We got a kick out of stopping at adventure cycling when were were passing through Missoula on tour, but I don't think I would go out of my way if not touring through there.
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The inland winds while variable will still be likely to favor northbound riders. As has been said the coast definitely favors southbound riders.specifically will we expect far less wind north on Cascades and a more enjoyable trip DOWN the pacific coast as opposed to the other way around?
Definitely. Do not plan to go north on the Pacific Coast in the summer/early fall. The winds inland will be variable, on the coast, not so much--just fairly steadily, and at times very strongly, from the north.
Thanks to everyone, for responding with advice, you guys are so helpful, only 3 weeks to go and can't wait, Take Care, MichaelHave a great trip. The Trans America is a very special experience.
I have lost 10 pounds. Can I carry 5-10 pounds more weight in my panniers and equal the same amount of work load while pedaling?Probably, but it sounds like a bad idea to me unless you were unable to carry 20-30 pounds of gear to start with. Better to just enjoy the reduced load. It is a good idea, at least in my opinion to continually strive to carry less, at least until you get down to a gear weigh of 25 or so pounds including panniers.
How would I know whether the wheels are bearing too much weight? What does a wheel failure look like - is it like it bends and I need to replace it or are we talking catastrophic failures?The relevant factors are... Are you a large heavy person? Do you carry a lot of gear?
Hey side question,No reason that couldn't work. The length of the trip isn't that relevant as long as you are comfortable on the bike IMO. I carry pretty much the same weight on a one week tour as I will for my upcoming 2500 mile tour and the same as I would if doing the Trans America again. Also I have not personally found the comfort requirements to be very much different for a 4000+ mile tour as for a organized century.
How bad of an idea is it to just replace the stem, spokes, shifters, cassette and handlebars on my bike now? Again I have a Trek 7.3FX, made of alpha black aluminum, 700x32 Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case tires and 32 spoke Nebula wheels, very similar dimensions to the 520 including chainstay dimensions, and braze-ons for front and back racks.
I know AC Mag recommended the 7.2 and 7.3 in 2008 for touring, but do you think a 4000 mile trip is pushing my luck? I'd love to do it because it would only cost about $400, 500 if I upgrade the derailleurs as well (right now Altus front, Deore rear)
Thanks, Scott. I was considering the Katy Trail, but then I read several post about how many flat tires people had due to thorns from trees and the limestone base being washed out or hard to navigate on smaller tires. Should we not be worried about that?I haven't ridden the Katy so I can't add any Katy specific info. That said I will say this... It depends on whether you personally would enjoy the Katy more than riding on the roads. Personally I avoid bike routes especially unpaved ones. If road touring I'd rather ride the roads. Some people love trails like the Katy.
Many sections of interstate are not so bad--8 foot shoulders, rumble strips for protection. I have ridden many miles on NW interstates. The 2 main drawbacks are noise and debris on the surface you have to watch for. I get more flats on the freeway, sometimes due to the tiny metal wire pieces left over from destroyed truck tires. 30 miles on the interstate is really no big deal in most areas.
Wow, that is so good to hear. I am glad when folks enjoy our journals. Hopefully I can provide some info that will be helpful to you in 2011we will be riding the new Sierra Cascades route starting in June.Staehpj--this is great news. Your Transam trip report is one of my all time favorites. I look forward to following this one, too. And, I look forward to biking parts or all of the Sierra route 2011--I hope!
Thanks for sharing your trips the way you do.
Has anyone hammock camped cross-country? I've hammock camped all over the Pacific NW and am planning a cross country tour east to Ohio. I'm leaning towards the Northern Tier and I've read a few CrazyGuy journals and it seems to be the most likely route to have ample trees.I wouldn't do it myself, but if you have indeed "hammock camped all over the Pacific NW" you probably know what works for you. If "all over the Pacific NW" means you have camped in and west of the Cascades you may want to think twice, but if it means you have actually hammock camped all over Washington and Oregon including the eastern parts along with maybe some of Idaho and Montana then you probably didn't need to ask.
Thanks for the responses.You will probably hear more from me about it here, but if you want to follow along in our planning and the actual ride I have a journal at:
I should have added that I am in the UK and we don't get nasty critters in the wild so I like to be prepared. I will most certainly carry some rope so that if I have to hang a pannier I can do so but won't go to the expense of a barrel as it appears they are not absolutely necessary.
staehjp1 please could you let me know how the Cascades go as I would like to ride part of it next year.