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General Discussion / Where to camp
« on: July 14, 2008, 08:15:58 pm »
KOA's are always quiet at night.
With one exception.  KOA's all seem to be located near railroad tracks (the land is probably cheaper there)!  

If train whistles in the middle of the night aren't a problem, KOA's have a lot to recommend them. :)

General Discussion / National Rally
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:18:41 pm »
Since most attendees would have to drive to attend a National Rally, wouldn't that be a bit self-defeating?

General Discussion / Planning for the Western Express
« on: June 29, 2008, 11:20:00 am »
The problem with a truck is that they are almost all two seaters so, unless two of your family fly home, you can't fit everyone.  A large van may be a better solution if you can get all of your people and equipment in it (or on it with a rear or roof rack).

Another possibility is to Fed-Ex a lot of your stuff back and rent the smallest vehicle that will hold your family and what's left.

General Discussion / Biking and Camping
« on: June 28, 2008, 11:11:51 am »
it actually is kind of helpful so bare with me!

Is it a nudist camp?   ;)

General Discussion / White gas on the GDMBR?
« on: April 17, 2008, 10:24:21 pm »
If you already have a white gas only stove it's too late for this recommendation but, if not, MSR and others make multi-fuel stoves that will burn just about anything.  

They will take an almost unlimited diet of unleaded gasoline and you might get a pint or so for nothing by hanging around a filling station and intercepting someone who is filling his car.  Or by just draining the remaining liquid in the hoses that have been hung back on the pumps.  

They will also burn Kerosine which is a safer fuel than white gas.  Odorless kerosine is available in 1 qt bottles at nearly any hardware, home store or Wal-Mart, etc. since it is used in decorative lamps.

This message was edited by DaveB on 4-17-08 @ 6:24 PM

General Discussion / travel survival
« on: April 10, 2008, 02:09:15 pm »
You are asking for something that is basically impossible.  You want all the benefits and respectability money provides but you don't want to earn it or use it.  You can't have it both ways.

General Discussion / Looking Backward
« on: April 05, 2008, 12:08:47 pm »
I think DaveB is joking, but just in case a newcomer believes this, note that a 3/4" mirror mounted four to six inches from your eye has a somewhat larger field of view than a car's outside mirror, assuming both are flat glass.

Sure, I was joking.  My problem is that I could never find a good spot for an eyeglass or helmet mirror where my own glasses didn't interfer with its easy use.  The inherent field of view is no problem, just positioning it so I could use it.

As noted YMMV.  

General Discussion / Looking Backward
« on: April 04, 2008, 11:30:08 am »
Not sure what there is to get used to.  You briefly look left and see what is in the mirror.  Do you get used to using an outside side mirror when driving a car?
I don't know either but I was never able to use one comfortably.  I wear precription glasses and it seemed I was either looking outside my glasses and the image was blurred or the frame got in the way of the mirror.  I adjusted them every-which-way and never got comfortable using one.

Sure I use an outside mirror on my car.  Maybe if the eyeglass mirror was 6" square I'd be able to ues it too.   ;)

General Discussion / Looking Backward
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:38:44 am »
I hear folks claim that they have had to run off into the ditch to keep from being run over by an overtaking vehicle.  I don't get this.
I never understood it either.  If you can tell the car is really going to hit you it's already too close to do much anyway.  I've always assumed the people who claim this just panicked and rode into the ditch unnecessarily. The car driver was either surprised or entertained by their reaction.  

General Discussion / Looking Backward
« on: April 02, 2008, 11:55:33 pm »
I agree 100% with the use of mirrors and have them on all of my bikes.  

I like your comment on "no false positives".  If you see it it REALLY is there.  I also agree that a negative finding isn't always indicative of nothing there.  

However, mirror choices are a bit like saddle choices, one size doesn't fit all.  I tried all of the available helmet and eyeglass mounted mirrors several times and never got used to them.  

After trying every alternative I could think of, I settled on the Third Eye bar end mirror.  It's very stable and, at 3" in diameter and slightly convex, it gives a wide view.  And, yes, objects in the mirror are larger (and closer) then they appear but you learn to compensate for that quite quickly.  This mirror has the further advantage of always being in the same place. so you can quickly glance at it for an update.  

I install them in the left end of my drop bars for riding here or in Europe and move them to the right side when riding in the UK or Japan.  Their one disadvantage is that they precludes the use of bar-end shifters.   Not a problem for me.

General Discussion / Camping in Arizona
« on: April 02, 2008, 02:30:08 pm »
After Labor Day (September 1 this year) the crowds tend to be less and your chances of finding a motel are much better.  The closer the the park entrances you are the more likely the motels are fully booked at any time of the year.


General Discussion / Dumpster Diving Rider?
« on: April 12, 2008, 09:57:33 am »
I noticed the change in RJR's approach too. In the other thread he was asking for some magic idea that would let him live and eat respectfully without actually working for or being tainted by money.  

I do have one very effective way to have all the advantages of money without having to demean your self by actually doing anything useful for it:

Have wealthy, overly indulgent parents.  :(


General Discussion / Dumpster Diving Rider?
« on: April 07, 2008, 10:05:53 am »
A lot of otherwise useable food is discarded instead of being given away because of the current legal climate.  A business that gives away open packages or prepared food, even if it is still edible, can open itself up to a law suit by someone who claims the food made them sick or otherwise harmed them.  

Whether such suits have really happened or not is immeterial. The fact that it can happen has an inhibiting effect on what would otherwise be a charitable idea.

If you dumpster-dive for what appears to be perfectly good food and you are wrong about the quality you are on your own. The store isn't liable for what happens to you.

I have seen huge amounts of left-over food discarded by restaurants and "party houses" after weddings and similar affairs and asked why it wasn't donated to a local soup kitchen or shelter.  I was told they were worried about the liability if someone claimed it made them sick.  

General Discussion / Dumpster Diving Rider?
« on: March 24, 2008, 11:06:44 am »
If I remember the original thread she really wasn't proposing "Dumpster Diving" as a method of eating, just stealth camping and trying to live on the good will of other people for food and shelter. Sort of a "charity ride" where she and her friends were the charity recipients.
Another poster told of his adventures traveling by bike and eating left-overs from restaurants, etc. and the ensuing contentious thread picked up on his comments.  

General Discussion / Car parking along ACA routes
« on: March 21, 2008, 09:54:28 pm »
I've done a couple of multi-day tours and we've always stayed in a motel at the start/finish at least one of the days, either at the beginning or end of the tour. We've been able to leave our car(s) in the motel parking lot with the owner's permission.

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