with a liquid fuel stove. Fuel cartridges are ubiquitous throughout Western Europe and relatively inexpensive.

Ok go with that. Hate to disagree, but we have met several cyclists that have had trouble finding cartridges in a pinch and they're not exactly cheap either. Gas stations are everywhere! For less than 2Euros we fill up two bottles they last over 3 weeks and we cook some pretty good meals. :-)

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Gear Talk / Re: From the road: least used gear, most appreciated gear
« on: August 02, 2014, 04:50:26 am »
::).  After 2 weeks on the transamerica,... We do laundry more often in laundromat...

Really? Two weeks and you're already doing laundry?  Funny. Try using your sink to hand wash your stuff and then it won't be under used. ;-)

Ok, we'll give it a go. After 17 months on the road now, here is what we have.

Most valuable/used - MSR International stove, GSI Backpacker cookset, cups, sporks, headlights with white & red lights (except when we were in the Arctic Circle and had 24/7 daylight/ red lights used for wild camping and to save your night vision), pack towels for that once a week shower, baby powder for the bum, boonie hat & Walz Cap, wool Buffs, everything Merino wool, kitchen sink (used to keep beer/wine/food chilled, washing clothes, washing us, washing dishes), our stuff sacks that dub as pillows, Crocs, Thermarest Z-Lite pads, 550 cord, tarp, Helinox Chair One, Leather Man tool, bike mirrors, just to name a few items.

Least/never used (but valuable) - first aid kit, spare spokes, cables, tubes, helmets, cycling shorts, Seal Skinz waterproof socks, Steripen, just to name a few items.

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Gear Talk / Re: Packing a DSLR?
« on: August 02, 2014, 03:46:01 am »
Check out Lowepro's Toploader Pro series. We used to put our DSLR into our handlebar bag (which is fine too) and our extra lenses and stuff in our panniers. However, we now use Lowepro's Toploader AW70 (8+ months) and put a couple extra lenses and stuff in our handlebar bag. Everything you need is right there when you need it.

I also prefer using their 4 point harness system over the shoulder/waist strap system. It works great while on the bike and when you're off the bike hiking around towns and/or woods and while you're wearing a small backpack. Just a thought.   

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General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:06:39 am »
Hope I am not to late! We've been touring around Europe & Morocco for almost 16 months now and we just left Finland yesterday, in fact we are sitting on a ferry now back to Germany. :-)  We have the MSR International stove (over 6 years now) and have had zero issues with it or getting fuel for it. We carry two medium size fuel bottles and have never had a problem buying/paying less than 2 Euros to fill them up. When we flew from the US, I disassembled and cleaned our stove and put it in a plastic bag (disassembled) and I left open our fuel two bottles a couple days before flying so there were no fumes. I left the tops off and put them in our bike bottle cages for the flight and again no issues. Forget about buying white gas in Europe!!!! We normally use the lowest grade fuel and again never an issue.

If you are coming to Finland, bring with you a mosquito head net and some Deep Woods Off or similar with lots of DEET as well as some coils to burn in and around your tent. The mosquitoes are unreal right now!!! If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Also, I would like to add, bring something to carry extra water in (ie MSR Dromedary bag or similar) and either drops or pump/filter. We each can carry 3 bottles of water on our bikes, but sometimes that was not even enough. It has been very warm over here and to be honest, some of our best weather to date was in the Arctic Circle. The towns can be spread out sometimes (we went once 130km between towns), so you will need to get your own water; especially, if you plan on doing any wild camping (which is totally legal here). 





 

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General Discussion / Re: Need advice for my trip this summer
« on: December 09, 2013, 03:42:40 am »
Your advice reminds me of something.  People win the lottery about everyday.  You apparently would recommend the lottery as a retirement method and a way to accumulate wealth for a living.  Of course people who know how the world works, would not recommend the lottery as a financial strategy.  Lottery and waking up tomorrow and riding across the US with no experience.  Pretty similar to me.

What in heck are you talking about? Are you serious? Tim (if you're still with us), don't listen to the overzealous worry wart naysayer "bike touring" experts. You and your mates will be fine, get some bikes and gear and go have a great adventure. You'll be fine, just like the 1000s of others without any experience were. Expect some rough days, but in the end you will sit back, laugh and have some great stories.

And RussSeaton.... you know what they say about assuming? We do not play the lottery. We believe in the old school methods, like saving, living within your means, being debt free... etc. Anyway ya'll have a great day, we're going for a bike ride now in some pretty crappy German weather. :-)

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