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I believe the Windsor Tourist above comes from BikesDirect, doesn't it?Yes. Some of their marketing leaves a bad taste, but I was involved in four very satisfactory bike purchases from them. These included three Windsor Tourists, one for each of my group on the TA, and later a road bike (SprinTour) for me. All of them were ordered by me and shipped to my house. The only glitch was that one of them came in the wrong color. They were happy to swap it for the correct one with the shipping being at their expense. It is a little weird that they do all their transactions and correspondence either by web or email and don't take phone calls, but they have been very responsive to all emails I have sent them. After 4 very satisfactory purchases I would not hesitate to deal with them again.
Thanks for all the advice and encouragement! I've decided to do the Southern Tier. Not quite as appealing as TransAmerica to me, but I think I'll still love it. I think the Southern Tier will be much more enjoyable at this time of year.A good choice given when you are going. Have a great trip.
I hear you, Steaph. We are experienced touring with doggie, but the amount of climbing on this route is giving me pause (paws?). Our style of touring means doggie walks up any hill/grade of significance, and we scale back our mileage when the grades get big.
Thanks Fred - I'm new to this. I'm going to use one of the organized/supported ride companies and they seem to take either the northerly route (in early summer) or the southerly route (in fall). Because of work, time is an issue for me, so think I currently favor the southern route, which TrekTravel does in 4o days. Was hoping that someone may have done both and had comments or a preference to offer.Just a few thoughts...
We would agree to go our own speed and meet at the PO in the next town.I am not sure why you would tour with someone unless you were going to ride with them. Care to elaborate on the advantages? Do you just camp the same place with them? Share cooking? Something else?
About the only advice you can rely on is to pick your companions VERY carefully. Even otherwise lifelong friends can be very incompatible after days or weeks of close confinement with each other.I agree that it can be tough. We met lots of folks on the TA who had split off after not getting along.
In the meantime, have begun reading the GPS forum. OMG. Daunting.I found the GPS to be more weight and hassle than it is worth to me on tour, at least when using AC maps. That is kind of strange because I never run without a gps and I usually use one when hiking, kayaking, or sailing. I figured it was a no brainer that I would like it for touring as well, but sent it home after 4 days on the Trans America. With the AC maps I just didn't feel the need for the GPS.
May I ask some dumb questions? Do you put the headlamp over the helmet? It doesn't stretch the headlamp elastic too much? Does the headlamp unit stay in place? One would think it would slip up and off. Does the little visor thingy on the helmet interfere with the angle of the beam? Thanks for your thoughts ~~Basically I don't. I put it on my head and then put the helmet on. I guess it may depend on how low your helmet fits on your head, but it works fine for me.