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General Discussion / Re: Where to go when there's no place to go?
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:42:34 am »
My extensive experience free-camping on 39,000 miles of bike touring in 19 countries qualifies me to comment on that question. The only time there was absolutely no place to free-camp / sleep was one night in the highly populated, industrialized northeastern United States. It may take a while to find it, but there is always some place somewhere to find a piece of bare terra firma where you can lay it down for the night.

It should go well and safely  for you. Follow the route. There will be olthers. Beware of large truck stops. Most abducted women were not forced. They were fooled. Avoid suspicious characters. There is strength in numbers.

General Discussion / Re: Getting a US Visa to ride TransAm plus
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:44:09 am »
NZ should have no problems with the required visa.  Many from China and perhaps still eastern Europe too and other very poor areas would be categorically denied.  It depends on who you are, what you do, and largely on which copuntry you come from. Most anyone from western Europe can get a visa right away. Anyone from a former Soviet republic might have problems with a visa or be denied one outright.

General Discussion / Re: Best routes for newbies?
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:36:34 am »
The PCBR is very hilly. The scenery is second to none. Camping is cheap and easy. Food is plentiful along the way. There are hostels. Traffic can get heavy.

General Discussion / Re: South Tier
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:31:50 am »
It was a 51-day round trip from SE coastal FL to Rosenberg, TX about 25 mls. west of Houston. Of 39,000 miles cycling through 19 countries, it was the worst weather ever. Those $20.00 scout dome tents at Wal Mart work just fine with a good fly. The ACA mapped route of the ST is the best way to go for a variety of reasons. Hwy. 20 east and west in north Florida may be much less hilly than 90 and much shorter than 19-98, but you might have to settle for four days on junk food from convenience stores. I found no open restaurants and no food stores between Freeport and Wakulla Station. The Bolivar peninsula was nice and sunny. I got the Dauphin Island ferry going west and coming back east. I saw four other cyclists. I spent abouit 14 days in motels either dodging the arctic blasts or recuperating from them. New Orleans was by far the worst for cycling, and the dedicated bike paths in FL and LA the best.

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.

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