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Routes / Re: Dallas to Black Rock City, NV
« Last post by Venchka on Today at 11:22:38 am »
When in doubt, check the Adventure Cycling routes...
It looks like the Western Express route from Dolores, CO to Fallon, NV would be your best bet to get close to Black Rock City, NV.
Enjoy.

Wayne

I posted this late yesterday. It looks like the best way across Nevada. Unless you really want to stay south and go to Las Vegas.
I have driven from Amarillo to Durango, CO & up to Moab, UT several times and ridden my bike from Durango to Dolores, CO where the western Express starts. It is really nice country. Santa Fe, NM to Durango, CO is one of my favorite parts of the country. I realize that covering that route in a day in a car is nothing like riding it on my bike. However, the area is on my "To Ride" list.
I drove to Albuquerque through Lubbock once when I-40 across the Panhandle was iced over. The roads in New Mexico were decent as I recall. Sparsely populated. I always stop at Billy The Kid's grave. No idea why, I just do.  ;)
Just out of curiosity, what bike & gear are you taking?

Wayne
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General Discussion / Re: What's an 'average' day?
« Last post by jbennett on Today at 11:17:06 am »
It's really a question of why are you on the bike?
If it's to simply stay on the bike all day, enjoy the scenery but ultimately do little else then 75-80 miles a day
If however you want to meet the locals, enjoy a cafe and see what you are passing through then 45-50 miles a day.
I've led tours with both types of cyclists and I am definately in the 45-50 mile a day catagory.

The Lands End John O'Groats in the UK is a classic example.
It's a 1000 miles trip. For some a 3 week meandre is ideal. However for most it's a 10 day sprint and I personally think they are missing the point as if you talk to them they have nothing to say about the trip aside fatigue, but look on it more as an achievement.
    Neil

I am not one to spend my days chatting away with strangers.  I do enjoy a good convo, but this trip is more about me and my need to go solo and get out on my own and explore.  I spend too much time around others currently, which is why this trip came up in the first place.  :)  It's going to be an opportunity for me to strike out on my own, not have to be on anyone else's schedule but my own, and spend some time reflecting.  I realize this is a bit different from what most others strive for (apparently) and this all may change after a few solo days on the road.

While it would be an achievement, it's more about the journey for me.  I enjoy long days in the saddle and get a sense of accomplishment out of it.  This trip would be about sight seeing and taking in the scenery, not so much about meeting people along the way.  I have that in my daily life as it is, thankfully!!
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Routes / Re: Dallas to Black Rock City, NV
« Last post by jbennett on Today at 11:09:46 am »
On Topic for this thread:
Getting to new Mexico from DFW & NOT riding along US 287 is tough. There are Farm to Market roads that more or less parallel 287. You might even be better off riding west across Oklahoma to Amarillo or Dalhart.

I was actually looking at going through Lubbock in order to avoid 287 entirely.  I was thinking about starting in Azle since riding across DFW is something I've done a few times and it would just be a beating.  I would be dropped off in Azle and continue from there.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8713625
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8713636
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8713690
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8713698 (Santa Rosa)

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Northern New Mexico is really nice. Piece together a route that will get you to Farmington.
Farmington northwest to Hanksville, UT. This may take some research. You'll need to find a way across Lake Powell. Halls Crossing-Bullfrog or Hite, not sure which one works the best.

I had initially thought about going through Moab, but it looked like I would have to go up to Salt Lake city to 80 and then to BRC.  Some of that stretch was pretty desolate.  At least if I go through Vegas and then North there are towns along the way.

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Hanksville, UT to Cedar City, UT. Use Utah Hwys 24, 12 & 143 if possible.
Cedar City to Black Rock City. Panaca, NV-Crystal Springs, NV - Warm Springs, NV - Tonopah, NV - Coaldale, NV - Fallon, NV - You're on your own to get to Burning Man after Fallon.

