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General Discussion / Re: Moving back to Santa Barbara, CA. ugh
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:38:41 am »
I don't know what the "ugh" is all about.  I'd love to move to SB.  Prob about the best climate in the world for outdoor activities!

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast in the Summer?
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:39:38 pm »
I would worry too if she is not an experienced road rider.  I have ridden the route in mid-summer and had no problems at all.  But I have been touring 30 years and have a mirror and know how to use it. Make sure she does the same and wears very bright clothing. 

Gear Talk / Re: Underwear
« on: May 10, 2013, 01:52:27 am »
Huh? Guess I missed the point in that last one.

Routes / Re: Looking For Route Recommendations
« on: May 05, 2013, 07:09:42 pm »
All over the rural west, just look for areas with secondary (or smaller) roads and small towns.  That's the way I've been finding them in
Washington and eastern Oregon for over 30 years now. You don't heed anything more specific than that.

General Discussion / Re: The importance of always wearing a helmet
« on: April 22, 2013, 07:13:45 pm »
And make sure it fits snugly.  I got a bad concussion when wearing a helmet that was loose and slipped back as I fell so I landed hard on the pavement right ablve the right eye.

Routes / Re: Across North America
« on: April 19, 2013, 12:37:43 am »

Be prepared for cold weather and possibly some snow traveling over the cascades in Mid-september.
Cold at night possibly.  Snow at mid-September unlikely, and if you do get any it would be extremely unlikely to stick around.  It could also be hot that time of year.

General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:04:52 pm »
  The fact is there are good people and bad people everywhere.  In my experience, the good people greatly outnumber the bad, wherever you're at, although on any long trip you will probably be exposed to some of each.   I just think you have to take   

The fact is you are whole alot more likely to be hit by car or struck by lighting than mauled by a bear.

Well said. 

General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 17, 2013, 01:51:12 pm »
I agree with the others. I did have the scary people once on tour in 1982 in SW Washington.  It all turned out ok, but therre were some tense moments.  It could have been avoided.  We were commando camping and failed to get far enough off the road and the tops of our tents were visible.  We had some middle of the night visitors that had driven by repeatedly earlier when it was light (you could tell by the sound of the car). They came by again yelling and threatening, etc.  We had to scramble out of the tents and hide in the woods for awhile, but they never really came in. I never let that incident stop me from camping and touring and, like the others, have had thousands of positive encounters.   

General Discussion / Re: Getting hungry too fast while riding
« on: April 09, 2013, 11:35:53 am »
I don't get all that technical about it.  It takes about 5-7 days and I notice that I'm getting hungry all the time.  I then need to eat way more or I hit the wall a couple of days later and I mean hit the wall all day long.  So I load up the jersey pockets with whatever sounds good and snach constantly while riding.  I use bread, peanut butter, cheese, energy bars, etc. I never worry about ratios and never get cramps.  For dinner I make a good batch of spaghetti with ground beef (if available near the campsite). 

Gear Talk / Re: Shaving Creme
« on: April 05, 2013, 12:35:12 am »
Any soap and water for me. And a super lightweight desposable razor lasts a week or more. What's YMMV?

Gear Talk / Re: Tail Bone Pain
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:22:00 pm »
Has she had a fit using a qualified bike-fit professional?  Most of these types of problems can me alleviated with a good bike fit.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for Rain Pants
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:17:48 pm »
Gore-tex has always worked very well for me.  Event fabrics have always worked well.  Patagonia's new line of waterproof-breatheable works too.  I have used all of these hiking, climbing, and biking on hard, sweaty outings in very wet conditions and they worked.  I also sweat profusely, FWIW.

You don't have to start on a trip across the whole country.  First go on an overnight trip about 20 or 3o each way, set up camp, spend the night and ride home.  Then try a three day trip, etc.  You'll gain confidence and courage and see that you can achieve way more than you thought with less fear.

Go for it and good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 20, 2013, 06:51:33 pm »
With a BS in oceanography and a MA in math, I chose a career (HS teacher of math and science) that definitely was lower pay than I could have had elsewhere.  This was for lifestyle and the enjoyment and rewards of working in education, where I know I can say that I have and still am contributing in a way that is helpful to others. I could never get my head around the idea that making a living should take 50 out of 52 weeks of my life every year. I watched my dad do that.  Getting satisfactory work and lifestyle did not happen by accident--it was planned that way.

I never noticed any of the above problems when towing a Burley Nomad 2-wheeled trailer.  I did notice how convenient it was to pack and to unpack it.  And I think the headwind resistance was reduced using the trailer as compared to the panniers.  Also, steering is much better with a trailer because you don't have the weight of the bags on the front wheel.  I will not go back to panniers.  If I'm carrying a lot I will use the trailer, but my new plan is to get into very light gear ( ai already have most of it) and just go with rack and straps, handlebar bag, seat bag and if necessary a small camelback/pack deal. 

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