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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by ibikeyoubike on April 17, 2014, 06:29:57 pm »
So I updated the route in the link below... I added GPX files J06700.ADDED.01.GPX throuh 04.GPX highlighted purple on Mac. But can you help me with assuring this is the correct routes' following and connecting to the next. Not sure if I needed all of them but do these files help? Many thanks. Also in terms of the Waypoints two questions...

  • When I'm done editing what I need from them should I export and take the <rte> <rte/> out in the files?
  • Should I contain them in one folder or as named (Campgrounds, Restaurants, Bike Shops, etc)?


https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/82601114/East%20to%20West%20Route_Edited.zip
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GPS Discussion / Re: NEWB with GPS Help on Etrex30 (TransAm, Western Express)
« Last post by ibikeyoubike on April 17, 2014, 05:16:50 pm »
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Aside from that, I noticed a few spikes on the route. These indicate to me that some route points are not connected correctly. For example, route J07740_48 near Pueblo, CO:
It approaches Pueblo to the west. It makes a U-turn back east briefly before heading south.
It continues west, turns north toward the airport, only to make another U-turn back south.
In Pueblo, it turns east before looping back west.
Something is not right about these spikes. You may need to experiment with more ways to move or add route points to keep the route continuous.

I'm currently looking into this part. I did take a Chunk out of the TransAm heading further north as I won't we heading that was. I might have accidentally messed it up by doing this. I;m going to place it back to see if it fixes the route and will report back.
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Gear Talk / Re: 11-32 vs 11-34
« Last post by mbattisti on April 17, 2014, 04:27:31 pm »
I have stamina but lack power.
You're a spinner.  If you have a long-cage derailleur, give yourself peace of mind and put a 36 tooth on.  You may be able to proudly tell your grandkids you never had to walk a single hill in the steep Appalachians.  We did (walk) with our loaded tandem with our lowest being a 34 x 24 (700 wheels).
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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« Last post by DaveB on April 17, 2014, 04:03:49 pm »
I was thinking about FedX or UPS to ship the bike box and a box of gear. I don't see anyone mentioning this as an option. We can ship it to our first nights destination and put everything together from there.
Uhh, I mentioned EXACTLY that option in the third posting of this thread.  I said the OP could ship his bike via Fed Ex or UPS to either a bike shop or the hotel/motel where they will stay when they arrive.
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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« Last post by BikePacker on April 17, 2014, 02:58:45 pm »
 Pete didn't say that they didn't do it; he just said he didn't like the terms under which they did it.
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J.N. - You are right.
Thx.
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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Shortest route, Natchez to Asheville to Vermont
« Last post by John Nettles on April 17, 2014, 02:36:11 pm »
If you decide to go to Tishomingo, MS, on the Natchez Trace, I can get you to Asheville on lower-traffic roads.

I can also get you to Tuscaloosa from Kosciusko (also on Natchez Trace).

If you can get from Tuscaloosa to Weaver, AL, you can take the Chief Ladiga Trail (a paved rail trail) to Smyrna, GA (NW of Atlanta) where you can connect to other trails to get you to Coventry, GA.  If you can get from Coventry to anywhere between Seneca, SC and Highlands, NC, I can get you to Asheville on lower-traffic roads.

From Front Royal, you can take the W&OD paved trail to Washington, DC (trail starts in Purcellville, VA) where you can connect with Atlantic Coast Route which would bisect the Canal Trail.  Another option is to ride along the coast in NJ and come thru NYC that way (via ferry on the rough parts) and take the various trails north of NYC to Poughkeepsie and connect with the AC route there.

If any of these sound good, contact me privately and I will see about getting you the route.

John
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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« Last post by rondickinson on April 17, 2014, 02:27:33 pm »
I was thinking about FedX or UPS to ship the bike box and a box of gear.
I don't see anyone mentioning this as an option.
We can ship it to our first nights destination and put everything together from there.
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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« Last post by staehpj1 on April 17, 2014, 01:32:14 pm »
It may not have changed. Nothing you learned is in conflict with what Pete reported. Pete didn't say that they didn't do it; he just said he didn't like the terms under which they did it.
Yes that is correct.  They were still willing to do it then.  The differences were as I recall them:
  • Where they used to use their distribution system they at that point said that it would go UPS and the full UPS costs would of course be payed by me.
  • Additionally they would insist on reassembling it at the receiving store for another iteration of the same fee.  A fee that in the past was the total cost of packing shipping and receiving.  So bottom line was twice as much, plus the full UPS charges.
  • I do not recall the exact dollar amounts, but it was not only way more than they used to charge, but also a lot more than I have ever been charged by a bike shop to pack and ship a bike to my home address.
I will not claim that is all completely accurate as I am going strictly from my sometimes faulty memory.  That said, I definitely found it worse than any of the numerous bike shops I have used for the same purpose and to no longer be a decent deal at all.
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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« Last post by John Nelson on April 17, 2014, 12:05:43 pm »
I simply asked (no mention made by me, of course of this forum or string within) if they were fully willing for the right amount of money to pack/ship from their REI to any other REI and the Bike Dept. Mgr. said an unreserved "Yes."  I did NOT ask if they or other stores would reassemble. 
Soooo, at least some stores, but maybe not all stores are back on board.
Thanks 'staehpj1' for your emphasis on the recheck.  Stuff keeps changing doesn't it :- ) ?
It may not have changed. Nothing you learned is in conflict with what Pete reported. Pete didn't say that they didn't do it; he just said he didn't like the terms under which they did it.
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General Discussion / Re: Logistics of shipping equipment for touring
« Last post by BikePacker on April 17, 2014, 11:54:10 am »
And to think that was before the Great Corporate Takeover and Warranty Reduction of 2013.  Somehow, I doubt REI will have improved in the last couple of years.

Yeah the only reason I suggested verifying was because I had it only from one person in one store.  If he was correct, which seems likely, it is a slam dunk that their policy hasn't changed for the better.

While recognizing the above originators closure on this his/her's string, BUT because of 'staehpj1' prudent encouragement for recheck :- ) ...... I did so.... I rechecked on this with one of the 3 stores in metro-Atlanta.   I simply asked (no mention made by me, of course of this forum or string within) if they were fully willing for the right amount of money to pack/ship from their REI to any other REI and the Bike Dept. Mgr. said an unreserved "Yes."  I did NOT ask if they or other stores would reassemble. 
Soooo, at least some stores, but maybe not all stores are back on board.
Thanks 'staehpj1' for your emphasis on the recheck.  Stuff keeps changing doesn't it :- ) ?
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