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General Discussion / Re: Good workout supplement to cycling?
« on: April 06, 2012, 08:00:29 pm »
I once demo'd the first two stories of a three story building by myself while living on the top floor. We couldn't rig a chute so I had to carry everything by hand down to the dumpster. I filled three 30-yard dumpsters. Endless stair climbing, half carrying loads.

After a week's rest I got on my bike and really flew. I was amazed at how strong I was. So I guess stair climbing is good cross training.

Greg Lemond used to do cross country skiing to keep his legs in shape in the winter.

For a few years I did 100 slow crunches every morning. It pretty much eliminated all backaches. I also spent most
Saturdays for a few years mixing cement with a hoe. This really built up the core and arms but is clearly not an activity available to most people.

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Routes / Re: St. Augustine, FL to Washingston D.C. total miles?
« on: April 06, 2012, 07:51:28 pm »
1050 miles, more or less, using my route.

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Routes / Re: Jacksonville, FL to New York City, NY
« on: April 03, 2012, 04:47:35 pm »
I have ridden US9 a number of times and never had a bit of trouble.  In fact, I recommend it to everyone. Plenty of shoulder, lots of services and all the traffic is on the GSP. In fact 9 is virtually deserted for long stretches. I used to ride it all the way to South Amboy until they stopped the ferry there. I also used to ride the shoulder of the GSP for the 2 1/2 miles that it is also US 9 over the Mullica river until they began the new bridge construction. Now I get off on 50 at Seaville and ride 50 through Mays Landing and Egg Harbor City and continue on 563 and 542 back to New Gretna and US9.

Incidentally, I am a native New Jerseyite - Morris County. We had a few acres in the woods with goats, chickens, horses, etc. I had to be home every day at 5:00PM to milk the goats (my father milked them in the morning) and feed the chickens. I graduated from Morristown High School in '58.

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Routes / Re: Jacksonville, FL to New York City, NY
« on: April 03, 2012, 03:08:06 pm »
Here is my route, perfected over 5 trips, from Jacksonville to New York City: US 17 to almost Savannah. You can skirt around Savannah by taking Dean Forest Road, SR307, to Port Wentworth and go over the old bridge. From Hardeeville SC continue on US17 and the old highway alongside the interstate until it ends. Then go over I95 and up through Yemassee and Hendersonville to Walterboro. From Walterboro go out 17 a few miles to Sidney's Rd. and go up it to 61. Ride 61 into Charleston then left on 17 and over the bridges. Immediately after the Arthur Ravenal Bridge turn right on 703 to Rifle Range Road and take it through Mt. Pleasant.

This all sounds a bit roundabout but the stretches of 17 and 17A south of Charleston and Summerville and 17 through Mt. Pleasant are truly bad stretches of road - high speed narrow two lane, totally shoulderless and heavily trafficked.

After Mt. Pleasant get back on 17 and follow it to North Carolina. You can avoid the worst of Wilmington by taking 211 to delightful Southport and taking the ferry. Then go up through the beaches to Oleander Drive and skirting around Wilmington to the east. At Jacksonville NC finally get off 17 and take 24 and 12 to the ferry at Cedar Island. Try to arrive for the 3:30 ferry so you don't get in Ocracoke after dark. Avoid the crummy overpriced motels in Morehead City by staying at the fine Forestry Service campground at Cedar Point.

I go up through the Outer Banks to the bridge back to the mainland after Kitty Hawk then up to the ferry at Currituck. From Knotts Island I take back roads into Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bridge-Tunnel. They like you to call ahead for a ride across in a maintenance truck. I stop at the Greek diner a block west of the toll plaza and call from there before eating. You pay the toll.

US13 lacks shoulders after Accomac so I get off around there and ride back roads to the east up to Snow Hill MD. Then you can either take 113 up to Millsboro and over to Lewes or 50 to Ocean City and up the coast. Take the Lewes ferry to Cape May. From Cape May just go up US9. The Bridge over the Mulica River near New Gretna might not be finished necessitating a detour on 50 to the west through Egg Harbor. Otherwise just ride the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway for the 2 1/2 miles.

At Toms River get off 9 and angle towards the coast. DON"T take 37 east. The long bridge does not allow bicycles on the roadway. You can get into New York City by riding the ferry from Atlantic Highlands or, on off hours and weekends, take the train into Manhattan from Long Branch.

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I also am planning a trip from the Black Hills back to WI.  With all due respect to the OP, I am interested in knowing if Hwy 14 through MN is a good road with decent shoulders and what the traffic might look like.

