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Routes / Re: Traffic on the California section of the Pacific Coast Route
« on: February 17, 2013, 03:36:19 pm »
Yeah, parts are pretty darn busy but probably no worse than the Oregon coast.  However, many sections won't have the consistent shoulders that Oregon seems too have.  My favorite part of the Cali coast is from Sonoma County to Santa Barbara.  Big Sur is great.  Too bad you have to end in San Fran.  If you want truly quiet roads, you'll have to skip the coast.  The early part of the day is best.

Scott

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Touring vs Backpacking
« on: February 17, 2013, 01:29:58 pm »
Touring East vs. West:  My experience is based on my 2007 cross country tour.  I was so impressed with the numerous road options I was seeing.  Granted, I was away from all the big cities as I followed the ACA Norther Tier route as far as Muscatine, Iowa.  Then I took the Great Rivers south to pick up the Katy and, eventually, the TransAm route as far as Salida, CO.  Then I followed my own route the rest of the way, dropping down through Colorado and NM as far south as Socorro where I headed due west again with, of course, a lot of zigs and zags.  I've also crossed, now, N--S, a big chunk of Alberta, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.  For pure light traffic, wild touring, New Mexico has proven to be one of the best states so far--paved riding, that is.    Since I'd never ridden back east or the Midwest, I was very pleased with the riding and the ACA route.  In the Midwest, although often boring, the riding was bliss with nice roads between fields and virtually NO traffic---like private bike paths.

Scott

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Touring vs Backpacking
« on: February 10, 2013, 03:22:32 pm »
Thread drift:  Hell yes, Johnson!  What the hell is it with people knowing almost nothing about where they live?

OP:  I like both but these days I'm leaning towards the quiet of hiking, although as I can see spring coming on, I can feel myself itching for the bike, too.  The only downside to backpacking is the pack itself--even ultra light there's some discomfort there, but I suppose cycle touring has its analogous aches and pains.  I'm working on developing a lighter pack.  I've done almost all bike touring for the last ten years, and now I'm excited about hiking again.  I'm envious of people back east and in the Midwest for all the paved cycling options.  The West is more congested with fewer options.  Still, I ride.

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General Discussion / Re: Traffic burnout?
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:53:37 am »
Yeah, parts of the coast in summer get 5,000 to 10,000 cars a day.  Ugh!!!!

MrBent

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General Discussion / Re: Traffic burnout?
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:58:16 am »
Cool, John.  I'll be 51 in March.  I love biking, but hiking and climbing are biggies in my life, especially the rock.  It satisfies in a way that biking never can.

@Bogiesan:  Yes, Oregon--except for the coastal route--has lots of great cycling options, especially the eastern portion of the state.  I did a tour last year that came into Oregon from NE Cali near Lava Beds Nat'l Monument then cut east to Lakeview then over the Warner Mtns. and south.  That big loop, about 500 miles starting and ending in Susanville, CA, is one of my favorite tours of all time.  Very light traffic.  We rode it in late May.  That is a route I'll likely repeat.

Cheerz,

Scott

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General Discussion / Re: Traffic burnout?
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:15:44 pm »
Yeah, I get dirt.  The few sections we did on our Great Divide trike tour that were dirt were a a lot of fun--if slow and difficult on such rigs.  I think if I ever do a long tour again, it will be the Great Divide Mtn Bike Route on dirt.  These days I'm getting back into rock climbing--an original passion of mine--and I'm thinking about long-distance back packing, too.  NO cars on wilderness single track!

Scott

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General Discussion / Traffic burnout?
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:44:28 pm »
Hey, cyclotourists:  My wife and I recently concluded a Canada (Jasper) to the Mexico border tour of the Rocky Mtns.  We did this on two recumbent trikes with our dog, Django.  It was a very strenuous but rewarding trip: Divide by Three http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/DividebyThree.  To be honest, however, after riding coast to coast in 2007 and now border to border, in addition to many other tours up to three weeks in length, I feel fed up in dealing with cars.  It's not that I ride in mortal fear of my life all the time.  I'm just sick and tired of the noise, the lack of consideration, and, to be honest, at least some of the risk from bad/aggressive/inattentive drivers.  Do others here lose the motivation to get out there for these reasons?  I'm still going to ride, but in the West, with so few road options, it seems all the traffic gets funneled onto a few roads, routes that cyclists must follow, too.  My experience back east and in the Midwest was much more pleasant than western states in many/most cases because of the different roads available.  Of the western states I've toured, New Mexico is the best with generally very light traffic.  Unfortunately for my touring, I live in California.  The best touring here is in the desert in winter--very quiet and enjoyable.  Thoughts on burnout?

