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Gear Talk / Re: Davidson Titanium Road Bike
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:59:16 am »
I have a ti bike and it is extremely comfortable on a tour.  It has the eyelets to mount a rear rack.  I tow a trailer and prefer it to panniers. 

There is a large fire in the Big Sur area and according to the news they have closed the campgrounds in the state parks in Big Sur. 

GPS Discussion / Re: Best GPS device for cycling
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:14:16 pm »
I just bought a Garmin Explore 1000 to replace my Garmin 800 and love it.  I didn't need all the racing stuff and this one has tracking built in (through your smartphone).   You can go to and compare the features of their various models.

California / Re: Planning my first trip to California
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:41:18 pm »
I would advise starting in San Francisco.  Wind tends to come from the northwest so traveling south tends to be more enjoyable.  Besides the road tends to have a better shoulder in the south bound direction.  Depending on whether you intend to camp or stay in hotels you will have plenty of options.  Once you get to Santa Barbara you can take the train to LA and thena bus to the airport.  You could continue to ride from Santa Barbara along the coast all the way to LAX. 

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Rt 66 Section 6 Maps 91 - 95 Needles to Amboy
« on: July 03, 2016, 12:34:13 pm »
I just drove that section of I40.  There are numerous signs on the freeway for Share the Road and signs that tell cyclists when to exit the freeway.  I have to assume that the Route 66 roadway hasn't been repaired if the signs are still up.

According to the KY DOT website there is no construction on KY 152 at this time.

General Discussion / Re: Routes North from San Diego in Feb
« on: February 01, 2016, 07:17:08 pm »
The winds along the coast tend to be a problem for north bound cyclists all year round.  You can parallel the Cascades route by traveling up hwy 395.  Unless there is a storm the road is open year round.  Some of the passes in the Sierras have been closed for a while and they continue to get lots of snow so it will be late spring before they open up.  You should be able to map out a route from San Diego that parallels I-15 up to Hesperia where you can get on hwy 395.  Early in the year it can be pretty cold.

Jennifer's note was for the temporary closure of the bike lane on the ocean side of the I-5 where the amphibious exercises take place.  That closure ended on Friday 1/29. 

My note relates to the use of the roads on the main part of the base.  The PC route calls for using roads on the main part of the base between Las Pulgas road and Harbor Drive.  Formerly as a cyclist you could enter the base with only an ID.  Now you need to be pre-screened and put on a list to enter the base.  If you don't get prior approval (unless you have a military ID) you will have to ride on the freeway for about 8 miles. 

The transportation corridor is now the I-5 and there is still a railroad line. 

You have no legal right to access any military facility without permission.  You will be arrested and charged with trespassing.  That is the law and it includes Camp Pendelton. 

You can still travel on the shoulder of the I-5. 

There is no "right" to unfettered access to military facilities. Most of the military facilities in California have been closed and the property either given to the local community or sold for redevelopment.  Camp Pendelton is the only facility on the west coast where amphibious operations can be rehearsed.  As such they have periodically closed cyclist access to the facility during those exercises. 

Under a new access policy, all visitors who don’t have regular government or military clearance, such as military personnel, their families and reservists, must be sponsored by an authorized individual or unit on the base. They also must have a valid reason to enter and be pre-approved after a background check that can take up to seven days.  This policy begins Monday February 1, 2016.

Cyclists riding on the base will be required to register as well. Once cleared and on the registry, their access to ride on the base is valid for a year. The online registry goes up Monday.

The point of contact for the Sponsored Visitor Program and Base Access is:

 Base Access Control
 Bldg. 41501T
 (760) 763-7604/7605
 Business Hours: 0600-1600 Mon-Thur. (closed Fridays)

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with no camping?
« on: December 20, 2015, 05:33:06 pm »
When I did the Southern Tier I had to stop in Langtry, TX which does not have a motel.  I was trying to make Comstock or Del Rio but the headwinds and the half inch chip seal made it impossible.  As Westinghouse mentioned the distance may seem doable but the weather, road, or other unforeseen factors may make it all but impossible to make.  I always carry some light camping equipment even if I plan on staying every night in a hotel.

It is a bit of a stretch from Sanderson to Comstock/Del Rio (80 plus miles). 

Routes / Re: Wild camping along US Highway 50 in Nevada
« on: November 28, 2015, 01:51:38 pm »
In the passes where you find trees there will be areas where you can wild camp as you can get far enough off road to be unseen.  There are a few areas where you can camp free.  Middlegate station is one such place.  Just check in at the restaurant.  They are very accommodating to touring cyclists.  They also have a limited selection of food items.  There are also a couple of BLM campgrounds available but not sure if there is a charge. 

Routes / Re: Southern Tier variant
« on: November 17, 2015, 10:29:03 pm »
You can cycle in Chiricahua.  I was with a group that cycled it several years ago.  We stayed in Wilcox and then rode out to the park.  It may be missed just because it is a little out of the way.  It's a nice place.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to ride the park during that tour since I broke my collarbone riding down Mt. Graham the day before we were to ride to the park.    This is a great area to ride in the spring/fall.

It is doable but be prepared for cold and wet weather.  You should have tires that have good traction in wet weather.  If it is as rainy as predicted it is possible that parts of PCH along Big Sur may close due to mud slides.  Be prepared to take an alternate route.

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