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By the way, what's PB?

Peanut butter.  One of the two food groups.  The other one is chocolate.

I like the cake idea.  I substitute, well, a chocolate bar or chocolate chip cookies, etc.

General Discussion / Re: Advice for a cross-country trip
« on: November 30, 2009, 11:18:21 pm »
Some of my favorite times on bike tours are the times not riding--hanging out with friends, meeting new people, reading, enjoying rest stops in beautiful places, etc.  I've ridden on tours where we had to max out day after day.  Not any more. 

« on: November 29, 2009, 08:42:19 pm »
One huge convenience about road touring is that you can send stuff home if you bring too much.  We have also done this on a tour where we went from north to south in early summer.  Clothing and gear (fenders) we needed in Washington, were superfluous  in California.  Don't carry much food.  You can buy it, usually daily, on the road.

Get a mirror, and make sure it's adjusted correctly and you have practiced with it.  Otherwise, you are taking yourself completely out of control of the continuingly changing geography of the traffic passing you.  You don't want that control to be in the hands of thousands of total strangers each day!

You can get great lightweight tents at reasonable cost and sleeping bags that squish down to the size of a large loaf of bread. 

General Discussion / Re: Keeping Clean
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:32:49 pm »
In addition to all the above great ideas, it's a real treat to stop in a town and wash everything in a laundromat.  I only takes an hour and a half or so, and we sometimes get it going around lunchtime in a nearby cafe, or on a park lawn if we're having lunch out of out bags. 

Routes / Re: Oregon Coast ACA route
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:28:59 pm »
  Also, do you guys think that I would have trouble getting into a hiker/ biker campsite? I'm not hiking or biking, but I would still be touring, just in a different way.


Just do it.  No one's going to argue with that!

It would be safer if you can find a way to have a mirror.  Try a biker glasses mounted one. 

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.

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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. 

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