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General Discussion / Re: What's an 'average' day?
« on: September 20, 2015, 08:51:17 pm »
Last winter I did the southern tier from SE coastal Florida to San Deigo, California, 2803 miles to the front door of the hostel. I average miles by the number of days I cycle distances on tour. I am 65 and used an old Raleigh frame, $40.00 wheels, Schwalbe Marathon tires, and carried about 40 pounds of gear. The average was about 65 miles a day. This was not the ST as mapped by AC. Part of it was. I got lost a few times which added miles and time and backtracking.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« on: July 03, 2015, 02:51:03 pm »
I have cycled across the US several times north south east and west on a road bike. It's no problem.

General Discussion / Re: Has anyone biked the east coast?
« on: June 14, 2015, 10:25:19 pm »
It will be hotter than hell. Drink plenty of electrolytes. The Pedialite for babies and children is good. I did it two summers ago and the heat was too much for me. My body simply could not absorb liquid as fast as it went out. Drinking a lot of coffee did not help matters as I was knocking back large ice coffees. Coffee is a diuretic. It is quite doable if you are young and resilient. I crossed the continent east to west years ago in summer. I drank around 3 gallons a day of various liquids. It was so drainingly hot I would drink a 46 ounce fountain drink before going to sleep at night camping, and would wake in the morning feeling dry and dehydrated. Imagine drinking 3 gallons a day and not urinating for four days at a time, and even then only a very small amount. Water went into me and out by sweating before it had a chance to get out any other way. I was soaked through with sweat all day and night. Be careful of the record setting high temperatures. I went through north Florida where the temp was 104 F, an all time recorded high for that time of year. Yes, the heat is a concern. I would never do it in summer again. However, I am 65. Not as strong and resilient as I was back in the days.

General Discussion / Re: Baton Rouge to Miami
« on: May 29, 2015, 09:53:12 pm »
LA and FL can be unexpectedly cold. I had 7- 10 F in Fort Walton Beach with wind chill and about 19 F in Perry, FL in November. You may very well have very wet weather with the cold. Hwy. 20 running EW and miles south of 90 is much closer to level than 90, faster and easier. It is not quite as scenic as 90, and less historical. In LA one winter when I cycled through Baton Rouge, the cold created a state-wide emergency closing government offices and schools. Roads iced. The governor cautioned people not to drive. Of course, some did and some wrecked and some died. Be prepared for cold wet weather.

Routes / Re: Going out West -- Bike Route Recommendation
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:08:55 pm »
You can take interstates10 and 8 and use googlemaps to pick your way through cities.

Routes / Re: West coast of Ireland tour?
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:05:33 pm »
Google for guided bicycle tours in Ireland. I cycled north Ireland during the troubles. Beautiful country with plenty of rain, warm pubs and pints of Guinness. My first visit there in 1980 they derailed our train and killed 18 and injured 70. The following morning a bomb in another train station killed 86 and injured 200. Injuries were extremely serious. The fact of six months of precisely worded terrorist threats before those two incidents lends an even more sinister suspicious aspect. Not to say cycling there is a sure pass to the afterlife. You can have a great time cycling there. Bring your rain gear.

China might have some restrictive visa regulations which you might want to find out before you go. The same with Kazakhstan.

General Discussion / Re: Additional rider or riders ASAP
« on: March 27, 2015, 02:44:25 pm »
Three are safer than two. They have a cycling partners section at the ACA page.

Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:56:10 pm »
Last winter I cycled to about 30 miles west of Houston, TX from south coastal Florida. I cycled back to FL via Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula, and 90 and 20. I think north of High Island has a major mosquito problem in summer.

Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:52:17 pm »
I'm late to the discussion but I rode from Key West to Galveston last year mainly along the coast.  It was nice.  However, there is a lot more traffic (except when taking the county roads).  I only used US-90 from between Ocean Springs and New Orleans with short sections here and there in other places.  You could then hug the coast until you get to Perry, FL then FL-20 to High Springs where, I think, the ACA ST intersects.

The pros are much better scenery (road between Pensacola and Navarre is one of the best around), all the seafood you can eat (I got sick of eating shrimp and fish everyday), more services.

Cons are heavy traffic from Ocean Springs west to New Orleans; from near Top Sail SP in Florida to Navarre, around Panama Beach (do NOT cross the FL-30 bridge from Panama City to Tyndall AFB on a Friday at quitting time (one of my worst experiences ever); little stronger wind, slightly cooler.

Overall, I would do again, especially east of Grand Bay if you do not want to go to New Orleans.

Have a good trip!


It is a big wide world. There are many variables. You should be alright. No guarantees. There is an element of risk. It is
an adventure, after all. Hong Kong to Portugal. Southeast Asia is in your path, and what about Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, India? I do not believe Pakistan or Afghanistan would be a good place to cycle. Which route would you plan to follow? Perhaps Thailand into China and Tibel or from China into the former Soviet Union.

Routes / Re: Russia-Kazakhstan-China or Russia-Russia-Russia
« on: February 16, 2015, 08:56:25 pm »
The couple from Reno were at a food store in west Germany in 1994. They advised strongly not to cycle Russia.

Routes / Re: Russia-Kazakhstan-China or Russia-Russia-Russia
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:21:28 pm »
Sounds like an adventure. I cycled the former Soviet Union, but so long ago in 1994, I think my advice might be outdated. I cycled in a region near a massive human slaughter of noncombatant civilians, and of course people were tense. An artillery barrage held me flat to the ground in terror about 5-6 miles west of Bojanow, Poland August 31, 1994. Public sanitation and personal cleanliness were deplorable in general. Attitudes were s-c-a-r-y. A couple from Reno, Nevada said cycling in Russia was bad news and they gave details. Hard packed dirt paths parallel to roads were far better than the roads. Etc. It was by far the worst tour. However, some of the people were hospitable, kind and courteous. Road pollution was totally unbelievable and straight out of the deepest fastnesses of hell. I did not go to tourist gatherings in the larger cities. I went out into and through the rural agrarian countrysides.

General Discussion / Re: Green-lighted to go cross-country! (questions)
« on: February 15, 2015, 06:57:25 pm »
Go to youtube for thru-hiking the Appalachian trail. Red Beard packed 20 pounds for a 5-6 month hike. Hikers have light weight packing down to an art, albeit an expensive one.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:49:12 pm »
Lots of solo women do it, and the TransAm is probably the best route for the solo female because of all the support and other cyclists. See the following for a most entertaining TransAm journal by a solo woman. I'm sure Joy would be happy to converse with you personally.

I just went through that journal. An excellent example.

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