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Gear Talk / A unique situation (SouthernTier).
« on: November 09, 2008, 01:07:14 pm »
Just thought I would jump in re bikes and their various qualities.  Not that I recomend this but while cycling across China a few years back came across this German guy - about 18 - who had flown into Beijing bought a local bike and set off across country. Had done about 1000ks his front wheel bearings were shot and the wheel was wobbling all over the place! The guy was almost blind and wore these really thick glasses and could not see to repair his bike.  I managed to patch it up for him.  I don't think he had washed either in all that time.  But he just carried on going.  I met up with him again some months later in Bankoc - agreed to share a room only if he had a shower!! Last I heard he was in Indonisea but had fallen off and broken his glasses so could see even less!!! Never heard from him again but he still had that old chinese bike cost around $20 new, so can be done cheap, but not for me.  Kermit (his nic name) where are you , probably lost.


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Routes / North to Alburquerque NM
« on: November 20, 2008, 03:22:48 pm »
Hi has anyone riden Socorro to Alburquerque and then back along the 60 & 12 to Reserve New Mexico.  If so what's it like ??  Just a side trip off the Southern Tier


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Routes / Nature Coast Trail
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:10:21 pm »
Planning to use the NCT Rails to Trails from Chiefland to Cross City.  Does anyone know if the trail extends from Cross City to Hanes and on to Clara on the 51? It looks like it goes that far on GE but is it ridable on touring bike?
Thanks


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Routes / southern tier weather
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:06:16 am »
Hey congrats on new job, where are you going? Don't come here to UK too cold and damp. Hope you keep up with the forum as I have found a lot of your advice invakuable, many thanks


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Routes / southern tier weather
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:01:03 pm »
Hi Victoria, try Wundersearch really good web site. If you can't find it I can email you the site unless you know how I get it onto here.  I am leaving Florida in Feb E to W so give us a wave as you go past.


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Routes / Florida in February
« on: November 11, 2008, 04:36:11 am »
Graet info, very much appreciated. Regards Tony


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Routes / Florida in February
« on: November 09, 2008, 12:07:26 pm »
Hi Litespeed can you give me directions to The Nature Coast Trail please. Or where to find it on web. Thanks


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Routes / Florida in February
« on: November 09, 2008, 12:02:19 pm »
I leave for San Diego from Celebration, Kissimmee mid Feb. Heading for Withlacoochee trail- after this north to Trenton. Any advice re best route to conect with ACA Southern Tier as 27 seems only alternative. Tony


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Routes / Berlin to Copenhagen
« on: November 21, 2008, 02:04:29 pm »
Hey guys are you setting of now?  Getting cold and wet here in Europe, it's a great ride but.....
Good luck if so.


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General Discussion / Presents for cyclist at Christmas???Not an ad
« on: December 12, 2008, 07:07:36 am »
So as a cyclist what will your nearest & dearest buy you.  My partner has got me Butt Cream - who said romance is dead?  Let us all know what odd things people have bought you "thinking this is just what a cyclist needs" I even got talc powder years ago from my Gran, to put inside the inner tube. Apparently stops air bleeding through the tube!!! :confuse:


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General Discussion / What is the daftest thing you ever carried?
« on: November 30, 2008, 06:32:07 am »
Hi thanks made me laugh on a miserable wet day here in Uk.  I had this crazy once idea that everytime I stopped I had to throw something away to lighten the load.  Took a while to realise that throwing one sock away just meant I had to carry the other now odd sock which was of no use. Sometimes think my brain gets sloppy on these long rised! Cheers Tony


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General Discussion / What is the daftest thing you ever carried?
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:17:28 pm »
Just for fun come on own up as to what is the "stupidest", "most inapproprite" or "over weight" thing you have ever taken on a long distance cycle tour?
Mine a large bag of Jordons Muselia while touring India, and a Punch and Judy puppet show around SE Asia and China, great for breaking the ice though. ;)


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General Discussion / Cell phone coverage on Southern Tier
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:22:53 am »
Planning to do southern tier can anyone tell which company has he best cell phone coverage for this route please.  And any hint as to the best cell phone/blackberry/i phone/etc for use on a trip like this which will give me internet conections.

Thanks


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General Discussion / LA cycle it or take a lft past it?
« on: November 15, 2008, 06:36:16 am »
Guys many thanks that is so encouraging that decided I will ride it.  Any clues on where to camp or motels? and how long it might take.  I'm a bit slow!!
Tony


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General Discussion / LA cycle it or take a lft past it?
« on: November 14, 2008, 11:00:57 am »
After the Southern Tier plan to head north to San Francisco.  LA bothers me.  Has anyone who knows the route any tips or would you just take a Taxi from one side to the other.  Don't like urban cycling much, did you guess that?


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