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General Discussion / Re: Cycling Around the World, but.........
« on: April 24, 2015, 05:20:50 am »
Just sharing from my short tours.  When you are in the Mt. Rushmore/Black hills area, be sure to ride the Mickelson Trail, if limestone doesn't bother you.  I had an awesome time on it.  I'm sure you have enough to read, but my journal for this tour is
Going towards Yellowstone, if you stop in Cody Wyoming, be sure to stop at the Irma and ask for John and Karen.  Lots of history in that town.  Yellowstone was great, but just a tad south, the Tetons are majestic. I ended and started tours in that area.

General Discussion / Re: Help me decide on this last minute tour.
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:45:46 am »
Well, I couldn't get Glacier out of my mind.  Especially when zzzz sent me some beautiful pics.  So I'm using my free ride and traveling to Billings MT on Sept. 8.  If the forecast for Glacier area looks bad, I will have him drop me off in Cody and I will bike to Grant Village in Yellowstone to continue my cross country tour.  If all looks a go, I will grab a rental car and get a little closer to the park.  At this point looking at Great Falls.  The car will cut a couple hundred miles off the ride and get me a couple days away.  So should start the Going to the sun road on Sept. 11 or 12.  Road closure for construction doesn't begin until Sept. 22 I believe, so should be ok there.   I have the Great Parks map #2, which I will follow from St. Mary  to the TA.  Just hoping the weather holds!

General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:31:51 am »
I agree that it is good to have a choice.  However in my home state of Nebraska IMHO the powers that be are doing all a favor in not allowing Interstate cycling.  Safety wise, I would not ride I-80.  The highways close by are usually less dangerous.  For me it boils down to the two reasons I tour.   To see interesting places and meet interesting people.  The interstate system in Nebraska is not the place to do either.

General Discussion / Re: Help me decide on this last minute tour.
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:04:53 am »
Still looking at it from all angles zzzz, but the logistics and it fitting into the timetable of the rest of the ride is not looking good.  To make it work, I really need to be getting up there by Labor Day or shortly after.  With my free ride and a car rental to get closer, it looks to add a week and a half to that.   Alternate plan would be to nix the free ride and spend $400+ on rental vehicle to get me there earlier.  Still on the table but barely.

General Discussion / Re: Help me decide on this last minute tour.
« on: August 24, 2014, 02:34:51 pm »
With help from you all, I have virtually eliminated Glacier (weather, road construction).  If I could get an earlier start, like arriving there the end of August, it would be doable IMO.  With my schedule, it will have to be the starting place for the trip, not a destination.   If and when, it looks like an awesome ride! Missouri, on the other hand, can wait until October.  Looks to be pretty warm for a September ride.

So I'm torn between continuing my TA route and just enjoying the beauty of Colorado.  (Or adjusting the schedule and finding a quick ride to Glacier?)

General Discussion / Help me decide on this last minute tour.
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:21:53 pm »
I've taken a September tour each of the last 3 years and have a chance to do it again this year. Problem is, I have not decided where to go. Background info: I live in SC Nebraska. Tour #1 in 2011 was from home to Breck CO. ( Tour #2 in '12 was to the Black Hills and back ( ), and last year I started on the west coast and pedaled to Yellowstone ( ).

1...This year I have a free ride to Billings MT, on Sept. 8, if I choose to take it. From there, I could go North to Glacier, south to Yellowstone and pick up where I left off last year.

2...Or go directly to Yellowstone from Billings and pick up where I left off. Then pedal the TA as far as Breck and go easterly to home.

3...Or I could just pedal toward CO (and leave a week earlier) and hit all the mountain passes and such that I can in 3 weeks or so. Like Trail Ridge, Rabbit ears, Mt. Evans (If I physically can!), and points in Western CO that a friend living out there has suggested.

4...Or take off for Missouri and the Katy Trail.

I'm sitting here pondering and decided I would throw all this info out to the knowledgeable people on AC. Your thoughts please!

Man, that is some light weight cargo!  I appreciate you going "all in".  I could see myself making compromises with each component, and have the final pack weight be more than I want.   Up till now, I have chosen to go "all out", aka credit card camping.  Granted, a $1000 is a chunk of change.  OTOH, each time the gear is used, it is a possible $$ benefit of 5-10% of the  purchase price.  Have you used or at least set-up the gear yet? 

OP, I take it when you say "Credit Card Camping", you mean staying indoors at hotels and the like, not actually camping. (Though I would love to see someone tour by actually taking a credit card camping tour and set up tents inside motel rooms each night.  ;) )

I looked over a couple sections of the Sierra Cascade Route, namely sections 1 and 2, from Sumas WA to Crater Lake. Yeah, it looks like you can do it for that length, but there will be those long stretches sans service like zzzz mentioned. And you'd probably have to book space far in advance, as the lodging options are either small, or in a touristy area, or both. So you would be "locked" into a schedule. Still, it would be safe to have a camping setup as back-up, just like zzzz plans to do.

I've done parts of the northern part of the Sierra Cascades, and it is definitely a beautiful route, but challenging.

Yes Adv pdx.  It is my favorite type of camping!  Although I'm slowly warming up.  Did most of last years BRAN ride stays in a tent.  Course this was a supported tour, so much easier.    Baby steps I guess.   You make a very good point on not being locked into a schedule.  A bummer sometimes, good motivation othertimes.  Most people have some sort of timetable, but I hate to miss "smelling the roses".  I need to re-check my "free" transportation to the west coast. (Nephew with some business meetings in the NW)  If that is still available, I will probably secure the maps and start the planning in earnest!

