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General Discussion / Favorite book
« on: August 16, 2008, 11:57:30 am »
While I think the Bible is far superior to the other book, you might like Miles From Nowhere by Barbara Savage.  Her account of an around the world bike trip.  

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Touring routes library
« on: August 19, 2008, 12:56:54 pm »
Hi,

I meant since I am inputting and wanted to put in accurate info, does ACA want the overall or riding average and does ACA want the cost per day to include transportation, gear bought, etc. or just the actual daily expenses?  Perhaps ACA could update the form to accurately reflect what it wants.  Thanks again!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Touring routes library
« on: August 18, 2008, 10:29:39 am »
Great idea...didn't know it existed.  Some clarification questions.

Are "Avg miles per day" based on overall or riding?  Does cost per day include transportation to & from?

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Touring routes library
« on: August 16, 2008, 11:55:36 am »
You can try bikely.com or mapmyride.com but be forewarned those may or may not be decent routes.

A lot of states have bike route maps showing which state roads are good to use.

It is not too difficult getting a decent route picked by yourself.  Plus it helps you remember it a lot longer (at least I do anyway).

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / ACA Tour Orphans Unite!
« on: May 22, 2008, 12:24:34 pm »
Wow!  While I can't join you on a tour, why did they cancel the tours?  That I would think is a primary mission for the organization.  

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Making a town "tour-friendly".
« on: May 17, 2008, 09:26:21 pm »
I rode through Chester in 1983 and I still remember the absolutely beautiful life guard at the pool.  I was in my late teens and camped out near the pool.

As far as an ideal host town, well I enjoy free/low cost hiker/biker only bunk houses which is typically a donated house converted into a no-frills dorm style house with bunk beds, kitchen, etc.  Due to the summer heat, it would probably need to have AC or at least heavily shaded with lots of ceiling fans.

If you can't do that do to possible vandalism/cost, having a "campground" with large tent pads that are level; slightly raised (1 RR tie); semi-loose dirt (think vegetable cargen, not cement or gravel) to get tent stakes in; a few picnic tables; water faucet; bath house (hot water nice); pay washer/dryer in town; pay phone close by; electrical outlets (to charge cell phones), clothes line, and a "hitchin post" for the bikes.  I would like for it to be in walking distance to the library (internet), and/or wireless service.  All in the shade and so where car lights don't keep you up at night.

If lighted, have the lights either switched by the user or turn off 30 minutes after dark.

All for an honor system (put mone in box) low cost system.

I have tried for years to get ACA to consider working with town along the route to develop stopover towns like the above with no success :|.

As a person with a background in tourism destination development, I (as a town) would gladly spend the relatively small amount of money for the tax base and economic benefits.  It would pay for itself in a few years and help the local businesses.

Since Chester has/had a pool, the biggest expense is already taken care of (bath facilities and phone).

Hope you do it. Best of luck and whatever happened to that blonde?!?


Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Portland's Agony
« on: May 16, 2008, 12:17:20 pm »
Maybe I am just different but I see that both sides have pros and cons.  I think ultimately it is your responsiblility to be safe.  While I strongly support following the rules of driving, I will do what it takes to keep myself safe, regardless of the law.

While the accidents were unfortunate, I think the first cyclist was at fault and the second was not but could have prevented it.  If I have not made eye contact, I assume the driver doesn't see me.

I think the point about if the laws were followed (not turning into a lane while a cyclist is present, not passing on the right), it would greatly help.  However, I could easily visualize his example and thought it was valid.

Both sides must remember that both sides are doing what they think is best.  There is no reason to get personal (bekologist) as I seriously doubt Mr. Schubert lied.  Stongly opinioned yes, but outright lie??

I think ultimately the more cyclists there are in the cities, the better the situation it will be.  No system is or ever will be perfect.  Example:  I was side glanced bumped TWICE by cars in Amsterdam (the presumed mecca of cycling) while in lanes.

I personally prefer separate (curb and all) paths or just plain wider roads but have no issues with lanes, boxes, etc. other than doors opening into them and ignorance (don't know the laws) of drivers.

There are some definate opinions out there and mine is to get back to discussing touring as this is what this organization is about.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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While I have no experience in biking while responsible for major bills for an extended time, I have traveled for 4 months at a time so hopefully this would apply.

I had a sizeable checking account built up prior to the trip.  I had all bills that could be auto-debited done that way.  If not, I either prepayed and/or prepared a SASE with a prepayment given to a relative who has given a list of when to mail what letter.  This way I never had to rely on a public computer to do bill paying, something I personally would avoid if possible.

As far as taxes go, I filed in October as I knew I would be getting a small refund.  YOu must have a "good" reason as to why you could not file but it is almost always allowed.  However, you must pay any taxes due prior to April 15th or you might be subject to penalty and interest.  However, if you are gone a year, your tax situation might be pretty easy and you could have someone file on your behalf.

I would give a trusted family memeber/friend a limited power of attorney so they could discuss stuff with the bank, credit card company, etc. if need be.

Finally, you might want to ask those over at CGoaB who have done extended tours what they have done also.


Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Tire Choice ??
« on: March 18, 2008, 09:51:36 pm »
Last summer I did a partial NT from Minn to NY.  I tried the Schwalbe Supremes and was very pleased with them, i.e. fast, durable, held grip, etc.  I weigh the same as you and enjoy a 37mm tire.

I am old school (but trying to get into newer school ;) )and prefer a bit more rubber to cushion against pot holes.  To me, safety/reliability, comfort, speed in that order are my priorities so while a smaller tire might be faster, I prefer the bigger tire.

