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General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:06:59 am »
Saute 4-5 cloves of fresh garlic in a good amount of olive oil. Add two cans of cannellini beans and some of the water from one of the cans. Mix it well and let simmer for a while. Add some fresh rosemary if you can get it. Makes a sort of stew. Serve over cut pasta like farfalle. Salt and pepper to taste:

I have made this on a couple of tours over the last two years. Not only is it tasty and inexpensive, the beans are the only extra thing I need to carry since I always carry fresh garlic, olive oil and some emergency pasta. Helpful when you have to carry food for more than 35 miles like I did one day during my last trip.

General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:52:20 am »
A ranger at Bay View State Park in WA swore up and down that it was only 8 miles round trip to the grocery store in Burlington and back despite the fact that our map suggested it was 8 miles each way. "I drive it all the time." It was 8 miles each way.

Routes / Re: Co$t of Travel
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:30:01 am »
Taking advantage of free camping is a very good way to cut your daily budget by a significant percentage. I rode across PA in September. Only on the first night was there a free, legal camping option. All but one of the rest of the nights cost me in the low to mid $20s to camp. The one exception was a $34 night, and it was the worst of the private campgrounds.

General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:18:51 am »
I was riding the early miles of Sklalkaho Road heading towards Hamilton, MT this past June. That part of the road passes through wide open ranch land. I could see rain showers coming from more than a mile away. An old ranch worker came by on a motorcycle and said something like "Looks like you're gonna get wet." Really? But I don't let things like that bother me. He was just trying to be friendly. Reminded me of one of the early scenes from "Animal House." As a fraternity rush party Dorfman walks up to four guys sitting at a table playing cards and says "So. You guys playing cards?"

General Discussion / Re: Tour De KY- Bent-On KY
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:34:47 am »
Some things to think about:

I wouldn't limit it to recumbent bikes as that will limit your market.

You may need permits from municipalities.


A pure race may turn off more people than it attracts.

Accommodations and food?

Who will people be sponsoring? If not set up properly, the donations will not be tax deductible by the donor, which could limit willingness to give money.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:38:35 am »
As far as I know, there is no new bridge that is going to be built to replace the old U.S. 9 bridge, and bikes are not allowed over the GSP bridge. The new causeway from Somers Point into the center of Ocean City (NJ 52) was completed a year or two ago. Bike lanes were added so it's no longer off limits to bikes. One can simply ride that into Ocean City, head south across acroass Corson's Inlest through Strathmere and into Sea Isle City and then head back west to U.S. 9.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:21:44 am »
Then just go down US9 to Cape May.

Except that U.S. 9 across the Great Egg Inlet is off limits to bikes. As I think I have noted before, U.S. 9 now combines with the Garden State Parkway at the south end of Somers Point. The causeway and drawbridge that used to carry U.S. 9 over the inlet is no more. You either have to cross Corson's Inlet from Ocean City to Strathmere or go way inland/out of your way to May's Landing to get across the river.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« on: November 03, 2014, 02:57:44 pm »
You will have to tell me where these 30 mile long climbs in the Rockies are.
Cortez to Lizard Head Pass is about 60 miles of uphill to one degree or another, but certainly nothing like an average of 6%, much less 8%. In fact, unless my math is wrong, a 30 mile climb averaging 8% would giving you over 12,600' of climbing, with an average of 6% giving you about 9,540 of climbing. Isn't the highest road in CO a bit over 13,000'?

And I hear you about those short, steep hills. I rode across PA in September. A couple of days featured seemingly endless 1/4 to 1/2 miles ups and downs, and they were steep. Thanks to some bumpy roads, I often didn't bother to shift on the short descents. Just left it in the granny gear and waited for the bike to slow down while going up the next hill. I actually started to welcome longer, gentler climbs.

Routes / Re: Pacific coast elevations
« on: November 03, 2014, 10:14:40 am »
Get the maps and plot the route on something like Ride With GPS, which will generate a profile. If you map it in shorter segments you will get better profiles.

General Discussion / Re: circumnavigation of the U.S.
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:04:25 pm »
I am sure it's been done. You might seriously consider going counterclockwise if only due to the prevailing winds on the Pacific coast. That subject has been discussed in this forum plenty of times. I met a sister-sister duet on the Northern Tier who had started their trip by heading north along the Pacific coast. They said it was miserable and the wind had put them way behind schedule.

