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General Discussion / Re: Menus for bicycle trip
« on: May 15, 2009, 12:08:47 am »
I love spaghetti.  We would buy the meat daily in a store around dinner time and have it almost every night.  It has turned out to be my favorite on the tour dinner.  For breakfast, I have oatmeal with peanut butter, nuts, raisins, other fruit, etc every day.  It's always good for about 25-30 miles.
For lunch, rolls, PB&J, cheese, tuna, sardines....You get the idea.

General Discussion / Re: Pacific Coast Route vs. TransAm
« on: May 15, 2009, 12:03:50 am »
Even in July, I had no problems with the traffic except that area within the SF "sphere of influence".   this is a trip not to be missed!

General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: May 14, 2009, 11:58:17 pm »
It is hard to find guys my age to ride with.  I have a few friends around my age (60) that I go with, but most of my riding is alone or with younger guys.  When I rode the Seattle to Portland 208 mile one day event, the sum of my 2 partners ages was my age.  I took my turns in the lead, too.   

I'm also very into rock climbing, and of the approximately 15 guys I meet up with regularly, only one is my  age.  That's OK, though.  In rockclimbing, I can keep up or even climb harder than a lot of the younger guys.  And then there are the others so out there I'm not even close, like my 27 year old kid.

It's all fun.  I just want to do my best to stay in shape and be out there doing it at whatever level works.

General Discussion / Re: Furthest Distance
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:52:15 pm »
Very nice pictures.  You can find beauty just about anywhere if you're open to it.  One thing I like about biking is it seems to put you more in the scene, and that, to me, often makes the scene around me more attractive!

There are industrial parts of Seattle that most folks avoid.  I like riding around there and checking out the machines, cranes, sights, sounds and smells.  And the meaning.  It's part of America at work.

Routes / Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:22:34 pm »
Are you riding on a road bike or off-road setup?  That sure changes your options.

General Discussion / Trek Madone Touring
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:20:11 pm »
Has anyone tried touring on a Trek Madone CF road bike?  Of course, I'd be using a trailer or going supported or on a credit card tour.  Just wondering how many others have toured on carbon, and if they ran into any particular problems.  I've done a little on a Specialized Roubaix.

General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:12:59 pm »
This thread would be a good place to discuss modifications we make as we get older.  I have to be sure the bike fit is accurate, unlike in the past when I didn't know there was any such thing as bike fit.  You just hopped on and rode!  I also ride a carbon bike and buy good shorts and try to be aware when my body feels like it needs a rest or an easy day.  I actually ride more miles/year than  I used to because my kids are grown and I have more time.  I'm slower now and don't race up the hills, but try to get in a steady, moderate pace and just keep at it.  And I sure like drafting, but then, I always did!     

Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:26:20 pm »
Anyone know if you can use the Keens with egg-beater pedals?

General Discussion / Re: no cows or pigs pls
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:17:26 pm »
Or Western Washington in winter and no rain.

Routes / Re: About the Pacific Coast Route
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:12:57 pm »
We had no trouble going south in 2005.  The route seemed very safe to be.  Of course, keep an eye on your mirror for the occassional bad/inattentive driver like anywhere.  Other dangers?  Uh, we had raccoons try to get in our food on the Oregon coast!  We survived that one.  I always felt safe in the state park hiker/biker sites.

Routes / Re: Southern Oregon Route
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:08:04 pm »
Check on that part of the route with the California DOT.  You can probably find out online. 

General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:06:24 pm »
Well, I qualify--I'm 60 and still riding, despite 3 knee operations, and a pacemaker.  I love day rides and touring.  I've had to adjust my expectations some, as per miles per day and speed going uphill. I'm also realizing the importance of rest more now, too.

Welcome aboard!

General Discussion / Re: Pacific Coast Route vs. TransAm
« on: May 08, 2009, 10:51:33 pm »
I did the Pacific coast route from Olympia, WA to Santa Monica in 2005 and very highly recommend it.  I did not find it very dangerous except for the part from about 100 miles north of SF to maybe 30 miles south of SF.  Don't miss the part south of Big Sur.  It was great and not very dangerous at all, even in mid summer. I loved the big scenic, sunny hills there way out above the ocean. I also liked Southern Oregon, the Redwoods, and the Northern California coast with it's wild and free feel.  The whole thing took 3 weeks, averaging 72 miles a day.  If I do it again, I'll enjoy it even more and average about 55!

General Discussion / Re: Furthest Distance
« on: May 08, 2009, 10:39:36 pm »
My longest day was 208 miles dong the Seattle to Portland annual group ride.  It took about 15 hours, including breaks.  On tour, I did 116 with my loaded trailer in one day.  My longest tour was 1384 miles in about 20 days.

General Discussion / Re: Safety issues for solo biking
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:40:28 pm »
My wife made me get a cell phone after a bad accident I got into due to lack of attention.  I got too far to the right and off the pavement into sand, and crashed, hitting my head above the right eye just below the helmet.  The resulting concussion left me not knowing where I was or why my riding friends and companions were not there.  (It was a solo ride.)  After about 5-10 minutes, I started to remember and figure out where I was and what was going on.

 I like having a phone with me now. 

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