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Trans Am Bicycle Choice???
« on: March 05, 2008, 06:00:03 pm »
You didn't say what your goal was.

Is it to see the country or to ride across the country?  You can do the latter without doing the first but it would be very difficult to do the former in 30 days (you said June so maybe I am assuming a ultra quick tour).

What is your route?  How are you sleeping (hotel or camping)?  Are you eating in cafes??

I have met people who do it but I personally would not enjoy it as your really not experiencing it.

One guy I met was not going to make it in time since he got sick and wa laid up for 3 days.  He had a similar time frame and said he regretted the choice he made to try to do it all instead of enjoying it more.

No matter what though a day riding is better than a day at work :)

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Spare Tire recommendations
« on: May 17, 2007, 10:27:43 pm »
Does anyone still use a boot or just a short (3 inches) section of an old tire to act as a temporary?  I have only had a tire blow once in tens of thousands of miles of loaded touring and the boot worked fine for the next several hundred miles.  However, I do tend to keep the tires in pretty good shape and don't let them get bare, i.e. change every 2500-3000 miles of touring, keep them properly inflated, etc.

Some day I need to quit being so old school :)!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Ok advice and insights.
« on: July 11, 2007, 11:30:57 am »
Don't forget simple stuff like addresses (street & email) for postcards & such.  Also, if you are having a maildrop, you will need to have a rough idea where to have it sent.  I usually have a "collection box" at home and have someone forward the box to me c/o General Delivery at some small town PO.  Have it arrive a few days before you do.

If you are taking medications that are capsules (little plastic coatings), they will start to melt above 90 degrees.

Wishing you a great ride!


Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / good experiences with motorists
« on: May 03, 2007, 05:05:36 pm »
I must be the odd cyclist out because in all my tens of thousands of miles, I have only had a handful of bad experiences.  I tend to think that drives are just people, most nice, some great, but a few rotten mean ones too.

I try to be kind and curtious, i.e. when mountain touring, I tend to wave the trucks on by so they know I see them and it is OK to go around and they don't have to slow down on an up hill.  It's these new silent hybrids that are scaring the heck out of me!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / traveling on the cheap, high daily mileage
« on: May 04, 2007, 10:17:41 pm »
Sorry about your divorce but congrats on your new job!

I have crossed the country West to East solo twice, once the TransAm and then the Northern Tier.

Both trips I had a rest day (occasionally 2) every 7-10 days.  The first, I averaged 58 miles a day when I was 17.  The second trip (part of a 9,000 mile trip) I averaged 68 miles.  This ride had 38 centuries as I had to hussle to beat the Maine winter and be able to get south before the snow hit (I don't recommend starting from Washington to Maine in mid-August).

I can say that while my average was only 10 miles more per day (45 minutes of riding on average), it was a lot more work do to it being a average.  I had to do almost about 75-80 miles per riding day just to increase that 10 miles on average.  I did this in early 20s and I was in really good shape (more so than now ;)).  There is no way I would enjoy doing multiple century days in a row while touring now (early 40s).

I have subsequently determined that, for me, I stop around 60-75 miles per day.  I have known numerous riders who after 3-4 weeks of no rest day riding, phyically get sick.  They are usually strong enough but just get a bad flu or somthing.  I am not trying to discourage you as there have been plenty of speed riders who have done it sucessfully.

Since you are doing it cheap, you will probably be camping (or finding a "camp") and may be cooking.  All of this adds to the time.  Heck, even doing laundry every 3-4 days takes up 2 hours and small town laundrymats often close by 8pm or 9pm.  If you are going to stop and smell the roses, continuous high mileage days may be difficult and/or no fun after a while.

If you able to go slower and take more time, I would recommend that.  After all, what happens if you come up on a gorgeous lady riding the same direction but she only doing an average of 60 :)?  But if the choice is an average of 70 a day versus no trip, I'd probably go :). Hope this helps and I wish you a great trip!

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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General Discussion / Eating and spending on a two month biking spree
« on: April 14, 2007, 03:58:25 pm »
Well this has been an interesting discussion.

Not being a vegan, I can't realistically comment on cost/ease/etc. of obtaining food/etc. except that in the southwest (SW Missouri thru central NM), people do like their meat.  A lot of the small towns you will be going thru will not look kindly on people dumster diving (not judging, just giving the local mentality) and you may very well be hassled out of town by the local PD if found out.  They in turn will probably notify the next town to look out for you.  Again, while not judging, you WILL be looked on as a vagrant/bum, not as someone chosing to spend their money differently.

As anyone who is toured long distance, you will be asked the same questions over and over.  One will be how/waht do you eat.  In this (southwest) part of the country, it would be in your interest to avoid talking about dumstering.

As far as camping, if you ask the local PD/church/park dept. you can usually camp for free or a couple of bucks IF there is not a commercial campground nearby.  There are not that many places in the country to hide during daylight hours and do not be suprised to be awoken by someone pointing a shotgun at you telling you to get off their land NOW.  Asking for permission is usually better here than asking for forgiveness when dealing with someone's land in theis part of the country.  Cattle rustling is still very active and occasionally people are shot while passing thru on someone's land so be careful.

As someone mentioned earlier, stopping and asking someone if there is anywhere nearby to camp inexpensively may result in an invitation to stay at their house.  The problem is that if you have not showered recently and look a bit scruffy :) those invitations will be much harder to come by.

I know this sounds negative but it is meant to give a fairly realistic outlook of what you can expect in this part of the country.  I wish you the best of times to you on your journey!


Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

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