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Routes / Re: Russia-Kazakhstan-China or Russia-Russia-Russia
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:21:28 pm »
Sounds like an adventure. I cycled the former Soviet Union, but so long ago in 1994, I think my advice might be outdated. I cycled in a region near a massive human slaughter of noncombatant civilians, and of course people were tense. An artillery barrage held me flat to the ground in terror about 5-6 miles west of Bojanow, Poland August 31, 1994. Public sanitation and personal cleanliness were deplorable in general. Attitudes were s-c-a-r-y. A couple from Reno, Nevada said cycling in Russia was bad news and they gave details. Hard packed dirt paths parallel to roads were far better than the roads. Etc. It was by far the worst tour. However, some of the people were hospitable, kind and courteous. Road pollution was totally unbelievable and straight out of the deepest fastnesses of hell. I did not go to tourist gatherings in the larger cities. I went out into and through the rural agrarian countrysides.

General Discussion / Re: Green-lighted to go cross-country! (questions)
« on: February 15, 2015, 06:57:25 pm »
Go to youtube for thru-hiking the Appalachian trail. Red Beard packed 20 pounds for a 5-6 month hike. Hikers have light weight packing down to an art, albeit an expensive one.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:49:12 pm »
Lots of solo women do it, and the TransAm is probably the best route for the solo female because of all the support and other cyclists. See the following for a most entertaining TransAm journal by a solo woman. I'm sure Joy would be happy to converse with you personally.

I just went through that journal. An excellent example.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie/Introduction
« on: February 14, 2015, 07:47:13 pm »
Are you planning any trips?

Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:56:19 pm »
90 out of Jacksonville is your best bet. You can drop down to 20 for a  faster ride. 90 is ok through AL and Miss. 90 seems to be the only way into New Orleans unless you go west and then south. I took 20 across the panhandle and 90 from AL to east of the Big Sleazy where I got 190 to Slidell, the TammanyTrace to Covington, and 190 through Baton Rouge. Beaumont, TX, Houston, San Antonio, Junction, TX, Roosevelt, TX,  Kent,  Van Horn, El Paso, Las Cruces, Deming, Lordsburg, Tucson, Yuma, Ocotillo,  Jacumba, Pine Valley, Alpine, San  Diego. Interstates 10 and 8 and hysterical highway 80. It  was a blast. I like 20 more than 90. 90 has a lot more history to it in Florida. Perhaps many people are unaware that the largest single massacre of Indians did not happen in the western states, but in Florida. In a civil war battle in north Florida the confederates murdered a large number of black, wounded, surrendered, union,   prisoners of war. Jackson County was the site of lynchings of negroes and the beating and torturing of children for a long time. Not that you need to know that to cycle there. One of Florida's governors   implemented the mobile electric chair which sort of cooked people to death. An extremely sordid history. "Finding Florida" is recommended for anyone interested in the history of Florida. Reading only the received histories in text books will never tell you the truth.

General Discussion / Re: How picky are you?
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:27:57 pm »
Rear brake and deraileur cables stretch. Use, stretch, and readjust before a long tour. I did that and not even cheap Wal Mart cables needed adjustment cross country. The only concern was punctures. Any reasonably good new rim should go the distance. Cheapy wheels and tires will be much more expensive over the long run. There should not be any major concerns about the mechanics if the bike is prepared for the intended journey.Do not make vast plans with half vast ideas. Skimping on tires and wheels is false economizing. Get equipment that will go the distance problem-free.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:14:35 pm »
You should be fine. It is a well established route. Just use good sense. It is very hilly. It will be hot. Be prepared for wide variations in weather from hotter than hell to freezing. You have it made. You are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Keep a record of it. Be careful. Use the best tires and tubes,  Schwalbe, Gatorskins, whatever. I just went from southeast coastal Florida to North Carolina, PA  to Maryland, and east Florida to San Diego, CA on one set  of Schwalbe Marathon tires with plenty of tred left over. You should  be safe.

I never know where I will sleep out any given night. It is more interesting that way. I always find some place some where. Stay out of sight. Do not go through gates or over fences. Stay away from houses. Avoid areas around large gas station convenience stores. Try to choose a place where  it is an easy ride for breakfast. Small town city parks are good. Putting up a tent in Sentinel, AZ is one thing, but would you risk it in New York's Central Park? A tarp might be more versatile than a tent. I just did the ST with a tarp. There were times when a tent would have been better. I do not remember staying in a paid-for campsite. Maybe just a few times total in 40,000 miles. With me it is stealth camping mainly, and rest days in motels.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier in North Florida
« on: January 31, 2015, 08:49:43 pm »
The right time would not be for the roadway itself, but the eateries along the way. Places were not open or available before which made a bad impression for cycling. This last time restaurants and cafes were open. I would prefer 20 over 90.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier San Diego from mid February
« on: January 31, 2015, 08:43:50 pm »
I just did it November to January 2015, east to west. There was almost no snow whatsoever. In fact, the coldest days were in Florida. Do not be concerned with roads closed due to snow, but it could happen. If it does, take a different road.

Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« on: January 31, 2015, 08:38:11 pm »
90 is the way to go. I would use the Mobile bay ferry west of Pensacola. I strongly advise against trying 90 going west out of New Orleans.

I take that risk almost every night. It is not a big problem except for cities. Just look around.

General Discussion / Re: Fort Myers to Key west
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:47:58 pm »
Go south to Naples and take the road across the everglades. Someone told me the area from Krome and the Indian casino east to Miami was a high crime area. Use your maps. Follow US 1 to Key West. It is a good ride in March. There is room for safe cycling.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:41:42 pm »
Completed my fifth STcrossing yesterday January 12, 2015,  2803 miles in 42 days of cycling and 63 days total.

I hope it was a great trip.
                                                                                                                     It went well enough though Texas hill country had me thinking about quitting when the adverse winds came. Now I feel great. Highest milage for one day was 91-93. Lowest was 19 because of rain and cold. Now arranging mechanized transportation back to Florida.

General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:34:49 pm »
Just now completed my fifth ST. Yes, I was told it's all downhill from here, and it's flat, and both were extremely far from the truth. The weather was fairly good, and it did get extremely cold in north Florida of all places. I saw only 5 long distance cyclists.  Laid over for days at a time in Gainesville, FL, San Antonio, TX, Van Horn, TX, Tucson, AZ, Ocotillo, CA. Cycled through rain a few days. Fairly good windage, but several days of side and head winds. One day the wind blew me completely off the road and into a ditch. It was a sudden strong gust--40-50 mph. Met some women but not enough or well enough.

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