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General Discussion / Tips for giving away books while touring?
« Last post by RestlessSpinster on August 28, 2015, 07:39:51 pm »
Hey fellow riders,
Inspired by cycling librarians (see bibliobicicleta.org  and  magazine.good.is/articles/bike-libraries), I've hatched an idea to combine a cross-country tour with a love of books and a concern about racial/social justice issues to... give books away to people living in "book deserts" along the route. Thinking of calling it "Biking, Books & Black Lives Matter."

Has anyone out there ever done anything like this? Cycling around my home town of Seattle would be one thing, but cross-country is quite another. I imagine partnering with libraries/book stores/community groups along the way, shipping books ahead and then distributing them from hubs.  (Rather than hauling a load of books every pedal stroke of the way.)

I've found a couple leads on specially designed book trailers already--

Would love to hear any other tips or resources you can pass along. Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by Iowagriz on August 28, 2015, 11:54:00 am »
Heavily dependent. WA 20 sounds like it's out. Significant fire activity near Winthrop, Twisp, Okanogon and Omak, WA. If you look at the Winthrop KOA web site there is an alter noting that while the campground is open, portions of WA 20 east and west of the facility are closed.

There is also a fire near Chelan, WA. Also, one near John Day, OR, which I believe is on the TransAm route, has grown and could get bigger:

http://news.yahoo.com/firefighters-holding-own-against-giant-wildfire-075139846.html;_ylt=AwrBT7cWfuBVV9IAbTlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyODRjcmJxBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjAzNDFfMQRzZWMDc2M-

I may not have been clear, continue on the train to Spokane or Whitefish.  I agree that you wouldn't be able to ride along the northern tier route due to the smoke and fires (or it wouldn't be any fun). 

For the limited amount of time left, get to the National Parks the easiest and quickest possible way and then tour around those areas.
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by indyfabz on August 28, 2015, 11:31:30 am »
Another smoke and fire dependent route recommendation.

Take train north to Seattle and east to Whitefish.  Then do the National Parks routes.  Since you are in the US, no better place to tour than Glacier and Yellowstone Parks.  Tourist season is winding down (after Labor Day) and the roads should be nice and quiet.

Heavily dependent. WA 20 sounds like it's out. Significant fire activity near Winthrop, Twisp, Okanogon and Omak, WA. If you look at the Winthrop KOA web site there is an alter noting that while the campground is open, portions of WA 20 east and west of the facility are closed.

There is also a fire near Chelan, WA. Also, one near John Day, OR, which I believe is on the TransAm route, has grown and could get bigger:

http://news.yahoo.com/firefighters-holding-own-against-giant-wildfire-075139846.html;_ylt=AwrBT7cWfuBVV9IAbTlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyODRjcmJxBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjAzNDFfMQRzZWMDc2M-
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from nov to feb in the 70degs, 60degs, 80degs this time of the year and my load on my bike is fine,
and it is are rainy season
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Sounds like it's going to be a fun but hot ride. Make sure you stock up on gels and other types of nutrition to keep your body energized. The other thing to consider is the weight you'll be carrying. If ur rear load is too heavy and ur tires are under inflated and not up to the challenge, you'll be getting a heck of a lot of flats.


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Yes, it is open again.
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by Iowagriz on August 27, 2015, 10:34:50 am »
Another smoke and fire dependent route recommendation.

Take train north to Seattle and east to Whitefish.  Then do the National Parks routes.  Since you are in the US, no better place to tour than Glacier and Yellowstone Parks.  Tourist season is winding down (after Labor Day) and the roads should be nice and quiet.
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by indyfabz on August 27, 2015, 09:13:05 am »
Potential forest fire issues aside, maybe take the train north to Oregon and start on the TransAm route east, although it could still be crispy critter hot in central and eastern, OR. I would suggest the Northern Tier to somewhere like Minneapolis, but the route  passes through the heart of some areas of Washington state that I believe are burning.

Detailing tour travel plans home (e.g., If you have a to be back at a certain location to fly home) might produce more helpful suggestions.
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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by raceboy on August 27, 2015, 12:05:47 am »
I haven't been but the Santa Fe Trail from New Mexico to Missouri interests me. I have ridden in and around Santa Fe, NM and it is pretty nice.
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General Discussion / Where next, US?
« Last post by brit2015 on August 26, 2015, 10:41:20 pm »
We have just finished the Pacific Coast Trail, riding 40 to 50 mpd from Seattle to Santa Barbara. We would like to keep cycling but dont know where to go. We would be happy to get a train to the start of another good route. We have up to 10 weeks left on our visa.  We are not great fans of riding for hours on a shoulder while RVs and trucks rattle past us. Our favourite bits of the trip were HW 1 in Northern CA (the narrower, windy bits where traffic was slower) as well as small, rural roads along the Olympic Discovery Trial in WA. We' d really like to see the Grand Canyon and were considering the Connector route, but we fear it will be too punishingly hot, at least for the next few weeks. Our budget, for 2, is $50 per day. Any ideas and experiences gratefully received.
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