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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:17:58 pm »
I am considering doing it again east to west.

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General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« on: October 24, 2014, 09:58:35 pm »
Leeazjr has it right. Arizona and NM are good for winter cycling.The weather can be fairly good.

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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:37:29 pm »
I stealth camp most nights on long tours. I have done that route, the Keys, six times. There are always places to get off in the woods somewhere if you look. As for formal campgrounds, they are easy enough to locate on the internet. If you are stealthing, take a look around. You will find.

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I do not know of any. www.crazyguyonabike.com might have specific information on various routes.

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I just did that several weeks ago from Stuart, FL to NC and Pennsylvania to Maryland. Highway 17 will take you all the way to FL. The problem with 17 is there are many lengths devoid of a side lane for cycling. There was a book out by Donna Ikenberry about the east coast route. Quite a few roads she used have been changed. If you check out ACA's route on their web site, you can figure which roads to use by checking theirs against a road map.

Once in FL, follow the barrier islands to Miami Beach. You will have to cut over to the mainland to go around the inlets. From downtown Miami take Brickell AV. It takes you to a bike path under the metro rail track. You can have wide paths all the way to Florida City and the Last Chance Saloon. If they completed all that work on US 1, you can take it to Key Largo, and it's smooth sailing from there. If work is not done, you will have to take Card Sound Road, not that it is necessary to do in any case, but it is safer.

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Routes / Southern Tier in North Florida
« on: October 07, 2014, 12:04:13 pm »
ACA puts you on highway 90 in north Florida. In its full extent, 90 runs between Jacksonville, FL and Van Horn , Texas. There are three main possible routes through north Florida, each with its own positive and negative values as far as cycling is the matter.

90 has many motels and campgrounds and wooded areas for free camping. The many trees help fend the north winds of winter. Restaurants abound. The scenery is good. You have a side lane to yourself most of the way. It is historical. There is the used-to-be infamously cruel Chatahoochie mental hospital. There is the even worse state training school in Marianna, FL where forensic anthropologists have unearthed 91 of the 31 bodies of boys the state said were there. Yes, 91. Seems many just disappeared, probably beat to death. 90 is also very hilly.

There is highway 20 running E and W many miles south of 90. 20 is much closer to level than 90, and thus faster and easier to cycle. There are many places for free camping. Traffic is comparative light. There is plenty of room for safe cycling. However, 20 can be a nutritional nightmare. Once west of Wakulla Station, only one store or two have anything resembling real food. You have three days of mainly junk food.

There is 19 / 98 running along the contour of the gulf coast. This road is about level. There are many places for camping, legally and stealthily. Restaurants are aplenty. Food stores with nutritious food are available often enough. The downside is sea breezes off the gulf are not always just breezes and they can slow you to a crawl. This route is about 60 miles longer than 90 and 20.

All in all, there is a good argument for choosing 90 as the best of the three.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:58:00 pm »
I think it might be a good idea to allow cycling on interstates. It would be up to the cyclists which lengths and areas would be safe and which to avoid. And when you come to a distance of road walled off on the right, completely eliminating that margin of safety, things can get very interesting, and stressful. I would be in favor of allowing cycling on interstates, but where is the guarantee only responsible, experiences cyclists will use them? The next thing you know kids will be out there having fun. Drunks will be cycling out there, guaranteed. There are other people to be considered. I am not really sure. My opinion does not really matter. I am not on any board that decides such matters. However, interstates in general can be much safer than some alternate roads in some places, but not everywhere. It all depends on where and when.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 23, 2014, 08:55:02 pm »
Yes, if anything like that were to happen at the last moment, the cyclist would not stand a snowball's chance in hell of surviving it. I cannot recall any real close calls on interstates, but to say it cannot happen would be wrong. It could happen. The high speeds would make it all the more disastrous. No doubt. The fact that there might be only a very slight likelihood of its happening would not be any consolation to the one mutilated and dying in a ditch, and to their family and friends. IMO there is a much higher chance of being in an automobile crash than of being hit while on the bike. Interstates are safe enough away from cities. I know one thing. I would not want to ride an interstate during rush hour in Jacksonville, FL or NYC.

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General Discussion / Re: Safe to cycle the USA? Things do happen.
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:19:38 pm »
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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