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General Discussion / Re: Money money money!
« on: March 18, 2010, 12:15:07 pm »
A very rough rule of thumb is $1 per mile. If you do like a young man I met in Virginia and live out of dumpsters you can probably bring this down.
I am curious if you are credit card touring, camping, cooking, etc.  Also are you including airfare and other expenses than daily stuff.  $1 per mile seems really high unless it is moteling it the whole way or doing pretty low daily mileage.  I am not knocking it just curious what it is based on.

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Good luck and have a great tour.

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Routes / Re: Crooked Road route
« on: March 18, 2010, 12:02:02 pm »

i'll have to look at some better road maps and try and incorporate va creeper trail.
i've heard good things about that trail.

also doing the route during music festival season (esp the wayne henderson festival) would be pretty sweet.
Keep us posted.

On the Creeper Trail...
Maybe I am a rare exception, but on our 2007 Trans America we started to ride some of the Creeper Trail and found the road much preferable.  The bike traffic was going the opposite way and paying absolutely no attention where they were going.  Time after time we met groups of folks on rental bikes riding 3 or 4 abreast across the whole trail and not looking where they were going.  They rent bikes and get shuttled to go only down hill.

This was in the middle of the week so I am guessing it would be worse on a weekend.

My advice would be to give the trail a try, but have an alternate route in mind in case your experience is similar to ours.

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Routes / Re: Crooked Road route
« on: March 17, 2010, 07:46:32 pm »
It looks promising.  It goes through mostly rural beautiful country.

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General Discussion / Re: Health Issue(s)
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:45:55 am »
I don't get it.  He suggested that the OP see a doctor and get his health issues sorted out.  What is wrong with his post that makes it spam like, other than the fact that English is probably not his first language?

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Hey.

I'm leaving May 1st for my first cross country and am pretty tight on cash.  Have any of you ever raised money via your bike trip?  I unfortunately have had a few family members die from lung disease so I was thinking of getting in touch with the American Lung Association. Any ideas on fundraisers or events to hold / advice on holding these events?

Thanks!
-Greg


Personally I find it pretty sleazy when folks fund their trips with money donated for a charity.  I would advise doing as John suggested and have all charity money go directly to the charity and if you want to accept donations for your expenses make that a separate thing.

I don't understand why would anyone think that their vacation should be paid for by others donations.  If I knew a rider was using any of my donation to fund their personal expenses I wouldn't donate.  If I found out after I made a donation I would feel like my money was stolen.

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General Discussion / Re: A Riding Partner Can Be...
« on: March 13, 2010, 09:18:03 am »
...or most of that all at once.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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