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General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: September 27, 2011, 03:35:28 pm »
We take them on 2 or 3 days trips. I usually do not like Starbucks coffee, but Via is not half bad. Does the job for me. For anything longer, we bring a plastic French press mug that you can drink out of and ground La Columbe coffee.

Routes / Re: Ok, here's the deal...
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:37:05 pm »
I have a partner now that will be joining me for my cc tour next summer.  We have decided to dip our wheels in Long Beach, NY. We want to see the Statue of Liberty, Twin Towers Memorial, Niagra Falls and Times Square. All of these are within the same area, correct? Or are they too far apart from each other. I am totally not familiar with the NY area.

That's what Google Maps is for. Niagara Falls, NY is on the other end of the state from Manhattan. FYI, the Canadian side of the falls is much cooler. The Northern Tier route goes through it before coming back into NY at Buffalo. Also be advised that much of Times Square is closed to vehicular traffic.

You can see the Statue of Liberty from several places, including the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. But, as noted, to visit you will have to take a ferry from either NY or NJ. I wonder whether they would allow bikes.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:23:22 am »
OK everybody, let's keep our eyes on forum etiquette here. Discussion of risks, which ones your feel worth taking, and why: these are all fine. Comments about an individual's motives for writing, personal character, and the like are not fine. I have removed some of the latter in this thread.


Thanks, I guess.  Don't understand the anger.

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - so many questions, where to begin...
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:15:03 am »
After completing the Northern Tier in '99 I rode home to Philadelphia using the Atlantic Coast Route with one detour from Windsor Locks to New Haven and then back on route somewhere. Left Bar Harbor August 25th. Enjoyed that time of year immensley. There were still some crowds in ME, but it wasn't that bad.

Funny that you mention hurricanes. I had to take refuge from Floyd that year just north of Pt. Jervis, NY. Some towns in NJ were under water. And we all saw what Irene did. Let's hope that was a 100 year event.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 19, 2011, 08:55:58 am »

I'll tell you the same thing I've told others. It seems my journal bugs you.

Are you kidding?  I find it quite entertaining.

Gear Talk / Re: info overload, help!
« on: September 13, 2011, 04:37:45 pm »
At your price point for a complete bike, you can probably forget Seven, Rivendell and IF.  (BTW...Some will tell you that IF is not the same now that it has been bought and people have left the company.)

My Surly LHT performed perfectly on all my trips, including this summer's tour 460 mile tour in Montana which included at leat 50 miles of dirt.  It wasn't single track, but some of it was pretty rough and steep. I also commute on it. It has all the desired features noted above.  There is even room for lowering the gearing by switching the small chain ring to a 22. As noted, most sizes are offered in 700c or 26".  Only the smaller sizes come in 26" only.

Like you, my inseam is relatively short compared to my torso. I am 6' 2", about 215 lbs. and wear 33" pants. The 60cm size leaves a little (but enough) standover clearence.  With the stem uncut, the seat is level with the bars, and it otherwise fits me great "upstairs."  YMMV of course.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 07, 2011, 01:59:36 pm »
Maybe he wants music before rolling out or while in camp or during rest stops. Yes, au naturel is best, but whenever the topic of music comes up, people always feel the need to wade in with the smug "I don't listen to music while riding."

Smugness has nothing to do with my response.  He is, quite simply, riding without a helmet while listening to music.  From his journal:

"Today was a great day. I spent much of the day listening to music as I rode along. I listened to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a long while." (Emphasis added)

A caption to one of the photos from Day 86 describes the loss of the helmet. Day 87 relates how he decided to not wait for the opportunity to purchase another one before continuing on.

Taking the risk is up to him, but that doesn't minimize the risk.

General Discussion / Re: Great Music For My Tour? Suggestions?
« on: September 07, 2011, 09:26:37 am »
Um, yeah, the sounds of the wind/birds/rivers/streams/crickets/and my fellow riders are about the best sounds on Earth for me when I tour.

+1 BTW...He's riding without a helmet since he forgot it somewhere several days ago and did not want to wait until a check cleared so he could have the funds to buy a new one. A dangerous combination to say the least.

