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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%.
I've wondered about this for a while. I'm old, slow, and heavy, so I've got gears down to 20 gear inches on all my bikes, even the one without racks, so I can climb some ridiculous hills when it's hot and I'm tired. But some people recommend doubles for touring with light loads. At what point of youth, fitness, and light load does a 27-30 gear inch low become a viable option for touring?Triples are still widely available in touring and mountain bikes, but are getting less common in regular road bikes (the kind you need for lightweight touring). You can get a road bike with a compact double and put a long-cage derailleur on the back and get your gearing down to 27 inches. That's enough for most lightweight touring.
Ah, that explains why I didn't see it. I took the side trip to Mammoth Cave and returned to the TransAm via Caneyville (where a famous trail angel used to live). So I bypassed Sonora.round rock house in KentuckyHuh? Where is that?
You didn't see that?
I think it was somewhere west of Sonora (aka where the route crossed one of the Kentucky state parkways), east of Madrid.
round rock house in KentuckyHuh? Where is that?
I have a destination at the end of my journey and staying with family in San Francisco. Is there a possibility of fed-ex'ing the box from Dulles?The nearest FedEx shipping office is 5.2 miles from Dulles Airport. The online FedEx calculator says that to ship a 31 pound box of dimensions 47x30.5x10.5 (the specifications for a Trico Iron Case) via FedEx Ground (the cheapest option) from Dulles to San Francisco with no insurance and with delivery to and pickup from a FexEx office (again, the cheapest option) is $162.95.
I assume you are referring to June Curry from Alton VA. Unfortunately she died in 2012 so that's one highlight newer travelers won't have a chance to enjoy.Yes, she died at the age of 91 on June 16, 2012. But you can still visit her house, still stay there overnight, and still spend hours exploring the collection of memorabilia there. It's still a highlight.