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Routes / Re: Columbus, OH to Monroeville, IN?
« on: July 08, 2010, 09:37:28 am »
That's good news.  I stayed there during ACA's Northern Tier trip in '99.  It was an incredibly hot summer in the midwest.  The day before it hit 107 degrees in Huntington.  The place was a godsend.  Healthfully airconditioned.

As for Staggers, I would post a photo from our visit but I am sure it would violate the forum's guidelines.  :)

Routes / Re: Columbus, OH to Monroeville, IN?
« on: July 06, 2010, 09:11:23 am »
When in Monroeville, assuming they are still there...

Stay in the town community building.  Nicely cooled.  When I was there  in '99 there was a man who kept a journal with the names and home town of all the cyclists who passed through.

Pop into Staggers bar.  Good local color.

Routes / Re: Rock Springs, Wy to Craig, Co
« on: June 29, 2010, 09:56:47 am »
We're in pinedale now, still looking for info about south of rock springs, any info is great.

Ask around town for John Godfrey (a/k/a Santa Claus).  I am almost certain he lives in Pinedale.  Tell him that a fellow railroader and one-time participant in one of his training sessions referred you for info.  No guarantees, but it's worth a short.

General Discussion / Re: Expected daily mileage on hills
« on: June 29, 2010, 09:47:40 am »
Hope you are not planning on taking the Garden State Parkway to get to A.C.

General Discussion / Re: Have any of you gotten sick on tour?
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:23:19 am »

What should I do if I got this sick in the middle of a tour?

Has anyone out there been in that situation?

What did you do?

How did it work out?

What you should do is seek the proper treatment.  That could be as simple as a couple tabs of Imodium A.D. (worked for me one year on Cycle Oregon) or as complicated as a trip to the hospital, which I needed when I cut my palm making a repair.  (Ended up getting 3 stiches put in by a doctor wearing cowboy boots.)  Unless the latter is obviously needed, I would try a day of rest and any appropirate OTC meds.

I got a sinus infection while touring in southern Spain due to the climate change.  I took a day off in a hotel, rested and started a course of prescription antibiotics I had gotten from my doctor "just in case."

If you are too sick to ride and are nowhere near anything, you can try hitching.  On my group X-country trip a guy had to do that early on when he took ill just before the Cascades.  (The consensus among the group was that be blew himself up trying to impress everyone during the early days of the trip.)  He ended up getting a series of rides until he reached a town where we would be taking a day off, making an ER visit along the way.  That afforded him several days to rest in a motel.

General Discussion / Re: Camp Stove - Fuel
« on: June 21, 2010, 11:27:34 am »
Your likelihood of success with a stove on an airplane is largely a function of which airport you use.  Phoenix is very strict.  We lost a Coleman peak II there.  They have a large number of folks doing the Grand Canyon.  So they know to ask.[/quote]

That's what I was told by a TSA employee in Kalispell when I asked about flying with stoves.  Basically, "If we catch you we take it."  It's not the smell.  It's the fuel and burn residue.  Stupid, I know, since the thing is harmless, but for this reason I will not fly with my dragonfly.

Two options:

1.  If you are shipping your bike FedEx, UPS, etc., pack the stove and empty fuel bottle with the bike.  That's what I did last year for a trip.
2.  Ship the stove abd bottle to yourself in Buffalo.  Some (all?) FedEx locations will hold packages for pickup.  If you use general delivery mail, make sure the Buffalo post office it goes to is accessible.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade journals
« on: June 17, 2010, 10:25:56 am »

Any comments about linking these two routes from Newport, WA to Clarkston/Lewiston, ID via Coeur d'Alene, ID using ID-41 and ID-95?  Any recommended alternatives? Thanks.

That would be U.S. 95.

General Discussion / Re: Bike shop in Bellingham?
« on: June 15, 2010, 03:13:00 pm »

They seem to have experience with rebuilding boxed bikes and boxing for shipping since it's itemized on their repair list.

When we went out west last year we simpky had our LBS box our bikes and ship them UPS to a shop in Whitefish, MT.

Gear Talk / Re: Packing Thermarest
« on: June 14, 2010, 10:46:08 am »
If I don't trust my sleeping bag's stuff sack, I put the bag in a light weight plastic bag before I put in it the stuff sack.  Since my ThermaRest rolls up small and fits in a pannier, I don't need any other protection, but you could go the garbage bag route with yours.  I would try to find a suitable sack as the bag route isn't always aesthetically pleasing.

General Discussion / Re: bike travel and BP oil spill
« on: June 11, 2010, 11:20:56 am »
I don't think "probably" is good enough.  And they surely knew what risks they were taking and the potential consequences, yet they rolled the dice anyway.

It's funny.  In another venue I posted a link to an article about the dangers of fracture drilling in the Marcellus Shale.  One industry spokesman dimissed the concerns with the usual "Don't worry.  We have been doing this for a while and have a great track record."  (Sound familiar?)  Two days later a Marcellus Shale drilling accident sent natural gas and poisoned water shooting as high as 75 ft. into the air until it was shut down 16 hrs. later.  The well was located near a state park and ecologically senstitive area.

Google the film "Gasland."

Some risks are not worth it to save $.05 on a gallon of gasoline 0r 100 cf of natural gas.

General Discussion / Re: bike travel and BP oil spill
« on: June 10, 2010, 09:52:46 am »
3- Are people boycotting BP/any other gas companies?
Just attempting to boycott petrol in general inasmuch as is realistic.  I buy locally sourced, ethically raised, biodiverse foods when available.  I avoid monoculture and industrial agriculture foods.  No car for four years now.  I avoid passive transportation as much as possible.  I am trying to move my company to paperless processes.  It's all a journey...


And I was infuriated by the Congresswoman from LA on GMA today making a cse to a hsty return to deep water drilling because of the job losses attendant to the moratorium.  She kept esposing some "economic analysis" supporting her position.  Looks like this entire situation was created by an "economic anaysis" that weighed cost savings against risk.  Sometimes the dice don't roll your way.  This is too serious to risk another.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier Mileage Reduction
« on: June 09, 2010, 10:40:52 am »
Having done the entitre thing once and Anacortes to Glacier a second time, I wouldn't cut out anything west of the MT-ND border.  First of all, it's a pretty straight shot west to Cut Bank. And Waterton Village and the ride back in to the U.S. are worh the extra days and effort.  (Was just riding out there again last year.) Going north to Eureka to come south along the shore of lake Kookanusa is also worth the the extra miles.  The mountains in WA taking you through North Cascades N.P. are also not to be missed.

In short, what Carla said.

Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520
« on: June 08, 2010, 11:27:48 am »
I feel more comfortable with bar end shifters.  I had them on my '98 Cannondale T700, and I have them on my LHT.  The ability to change to friction shifting can be a lifesaver.

Unless the experience of another has been pretty recent, there is a good possibiliuty that it won't reflect reality today, as airlines have been raising fees over the last few years.

Utlimately, you will have to check with a particular airline to determine what the fee will be when you plan to fly.

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