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General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 10, 2011, 09:58:44 pm »
Shakedown tours, whether necessary or not, are a really good idea. I've read so many journals of people who have never packed their panniers with everything until the night before the tour, and within two blocks of starting have already discovered that this isn't going to work.

General Discussion / Re: 100 dollar bills too large?
« on: December 09, 2011, 10:13:06 am »
I agree with Pete. Start your trip with at least a few $20 bills in addition to your $100 bills. When you get low on smaller bills, break a $100 bill the next time you are in a larger, more active venue (like a supermarket or chain restaurant). I always ask the cashier if it would cause a problem if I paid with a $100 bill, but I do this well before I run out of smaller bills. It's usually less of a problem to try to spend your $100 bill later in the day when they have already taken in a lot of cash.

Gear Talk / Re: shoe covers for cold weather
« on: December 08, 2011, 11:25:01 pm »
The best ones are really expensive. Do you do expensive?

The neoprene ones work pretty well for not much cost. Combined with toe warmers, they can keep you warm in very cold temperatures.

If you are using mountain bike shoes with cleats, the shoe covers have the potential of interfering with clipping in and out unless you cut the hole in the bottom pretty big (because the treads hold the shoe cover away from the cleat). If you are using road shoes, that's not much of a problem.

Routes / Re: Addendums
« on: December 08, 2011, 11:07:34 pm »
Bicycle Rider, I'm not quite sure what you're asking, but if, right before your trip, you print the latest addenda for the map version you have (and all subsequent version if any), then you can safely throw away the addenda you currently have.

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 06, 2011, 02:26:00 pm »
The reason for my worries is mainly the McKenzie Pass which has been mentioned numreous times in this forum. The snow might stay well into July.
Okay, now I understand. I don't normally think of McKenzie Pass as in the Rockies. Although McKenzie Pass can stay closed until July, that's the exception not the rule. I wouldn't let it rule my trip. Furthermore, Santiam Pass is available as a good alternative.

Also, it's really good to get through Yellowstone by July 4, as crowds pick up considerably after that.

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 06, 2011, 10:02:50 am »
I do bicycle 125 mi/day and with the snow in the Rockies I have to start quite late in June (in VA) in order to do the mountains without closed roads.
This doesn't make sense to me. There's very little chance of closed roads in the Rockies on the TransAm route after June 1, and only a small chance after mid-May. Even at 125 miles a day, you could still start in May in Yorktown.

Routes / Re: Transam East to West 2012 Advice Sought
« on: December 03, 2011, 06:21:39 pm »
a few thousand volts will go right through the tire
More like a few billion volts.

At any rate, there are no significant dangers on the TransAm. It's a blast.

Routes / Re: Transam East to West 2012 Advice Sought
« on: December 02, 2011, 02:46:06 pm »
How long do you plan to take for the crossing? We need this information to estimate when you will be where. It'd also be useful to know whether you plan to use motels or campgrounds.

The earlier you start, the greater the risk of cold weather. In an average year, you'll be cold at times but okay. But there's always a chance you'll have to wait out some snow a day or two in the high country. And you may get to McKenzie Pass in Oregon before it opens, but Santiam Pass is available as an alternative if that happens.

An April start will require you to bring more cold-weather gear than a May start would.

Also, the earlier you start, the greater the risk of campgrounds that haven't opened yet. Not a problem of course if you don't plan to camp.

Nobody can predict the weather that far out, so it's all a probabilities game. We all have constraints we have to live with, so we can't always pick the time with the lowest risk.

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 02, 2011, 10:56:35 am »
I understand and accept the previous argument in favor of a credit-card tour. Let me offer the counterargument. First of all, camping is one of the most perfect father/son experiences. Second, it saves you a ton of money, especially if you are willing to camp in unorthodox places. Third is that it considerably increases your options and flexibility. Fourth, it keeps you away from the television. Fifth, it gives you greater interaction with the environment, culture and people.

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: November 30, 2011, 11:23:41 pm »
Most people do a cross-country ride without support. A supported ride will cost significantly more. I don't think you'll necessarily need support, even if your son is unable to carry any of the gear, as long as you are both in reasonable shape. Consider support only if you feel unable to physically carry your gear. I don't see how support would make the ride any safer. Just teach your son appropriate bike safety and make sure he rides enough to make it ingrained.

As to whether to tour with just the two of you or to travel with an organized group, that's kind of a personal decision. Traveling with a group will add a lot of moral support and relieve you of a lot of problem-solving. Traveling alone will give you more flexibility to cater to your son's interests and abilities, and the problem-solving may increase the bonding experience (as long as you don't kill each other).

Routes / Re: Southern tier
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:07:17 pm »
The hills in the Rockies are typically long, but not so steep (no worse than 6% in most places).

The hills in the Appalachians and Ozarks are typically shorter and (significantly) steeper.

The winds of Wyoming if westbound often feel like a never-ending steep hill.

One big hill or 30 short hills can both make for good exercise. Pick your poison.

Major highways almost always have gentler hills than back-country roads. If avoiding hills is high on your list, then I'd suggest that ACA routes are probably not for you. ACA routes are perfectly willing to accept hills and distance in exchange for traffic. Personally, I'd rather have hills than traffic, but everyone is different.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 25, 2011, 12:29:27 pm »

Routes / Re: Southern tier
« on: November 25, 2011, 12:26:46 pm »
There are hills everywhere. The Rockies are not usually the biggest challenge on a cross-country trip.

March and September are good months to start the ST from SD. This avoids the heat of summer and the snows and short days of winter.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: November 24, 2011, 09:33:49 pm »
I'm not sure I understand how ACA trips work exactly, but don't you sleep where everybody else sleeps?

General Discussion / Re: Insurance for U.S. trip
« on: November 24, 2011, 10:44:13 am »
Presumably you are talking mainly about health insurance. Insuring the bicycle is often not worth the price--just keep an eye on it. The TransAm is almost exclusively through very low crime areas. Most people along the route don't even lock their houses, and some leave the keys in their car.

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