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You can get some water at the visitors center at Natural Bridges Monument.  It is a short detour off hwy 95.  The 276 has some good scenery but be aware that you will be climbing all the way to the 95.  It is a very slight rise and virtually no shade. 

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier - Texas
« on: March 09, 2013, 06:28:37 pm »
I rode from Van Horn to Marfa and Alpine along hwy 90.  It's a good ride with a wide shoulder.  Make sure you have food and water for this part because there aren't any services between these towns.  Valentine has a post office, small school, and little else.  If you are planning to stay in hotels you will have to travel from Sanderson to Comstock.  There are no hotels/motels between these two towns.  The previous description of Langtry is right on.  The store doesn't have much in the way of supplies.  Restroom there was a little iffy.  The museum is open from 8 - 5 and it has a working restroom.  No restroom is available at the community center as you only use the yard to camp.  The community center is a converted school house and is locate behind some homes just south of the museum.  I'd avoid going through the park in Bastrop. (If open).  They charge even if you are just passing through.  Once you get to Del Rio services and places to stay are easier to find.  The weather should be pretty good at that time of the year.  You could get a cold front but when I did the trip at that time of year the weather was very pleasant.  I'd follow the ACA maps until you get to Baton Rouge.  Then you may want to look at taking the Mississippi River route south to New Orleans. 

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Western Express - North Lake Powell Lodging
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:59:55 pm »
There is a hotel and restaurant at Bullfrog.  It is a little pricey these days.  They also list some trailers in Hite but not sure what they are like or what services are available.  The road into and out of Bullfrog has very little traffic.  Most of it consists of pickups pulling boats.  There isn't much between Bullfrog and Blanding so take lots of water.  Its very dry but a nice ride.  You can make a reservation at https://reservations.ahlsmsworld.com/LakePowell/Plan-Your-Trip.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bob Yak Trailer? XCountry tour, thoughts?
« on: February 17, 2013, 06:20:47 pm »
I did the ST using a BOB.  No problems and would do it again with a BOB.  Check out the other threads for opinions on trailers vs panniers.

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Sometimes the train has a baggage car that looks like a passenger car.  I've been able to put my bike in there because it usually empty but it's not available with every train.  If you can take your panniers off easily (I'm assuming you are using panniers) the bike will fit in the rack and you can put the panniers in the luggage storage area.  If you can take as late a morning or early afternoon train as you can.  They tend to be less crowded. 

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Routes / Re: Grand Canyon to Joshua Tree to Los Angeles
« on: October 26, 2012, 10:04:19 pm »
Take a look at going to Flagstaff after visiting Grand Canyon.  You can then take 89 to the 71 to then join up with the Southern Tier hwy 60.  Once you get to Hope you can take the 72 up to Parker.  From Parker you can take 62 through Twenty Nine Palms onto the north part of Palm Springs.  Other than a small stretch of I10 you can then take surface streets into LA.  There isn't much in the way of services from Hope to Parker and then Parker to 29 Palms.  You can camp at Joshua Tree National Park.

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Southwest / Re: Monument Valley experience?
« on: October 20, 2012, 12:21:42 pm »
Public roads with the best scenery are the 261 and the 163.  If you take the 261 from the 95 it takes you south towards Monument Valley.  It's a pretty good road with little traffic.  There's also little in the way of supply stops.  This road has a spectacular view of the valley of the gods just before it drops down to meet hwy 163.  163 has more traffic and not much of a shoulder.  Shortly after joining the 163 (going south) you'll run into Mexican Hat.  It's a very small town with a couple of motels and a convenience store.   Not much there.  As you travel further south you'll start to see the "monuments" of Monument Valley.  There is a small campground and store near Gouldings lodge which is near the entrance to the monument valley tribal park.  Further south you run into Kayenta which is a small town with a couple of motels and a grocery store. 

You'll be able to dry camp along the 261 as most of it is BLM land.  Once you get into tribal lands your camping options are limited.  The campground near Gouldings is ok.  Not sure about anything else. 

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California / Re: Palm Desert, CA Hwy 74
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:07:48 pm »
I haven't ridden it on a bicycle only driven it.  There wasn't a great deal of traffic but the road wasn't in the best shape and there is virtually not shoulder for a lot of the ride.

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Routes / Re: Ideas from San Fran??? End of tour advice needed please.
« on: July 31, 2012, 06:16:06 pm »
Yosemite is a good option but from there to Vegas will be some hot, dry riding.  You may also look at taking the Pacific Coast Route down to Santa Barbara (or San Luis Obispo).  The scenery will be different from what you've already experienced.  You could then catch Amtrak to LA.  At Union Station they have connecting buses that will take you to Las Vegas (and LA Airport).

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Pacific Coast Map 19
« on: July 27, 2012, 10:01:41 pm »
There is construction on the Yaquina Bay bridge in the south part of Newport.  There are signs that direct you to use the sidewalk and walk your bike on the east side of the bridge (northbound direction).  This bridge has no shoulders, has narrow lanes and when it is foggy it is rather dangerous to ride in traffic.

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Routes / Re: SF -> Yosemite in 2 days
« on: July 15, 2012, 02:28:53 pm »
I ridden on Hwy 140 out of Mariposa and it's not too bad.  There is a little bit of traffic but not as much as the 120.  I haven't ridden on 49 so can't say.  There are several hotels in Mariposa but it might be a bit far.  Looks like there are a couple of places in Coulterville on 49.

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Gear Talk / Re: trailer for a telescope?
« on: July 07, 2012, 10:45:41 am »
I have and use a trailer but I'm not sure it I'd want to carry something as delicate as a telescope.  There is only 1 trailer I'm aware of that comes with a shock to help absorb bumps.   This trailer (BOB Ibex) may (with enough other padding) keep the mirrors from shifting. 

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Since you are flying Virgin on the way out with the bag, just have something in writing from them that it's ok to use the bag on the way back.

Unfortunately due to overblown security concerns its rare to find an airport in the US with any kind of luggage storage if you need to bring a box.   Your best option may be to rent a night at a hotel the day of your arrival and day before departure.  You can then ask the concierge to store you bike box.  Most will be happy to do it since you are staying at the hotel.  Make sure you let them know the time frame so it doesn't get treated as forgotten luggage. 

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Routes / Re: Credit Card Touring the Western Express
« on: June 29, 2012, 10:46:44 am »
I don't recommend staying in the town of Baker.  It is small and the restaurant owner is definitely anti-bike (personal experience).  I recommend the Border Inn which is on the Utah/Nevada border on Hwy 50.  It has a restaurant and a very small selection of other items.  I've stayed there several times and although it's nothing special it served my needs. 

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General Discussion / Re: What do you use for sunscreen?
« on: June 28, 2012, 10:18:31 am »
I either use a long sleeve shirt or a titanium/zinc oxide sunscreen.  I can't wear most of the recent formulations of sunscreens.  They have added something that gives me hives.  I don't like the sunscreen I can use because of the stickiness, etc but it's better than a sunburn.  I do put a little on my nose, ears, face and neck and then use a wipe to remove them after the ride. 

My next step is to see a dermatologist to find out if there is a non-sticky sunscreen I can use.

Update.  I just bought two sunscreens by Neutrogena.   The firs is their "pure & free" liguid.  The actives are Titanium and Zinc Oxides.  It doesn't have a greasy feel and seems to disappear into the skin.  I also have their "Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion".  It says it is non greasy but I find it leaves a very slight greasy feel to the skin.  It does disappear so the skin doesn't take on the white zinc oxide look.  Both are a little pricey.

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