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General Discussion / Re: Solo Divider looking to team up for the start
« Last post by AlbertoC on Today at 12:27:08 am »
Hi all,

New to this forum and also doing the great divide starting mid July as a continuation of an extensive trip in South America. We are going to be touring on low-medium weight setups, can do relatively long days and would not mind some company at least for the start. We´ve got plenty of experience touring dirt roads, but none in bear country.

Our route starts in Vancouver around Mid June, taking some detours to Banff along the way.

Hopefully see some of you on the (dirt) roads!
Hello all!
  I met a transcontinental cyclist at a hostel in Troutdale, VA. He is a very sweet young man from Holland whom is here on a 3 month visa to complete the trail from VA to CA. It is an Appalacian Trail Hiking initiation of sorts to get a "trail name". Mine is "HeartRock" because I carried a 5lb heart-shaped rock with me until I could take it home :) He inquired about all the hikers odd names and how they came by them. I decided that since he is on a trail of his own he deserved a trail name as well! The name, "TourDeHolland", seemed fitting since he is from Holland and is a cyclist that compared to me could be in the Tour de France ;) This entire message is all in hopes that either he or someone else on this forum will read this and let me know where he is on his trek and/or if he has completed the transcontinental task! I would love to get in contact with him and hear about his journey! Thank you in advance for looking out for my TourDeHolland!!!!

Happy Trails,
Brandi Corbin (find me on Facebook) or
I sol it 3 days ago, sorry.  it had 700s though
Gear Talk / Re: Flashlights for bike are needed
« Last post by GraceBluce on Today at 12:02:52 am »
First, you have to decide whether you need a "see" headlight or a "be seen" headlight. Then you need to decide how long you need it to run. Is this for an hour commute or a month tour? Then you need to establish your budget. Do you have $200 to spend or $10 to spend?

Sorry for that I did not provide enough information. I would like to get a "See" flashlight for I like night riding. As for the running hour for the flashlight, I would a a full charge can run more than 2 hours, and the budget is around $150, I will choose one from the Sure Fire or Tank007 flashlight site.

Thanks for the suggestions from all.
Routes / Re: Connecticut connect to Northern Tier
« Last post by RobbieRoss on May 26, 2015, 10:08:10 pm »
Thanks for the tip!  We will check it out.
So.... Out of curiosity....where exactly are the "real hills"?
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GPS Discussion / Re: Using Garmin Edge Touring abroad?
« Last post by jed on May 26, 2015, 09:44:46 pm »
I just bought a Garmin Edge Touring for a trip to Europe. I found out it come with USA/Canada maps installed. I am thinking of ordering the Garmin Europe City Maps. Does anyone know if the Euro Velo maps routes are includes in the Europe maps or would I need to add them myself?
General Discussion / Re: Tour Divide 2015 Maps Needed
« Last post by jbart on May 26, 2015, 08:10:53 pm »
When are you leaving Kelowna for Banff to do the Tour Divide?  The reason I ask is I am doing a solo ride (not the Tour Divide Race) and was hoping to get a ride from Kelowna to Banff around June 1 or 2.  That may be too early for you or you may not have room for me, my bike, and my gear, but I thought I would ask.  I have a copy of the maps, but need them for myself on my ride. 
Routes / Re: Choosing a Western Route B&B to B&B
« Last post by on May 26, 2015, 07:58:25 pm »
It sounds like if we (ages13 - lots older than that) wanted not to go it self supported we'd need a fully supported tour and in the case of ID maybe some Fargos. I was looking to see that written about by Abbey, Colin Fletcher, and Hillerman. I'll check out the Glacier Warton Loop. Thank you for your help!
California / Re: Cycle touring in Napa and Sonoma
« Last post by h.mccormack on May 26, 2015, 06:00:41 pm »
Hi Craig - thanks - I agree: I think they're one of the few that might help; i did look at their booking site and it appears they want a 2 night minimum stay however. But will call them and see what they say - distance wise they're about the right place for a single days ride. I'm also looking at Steele Canyon campground (run by the same people it looks like). None of them sound wonderful but to a greater extent I am treating this night as a means to an end i.e. to get over to Pope Chiles. I'm in contact with a winery that does B&B above Napa that DOES look good and want to get there the following night. Will make a decision after I've called them. Thanks again for your help. Cheers Hugh
General Discussion / Re: Flying With Touring Gear
« Last post by John Nelson on May 26, 2015, 05:03:39 pm »
Since somehow flying with a stove crept its way into this thread, I'll add my thoughts. As Pete says, alcohol is typically easier to find in remote places than gas canisters. Alcohol has one other advantage for flying. Within about an hour, alcohol residue evaporates completely from your stove and you cannot tell it was ever there. That should make flying with an alcohol stove less problematic. The TSA does not allow fluids with greater than 70% alcohol in packed luggage, and most alcohol stove fuel is going to be greater than 70%. So take the stove, but buy the fuel when you get there.

One other note about packing other stuff in your bike box. The TSA is virtually certain to open and inspect your bike box, but less likely to open and inspect your gear box. So if you have something that you are worried they might object to, packing it in your bike box is risky. Also, I like to keep my bike box clear so that they can inspect it without removing the bike from the box. If they take the bike out of the box, the odds are not good that they'll get it repacked as carefully as you packed it.

If you plan to ship your bike rather than fly with it, then everything I said about the TSA does not apply.
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