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Routes / Re: X-Country Route w/ the Easiest Grades
« on: February 03, 2010, 09:35:58 pm »
This may not specifically answer your post, but there is an inspiring journal on the CGOAB website, which give you some ideas of what is possible.

It's important to realise that EVERYONE is jittery and anxious over their first long distance solo tour. No amount of words of encouragement from family, friends, colleagues or strangers on forums such as this, can make that gnawing feeling in the stomach go away. However, once you are underway, you will soon discover your own rhythm for the ride, and you will be chuckling away at yourself over those early self doubts and what-ifs.

Do the ride YOUR way. Don't get hung up on what other tourers you meet might be doing. It is YOUR tour, don't compromise on places and things you have your heart set on seeing or doing. Most importantly, allow yourself to enjoy it. You WILL be fine!

General Discussion / Re: Advice for a cross-country trip
« on: November 30, 2009, 08:14:18 pm »
As John has already indicated, you will need to average approx 100 miles per day for the 6 weeks duration of your ride. That does not allow for any stops, ie resting, sight-seeing, possible mechanical repairs to your bikes, possible illness to yourselves, possible bad weather conditions that it might be wiser to wait out.

I have no idea about your levels of fitness, so perhaps these notions might be mere pimples to you. However, I would always urge anyone who is contemplating such a long tour, to really experience the ride, and not just belt out the miles day after day. You are most likely to regret it upon reflection.

I do hope you have a great trip.

Hello Bianchi,

There is an excellent journal on the Crazy Guy website which should give you plenty of clues as to where and when to go. It is titled "Our Long Haul Honeymoon" and the address is


Routes / Re: How much to save to do the TA
« on: March 23, 2009, 09:56:43 pm »
Hey everyone, I am coming from NZ to cycle the TA, and am keen to get an idea of how much I will need to save to ensure I dont run out of money!

I will be camping the majority of the time, and have my cooker with me, trying to do it on the cheap. Thinking 3 months shuould be enough to cross.

Any rough ideas? Thanks in advance!

G'day Scott, from across the ditch.

Mate, one thing you should check on with the US Consulate, before you go, is how much you will be expected to have when you pass through US immigration. When I did my crossing (admittedly quite some time ago now) I was specifically asked how much cash I had to last me the 3-4 months I was planning to be in the USA.

Enjoy the ride!

General Discussion / Re: ‘Camping’: Is it really necessary?
« on: February 20, 2009, 11:27:21 am »
My own opinion is that camping is probably the best way of meeting other travellers, especially other touring cyclists. I sometimes lock myself away in a motel room when I'm touring, when I would be better off in a campsite, mingling with other people. Admittedly, the sanctuary and comforts of a motel, are often too inviting too resist.

I have cycled the NT (admittedly 18 years ago now), and mixed up camping and motelling. I found that a number of the campsites did not have showers, so after two or three nights of that, I needed to stay in a motel. But carrying a tent and sleeping bag, gives you additional options, should things go wrong with either the bike or your own body during the day on the road. The distances between towns along the western section of the NT are vast. Small towns indicated on your maps, might just happen to be closed on the day you pass through. Be prepared, but most importantly, enjoy the ride.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycling Australia
« on: February 04, 2009, 07:11:08 pm »
My recommendation would be to do a loop to the south of Sydney, taking in the Royal National Park and the coast road as far as Wollongong and then onto Bombaderry, across through Kangaroo Valley, and then from the southern tablelands back up north to Sydney. Some climbing up out of Kangaroo Valley, but this ride offers a great variety of scenery. Time of year should not be too problematic, although it can get quite cold in the southern highlands in winter.

Of course, this loop can be done in the opposite direction, although there is substantially steeper climbing along Lawrence Hargraves Drive if you ride north out of Wollongong to Sydney.

As the previous poster has already advised, you can always take a short train ride to get you into or out of the centre of Sydney, which is the option I generally choose; and likewise, I would be only too happy to help out with further advice if you like.

Routes / Cookie Lady Book Now Online
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:27:18 pm »
Many thanks for providing that link. It was wonderful to be able to read the history of June and her family; their kind assistance to so very many cyclists; and of the area as well.

Good Cycling

Routes / Trans Am vs. Northern Tier
« on: October 27, 2008, 01:33:27 pm »
If you go to Crazy Guy On A Bike website, you will find hundreds of journals re crossing the US.

Read the two journals by Mike Risica. He rode the TransAM and then the NT two years later. They will give you some useful insights.

I rode the NT, (quite a few years ago now), but the closest I came to any big cities was the southern outskirts of Cleveland. The ACA maps do a great job of keeping you away from cities. However, I have no first hand knowledge of the TransAM.

