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General Discussion / Re: Affordable/free camping idea
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:08:28 am » is a great idea but it has the drawback of having to trust strangers. 

Trusting (and meeting) strangers is a huge appeal of warmshowers for me. Everyone I've met as a guest and a host has been great.
As far as simple campsites for bike tourists, I wish campgrounds across the US followed the Hiker/Biker model of the Pacific Coast State Parks and had a separate little section that was  cheap and simple and located away from the vehicles. (Heck, I wish the sponsor of this fine website had a simple Biker campground (on or offsite) at their headquarters in Missoula, MT. While the hospitality is wonderful when you visit, the only campground in town is a KOA.)

General Discussion / Re: how safe is it to ride in the US?
« on: March 05, 2012, 02:01:22 pm »
... and the window rolled down and out came a hand with a cold beer for each of us!

We had a pick-up truck stop ahead of us and get and stand next to his truck waiting for us. We nervously rode up and were surprised by handfuls of fresh picked apples being offered to us.

I can't comment on sections of the US I haven't ridden, but I can say that 99% of the drivers between Boston,MA and Seattle,WA and Portland, OR and LA,CA have been courteous and friendly (or at least left me alone).

General Discussion / Re: how safe is it to ride in the US?
« on: March 02, 2012, 12:18:33 pm »
Boston to Seattle on bikes w/o any incidents = safe.

Classifieds / Rans Stratus Recumbent Bikes
« on: March 02, 2012, 12:16:38 pm »
I have 2 Rans Stratus bicycles for sale. $800 each or $1500 for both. PM for details.

General Discussion / Re: Communications on tour
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:11:38 am »
I voted something else, as this is not a multiple choice poll (after checking it looks like this forum doesn't allow you to create multiple choice polls) and we used cell phone and netbook about equally. But the most common way we communicated on tour was talking the folks we met on the road.

Classifieds / Re: New Schwalbe Marathon XR tires, 700x35 and 700x40
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:11:40 pm »
Hello Neil,

Good to see you on this website. Many a reference has been given from here to your site, so it would be cool to see you posting in the touring forum here.

If anyone is considering what Neil is selling, I can vouch that the items will be in as advertised condition.

General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: February 21, 2012, 04:36:46 pm » is also another Adventure Cycling Association site worth checking out if you have not already.
Nope, never seen that one either. Looks very cool!
Why do you people hide these things so well???

General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: February 21, 2012, 01:47:25 pm »
If your looking for ride reports and or journals you might want to check out for daily inspiration and entertainment.
Wow, I'd never heard of this. And the bigger surprise was to see that it is sponsored by Adventure Cycling!

  We are now in our late 60`s, creaking bones  and camping out in the cold and rain is becoming more of a test of endurance rather than an enjoyable experience. 
Another vote for, we are on it and would love to host you for a night. As far as a route, the leaves start changing in the far north and then work their way south. Which means fall colors are at peak in Maine/Canada in early September and are peaking in Mass./Conn. in October some time. There are websites that track this progression every year. Regarding those creaking bones, you may want to plan more of your trip in Southern New England if you want to avoid more of the steep hills.

General Discussion / Re: Cost - WE to TA
« on: February 17, 2012, 03:25:36 pm »

Dollar menus at McD, a $5 hot 'n ready pizza at little Caesars, Taco Bell's great cheap menu, lots of choices for cheap hot food.  Keep your eye out for festivals and potlucks and crash them!  :D 
Subway Sandwich shops are everywhere now and their $5 footlongs are a good deal because you are only limited on how much bread, meat, and cheese you are allowed. Otherwise, they will load on an incredible amount of veggies to make it a very filling meal. (This is what saved us financially riding cross country with a teen boy. He would have them load at least a jar's worth of pickles/olives/banana peppers on his BLTs)

General Discussion / Blatant Anti-Cyclist Comic in Today's Paper
« on: February 08, 2012, 03:46:18 pm »

"And that's why I try to run them over." >:(

General Discussion / Re: Most interesting states
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:29:18 pm »
The reason Idaho has such a low representation is the need for a passport at the borders.
That, and the fact that Idaho drivers showed us the least courtesy toward cyclists of any state we travelled through, and that the roads had the smallest shoulders and worst road conditions. At least, this was true on Hwy 200 along Lake Pend Orielle. Spectacular scenery, otherwise.

General Discussion / Re: Most interesting states
« on: January 31, 2012, 08:28:28 am »
How many days were you on the road?
Well, the photo count does include the drive from Seattle to LA in a rental van, and LA back to New England in the vehicle we bought (which includes a ton of shots while we hung out for a week in the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas). Total trip time 140 days. My son and I each had our camera bags mounted on our handlebars and were constantly shooting stuff we found interesting as we were riding.

General Discussion / Re: Most interesting states
« on: January 30, 2012, 04:19:33 pm »
I counted the 774 pictures from my TransAm...

The reason I'm not chiming in on this conversation yet is that I'm still working on the state by state picture count from our Boston to Seattle trip. Between my son and I, we took over 26,000 photos!
How 'bout you, pdlamb? You posted percentages, but how many photos did you shoot?

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:08:49 pm »
Last year, my wife and I rode with our then 11 year old son (he turned 12 in WA) from Boston to Seattle on a modified version of the NT (we went across NY on the Erie Canal Trail crossed through Canada and then after MN dipped down through SD and WY to hit Natl Parks). Our son did great and loved it.

The first week we avg'd about 20 miles/day, 2nd week 30/day, 3rd week 40 or so/day. After that we avg'd 40 - 60/day and he did fine with that. In WA we stayed with a warmshowers family that rode the year before with kids on tandems. That worked for them, our son said no way would he want a tandem - he wanted to pedal the whole trip on his own power. My wife and I had trailers and carried most of the gear. We did give our son panniers to carry some stuff (mostly for his ego). Best wishes on your trip!

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