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With the advent of disposed syringes with hypodermic needles on the urban road sides and suburban parks and trails, there is an emerging concern about using finger drag tests for discovering hard to see causes of flat tires [to digress, not all causes of flat tires are immediately evident].Sounds kind of paranoid to me. What are the odds that you would get a puncture from a syringe, prick yourself, and contract something. Got to be one in a billion or something. I would be willing to bet that this is something that has never happened to anyone anywhere and never will.
A TC bike path like I am thinking of would definitely have to be built with the long distance bicycle tourist in mind. Off-path times and distances to towns and stores and services would absolutely have to be reasonable. I mean something like an Appalachian trail, only for cyclists; joggers, hikers and walkers too. Of course, cyclists would need to plan ahead too. There could be makeshift camps at intervals like the shelters on the Appalachian trail, but with running water. It could go through verdant green forests, mountains, prairies, and pasture lands the air is clean and noise is nonexistent. It could keep everyone near enough to services that it would not be a concern. However, in western states on some stretches, even on highways, keeping food and water enough can be a concern if one does not plan ahead.I prefer riding on the roads, but I can see where it would be a good thing in many ways for many people.
The construction and linking of such a trail(s) and its maintenance would provide jobs. It seems like a win win situation to me.
I have looked on the crazyguyonabike webpage and he has some really great stuff. He did the trip west to east which would change the dynamic of my ride.He? Which he? There are a ton of Journals on crazyguy. The founder of the site did his TA E-W as did lots of the others who have journals there. You should go back and read some of the other journals they might be helpful.
Here is the previous stove thread:That thread said most of what I would add, but I will mention a few things.