I have not ridden the AC route for that section, but can give a strong recommendation for AC routes and maps in general.
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Why not leave as late as you can in April and do the entire TransAm east to west. Then if you'd like you can ride back down the pacific coast.
With your proposed route you'd be riding the least scenic part of the pacific coast, picking up the less than stellar scenery on the Southern Tier, and then missing the best part of the TransAm. Just my thoughts. Let's see what others have to say...
I think the OP is using bike "route" and "path" interchangeably.That is my impression also. I don't think she is planning to ride on bike paths. I think she is referring to AC routes as bike parhs.
Motorized bicycles, bikes with a motor driving one of the wheels, are a different matter.
Have you ever had a front tire blowout while going downhill at speed?
According to Sheldon the tire that is least likely to fail should be on the front. Sheldon's words on tire rotation are as follows: "The idea is to equalize the wear on the two tires, but this is a serious mistake, don't do it!"I happily break that rule regularly. I don't see it as all that likely to be a problem. I never found handling in slippery conditions to be a problem with a more worn front tire and the rear tire is always more likely to fail even when the front is more worn due to the fact that it is carrying more weight.
Like any endeavor involving humans, there is the chance, maybe even a likelihood, that poor behaviors of the odd individual can ruin a good thing for the rest of us. I'll be curious about what Gillian has to say. I will try to contact her.There was an article in Adventure Cycling. My memory is foggy on the details but I think there may have been an open letter from her. Here are a few things I recall about her, her hospitality, and her falling out with the cycling community.
I'm beginning to think that the recommendation for washing out at the end of the day and air drying is probably the best solution. No more plastic bags loaded with unwashed clothes for me.