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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades; desert heat in July
« on: October 25, 2014, 09:53:46 pm »
I agree with MrBrent. I just rode across from Victorville almost to Needles, then north to Las Vegas a few weeks ago and it was in the 90's.  Not too uncomfortable because I'm very acclimated to the dry heat, but even so there were a few stretches where I was climbing at the same speed as the wind and it felt like it was much hotter.

Sam

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: October 18, 2014, 05:39:55 pm »
I'm hopeful..but not expectant...that this sort of project will generate enough publicity and thus funding to improve the road condition for a large part of this route.  I just finished riding from Hesperia to Goffs in SoCal and most of that section is poor with parts being almost unridable.   Here's a crazyguy link to my blog for the trip.  Feel free to email me if you have any other questions at sam21fire at gmail.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/MojaveDesert

Sam

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Routes / Route 66 Mojave Desert
« on: October 18, 2014, 05:30:50 pm »
For those considering a ride along Route 66 through the Mojave Desert, here's a link to a short tour I just completed. General route was Hesperia CA to Boulder City NV via 66 and Hwy 95.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/MojaveDesert

Sam

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General Discussion / Re: Fuel Canisters in Hokkaido, Japan
« on: May 31, 2013, 02:44:27 pm »
Great, thanks for info, Janet!

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General Discussion / Fuel Canisters in Hokkaido, Japan
« on: May 29, 2013, 02:51:35 pm »
Hi everyone!
My wife and I are planning a self-contained tour in Hokkaido next month.  I'm working on purchasing propane/isobutane fuel canisters on our way through Niigata but I need to know how readily available they are along the route so I'll know how many to initially buy.  We'll be camping/cooking most nights. The riding portion will begin in Otaru, up the west coast to Wakkanai, then to Sapporo via the central part of the island.
Thanks for any information you can provide about this, or anything else you can add!

Sam

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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades; desert heat in July
« on: May 25, 2012, 11:31:35 pm »
I work in the Barstow area. In July in that area expect daytime temps to exceed 105-110 F, humidity less than 10%, often less than 5%.  Exercising hard ie bike riding for many hours in these conditions means you probably cannot physically consume enough water to prevent significant dehydration unless you are very well acclimated.  The dangerous part is that because it's dry and you're moving your sweat will evaporate very quickly and you won't feel terribly hot...but you'll lose a tremendous amount of fluid.  It's very difficult to drink enough water/fluid at night to replace what you lose during the day.

   I suggest that you start riding before the sun comes fully up, ride until 10 am (temps will be 90+ by then), find some shade until 4 or 5 pm (when it might drop below 90 again) then ride until it's too dark to comfortably ride.  Or you could ride at night and rest during the day.

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General Discussion / Re: Medication
« on: October 30, 2011, 12:09:38 pm »
Great info here! 

Anyone know about going overseas with Rx meds? I'm planning a trip in Hokkaido Japan next Sept. My Rx's aren't anything hard core...ASA and Xalatan (eye drops). I can keep them cool w/o any problem, just wondering about going through customs over there or when I come back to the US.

thanks!
Sam

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General Discussion / Re: Sierra Cascades
« on: October 30, 2011, 12:02:54 pm »
Another factor to consider... if you start too late you're likely to run into some seriously hot/dry desert when you get farther South. The stretch from Tehachapi till you get into the mountains near Big Bear is usually brutally hot in the summer (100-115F, RH less than 10%).  From there the weather isn't usually too bad until you get South of Cuyamaca when it'll start getting more into the desert conditions again.  I'm not saying that it's not advisable to ride through there in the summer just be ready for the conditions.

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General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: October 30, 2011, 11:56:58 am »
I've used the Cascade Designs brass basket thing several times, works pretty well. I've use the Via packets quite a few times and like the coffee but they're a bit pricey even when purchased as Sam's Club.  Taking a french press seem like more than I want to carry around...and I love french press coffee.

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Has anyone ridden any parts of route 66?
« on: October 25, 2011, 07:06:30 pm »
Feel free to send me a message and I'll pass along more info or answer more specific questions.

