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You could always try a solar stove, they are super light, no fuel required, and easy to DIY. Only problem is that its a slow cooker, kinda like a crock-pot. Here is a link to the one I'm gonna try out . . .Looks interesting...
and a nice article on solar cooking . . .
Hello, I'm fairly new to the world of biking but I've started to entertain the idea of going cross country next summer. I've been reading what I can find online and it looks as if most people bike from West to East because of the prevailing winds. I live in New York and was hoping I could start at home but it looks like that would be a little more difficult. My question is, if I wanted to start in the West and head towards home how would I go about getting my bike and all my gear to the starting point? I can't imagine what kind of fees I'd have to pay to bring my bike on a plane. Would it be easier to just ride E-W rather than worrying about getting myself and my bike to the other side of the country?East to West has a slight edge on prevailing surface winds for the TA. not sure about the NT or ST. Summer winds in Kansas and eastern Colorado tend to be out of the SE and the TA goes kind of into them. That said prevailing winds should not be the main factor in your decision.
Hey everyone, I am coming from NZ to cycle the TA, and am keen to get an idea of how much I will need to save to ensure I dont run out of money!It is really variable depending on your choices. It is best to have plenty available and just spend what you want/need to. $2k or so very do-able. $1k is possible, but you have to watch your pennies. That said some folks might spend $5k. I prefer to keep it down to $2k, but like to have a good cushion so I don't have to watch too closely. Having 1.5-2 times what you expect to spend keeps it laid back.
I will be camping the majority of the time, and have my cooker with me, trying to do it on the cheap. Thinking 3 months shuould be enough to cross.
Any rough ideas? Thanks in advance!
I'm starting the transam + western express next thursday as part of my round the world tour. But now have to get to San Fran within 40 days. So I'm looking at taking a few shortcuts.That will put you at high altitudes in the Rockies way too early. Iffy weather and a firm deadline can be a recipe for disaster. Be careful. That is a fairly ambitious schedule in good weather. That time of year you really can't count on good weather. Don't let a deadline get you into trouble.
Take it from someone who knows. It is not a good idea to disregard warnings of heavy weather that might be coming your way.I don't bother with a radio. The locals will be quick to warn you when the weather looks dicey, especially if you ask. You need to respect the weather, but then again I think it all to easy to be overly cautious to the point where you worry about every little thunder storm. I don't think we would have ever gotten across Montana and Wyoming if we had holed up whenever there were thunderstorms in the forecast. They were forecast pretty much every day. And most of the time we could see one in the distance. Yes they could be scary, we did have lightning all around us at one point up on a butte with nothing sticking up higher than us. We probably should have gotten as low as we could and waited it out, but we raced as fast as we could for lower ground instead. Maybe not the smartest move, but we lived to tell about it.
But I have heard that the Blue Ridge is a lot harder than the TransAmNot sure. The limited part of the Parkway I have ridden was not too bad. The climbs up to it are killer though. The one at Vesuvius is about as bad as anything you will find anywhere else on the TA. Out west you will have a lot of very long climbs but none are nearly as steep as the ones in the Appalachians.
that runner guy is incredible...when i biked the TA i "biked" into him halfway up togwettoo pass (sp?) climb and on way to dubois. incredible guy...looks like he's still busy...runningI wonder if we met? I am assuming you met Bjorn in 2007. I was traveling with two recent college grads (my daughter and a friend) at the time. We were East bound and met Bjorn in Dayville Oregon June 19th. We were in Dubois July 11th. If you think we might have met look at our journal to see if you recognize us. It is at:
Adventure Cycling is not offering a coast to coast supported tour.They sometimes have in the past haven't they?