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Messages - John Nettles

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Connecting ACA Routes / Pueblo CO to Minneapolis, MI
« on: May 08, 2007, 10:29:26 pm »
I would suggest you continue on the TransAm route to just inside Kansas, say Tribune or Scott City.  From there you can take almost any state highway as very little traffic tends to travel on them as there are not that many people in these states.  You can go to http://www.ksdot.org/burrail/bike/pdf/bikemap2006.pdf and it lists Kansas' traffic counts and road widths.  Nebraska and the Dakotas may have something similar.

Nebraska and South Dakota should be the same or better as even less people travel there.  I drove Highway US83 in 2001 and it was fairly lightly traffic.

I believe there is a rail trail that goes halfway across Nebraska or one of the Dakotas.  Do a rail trail search and you should be able to find it.

I really wouldn't worry so long as you stay off the interstates or any 4 lane highway.  Obviously, you can reconnect to the Northern Tier around the North Dakota/Minnesota border and follow the maps in.

If you time/route permit it you should head due north to the Black Hills area of South Dakota.  The area is really nice.  No matter what, you should hopefully get some nice tailwinds heading northwest.

Hope this helps!  

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Connecting ACA Routes / Looking for America
« on: October 05, 2006, 11:40:22 am »
Did you happen to cross North Dakota on the Northern Tier on the central/eastern half?  If so, were the grasshoppers as bad as when I was there years ago??  They were everywhere and would jump on my legs and cling to the little hairs and would spook the bejeebers (what exactly is a bejeeber anyway :) ??) out of me as I rode along.

Glad to hear you had a wonderful time.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Go to bikely.com and see if someone has posted a route.  It is good site for getting local info that is bike specific.  It is a fairly young site but will eventually be of great help.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Youth Bicyle Travel / Boy Scouts on Katy Trail
« on: October 26, 2006, 10:44:25 am »
Thanks for the detailed informtation.  I have ridden the trail recently twice so I know what to expect as far as that goes.  Your advice about grouping the scouts by pace and what to do with the partially riding adults was the type of insight I was looking for.  We are in the midst of our 2007 summer programming and this will help a lot (if I can get them past the mental hurdle of "yes you can ride 50 miles per day").  Thanks!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Youth Bicyle Travel / Boy Scouts on Katy Trail
« on: October 06, 2006, 05:12:27 pm »
Wow, I get to do the honors of being the first to ask a question on this forum.

My son is in Boy Scouts and his troop is considering a multi-day trip along the Katy Trail in Missouri next summer.  What do I need to consider (other than my sanity) if we do take 10-25 twelve to fifteen year old males on a trip like this.  Most are not that experienced so some of the obvious (lower miles, get bikes in shape, etc.) will be factored in.

What about stuff "you wish you knew before you had done this" type stuff?

Thanks in advance!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Underground Railroad / Topography from Erie to Pittsburg
« on: March 18, 2008, 01:07:58 pm »
Thanks for the replies.  My daughter has done some limited rail-trail touring but wasn't sure about the heavy traffic and hills.  Thanks again!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Underground Railroad / Topography from Erie to Pittsburg
« on: March 10, 2008, 02:13:20 am »
I am thinking about doing a trip from Erie to Washington via UGRR and the GAP/C&O paths. While I am not worried she could handle the rail trail, what are the conditions between Erie and Pittsburg like as we would want to start in Pittsburg.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Classifieds / WTB: Southern Tier & FLorida Connector Maps
« on: December 14, 2008, 04:28:00 am »
I am still lokking for these maps.  Thanks!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Classifieds / WTB: Southern Tier & FLorida Connector Maps
« on: April 13, 2008, 12:45:57 pm »
Please email me at john at nettlesfamily dot com.  Thanks, John

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Classifieds / WTB: Southern Tier & FLorida Connector Maps
« on: March 09, 2008, 07:35:17 pm »
Looking to finish my perimeter tour and want to get an idea on what it will take to go from Key West to San Diego.  Prefer recent maps but will take 2005 and younger maps.  Please let me know the price with shipping if possible.  Thanks!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Classifieds / WTB: Southern Tier Maps
« on: October 31, 2005, 10:54:17 am »
I forgot to mention that I will post a "I bought some maps" if and when some come up for sale.  Thanks again, John.


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Classifieds / WTB: Southern Tier Maps
« on: October 11, 2005, 04:32:54 pm »
Want to buy Southern Tier Maps.  Prefer no older than 2003.  I can be emailed at nettles@cox.net  Thanks!  John

This message was edited by TulsaJohn on 10-11-05 @ 6:25 PM

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Gear Talk / Long-shot handlebar bag question
« on: July 16, 2008, 11:29:10 am »
Don't own the part or packs but I have bought old parts several times on eBay.  Just have a daily search sent to you for when/if it appears.

I have a full set of old Kirkland Tourpaks (30 years old) and I still see them occassionally for sale on eBay.  Good luck!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / Colored Panniers
« on: May 20, 2008, 11:46:32 am »
Be sure you can find the appropriate color in the material first before you buy the packs.  If black (and I would think purple), the sun really can heat up the packs so if she keeps stuff in there that might melt (food), that might want to be considered.  Gray or a purple-coordinating color (yellow?) might work also. Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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Gear Talk / Need a HEAVY duty wheel.
« on: April 28, 2008, 01:07:58 am »
A recent discussion over on CGonaB talked about "Touring Wheels, Broken Spokes, & Wheels".

I think the no-cost no-weight concern wheelset was for rear 48 spoke front 40 spoke, dyad/aeroheat rims, straight 14gu spokes (I prefer 14/15/14 double butted), on Phil Wood hubs.

Obviously, you can adjust your spending to your needs.  In 30 years of touring, I have almost always used 48 spoke rims and while I am lighter, I have never had a broken spoke due except due to blunt trama (hitting curbs at speed while fully loaded sort of thing).  Due to your weight, I would strongly suggest the 48 spoke as that is what a lot of touring tandems use.  If you prefer reliability more than weight and cost, it is a good way to go.

A good book but very technical to read is The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt.  Somewhat boring for us non-tech types but it thoroughly discusses wheels.

Overall, the best advice is to get it very well built as a 36 spoke rim well built is better than a poorly built 48 spoke wheel.  Again, over on CGonaB specific builders are recommeneded.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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