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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Tour: Bubba Verus ACA Routes
« on: April 08, 2013, 05:28:18 am »
I google mapped highway 9 out of El Paso going west. All I found was roadway. I could not find any towns at all, so I forgot about 9. Another post here says there are three towns on 9.

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Routes / Re: Directional recomendation for Feb 1 start on ST
« on: March 30, 2013, 02:15:00 am »
East to west is fine. You will encounter headwinds no matter which direction you go. In the panhandle of Florida there are three good routes. One is highway ninety which is quite hilly is some stretches. You can expect sidewinds from the north which will be parried by the many stands of pine trees. South of 90 is highway 20. It too is hilly but perhaps less so than 90, and maybe less interesting and historic. Highway 98 runs you right along at the water's edge. It is mostly level the way I remember it. A downside is that stiff sidewinds off the gulf are normal daytime events, and they will slow you down. Also, the distance is longer adding perhaps an entire day to your journey. I measured the difference once off maps. I think it is about 60 miles longer than 20 or 90 because it follows the contours of the very uneven, unstraight coastline. 90 is the suggested route. I have used it a few times by bicycle. It is a very good ride. There are plenty of places to camp, free camp, and to eat and buy food. Probably 90 is your best bet. I took other routes because I was already familiar with 90. 90, 20, and 98 will get you to the same general destination for going into Alabama.

There is no all encompassing, comprehensive information on W to E versus E to W. Just go. The wind is there. You cannot escape it. It's part of long distance cycling just like rain and storms. I have done the ST several times. I went E to W. Very often it was a quarter wind from the SE that gave a push. In winter there are northwinds full of cold. Out west getting into west Texas and nearer California there are west winds that will put you off your bike for days. I have not run into those on a bike.  I have been in them in a car. Those do not come regularly all the time. They happen. I am 63. My last ST run was in the winter of 2009-10. I got from near West Palm Beach, FL to San Diego in 54 days total with 43 days actually pedaling long distances over the road, and that was with deliberately holding back for two days to make sure I would get into downtown San Diego early in the day.

Don't sweat the wind. Just go.

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Routes / Re: Transamerica Cost
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:47:51 am »
Me? I would spend about $2800.00 for on-the-road expenses. That means free camping most nights, and motels about two days a week on average, perhaps more. That means eating in restaurants and food stores. It includes all costs. It's certainly not top end, but for me it's as comfortable as I am comfortable about spending.

Stay in expensive motels every night and eat in fancy restaurants, and the numbers of dollars begin to appear astronomical as in somewhere out there in the land of infinity. I knew a guy who claimed he toured on 5 to 10 dollars a day. I don't know what he ate. I prefer good nutrition. I want my Cytomax. A cold Ice House beer does down really well at the ending of a long hot day on the road. Who wants to cook meals? I do, but I eat in restaurants too.

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General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:25:20 am »
Going east to west on the TA will put you into some serious hill climbing within a few days. BIKE 30 pounds. Dog 65. Trailer 8? All gear 25-30. That's 130 pounds. You maybe 130. 260 pounds. That's a lot of weight to go over steep hills day after day, week after week. My advice is to stay on the AC route. Don't let me dissuade you from the Transam. I am just giving you what I think is good advice. Set a realistic goal. Maybe you can do the transam easily enough with all that weight. I don't know. I am making generalizations based on my own experiences, and based on the experiences of other cyclists whose journals I have been reading for several years. Most people mail things home after they are on the road for a while. Just saying. Keep us posted. I am interested in finding out how matters proceed for you.

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General Discussion / Re: Getting hungry too fast while riding
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:11:41 am »
That's a bit too technical for me. I do understand the getting hungry part. You have to keep snacking. Keep a lifesaver in your mouth and it will help to maintain blood sugar levels. So does prune juice but too much at once will elevate levels too high too soon which can set you to spinning in the head. Try using Cytomax. I have found it to be most beneficial. It is branch chain amino acids and a specially formulated complex carbohydrate. It does what it says it does on the label, and very well at that. 

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General Discussion / Re: Training: Schedule Critique Needed
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:00:08 am »
Do interval training.

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Routes / Re: El Paso to San Diego via Tucson
« on: March 29, 2013, 02:28:50 pm »
EP to Las Cruces via the obvious roads on maps, but not the road running near the interstate to the east of the interstate. Interstate 10 out of Las Cruces will get you to Casa Grande. Take I-8 from CG to Yuma. Take the side roads available. They are limited. There is Holtville and the Imperial Valley and Ocatillo,CA and 8 from there to hysteric highway 80. Look at the maps from there. I have done it all by road maps.

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General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: March 29, 2013, 02:15:42 pm »
Starting in the west you may need rain gear and cool weather gear for the mountains. You could encounter snow in the higher elevations west of Denver. Once below Denver mail your cold weather gear. Keep the minimum necessary. Many people will not use a tarp. However, a silnylon tarp is the lightest. Don't buy one. Make one. Instructions are on you tube. The taivek raingear can be had for very cheap and it's breathable. The next lightest shelter is a polytarp. I have used one in summer and winter. No complaints except the bugs. Mosquito coils or bug juice works. The good thing about the poly tarp is you can throw it over yourself and your gear in a sudden downpour and it will keep you dry, to an extent. I am not sure about a several hours long torrential downpour. Nylon bleeds through where it touches. A string tied between trees and some lightweight aluminum tent pegs from Wally World and you are ready for camp. Wally's also has a blue, closed cell, foam pad for about $7.00. It works just fine. You must use good cycling shoes. Those are a must for those hills and that kind of a load.

