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General Discussion / Re: Cross Country Trip: Money, What To Do?
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:23:06 am »
I know that noodles can last for awhile and besides the sauce, i don't need much more than that.  I really hope that my budget is WAY over what I need. I really like the idea of $10/day and I believe it's quite possible without much hassle.

Having ridden 65 miles/day for almost four months and done two other month + tours, I think you will find yourself needing a lot more than some noodles and sauce.  $10/day is $3.33/meal. That doesn't include snacks.  Have you looked at your current daily expenditure for consumables and factored in the increased calorie expenditure that comes with life on the road?

And expect to encounter higher prices than normal in some places.  You may find youself having to shop at Ma & Pa Kettle's Mercantile.  Places like that don't get the same wholesale prices as Wal Mart.

And personally, sampling the regional fare is one of the great parts of touring.  Passing through western Montana and not having huckleberry pancakes or a huckleberry milkshake is like going to Venice and not seeing the Plaza San Marco.  If I had the means, I would treat myself.

General Discussion / Re: 12th Cyclist Killed In Tampa
« on: March 18, 2011, 11:21:07 am »
There should be a law put in place, like New York State has, that would make it illegal to use a cell phone, while driving. Like cyclist, drivers should only be driving. In Europe, most Europeans, concentrate on driving only. I would also like to see a law in place that there would be an automatic year suspension, of ones drivers license, if convicted of running over a cyclist or pedestrian.

I assume you mean if the driver was at fault.  I mean, what if a pedestrian or cyclist were to simply dart out in front of you while driving.  Surely you don't think you should lose you license for a year.

And a cell phone ban does not work if it is not enforced.  We have had one here in Philadelphia for over a year now.  And across the river in NJ, there has been a ban in place for years.  Yet, during my 1.5 mile walk to work, I routinely see at least a dozen people with their hands on their phones doing one thing or another.  (The law prohibits you from operating the handset unless pulled over in a non-driving lane with the car in neutral.)  The city does a terrible job of enforcing the law, so people don't see much risk.  It's just like jaywalking.  So what? I won't get a ticket.  It's my understanding that New York does a much better job of enforcement.

General Discussion / Re: Rack, Fenders, and front pannier
« on: March 15, 2011, 10:12:01 am » has the Ortlieb front roller plus (the model with the better mounting system) for a few dollars less and ships for free.

What about a rear rack?

General Discussion / Re: No new bike this year
« on: March 14, 2011, 11:23:58 am »
Not all of us carry collision.  The blue book value of my car is probably about $1,500 is not less.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Troubles
« on: March 14, 2011, 11:21:51 am »
Another Anti-Delta guy here.

Routes / Re: From Memphis TN to Washington DC: who to meet?
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:34:46 am »
The only way I have seen Gettysburg is by bike.  While the traffic in the town proper was a little congested, there was little traffic in the "park" itself on a Friday afternoon in October.

The BBC puts this on every year:

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - South to North?
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:23:03 am »
I agree. Northern New England in May has a few nice sunny warm days, but many more chilly wet ones. We do not plant our gardens until Memorial Day. And then there are black flies until about July 4! Some campgrounds will be open after Memorial Day, and all of them by July 4.


+1.  Temperature and rainfall in the north should be more of a concern than winds.  And as spring turns to summer, you will be happy you are farther north unless you like heat and humidity.

Routes / Re: Seattle Amtrak Station to Anacortes. Wa.
« on: March 07, 2011, 10:11:36 am »
Don't know if this is mentioned in any of the threads cited, but I took a ferry from downtown Seattle and got on AC's Pacific Coast Route.  Stayed at Kitsap Memorial State Park the first night, Fort Worden in Pt. Townsend the second night, took another ferry ride and then intersected with the Northern Tier just east of Anacortes, not far from Bayview State Park.  All three had hiker/biker sites.  Fort Worden is particularly nice and was a major location for the filming of "An Officer and a Gentleman."

General Discussion / Re: I don't like dogs! (around my bike)
« on: March 07, 2011, 10:02:14 am »
Yelling first and then water bottle second is the way I roll.

