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General Discussion / Re: Google Maps Bicycling
« on: March 12, 2010, 06:08:03 pm »
Over all it looks like a good effort for beta.

I hope they add the ability to pick some options.  For example I'd just as soon skip "bike paths" in favor of suitable roads, but many (most?) go out of their way to ride bike paths.  Some want almost no traffic and don't mind tiny meandering roads, others find moderate traffic and a larger direct road preferable.  As a result someone will be unhappy what ever they do unless you can specify some options.

In any case it is great that they doing this.

Gear Talk / Re: Road Shoe vs Touring Shoe?
« on: March 12, 2010, 05:13:48 pm »
Actually, I can't argue with that at all Stay-hip. I've got dominator mt. Sidi's. Not as stiff as I would like, and the more basic roads have the same sole I believe. However, the carbon soled are way stiffer. If i were going to get road shoes, I'd definitely pony up for the the carbon soled shoes.
Yep true enough that carbon shoes will be stiffer and Sidi makes carbon MTB shoes too,  A bit rich for my blood though.

BTW are you located near Santiam Pass?  My daughter and I should be riding through there some time near the end of June on our Sierra Cascades tour.  We rode McKenzie Pass on the TA in 2007 so we were near there then.  That part of Oregon is a beautiful part of the country.

General Discussion / Re: On the Southern Tier
« on: March 12, 2010, 01:03:35 pm »
Funny, Westinghouse!

When I did my cross country ride (not my last, I hope), I came into New Mexico from the north, cut through Taos and Santa Fe, stayed a bit east of Albuquerque as I continued south, but eventually I picked up Hwy 60 to cross into Arizona.  New Mexico provided some of the best riding of the whole tour, and the roads I pedaled were almost all pretty good, and the cycling doesn't get better than Hwy 60!  The Southern Tier must have bad roads.   Arizona was the best of times and the worst of times.  I was especially shocked at the level of traffic up in the mountains around Showlow--crazy.  The Southwest in general can be tough riding because the empty country offers so few routing choices.  Still, when it's good, it doesn't get any better.

I found the portion of New Mexico I rode delightful.  I-25 was wonderful IMO.  The ST through the state must be much different.

Gear Talk / Re: Road Shoe vs Touring Shoe?
« on: March 12, 2010, 11:07:03 am »
"Are road shoes stiffer?" Yes. Absolutely.
That may be true for some shoes, but I have not found that to be the case with Sidis.  There is typically a road model and an MTB model that are the identical shoe except for the cleat attachment and the raised tread.   So my Thetas (road) are just the same upper and have the same stiffness sole as my Bullet 2s.  I think the Genuis is the same as the Dominator in that regard, and other MTB and road models are similarly paired.

30 days sounds reasonable.

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are great riding.  There are no trucks and cars are not in a hurry.  There is no shoulder most of the time on the parts I have ridden, but it wasn't a problem.  The down side is that services are scarce on the BRP and leaving the BRP usually means a steep descent that must be climbed again in the morning to get back up.  So plan your stops carefully.

Gear Talk / Re: Road Shoe vs Touring Shoe?
« on: March 11, 2010, 08:00:38 am »
I find that a good stiff MTB shoe and spd pedals work well for me.

Personally I think it is worth buying Sidi shoes, but I don't spring for the most expensive model.  I have the Bullet 2 model and think they were the most bang for the buck at the time I bought them.  The Dominator is too expensive and too "space alien" looking for my tastes.  I think the models have recently changed and the Sidi Giau looks a lot like what the Bullet 2 was.  BTW if you have wide feet the Mega versions of the Sidi models are great.

General Discussion / Re: Amtrak & carry on luggage
« on: March 10, 2010, 06:59:00 pm »
Don't bother with a suitcase or duffel bag for your panniers. Last time I took Amtrak I just strapped/bungied my panniers and tent bag together and took it as carry on. You could also stuff them in a large plastic bag, like a heavy-duty garbage bag (this is what I do when I take the plane so that straps and bits don't get caught in the conveyor belts) or bind them together with cling wrap.
Yeah I did the same my last tour.  I took a couple extra straps and it worked well.

Gear Talk / Re: Camping Tent
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:26:28 am »
The MSR Hubba tent is a very small one man tent.  I bought the MSR Hubba Hubba tent for the extra room and it only add 1/2 pound to the total weight of the tent. 
Small, very small, and roomy are all relative terms so it depends on your perspective.

