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Don't forget that if you're carrying essental group cooking equipment, they can't start cooking til you get there. So if you're slow or like to screw around and get into camp late, carry the group tool kit. Heavy but works well because anyone who breaks down knows that you 'll eventually be along  ;)

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You could easily do any of  those trips! I'm a slow girl rider your age. My husband and I trained for this summer's TransAm in totally flat Yuma, AZ (laser planed for agricultural irrigation). I ride a mountain bike with the whole anti-flat 2" slimed, linered tire setup and go a whopping 8-12 mph most of the time. 3 mph up mountain passes, 14-15 with a tailwind  :-)

Our training ride was 50 miles, no hills. Don has COPD so we took a weekend trip up to 6,000 feet to see what would happen & he was fine (albeit on a Trek electric-assist bike, FX+).  I've also done AC's Northern Tier and its discontinued North Star (Missoula to Anchorage, AK, half dirt roads) with 50 mile training rides in Mesa, AZ with only one hill. Not ever having ridden with a club, I was totally unfamiliar with the concept of spinning as I hit my first ever mountains, the Cascades, on my first ever tour, the Northern Tier. The group leader took one look, told me to get down in my lowest gear (luckily a mountain bike has really low gears) and spin! I did and went right over the Cascades and Rockies. I don't think I've ever stood up climbing hills and have never (yet) walked one. Just make sure you get a bike with low gears!!

My understanding of high altitude disease is that it's random - fit people can suffer just like the unfit. I was afraid COPD husband would have trouble on Hoosier Pass (11,500') but it turned out to be no problem. Cycling apparently isn't as oxygen demanding as hiking because Don would have to stop and catch his breath once or twice on the ~  500' walk uphill from the Keystone convention center to our hotel room. It helped that we had gradually acclimated by cycling over progressively higher passes coming from the west coast. Since you will not have this luxury, here are 3 ideas. 1) several people in the ski town of Keystone, CO told us it helps to SLEEP at high elevation before exercising there, so maybe you could come a few days early. 2) we bought packets of a powdered Gatorade - type product that is supposed to prevent altitude sickness called Acli-Mate at the Grant Lodge store in Yellowstone  3) avoid caffeine on altitude days.

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Routes / Re: Dipping the tire in Florence Oregon.
« on: January 11, 2012, 02:55:26 pm »
As of Aug 2011, if you take a left into the Harbor Vista Park entrance, the park is way high above the ocean, no wheel dip. There are stairs you can walk down but you couldn't bring your bike.  If instead of turning in to the park, you continue to the end of the road, there is a big parking lot for the jetty. From there you *could* take off the panniers and push / carry thru ~ 1/4 mile of sand DUNES to dip your wheels but there's nowhere to leave your stuff safe while you do this. No dip for us  8-)

Suzanne
TransAm 2011
http://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/doc/yumadons1

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General Discussion / Re: Best cycling town/area on Atlantic coast?
« on: November 27, 2011, 02:14:23 pm »
Hilton Head Island, SC?
1. Savannah International Airport
2. Nice & flat with paved bike trails everywhere. Don't know about off road.
3. Beach, temperate, & HHI never gets hit by hurricanes.
    Hottest month is July (avg high 89-90, avg low 73-74)
4. GOLF & retirement mecca, cyclists OK ;) Del Webb has a Sun City just off the island in Bluffton if you   
    like those.
5 & 6. Plenty of shopping /restaurants but reasonably tasteful & "environmental" (can't cut down trees, can't have bright 
          lights - some of those shops & restaurants can be hard to find!)

 We own an RV lot there for retirement, haven't gotten to use it yet.

Suzanne

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: November 22, 2011, 10:28:11 am »
Per room

Suzanne

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staehpj1, if you haven't seen it already, you must look up (CGOAB) Stefan Steen's trip from BC, Canada to NYC with only seatbags! They don't list their equipment but it only takes reading their journal to figure out what they brought. I thought we packed pretty lite but these guys are amazing. Part of the difference is that hardy Canadians don't require the warm clothes that wimpy Arizonans do  ;) 

Suzanne

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General Discussion / Re: Hi, I'm a newby after advice!
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:11:01 am »
Be sure to sign up at warmshowers.com, a network of people who host cyclists in their homes overnite. Americans love all things Australian, you'll find plenty of takers! 

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General Discussion / Re: Stupid Hotel Question
« on: November 08, 2011, 04:55:15 pm »
My husband & I just completed the first half of the TransAm (OR coast to Pueblo, CO) 100% motels, didn't carry camping gear. Longest day 71 miles.  All accommodations / prices / contact info on blog:

http://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/doc/yumadons1

Suzanne

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South Atlantic / Good route from Fulton, MS to Hilton Head, SC?
« on: October 25, 2011, 05:31:37 pm »
We did the first half of the TransAm from the OR coast to Pueblo, CO, this year and have 2 months to do the second half starting 9/1/12. We'll take the TransAm from Pueblo and want to adjust the route to end at Hilton Head, SC. My thought is to take the TransAm to the Underground RR south to Fulton, MS, then cut across AL & GA to Hilton Head. Would appreciate any suggestions on getting from the Underground RR to Hilton Head. We're slow, 40-50 miles daily unless tailwind.

Suzanne
Yuma, AZ

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: October 18, 2011, 02:57:45 pm »
Forgot to say that not just McD's, but many restaurants & cafes along the route have free wifi so if you don't need your daytime hours to ride, you can get quite a bit done at food stops. It took me forever to post pix to my blog so I was better off doing my internetting at nite & using rest days to make reservations (used both internet & phone for that). Hotels.com has good prices, lots of small towns won't have any listings with them. Momandpopmotels.com has listings in many tiny TransAm towns, most of their motels have phone numbers listed but many aren't big enough to have a website, so you have to call for prices. They don't keep the website up to date either, but it's still helpful.

