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General Discussion / South Tier
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:30:44 pm »
I am doing a good part of the ST now. There has been snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, and 19F with a 7F wind chill. Foggy dew surrounds me. Do not take hwy. 90 west out of New Orleans. It's  a  debris field in the side lane.

General Discussion / Re: Are you a 'serious' cyclist?
« on: January 01, 2014, 05:24:54 pm »
Yes I am. That's a good one. I'm on a long tour now.

General Discussion / Re: Florida-traffic on connector and coast routes
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:22:40 am »
Yes, the dedicated trails are excellent as far as they go, which isn't far enough. I would love to see trails like those across the continent and connected. Tammany Trace in Louisiana is a good example of what I'd like to see all the way across from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Aint gonna happen, I know. Just saying. I am not looking seriously at doing the ST again, with my own routes, of course. 90 is a very good route for cycling. It can get hilly. 20 farther south is as good as 90 and shorter. 98 on the coast is flat, but you will get lots of side winds off the gulf.. You're better off with the hills in my opinion'

General Discussion / Re: Road bike for touring??
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:09:43 am »
It's a 1980s  Raleigh Technium frame with all your specifications as mentioned in your previous post. It's just long enough for rear panniers. Right now I am looking at another run of the ST. I have been looking for a female companion for it around here. Sorry to say' most think it a hardship to cycle across this small town. Cross-country is unthinkable for them.

The road bike frame is sweet, tight' aluminum thermally bonded to chromoly, a little bit heavy, and able to withstand a nuclear blast.. It is surprisingly responsive under aheavy load.

General Discussion / Re: Florida-traffic on connector and coast routes
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:56:24 pm »
90 is pretty good traffic-wise. Actually, I have cycled them all.Traffic density is really reasonable. Avoid Orlando, US 1, and such main arteries where many cars come and go. Parts of highway 27 are Florida's suicide route in winter. Farther north 27 is good. Our Gov said FL is no longer the "dive or die state" for cyclists. Well, uhh, I think the Gov hasn't bike toured the state. The ST is fairly good for motorized traffic density. However, many cyclists get creamed here. In 20 years in my small town (16,000 people) eight people I knew  have been killed on their bikes. I did not count the surviving injured. Maybe 20-25.  The eight were people I had known to some extent in this town. Many others I did not know have been killed or injured. I have experienced such blatant negligent disregard of myrights as a cyclist by motorists it could be described as gross criminality. Even with many witnesses and police present nobody said a word as though it was acceptable behavior which it most certainly was not.

In short, your interaction with traffic will depend on where in particular you cycle.The ACA ST route is quite safe. Use it.

General Discussion / Re: Road bike for touring??
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:34:17 pm »
I have used a road bike for very long, pannier-loaded tours. It works just fine. My last big tour was Stuart, FL to San Diego, CA, 54 days total with 43 days on the road at age 61 in the winter of 2009-2010.

General Discussion / Re: Free camping on southern tier
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:23:21 pm »
Highway 90 in northern Florida runs through areas where free camping is easy to find. One thing about treed areas in and very near towns is this. They are often surrounded by uncrossable drainage ditches. Nice but you can't get in. Try outside the towns. There are long expanses of trees and forests. If you should happen into Ponce de Leon at day's end, try the main road going north past the grave yard. The Florida portion of the ST east of 90 has many unofficial sites for a night's sleep.

General Discussion / Re: Day Jobs?
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:09:54 pm »
I teach. I just had time off but it was too hot to do the trip I wanted to do. I wanted to cycle from Florida to California.

I'd have to agree with Raybo. If you aren't that pressed for time, take the 101 loop around Olympic Park. We did it in 2009 - journal here -> Have given considerable thought to doing this area again, and here's some of what I would change. From Fairhaven, consider stopping at Bogachiel and touring into the Hoh rain forest. Stay a day or two at Kalaloch. After Lake Quinault, consider going out towards Copalis before heading into Hoquiam and Aberdeen (no ferry across the mouth yet.). After that it's a pretty much a straight run to Oregon and the coast. To me the inland route in Washington is not appealing. There is the factor of rain which has a stronger presence on the WA coast. Best.


