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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Questions
« on: February 08, 2014, 08:14:34 am »
Hi,
I realize the map might say 90 miles, but from my notes in my journal, it seems to be 78.  We camped just short of the observatory, due to circumstances you can read in the entry.  But it worked out perfectly anyway. You really don't want to camp behind the closed store at Kent; it's nasty. We ended up camping at the Lawrence Wood picnic area and it was great; that was 69 miles from Van Horn. But there are many places along the roadside, as Carla said, where you can pitch a tent.  You can check my journal for details, and for more Southern Tier info too, at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/myfinecycle.

Most people we met along the ST actually went on US 90 from Van Horn through Marfa to Alpine.  Just another thought. We really wanted to see the observatory.

It's a great ride either way, enjoy!
Marti

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Routes / Re: Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:31:31 pm »
We have done a lot of 7-9 days trips in the US, and I have to say my most favorite is the C&O and GAP trails; ridden together it's about a week to enjoy the trip. Great surface ( unless you get unlucky and it's really wet) and so much to see. Good camping, and free along the C&O . For slight downhill start in Pittsburgh and ride to DC. And they just finished the terminus in Pittsburgh which wasn't done when we rode last year. Spending a week off roads is amazing. Next best are the Oregon coast and riding around the northern half of Lake Michigan.

All of these are chronicled on my crazyguyonabike site, search for marti fine or myfinecycle. The trail ride is part of Finetastic Adventure 2012 ride. Enjoy!

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Routes / Re: Route through or around Los Angeles.
« on: April 29, 2013, 02:39:56 pm »
The alternate route to going thru Camp Pendleton is to take the I-5; it is legal to bike on the interstate for that portion. It is very safe with a wide clean shoulder, but noisy of course. But it's only for a few miles.  We opted for the I this year since we had already ridden thru, which is a nice option.

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Routes / Re: Route through or around Los Angeles.
« on: April 28, 2013, 02:27:20 pm »
Hi mike,
We have cycled twice from LA to San Diego, as well as cycling north from LA to Malibu. All of this is on the coast or beach . No reason to bus through. From Santa Monica south you will be on beach paths or roads right by the beach. We did find it easier to leave LA on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowds. The two times we went we cycled different routes to Long Beach, as well as different routes through San Diego. Also, once we went through Camp Pendleton and the other time we didn't. If you want to read my accounts of each and see the detailed maps, you can check the appropriate days (easily found) on my journals. Check crazyguyonabike.com for Finetastic Adventures 2011 and 2013. Let me know if you have any questions.
Marti

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Classifieds / Re: For Sale: ACA Atlantic Coast 4-7
« on: April 05, 2013, 04:31:52 am »
Excellent. Paypal email is martifine@gmail.com. Include your shipping address and I will get them in the mail asap. Enjoy the ride.

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: ACA Atlantic Coast route maps, used
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:13:52 pm »
Hi!
I just posted yesterday that I have sections 4-7 to sell.  Section 4 is older and has notes written on it, the others are 2011 with a few notes but all in good shape. You would definitely need to check the addenda, ESP on #4. $15 for all four including shipping. Let me know if you want them, write me at martifine@gmail.com
Happy cycling!
Marti

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Classifieds / Sold.For Sale: ACA Atlantic Coast 4-7
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:30:01 am »
I have sections 4-7 of the Atlantic Coast maps to sell.  Section 4 is old and marked up, but 5, 6 and 7 are 2011 editions which I used last year. They do have a few notes written on them but are in good condition.  All of them for $15 including shipping to 48 states.

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Classifieds / SOLD: Baja maps and camping book
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:24:09 am »
SOLD

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Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Baja maps and camping book
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:17:36 am »
Hank, let me know if you got my personal message...Marti

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Gear Talk / Re: No Stove
« on: March 30, 2013, 02:59:28 pm »
We have done 3 long tours, tho not the TA, without ever cooking.  We carry tortillas, peanut butter, Nutella, honey, bars, nuts, dried fruit, sardines. We eat most meals in diners or gas stations or street vendors or restaurants. It helps that we do not drink coffee. Everyone we have ever hooked up with when riding did cook. We love not having to carry all that stuff and spend the time and effort cooking. Our friends always love to read my journal and see what else we have eaten on a tortilla, like spam or Vienna sausages! Have fun!

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Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Baja maps and camping book
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:45:31 pm »
Hi, yes they are still available. Please contact me at martifine@gmail.com and we can move ahead.

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International / Re: Biking Baja in Feb
« on: March 19, 2013, 06:18:33 pm »
Hi Dave,
We did indeed go and had an incredible trip. You should check my journal at www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/fa2013. Then let me know if you have any other questions, would love to help out. You will have a great time!
Marti

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Classifieds / SOLD: Baja maps and camping book
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:03:44 pm »
I just returned from cycling the Baja and no longer need two of the resources that I found very useful on the trip.  First is the Baja California map pack bundle by National Geographic. These two waterproof and tearproof eco-travel maps are large scale for more detail, with shaded relief, city insets, distances, and more.  2008 edition. Retail is $20, they are yours for $12 including shipping.  Second is the book Traveler's Guide to Camping Mexico's Baja: Explore Baja and Puerto Penasco with Your RV or Tent, by Mike & Terri Church, 2008.  Also yours for $12 including shipping.  (Shipping for both included only within 48 states)  If you want both items it will be $20 including shipping.

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Routes / Re: NORTH LAKES LOOP
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:34:46 am »
We did that exact route in 1998. Great ride. Check out my notes at www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/myfine1998
We got really lucky with weather and wind too. Highly recommend the route.

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Routes / Re: Allegheny Gap
« on: January 19, 2013, 06:46:31 pm »
We rode from DC to Pittsburgh in April on loaded touring bikes with 700x32 tires with no problem.  GAP is excellent surface; the C&O is rougher but we still had no problems.

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