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Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by MrBent on January 16, 2017, 01:45:52 pm »
Oh, another thing to consider:  See if you can follow some dirt road alternatives in Colorado.  There are A LOT of ways to go, and you'll have a much more scenic, enjoyable time.  The route from Pagosa Springs to Del Norte, for example, is beautiful, but twisty and often without shoulders.  We pedaled it in mid-Oct. and it was pretty good but mid-summer might be hairy with lots of RV's.  I wish we'd searched out more dirt options.

Oh, looks like you'll be able to pick up the Katy Trail in MO from Clinton to Sedalia--don't miss it!  Great car-free riding on a crushed limestone trail. 
Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by MrBent on January 16, 2017, 01:42:35 pm »
Looking better.  Just east of Barstow at Newberry Springs (Baghdad Cafe) swing onto I 40 until Ludlow.  It's legal there.  Route 66 degenerates into the world's worst pavement.  Get back onto 66 until Fenner--water, snacks--then I 40 again until Needles.  Swinging up to Goffs is okay but you'll have to run the gauntlet to get back to I 40 on Rt. 95--not nice.  It's better to just deal with I 40, which isn't bad as far as freeways go--huge shoulder, moderate traffic--smooth, too.  You'll love the ride through Oatman to Kingman--great stuff!  Do what you can to go during the cool part of the year.  Needles area is usually about as hot as Death Valley in the summer.  I've only pedaled through in late fall and winter.  When I went through in early Nov., for example, it was 80 deg. F.

You'll have a blast.
General Discussion / Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Last post by madonarosy on January 16, 2017, 01:38:05 pm »
I have  plan to travel from USA to Mexico . but Mexico is far away from USA . it almost 1,629 kilometers .. And In near Feature I would like to travel in other part of the world by riding my bike . But seem to impossible for a single man like me . Recently I have bought a best road bikes under 500 dollars . But I think to travel world over the world , I need to buy a folding bicycle . Also I have to join a cycling community to know the details about bicycling . Thank you for this topic . I am following this topic to get more awesome and informative thing from you guys . 
Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by DSchweikert on January 16, 2017, 12:45:09 pm »
Correct on all counts.  Started with ridewithgps (which uses Google maps), am a Easterner who hasn’t ridden in the west much, and lots of planning yet to do.  Since I posted this in Dec, I used Adventure Cycling and a couple other sources to revise the route to this (sorry, I should have revised the original post):

It’s not accurate in the eastern US, where I’ll use the Great Rivers route, USBRS, and state bike routes (such as NC).

The idea is to get from San Luis Obispo, California to Colorado Springs to Chicago (due to planned stops in each city).  So I now have the route hitting Route 66 in Barstow and follow it to near Flagstaff, then part of the Transamerica Trail in Colorado and Kansas (but it drops too far south as it goes east).

So specific questions are now the section to Barstow (from San Luis Obispo), and is the route feasible through 4 Corners that mostly follows US160?

I appreciate the input from everyone- thanks very much.  Physical training is going well, but the planning needs work.
Classifieds / Re: Big Agnes Seedhouse 1 tent
« Last post by EAkerberg on January 16, 2017, 12:20:34 pm »
Interested in the tent.  Please call 603 817-3586 to discuss.
Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« Last post by zzzz on January 16, 2017, 12:15:44 pm »
I'm all for more possible routes but I find all the concern about the dogs in Kentucky did not match my experience on route. Yes, I had 4 or 5 dogs come out for the chase but only one of them looked like he would like to bite me if he got the chance. I will admit that my sample size of 1 does not make me an expert but I wondered after riding it if the stories of dogs may be worse than then they actually are.

It felt to me like it was kind of a throw back to the "good(?) old days" when I started cycling in the 70's before the advent of "invisible fence". If you rode in rural (and especially poor) area's, you sometimes need to deal w dogs.

I live in Pennsylvania now, which would be a likely alternate to Kentucky, and when I'm out in the country, there's dogs here too.
Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« Last post by MrBent on January 16, 2017, 11:33:52 am »
Yep, Indiana.  It was such a relief to sleep in AC for a couple of nights, me being a "dry" air Westerner and all.  The humidity on the eastern leg of the crossing was one of my biggest challenges.

Nope, don't think I hit Staggers.
Gear Talk / Re: Camp Stove
« Last post by indyfabz on January 16, 2017, 10:33:28 am »
but I'm always worried about leaks.

Leaks from what? The pump. If so, I would simply replace it or at least do some maintenance on it. It's is pretty old.

These days, I have been using the Optimus Nova) (not the Nova + version) over my MSR Dragonfly, although I will take the latter with me on shorter trips where I need to carry less gear. (The Dragonfly is a but bulkier.) The Nova has a great, metal pump that is very sturdy. However, my cooking is more elaborate that that of many others, so stove likes those may be overkill for you.

32 oz. White Gas or Crown Camp Fuel cans can be hard to find in places. As noted, you can simply donate what you don't use. I did that in WY, when I had to buy a gallon of Coleman Fuel. Left what I didn't need at the campground for other cyclists riding the TransAm. I have, however, found the smaller cans. REI seems to always have them, and I remember finding them in independent sporting goods stores in Whitefish, MT, Winthrop, WA and Montrose, CO. There is even a store in downtown Philadelphia that stocks them during the spring/summer season.

Back in 2000 I spent 7 weeks touring Andalucía with a burner for a Gaz canisters. Didn't like it at all. The canisters didn't last long for my type of cooking.
Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« Last post by indyfabz on January 16, 2017, 10:12:25 am »
+++++++ for Monroeville!

You talkin' Monroeville, IN? If so, out group Northern Tier tour stayed in the community center back in '99. The AC was quite a relief as we had been experiencing temps in the upper 90s to low 100s.

Did you have a beer at Staggers?
GPS Discussion / Re: Easytrails App - Loading tracks
« Last post by mdxix on January 16, 2017, 09:59:00 am »
I cannot see how to load the digital gpx files from the ACA.
Detailed instructions available on Adventure Cycling web site.

From a location where you have the GPX files (GoodReader or Dropbox), you can open them in EasyTrails app.

I have downloaded the recommended Easytrails app onto the IPAD, (free version)
This maybe part of the problem. The free version only supports loading one track. You should be able to see it from the "paw" icon at the bottom of the screen.
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