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Routes / Re: Waynesboro to Washington, DC
« on: March 08, 2011, 12:19:29 am »
Just ride up the Sky Line Drive to Front Royal then over to Purcellville to the W&OD bike path (paved).  Beautiful, low traffic, and will take you to heart of DC.  Take the county roads between Front Royal and Purcellville as they are very beautiful.

Routes / Re: Bike Route
« on: March 07, 2011, 02:40:39 pm »
If I remember correctly, you only have three choices.  First is north on Interstate 25 (bikes are allowed I believe).  If east bound (coming into Pueblo) you can take CO-115, near Penrose which is west of Pueblo, which has good shoulders .  If west bound, you could take county road Boone Road near Boone (of course) to CO-94 then west.

Routes / Re: Getting to the FL start of the Southern Tier with a Trike
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:48:59 pm »
Try shipping the bike on Greyhound Freight.  It is usually a LOT cheaper for big bulky things like that.  I would guess $75.  Best thing is they can handle big boxes, i.e. 31" x 80" or something like that.  If you are lucky, you could keep it put together and just roll it out and go.

Routes / Re: The Great Divide Trail
« on: March 02, 2011, 04:34:14 pm »
Go to CrazyGuyonaBike.  Search for "Eat, Sleep and Ride the Divide" by Heidi Domesen.  She rode did an extended tour on a Trike and part of it went from Alberta to Mexico along the Great Divide.  Contact her and pick her brain.

For areas of the GDR that might be more difficult on a trike than you want to deal with, there are usually paved or at least gravel alternatives nearby.

Colorado / Re: Worst experience across the US was in CO
« on: February 17, 2011, 10:03:35 am »
For the record, I may be biased, I live in CO - but I moved here after my first 5-week tour here, I liked it so much.
Please do not take my almost 30 year-old perception of Kremmling as a slam against Colorado.  I would love to move to Colorado (or Idaho, western Montana, or western Wyoming) but my better/best half prefers here.  I did live in Vail for a ski season in my younger days and that was very nice.  If I get near Kremmling, I will go through it and at least give it a shot again.  After all, if it was REALLY bad, we would hear more about it.

Colorado / Re: Worst experience across the US was in CO
« on: February 16, 2011, 12:59:58 am »
I got a little smile out of this.  While riding the TransAm back in '82, I camped at the fairgrounds (I think) in Kremmling but have always thought the town was unwelcoming.  While I didn't have trouble, I did write "I feel like a unwanted outsider here" in my journal.  In fact to this day, I remember a dusty unremarkable town that is best avoided.  This was back when the TransAm was still relatively young and people would continually ask what you were doing and seemed genuinely interested, amazed, and "happy" to assist in making the trip a success.  In 34 years of touring, Kremmling is one of only three towns where I did not have a positive feeling.  Portage, WI and Portsmouth, NH being the other two. Those two were much like your experience except there was no camping option.

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Teens biking across country
« on: February 14, 2011, 05:18:36 pm »
I am 13 years old. I am a very good biker, and very fit. I want to bike across the country but my parents wont let me unless  I go with a group. Does anyone know of  a group that is going to bike across the USA summer of 2011, or if I'm too late, 2012? Please reply! I really want to go

I started riding "seriously" when I was 12.  I am now 46.  I have crossed the country 5 times and ridden across 45 states and in 9 countries.  I started doing multi-day touring when I was 14.  Like you, the parents made me go with a group until I got older.  Now that I am a parent, I can easily see both sides.  Why should I have to wait just because I am 13!  Your parents respond with "Because I love you and I don't want you to get in over your head, or worse (said with love of course)!" or "Because I am afraid you will get hit by a car!" or something similar.

While it is not exactly what you want, I would highly suggest you start by joining a local bike club.  Most clubs have monthly weekend overnight tours.  Also, there are usually riders (typically old geezers like myself) who go on cross-state rides who would be willing to be your guardian IF you are reasonably mature (not just for your age!), and know how to ride & take care of your own repairs.  A lot of states have cross-state rides or have one within a day's drive.  These allow you to do something pretty cool but under the reasonable guidelines your parents want.   Once you do your time and gain some experience, the parents would probably be much more likely to let you go by yourself.  My first week-long ride was FreeWheel, which is an annual ride across Oklahoma.  Again, all parts of the country have something similar but it may be in an adjoining state.

One thing to consider as a "starter" type trip would be to do an extended rail trail ride.  The Katy Trail in Missouri or the GAP/C&O Trail in PA, MD, & DC is another.  If they still won't let you go by yourself, go first to your mom and show her all the cool Bed & Breakfast places to stay along the trail where she can enjoy a relaxing time while you can ride.  Mom could see all the wonderful museums and Dad could go see the cool airplanes and rockets and stuff at the Smithsonian. Help them overcome their fear, which is based on love, so you can do what you want.  Let your Mom convince your Dad that this is a good idea  :-).  This way the parents can see what cycle touring is like and the fear will greatly subside.  It is this fear that something will happen to you is what you are battling, not the parents!  Help them overcome their fear, which is based out of love, so you can do what you want.