I'll take a look at this route as it might be a better option.  Thanks!
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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« Last post by staehpj1 on Today at 07:23:45 am »
Once you bring camping into the mix, packing light is not really feasible.
Not that I would ever go this light myself, but you should check out Pete's gear list:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=301886&v=Y

His gear weights just 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and he takes a tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, bivy sack, stove, pot, utensils. He even has a pillow, for Pete's sake.

Yes that is true and I find that I am pretty comfortable when packing very light and camping and cooking.  My actual trip weights have been a little higher than what was listed in that link since I often take a few luxuries, but I could go with that weight and be fine.  On the Southern Tier I was carrying 14 pounds of gear, but that included some heavier than necessary items that were later replaced and some luxury items including a fairly big camera with an extra telephoto lens.  I definitely could have easily left a few pounds of stuff home or taken some lighter items and still been very comfortable.

There are conditions where I don't like the bivy, but even when I take a tent I can still stay quite light.  If biting insects aren't a problem I usually cowboy camp anyway only climbing into the bivy if it gets cold and windy or it rains.  Trips where I think it will be hot, humid, and buggy every night I take a light tent, otherwise a bivy or a bug bivy work fine.

BTW, it doesn't have to be expensive to go ultralight since much of the reduction is done by eliminating things.  There are fewer items to buy and you need less luggage to carry them.  I can get by with a stuff sack under the saddle (or on the rear rack if using one), a stuff sack used as a bar roll, and maybe a tiny backpack.  I think my gear expenses are probably less than average, despite the fact that I splurge on a few items including a very good and somewhat expensive sleeping bag and sleeping pad.

Going fully self supported with a very light minimalist approach probably isn't for everyone, but it is definitely possible and for those suited to it comfortable.  Having done a good bit of it I doubt that I will go back to a much heavier style of packing.
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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« Last post by John Nelson on Today at 05:20:19 am »
Once you bring camping into the mix, packing light is not really feasible.
Not that I would ever go this light myself, but you should check out Pete's gear list:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=301886&v=Y

His gear weights just 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and he takes a tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, bivy sack, stove, pot, utensils. He even has a pillow, for Pete's sake.

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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« Last post by RonK on Today at 05:02:22 am »

Once you bring camping into the mix, packing light is not really feasible.

Not necessarily. My tent and sleeping bag combined come to around 10 lb's. There are even lighter options, but lightweight camping equipment generally isn't cheap.
So that covers the sleeping arrangements. Then you need to add stove, cookware, fuel, food, water and sundry other camping items.
Weight (and volume) can escalate rapidly.
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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« Last post by bobbys beard on Today at 03:47:04 am »
Once you bring camping into the mix, packing light is not really feasible.

Not necessarily. My tent and sleeping bag combined come to around 10 lb's. There are even lighter options, but lightweight camping equipment generally isn't cheap.
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General Discussion / Re: USA Coast to Coast
« Last post by Stringcat on Today at 01:16:56 am »
Hi. I'm from the UK and I'm setting off coast to coast from San Francisco in a week and a half. If you want to get in touch afterwards I'd be happy to talk about it. Reply to this thread and I'll get an email alert.

I'm planning about 80 miles a day with a rest day once a week. I'm sure that will change as and when I'm in the mountains or get a tailwind. Going to finish about 10 September.

I've done Lands End to John O'Groats for charity twice and John's right: most contributions were from friends, family and colleagues. So your friends start needing to build a big network. Use Facebook and keep reposting.

Best wishes,
Andrew.
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California / Re: Local advice for a UK visitor please?
« Last post by Stringcat on Today at 01:02:02 am »
That's great, guys. Thanks. I'm heading off from San Francisco on 13 July. I'll have a tent but hope to find a bed in town when possible. It's hot in the UK at the moment (about 80°F) and I did 72 miles yesterday so I hope I'm ready for this.
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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« Last post by RonK on June 30, 2015, 10:55:15 pm »

Thanks for all the helpful responses! I think I'm going to go for the packing light option and just use my road bike.
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We'll be doing a combination of camping and staying with people along the route, so I'll be figuring that part out a little bit more.
Once you bring camping into the mix, packing light is not really feasible.
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