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Routes / Re: Southern Tier in January of February?
« on: December 20, 2015, 11:14:28 am »
It is easily doable in winter. I did it at 65. Now I am 66. Have a good sleeping bag and tent if you camp. The 15 degree Slumberjack bag is fine for the cold. I used an 8 by 10 tarp. It was good enough. At $12.00 you can't beat the price.

General Discussion / Re: bike vs. bike
« on: December 20, 2015, 11:04:51 am »
Some road bikes are fine for fully-loaded long distance touring. The Raleigh Technium frame built in the 1980s went a very long way before the chain stay broke twice on the right where it connected to the dropout.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with no camping?
« on: December 18, 2015, 07:46:34 pm »
Having no way to camp, and relying on the shelter of motels or hosts might put you in uncomfortable positions from time to time. Your planned destination for any given day may seem easily enough attained where mileage is the only concern. Mileage is only one variable. Strong winds and or rain can put you off your bike for hours making the day's planned stop beyond your reach. I would say you could probably do the southern tier the way you plan, relying on motels and others for shelter every night or so. I would also say I have done the ST 5 times from Florida to California, and twice from Florida to El Paso, Texas. Many times storms, wind and rain sent me off the road, sometimes all night, sometimes for large parts of the days. Being out there day after day, week after week might put you in the way of lethal weather events. In fact, it is considered a small miracle I am still alive, what with the many instances of massive bolts of lightning slamming to earth all around like a concentrated military barrage. You could have excellent weather like I had on one crossing, and you could be brought to a dead stop by wind and storm. It is a matter of possibilities. I always camp most nights, and stay occasionally in motels. In a car it is one matter. The power and shelter conquer wind and rain up to a point. On a bicycle the weather has much more control over you than in a motor vehicle.

General Discussion / Re: First cross country tour-Help a guy out
« on: December 17, 2015, 11:27:04 am »
Maps only is fine.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling Partners
« on: December 17, 2015, 11:22:56 am »
It sounds great. ACA might tell you the approximate number of cyclists on the great divide. They seem to have a general awareness of the likelihood of meeting others on particular routes, such as the southern tier and the transam. Some research revealed a transcontinental motorcycle route most all of which was off-road. It seemed doable by trail bike There might be issues with distances to facilities and access to food and water. Years ago their maps sold for $300.00, or something like that.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling Partners
« on: December 15, 2015, 11:02:50 am »
There is a link to that on the home page. From reading about the divide, it appears you would need a "mountain" bike. How much time do you think you would need? I gave it some thought myself.

Routes / Re: Transam: solo or group ride? Has anyone done both?
« on: December 12, 2015, 10:57:38 am »
As for myself, I would not want to go far in a group tour, I believe. Personal freedom is more important than whatever advantages there might be in numbers. I would be willing to drive a sag wagon for a long tour for lodging and food. That I could handle. However, I could most likely cope on a group tour on bicycle.

Routes / Re: Route from SF to LA
« on: December 12, 2015, 10:50:38 am »
The way can be more complicated than just following the road. Maps, GPS, google maps, which most seem to have, should eliminate any uncertainties. That was an excellent ride. Ana Cortes to San Diego.  Washington rocked, Oregon rained, California rolled.

Routes / Re: Europe North to South
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:54:49 pm »
There are many dedicated paths in western Europe. I think there are maps expecially for these paths. I used some of them. They were very nice, completely off the roadways, and ran through forests. Some were hardpacked earth. They were smoother than concrete and asphalt, and near enough to towns that food was always readily available. Some people advise cycling the Romantischestrasse in Germany. It is full of history. It is possible to be caught out in a very violent storm like we did in Belgium. The storm came out of nowhere. It took a minute to arrive and lasted for an hour or two.
You can cycle along the Rhine river. We did. You could get a lot of rain in the Alps, and we saw many many slugs or snails on the roads in the Alps.

General Discussion / Re: Europe border closings.
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:37:46 pm »
You might want to contact the departments of state for the countries you choose. It is possible there might be complications. For example, in`1988 I went to France to join the French Foreign Legion. Normally, an American at the border of France would have been stamped a visa and allowed to pass. The problem was there had been credible terrorist threats. After landing in London they required me and all others going to France to go to an office in London where we had to apply for visas before showing up at the border. The problems have been ongoing, on-and-off for a very long time. You should have a smooth road. Sometimes they have to be careful because of why certain people want to gain entry, which definitely is not for a bicycling trip. Do not worry. They are not actually closing their borders. They are watching and checking much more vigilantly than before. Nothing to  worry about but there might be complications.

General Discussion / Cycling Partner
« on: December 08, 2015, 10:49:26 pm »
Certainly there is a designated section for cycling partners, and that is limited to members of ACA. However, I am thinking about doing another transcontinental bicycling tour this winter by way of the southern tier from Florida to San Diego or Los Angeles. I have already cycle toured about 40,000 miles through 19 countries ---USA, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Czech, Poland, Ukraine, Moldavia, parts of Romania and Bulgaria, Greece, China and a little in South Korea, Ireland.

I have done the southern tier 5 times and twice from Florida to El Paso. By southern tier it is meant the southern tier of states, part on and part off ACA's mapped route.

I am 66 and expecting to meet a female companion for the trip, and while it is surely not to be, it is here for the doing, and as usual the trip will most likely be done alone.

Routes / Re: Europe North to South
« on: December 08, 2015, 09:42:53 pm »
This is Westinghouse. It was not Czech where the military barrage happened. That happened 5 or 6 miles west of Bojanow, Poland on August 31, 1994.

Susan, you have the experience. I have done the ST, my version of it, 4 or five times on upright bikes carrying 30-45 pounds of gear. Twice to El Paso from FL. About 40,000 miles through 19 countries. I have found the ST a very good ride in winter. I did it last winter in 66 days, long for me, with 43 days cycling major distances. About 25 percent of those days, more actually, were spent in motels The rest were camping, if you want to call what  I do camping, e.g., stringing up an 8 by 10 tarp and sleeping in a sleeping bag on a closed cell foam pad on the ground. It gives one a hard edge. It's good for you. There are articles about touring with a trike. There was one. Perhaps it was on CGOAB. Someone did the Pacific coast route by trike. If you go to CGOAB and type "touring on a trike" you might come across some useful and interesting information.

General Discussion / Re: Flying with a bike . Help!
« on: November 28, 2015, 11:27:29 am »
Bicycles must be contained, box or hardshell.

On highway 20 going west in northern Florida I met a man about my age, 65, on a recumbent trike. He was going west. He was able to pass me easily with me on an upright bicycle. Trikes seem to have some advantage in reduced wind resistance. All that may be so, and I made it out to San Diego. Good ride.

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