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Yes, and that is the answer I give here when people ask about the risks of a transcontinental bicycle tour. Generally, it is safe.  Traffic is the biggest potential hazard. The fact is, anything can happen to anyone anywhere, and it does 24 and 7 all 365. I have cycled around Vero quite a bit. That man was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Someone who turned out later to be a female serial killer threw a can of beer at me from a moving vehicle on highway 19/98 between Perry FL and Wakula Station. Some young guy threw a can of beer at me in Walker, Louisiana. In a western state late at night where I was cycling west on an interstate highway, an eastbound car stopped abreast of me across the median. I heard some light sounds from the car like pfff pff. Pellets slammed into the guard rail next to me. The car sped away. There have been incidents. These were nowhere around big cities. I still advise. Yes it is safe, but things happen to people all the time that are harmful and unexpected. If you want to cycle the USA, by all means do it. You should be just fine This world has always been dangerous and uncertain in various degrees in different places. There are no guarantees.

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General Discussion / Re: Safe to cycle the USA? Things do happen.
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:21:26 pm »
Yes, That's the point. Is it safe to cycle the US? Random violence can happen anywhere to anyone. It seems to have greater currency in this country than in many others. In a car one can go 500 miles in a day, be across the country in 6 days, and stop and mingle far fewer times than a person on a bicycle. Bike touring requires many many frequent stops. Consequently, it brings one into contact with many more people.  It ups the odds that one will cross the path of someone like that schizophrenic man in McDonalds in Vero.

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General Discussion / Safe to cycle the USA? Things do happen.
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:25:47 pm »
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/09/03/man-stabbed-to-death-biking-to-miami-to-propose-to-girlfriend/

A man cycling from the NE USA to Miami, FL went to stop at a McDonalds in Vero Beach, FL. An apparently paranoid schizophrenic homeless man just walked up and stabbed him to death.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:43:13 pm »
Having cycled about 39,000 miles through 19 countries and read the comments here, I agree that cycling a given interstate highway would in most all extents be safer than many of the alternative roads I have seen. I-10 going west from Texas through to I-8 into CA can be uncomfortable because of the trash, ruts and bumps and debris. Sure there is noise and pollution. Ear plugs solve one problem. Often winds will send the exhaust fumes in another direction. And away from the cities, the pollution is not all that bad. The fact there are two or three lanes going in one direction, and a median, and a side lane from 5 to six feet and sometimes wider makes it highly unlikely that someone will just happen to drift off the road precisely at your pinpoint location on straight ways. Complete care and caution would be required at entrances and exits. Like most any subject, if you examine it thoroughly, you will find it has positive and negative values. The questions here are these. Would allowing cyclists on all interstate highways be such a great move in advancing cycling safety? Would the positive outcomes so greatly outweigh the perceived negatives that to continue the prohibition would constitute some kind of harmful negligence? I have cycled interstates very much. IMO they are safer, noisier, and so rough and strewn with garbage in some lengths that an alternate route would be a better choice anyway. Some interstates are smooth going.

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Stop and take off your shoes. Rest. Start again. As you go longer the pain should go away. On a long tour it requires a transition. Palms on handlebar, posterior on seat and feet in pedals are the contact points that need getting used to. My experience is that those five points will stop hurting after a time.

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General Discussion / Re: Sothern Tier Sept 1 2014 west to east,
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:05:57 am »
You should not have any problems.

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General Discussion / Re: dogs and security
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:52:02 pm »
I have bicycle toured about 39,000 miles through 19 countries. Only a few times have I encountered extremely vicious dogs, I mean dogs that would really kill you, and two of those were in east Europe in 1994. And I assure you those dogs deserved being shot. You had to be there to see it. It was like something out of a horror movie. If there is a serious attack, animal or man, you have the right to use lethal force if you fear for your life, in Florida anyway.

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General Discussion / Re: dogs and security
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:33:06 pm »
For some dogs in eastern Europe, I would suggest at least a 38. U.S. dogs will not try to tear you apart. They are out for a romp and that is all.  But, yes, there could be that one or a few that are radicalized and thirsty for your blood. Stop. Yell. Go. Stop. Yell. And so forth. If by that time its keeper is not outside in the yard yelling for the dog to come back, just keep going, stopping, and yelling "Hut!" It will soon turn and leave. That is for the normal ones having a friendly chase.

The crazy bloodlust dogs are another matter. If it is really going for you in a vicious and serious way, anything should be allowed. A squirt gun of ammonia would be appropriate. Just about anything. Shoot it if you must.

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General Discussion / Re: Fighting off boredom?
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:15:17 pm »
Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. George Bernard Shaw

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General Discussion / Re: general advice on making a tour happen
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:11:24 pm »
Load you panniers. Mount them on the velocipede. Get on, insert, move your legs and feet in little circles. Travel light and free. Don't sweat the wind. It happens. Watch for storms. They can be lethal.

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I don't got no lousy gramer. I is just tryin to find out bout the OP.

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Apsiaki, is you is or is you aint of the female persuasion.

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General Discussion / Re: Mailing to Myself On the Road
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:59:06 pm »
Your name
General Delivery, Main Post Office
City, state, zip code

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General Discussion / Re: Where to go when there's no place to go?
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:42:34 am »
My extensive experience free-camping on 39,000 miles of bike touring in 19 countries qualifies me to comment on that question. The only time there was absolutely no place to free-camp / sleep was one night in the highly populated, industrialized northeastern United States. It may take a while to find it, but there is always some place somewhere to find a piece of bare terra firma where you can lay it down for the night.

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It should go well and safely  for you. Follow the route. There will be olthers. Beware of large truck stops. Most abducted women were not forced. They were fooled. Avoid suspicious characters. There is strength in numbers.

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