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It is true that no one offers complete coverage everywhere, but one carrier (Verizon) is head and shoulders above the rest for everywhere I have toured or done other rural travel in flyover land. As far as "local cell phone operators that give equal or better coverage than the national mega-telecom companies", I have my doubt that they generally exist in much of the US. On the Trans America when we didn't have a Verizon signal we generally didn't have a signal at all. The one exception I noticed was the Riggins Idaho area and the carrier there was another one of "the national mega-telecom companies" (AT&T).
No one offers complete coverage everywhere, and so you are best to ignore the commercials. Every region has local cell phone operators that give equal or better coverage than the national mega-telecom companies.
My highest recommendation is this: bring the cell phone you already have, as it will work for 911 calls anywhere. For all non-emergency calls, just ask a local. 99 times out of 100, people have been helpful and let me use their phone.That or just use a carrier that offers decent coverage so you will seldom if ever need to ask someone to use their phone. I can't see myself asking to use someone's phone in a non emergency situation. I'd rather use the carrier that has the best coverage and call home only when I have a signal.
thanx for the replies but what i mean is what can the tires and or frame support for weight including my 160 pound bodyAt 160 pounds I can't see it being an issue unless you want to take an awful lot of stuff or ride a low spoke count performance road bike. I can't give specific numbers for various bikes though.
So exciting to see the over view map! Anyone know how much climbing? The GDR has something like 200,000 ft of climbing. Is this similar? Did they solve the problems of dangerous logging truck areas? I was actually hoping some dirt workaround would have been found for that. Any more info? Thanks kathyI too was excited to see the map and can't wait for more details and the actual maps.
My experience with the Bontrager Hardcases was not positive, but San Diego to Phoenix is a short trip.
When I was doing the Western Express in 06, I found that service was available near the interstates such as I-70, but in many places out in the west, I lost service if I was more than 5-10 miles off the main hwy.Are you talking about WiFi or cellular? It sounds like cellular. FWIW, my experience is that for cellular, Verizon is the hands down winner, but there will still probably be days where you (the OP) have no signal.
You guys are wasting my precious minutesALL PATHS LEAD TO G-D MAY YOURS BE SHORT
G-D: Grateful Dead? Right On!
Looking at some of the steeds on BikeDirect.com, you can get a workable whip in your price range. Some of the touring bikes sold at BD even rate favorably in some of the stories on Crazy Guy on a Bike.If you can dig a bit deeper in your pocket than your $400 figure, I would go for something new in the $600-1100 or so range. There are a number of nice touring bikes in that range and I think the bang for the buck is very good.
Pete,I hadn't really noticed that. I am told I sleep like the dead though and don't move around much.
I tried a neoair at the local REI/ I liked the size, weight, and comfort, but found it to be very noisy -- it sort of crackled as I moved about on it. Have you noticed this? Does it quiet down with use?
I have both types of pads. The plus for the thermarest is speed & convenience. The BA is cushier but if I'm on a trip where I'm packing up every day I get tired of inflating and deflating. If I'm going on a long tour and moving on every day I take the thermarest. If I'm going to be camped in one place for awhile I take the BA.I have hear a few people who say this so I guess maybe I am in the minority on this one, but... I don't get it.
My wife and I are riding the Trans Am route this summer and are wondering if a water filter is essential. We are planning to start each day with 6 qts. of water between us. We will refill whenever we encounter civilization. Thanks for your input.