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Messages - John Nelson

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I'd just shoot straight down US 36 to Springfield, IL. You'll want to get off US 36 just before Decatur and switch onto county roads. If you're trying to get all the way across the US in 40 days, you need a fairly direct route. BTW, Route 66 goes to LA, so if you want to go to SF, you probably want to switch over the the TransAm/Western Express in Marshfield, MO.

Gear Talk / Re: 30 Day Tour Packing List? Hotel every 5 days'ish!
« on: February 01, 2017, 05:15:08 pm » is the place to see as many equipment lists as you want. Below is a list of 226 journals with Northern Tier equipment lists. Look at a number of them and pick the items from each that suit you.

Routes / Re: Pros and Cons of Northern Tier vs. Lewis and Clark in Pac NW
« on: February 01, 2017, 05:04:08 pm »
I am planning on beginning this trip in early Aug and assume that I can do it in a little over one month.
Sounds reasonable. I did about 70 miles a day and made it from Bellingham, WA to Dalbo, MN in 33 days along the Northern Tier.

Routes / Re: Pros and Cons of Northern Tier vs. Lewis and Clark in Pac NW
« on: January 30, 2017, 12:21:26 am »
Most nights, you will find power, even if you camp. But I recommend taking along a portable power pack. It's not as risky to leave a power pack charging unattended than to leave your phone unattended. A lot depends on how you use your phone. If you are using it for navigation or Strava, it takes a lot more power than if you leave it in airplane mode most of the day (which I do). For a lot of the day, you will have no signal, and it runs the battery down quickly if you leave the cell on.

Routes / Re: Pros and Cons of Northern Tier vs. Lewis and Clark in Pac NW
« on: January 29, 2017, 03:59:41 pm »
The L&C misses Glacier National Park, the jewel of the Northwest.

General Discussion / Re: THE NORTHERN TIER
« on: January 26, 2017, 10:28:29 am »
When you camp in Glacier National Park, be sure to put all your food and smellies into the provided bear boxes. Follow this one simple precaution and you will encounter no dangers. It's a fairly remote route, so be self sufficient and plan to be a bit lonely.

I spent 3 nights in hostels, 6 nights with Warm Showers hosts, 2 nights with friends, and camped every other night. Campgrounds get more expensive the farther east you get.

General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: January 25, 2017, 12:16:36 pm »
We're coming to do the Southern Tier this spring so if we bring our 'meths' Trangia burner this spring (as well as our propane / butane head) it sounds like we'd best look out for Yellow HEET.
Yes, and it's easy to find, very inexpensive and sold in convenient quantities.

General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: January 25, 2017, 11:04:53 am »
BUT...  do you know you can get a gas burner for the Trangia?...In fact there are advantages over meths:  controllable, no sooty pots...

Y'know, I haven't had an issue with "sooty pots" with my Trangia. At least when I use HEET in the yellow bottle, which is the easiest methyl alcohol to get in (most parts of) the States in smaller amounts. However, I have used one type of denatured alcohol which was a bit sooty.
The amount of soot depends on the fuel. Alcohol stoves will burn any type of alcohol. Ethanol and methanol burn virtually soot-free. Isopropanol can be sooty. Ethanol and methanol burn better anyway, so there's little reason to use isopropanol unless you can't find anything else.

He has already withdrawn his own draft bill.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Hywy South (thru L.A.)??
« on: January 20, 2017, 03:59:08 pm »
Most of the route through LA itself is along the beach, except for a short section around LAX. On the beach path, there's no danger from cars, but you do have to closely watch out for kids, skateboarders, strollers, dogs, skaters, joggers, other cyclists, oblivious people crossing the path, etc. The section around LAX requires you to be on your toes. The biggest problem with going through LA, if you are camping, is that there is no place to camp. So find someplace else to sleep.

The worst section is the 27 miles through Malibu. Heavy traffic and no shoulder.

Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« on: January 19, 2017, 01:49:15 pm »
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.

Routes / Re: Cycling Route 66 west from Flagstaff
« on: January 19, 2017, 12:26:42 am »
Follow the ACA maps and you'll be fine. Bicycles are allowed on some sections of the interstate and prohibited on others. The best way to sort it all out is with the maps. Even when allowed, it's best to avoid as much of the interstate as you can. You'll love the challenge of the Mojave Desert and Sitgreaves Pass.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: January 17, 2017, 04:41:26 pm »
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.

Nevertheless, I loved eastern Kentucky. I'm very glad I went through there. It was a great experience.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: January 17, 2017, 01:28:26 pm »
A good chunk of the TransAm lore would be lost if the Kentucky dogs were eliminated. Dogs can certainly be a problem, but it's another one of the exciting challenges of the TransAm. It's not an insurmountable problem. To me, Kentucky was an unfamiliar and mostly welcoming world, and I would not want to miss it.

Gear Talk / Re: Ultra light sleeping bag, tent and pad?
« on: January 17, 2017, 12:12:56 am »
Everything involves trade offs and you haven't given us enough information to know what your requirements are.

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