On that same trip I ran into a guy in Bowling Green, OH who was trying to circumnavigate the county using the route you describe, only he was going counterclockwise. The guy was from a suburb of Philadelphia, where I live. After many questions from him, we finally realized that he and I had were on the same club ride to New York City the year before. We had been on the same ferry across the Hudson River and later had dinner with a group of people at a place under the Brooklyn Bridge. I ran into him again at an event the following year. He told me he made it to somewhere on the left coast before packing it in.

Start in the south in early spring and follow spring north up the Atlantic Coast. Hang a left onto the Northern Tier at Damariscotta, ME, get to the west coast by late summer and then head south. Hang another left and cross the south at a time when it will likey not be as hot and humid.

General Discussion / Re: Choosing a Bike
« on: October 31, 2014, 10:31:17 am »
At 25", have you considered whether it would fit you?

As someone who bought a brand name touring-specific bike for his first tour and had a lot of wheel troubles, I advise you to spend the money to have your wheels properly tensioned, etc. Constant wheel trboule is not fun.

You might try Craig's List for a tougher bike like an old steel mountain bike. I see a fair number of these Denalis around town and they always look beat up, but maybe that's due to how people treat them.

General Discussion / Re: Philly to FL...anyone interested?
« on: October 31, 2014, 09:51:37 am »
Yep, I'm taking Route V from Hazleton to the river.  Is there a good way to get from Allentown to Philadelphia?  From looking at the map, it looks like my best route is to follow the Lehigh river past Bethlehem, link up with the Delaware river and continue to Philly, where I can go north to meet the Atlantic Coast trail.

Yep, I'm taking Route V from Hazleton to the river.  Is there a good way to get from Allentown to Philadelphia?  From looking at the map, it looks like my best route is to follow the Lehigh river past Bethlehem, link up with the Delaware river and continue to Philly, where I can go north to meet the Atlantic Coast trail.

Missed this. Hope you simply took Route V to where it ends in Portland, PA. That would have put you on the Atlantic Coast Route. In fact, if you did you joined the Atlantic Coast Route in Delaware Water Gap, PA. Both routes use PA 611 to Portland which, by the way is the birthplace of the guy who rote "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth."

Routes / Re: Best Recommended Routes
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:08:57 pm »
If we do an average of approximately 60 miles per day how much time do you predict it can take? (Considering all the stops you suggested! :D)

Thank again!

If you go to the maps section of ACA's web site you can get a rough idea of some of the mileages between certain points on the different ACA routes. For example, you can get the mileage of the TransAm from Yorktown to Missoula from the summaries of Sections 4-12:

Sections 1-2 of the Northern Tier route gets you from Cut Bank, MT to Anacortes, WA, although the mileage from Glacier will be less since it's west of Cut Bank.

Don't forget to factor in rest days and potential short days and/or days off due to bad weather.

General Discussion / Re: Trans Am Trail guidebook
« on: October 30, 2014, 10:17:42 am »
but they charge $200 for a bike to travel, plus then I would have to ship my travel case home or to the finish.

At the risk of sounding like a shill, I enjoyed my experience with They ship your bike via FedEx and have a deal with them. Back in June I used them to ship my large LHT, racks, stove and fule bottle in a CrateWorks plastic case from Philadelpia to Missoula. I didn't have access to a scale so I wildly overestimated the package at 90 lbs. Four day shipping was $73 each way, which included a $5 charge for picking the bike up at a local shop. If you can transport the box to a FedEx/Kinkos location you can avoid that charge. Before I purchased the service I played around on their web site. Had the weight been 70 lbs. the base charge would have been $63. My airline wanted $175 each way. I used the savings to have the bike professionally packed and then reassembled and tuned in Missoula.

As noted, you don't have to use a personal travel case. Have the bike professionally packed in a regular bike box, or do it yourself. Remember that your bike likely travelled half way around the world via boat, train and/or truck to get to the shop in such a box.

General Discussion / Re: leaving May 20 from Willliamsburg
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:13:25 am »
I would say you should be comfortable riding alone or with your own group as there are long periods of time when you are not with anyone, or riding styles differ enough that you don't stay in contact long.

Good point. In addition to timing affecting how many people you run into, things like differing paces, daily schedules and lodging choices can, too. I have had several encounters--both on the road and in camp-- with people heading the same direction on both the Northern Tier and Trans Am routes and I can only think of three instances when I actually rode with someone for any length of time, and those three instances involved the same tandem couple.

Also keep in mind that some people may prefer limited interaction with others. I think it's important to recognize that preference and respect it.

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