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In September I'll be riding the PCR from San Francisco, south to the border, and have found that many of the campgrounds marked on the Adventure Cycling maps don't have bike/hike sites (I just presumed if they were marked they would).
But even with a 99-pound limit, it might still be advisable to pack your gear separately. That's because the TSA will almost certainly open your bike box to inspect it (since it doesn't fit in the scanner). When I pack only the bike and nothing else in the box, the TSA can inspect it without pulling the bike out of the box. They just open the top and look in.
Just curious! How much did your bike and box weigh. My surly is pushing 50# and will be getting ready to head to San Diego to start Southern Tier in September. Looking for options to get it and my gear to there from Iowa.Be careful, going over 50 lbs may be a show stopper. Is that with just the bike in the box? It must be a very heavy bike and/or box. Worst case put the saddle, pedals, and whatever in another box. Taking some gear as a carry on might help as well.
Depending on where you want to go in Seattle you can continue to the end of the Northern Tier in Anacortes. Then use the Pacific Coast Route to go south. In Bremerton there is a spur to reach the Seattle-Bremerton ferry. You can take the ferry across which brings you into downtown Seattle.
A smartphone cannot [yet] replace the need for dedicated GPS device but it puts everything in one place and I always have it with me.Really? I'd be curious what needed functions a dedicated GPS has that a smart phone can't provide. I never considered any form of GPS a necessity, but smartphones seem to supply the functions I want in a GPS. I own a handheld GPS and typically leave it home when bike touring and when backpacking.
Something I really appreciate is my woolen cap and my gloves for chilly mornings. However, during summertime on the trans am you would never need that.Not necessarily true. In the Rockies you can get a short cold snap or even snow in any month of the year. We did the TA an especially hot year and still had a few cold mornings and a freezing afternoon/evening once as well. I took my light gloves and cap and used them in the Cascades and Rockies.
I build my own frames ( fillet brazed steel) and am going to build my first touring frame, i'm looking for ideas for tube sets that other builders like to use, this is a small frame ( i'm 5'6" 125 lbs) thanks
I actually have a Pak-Lite, it is a little cap you put on a rectangular 9v battery... it is miniscule and does 600 hours on low... amazing functionality. I think it may be the ultimate in light and functional.Interesting. I can see where it might work well for some.
. After 2 weeks on the transamerica, our least used items are headlamps, collapsible kitchen sink, book/kindle.