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Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: August 28, 2011, 09:40:42 am »
valygirl, thankyou! i wasn't having any luck in finding a ready made route. and i'll check out the book when  i get to san diego. i don't mind a bit of a whine either. i just can't get a train or plane to make the ride easier. it's not in my character. on the uk hills, i'm used to riding strong winds (not 80mph) almost every day, so i know to pace myself. it's not a race!

John, thanks. i have 2 months left. i figure 3 weeks to Portland, then who knows........



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Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: August 27, 2011, 11:26:45 am »
Fred, I couldn't have said it any better  :)   attitude makes a huge difference to your ride. keep smiling and always remember why you started the ride in the first place.

  did you follow the ACAA maps or plan your own route?

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Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: August 27, 2011, 09:17:05 am »
Thanks pgash, i'll check that out now.  :)

whittierider, i'm sure it's not suicide! have you made the ride south to north?  there's no way i would fly to oregon!! i wonder what equipment that biker used to measure the 80mph windspeed....  east coast is getting those speeds right now and they're evacuating  ;) i wouldn't ride at all in those conditions no matter which direction!

  i haven't seen a single tourer in two months on the southern tier. i think this is mostly down to people with no experience of it warning of the problems to face. 

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Routes / San Diego to Portland
« on: August 26, 2011, 08:07:44 pm »
I've used the ACAA maps from New York to (almost) San Diego. I have time on my visa to head north again, but don't really want to pay put for more maps. Does anyone know if it's possible to hit route 1 and ride it all the way from California to Oregon? Will a standard road atlas get me there safely?

Thanks  :)

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Routes / Re: Southern Route in June
« on: August 26, 2011, 07:58:22 pm »
I'm in Arizona now. It's the hottest month. Temperatures are hitting 117 at times, but it's definately manageable if you're fit, well prepared and sensible. Setting off early each day helps. Florida was much tougher IMO because of the high humidity and freak weather!

Everyone that warned me to cycle further north are people who never attempted it. I've met zero tourers out here, but bike with locals on most days who are making 70+ mile rides. If you don't mind the heat, go ahead and do it!! It's an amazing route and a lot of it is at altitude anyway, so a warmer month is better for most of the west.....

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Routes / Re: Sourhern Tier Route-Travelling from UK- Help
« on: August 09, 2011, 10:14:14 pm »
I'm from the UK (somerset) and cycling the southern tier right now. You're going to have a great time :) feel free to pick my brains, but I must say that there's very little to be concerned about so long as you are prepared and fit. If you're not, you will be after Texas!

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Routes / Re: Setting out from New York City.....Good idea or not?
« on: February 22, 2011, 11:12:05 am »
Tourista, that's freaky! i actually live a few doors away from sjs cycles!!!!! seriously.  :o
i did think about asking in there, but they're slightly more expensive than other local shops. plus i reckon it will be cheaper and easier to buy in the states. i'll contact a shop in advance, so it should be ready for when i arrive. i'm not overly fussy about what bike i have, so long as it works....

i bought a RTW flight, so have to fly into new york and out of LA, otherwise, I agree the opposite direction makes more sense.

Thanks indyfabz. i haven't ordered the Atlantic maps yet, so will check that route out when I get them. Not too sure I want to meet a bear though!

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Routes / Re: Setting out from New York City.....Good idea or not?
« on: February 22, 2011, 05:49:55 am »
Hi Tourista, I've got a visa for (hopefully) 6 months, starting the end of May. My original plan was to get a train down to Florida and bike the Southern tier to San Diego, then up to LA, but seeing as my training is going well, I decided to add the Atlantic coast too. This will give me a chance to acclimatise to the heat gradually as I make my way south.....well that's the plan anyway. it's been such a long winter that I've forgotten how tough biking in the heat can be.

It all sounds so great. The biggest problem will be deciding where not to go!

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Routes / Re: Setting out from New York City.....Good idea or not?
« on: February 21, 2011, 05:11:21 pm »
Brilliant, thanks everyone! So glad I posted here.

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Routes / Re: Setting out from New York City.....Good idea or not?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:13:22 am »
Thankyou so much, both of you! That's exactly what I'm going to do. Must admit, I was feeling a bit intimidated about trying to negotiate the big city, but this looks like a lot of fun!

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Routes / Setting out from New York City.....Good idea or not?
« on: February 20, 2011, 05:44:21 pm »
Hi all, I'm flying in to NYC from the UK and plan to start cycling south along the Atlantic coast route. I've never been to the US before and wonder if it's really a good idea to make New York my introduction to cycling in America! Anyone had any experience biking through NYC?

Any suggestions for a quieter town close to NYC to start from? I plan to buy my bike etc when I arrive, so recommendations for good bike shops would also be greatly appreciated    :)

All advice gladly received.

thanks!!

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