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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:44:07 am »

And make sure they're made of tough, durable material, waterproff, and that your heels don't hit the rear ones.

Routes / Re: Route from Norther California to Souther California
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:40:47 am »
Take HWY 1.  It's one of the best routes in the world.  There were only a few places that seemed sketchy to me.  We were hauling trailers, too, and realized cars were very cautious around us.  We think this is because they thought we were hauling babies!  Also, parts of 395 can be brutally hot.  I don't know about when you'll be there, but I was in Bishop in July and it was 110 degrees.

General Discussion / Re: First tour
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:34:46 am »
I've always used skinny road tires (for about 30 years).  This has never been a problem.  On a 1400 mile tour, I got 1 flat with 700x23c tires.  If you will be on paved surfaces, they work great.  This includes both pannier and trailer tours.

Routes / Re: Seattle to San Francisco Aug/Sept
« on: June 03, 2009, 12:11:27 am »
Teh recent news is that California may close hundreds of state parks due to budget problems.  This could create problems for Pacific Coast riders.  You will want to keep an eye on how this plays out.  We relied on those great, cheap biker sites all the way down, every night.

Routes / Re: Seattle to San Francisco Aug/Sept
« on: May 31, 2009, 11:46:11 pm »
It's a great route with cheap camping in the biker sites in Oregon and California.  It is almost constant rollers, frustrating at times, but the scenery and the nature of the country make it well worth it.  I was able to average 72 miles per day and I was 56 at the time.  I think I would have enjoyed it more at 50-60 mpd.  It seems we were almost always riding or setting up camp or shopping, cooking, or cleaning up.  We also took only 1 day off, and that was consumed taking care of chores, etc for the most part.

You will have a wonderful time, meet other bikers you can hook up with if you like, and remember it forever.  It's considered one of the world's classic tours.  If possible, I'd recommend going south of SF, at least to the Santa Barbara area.  One of my favorite bike days of alll time was from Big Sur to
San Simeon.


General Discussion / Re: Safety issues for solo biking
« on: May 31, 2009, 11:27:54 pm »
In 30 years abd thousands of miles of touring (and thousands of miles of hitchhiking in the 60s and 70s) I've had somje sketchy experiences, but never needed a gun.  I somehow think that carrying a gun almost brings you bad juju and, unless you really know what you're doing, could cause more problems than it solves.  Be prudent and careful and use your common sense and go have fun.

General Discussion / Re: Camping Cost!?
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:01:05 am »
I was so impressed by the biker sites on the Pacific route through Oregon and California--only $2 to $5 per night and showers for a couple of quarters.  I find it irritating that bikers have to pay the car fee in most areas.  We can't in any way impact the campground as much as a car can full of people and should not have to pay as much.  Furthermore, the system should be encouraging people to travel by bike for environmental, health, and other reasons. 

I have also done lots of commando canping, but I like to have a shower and a few amenities, so established campgrounds are better.

General Discussion / Re: Shorts recommendation?
« on: May 25, 2009, 11:44:50 pm »
I haven't been able to find shorts that worked for me for less than about $80.  But I'm 60 now, and never even used bike shorts until I was about 42.  We just went touring in cutoffs, swim trunks, etc and suffered temporary discomfort.  Not any more!  The ones I'm using now are Pearl Izumi and cost $100.

Routes / Re: Missoula to Portland, OR -- Recommended Routes?
« on: May 25, 2009, 11:38:48 pm »
There are serious headwinds in the Columbia Gorge in the summer.  I would definately avoid going west right down the Columbia River.  You'd be better farther south in Oregon.

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Help needed
« on: May 16, 2009, 11:14:26 pm »
Great post, WF.  I agree, we need to get kids out there on adventures, teaching them how to take care of themselves and solving the problems that come up.  These are the experiences that are truly formative.

Haven't seen many posts lately from you, WF.  Everything OK?

I hope so.

General Discussion / Re: Menus for bicycle trip
« on: May 16, 2009, 10:55:08 pm »
On the other hand, they'll be very hungry most of the time, and will eat what is served.  As a school teacher of 29 years, I've seen the damage done to a whole generation of kids by the families/society trying to custom please and coddle the hell out of kids.  I grew up one of six, and we ate what was served.  Then in Army basic training, you certainbly didn't complain about the food!  So I say make up healthy meals and, if you serve it, they will eat.  If not, there's lessons for them in the logical consequences thereof!

Hummm.  Wish I had this summer free! Is this for real?

GPS Discussion / Re: Custome route upload
« on: May 16, 2009, 10:44:26 pm »
Wow! that's cool, that you're going for it.  I wish I could give techie advise, but I'm not much in that department.  I'm sure there are some on the forum that can.

Good luck.

General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: May 16, 2009, 10:40:59 pm »
I'm not sure what your situation is, but most communities have a formal or informal riding group.  Just hook up with them and go for it.  Ask around at the local bike shop.  Often there ar e different levels offered for fast/medium/slow, etc.  I live in a very small rural town in the mountains and therefore am not able to do this.  However, Seattle is 85 miles away, and I can ride with the group there, or with friends I know who live there.

When the old man finds out you're out there riding with a social group, he may be tempted to try it out himself.  My wife did not ride until a few years ago, then decided to give it a try and really likes it when she has the time. 

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.

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