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Routes / Re: Advice for first tour.
« on: November 27, 2009, 08:09:49 pm »
the precipitous,
sine wave ups and downs of hill and mountain country.

Ahhh! As a mathematician, I like the trigonometric reference here.  Hopefully, though, you'll never have to deal with tangent "wave" profiles!

Routes / Re: Oregon Coast ACA route
« on: November 27, 2009, 08:01:36 pm »
I know this has been done on rollerblades, but I don't know about a SB.  Sounds like it would be a good adventure, though--if it's legal.  Go online and ask the Oregon DOT.

We sometimes stop in the afternoon to buy hamburger, spaghetti sauce, and pasta noodles, then ride another hour or two.  At camp, brown the meat, add jar or can of sauce, boil the noodles and you've got an easy, quick dinner with protein and carbs.  Once, we did this every day for about 10 days in a row. 

Tuna fish and minute rice, with a can of cream of celery soup is another fast and nutritious meal. 

For breakfast every day I have oatmeal with PB, apple slices, raisins, nuts, etc all mixed in. 

Lunch consists of bagels with PB or cheese, apples, chocolate bars.

We carry very little food when touring in areas where there are towns.  You don't need to--all this kind of stuff is available in even very small towns.

Eating well on a bike tour is much easier than on backpack or climbing trips.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling in Snow
« on: November 25, 2009, 08:25:42 pm »
Your feet will be the coldest part of your body when you bike, as they don't move at all.
After years of frozen feet, I think I finally solved the problem.  I buy those cheapo little chemical hand/feet warmer packs you just expose to air and they warm up.  I now put one on top of the toes either inside or on top of the sock, depending on the temperature.  It makes a huge difference.  A pair costs about a buck.

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.

david boise ID

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.

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