The comment about adding 1/2 pound to the total weight is just wrong at least according to the published specifications.  It is more like a pound and a quarter or a bit more depending on which number you use.  It may be worth it to some (even many?) for the extra space but the pound and a quarter is a significant percentage of the whole tent and enough weight that it should definitely be factored in to any decision.

I am not knocking deciding in either direction, but using a weight differential that is less than half of the actual one does not make for good decision making.

Hubba Hubba:
Average minimum weight   4 lbs. 3 oz.
Average packaged weight   4 lbs. 11 oz.

Average minimum weight   2 lbs. 15 oz.
Average packaged weight   3 lbs. 6 oz.

General Discussion / Re: bicycle touring website - car free paths
« on: March 06, 2010, 11:38:39 am »
I'm not sure whether I like this or not.  I tend to be one of those who thinks that we need to integrate bicycles, not segregate them. 
My thoughts as well.  I an generally not a fan of bike paths and tend to usually avoid them when there is a choice between a bike path and riding on the road.  The notion of a tour entirely on a bike path doesn't appeal to me much.  That said I was impressed by the awesome bike paths in the Frisco/ Breckenridge area when we passed through there when riding across the country.

They have a place though and I know that there are folks who prefer them.  When my daughter was too young to safely ride on the road, it was great to ride the North Central Trail.

General Discussion / Re: Sex drugs n rock and roll
« on: March 05, 2010, 02:56:18 pm »
Prilosec OTC by Procter & Gamble and Zegerid OTC by Schering-Plough are both available over the counter (without prescription).  If in doubt ask your doctor if they are OK.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade Route, starting to sweat the release date
« on: March 05, 2010, 02:14:55 pm »
Call the Sales Department (800-721-8719) in mid-April. The maps should be in the office around then. I can't give you an exact date because the printing process is always approximate.

Routes / Sierra Cascade Route, starting to sweat the release date
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:58:51 am »
I think have read "late winter or early spring of 2010", "late march", and now on the map at it says "Research was completed in the summer of 2008 and the maps should be available late spring 2010."

This has me nervous since we have a planned departure of June 1 and Spring ends June 21st.  We will go with or without AC maps, but using a 20 year old guide book would not thrill me.  Has the delivery date really slipped to late Spring?  Is it going to slip further?

I have to say I will be very disappointed with Adventure Cycling if they do not have maps available by our June 1 start date when they projected late winter or early spring of 2010 at the time we started seriously planning the trip.

So...  Is there any updated word on what the real release date might be?

General Discussion / Re: My Idea
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:19:12 am »
Don't do it alone.
the young women that I have met who did an XC tour alone would disagree with Scott's advice.

But their mothers would all agree with it.  :)

I'm with Pete. You'll be fine either way.
For what it is worth both Moms and Dads worry, it is in their job description.  I worry when my daughter travels whether by bike or otherwise.  That said I encourage it and am proud that I raised a confident independent daughter.

BTW, I like the article Jennifer linked to.

General Discussion / Re: Sex drugs n rock and roll
« on: March 05, 2010, 08:07:14 am »
Ha gotcha, actually I need to buy medicine while in the USA as our NHS won't give me/sell me enough to cover the entire trip.

Do I have to register with a Doctor or can I go into a pharmacy and buy medicine I need Losec daily which isn't available over the counter here. How can I do it?

I think that is the same as Prolosec which is available as an over the counter purchase (Prilosec OTC).  Double check, but I think Prilosec OTC is probably what you want.

General Discussion / Re: Money money money!
« on: March 05, 2010, 07:15:20 am »
Personally, after I add up all the bills, often times it averages out to about $40 to $50 a day.
Out of curiosity is that counting only daily expenses or are you counting airfare, shipping the bike, maps, and other stuff bought pre or post tour?  Personally I can't see myself spending that much, but some spend more.

I think if you count buying the bike, racks, and panniers and also count airfare and other pre or post tour expenses we still came in at good bit less than that on our Trans America.

On my spring tour I didn't cook, ate restaurant food most of the time, and stayed in a motel half the time.  Not counting air and train fare I think it came in at a bit under $30 a day.  That was in Kansas where motels are generally real cheap.  Being a cheapskate, I think that is about the max I am likely to spend.

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