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Routes / TransAm--timing?
« on: February 18, 2005, 04:42:41 pm »
Hi, Bikers:  Well, my wife and I have decided on the big one.  We won't be able to go until '07, so this is a very preliminary question.  I'm a teacher and will be able to take the fall semester off, so that means we have a huge window for the ride.  We really dislike the heat and crowds of high summer, so our plan would have us starting in very late summer or early fall.  Anyway, here's the general idea: We'd ride east to west, starting on the N. Tier, hook up with the Great Rivers, turn west on the S. Tier and follow that out to the end, San Diego.

We're thinking about starting in early September in Bar Harbor, just after Labor Day.  We are thinking about 50 mi/day, more on flat days.  So we'd probably hit the N.  end of the Great Rivers route in early Oct. and hit the bottom end early Nov.  From there, most of the route is desert, so we figure we'd be hitting it just about right, finishing sometime in mid/late Dec.

What do you think of this timing?  Should we start earlier?  Problems?  Insights?  Any input greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Scott


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Routes / Short TransAm on the Northern Tier?
« on: August 26, 2004, 03:24:02 am »
I'm just doing some dreaming, wondering about a TransAm. What is the shortest but still pleasant way across the northern section of the US? If I recall, the Adventure Cycling N. Tier route is something like 4,400 miles--probably too long for us. Would it be possible to put together a route that is more like 3,500 miles? I'm thinking if we take the AC N. Tier route, take ferries across the Great Lakes, if available, then pretty much bee-line it to the East Coast, we could shorten the route considerably. Any thoughts? We'd have about 12 to 13 weeks for the crossing and would like/need one rest day a week.

Thanks for any insights.

Cheers,

Scott


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Routes / Riding in NW California?
« on: January 23, 2004, 12:10:07 am »
My wife and I are pouring over maps for a big tour this coming summer.  One area that looks attractive is that big, rugged NW corner of California.  Specifically, we're wondering if anyone has information on riding conditions (traffic, shoulders, etc.) for Highway 96 along the Klamath River and the Cecilville Rd. leading back to Highway 3.  The country should be gorgeous, but how's the riding?  Wisdom, experience, insight appreciated.

Thanks!

Scott


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General Discussion / PTS? Post Tour Syndrome?
« on: November 06, 2008, 04:39:41 pm »
Fellow tourists:  I find that this last year after finishing my cross country ride that I can't stop thinking about it. Images rise unbidden.  Smells, emotions, the complext tapestry of what I experienced comes over me at some point every day.  I have done a lot of intense outdoor activites (the vertical face of Half Dome among them), but few things in life have had such a lingering effect as those three months by myself riding from ocean to ocean.  I'm calling this Post Tour Syndrome (PTS), and I seem to have it bad/good.

Damn, bike touring is AMAZING, truly one of the great things in life.  Kudos to you all and ACA for helping make this activity accessible to so many.

Cheers,

Scott


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General Discussion / Dumpster Diving Rider?
« on: March 23, 2008, 11:41:19 am »
Whatever happened to that young woman who was thinking about doing a TransAm by feeding out of dumpsters along the way?  It was an interesting discussion, and I'm curious to see if she went for it and how she fared.  I was able to do my crossing.  In so many little towns where I hit the grocery/convenience store and collapsed in the park, the idea of rooting around in a dumpster was just unthinkable--and in a good number (most?) cases not even an option.  If you had relied on dumpsters, you'd go hungry or starve.  I dare anyone to "live off the land" in a place like Otis, Kansas, or Romeo, Colorado--yikes!

Eat and Ride Well.

Scott


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General Discussion / Thanks ACA and this Forum!
« on: December 03, 2007, 11:42:35 pm »
I've recently completed a trans-American tour, one of the greatest experiences of my life.  Close to half of my route was on ACA maps--Northern Tier and Great Rivers.  With the aid of this forum and those maps, I had a wonderful experience.  I started in Bar Harbor, Maine, and finished in the Pacific in Ventura, California, Aug. 10th through Nov. 15th, 4,661 miles.  Thanks for all the help!  Everyone should do a ride like this at least once in his or her life.  

For those interested, I've got a blog:

Scott-Findinghome.blogspot.com

Cheers,

Scott


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General Discussion / Staying in Bar Harbor, ME?
« on: June 13, 2007, 11:52:47 pm »
Well, I've bought tickets, and I'm heading out to Maine in August to start my TransAm.  I'll be in Bar Harbor on the 8th and plan to leave on the 10th.  What are the best and cheapest places to stay?  Any possibility of stealth camping?  I'm not on a super tight budget, but I'll be on the road for three months.  Got keep things in perspective.  Any advice/experience greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Scott


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General Discussion / # of TransAm riders?
« on: February 24, 2006, 01:00:17 am »
Does anyone have a guess at how many people attempt a TransAm in any given year?  It seems impossible to estimate--but maybe not.  I would include north/south as well as east/west.  What say you?


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General Discussion / Touring w/doggie?
« on: January 16, 2004, 09:38:21 pm »
Does anyone out there have experience touring with a good-sized dog?  We've got a wonderful 50lb. border collie/cattle dog mix that we're going to try touring with.  We'll be getting a Burley "Solo" trailer.  The idea is to have my wife as stoker on our recumbent tandem trike control the dog while he walks/trots uphill and then have Django the Wonder Dog ride down hill and on the flats.  We think we can get him to jump in and out of the trailer for rolling terrain.  That's the theory, anyway!  Any imput, advice, wisdom appreciated.

Thanks,

Scott


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