Whichever ride you do, enjoy the experience. It will last you a lifetime.

Good Cycling

Routes / Boston to LA
« on: March 08, 2008, 03:35:36 pm »
If time is not an issue, you could ride the Northern Tier and then head south along the Pacific Coast route, using ACA maps.

Good Cycling

Routes / Northern Tier Route Length - Days Wise
« on: January 29, 2008, 02:09:33 am »
Peter, my own experience was that it took me 71 days of cycling and an additional 7 rest days. That gave me an average of 60 miles per riding day. I was completely new to self supported touring.

You don't say how fit and strong you are as riders, but nonetheless, I would advise against risking it becoming a chore and a grind.

I would also advise to allow time off, not only for sight-seeing, but for contingencies, such as mechanical failure and illness to any one of the riders.

Enjoy the tour.

Good Cycling
Dennis Schluter

Routes / Which Route?
« on: September 28, 2007, 06:23:47 pm »
Ken, I am an Aussie who has cycled the Northern Tier in the USA, and like yourselves, have done a number of 1,000kms plus rides in Australia.

I never had any problems with getting water along the Northern Tier, but did carry three bottles on the bike each day. The eastern states have any number of towns only a few miles apart. Along the Mississippi River it is much the same. Once you're in say Nth Dakota and Montana, then the towns are much more spread out but,  with possibly a couple of exceptions, still easily manageable, and within your budgeted daily milage.

However, you won't come across too many coffee shops/cafes like the ones I know you are talking about, in rural USA. What you will come across is heaps of friendly small town people, who will be genuinely interested in you and your trip, and will make sure that you don't go hungry.

Whichever route(s) you decide upon, invest in the Adventure Cycling maps. They are a must.

If you would like some more detailed info, private message me with your details, and I will be in touch.  

Good Cycling
Dennis Schluter

Routes / Alternate Route Thru Glacier?
« on: July 27, 2007, 01:04:25 am »

Hello, hope your ride is going well. How is the wrist holding up?

The alternative you are considering is the way I went when I cycled the Northern Tier. Although it was some time ago now, I don't imagine that too much has changed. Highway 89 into St Marys is quite scenic, and it gives you a good sense of commencing being in the Rockies. You should notice a lovely fragrance if the wild flowers are in bloom.

There are (or at least were) a couple of intersting Museums in Browning. One is the Indian Plains Museum and the other is a Wildlife of Montana Museum.

From Browning,it is a comfortable day's ride to St Marys where there is an excellent camping ground. From St Marys, it is up and over the big hill.

Take care

Good Cycling
Dennis Schluter

Routes / Northern Tier - East to West vs. West to East
« on: June 03, 2007, 04:16:45 pm »

I'd like to wish you and your husband a wonderful and safe trip. The memories will stay with you forever.

Best regards

Good Cycling
Dennis Schluter

Routes / Northern Tier - East to West vs. West to East
« on: May 12, 2007, 07:38:28 pm »
Mary, I'm sorry to hear about your wrist. Hopefully it's on the mend.

I'm the Aussie who responded to your previous post, and perhaps am responsible for putting the idea of an East to West crossing into your thinking.

My own personal rationale for an East to West crossing was primarily because I do the bulk of my cycling, either when I am touring or cycling for relaxation, early in the day. By early, I mean as the sun is coming up. For that reason, I chose to head west, so that I would not be riding, and glaring into a rising sun. That would also mean that motorists, approaching me from behind, would also not be glaring into a rising sun.

A second consideration for me, was that psychologically, I set the crossing of the Rockies and the Cascades as a target, something to aim for. I did not want to be climbing the Cascades in only the 2nd or 3rd day of my tour. I was also expecting that my fitness level by the time I reached the mountains, would be fairly high (and it was).

I was concerned about head winds, but took the gamble anyway. And I did have a few days of soul destroying head winds, but also a number of days of tailwinds. In fact, the most common complaint I heard from cyclists with whom I spoke, heading east, was that they were severely disgruntled at the fact that the winds were not behaving as they had been hoping. In other words, they were telling me that the whole reason that they had decided to cycle east, was the expectation of tailwinds and they'd been disappointed. But, as any cyclist knows only too well, winds can be fluky. And maybe it was just that particular year.

Just one point about you wrist to remember, is that climbing also puts a certain amount of stress on the wrist; not just braking when descending.

Importantly, cylce touring is all about setting your own agenda. I've just set out what were my own reasons for heading west. I guess in a way I also was cycling in a homeward direction.

Good riding

Good Cycling
Dennis Schluter

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