If there is a need to ride 80 - 100 miles in a day, we get up early, have a quick breakfast and get moving. But to do this regularly defeats our view of touring.
Of course, YMMV.
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It's an easy and scenic bike ride south along the coast from B'ham too Highway 20 and then Anacortes is just a few miles west of there.
The coastal part is known as Chuckanut Drive. Locals can direct you there easily.
Yes Joe B, the LBS that I use now could order the bike, but I wanted to ride one first and they did not stock any. The shop where I purchased the bike had several and since my height was a "tweener", I rode a 56" and 54" to see which was the better fit. The guy that sold me the bike had ridden to work on a LHT and had been on several long trips with it. I couldn't get that and the advice at my LBS. I still want to patronize the local, and will every chance I get, but I think I made the right call in this case.
Took the maiden voyage on the LHT today and I really, really like how it rides. Very smooth. Only did 27 miles, and of course unloaded except for a small rack bag, but she's a lot gentler on my body than the Trek 1.2. The Surly is heavier, but for some reason I rode about .5 to 1 mph above my normal pace. Love the bike!
I use MEDS. Various bicycle events give them away for free.
I understand that medical personnel are trained to look for them.
Many Europeans (I assume the OP is from Europe) view the US as still the "wild west" or as portrayed in gangster movies with bullet flying through the air at all times of the day and night and our population is all rednecks with oversize pickup trucks with gun racks. It's a hard image to overcome until they actually come here.
I used a foldable plastic Nalgene bottle for a tj in a liitle backyard campout a couple weeks ago. It leaked a bit. This is not a good thing. Do you have a favorite? 100% reliable? No joking around, now.
You should have no difficulty finding Methylated Spirits in Wales. It's sold at hardware & DIY stores, larger supermarkets and some garages. Outdoor shops also sell it but usually at a premium. Trangia's are very popular with Scout & youth groups due to the safety factor and their general rugged/foolproof nature.
On the same subject I'll be touring in Arizona & Utah later in the year, is stove alcohol easy to find there ?
During my last US trip I was burning Heet (yellow bottle) in Washington & Oregon, but it became hard to find in California. Is it readily available at gas stations in the south west ? If not, what alternatives are available ?
re: alcohol stoves / tour of Wales
I am a seasoned long distance cyclist having used a number of varieties of heating apparati (including my long lost and missed Svea123). What I have encountered number of times in North America is the challenge of finding the right fuel, esp if you are using a screw-on cannister.
In planning a three month tour of the back hills and Highlands of Scotland (where I rightly figured towns of any size would be as hard to find as towns of any size in southern Saskatchewan), I did not want to run into troubles with lack of fuel, so decided to go as minimalist as possible and trust that methyl hydrate would be easy to find in the British Isles. I hunch this may be true for Wales as well.
I took with me only a Turbo Cat 11 home made alcohol stove. It was light, durable, incredibly adjustable in terms of boiling and simmering (up to 25 minutes of simmer on 1 oz fuel) and cost about 50c for a bit of JB weld. The issue for the person wishing to . I actually spent hundreds of hours making and testing about 25 different models on my days off from websites. My kids thought I was nuts as supper was cooking on a different stove every other time they came home.
Guess what? It was hard to find methyl hydrate. What they had instead was something called 'meths' which they often had hidden behind the counter because people were getting really sick from drinking it. go figure. Anyway, it is there, comes in handy 1ltr bottles, it is purple, it stinks and burns less cleanly than MHydrate, leaving a bit of a dark film on your pots. But it works!
On the other hand, unlike a lot of places in rural Canada and US, you can always find disposable cannisters for portable stoves. My issue with them is that they are non-recyclable, weighty and you need to carry two or more with you in case you run out. The meths, while not perfect, is a better bet ecologically and in terms of weight and reliability.
I encourage you to make one, or test out a few, The granddaddy site for alcohol stoves is at... http://zenstoves.net/ (you'll find the Turbo Cat 11 on there)
or buy one from a reliable maker such as https://www.minibulldesign.com/productcart/pc/home.asp
If you make one, be sure to add a simmer ring and a stand (you can find a model for stand online. I made mine from three bike spokes) as well as a wind screen. Good luck. Happy cooking.