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Routes / Re: Southern tier motels
« on: December 07, 2013, 06:50:22 pm »
I rode from El Paso to Baton Rouge a couple of years ago.  Only in a couple of spots were the hotels what I considered expensive (Marfa and Marathon TX).  All the others were relatively inexpensive.  Some were bare bones but adequate.  It was a long way between Sanderson and Del Rio so I had to camp in Langtry.

Gear Talk / Re: Shipping a Bob Yak trailer
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:41:22 pm »
I shipped mine by buying two small boxes (can't remember the size) and nested them together and taped shut.  I removed the fork and the wheel on the bob and it worked just fine.  I also have an Ortlieb big zip bag which I've used to ship my bob when I traveled by Amtrak. 

California / Re: Bike shuttle Santa Barbara to Monterey
« on: November 17, 2013, 06:38:46 pm »
If you don't find a ride you could take amtrak from Santa Barbara to Salinas.  It's about 30 miles from Salinas to Monterey so you could ride your bikes but the main road has heavy traffic.

Routes / Re: Money and access
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:43:59 pm »
Some hotels will "reserve" an amount larger than the daily rate.  They do this to protect themselves from phone calls or other charges to the account.  It may take several days for the "reserve" to clear and show the actual charge.  The only time this may be a problem is when the balance is not very large.

Routes / Re: April to early for West Express and Trans Am
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:17:05 pm »
It is possible to get snow at the higher elevations during April especially if a strong arctic storm  comes south.  Even if it doesn't snow you may find the passes pretty cold and there may be snow along the sides of the road.

If you can afford it you may be happier with the ride if you have a bike for touring and one for regular road riding.  I did one tour with my carbon frame bike but then I bought a bike that is customized just for touring and with the components I wanted.  It is way more comfortable for touring than my road bike even though it will pull my trailer.  I still use my road bike for rides around home or supported tours and my touring bike for self-supported tours.

I've used my Trek 5200 (carbon) to tow a BOB Trailer on a tour.  Changing the crank back and forth will not be practical.  The best option is to get as large a cassette as your derailleur can accommodate.   I'd also change the tire size to one that is as large as the gap between the chain stays will allow.  The bike will ride better and will help prevent blowouts (my rear sidewall blew out at the AZ/NM border).  Also have a bike shop re-true the rear wheel.  Better yet have them re-spoke it to a 3-cross.  It will help prevent broken spokes during the ride (again personal experience).

General Discussion / Re: Road bike for touring??
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:39:18 am »
I used my road bike (Trek 5200) for a short tour pulling a BOB trailer so it is possible.  I recommend that you get a rear wheel with 36 spokes and keep your load as light as possible.  I was breaking a spoke every 500 miles or so on my 32 spoke wheel.  I'd also go with as big a tire as your frame will permit.  I was using 23's and at the border of AZ/NM I somehow blew out the sidewall.  (A little inconvenient in the middle of nowhere.)  Road shoes will be ok but you'll want to either have another pair of shoes handy or cleat covers.  It's nice to do a little exploring at some interesting sites and it's awkward to walk in road shoes.

Routes / Re: Credit Card Touring the Western Express
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:50:26 am »
The hotel (Silver Jack) and the restaurant (T & D across the street) are owned by different folks.  If you stayed at the hotel and ate in their bakery they are wonderful.  The restaurant also contains the limited market. 

Routes / Re: WE Advice - Hanksville to Blanding
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:37:54 am »
There is a possible place to stay at Hite.  I don't think it has restaurant but there are supposed to be family units available for rent so you won't have to camp.  There is supposed to be a store so you may be able to find some food you can prepare in the unit.  Check out this website for the family units in Hite:

Highway 243 is closed 1.5 to 10 miles from Banning due to a wildfire.  Headed southbound use hwy 79 then left on hwy 74 to reconnect.

General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:29:07 am »
Um, basic biology.  Cells use ATP as the energy source of all cell functions.  ATP is generated by converting glucose (carbohydrate).  Lipids (fats) contain long carbohydrate chains.  Glycogen is stored in the liver and is used to provide energy during endurance activities is converted to glucose and inserted into the blood stream for delivery to cells.  Bad science and wishful thinking don't change basic biology. 

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Route in winter???
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:45:34 pm »
There are three areas that may be potential problems for snow.  You'll have to watch the weather from fronts coming down from Alaska.

The first is in California.  Just east of Alpine you may hit snow if a cold front comes through.  In Arizona as you climb up to Globe is the second spot.  Although these two are unlikely.  The third area is New Mexico just before and after Silver City.  After that you shouldn't get any snow although you may run into some cold weather.

The WE also includes the national parks of Bryce and Capital Reef.  With short detour you can also see Zion (spectacular) and Natural Bridges.  You also travel through Grand Staircase National Monument and a small part of the Glenn Canyon National Rec Area.  Another detour could take you to the valley of the gods with its wonderful views.   You'll be hard pressed to see so many different parks and landscapes in such a small area anywhere else in the US.  The climate isn't for everyone but if you like it warm and dry this may be the best area to ride.  Just depends on the type of scenery and environment you want to travel through.

If you start in SF you will most likely be doing the Western Express route.  This route will take you through Nevada on hwy 50 and into Utah.  I really like this route however in July this part of the route will be very hot and dry.  There aren't many places to get water so you have to plan on taking enough to go 60 to 70 miles between towns.  If you start early in the morning you can get in a number of miles before the hottest part of day. 

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