Good luck!
Sam

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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Has anyone ridden any parts of route 66?
« on: October 25, 2011, 07:04:48 pm »
I work in the Barstow/Baker/Ludlow area. Although I've never ridden my bike on 66 I've driven it many times.
West from Needles to Barstow Rt 66 aka National Trails Highway parallels I-40 more or less. The road surface is ok in most places with long stretches where the top layer(s) of pavement have worn away leaving potholes of varying depths.  From Newberry Springs to Barstow you may have to ride the shoulder of I-40 because I don't believe there are any surface streets available through Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow. From Barstow through Victorville, Hesperia and Oak Hills (at the top of Cajon Pass) the route is sometimes off I-15 and sometimes you'll be on the shoulder of the freeway. Although this isn't fun the shoulder is wide and usually pretty clear of debris.  BTW taking the shoulder of I-15 is FAR safer than traveling on US 395 which some people have considered.  South from Oak Hills through Cajon Pass into San Bernardino you'll start on the freeway shoulder then move onto the old highway just south of SR 138. From there on it's a good ride.  There's a short detour through Devore to avoid the freeway, then work your way back onto 66.  From there to the ocean Rt 66 is almost entirely city streets...sometimes good route and sometimes a little hairy due to traffic, local environment etc.

There are very few services on 66 West of Needles; water is available at Goffs, Fenner (usually nothing at Essex), Ludlow, west end of Newberry Springs, Barstow/outskirts of Barstow, Victorville/Hesperia/Oak Hills, I-15 at SR138, Devore    Food is available at Fenner, Ludlow, west end of Newberry Springs, Barstow, Victorville/Hesperia/Oak Hills, I-15 at SR138, Devore. In between those spots there is no reliable water/food at all.  Unless you've been through that area you might be surprised how little 'civilization' is out there.  Beware of "town" on a map that are actually just a collection of abandoned buildings.

Weather- May through Sep/Oct is brutal hot....days are usually +100F, nights cool off to the mid 80-90'sF. The wind is very predictable...usually calm in the morning then almost always from the West at 5-20 mph.  I've thought about riding the Needles/San Bernardino section and am thinking it's better to ride the Needles-Newberry Springs section at night. There's hardly any traffic on 66 at night and as long as you have lights you'd be ok.

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Gear Talk / Re: Ground Cloth Recommends
« on: April 24, 2011, 10:49:40 am »
I carry a piece of ordinary nylon material that I bought from a fabric store, melted and "sewed" a hem around the edge (I'm not very good at sewing but it's not a fashion contest) that I use a variety of purposes... ground cloth for the vestibule area of my tent, table cloth, shade etc. It's about 5'x5', packs easily and doesn't weigh much as long as it's uncoated.

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Gear Talk / Re: Low Rider Front Racks for Trek 520??
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:02:22 pm »
Yep, that one works great on my '05 520, very stable/solid.

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Routes / Re: Joshua Tree to Prescott?
« on: March 26, 2011, 07:52:04 pm »
+1 on what MrBent says. The only thing I'd add is to seriously consider not riding between J.T. and the River Fri-Sun or any holiday weekend.  I work for SB Co FD and there are a lot of 5D drivers (Drunk, Drugged, Distracted, Drousy, Dumb) going to/from the river which makes for a lot of nasty accidents...and you're a long way from help out there.

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General Discussion / Re: Biking Zion, Bryce, GC
« on: December 24, 2010, 12:05:11 pm »
I've ridden (and driven) through that area many times and it's fantastic on a bike!  North Rim of the GC doesn't open until some time in May depending on the snow and weather, Bryce is the same and both are pretty high in elevation so snow can fall late into the spring.  In the summer the area around Zion and GC's South rim are HOT and don't have many water supply points between major towns. Don't trust the "villages/outposts" that are on the map to be open or have water available.  The climbs eastbound out of Zion Canyon and from Cameron to Desert View Point at the South Rim are pretty tough.  The Park Service has placed some significant restrictions on bikes going through the Zion Tunnel; you'll need to make arrangements to have someone haul your bike through the tunnel unless you make "other arrangements" (the rangers at the tunnel work normal 8-5 duty days).  Late summer/fall in that area has major thunderstorms with flash floods.  North Rim and Bryce in mid Oct depending on weather.

Other than those details riding in that area is normal touring...challenging, beautiful, good shoulders, bad shoulders, good traffic, bad traffic etc etc.  Expect all the usual issues with being around major tourist areas if you go during the summer.

Have a great trip!

Sam

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