Only once have I had to use more drastic measure.  I was being chased by a fast, fierce looking doberman who showed no signs of letting up.  There was oncoming traffic and a shoulder on both sides of the road.  Feeling I had no choice, I cut across the road to the other shoulder to put traffic between the dog and myself.  While I had no love for this animal, I was glad he was smart enough not to run in front of the oncoming vehicles.

Used this same technique to shield myself from a potential bear encounter in Glacier N.P., but that's a different story.

General Discussion / Re: Coming soon to a theater near you...?
« on: March 04, 2011, 10:45:58 am »
I too was hoping for, and thought there would be more footage of, actual riding.  You need a larger crew than what they had.  I suspect they did not have a budget that allowed for that.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring weight
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:32:50 pm »
The calculator really jumped out at me also, as did all the extra bags and the hair brush.  The hammer really stuck out, too.  As someone noted, that's what rocks are for.

Also, make sure you don't carry large sizes of things like deoderant, shampoo, toothpaste and shaving cream.  Take the little travel sizes of stuff like that.  And as noted, there are products (like CampSuds) that can serve as dish soap, body soap, shampoo and even toothpaste, although I think it tastes nasty,

Routes / Re: The Great Divide Trail
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:11:22 pm »
I wouldn't describe it as a "trail" in the sense of a bike trail.  It's a route that is mostly off-road.  More from the map for Section 1:  "Particularly in dry summers, portions of the route can become quite washboarded, making for uncomfortable riding.  To prepare for it,, your bike should have at the very least a front shock absorber.  A fully suspended bike is even better.  The outfit of choice for most riders today is a fully suspended bike and a trailer, such as a B.O.B., in which to haul gear.  In addition to providing a smoother ride, this set-up permits you to carry a greater quantity of food and water, a real advantage in some of the more remote areas traversed by the route."

Also from the map, "We discourage you from attempting to ride this route solo; in fact, a minimum group size of three is strongly recommended.  If a rider is debilitated in the backountry, you will want to have at least one person to stay with the injured/sick rider, and another to go for help.

As for going north to south on the Great Divide route, the map points out that to complete the entire route at once, you would have to start in New Mexico before May 1, which would put you in the high country of CO while snow still covers most of the route.  Also, the map notes that going south to north would require you to negotiate some very tough uphills.  As such, AC recommends that you ride north to south.

Routes / Re: Cincinnati to NT route
« on: March 02, 2011, 11:43:31 am »
If it works for you, Monroeville is very welcoming of cyclists.  There is an air conditioned community center where you can spend the night.

Routes / Re: east coast tour route planning questions
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:40:57 am »
The Pleasantville/Northfield area is extremely built up.  Parts of Pleasantville are a dump.  While May's Landing isn't exactly paradise traffic-wise, I would work my way over there, avoiding U.S. 40, U.S. 322 and SR 50 where possible.  Take Somers Point Rd. to Zion, then make a right onto 559 Alt./Ocean Heights.  For a slightly longer but less trafficed route, make a right off Zion onto Robert Best, left on Steelamnville and then right onto Ocean Heights.  Cross U.S. 9, right on Buffalo, left on W. Ocean, right onto Bay Ave., left onto SR 152, which has a very wide shoulder.  At the light after the first bridge, make a right onto Ocean Drive.  The next bridge (no toll for bikes), which also has a very wide shoulder and nice views, takes you into Ocean City.  From there, follow Ocean Drive all the way to Cape May.  There are signs for Ocean Drive that read "Follow the Gull."  You may be able to ride the boardwalks in Ocean City, Avalon, Sea Isle City and Wildwood.  Don't know what the bike restrictions are that time of year.

Note that the prevailing winds in the afternoon blow up the coast from the south.

General Discussion / Re: Place names
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:08:31 am »
King of Prussia, PA

Cheesequake, NJ

Indiana, PA, birthplace of Jimmy Stewart and home to a school with an identity crisis:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania

I cannot think of Stryker, MT without hearing Leslie Nielsen's voice saying "Striker."

And my personal favorite:  Hungry Horse, MT, "The Best Little Dam Town."

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