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Classifieds / Free Pacific Coast and Great Rivers Maps GONE
« on: March 13, 2015, 11:09:29 am »
I have some older maps that someone may be able to use.  Pacific Coast is Section 2, 3, 4 and the code is 1612-06L.  Great Rivers South Section 2 1812-06L and Section 3 1813-09.  Just send me a self addressed stamped envelope  Send me an email and I'll give you the address to send the envelope.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions on solo touring.
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:41:53 pm »
If you head east from SF using the ACA maps you'll wind up going through Nevada.  It will be warm/hot as you leave Carson.  Not sure it will be any better if you take the Southern Tier.  It is doable but just be prepared to carry extra water as you will need it.  If it gets too hot you may want to avoid riding during the heat of the day and ride early and late during the day. 

Routes / Flint Hills Nature Trail
« on: February 28, 2015, 12:08:34 pm »
Thinking of incorporating the Flint Hills Nature Trail in a tour later in the spring and I'm wondering if anyone has used this trail.  If so what are your thoughts and impressions.

Southwest / Re: Possible to cycle from Vegas to Grand Canyon?
« on: February 07, 2015, 04:49:13 pm »
It is possible to cycle from Vegas to Grand Canyon but there are only a couple of ways to get there and they involve some interstate riding.  You could ride from Vegas through Boulder to Kingman, AZ on Hwy 93.  You can then connect to old hwy 66 that will take you to I40 near Ashfork.  You can then ride on I40 to Williams, AZ and then hwy 64 to Grand Canyon.  Not sure of the services available on old 66 or the condition of the road.  (It may be part of ACA's new route for hwy 66.)  Going north from Vegas involves a lot of interstate travel.

General Discussion / Re: folders
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:23:59 pm »
I've seen plenty of "Bike Friday's" on tours and the riders seem to do just fine.  Bike Friday even makes a trailer you can use on the trail then put the bike in for shipping or storage.

General Discussion / Re: Waterproof printer paper
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:20:18 pm »
The ink is soluble but the paper is different.  I have the Nat Geo paper and it feels like coated paper.  My guess is the "coating" somehow binds to the ink so it won't run.  I've submerged mine in water and there is no noticeable loss of iink.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier San Diego from mid February
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:55:32 pm »
It is very dependent on the weather.  I left in mid March and had a pass closure outside of San Diego.  It should be fine.  Again depending on weather you will have some cold days and some wet days.  If it does snow the closure is usually a day or less. 

Routes / Re: Southern Tier to Albuquerque
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:35:26 pm »
You could continue on Hwy 60 out of Globe.  This will connect with I25 south of Albuquerque.  You will have to ride on the interstate for several miles but then you'll have a road that parallels the interstate starting in Bernardo.

General Discussion / Re: Los Angeles to Phoenix
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:27:16 pm »
From Parker take Hwy 95 south.  Then take Hwy 72 south.  You will connect to eastbound Hwy 60.  Follow Hwy 60 all the way to Phoenix.

Routes / Re: Cycling through Zion National Park
« on: January 11, 2015, 11:57:35 am »
Zion is a very pretty ride.  Fortunately when I went through we had a van that took us through the tunnel.  You should be able to find a car or pickup that can bring you through the tunnel.  However if you don't want to bother with trying to hitch a ride you can get to St. George without going through Zion.  You can take Hwy 389 out of Fredonia.  This becomes Hwy 59 in Utah and will take you to Hurricane.  It isn't as pretty but it will get you there.  Depending on your legs it may be a 2 day ride.  There is one national monument on the way that most people haven't heard about (Pipe Springs) that is interesting.  If you can take the uncertainty of a ride in Zion I'd go through Zion.  If you get too tired you can find a hotel room in Springdale. 

If you build a little more time in your schedule a stop at Corral Pink Sand Dunes state park is also interesting.  I do not recommend that you take Sand Dunes Rd west past the park though.  It becomes some very loose sand for several miles.  A significant part of the road west of the park is poorly graded dirt. 

Routes / Re: Death Valley Route
« on: January 05, 2015, 09:44:54 pm »
There are two places where you can get food and water in the park.  They are Stovepipe wells and Furnace Creek.  I can't remember if Scotty's Castle has a small store.  I think you can also get water in the visitors center.

Routes / Re: Death Valley Route
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:37:28 pm »
The sights depend on the type of bike you are riding.  If you are unable to ride on loose sand the best spots are Badwater (lowest spot in US), Scotty's castle, and there is an overlook on hwy 190 south of Furnace creek.  There is also a small trail to see some endangered small fish but I can't remember exactly where it is.  If you can ride on loose sand there are a number of other spots that are pretty neat to hike.  Depending on the time of year it is either very hot or cold and windy as the extremes.  It is a nice ride though.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« on: December 20, 2014, 01:41:07 pm »
I have both the BOB and the Burley Nomad.  On the BOB the "speed limit" (25 mph) is posted on a decal near the wheel.  On the Nomad the speed limit is listed in the owners manual.  It states"... a maximum of 15 mph (24 km/h) on smooth roads and 5 mph (8km/h) or less when turning or on uneven roads."   So on this two wheeled trailer there is a "speed limit" and it is less than the BOB. 

I've exceeded 40 mph going downhill with the BOB with not problems and I've done several tours with the BOB with no problems.  For around town errands I prefer the Nomad because of its weight limit.  Not sure if I'll use the Nomad for a tour.

I prefer to use a trailer for tours.  It is a matter of personal preference.  Like most things people will have their own opinions as to which option works best for them.   

General Discussion / Re: San Diego to Phoenix in January
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:34:56 pm »
January is the cold wet time for this area.  It is possible that you will encounter snow as you climb out of San Diego.  Once you get over the summit it will warm up but may still be cold and wet.  You find hotels in Alpine and then again in El Centro.  When you leave El Centro you won't find a hotel until you get to Blythe.  There are several small towns along the route to Phoenix that have small hotels.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:28:47 pm »
I use both either Keen sandals or Specialized Taho Mtb shoes.  Both use the SPD cleats and I use them as regular off bike shoes.  If it going to be warm I use the sandals, otherwise I use the mtb shoes.  Both are easy to walk in.  If I use the sandals I don't take flip flops

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