On other routes I met and made friends with others, but not to the same extent. I did make a few longer lasting after the tour acquaintances on the Trans America, but on the PC hung out with others most days.
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Personally, I thought the mountains in western Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and central Missouri (Ozarks) were the toughest on the TransAm. By comparison, the passes in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana were easy grades. Yes, they were long, but the grades were much easier.That was my observation as well.
I am a pretty obsessive weight weenie when it comes to packing gear, but a bit less so on the bike. That said brifters are typically heavier than the combined weight of brake levers and down tube shifters. Additionally there is less cable and cable housing. Those differences are kind of moot to me though since my preference on how they work is a bigger deal.Down tube shifters are simple and weigh less than any other kind of shifter.Not to get too far into "weight weeneism" here but, while the downtube lever themselves weigh less than other shifter types, you have to add the weight of the brake levers to get a fair comparison. STI's, Ergo's and the Gevenalle shifters include the brake levers in their weight claims.
If I am picturing what happened correctly, your chain doubled over itself, creating a loop. My GF did that a few weeks ago, and it's happened to me before.. If that's what happened, next time take a deep breath and work through the problem visually. With the chain on one of the chainrings, you know which is the side is the "underside" (the side that comes in contact with the sprockets of the chainrings and cogs, and which side is the "outerside" (the side that does not come into contact with the sprockets). Use that orientation to address the tangle.I agree. The language here seems a little confusing, but it sounds correct and I can't improve upon it. I think that the key point is to think through where the chain is, where it is supposed to be, and in what orientation and you can always get it back into place, Since it might require some force understanding where it is and where it wants to be is key. You don't want to force it is a direction that it doesn't want to go.
Another run would be the stretch between Lander and Rawlins, WY. Nothing to stop for, although if the wind turns against you it'll make stopping at Jeffrey City a really good idea.If I remember correctly we had a headwind going the other way in June of 2007 and typical weather patterns make a tail wind likely for you there. So if you have not gotten your century in by then it may be a good time to do it. You just never know about the winds though.
Also beware that stores do not stock the same merchandise in all locations. So if xyz mart has item x up and down the west coast it doesn't necessarily mean they will have it in Kansas. I know that we found the canisters at various chain stores in some parts of the country and not others.
We did have trouble finding canisters from Pueblo to Virginia. I know others claim Walmart has them everywhere but we did not find that to be the case.
Yes, I posted this info a few years ago. Walmart did stock Coleman branded "MSR" style isobutane cartridges on the shelves for a few years but apparently no longer. Now they only sell Primus/Optimus cannisters through Walmart dotcom. That means you'd have to order in advance to have one waiting for you. Alternatively, find one at an outdoors store which may be scarce on some sections of the route.
I'm planning an E-W trip this summer. I'd love to take my Trangia 27 alcohol stove and leave the cartridge gas conversion burner at home, but I worry about bans on alcohol stoves in the West. Anybody know where along the TA alcohol stoves have really been problematic?Some of this depends on where you camp. I know that on the TA we stayed in places where a ban was likely seldom enough that we could just have just eaten cold food on those relatively rare occasions. You could also cook somewhere earlier before you get to camp where that is an option. Most of the time we stayed in places like small town parks, church yards, and the occasional private campground. If you do that and want to go alcohol it might be doable.
As an alternative I could leave the spirit burner home and use gas cartridges for the whole trip, but I don't much like worrying about where I'll be able to find 'em en route.
I agree. Kansas, specifically western Kansas. You will have a few tailwind days that will make 100 miles easy. Start early in the day.Or eastern Colorado. We did a 115 mile day between Murphysboro IL and Sebree KY (we were east bound and took an alternate route using a bridge rather than the ferry). It was a fairly flat day some of it on the levee. I forget the route details, but I think we crossed the Mississippi quite a way north of the ferry on a bridge that required we take the lane. Google maps bike directions first choice look like they take you the way we went.
You can cycle on I-10 from as far east as Junction, TX, and possible farther east than Junction.I rode I-10 a good bit in east Texas as well with no problems.
I will be riding east to west across Texas this fall. Parts of my route would be on 380 which runs almost completely across Texas. Looking at Google Maps, much of the road is two lane with a wide shoulder on both sides. Other parts look like a freeway. Does anyone know of any restrictions for riding on 380?I rode on interstate highways a good bit in Texas. Lots of cops drove by, none seemed to give me a second look.