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General Discussion / Re: Natchez Trace Parkway - Cell Phone Signals
« Last post by Venchka on July 05, 2015, 11:54:29 pm »
That makes sense. I shall investigate Cypress Swamp. I like swamps. Thanks.

Wayne



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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on July 05, 2015, 11:08:55 pm »
@staehpj1
I can only surmise myself as why that may be the case, if indeed it is.
 
First there is typically one start point on the east, Yorktown, whereas on the west you have Florence, Newport, and Astoria. It seems the majority starting in the east start around the first couple weeks in May and their first three or four overnights center around Willis Church, Ashland RV campground and then Mineral. So there are these opportunities to connect early on.

For the first 10-11 days going west it tests your endurance, especially Afton and on, causing short days and rests days for many. This generates opportunities to play leap frog and frequent meet ups. Plus everyone seems to shoot for the known hospitality stopovers like Troutdale, The Place, Rosedale, Outlook, and Hindman for example.

I have followed maybe 8-10 CGOAB TA journals for 2015. However there are not that many west to east journals in the mix this year so I have limited data there. I'm only looking at 2015 to sort out an itinerary for myself for a possible 2016 run at the TA again.

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Routes / Re: Rolling out of Boise July 7th on the IHSR
« Last post by nschafcpa on July 05, 2015, 11:04:47 pm »
2 of us r leaving Ketchum on the 10th, planning on the entire loop


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General Discussion / Re: Natchez Trace Parkway - Cell Phone Signals
« Last post by mzimmerm on July 05, 2015, 11:00:38 pm »
Cypress Swamp is a well known landmark on the Trace and is near Jackson. But "the swamp" and swamp-like conditions exist for many many miles either end of Cypress Swamp.
The Trace on the more Northern portions are rolling and much more scenic in my opinion.
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General Discussion / Re: Natchez Trace Parkway - Cell Phone Signals
« Last post by Venchka on July 05, 2015, 10:47:54 pm »
Verizon has better coverage. Take it from someone who lives in the woods miles from a town of any size. For total SOS coverage, use a Personal Locator Beacon, PLB for short. They work anywhere anytime.
Have a safe trip. I'm not sure where the swamps are on the Trace, but I have not traveled all of it.

Wayne



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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« Last post by staehpj1 on July 05, 2015, 09:07:34 pm »
IMHO West to East will be easier if you are low on conditioning. East to West has more steeper climbs early on.
I found that to be true.  In fact I found the Appalachians to be the hardest part and the climbs out of the river valleys in the Ozarks were a challenge as well.

But I believe you will hook up and share the experience with more riders going east-west. This is from reading several journals and my experience as well.
I didn't notice that, but I have only done it W-E.  Not sure why that would be the case.  I am curious, care to elaborate?
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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on July 05, 2015, 06:45:56 pm »
IMHO West to East will be easier if you are low on conditioning. East to West has more steeper climbs early on.

But I believe you will hook up and share the experience with more riders going east-west. This is from reading several journals and my experience as well.
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FWIW, I find sun sleeves are OK up to about 85-90F.  Above that, I prefer to baste myself with sunscreen and sweat, because the sun sleeves are so much hotter.  I suppose if you're carrying adequate water, you could douse the sleeves, but even with that I reach a point that I'm already dripping sweat and can't tolerate the extra layer.  Again IME, that's usually around 95-100F with 70-90% humidity that's normal in the eastern US.
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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on July 05, 2015, 05:49:23 pm »
You note having the sun in your eyes, and because of that I was really happy to ride west when we hit Kansas.  The heat was oppressive (near or above 100F every day), which is slightly unusual, but the best way for me to beat it was to ride early.  Passing traffic did not have the glare of the rising sun as we rode west.

Of course, some folks prefer to ride late into the dusk.  For them, it would be logical to ride east.
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Thanks very much.  Great recommendations!
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