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General Discussion / Re: Locks for a solo Trans-Am camping tour?
« on: April 01, 2016, 03:56:44 pm »
Those U locks are strong as all get out. However, a hand-held drill can open one in a minute or two with the right bit. Just go into where the key hole with the drill. That method would be used only by thieves looking to purloin an expensive ride, I think. It happens. It makes noise, too.

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Routes / Re: Question for those who have toured in Europe
« on: March 27, 2016, 01:40:29 pm »
I did a considerable amount of touring in western Europe, eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. In the UK, a magazine-like atlas of maps worked perfectly. Detailed road maps worked well for all other places. There were times when designated bike paths or bike roads would have been great improvements in conditions. Generally, finding places for stealth camping was easy. In eastern Europe there were usually people along the roads, even at night, making it impossible to find a place to duck into the woods where nobody could see where I had left the road.

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Routes / Re: Biking in Texas
« on: March 17, 2016, 07:09:03 pm »
Certainly you may. Signs designate where bicycles are allowed to enter interstates, and where they must exit. The shoulders in some parts of NM and AZ are way too bumpy. It is still a good ride.

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier with no camping?
« on: March 17, 2016, 07:06:53 pm »
It sounds like a plan whose time has come. Yes, howling winds, and on those days, after long grueling grinds over numerous hills, it seemed like a miracle that I had actually covered 70 or so miles in those conditions in one day. If anyone had told me in the mornings on such days that I would make even 50 miles on those days, I would have doubted it seriously. Determination, strength. willpower, and keeping on keeping on will get you the miles. One night spent sleepless under an interstate overpass bridge with screeching winds tearing in horizontal with the ground was not scary enough. Then came lightning all around for hours, close lightning, as in survival being perhaps a genuine miracle.

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Routes / Re: Biking in Texas
« on: March 15, 2016, 08:52:38 pm »
You can cycle on I-10 from as far east as Junction, TX, and possible farther east than Junction.

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General Discussion / Re: Locks for a solo Trans-Am camping tour?
« on: March 15, 2016, 08:49:41 pm »
While in a restaurant, keep your bike locked, and in sight through a window. When camped, try to lock to an immovable object, and visible through the front entrance of your tent.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 15, 2016, 08:43:31 pm »
I got gang-stalked while bicycling from Florida to California. I will tell you how it worked. At first I did not notice it that much and thought it was just my imagination. It seemed that every time I came to a bridge, long or short, over creek river, or valley, cars and or trucks, or maybe just one vehicle crossed the first expansion crack from road to bridge exactly the same instant I did. Well, OK, no big deal you might say. But the thing was these vehicles made the loudest, most disturbing, ear-splitting noises you could imagine.I have bicycled about 40,000 miles through 19 countries, and I had never heard anything even remotely like it, except perhaps in the former Soviet Union. Some vehicles may have had low air in the tires to magnify the noise. Others pulled empty trailers that made extreme racket. After a while I became aware of what was happening. I began looking for a pattern. And sure enough, every time I saw a bridge ahead, I watched for the vehicles, and sure enough they appeared and timed their speed to cross the first expansion crack at exactly the same time I was abreast of it, and I mean exactly. It was precisely timed and coordinated. This started in the eastern USA and continued all the way into California. These cars and trucks and trailers appeared in this pattern even on back roads on Sunday afternoons when you might not see another vehicle on the road for ten or fifteen minutes at a time.

Another tactic was crowding. Where there was a wide lane on the road for safe cycling out of the motorized lane, traffic patterns were normal., However, most every time the side lane disappeared, two lanes of traffic appeared crowding me and making cycling less safe. If that had happened only once or a few times, OK then, just happenstance, but this happened consistently 50 times, a hundred times, unquestionably organized, timed, coordinated events. There is a lot more to this than stated here, but this should give you an idea of tactics used by these criminal bastards. Noise attacks and crowding became extremely disturbing after a while, and provoking.

Also, while in a side lane traffic was usual and not contrived as far as was discernible. But sometimes I came across some obstruction in the side lane such as a two-by-four laid across the lane or a branch of a tree where there were no trees. These obstruction had to be gone around by swerving out into the main roadway. Again, almost every time I came to one of these obstructions, a car or truck would come from the rear and pass me exactly, and I mean exactly at the time I started to swerve. Often, two cars and or trucks would come abreast of each other and me at exactly the time I started to swerve. This happened many many many times. There is no possible way it was only coincidence. This happened many times even on back roads where traffic was extremely light. I mean, no traffic for 15 minutes at a time or sometimes longer, but every time I crossed a crack going onto a bridge, came to a stretch of road where there was no side lane, or came to an obstruction the exact same traffic patterns appeared to cause discomfort and disruption and crowding.

It was all illegal as hell. There is absolutely no possible way these traffic patterns were random. They were all coordinated, timed, organized, and criminal. How about that?


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General Discussion / The wearing of the green
« on: March 15, 2016, 08:24:08 pm »

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General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:09:33 am »
A lesson I learned a long time ago was, do not trust the authorities or involve with them unless absolutely necessary. This happened several miles east of a place called No Trees. It was not even a town, and if it had been at one time, all that remained of it, from what I can recall, was a gutted, run-down, abandoned, gas station. It was behind a wall, out of sight in that old gas station that we slept the night. I might have made an anonymous call at some time or told someone. It was too long ago. I do not remember.

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General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 04, 2016, 09:05:57 pm »
By far, the most numerous of all items I have seen on the roadside were bungey cords. I saw them singly, in numbers and entire packages of them unopened. I have seen various kinds of tools and wrenches and watches and food wrappers. Occasionally I saw used hypodermic needles. The strangest thing I ever came across was in one of the western states on the southern tier. It was out in the middle of nowhere. I stopped and had to relieve myself of excess fluids. There was no traffic around anywhere. This was more of a back road. I walked from the road about 50 feet or more to the edge of a drainage ditch. I looked over the edge to about 6 or 8 feet down. There was a rolled up piece of floor carpet like the carpet in a house. It had legs sticking out from one end. I got the hell out of there and never looked back. That was the very end of 1984. In fact it was near new years eve 1984 if I remember correctly because it was still east of Guadalupe Pass, and we spent new years eve in a tent in a blizzard near Guadalupe Pass. That was a 3700 mile trip or maybe 3500 miles. We went from Stuart, FL to Okeechobee, FL, to Moore haven to Everglades City, and across the everglades to Miami and south to Key West and back to Stuart. Then we took Florida roads to hyw 90 in north Florida and along the gulf coast to New Orleans. We got into Texas and went by Lake Conroe and went through Midland and Odessa. We went over Guadalupe Pass and into El Paso and into Juarez, Mexico. We followed roads in Mexico to Douglas, AZ and took various roads to San Diego, CA.

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Routes / Re: Katy Trail riding conditions?
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:44:56 pm »
I saw a web site that had several photographs of the trail. Mostly it seemed to be hard-packed earth.

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General Discussion / Re: camping on city parks
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:42:00 pm »
They probably want you to notify police so they will know you are there. That way they can patrol there to keep you safe.

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Did I get lonely? Yes, you could definitely say that. Did that loneliness make it difficult to endure and carry on? No. it did not. I will say there were many nights alone in a tent in some thicket or behind some berm when I wished with all my heart there was a female companion. For that I would have given anything. And I still would.

LOL. Well, maybe it is.

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Routes / Re: Safety of Southern Tier near Border
« on: January 20, 2016, 04:40:58 pm »
Don't worry about it. Just  be careful about going into Mexico along that route. You may be quite safe visiting Mexico on that length of road, but many acts of extreme violence have been known to happen too.

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