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ACA should look at adding the Santa Fe Trail to it's list of routes. Lots of history. Good towns along the way.I agree. I rode the same route on the section between Santa Fe and Dodge City this spring, but I was going the opposite way. It was very nice. I started a bit west of Kansas City and finished in Santa Fe. The route has the advantage of rail service between the two cities. Actually the service was from Lamy, but there is a train from SF to Lamy. I didn't use the train from SF to Lamy choosing to ride my bike, but the train ride from Lamy to KC was very pretty.
I'm not quite sure how you're going to "keep your eyes out for any updates." It's not easy to tell when updates are available, nor what version you'll get if you order.That's easy. He can email Jennifer or email/call the Adventure Cycling offices. They are pretty accommodating.
Very true, but there are various schemes to insulate the non-self-inflating ones. For the Thermarest models the R values are as follows:I strongly prefer blow-up pads to self-inflating ones. You can get more than double the thickness (which is infinitely more comfortable for old bones) for less cost and no more weight.The advantage to self-inflating pads isn't just ease of use but insulation. The foam inside is a very effective insulator and, if you camp in cold weather, this is a big plus. Plain, unfilled air matresses are very poor insulators.
Glad to hear that I am not the only one.Quoteand find chairs, sofa's and recumbent seats to hurt after a while.and even car seats, some more than others. We rented a Toyota Corolla a few months ago and its driver's seat was starting to get pretty painful even in the first hour. Hours 2 and 3 were really bad, and I kept shifting around, looking for relief. I don't have that problem on my upright bike's narrow saddle.
I have a ProLite Plus. I don't think I could do a NeoAir. All that work just to save 10 ounces.I love my NeoAir. It is one of my favorite pieces of gear. It packs to the size of a waterbottle, weighs 10 ounces less than the Prolite Plus, and is much more comfortable.
If you like lots of company RAGGBRAI, a yearly ride across Iowa, might be good for you. It's an organized ride done by several thousand people. Iowa is not flat, on-road, and I believe they camp.There are a lot of other similar cross state rides, if that sort of ride appeals to you. Personally I don't think they are much like the typical tour and are not the best way to get you feet wet if more typical touring is the goal. They are really a very different type of experience and it is likely a rider may like one and hate the other. They are often more party than tour. If that sounds appealing then they may be a good choice.
QuoteWhile morally not acceptable, it's not fraud, as REI does offer an unconditional money-back guarantee, which would presumably cover "changing your mind."The reason I consider it fraud is that the original purchaser set out expressly to buy, use and then return the item. He/she didn't "change their mind", they used the return policy as a specific tool to get value from someone else's property with no intent to pay for it.
Can anyone let me know who prints the kind of maps that cyclists would find useful and where can I buy them.I always just pick up state maps when we enter each state and give/throw them away when we leave the state. I can usually get them for free from state visitor centers. Also when going cross country some places that usually sell them gave them to us for free, that may have been mostly because my companions were attractive young women though.