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Routes / Re: Oregon Coast
« on: July 29, 2009, 01:34:12 am »
On my trip in late June and early July, we did not experience horrendous traffic except in the SF Bay area on 4th of July weekend.  I found it to be pleasant with polite drivers the whole rest of the way.  However, we were hauling 2-wheeled trailers and may have received more respect due to the fact that motorists may have thought we had babies in them!

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General Discussion / Re: Sort of a medical question
« on: July 21, 2009, 04:59:18 pm »
I often have to move out of the paceline or wait for my turn on back.  Whenever I know I'm going to be taking the lead soon, I make sure to "clear out" before I do.  My wife understands and gives me no grief about it, even occassionally doing it herself.

It's a natural cleaning process and feels healthy to me. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Head Lamps at Campsite ~~ Annoying?
« on: July 18, 2009, 09:02:35 pm »
I did go the office in the middle of the night one time, but it was closed, locked up and dark.  It was a local national forest campground. The next morning, the campsite checker came around and it turned out to be a guy I worked with seveal years previously.  The offending party was fined and kicked out, and offered me plenty of dirty looks and they packed up. 

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Best roads in your area of the PNW
« on: July 18, 2009, 08:54:48 pm »
Hmmmm.  273 views and not one response?  Oh well, so much for that idea!

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Gear Talk / Re: Head Lamps at Campsite ~~ Annoying?
« on: July 18, 2009, 08:46:47 pm »
They sound like jerks to me.  I probably would have nicely asked them to discontinue the annoying behavior after awhile.  Several times I have asked other campers to quiet down late into the night, and it hasn't always worked.

We live in a narcissistic society, some people have never been made accountable, and therefore just can't perceive the effect their behavior may have on others.  Maybe by politely pointing out the problem to them, you would have had some peace and they would have learned something.

It's hard to get up the nerve sometimes to do that.  Somehow you almost feel it's your fault you have to interrupt their activities when those obnoxious activities are disturbing others!

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Routes / Re: A long road trip ahead.
« on: July 16, 2009, 10:00:19 pm »
You will probably find that it doesn't take 4 months to go from Arkansas to Maine.  At 50 mpd, a modest rate, in four months you will go 6000 miles, about twice the distance to cross the whole country.

So, with that in mind, you can maybe extend your trip or plan a whole other one!

Have a great trip.  The first one is special as you realize the magic of going long distance by muscle power and mechanical advantage!

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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: July 16, 2009, 09:53:56 pm »
Rep:

What batteries does this take, and how long do you get out of them?

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Routes / Re: Oregon Coast
« on: July 15, 2009, 11:28:38 pm »
I would go N to S, for sure.  The road seems almost to be designed for this.  My favorite part of the Oregon Coast is from Coos Bay south.  It feels more remote and the weather often better there.  If you can continue into N CAL, I think it just gets better and better, esp as you enter redwood country and the wild coast of HWY 1.

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Routes / Re: Advice please on best route
« on: July 15, 2009, 11:24:46 pm »
In Washington, the best route is HWY 20, Northern Tier.  I90 in Central WA 9is freeway, rideable but bad headwinds especially in Kittitas County.  HWY 2 over Stevens Pass is pretty good except for about 30 miles from the summit westward.  It's rideable but not great, as shoulders are not the best and lots of curves.  There is lots of up and down on the NT in WA, but roads are less crowded and scenery magnificent.  This area, BTY, can be snowy and cole in the spring!

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General Discussion / Re: Touring Nutrition
« on: July 15, 2009, 11:12:12 pm »
I forgot to mention, on my previously described WA to CAL tour, I ended up gaining 5 pounds, and the circumference of each thigh increased an inch.  So, one great thing about touring is you can eat all you want. 

Just last month, I went on Cycle Montana with ACA, had a great time, even on the snowstorm on Lost Trail Pass, and was able to eat all  I wanted, thanks to the wonderful cook!  Given that the tour was 6 days, I did not gain weight this time.  I will go on ACA supported tours again. Definitely.

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General Discussion / Re: Touring Nutrition
« on: July 14, 2009, 11:23:28 pm »
I have developed the same pattern and it really became evident on a 20 day tour from WA to CAL in 2005.  On about day 7 or so, I hit the wall all day long!  I immediately started eating almost ALL the time!  I kept food in my jersey pockets, stopped a lot to eat, and had large dinners of spaghetti with beef.  My partner and I continually ate pastries, cookies, chocolate bars, etc.  It took about 4 or 5 days, and then I was stronger again for the rest of the ride.  Since then, it seems I get hungrier as you describe, so I just always make sure I'm carrying food and start eating at the first sign of hunger, before weakness sets in. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: July 14, 2009, 11:16:31 pm »
I use the $30 ones that quickly mount on the handlebars and use 2 AA batteries.  I use 2 of them, and find them to give out lots of light.  They are easy to take on and off and can be thrown in a pack or even in the back pocket.  This is such a huge improvement on the lights that were available even a few years ago!

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Pacific Northwest / Best roads in your area of the PNW
« on: June 29, 2009, 11:14:45 pm »
We could share the best rides in our areas of the PNW. 

I'll start.  If you're in Central Washington (around the Cle Elum or Leavenworth areas) and planning to go over Blewett Pass, or are just in the area looking for a good ride, try the Old Blewett Highway.  If you're coming from the south. about 4 miles past Mineral Springs Resort the Old Blewett takes off on the left.  From the north, it starts about 5 miles past Ingalls Creek store/resort on the right.  There are signs both ways, but you need to keep a close watch. This old road it a total of 10 miles long, gains 1000 feet in 4 miles using the south entrance and about 1200 feet coming from the north.  We locals ride it all the time, and often extend the ride by starting on the main Blewett highway farther down on either side. You can do this to make the ride as long as you want. This main Blewett has good shoulders and a very smooth surface, although on weekends can be busy.  The old road is a real gem--no traffic, lots of fun curves, etc.  Maintenance is rare, so there is often some debris on the road, but it's easy to see and steer around.  The route is good for climbing conditioning!  If you get the chance, check it out. 

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Routes / Re: Seattle to San Francisco Aug/Sept
« on: June 29, 2009, 10:55:41 pm »
It seems to me all the campgrounds (state ones) on the Oregon and California coasts had hiker/biker sites.  Ask at the booth at the entrance or just ask around.  You will also meet other travelling bikers each day and be able to compare notes, etc about the accomodations. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tires
« on: June 28, 2009, 11:28:19 pm »
I tour on foldable 700x23c tires and bring several extra tubes and 2 extra tires. I've never had a problem, but I tour on paved roads only.

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