We may be seeing each other out there. I have my plane tickets already for a flight into Seattle on 8/29 & home from LA on 9/30 and plan on doing most or all of the SC route as a credit card tour during those 32 days.

I already bought the maps and I can tell you it's possible to do the entire trip staying in motels every night. I can also tell you that after previously doing two long  tours, one at 3000 miles in 30 days and 1 at 1800 miles in 19 days as 100% CC tours, when I reviewed the maps I decided to do things a little differently this time.

Here's why I came to the conclusion I wanted to have a back up to a pure CC tour. There are 3 long sections on the # 2 map that are w/o services, 1 @ 93 miles, 1 @ 90 miles, & 1 @ 73 miles. If you hit each of these sections first thing in the morning and that's your entire day, no problem. But this really tends to screw up your previous day as you go short or long to accommodate the next day. And there are shorter spaces that present the same problem. Do you want to do a 65 mile day (kinda short) or a 115 mile day (kinda long) in order to get to a hotel? In the end I decided this time I was taking camping gear.

I did some research and bought the lightest tent, bag, and pad I could find. The total weight for these 3 items is under 3 lbs. & cost was about $1000. I think for about 1/2 that much money you can be under 4 lbs , & for about 1/2 that much again you can be under 5 lbs. I will still not be taking any cooking gear and expect to only be sleeping at camp sites 3-5 nights total.

Do yourself a favor, buy the maps, much will become clear when you are looking at them. If you decide not to do the trip you can sell them on the classified forum so you'll only be out a few bucks.


You make some good points ZZz.  I considered taking the camping gear 2 years ago (Black hills/Sandhills )   Weight of extra rack/panniers, tent, pad and sleeping bag added 14 lbs. to the load.  It was kind of an easy choice and I opted to leave the extra home.  If I could get that extra weight down to even close to where you did, I think it would be a viable option.   Can you give some specifics on the gear you purchased?

 I need Advice from those that know.  Looking long and hard at riding the Sierra Cascades ACA route in September.  My preference is to  "credit card camp".  How doable is this?  I probably won't have time to ride the entire route so where are the problem areas?  I don't have the maps and know that they will tell the tale.  Just don't want to make the purchase unless there is a chance to CCC.   I am a medium to strong rider and can do the century days.  Thanks in Advance!

General Discussion / Re: bike tour spring summer 2014 questions
« on: February 01, 2014, 07:40:52 am »
I usually begin with a pretty good breakfast.  Maybe the continental breakfast at the motel (I have only credit card toured thus far), if it is a decent one.  I probably am around that 700-1000 calorie level.  And like a previous poster said, protein is pretty important here.  Eggs, good meat choices, milk and the like.  Afterwards my preference is a few hundred calories and hour or so.  My lunch is relatively low in calories.  Ate a fairly large lunch once, with some serious cycling ahead.  Never again.  Dinner (or supper, as us farm folk like to call it), is my largest meal.  Steak and potato etc.  I try to maintain weight on a tour.  My last 3 week jaunt had me losing a few pounds.  On a sub 500 mile supported ride a couple years ago, I gained a couple.  I don't carry much food with me, unless I'm heading into an area with little or no services.  Usually a few snacks that could, if needed get me through the day to a food source at the overnight.

General Discussion / Re: riding and camping in thunderstorms
« on: June 15, 2013, 11:47:04 am »
I would think the first line of defense would be to watch the weather forecast.  Although it is not 100% accurate, it is usually reliable for the most part.  As a farmer, I'm looking at the forecasts all the time for precip, wind and severe weather possibilities.  Sometimes it's best to simply avoid the situation, if the likelihood of an event is great enough.

Routes / Re: Directional recomendation for Feb 1 start on ST
« on: February 12, 2013, 02:40:21 am »
Thanks for the replies.  I can see the pluses and minuses of going either way.  I like the idea of starting in the East to get your legs worthy of the challenges in the west.  Seems like the temps might get you either way in the West.   Cold at start in higher elevations, or hot at the end in the lower.  Thanks John for the sampling info from CGOAB.  I wasn't aware of that.   I'm curious though, if it could be broken down into a start date range closer to my tentative departure?

Routes / Re: Directional recomendation for Feb 1 start on ST
« on: February 04, 2013, 11:36:30 pm »
From the random sampling of ST journals on Crazyguyonabike, most were east-to-west.   Maybe just the luck of my search.   I did not find many with a Feb. 1 start date however.  And I think the one that I found was E-W and complaining about headwinds.  Doesn't mean they had more head than tail, just the theme of the ride I think.  Did you journal your ride staehpj?

Routes / Directional recomendation for Feb 1 start on ST
« on: February 03, 2013, 04:32:03 pm »
Starting to make plans for doing the Southern Tier a year from now.  I need to start around the first of February.  I assume an east to west direction is the choice of most?  To those of you who have done the ST in that time frame, what direction is the best as far as temps,wind and the like?  Or those that have done extensive research.  I'm a mid 50's, 4000 mile/year male, with shorter (1000 m) tour experience.   Farmer by trade.  Hence, I need to be back home in Nebraska by the first part of April.

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