If the tire is ripped near the bead I can't think of any other solution than getting a new tire.
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In places with no biting insects and it doesn't rain too often I like a bivy best. I sleep on top of it unless it is cold or rain starts. I do carry a tiny tarp (5'x5') for rainy nights. It is easy to climb in and zip up if conditions change. This setup is no fun if it will be hot and buggy though.
To reverse my route, get to PR-100 & MB-200 and head south... At junction of 200 & 305 (near St. Agathe, restaurant), continue south on 200 (begin 8.5 miles of decent gravel) all the way to border crossing just west of Emerson.
Anyone really tour on an LHT with full packs? Is the frame stiff enough for full packs? Credit card trips don't count. Supported trips don't count either.
Considering what you would spend on a Surly or LHT you might consider having a custom bike made. You'd get exactly what you want and a perfect fit to you body size.
The money you spend would also benefit your local economy and not China's!
It's like a tour with 100 of your closest friends. Of industrial parks. And the first one to reach the end of the ride doesn't have to do any camp chores.
I don't want to go down to Astoria but want to get on (connect) to the TransAm route as quickly as possible starting from Bellingham.