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General Discussion / Re: New Member Question
« on: August 19, 2011, 02:46:17 pm »
typically Interstates are off-limits

Typically, guys from the eastern US say that, and typically, guys from the western US say the opposite.

General Discussion / Re: New Member Question
« on: August 19, 2011, 11:04:43 am »
Rules about where you can and cannot ride are typically set by the state, and occasionally by the city. There are no general rules based on TYPE of road. Many states produce a state bicycle map which you can find online. Start at the state DOT web site. Such maps generally show roads you cannot ride on. It might be a good idea to carry such a map, because occasionally you will find an ill-informed policeman who wants to enforce rules that don't exist. The most significant roads that might be closed to you are interstate highways. In most states, it is allowed in some places and prohibited in others. In eastern states, you may find it prohibited more than allowed, and in western states you may find it allowed more than prohibited. Typically it is prohibited where a suitable alternative exists, and allowed where no suitable alternative exists. Some bridges and tunnels (not most of them) are also restricted, but you can usually hitch a ride through/across. A few cities (thankfully a very small number) such as Black Hawk Colorado prohibit bicycle riding completely.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 It's about a 3-day ride. Here are a few links to get you started.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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