I just went through your entire PCBR ride on CGOAB. I wish I could do that ride again soon. Right now the exigencies of economic necessity require that I continue with my employment. I enjoyed your trip with you remembering so many towns I went through back in 1993. As for myself, I just stop and go with minimal planning. I believe that route is the best in the world.

General Discussion / Re: new to site
« on: September 04, 2013, 11:58:51 am »
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Czech, Poland, Ukraine, Moldavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece.

USA, Canada, Mexico, China  37,000 miles through 19 countries.

I don't recall any thefts. I don't remember any robberies.

Study safe cycling practices. Crimes happen. Cycling does not make you immune from possible criminal misconduct. It's just that of all cycling posts and journals I have read for several years, there were no reports of crimes. Don't worry about it. Just do it.

General Discussion / Re: bicycles on the roadways
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:53:10 am »
I follow traffic rules and keep an eye out for traffic. If I am riding at 2 am in a small town and I come to an intersection where there is obviously no traffic anywhere in sight for a mile in every direction, I blow through the red light. I go through stop signs on small side roads where there is obviously no possibility of traffic. Sometimes I have to laugh at people in cars who pull into  completely empty large parking lots at 3 am, and go very slowly stopping at every little crosswalk stop sign. I am a safe cyclist, but not a conditioned robot. Where traffic is present, I obey all the rules. If I come to crossroads out in flat farming country where it is obvious there is no other moving vehicle for miles in all directions, I'm not stopping at that stop sign. Some people would stop there. Not me. That's for traffic control. When there isn't any traffic, what does it matter? There have been times when I came to no-traffic situations and stop signs, and little kids were somewhere watching, so I stopped anyway because I did not want to give the little ones the impression it was ok to ignore stop signs. Other than that, if there is no traffic whatsoever, I keep going.

General Discussion / Re: new to site
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:35:08 am »
I have not been mugged or robbed on a tour that I can recall right now. I have done shorter round-trip bike tours, but my long ones used the bike out and other transportation back.

General Discussion / Re: Around the world cyclists killed in Thailand
« on: August 25, 2013, 11:16:41 pm »
The thing that struck me was that of all the millions of places somebody reached down and picked something up and veered out of control, it had to be exactly where those two people were cycling. It's like I've said all along. Bears with four legs are not the ones you have to be wary of. It's the two-legged kind that drive cars and trucks. Damn bad luck if you ask me. This has always been a dangerous and uncertain world. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Here in my hometown of Stuart, Florida I have known eight guys killed on their bikes over a period of about 20 years. Those are only people I knew or had met. There were others I didn't know, and this is still a small town.

General Discussion / Re: Trikes and rumble strips...
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:06:25 pm »
I concur with MrBent. Rumble strips are a pain in some places.

Depending on your route your encounter with them my be minimal. Some such as those west of Baton Rouge on the ACA southern tier are no problem whatever cycling over. Others such as those gouged out on the roadsides on some parts of the AC route are hell to hit even once with a wheel, and the damn things leave little room if any for cycling to the right. There are many areas where you can ride right of the rumble strips with an inline bike. A trike would be a problem in some of these stretches of road.

General Discussion / Re: Complete newb, TA in 2014
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:00:15 pm »
Get the best bike you can afford. Do not skimp or save on the tires because if you do, you are not really saving. Do your homework. Get really good tires. Don't get anything below a Schwalbe Marathon. Most any well made frame will get you there, but it must be built at correct angles, and it must be a good fit for you personally. Wheels and tires are extremely important. Get tires that will go all the way across. There are plenty of old used frames that can be had for very little. Minus a triple crank set, you can fit it out for under $200.00.

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