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General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:46:23 am »
I saw your blog. Your post should read---Poor No More.

I am an experienced cyclist. I once did a 4500 mile tour over many hills and mountains carrying 60-70 pounds of gear. It was extremely difficult at times. When you get into long steep climbs you will see. Perhaps you are being underestimated because you are a woman. Who knows. You might take those hills easily. In my general estimation, having no knowledge of your physical capabilities, I would say it is too much weight for the Transam. Can it be done? Yes it can be done carrying 90 to 100 pounds of gear. However, there is a difference between a nice, reasonably easy, transcontinental cycling tour, and a grueling, difficult, grinding, laborious, tendon-tearing task. Perhaps you can do it. You must be the judge of your own abilities. I would not want to grind that kind of weight over all those hills. That is a very hilly route. The Atlantic route is really better suited for that kind of a load. Take the stock front chain rings and put them away. Get smaller chain rings.

This is  my opinion. I wish you the best on your journey.

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General Discussion / Cycling partner(s)
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:50:55 am »
I know there is a section for this elsewhere. However, here I go. I am looking at the strong possibility of doing a transcontinental tour beginning in or just after June this summer. I have cycled 37,000 miles (59,000 kilometers) through 19 countries, including several crossings of the USA. I am knowledgeable and experienced in the matter under discussion. Right now I am thinking the ST, E to W. I am also considering the Atlantic coast. There is also the possibility of the PCBR. I have thought about the US, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Then there's Western Europe. These are all possibilities, but for now the most likely route would be the ST.

I am not a spring chicken anymore. I am 63 and I work out regularly at a gym. My first choice of a cycling companion would be a woman with some cycling experience, but not necessarily with cycling experience.

I do a lot of stealth camping, with motels perhaps twice a week. Sometimes more than twice a week. I completed my last 3400 miles crossing in 54 days total and 43 days actually on the road. That is an example of my daily average. Of course, I am more than willing to compromise on mileage. I cannot expect anyone else to go my way. I usually eat in restaurants or out of food stores. The way I tour is inexpensive compared to what others pay for a tour of similar range and time.  I have bike toured in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, and elsewhere. I have done the ST a number of times, the atlantic coast three times and more, 2600 miles of the NT, the pacific coast, and several other areas of the USA.

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General Discussion / Re: Guide to Poor Woman's Cycling
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:31:16 am »
Good luck if you get underway. The advice you have read here is just about it. I would add there are lots of out-of-the-way places like country churches that have a water hose out back where you can get showered well at night. Perhaps you're not supposed to do that. I don't know. I have many times. John Nelson is right on with his advice; however, I  will not go without my Cytomax and a steady supply of it mailed forward. Also, I must have a beer occasionally.

It looks like I might be doing a transcon after this June 2013. Our times are out of sync. Depending on your route, you can carry only a very light blanket, and if on the ST you might get by with using it as a pillow. I will most likely do the ST. I prefer not to do it in summer, but that seems to be the hand that destiny is dealing me at the time.

Perhaps my next comment is out of line. I do not believe you should do any route hauling a 65-pound dog. The Atlantic coast is the only route for that because it is compartively level.

Any well made bike frame will get you there. Used ones are available for a song. $250.00 will put you in the way of all new components you need to add. Not top of the line but definitely functional. Probably $300.00 total, around 1 / 4 the price of a SLHT. I have been using the same old Raleigh frame for years on long, strenuous tours. No problem whatsoever. When it is time to go I get new pedals, bearings, wheels, tires, tubes, brake pads, chain, freewheel, spindle or cassette, maybe a deraileur. I get there just as quickly and efficiently as anyone on a $1200.00 bicycle. It's doable.

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General Discussion / Re: Disturbing Story From India
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:08:29 am »
Things happen. A couple were hit by a truck and killed while touring in Asia. Here we have assault and battery and rape. Things happen. Life is a risk. It isn't a perfect world. There is no such thing as a perfect human being.

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Cycling is safe enough, but the same cannot be said for all people. The sad but true fact is there are quite a few crazy, insane, dangerous people running around free. I do not see anything wrong with someone on a long tour carrying a concealed firearm for self defence. I have never carried a weapon on a tour. I have not had a need to. Usually, you have to be in a sort of bad place around violent people to be attacked. Those places and people are easy enough to recognize and avoid, but not always. I would not want the extra weight. It is not necessary to have a handgun. If a person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in the states he travels through, it's his right to do so, and who can say it will never save a life or deter someone who intends to do him wrong in a serious way.

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Gear Talk / Re: Camping Gas/stove
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:04:34 am »
Coleman Feather 442           Alcohol stoves        Gasification, forced-air, woodburning stoves.  They're on youtube.

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General Discussion / Re: Disturbing Story From India
« on: March 17, 2013, 04:55:46 am »
I was reading about that. The couple were camped in the woods. A bunch of moronic sex-criminals came along. They beat up the man and gang-raped the woman. Police arrested quite a few. It's doubtful those thugs just happened upon them in the woods. They probably stalked them until they saw where they went for the night.

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