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Classifieds / SOLD: Trans-Am Route Maps
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:27:33 pm »

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General Discussion / Re: Tales of Calamity and Woe
« on: December 01, 2012, 05:16:31 pm »
Ah, the calamities...

My worst was just this past July.  Rolling through the Ozarks (MO) early morning in an effort to beat the POUNDING heat that was summer 2012, I got a little out of sort and control - and went down a grass embankment, oh, and into a cement drainage ditch...  ha....  not terribly funny at the time, as I was left with a broken front wheel and two-cracked ribs (plus some pride issues...) 

Trans Am tour ended right there.  But, was my first (road bike) crash in 15,000+ miles of touring, so not too bad.  The people of MO flat out rock, especially the two random guys in a mini van that wheeled me into the next town.

There's always the 2013 season.... :)

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J rules

thought I'd chim in

I'm from Atlanta (currently on the Trans Am); have ridden from Atlanta to San Diego, via the S. Tier; and also the East Coast, from Atlanta..  Here's my suggestion:

I would take the Atlanta Coast Route to Statesboro, from there, head west.  Part of the reason is you'll be in rural GA, where services/camping should be better.  Too, you can make a stop in Athens which is a pretty cheap town for a lay over if need be. There are good bike shops in Athens too, if you need one by that time.

If you end up in Athens, there's the MS 150 ride every year, from Athens to Atlanta - which is mapped.  The routes not perfect, but it's out of the way of 78 or 316 which are both main stretches to and from Atlanta/Athens.  By taking this route, you'll end right downtown Atlanta - at the capital.  If you up for staying in Atlanta - there's a hostel there which is awesome (not well advertise in the US, strangely, but it's a good place - http://www.atlantainternationalhostel.com/)

This should give you an idea of the MSA 150 route - again, the route was updated for 2012:
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/gaa/fundraising-events/bike-ms/atlantatoathens/downloads-and-resources/download.aspx?id=40269

Once you get into to Atlanta, I would suggest heading south west - toward Columbus.  There are a ton of back roads - grab a state road map, find anything that borders 85 (more services.)

When I left for San Diego in 2009, I took the silver comet trail to Alabama.  Was fine, but, only after which, I had to cut through Alabama south to Graceville FL.  Alabama's an awesome state (people are amazing - seriously) just that you'll end up doing the state-park tour (provide you want to camp) which isn't the easiest.  Although, too, in thinking about it, rural Alabama is super fun.

By heading southwest toward Columbus, you'll be out of the metro-Atlanta area fairly quick, but too, can pick up the S. Tier in Florida faster south of Columbus, than you can taking the silver comet trail west, then south through Alabama - if that makes sense.

After you hit Florida - say in or around Defuniak Springs, you can follow the South Tier direct to Lousiana.

I'll try and check back in a few days.  If you need specific info, or have specific questions - so me a private message,

Cheers,

Jason

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Routes / Re: Atlantic coast - statesboro bike shop rave!!!!
« on: June 09, 2012, 10:30:58 am »
Yup this shop is super good.  Paid an unplanned visit there a few years back; nice bunch of people.

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Cool, thanks for the update...

Duty calls, in that I'm interested in catching a concert in Louisville on the 15th of July - Clutch (some bands - well, maybe one - are worth risk.)  But, still, I'm still hashing out the details.

Appreciate you taken the time to respond,

j

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Jennifer

this is awesome, thank you so much for posting,

j

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Connecting ACA Routes / Trans AM Kentucky - off-route to Louisville
« on: June 07, 2012, 09:15:49 am »
Curious is anyone has any suggestions on best to head to Louisville from the mapped Trans-AM Section for Kentucky.  It looks close enough to just find a road and have at it, but it someone has a road in mind that's better than another, I'd be interested to know,


Cheers,

Jason

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Classifieds / SOLD: Old Man Mountain Rack Set: Front and Rear
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:09:27 pm »
I am selling my OMM (old man mountain) racks as a set - both front and rear:

Front:  Sherpa (700c/29er): comes with mounts to attached to front hub - INCLUDES extra-long skewer.  I am including L-shaped brackets that allow "extenders" to attached to Canti-mounts

Rear:  Sherpa (700c/29er):  This is a the latest/newest version of the Sherpa.  I have had it about 2 months, as a result of a warranty replacement for my previous Sherpa.  The new version is wider, a tad longer, with larger diameter tubing.  BADASS!!!.  The rack will come with two attachment options:  1) To mount to hub (extra-long skewer NOT included) 2) Shorter mounts that attached to rack-mounts on frame. (options shown in photo)

I am the original owner on both:  They've been used, but not abused.  All bolts have been replaced as of three months ago.  Extenders on rear rack are less than 3 weeks old.

$120.00 plus shipping gives you the set.  PM me with any questions


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General Discussion / Re: Is the ST Near Mexico Safe?
« on: May 09, 2012, 12:11:17 pm »
I'm going to ask a very basic question

What's the goal of the original post?
 

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Gear Talk / Re: Old Touring Bicycles
« on: March 23, 2012, 04:18:55 pm »
One of my most favorite possession - EVER - was a 1986 Dave Scott Centurion, which was more than capable of takign me 6000+ miles (Southern Tier, and 75% of the Atlantic and Pacfic Coast.) The addition of Old Man Mountain Racks front and back quickly turned it into a full-on Single-speed touring bicycle.

Take Paddleboy's advice to heart; and, too, have the bike looked-over completely.  Something "new" isn't necessary better - something "old" isn't necessary worse.

j

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier- Route Safety/Hazards
« on: December 25, 2011, 07:49:29 pm »
Saying "go and don't worry.." is the best advice I can give.

      Safety concerns are minimal at best.  Tires?  Marathon pluses ALL DAY LONG.  Heavy slow and absolutely amazing.  I uses them on the ST and had no issues - rode everywhere and anywhere.  True riding about 80 miles each day I'd sometimes convince myself that the weight/etc was too much...  Still, flatless is not something to take "lightly."

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Regarding the two questions, the answers would be yes and yes...

Only I guess it just depends on why - maybe specific to question 2 - you'd be thinking about not taking a tent.  Granted, the climates' a little dryer in/around CA and AZ where I didn't use a tent, but that's hardly the case as you move further east.

As for Emory Pass - if your decision to "pass" on that portion is in part because of weather (and no tent) I would say buy a tent for EP then send it back home if you still think you won't need it.  The trek up/over Emory Pass is amazing - times 100,000,000...  I met more than a few people heading east when I was in AZ who decided (before getting there) that it was "too high, too far... too this, too that..."  (mind you, based only on ACA's elevation descriptions...) Yet, funny - they asked me 50 questions about what it was like.... 

A "tent" isn't the only option.  It took a little while, but I've finally gotten more than comfortable in a bivy sac - something you might want to look into.

j

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier in 36 days?
« on: November 22, 2011, 03:09:56 pm »
yes, it's doable - even singlespeed... :o

There are several - well depending on how you see it - portions of the ST that allow for a comfortable, more than doable 100-plus days.  I averaged about 96 , with lay over days, and finished in 45.  At no point did I feel like I was missing anything or going too fast, or was too rushed at one point or another.  It's an adventure, which means a 1000 different things to 10,000 people.

If you go 1 mile, or 100 per day - just make sure you go and ENJOY it.

Jason

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Re-route through Texas
« on: November 20, 2011, 03:53:08 pm »
Cromanik,

It would be well worth your time to search the forums on this topic - it's been asked and addressed more than once.  There are some interesting opinions, but I think you'll find that no one is going to suggest you avoid the border or any other part of the route as formally mapped by ACA.

Jason

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier transam ride
« on: August 14, 2011, 02:40:54 pm »
I left from the east coast at the end of September, which put in me in higher elevation - N Mexico - in late October.  The weather was perfect.  A few colder evenings in western Az/east CA, but overall it seemed like a perfect time to leave.  You'll have to contend with humidity in the southern states at least until October - maybe evening November, but the air temps will be fine.

Enjoy yourself.

J

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