General Discussion / Re: Dream realized!
« on: September 07, 2011, 09:23:07 am »
Congratulations.  Great feeling, isn't it? In ’99 I rode from Seattle to my front door in Philadelphia via Bar Harbor, ME.

I took a brief look at your journal because we started a 9-day loop out of Missoula about 10 days behind you.

You sure had some weather to contend with. When we finished, Julie at ACA told us we had hit the first stretch of good weather all year. In fact, the day we landed in Missoula, Hamilton got an inch of rain. Missoula only got a few passing showers. For the rest of the trip, it was warm and sunny except for the penultimate day when we got hit with a few sprinkles after the day's ride.

The owner of Travellers Rest in Darby tried to upsell us on a cabin for $60. Did she not tell you that, starting in '09, the place has allowed tent camping?  Anyway, I am glad you were able to bargain her down.  We cooked that night but had good pie and ice cream at Sandy's Silver Spoon. Also had breakfast there the next morning.

There was still snow at the rest area at Lost Trail Pass, although not as much as when you were up there.

You were brave to stay at the park in Wisdom. I stayed there around the same time you did in back in '00, but it was calm and not that cold.  Even before we got into town this year we were attacked by mosquitoes. That little rise about 5 miles outside of town slowed us to a point where they could get at us. At one point my girlfriend had at least a dozen of them on her rump. She first opted to wait for me outside the grocery store while I shopped, but the bugs were too much so she came inside. We got a room that night. That left the park shelter free for the group of three that pulled into town riding east to west.

The Jackson Hot Springs people were great. Despite passing through town during breakfast hours, the kitchen was nice enough to make us two huge sandwiches to go, which we ate atop Big Hole Pass. Isn’t the view stunning? I loved being able to see the road we had just come up.

We also spent the night (July 4th) at the Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, although we got there a roundabout way by going over the Pioneer Mountains to Wise River, Divide and Melrose. We met the man who takes care of the place. It’s difficult to imagine that some of the town fathers are still not behind the idea. The mosquitoes were also horrible there. We had to watch the sporadic fireworks display from inside the shelter.

At Twin Bridges, we had to turn north towards Butte in order to get back to Missoula. I wish we could have continued on the TA.

Definitely time to start planning your next adventure.

Routes / Re: Sherburne Pass. VT
« on: September 06, 2011, 11:41:30 am »
and the Deerfield further east....

DA Class of '83.  Saw video posted on Facebook. Reminded me of a few spring floods caused by quick snow melt. One year a teacher took his boat out and caught a fish on the athletic fields down by the river.

Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: September 01, 2011, 11:03:28 am »
Have you seen this for the OR coast?:

If the link does not work, simply Google "cycling the oregon coast"

It contains a wealth of information, including detours that take you off busier roads, the locations of facilities and elevation profiles.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier Update and Reviews
« on: August 24, 2011, 08:57:05 am »
We climbed the west slope of Brandon crossing the country back in '99.  It was the one climb I thought I might have to walk part of. Came down the west slope of Middlebury last year on Cycle Vermont. Brandon is shorter but steeper. Middlebury was being paved when we did it.

Routes / Re: Southern Route in June
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:37:53 am »
As noted, you can split it up.  If you want to do the Northern Tier, Seattle as a starting point is a major air hub. A mid-june start date would mean the cascade crossing and Going to the Sun in Glacier N.P. will likely both be open by the time you reach them unless the winter is abnormally snowy like last winter. At a moderate pace and taking the long route in MN, you could make Minneapolis, another major air hub, in 2 months.

Have you looked at the official state planning guide for the Oregon section?  It shows average temperatures, percipitation amounts and numbers of days with measurable percipitation for various times of year.  You might want to take a look before you decide on January.

Gear Talk / Re: Front rack
« on: August 05, 2011, 01:41:33 pm »
her is a pic of my T-1000 with a Nitto large front rack that i am very happy with

I love my Nitto Big front rack. I put my sleeping bag on the front platform.

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