Cheers and ride safely.

Scott

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Routes / Re: az: show low to globe on rt. 60?
« on: October 23, 2012, 07:31:20 pm »
Hey, Valygrl:  Just the person I most wanted to hear from--yeah!  Here's the deal:  We're currently holed up in Springerville having just finished the traverse from Socorro.  We have a rest day tomorrow--thank God--and we plan to motor Rt. 60 to Show Low the day after.  I've done the high route to Show Low before and want to try 60 this time.  My wife and I are traveling pretty heavy and slooooow on recumbent trikes with our doggie--Django the Wonder Dog.  On the route from Globe to Show Low, what was your experience about places to camp, access to water, etc?  I'm thinking we might need two nights out on that section even though we only have six thousand feet of climbing.  Thoughts, ideas?  Thanks so much for responding.

Cheerz,

Scott

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Routes / az: show low to globe on rt. 60?
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:30:43 pm »
Anyone ridden this? There is no way we can make it in a day.  We are on tour now--in NM--and working our way west.  Looking for options other than the ACA route through Safford, etc.  For the 60 rt., what are camping and water options? I understand that the Payson-- Phoenix run is crazy w/traffic.  Any help would be great!

Thanks.

Scott

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Thanks, Valygrl.  We've got some storms comin', so it's going to start with a challenge.  Oh, well that's Canada!  I just hope the views aren't too trashed by the weather.  We REALLY want to dig the big peaks, some of which we climbed back in the day.

Cheerz,

Scott

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Hey, Bikers:  My wife and I are about to launch on a trip down the Rocky Mtns,--four months' worth!  Anyway, I've neglected to get reservations for the biking portion of the trip.  If we land at a campsite, will they simply turn us away?  Often going to the next campground isn't an option for cyclists.  I had the whole notion of hiker/biker in my head so didn't make reservations--not that many (any) would be available for this time of year.  Also, there's the whole question of trying to be a little loose with our planning, which is nice.  I realize there are constrictions in the parks, however!

Please shoot me some advice and experiences ASAP!  We leave the day after tomorrow--Tue. 7th, just when a nice,  fat storm is due.  Oh, joy.

Thanks again.

Scott

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Routes / Re: Arizona 288 --Globe-Young Hwy?
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:28:16 pm »
Thanks, Yuma.  I'm still interested in hearing more about it, but after I put the route through RidewithGPS, I discovered it gains about 12,500 ft. between Globe and the upper highway.  And water looks scarce.  We'll route through Phoenix. 

Scott

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Routes / Arizona 288 --Globe-Young Hwy?
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:04:14 pm »
Hey, riders:  Coming up close to the start of a big tour and still working on some options.  We're thinking about possibly bypassing the Phoenix area all together as we work our way from Silver City, NM, to our home in CA.  From Globe, AZ, I found Hwy 288.  Does anyone know about this road for cycling?  Paved?  Water sources?  I can see that we won't have any supplies, so will have to leave Globe well stocked.  If we did this route, we'd pick up the Magollan Rim Rd. and follow that across to 87 and 260.  I've pedaled that stretch before.  Any advice/experiences greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Scott

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General Discussion / Re: Near miss with truck on Trans-Am
« on: July 06, 2012, 02:36:07 pm »
Dang, I hate sharing the road with big trucks when no shoulder is around.  I, too, have had a mixed bag of experiences.  For some reason I've had many more bad encounters with logging truck drivers.  Not sure why this is true.  The driver shown in the OP would have pissed me off mightily, too.  The horn was totally unnecessary.  That shows a level of aggression I find disturbing.  I think EVERY SINGLE DRIVER should have to live and bike on the roads of his or her country for at least a year before getting a driver's license.  Once you know what it's like to be at the mercy of trucks and cars, you'll never drive the same way again.

Be safe out there, everyone!

Scott

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General Discussion / Re: Share how you got $ & time off to tour
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:16:31 am »
Good point, Danno, although I read of families doing big tours, too, so I guess even that can work, too.  Creativity, dedication, bring everything you have to the game and we can accomplish a lot.  As for me, I'm a college teacher, a career that I chose in part because of the schedule.  I'm currently on summer break and planning on a four month tour down the Rockies to New Mexico then home to Cali across the desert.  Can't wait!  Right now I have to get out on a training ride before it gets too warm.

Bottom line:  Dig in and make it happen.  When this life is over, it's over.

Scott

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