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Messages - John Nelson

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Routes / Re: How to get home. Anacortes to NJ
« on: February 14, 2017, 09:46:53 am »
Check out the Bellingham airport too. It's 50 miles closer than Seattle and sometimes flights from small airports are cheaper than flights from larger airports.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast route
« on: February 12, 2017, 07:42:11 pm »
1. Yes. A road bike is the correct tool for the job.
2. Yes, but not me. I started at the Peace Arch and followed the regular route. Logistics are much simpler (for someone living in the US) if you don't actually cross into Canada (well, you can go 100 yards into Canada from the Peace Arch without going through Canada customs and immigration, just to be official). Flights to Canada from the US are much more expensive than flights to Bellingham. Bellingham is actually a very easy and inexpensive place to get to, and the small airport gives you plenty of room to reassemble your bike. If you're a completionist (like me), it's an easy ride up to the border from Bellingham.

40 would be too small for me for road touring. YMMV.

Gear Talk / Re: Ultra light sleeping bag, tent and pad?
« on: February 09, 2017, 04:08:12 pm »
We had a friend who cycle-camped using 2 or 3 layers of bubble wrap for a pad.  How we laughed.  It was uncomfortable and cheap.   He reckoned he could have made a 5ft thick mattress of bubble wrap for the cost of our Neo-Air.

Didn't the "popping" every time he turned over keep all the others awake?
One of the MANY disadvantages.  I suspect he became progressively less comfortable as the trip went on...  though he'd probably argue he could simply visit the local Mailbox Etc to replenish!
The sheer volume of that form of pad would be discouraging to me. How are you going to carry it?

General Discussion / Re: Trans-America Camping Options
« on: February 09, 2017, 04:05:00 pm »
You can try the places you mentioned, even if not listed on the ACA maps. The fact that it's not listed only means that the ACA has not yet gotten official permission to list them. My experience is that most of the time, it works fine, unless there are signs specifically prohibiting your presence (which is rare). I prefer to ask if there is somebody to ask, and that works some time and doesn't work others. If there is nobody to ask and no signs, I've generally had good luck just laying low until dusk, setting up quickly and leaving early. You may or may not have access to bathroom facilities, so you might want to scout possible places before you need them. You need to do your own survey of potential hazards (e.g., sprinklers, dogs, teenagers, poisonous plants). Only once have I been challenged by the police, and even then they let me stay. Several times I've been "caught", and then offered breakfast or some other hospitality.

Be sure to also investigate Warm Showers.

General Discussion / Re: Training program recommendations
« on: February 05, 2017, 09:19:38 pm »
Asking for saddle recommendations is fraught with peril, but I'll jump in anyway. It may or may not be for you, but the Brooks B-17 is at least worth a try. About half of touring cyclists swear by it, so it clearly warrants your consideration.

Gear Talk / Re: Should have learnt the easy way.. some advice guys
« on: February 05, 2017, 09:15:58 pm »
stay alert while riding
This is clearly your best protection.

Taking Route 66 to Barstow will cut out the Colorado Rockies, but add considerable distance. I think it would be faster to do the hills.

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.

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