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Routes / Re: camping on the pacific coast route
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:40:10 pm »
Hopefully, the California fiscal mess is not a harbinger of things to come for the whole nation.  Did you know the highest tax bracket for the super rich  about 60 years ago was 90%?  That's how the interstate highway system and the great social advances of the time were funded.  And even in about 1980, it was around 70%.  Now it's in the 35% range.  This is an enormous loss to the US treasury.  The Reagan and Bush "starve the treasury" philosophy is, in my opinion, sick.  You cannot run a modern democracy that provides services for all on a "starve the treasury" system.  The Euros know this, and don't mind paying more so all can benefit from the largess of the the nation's productivity.   

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Routes / Re: Santa Barbara to San Diego 08-18-09 (tomorrow)
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:30:04 pm »
We got all messed up in 2005 around SB due to road construction.  The directions in the book did not work at all, and none of the localswe asked had a clue, including the guys in a local bike shop!  Then my partner got lost when he continued down to SD somewhere around the military base (Camp Pendleton?) and even got hassled by the MPs there.  I hope things have cleared up in the last 4 years.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:22:53 pm »
So why didn't my response get "boxed in" its own box like yours did?  I left the word "quote" above and below the part I wanted to use from your post, thinking this would do it.  Jeez, I feel dumb sometimes.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:19:55 pm »

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On each individual post there should be a link in the upper right hand corner that says, "Reply with quote". If you choose that it should add the message you want to quote with the quote tags around it. That is what instructs the forums to add the quote from heading and show that portion of the post as a quote. When you give it a try you will see how it adds the quotes and you can remove a portion of the post at that point if you want or need to. Hope this helps!
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OK.  I'm trying this here.  And thanks for your help!

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General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:06:12 pm »
Probably my main piece of advise for us older riders is to mix it up.  It's important to have other athletic interests.  I use hiking, weights, and rock climbing in addition to road biking.  If I get too obsessed with any one of these, I start to hurt.  Changing activities is a good way to take a "rest" day, although there are times I take a real rest day, too.  I have friends my age (almost 61) who are interested in only one activity, and they seem to be dealing with an injury most of the time.  A regular stretching routine also makes me feel better.

It is especially dangerous for an older person who has not been active at all, and suddenly decides to "get in shape", so he/she abruptly jumps in with an intense schedule of biking or any other active sport.  That's an injury waiting to happen.  Even though I had been very active my whole life, I found this out when I started a new sport, technical rock climbing, at age 45.  Within about a year, I got shoulder tendinitis that took 8 months to heal, and then only with the help of a cortisone shot.  In the winter, that shoulder still stiffens up, and it appears I'll be dealing with it for life.     

There are books out there for older athletes that are worth reading.  I've found a few.  "Cycling Past 50" has important info, and I'm sure there are others.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 11:39:07 am »
The first paragraph of my message above was a quote from  another member.  I can't figure out how you guys do this quote thing so it says "quote from...."  Can anyone tell me how this works?  I'm kind of a computer "newbie".  thanks for any directions you can give!

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 11:35:04 am »


That's rather like saying your ride from Canada to Mexico can be flat and mostly dry if you miss the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington and all that rain and surf and fog and traffic by turning south at Yakima

True, and a good point, but he did ask how he could miss the mountains, and the Columbia Gorge is a spectacular area in its own right.  It is really a viable option for a rider wanting to avoid the Cascades.

Myself, I like riding in the mountains and have planned many trips that purposely include them.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 27, 2009, 03:25:29 pm »
You can miss the Cascades of Washington and oregon by going down the Columbia River gorge, but can hit tremendous headwinds there in spring and summer. 

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 17, 2009, 01:13:42 am »
With that schedule, you could hit some gnarly weather in May in the high western passes.  I got snowed on--hard--in Western Montana this June 22 at 7500 feet.  If you have enough time to wait out bad weather spells and cross the passes on good days, you could be OK.  Bring mountain weather clothing, in any case.  That means warm gloves, waterproof stuff, shoe covers, etc.

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I just look at a map and ride.  Sometimes, I'm sure, I don't get the best road or route, but you can ask people along the way for ideas.  Also, for me, the unknown road is part of the adventure, and that's really the point.

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Gear Talk / Re: For lack of a better title... upgrades
« on: August 15, 2009, 06:12:30 pm »
This is a good point.  I usually pack too much, and in one case had to send some home.  If you did forget something, you can always buy it along the way.  I would recommend not bringing things if I had any doubt about its necessity.

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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 15, 2009, 06:09:28 pm »
I've used a lot of different types of panniers, but never Arkels.  Now I use a 2-wheeled Burley Nomad trailer.  Have you considered trailers?  I think they are a good option.

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Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Help needed
« on: August 15, 2009, 06:06:42 pm »
Kill your TV.  We did when the kids were very young and spent our time with them doing outdoor stuff--biking, building forts, skiing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, etc.  We also read with them a lot and modelled it ourselves.  Now they're grown up and refuse to have TV themselves.  There are many lost opportunities when kids are watching TV or playing video games (we refused to allow those in the house, too).  Make them part of your lives and do healthy fun stuff with them, and most kids will jump at the chance to go on a bike trip!

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 15, 2009, 05:55:10 pm »
And I forgot--use a helmet and get a mirror you are comfortable using.  Without a mirror, you're living completely on the thin edge of trust in total, strangers some who are drunk, tired, texting, etc!

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 15, 2009, 05:52:37 pm »
I've toured for 30 years and only have had cycling shorts for the past 10 or 12.  We used to go with cutoffs, swim trunks, whatever.  Yea, we gpt sore butts. but whatever.  The best way to get in shape os to ride a lot.  Try to make at least one day's training ride as long as you expect an average day's ride will be on tour.  And remember, on the ride you'll be hauling gear, too.  I think most of what you need to know you will figure out on the ride if you haven't thought of it beforehand.

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