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Gear Talk / Re: Tire recommendation for supported tour
« on: October 10, 2015, 05:56:28 pm »
Schwalbe Marathon tires will take you coast to coast with no problem where normal wear is the matter under consideration. Of course, should some jagged piece of metal or glass come under you wheel, the no problem might become a problem, and your tire is gashed. Problems can develop.

Gear Talk / Re: Shoes/pedals for a cross country ride?
« on: October 10, 2015, 05:52:31 pm »
I have not used them myself, but from all the reviews I have read, I would strongly suggest that you use those clip-in shoes and pedals. Everybody said they could definitely feel the difference in increased pedaling efficiency. Experience is not the best teacher. It is the only teacher.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« on: October 10, 2015, 05:48:41 pm »
I would not take Hwy. 90 going west out of New Orleans ever again. It is better to follow the river to the Plaquemine ferry, and go north to Hwy 190. The Cajun Circus truck stop is a really good place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 24 and 7. If you take 190 west through Baton Rouge you will meet a long narrow bridge with wide traffic. Don't try it. Even at 1:00 am it was impossible to cross without encountering extremely fast trucks and cars. There is absolutely no side lane on this bridge. The Tammany Trace to 190 is a much better alterative to 90 through N.O. That is if you want to skip part of the ACA route. I would advise also there are good reasons the mapped route was chosen as opposed to others ways.

It gets somewhat hilly. Nothing to worry about. The hills are comparatively short and not so very high. I hardly noticed them. I have done it 3 or 4 times.

There are many details that must be explicated before anyone can tell you how much a trip of that length and duration might cost. In my considerable experiences crossing the USA by bicycle, costs can range between $8.00 a day and $60.00, and more if you choose to stay more often in motels, depending on which motels. In Van Horn, TX you might get a room for $23.00. Others in other towns might cost $65.00, $110.00, etc. It is impossible to say with any high degree of certainty until your plans are more explicit.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« on: September 20, 2015, 09:10:25 pm »
You can take Interstate 10 by going north out of San Antonio, and staying on it most of the way to Casa Grande, AZ. The shoulders in NM and AZ can get rough and covered in debris. Dodging junk takes the edge off the sameness. You can take I-8 at Casa Grande and stay on it mostly till Yuma, AZ where you exit, and get on one of the bumpiest roads in America beginning in Wintehaven, CA. Stay on bumpy till it runs out and go right a couple of dozen miles or so, and you are on hwy. 78. Go west. Glamis, Imperial Valley etc .Regain I-8 in Ocotillo, CA until you must exit onto hysterical highway 80. Pine Valley and west and there you are.

Routes / Re: which route in usa
« on: September 20, 2015, 09:01:43 pm »
That is a hell of a choice you have to make. 1 would be great, and so would 2. Personally, I think you could do the PCBR from Ana Cortes in Washington to San Diego in CA, and south to Mexico. The Transam is probably the greatest of all ways to bike. 2 would take in perhaps the best of both worlds. The Transam will run into some major time and money.

General Discussion / Re: What's an 'average' day?
« on: September 20, 2015, 08:51:17 pm »
Last winter I did the southern tier from SE coastal Florida to San Deigo, California, 2803 miles to the front door of the hostel. I average miles by the number of days I cycle distances on tour. I am 65 and used an old Raleigh frame, $40.00 wheels, Schwalbe Marathon tires, and carried about 40 pounds of gear. The average was about 65 miles a day. This was not the ST as mapped by AC. Part of it was. I got lost a few times which added miles and time and backtracking.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« on: July 03, 2015, 02:51:03 pm »
I have cycled across the US several times north south east and west on a road bike. It's no problem.

General Discussion / Re: Has anyone biked the east coast?
« on: June 14, 2015, 10:25:19 pm »
It will be hotter than hell. Drink plenty of electrolytes. The Pedialite for babies and children is good. I did it two summers ago and the heat was too much for me. My body simply could not absorb liquid as fast as it went out. Drinking a lot of coffee did not help matters as I was knocking back large ice coffees. Coffee is a diuretic. It is quite doable if you are young and resilient. I crossed the continent east to west years ago in summer. I drank around 3 gallons a day of various liquids. It was so drainingly hot I would drink a 46 ounce fountain drink before going to sleep at night camping, and would wake in the morning feeling dry and dehydrated. Imagine drinking 3 gallons a day and not urinating for four days at a time, and even then only a very small amount. Water went into me and out by sweating before it had a chance to get out any other way. I was soaked through with sweat all day and night. Be careful of the record setting high temperatures. I went through north Florida where the temp was 104 F, an all time recorded high for that time of year. Yes, the heat is a concern. I would never do it in summer again. However, I am 65. Not as strong and resilient as I was back in the days.

General Discussion / Re: Baton Rouge to Miami
« on: May 29, 2015, 09:53:12 pm »
LA and FL can be unexpectedly cold. I had 7- 10 F in Fort Walton Beach with wind chill and about 19 F in Perry, FL in November. You may very well have very wet weather with the cold. Hwy. 20 running EW and miles south of 90 is much closer to level than 90, faster and easier. It is not quite as scenic as 90, and less historical. In LA one winter when I cycled through Baton Rouge, the cold created a state-wide emergency closing government offices and schools. Roads iced. The governor cautioned people not to drive. Of course, some did and some wrecked and some died. Be prepared for cold wet weather.

Routes / Re: Going out West -- Bike Route Recommendation
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:08:55 pm »
You can take interstates10 and 8 and use googlemaps to pick your way through cities.

Routes / Re: West coast of Ireland tour?
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:05:33 pm »
Google for guided bicycle tours in Ireland. I cycled north Ireland during the troubles. Beautiful country with plenty of rain, warm pubs and pints of Guinness. My first visit there in 1980 they derailed our train and killed 18 and injured 70. The following morning a bomb in another train station killed 86 and injured 200. Injuries were extremely serious. The fact of six months of precisely worded terrorist threats before those two incidents lends an even more sinister suspicious aspect. Not to say cycling there is a sure pass to the afterlife. You can have a great time cycling there. Bring your rain gear.

China might have some restrictive visa regulations which you might want to find out before you go. The same with Kazakhstan.

General Discussion / Re: Additional rider or riders ASAP
« on: March 27, 2015, 02:44:25 pm »
Three are safer than two. They have a cycling partners section at the ACA page.

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