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I've often found that campgrounds have more flexible rules for bicycle tourists. I stayed in some RV oriented sites that do not allow car campers, but DO welcome bicycle tourists.
I can't remeber the name but there's a website that has a list of trips of women currently cycling solo as well as links to blogs if they have one. If you'd like some inspiration Google to find the site.
Generally, you are safe alone. You must understand this country is riddled with crime and there are no guarantees. The fact is anything can happen at any time. Being alone on a bike with all those drivers passing you puts you in eyesight of a great many more people than would see you in a car. In a car only those going faster than you get a look. On a bike just about everybody passes you. A loaded touring bike attracts attention at stops and on the boulevard. There are psychopaths, drunks, crack heads, inexperienced drivers, and the impaired elderly out there cruising around. Weeks ago a cyclist was stabbed to death at McDonalds in Vero Beach, Florida by a mentally ill homeless man. There was no reason whatsoever for the attack. Cycling cross country means many stops at C-stores, restaurants and other places for food and drink. You are generally safe. Be vigilant. Trust your senses and hunches. If he looks suspicious or sinister, he probably is. Beware of anyone who will not give you a last name or proof of it. Be very vigilant at any truck stop. Serial murderers working as long haul truckers have abducted and killed many women. Most if not almost every one of the women were prostitutes. There is a website about this by the FBI. You should be safe. Do not throw caution to the wind. Be careful and aware.
I am thinking about doing the southern tier either starting in jan or feb going east to west (all ready bought the maps!!!!) But for any of those who are doing it/ done it, Do you think it is relatively safe to do it alone? If I do it alone are there any precautions you would take?
I'm kind of keen to go it alone, but my poor mother claims I'm going to give her a heart attack, and I don't mind company.
If you are touring in Europe no reason to mess with a liquid fuel stove. Fuel cartridges are ubiquitous throughout Western Europe and relatively inexpensive.
. After 2 weeks on the transamerica,... We do laundry more often in laundromat...
Your advice reminds me of something. People win the lottery about everyday. You apparently would recommend the lottery as a retirement method and a way to accumulate wealth for a living. Of course people who know how the world works, would not recommend the lottery as a financial strategy. Lottery and waking up tomorrow and riding across the US with no experience. Pretty similar to me.