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General Discussion / Re: Oregon to Los Angeles and Gear Questions
« on: November 24, 2009, 11:54:32 pm »
Yes, many parts are beautiful.  The west is wetter than the east part, which contains a lot of high desert.  The Cascades Mountains run N to S all the way down the state.  As with all beautiful places, in my mind, the best way to explore it is on a bike!  Check it out.

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: November 24, 2009, 12:13:38 am »
… we are not racing.  … Stopping is encouraged, admired and respected.  …I kept that mantra in my head all the way across the USA.  Sometimes the most important thing I could do was stop, listen, and absorb the world around me.   And eat a little, too, while I was at it.Mr. Bent

When I'm out on his bike, I try to stop often for photographs, munchies, views, sunlight, lilacs, and newly mown alfalfa.

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Yup.  Sometimes stopping is almost the best part of riding, especially when meeting other riders and people along the way.

General Discussion / Re: Oregon to Los Angeles and Gear Questions
« on: November 24, 2009, 12:11:03 am »
I did it June-July, from Olympia, WA to Santa Monica in 20 days, 72 mpd average.  I agree you should take some shorter trial run weekenders, etc.  The answers given above are excellent, although I'd consider a trailer.  I much prefer it, and have tried both ways over 30 years.  There have been many forum discussions on this issue on this site.  It all ends up being a matter of balancing advantages, disadvantages, and each to his own.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring (Ageing?) Compromises
« on: November 24, 2009, 12:04:01 am »
Ar sixty I figure I have about 70 per cent of the power and strength I had at thirty. I am not aware of what equipment changes I should make to accomodate my slowly decreasing strength and resiliency, and I haven't tried any. I just keep on keeping on.

I'd say the %'s you gave are about right.  I am still learning to just go at a comfortable pace and take longer to get there than I may have years ago.  I actually like it better than ever now (at 61) and get excited about touring just planning it.

I camp, use motels, whatever.  However,  daily shower is required!  I've even jumped in half frozen lakes to rinse the sweat off.  Very occassionally, of course, it's impossible, and then I have trouble sleeping, being all sweaty, sticky, etc.

I use a lot of other exercises, or I think I would "seize up" from biking only--stretching, weights, rock climbing, hiking, x country skiing, tennis.  Jogging ended after the 3rd knee operation.  I was told to quit it if I wanted to keep the knee.  Duh, no brainer!

General Discussion / Re: boredom on cross-country?
« on: November 21, 2009, 12:29:11 pm »
You've got a lot more patience than I do. I would have ditched that guy way early. 

I've ridden with lots of partners, abut always ones I knew before the ride.  Only once did I end up saying I would not tour with the guy again, and that was for problems way more minor than those given above.

I tour with reasonable people I like, not strangers or weirdos.  On tour we are a flexible and enjoy the ride and each other's company.

General Discussion / Re: Florida Keys: Safe to ride?
« on: November 17, 2009, 12:08:53 am »
It can happen anywhere, as we all know.  In 1982 in south central Washington, we had a semi lean on the horn from about 200 feet back, steer to our shoulder and stay there.  We were forced to ditch it in the gravel and miraculoulsy not hurt.  The horn stayed on for about another 100 feet past us.

That was the most blatant offense I've suffered, but there have been plenty of minor ones.  I always try to remember some distinguishing thing about the rig in the hopes I will see it in the next town, but that hasn't happened yet.

Watch your mirror, for the cowards almost always attack from the rear. 

General Discussion / Re: boredom on cross-country?
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:05:43 pm »
Wow!  It sounds like fun.  I might have to retire so I can take a long winter tour.  I'm a school HS math teacher with 30 years and I get summers off, which is great.  But to older I get, the more I want to get to a warm place in the winter!

How many miles per day average do you expect to get on the ST?

General Discussion / Re: Florida Keys: Safe to ride?
« on: November 12, 2009, 10:57:19 pm »

Once we got out of South Florida and headed west to California, we had no other such problems except for one very serious incident near Boutte, Louisiana, and then we did contact the police.

Details on that "very serious incident"?????

Pacific Northwest / ACA forum members from PNW
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:53:27 pm »
OK, so I'll try again to breathe some life into this moribund part of the forum, given that there's been no action in the past 3 months.  I'm wondering if there are any other PNW bike tourers on this site.  We live in a fantastic part of the country for touring--mountains, prairies, the Pacific Coast, inland waters, rivers, and two of the top 5 bicycling cities in the US--Seattle and Portland. 

Different strokes, but a spare tire is probably overkill. 

No it ain't.  I've used mine on tours and would never ever go on a loaded tour without one.
Interesting...I used my spare tire last summer on the first day of a 6 day supported tour, and the tire I was replacing was almost new.  I hit a large, sharp bolt and it ruined the tire by ripping the sidewall.  Once, years ago, I had to replace a tire on tour, too.  I bring a spare with me even on 3 day tours, because a seriously wrecked tire will seriously wreck your trip, unless there's a bike shop around.

In 1980, 3 friends and I decided to go on a bike tour, went out and bought some panniers, and left the next day for a 6 day 450 mile loop ride.  We were backpackers, so we had that basic equipment, but we used highway maps and commando camped every night, never paying for camping.   We climbed three big passes, two in one day, and had pouring rain, hail, and very hot weather.  We had no how-to books and regular 10 speed bikes--Nishike, Motobecane, Pugeot--bikes that cost about $100 at the time and lasted us for about 20 years!  We had a great time and loved every moment of it, except for the moments we hated.  I'm the only one still at it.  One died about 10 years ago and the other two got out of shape and haven't toured on years.

In 1973, I took my first "tour", though.  It was a "kinda" tour; a friend and I rode 50 miles to another friend's house, spent the night, and rode home the next day.  I'm not sure that really counts.

In the early 1940s, my mom and some college girlfriends toured for several days through parts of Western Washington.  They had some adventures,  including a broken frame they got some guy in a shop to weld back together.

So, I'd gather my stuff and take off.  That's the best way to learn.

Midwest / Re: Midwest Icebreaker
« on: November 09, 2009, 11:02:51 pm »
Hello group.

 I reduced some of the aging factors that I was facing originally. 

Interesting statement!  As a 61 year old, I'm always interested in how to accomplish this.  Have you got any hints?

On another note, I'm impressed at the number of responses to the "icebreaker" title.  I tried to get something going on the Northwest Regional  section, but the paucity of responses was discouraging.

Routes / Re: Tulsa, OK to Seattle, WA summer of 2010
« on: November 07, 2009, 12:19:37 am »
As discussed many times on this site, you don't want to go north up the Pacific coast in the summer.  If you do, you'll likely face devastating headwinds a lot of of the time.  If you have a choice, arrange it to go south on that part of your route.  You'll love it! 

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: November 03, 2009, 10:10:53 pm »
"has anyone done anything on what the best junk food is from the filling station?"

I rarely find myself in the position of having to rely on junk food, but when I do, a Payday bar is good--lots of salt, for one thing.  I've also used Snickers with success.  If you've still got a long way to go, however, you better have something else available. 

Cytomax seems to help me, too.

General Discussion / Re: Bonking on tour
« on: November 02, 2009, 10:31:17 pm »
I seem to be sensitive to heat, especially, as every time I've bonked--uh, using the running out of energy" definition--it has been in hot weather.  This seems to be more of a problem as I've aged.  I've also learned more about how to avoid it, though, through proper liquids and the right fooods at the right times.

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