My first solo trip (other than being in a large cross-state ride not being under a guardian) was when I was 17 when I did the TransAm route during my summer after I finished as a junior in high school.  I was pretty mature by then.  I had built up to this by doing 4 cross-state rides, and one month-long tour with an adult.  I paid about 1/3 of my trip, used Bikecentennial's (ACA's predecessor) maps, and agreed to the typical parental rules such as calling home most nights, giving a detailed schedule, sticking to the route, etc.  It truly was the best experience of my life and for this I honestly hope you can go on such a trip at such a young age as it really does help you mature (further) and develop into a great young adult.  As I have said, I have done many other trips but that was my favorite.

This brings up the question, are you a guy or a girl?  I am a guy and I have a teenage daughter and a teenage son.  While my 18 year-old daughter is easily mature enough for the trip, as a father, I would be concerned for her safety from others.  Not harm from cars but from people.  I probably would not have let her done a similar trip by herself until after high school.  And I know the joys, risks, and rewards of bike touring.  My 17 year-old son however is the opposite and I worry about him when he walks to the store 3 blocks away due to his maturity or lack thereof!  My point is if you are a guy, you probably could go a year or two earlier than a girl IF you are mature and ONLY due to my fatherly protectionist issues. This may sound sexist, but I prefer to think of it more in a loving way.  If my daughter was 17, very mature, could do most bike repairs, and a black belt (seriously), I would at least strongly consider letting her go.

I am not trying to shoot down your dream but give you information to help you understand what your parents may be thinking and also how to go about getting your goal accomplished.  I hope you don't give up on your dream to go on a solo extended tour.  Until then, consider groups such as 10th Gear, American Youth Hostels, and the various cross state rides.

If you or your parents have questions, I would be happy to answer them.


General Discussion / Re: 2/11 Adventure Cyclist Mag Letters from Readers
« on: February 11, 2011, 12:00:21 pm »
Speaking of this month's magazine. Anyone see the pic of the dude pulling a wheelie on the loaded bike? I'm thinking Photoshop, but that's me!!
PhotoShop or way too heavy in the rear packs  :)

Classifieds / Re: WTB Beckman Panniers
« on: February 06, 2011, 10:25:35 am »
I sent you an email.

Routes / Re: Getting Across The Desert
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:19:03 am »
Two things, if you are riding in the heat and long distances between supplies, then you need good quality racks to carry your extra water - you will be surprised how heavy it is.

Secondly if you go for cheaper racks, keep to something that can be easily welded - not aluminium.  Oh and a few feet of duct tape will get you to a welding shop.

Don't forget some hose clamps!  They are great to have for emergency repairs.

Routes / Re: Mayan Riviera Trip
« on: January 24, 2011, 10:14:27 pm »
You could go over to and do a search on 307 & Tulum or something similar.  There have been a few riders doing tours down there within the past year or so if I remember correctly.  You can contact the journal's author though their guestbook.

Routes / Re: Cycle Western Mongolia
« on: January 19, 2011, 11:14:12 pm »
Go over to and search for Mongolia.  There are about a dozen journals mentioning Mongolia.  You can contact them via their guest book.

Routes / Re: How early can one start the NT going west to east
« on: January 07, 2011, 11:12:20 am »
Thanks for the info Dave and the photos are fantastic. Your comments are helpful. I guess the next question for me is if I need to leave early in the Spring from the west coast, would the Western Express route to the TransAm Trail be a better option? Thoughts anyone?

It would definitely be a better option than the NT.   However, a lot of the same applies as parts of the Colorado Rockies will have snow thru May.  It won't necessarily be closed but not fun to ride.  I was in South Fork, CO (southern part of state) in late June and we got snow at 8,300' so I am sure the passes would have had it a lot more.

You don't say when "early in the Spring" is to you.  That could mean late February to mid-May depending on where you live and how you qualify Spring. If you could be more specific with your info such as time frames (depart on March 15th and have 45 days) , experience (none, extensive, loaded, unloaded, I typically ride X miles per day, etc.), trip "must see" (gotta visit Aunt Marge in Tribune, KS), etc. you could probably get some pretty good recommendations for the group.

Whatever you do, best wishes on an enjoyable trip.

Routes / Re: Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail
« on: January 04, 2011, 04:12:12 pm »
Was thinking of cycling the Great Divide route from mid April until mid June taking it pretty easy with my wife on a hardtail MTB tandem with alfine 11 gears. Realise that there will be snow in parts and will hopefully bypass these by other forms of transport or roads if needs be. Does this sound practical.

Thanks for any advice


It depends on how much you tolerate the cold and how much you want to take other transport.  Numerous passes WILL be closed due to snow so it is doable with major rerouting on to highways, etc.  If you could start at least 4 weeks later and ride south to north, you would be in a much better situation but would probably still have some of the higher passes closed due to snow.

General Discussion / Re: Bike boxes
« on: January 03, 2011, 11:45:26 am »
If you can get to the main Amtrak station, they might have one of their boxes you can buy for $15(?).  They are great in that you only have to reverse pedals, turn handlebars, and lower seats.  You do not have to remove wheels, racks, etc.

Since San Diego is not a major station for Amtrak, they may not have boxes though.

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