I rode US14 east-to-west across Minnesota a few years ago. As I recall there was ample shoulder but the frost cracks were often a bit annoying. But that is probably a common problem in that part of the country.

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General Discussion / Re: Pacing on a long distance ride
« on: March 27, 2012, 11:44:00 am »
When touring I usually need a rest day about a week out. Also whenever a really tough day (headwinds, mighty climbs, storms, etc.) leaves me wasted. It's not hard to tell when a rest day is needed.

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Yup. Just get on US14 and head east. You might even live on 14. Anyway, you might want to bone up on the bike trails in Wisconsin to ease your route from LaCrosse to Manitowoc for the ferry. Wisconsin has lots of bike trails.

In New York you might want to take the Erie Canal bike route from Buffalo to Albany. This will avoid the brutal ups and downs in the Finger Lakes region.

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Routes / Re: Weather in October
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:31:31 pm »
I rode Petaluma to Guadalupe at the end of October a few years ago. The weather was pretty miserable with two big storms rolling through - lots of rain and overcast. That's an iffy time of year. You might luck out with good weather but have your rain gear ready.

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Routes / Re: Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:46:45 am »
The Route of the Hiawatha is a fine ride but would have put you a bit out of your way. It has a gentle railroad grade and beautiful scenery. You need a light for the tunnels and cash for the trail fee. I have never ridden the Trail of the Cour d'Alenes but it is probably more interesting and scenic than the highway along the St. Joe River that you head west on after going down the Hiawatha Trail.

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General Discussion / Re: Blatant Anti-Cyclist Comic in Today's Paper
« on: February 17, 2012, 10:18:19 am »
99% of the time it is easy to get out of the way of an overtaking motor vehicle - get up on a sidewalk, get over on the shoulder, even onto the dirt. Then politely wave them by. I don't use a mirror but listen for oncoming vehicles. If heavy traffic noise precludes hearing overtaking vehicles it's best to get as far over as possible.  As for riding on sidewalks, this is rarely a problem as few Americans walk anywhere. I know people who will drive a block or two to go to the gym. 

I can't remember the last time a motorist showed the least bit of hostility. And I live in Florida.

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General Discussion / Re: Which sunscreen?
« on: February 15, 2012, 06:18:20 pm »
I've degraded the skin on my forearms from touring in tee shirts. To keep it from getting any worse I now wear Under Armour long sleeve jerseys whenever I'm on my bike. I don't bother with sunscreen as it seems almost impossible to put enough on to really do any good.

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Routes / Re: Bighorns
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:11:12 pm »
Quote from jamawani:
"Eastbound, US 14A is brutal - left me gasping for air on every switchback.
Been up it twice, down once and practically burned out my brakes."

Indeed. Going off the Bighorns westward on 14A the grade is 10% for 13 miles and very winding. Jamawani is only the second person I've heard from who has gone up this. I have gone down it and had to brake to keep from overtaking a car and a couple of motorcycles. It's the toughest grade I know of. Going up this would take very low gears and give you serious bragging rights.

Also, as I recall, 14A between Lovell and the Bighorns is a bleak, ugly stretch of desert. Of course, I may have done it at the wrong time of year.

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Gear Talk / Re: bike maintenance on tour
« on: February 12, 2012, 03:07:51 pm »
  Every motelwhere I asked for some rags was happy to supply me with some -- they understand it'll keep their room (walls or bedspreads) clean.
It also assures them you won't use their towels as cleaning rags.

I couldn't agree more. One of my main peeves is to arrive at a motel and have the manager reluctant to give me a room because some  previous bicycle tourist has destroyed the towels or bedding with his greasy bicycle. I have always managed to reassure them and get the room but it's hard to imagine how anyone could be such an inconsiderate slob. It's easy enough to prop the bicycle so it doesn't mar or dirty anything. I also can't imagine cleaning a bicycle in a motel room. Too hard to do without getting something dirty or smelling of lubricant or cleaner.

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Gear Talk / Re: touring bags
« on: February 07, 2012, 05:23:17 pm »
I liked my Bruce Gordon panniers but after a rainy circumnavigation of the contiguous US I got thoroughly sick of fooling with rain covers. I now use the simpler, cheaper, more convenient, waterproof Ortliebs. I recommend them highly.

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Gear Talk / Re: Shimano 8-speed
« on: February 04, 2012, 06:20:09 pm »
Thank you gentlemen. Yes, I know that SRAM cassettes and chains are compatible. I just put them on my bike but I'm used to Shimano and prefer them. Thanks again.

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