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Pacific Northwest / Re: Florence Oregon to Eugene Oregon.
« on: August 16, 2011, 10:48:27 pm »
Only for the first 15 miles from Florence to Mapleton. From Mapleton to Eugene, all but the last 20 miles into Eugene is on SR 36.

Note: it really doesn't help to post the same question in multiple forums.

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier transam ride
« on: August 13, 2011, 11:50:16 pm »
My husband and I are planning to do a transam ride via the Southern Tier.

Just FYI, in ACA lingo, "TransAm" is a specific route across the country and is not usually used to refer to any cross-country route. So the "Southern Tier" and the "TransAm" are two different routes.

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Gear Talk / Re: Novara Randonee Bike - 2011???
« on: July 26, 2011, 02:23:09 pm »
It's a commonly-used touring bike, certainly worth being on your list to consider.

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General Discussion / Re: Cycle greeting etiquette mystery?
« on: July 26, 2011, 02:20:48 pm »
The "why didn't he wave" question is a rabbit hole, so much so that the question itself has become an inside joke in many online cycling forums. There are a dozen good reasons why somebody doesn't wave. Don't try to figure out which one applies. Just assume the best.

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General Discussion / Re: Leaving tomorrow!
« on: July 23, 2011, 03:19:16 pm »
When engaged in an activity that has you outdoors most of the time, you have to take whatever Mother Nature throws your way and cope as best you can. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is not being particularly nice right now. Staying in air conditioned motels is a common way of dealing with a heat wave. Some also resort to riding at night, but make sure you do it safely--find low-traffic roads and get good lights. Start out each day before the sun rises, maybe way before the sun rises.

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General Discussion / Re: What I Learned - My First Long Distance Tour
« on: July 17, 2011, 09:04:58 pm »
Good tips Mike. Thanks for putting this together.

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General Discussion / Re: Finding Water
« on: July 16, 2011, 09:19:08 pm »
When you know you're going to be staying at a dry camp, carry more water from the last town. Carry some kind of collapsible water bladder that you can fill up for later.

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Gear Talk / Re: Trailer tires
« on: July 16, 2011, 09:12:18 pm »
Well, there are probably lots of tires that will do, but the benchmark is any of the Schwalbe Marathon line (except the Marathon itself).

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Routes / Re: How to reach Yorktown (Transcontinental) by airplane??
« on: July 16, 2011, 12:59:05 pm »
What you call the "Transcontinental" is more commonly called the "TransAmerica Trail".

The closest you can get to Yorktown on Amtrak with a bike is Richmond, because the Newport News station is not a luggage stop. Richmond is very near the TransAm route at Mechanicsville, so you could either just continue on from there or backtrack to Yorktown. It's only one long or two short days ride back to Yorktown from Richmond.

You can fly to Newport News (which is what I did), and it's a short 10-mile bike ride to the start in Yorktown.

You can also ride from Dulles to Yorktown. It is a frequently asked question here, and many people have mapped out routes. You can also find some routes over at crazyguyonabike.com. It's about a 3-day ride. Here are a few links to get you started.

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=6893.0
http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=7714.0
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/board/message/?o=1r4vFVg&thread_id=161502&v=Z&page=1&nested=0
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1r4vFVg&page_id=186919&v=Bn
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/board/message/?o=1r4vFVg&message_id=13381&v=DI

You could also fly into Norfolk but you'd need help getting the short distance to Yorktown from there because of the bridges/tunnels.

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Routes / Re: Route suggestions request
« on: July 15, 2011, 10:59:45 pm »
Try as I might I cannot find the avoid highways, or anything similar, on GE.  More help please as the tutorials I saw came nowhere near helping.

Click on this link.

http://maps.google.com/

Click on "Get Directions". Enter your starting and ending locations. Click "Show options". Click "Avoid highways". Click the "Get Directions" button.

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Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar bag for carbon bars??
« on: July 15, 2011, 10:39:21 am »
The Klickfix is similar and is compatible with Ortlieb and other bags.

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Routes / Re: Route suggestions request
« on: July 14, 2011, 04:50:28 pm »
I usually start with the Google driving directions with the "avoid highways" option. This usually gives me a better starting point than Google bicycling directions, which are okay for getting to the supermarket but not very good when going hundreds of miles.

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General Discussion / Re: International Bike Shipping
« on: July 12, 2011, 10:23:37 pm »
This is one of the most frequently asked question in this or any bike touring forum. I hope somebody has some recent experience for your specific situation, but you also might try searching. I suggest you simply enter the word "airline" in the search box in the upper right part of this window.

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Routes / Re: camping oregon SC route
« on: July 10, 2011, 10:06:50 pm »
In national forests, dispersed camping is generally allowed except where specifically prohibited. You will have to check the rules for each national forest you go through (unless somebody knows off the top of their head), and find out where the prohibited areas are. It looks to me like the Sierra Cascades route goes through two or three national forests in Oregon. The rules are usually easy to find on the website of the particular forest.

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General Discussion / Re: Map Case = No Confidence??
« on: July 10, 2011, 07:44:15 pm »
In a safe area, there's no harm and even certain advantages in looking vulnerable. In a dangerous area, it might be better to look confident, but I don't think simply having a map case will be detrimental to that. Furthermore, there are far, far, fewer dangerous areas than most people think.

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