Suzanne
Yuma, AZ

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: October 18, 2011, 02:45:24 pm »
On the western half (Oregon coast to Pueblo, CO), I'd say motels averaged ~$75 including tax, but they'll be a bit cheaper on the eastern half. And as John says, some free warmshowers nites will bring that average down. There may also be stretches where you're cycling & moteling with another rider & can split the cost. Most US motels charge the same for one or two people. A room with 2 beds is the most common setup and doesn't necessarily cost anymore than a room with one bed. Motel front desks frequently gave us 2 bed rooms when cost was the same because there was more room for 2 bikes. Link to blog:

http://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/doc/yumadons1

Suzanne
Yuma, AZ

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: October 17, 2011, 02:22:03 pm »
Yes, Yellowstone motels not only book up early and are hard to get, they will be the most expensive on the trip along with those in the adjoining Tetons ($160 range). Prices of everywhere we stayed are in our blog. "Bicycling the TransAm Trail" uses symbols of $,$$, & $$$ to give you an idea which are cheapest. I'm sure you can do it cheaper than us, we were more concerned with location (making each day's ride doable distance and hillwise) than cost. Especially if you're a strong rider (could do a big day if you have to) I don't see any problem with leaving camping stuff at home. If you're doing warmshowers, you'll need good phone /wireless service to make your contacts, Verizon works better in remote areas of the west than ATT. And an added perk of motels is most of them have good wireless / phone service even if the phone you bring does not.

Suzanne
Yuma, AZ

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: October 15, 2011, 01:25:18 am »
Another cheap (free) alternative to motels is www.warmshowers.org and www.couchsurfing.org. We didn't do it but ran into people who did, mostly warmshowers. Americans LOVE the Brits with their accents & I'll bet you'd get first dibs. Plus, traveling alone, the company / hospitality would be fun for you :)

Suzanne
Yuma, AZ

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When it became apparent last year riding in Bryce Canyon that Don wouldn't be able to do the hills, I was envisioning some sort of semi-sagged ride with our RV. He watches all those shows like "How It's Made" and "How Do They Do It" and thought of the electric bike. I never even knew there was such a thing, especially from a major manufacturer like Trek. Had to share how it worked out!

Suzanne
Yuma, AZ   

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: October 11, 2011, 01:26:00 am »
Hi Simon,

There's a book you can buy from Adventure Cycling (on this website) called "Bicycling the TransAm" by Stephanie Kirz. It's written to go east to west without camping tho she and her husband brought camping stuff. I emailed to ask her if she ever used it but didn't hear back. Be sure to buy the third edition (most recent, 2009) but some things have changed so be sure to get the Adventure Cycling maps also and don't forget to read the addendums (addendums contain the most recent closed motels, new restaurants, etc that people out riding the route report back to AC). You could plan to go in her footsteps.

My husband and I just did the first half riding west to east (North Bend, OR to Pueblo, CO) and kept a blog listing daily mileage and motel name & cost. We were only averaging 40-50 miles a day, our 2 longest days were 71 miles:  http://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/doc/yumadons1

If you don't want to camp, you'll be glad you left your camping gear at home. We met a Londoner, Michael, who said he had intended to camp but it was so hot he ended up in lots of motels & wished he didn't have to carry so much stuff. His blog is:
www.transamerica2011.blogspot.com

Your crucial motel reservations will be in Yellowstone Park, Yellowstone Park lodges can book a year in advance. The lodges that are on route are Grant, Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Lodge, & Old Faithful Snow Lodge.  You'll have to estimate when you'll be there and make reservations (you can search for availability & make reservations online at www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com). You get a full refund with 24 hour cancellation so if you can't narrow it down to the day, you can always reserve multiple days and then cancel
the days you don't need once you figure out exactly when you'll be there. If you're a strong rider you could probably make it all the way from Flagg Ranch (only one hotel there so it will need a reservation too, www.flaggranch.com) to West Yellowstone (a town just outside the park with lots of motels, no worry about reservations). If you look at my blog, you can see where to stay in Jeffrey City where the motel has closed.

I think you'll have a way easier time going east to west cuz you can follow Stephanie Kirz's book. Since we went the opposite direction, I had to study the elevation sections of the AC maps VERY carefully to make sure we didn't bite off more than we could chew. The west is really the challenge motelwise because towns can be far apart and the route passes thru some highly desirable tourist areas that can book early (ie Yellowstone, Tetons, & the stretch along the McKenzie River in Oregon. I booked my reservation at The Caddisfly in McKenzie Bridge in Feb & they were already full but nice enough to give me a "park model" (tiny mobile home) that they use for their grandkids.

I made what I considered to be the critical reservations way ahead of time (the aforementioned places and weekend nites in places with just one or two motels). I had most of the daily destinations penciled out, but not necessarily the motel reservations made. On rest days, I'd lay out the maps and make phone calls a few days ahead. For the eastern half next year (Pueblo to the east coast), I don't anticipate making any
reservations way ahead of time. Midwest towns are closer together and not as touristed. Plus you can get some serious tailwinds in Kansas which I'd like to take advantage of  ;)

Look on Crazy Guy On A Bike website & check Fred Werda's journals, he did 3 TransAm crossings and
 mostly moteled it. Also look at Stefan Steen's journal. He didn't do the TransAm, he & his dad did another route from Washington state to New York with only seat bags! Don't worry about breaking down in the middle of nowhere, there is nowhere on the route so desolate that someone won't come along in a truck and give you a ride if you need it.

You will have a great trip!

Suzanne
Yuma, AZ


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