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General Discussion / Amtrak changes baggage and bike policy . .
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:32:56 am »
From Trains.com

"WASHINGTON – Effective Monday, Sept. 10, Amtrak is implementing a "refined" baggage policy which reduces the number of free checked bags per ticketed passenger from three to two and raises the extra bag fee from $10 to $20. A limit of four bags may be checked, instead of six previously. This comes from an internal memo citing significantly higher baggage volumes as a result of increased ridership.

In addition, free checked bags will be limited to 75 linear inches, including length, width, and height, compared with a prior restriction of 36 inches on any one side. A $20 charge will now apply for items between 75 and 100 linear inches. Boxed bicycles as checked baggage will now cost $20 and tandem bikes and kayaks will no longer be accepted."
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This is a deal-breaker for us tandem owners and really not acceptable. It is getting harder to move a tandem around without having one that comes apart. I'm lucky that our has couplers, but not many do.

Edit: see also this link - it appears that the bike charge is $10, not $20. http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1251621565020

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA

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Routes / Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:47:20 pm »
This is rather sad news that I suspect we all knew was coming. There will be a substantial number of CA Parks closed starting this fall. See this article for the scoop. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/05/california-officials-70-state-parks.html#ixzz1MHB8eV3h Parks that would affect the Pacific Coast route (going south) would be Westport-Union Landing, Manchester Beach (at least what's left of it), Samuel P. Taylor and Limekiln. I suspect S.P. Taylor is the one that would affect touring cyclists the most. There really isn't another spot to camp between Bodega and SF.

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA

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There is a slide just 4.7 miles north of Garberville that completely covers 101 - see map panel 33. In this area there is no alternate. Closure is expected up to two weeks. CalTrans is recommending detours that take you over to I-5 - that's a long ways. More info here http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/board/message/?thread_id=209375

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA

Update 4 April 2011: I would imagine bikes can get through now.

Route 101 (15.5) – Slide repairs 1.0 mile north of Dean Creek will continue. A full road closure is in effect. The alternate route for motorists is Interstate 5, which can be reached north of the slide from Routes 36 or 299 and south of the slide by Route 20. Beginning Monday, April 4, the highway will be open to one-way traffic from 6AM to 6PM daily. These conditions may change daily, so please call 1-800-427-7623 or visit www.dot.ca.gov for the latest road information. Contractor – J. F. Shea Company, Incorporated, of Redding. LC#C101XX

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us101

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Routes / Western Express - Shoe Tree is gone
« on: January 05, 2011, 12:31:11 pm »
The Shoe Tree, just east of Middlegate, NV on US 50, has been chopped down by vandals. One of the scenic spots of the trip, the tree was cut down some time 30-31 December 2010. http://www.recordcourier.com/article/20110104/NEWS/110109979/1062&ParentProfile=1049

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA

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Pacific Northwest / Bike shops that support touring - a list?
« on: August 07, 2009, 02:20:10 pm »
We recently completed riding Seattle to Santa Rosa, CA on a tandem and BOB by way of the coast. The one thing I really wished I had was a list of shops that support the touring cyclist. Fortunately we found the Bike Garage in Astoria that had a tire we desperately needed (and wore out by the time we made it home). The La Vogue shop in Hoquiam was an adventure into the strange. Maybe I've missed something somewhere else here in ACA land. A list of the shops that have touring tires, other touring related gear, internet access (a plus) would be useful info. Or maybe not. Bike Newport (Newport, OR) kind of fit this profile but was lacking products I really prefer to use (e.g. Boeshield, Clif Shotbloks). I'm certainly thinking of starting such a list for the shops in my area.

My second wish would be for ACA maps with shower symbols - that is probably another discussion.

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA

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Gear Talk / Lightweight Wrench for the cassette lock ring
« on: June 15, 2009, 11:12:33 pm »
Anyone have a lead/idea on a minimalist lightweight 1-inch wrench for loosening the lock ring on the cassette? Just thinking ahead on the odd-chance of having to do a field repair on a broken spoke. So far I'm hauling my Craftsman 1" box wrench and plan to make it do double duty pounding tent stakes. (It's actually lighter than the Park equivalent.)

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA
Pac Coast Southbound in July

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Routes / Pacific Coast Route Camping
« on: December 19, 2008, 05:40:01 pm »
Michelle and I plan to ride from Port Angeles, WA to home here in Santa
Rosa, CA in July of 09 (after the NWTR). We'll be on the tandem pulling
a BOB and expect to camp most of the way down. We have not bike-
camped before so I have a couple of questions on the subject. Do the
hiker-biker sites ever fill up? if so, do the park folks tell you to move
on? Or does everyone just get real cozy in those sites? Other than this,
we're really looking forward to a grand adventure after too many years
of driving portions of the route and being in complete envy of those
riding it.

Any comments about traveling on amtrak with the tandem and the BOB
would be welcome as well. Thanks.

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA

This message was edited by cgarch on 12-19-08 @ 6:20 PM

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