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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: November 15, 2014, 05:41:16 pm »
That is great' I  am on the ST now and resting in Gainesville. I set out again tomorrow. A wet cold front is coming late Sunday. My highest mileage day so far is 83. I am going E to W. I do not follow ACA all the way. The weather has been good.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:35:22 pm »
I think I have read and looked at most ST journals on CGOAB. I have cycled FL to CA 4 times, 3 to San Diego and one to Los Angeles. I am seriously considering doing it again starting within a few or several days. Temperatures are already in the 40s in the ST. I slept out one night when it got down to 7 F, if you could call it sleep. I wonder if I have the drive to do the full distance.

General Discussion / Re: USA visa problems
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:28:46 pm »
Perhaps your relatives' address would be best. That way there would be someone to respond who knows you should  the immigration people need to contact you. They would have a permanent address.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« on: November 07, 2014, 03:03:36 pm »
I know I saw another post somewhere about a cyclist going west out of Ocatillo, CA on I-8 and onto highway 80. He too noticed many times how two vehicles from opposite directions would come exactly abreast of each other and himself. It is obviously timed and coordinated and calculated. I have seen such tactics used many times for harassment, crowding and noise attacks. If you run into these criminals, you might want to be careful, wear earplugs, and call the police and try to get to the bottom of it. Where there is much traffic it might be difficult to discern, but when on back roads on a Sunday when you might see one car every fifteen minutes if even that, and two trucks and / or cars  come exactly abreast of you a hundred times, and always in the same kinds of places, e.g., at the first expansion crack going onto bridges, where the side lane suddenly disappears, and where obstructions put in the side lane force you out into the motor lane, the conclusion is inescabable. It is organized, criminal-gang stalking, and I saw it clearly across five or six states.

General Discussion / Re: circumnavigation of the U.S.
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:09:23 pm »
I have done the perimeter except the length from Fargo to Bar Harbor,but many more routes in and outside the USA, about 39,000 miles in 19 countries.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:32:48 pm »
On 78 where the side lane disappeared at lengths large tractor-trailer trucks kept coordinating so that two would come exactly abreast of me repeatedly, many times. In organized stalking terms the tactic is called crowding. They were the same trucks over and over timed so two would come exactly abreast of me repeatedly, much too precisely  and repeatedly to be mere happenstance. It was unquestionably deliberate, timed and coordinated. Add to that obscured license plates nearly impossible to read, which were illegal, and there were suspicious goings on on highway 78 going into and through the sand dunes. It was January 2010. There were many many other examples of obviously timed and coordinated and deliberate traffic patterns for the purpose of causing extremely loud, unusual, disturbing, ear splitting noises on the soputhern tier, not necessarily all on ACA's mapped ST route, but these crimes did happen many many many times.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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