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Gear Talk / Re: What road bikes can fit a 700x32 or 35?
« on: February 15, 2010, 04:14:31 pm »
John,

This is a question I came to, as well.  I'm using an old steel road bike frame from the 80's centurion to be exact.  I mention this because the rear-end is especially narrow (120mm hub spacing).  28mm were fine, forks and frame, with plenty of clearance on both, enough to fit at least a 32.  For what it's worth, I ended up doing the southern tier on 28's - Schwable's with no problems - i.e. no flats, bent rim, etc.

My plan, here in the next few days, is to head to REI and see if one of the shop guys will let me try out a set of 32's.

j

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Routes / Re: Mexican excursion from Southern Tier
« on: January 22, 2010, 03:41:59 pm »
I met a couple - Sam and David - in Del Rio who nothing but good things to say about the border town opposite Del Rio.  As most have said, avoid entering Mexico from El Paso.  You might find, as you get closer that there are better places in which to enter, aside from Del Rio...

Anyway, thought I'd mention it,

Cheers,
j

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Gear Talk / Re: Camping Tent
« on: January 07, 2010, 12:53:05 pm »
My two cents:

i went across the southern tier with this one

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Product.aspx?top=1830&prod=3402&cat=1854&viewAll=False

During my trip it rained  - a lot - during some evenings winds over 40/50 miles an hour (Louisana, and east-Texas.)  The tent is light-wieght, easy to set up and the tent material is durable.  The only real concern was the main tent pole, which suffered a break in each of the rivets, not a huge issue if your prepared with a sleeve or the like, but something to consider. 

i ended up giving back the tent west of Austin since it was so dry - just slept in my sleeping-bag.  But when it comes time to go back out on the road in April, I'm going to repurchase the same tent.

Cheers,
j

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Routes / Re: I would like some info on the souther tier
« on: December 12, 2009, 11:33:26 am »
I second the comment about asking the local services for assistance with camping.  East of Austin, it's usually hit and miss, but there are a few opportunities.  West of Austin, you'll be fine.  Some of the towns, obviously, are little more than a blinking light, so you may have to resort to asking people at a cafe, or whatever; in either case you'll be fine.  As was the case for, I would be asked about my nightly arrangements at a store or cafe or whatever, before I had a chance to ask them.

There's a thread about Southern Tier camping that a few of us commented on a few days back that you might want to look over.  Having just finished the ST I would recommend going at it with the idea if you're creative enough, you can swing a place to camp (which is likely true anywhere in the world.)  As someone noted above, "pickign a tent" rather than camping is a safe way to think about it; I would just ask for a small plot of land, etc.  It sounds more stressful, or harder maybe, than it will actually work out to be.

The local fire/police departments are more than open-minded about you camping for a night just about anywhere - local park, side of their building, etc.  Again, same with Churches.  Being on a bike is disarming (and comforting) for just about everyone you would end up asking, vs showing up with a huge RV in need of "hook ups..."


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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Camping
« on: December 05, 2009, 11:16:44 pm »
Just happened to think of another in Palo Verde.

This one is kind of hit or miss, but it worked so I'll mention it.

I got stuck with no place to stay in palo Verde, and asked around at the burrito place there - only one.  The lady who runs it suggested i check with the lady who runs the conv. store.  She directed me to the trailer park directly across the street - through an iron arch-way.  Seriously, it worked.  Huge tree at the back of the place.  Even had a shower.  If you're en route to Palo Verde anytime after say 4pm i would suggest it as the Choc. Mtn area is plenty rough.  Also, the trailer park closes after 4pm - I spoke with a few people who lived there full time - seems bicyclist have been staying there - for free - for years.  Like I said, it was last resort, but worked out extremely well.

cheers

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Camping
« on: December 05, 2009, 11:04:16 pm »
Just finished the southern Tier last week - east to west.

The suggestions above are spot on.  A few more to consider, which will be outlined in the maps.

1. Del Rio - Elks lodge is free, call ahead and you're golden.

2.  Arrey - man, what to say about the Arrey RV park.  Dick, who owns it, is one of the best people I've met.  $6.00 afte he asks you the following:  "you want to camp on gravel, or stay in the kitchen..."  the kitchen has couches, heat, tv, etc...

3.  Octillio - Check with the local fire department - you can stay at the community center just to the left of it.  nothing special, but the fire department offered me a shower.

4.  West of wickenburg there are plenty of places to camp on the side of the road.

5.  San Carlos Res is decent - $6.00 for a shower and a plot of land.

6.  Campwood - Wes Cooksey is really nice $6.00 your own electric outlet, near the river, etc...  people who own it flat out rock

7.  Three way - definite suggest the option to stay at the Ranger station - beautiful scenery, nice people, etc.


Honestly, you'll have no trouble staying anywhere west of Austin.  Word of caution - Vanderpool.  There's an RV park/lodge listed on the map - it's neither really, more like a resort.  I think it's called Heaven on earth, or something.  Long story short, they market it like it's a campsite, but after you ride 2 miles up a rode better suited for heading to hell, you find that they have "either primitive (no water) or these cabins which go for $120.00 a night..."  I was able to bargin down to I think about $70.00.  If you opt for the state park in Vanderpool - there is one - make sure you call ahead a least two days before arriving, otherwise you'll be out of luck.

If you have specific questions after reading over the map, let me know.  Most everything listed checks out really well.

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Routes / Couple of questions
« on: August 08, 2009, 11:00:49 am »
I've spent a good bit of time here lately researching a transamerican route.  I'm currently living in Atlanta, and am entertaining (planning) to make a go for Vancouver.

I'm curious if anyone has made a trip west, from Atlanta.  I assume that I could go from Atlanta to Tupelo, MS on a my own route, then get on course with one of the ASA maps through to vancouver.  Just wonder what would be the best route from Atlanta to MS (or somewhere perhaps better...)

Cheers,

j

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