The worst section is the 27 miles through Malibu. Heavy traffic and no shoulder.
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I changed it to use as much of the Transamerica Trail as I could- trade off of known cycling route vs. mileage.ACA routes are wonderful, but they are definitely not designed to get you from point A to point B quickly. If you have only 4 weeks to get from coast to coast, and you have a number of fixed points you need to hit, I'm afraid your route will be constrained to pretty-much suck. I suggest you see if you can relax any of the constraints so that you will have a better time.
The houses are often right up against the road - so the dogs are closer to begin with.Boy that's the truth! Sometimes a dog sitting on its front porch is only 12 feet from where you are riding. I was constantly moving over to the far left side of the road to pass a house on the right and vice versa. Most of the time the dogs just sat there, but if they decided to take action, they were on you in a flash. The silent dogs are the worst--the ones where your first indication that they are there is when their head hits your pannier.
I just bought a blowup pillow. I have not tried it yet. It's packs to about 3 inches long--tiny little thing. I'll be interested to see if that helps.I absolutely love my inflatable pillow! Never again will I stuff clothes into my sleeping bag stuff sack.
To find the actual grade log into the "Ride with GPS" website, you'll have to sign up but it's free.Mapping software often has problems with bridges. If you map a route across the Royal Gorge Bridge, the elevation profile assumes you rode 1250 feet down the canyon wall to the river and then back up the canyon wall on the other side.
I assume it was a bridge or highway official, perhaps an overzealous one.I didn't see any signs restricting bicycles, so I decided to ride like hell. I got about 50 yards before a pickup truck with a loudspeaker pulled up behind me and told me to get off the road.
Wow! Was it a police officer or some other official? I rode it back in '99 and '00. Probably less development back then, and both times were weekdays in late May, so the busy tourist season hadn't started, and outside of "rush hour."
A partially filled Trangia is harder to start.I use a Vargo titanium stove. I love it. It weighs 1.4 ounces and is indestructible. But you do have to know how to follow instructions. The instructions say to fill it--it doesn't matter whether or not you need that much fuel to cook tonight's dinner. Fill it anyway. A partially filled stove will not reliably bloom. If you don't need that much fuel, pour back what's left when you're done.
One of the Vargo titanium stoves is probably perfect.
The bridge can also be very busy, and there is no shoulder.
And I have always wondered about this warning on the park's web site:
"Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island periodically fly over the campground while engaged in local training. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for campers. At various times during the day and night, the aviators may engage in Field Carrier Landing Practice for imminent operations aboard aircraft carriers. The park and naval station have been neighbors since 1942, and park staff stays in regular contact with officials at NAS Whidbey Island. We will do our best to notify campers of anticipated Field Carrier Landing Practice periods. Although State Parks cannot be responsible for the jet noise, we do share visitor concerns with our representatives of Naval Air Station Whidbey."
Anyone know if it's really a big concern?
If you don't mind my asking, which mountains? I found the Rockies and Cascades much easier than the Ozarks and Appalachians.All of them, although yes you are correct that the Rocky Mountains have more gentle grades. I think the hardest hills I've ever climbed are in the Green Mountains of Vermont. It depends, however, on whether you prefer 5 miles at 13% of 30 miles at 6%.