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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:17:48 am »
Gore-tex has always worked very well for me.  Event fabrics have always worked well.  Patagonia's new line of waterproof-breatheable works too.  I have used all of these hiking, climbing, and biking on hard, sweaty outings in very wet conditions and they worked.  I also sweat profusely, FWIW.

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You don't have to start on a trip across the whole country.  First go on an overnight trip about 20 or 3o each way, set up camp, spend the night and ride home.  Then try a three day trip, etc.  You'll gain confidence and courage and see that you can achieve way more than you thought with less fear.

Go for it and good luck!

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General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:51:33 pm »
With a BS in oceanography and a MA in math, I chose a career (HS teacher of math and science) that definitely was lower pay than I could have had elsewhere.  This was for lifestyle and the enjoyment and rewards of working in education, where I know I can say that I have and still am contributing in a way that is helpful to others. I could never get my head around the idea that making a living should take 50 out of 52 weeks of my life every year. I watched my dad do that.  Getting satisfactory work and lifestyle did not happen by accident--it was planned that way.

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I never noticed any of the above problems when towing a Burley Nomad 2-wheeled trailer.  I did notice how convenient it was to pack and to unpack it.  And I think the headwind resistance was reduced using the trailer as compared to the panniers.  Also, steering is much better with a trailer because you don't have the weight of the bags on the front wheel.  I will not go back to panniers.  If I'm carrying a lot I will use the trailer, but my new plan is to get into very light gear ( ai already have most of it) and just go with rack and straps, handlebar bag, seat bag and if necessary a small camelback/pack deal. 

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The sequester may affect camping, though.  Check it out before you go.

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To be of use in an emergency, the gun would have to loaded at all times, of course.  I would wager that carrying a loaded gun on tour is statistically way more dangerous than not having one.  It may discharge in a crash or you might shoot a partner or family member oe other innocent when someone's up around camp at night etc.  What's with this country, that's so nuts about guns?

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General Discussion / Re: Firearms
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:27:10 pm »
Why is it even titled "Firearms"? Did I miss something?  I don't even see firearms mentioned by the OP.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:23:24 pm »
My condolences.  I had gotten used to seeing his helpful posts.  This is a loss to the whole adventure cycling community.

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General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:41:57 pm »




I see three main categories of people riding across the country: (1) young people between school and employment, (2) empty nesters who don't have kid responsibilities any more, some retired, some not, and (3) unemployed people between jobs.


And teachers with summers off.  I love teaching HS math and an additional bonus was that I got summers off (after masters degree, certificates, etc).   was able to live in the mountains and go hiking, biking and climbing with my kids. 

John"s comments are good ones for those who are not teachers. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 10, 2013, 08:27:17 pm »
Unless it's quite cold, I just use skin. Waterproff, breatheable, looks casual (looked better 30 years ago).  Kinda hairy on the outside.  If it's cold I wear leg warmers and they get wet but still provide warmth.  It it's really gnarly, I use light nylon rain pants over the rain pants.  Of course, they're not waterproof, but I've always done ok with them.

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Gear Talk / Re: Pump Maintenance
« on: March 08, 2013, 06:59:01 pm »
I've had the same issues on pumps--they last at best abouit 2-3 years and then start leaking air out while trying to get adequate pressure.  I've also never been able to get them back to good. and just end up buying new ones.

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California / Re: Hwy 1 chip seal petition
« on: March 06, 2013, 10:25:08 am »
I live in a part of WA state that only uses this miserable type of chip seal and do most of my riding elsewhere.  My protests about this have made no difference--I've been told it's the most economical way to do it.  I now do most of my riding elsewhere now. I have noticed this type of road "improvement" being used more the past few years in other places, presumedly due to budget constraints.  Expect it to continue. Seems everyone wants great services and amenities but the idea of getting back to historical tax rates (especially on the wealthy) is anathema to many. When I was a kid, camping was free everywhere, there were no fees to park for a hike, I couold pay for a full year of college, room, board, and tuition, on a kid's  part-time job pay, etc.

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Gear Talk / Re: Choosing the cycling pants for the first time
« on: March 05, 2013, 08:25:06 am »
I use PI shortsbut have found I have to spend $100 to get ones that are comfortable and last for a long time.  Also, I always use chamois butter.  It makes a difference.

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General Discussion / Re: Question: Highway Troubles?
« on: March 03, 2013, 10:44:42 am »
A lot of I-90 in WA is legal for bikes even though there are lots of alternative routes.

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General Discussion / Re: Beginner out and back camping in NW?
« on: March 01, 2013, 10:44:09 pm »
Try the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.  From Plummer Idaho past Wallace to Mullan...  over 70 miles one way,  following the river and the lake...   Flat, great scenery and nice places to stop, eat, and sight see.  One of the premier rail trails in the USA
friendsofcdatrails.org/CdA_Trail/index.html
Yes, truly a gem.  I took my wife on this and stayed in the hotel at Kellog that has the ski run starting at it.  On day 2 we went up and back from Kellog to Mullen.  I thought Wallace was one of the coolest western towns I've seen.  Mullen---not so much.
It is not really flat from Kellog up to Mullen.  It is steady uphill and gets steeper near the top, although it's never really steep at all.

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