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I am planning a trip from Vermont to Paris via NH, ME, NB, NS, NL, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, eastern Europe -> Paris. For COP21, the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris this December.

I would absolutely love any advice on:
1. Gear! I'm starting from square one, pretty much. All words of wisdom appreciated
2. Sponsors/funding! Any advice on who to approach for any of the gear I need or financial support? Crowdfunding page here:
3. Teammates! Get in touch if photography, film-making or digital story-telling is your thing and climate justice is why you get out of bed in the morning
4. Route planning! Have you ridden any of these sections? Advice for me?
5. Ideas! Know of people or places along my way that I should not miss? I would love to visit them

You can check out my website at

Thank you so much!

GPS Discussion / Re: Best GPS for touring
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 26, 2015, 11:32:59 am »
FWIW, I've been pretty pleased with OSM in the US.  It's got pretty good coverage, sometimes even better than commercial products.  (For example, there's a "new" road just up the hill from me that was built some 8 years ago.  OSM shows it, but Delorme Topo 10 doesn't.)

If OSM has a downside, it's that they've apparently taken satellite data and sometimes think there's a road where it's actually a farm lane or long driveway.  But you've seen the news stories about the people following their Garmin on a shortcut, right?
GPS Discussion / Re: Best GPS for touring
« Last post by cheesehawk on March 26, 2015, 11:17:12 am »
It feels like the perfect long-distance bicycle touring device has not been offered for sale yet. I'll try to answer a couple of the questions I posed above (thanks to ACA mapping folks for having a very general discussion with me).

"It sounds like the eTrex 30 would be superior for downloading waypoints. How many waypoints are in an average ACA map section? It sounds like the Edge Touring might be simpler from the standpoint that the maps are pre-loaded. How many waypoints will it hold for when I get to the ACA portions of my ride?"

As a very rough approximation, it sounds like an ACA section will normally have over 200 waypoints for turn-by-turn navigation alone, and additional waypoints for points of interest. A single section might also have well over 1000 waypoints. The number of waypoints per section will depend greatly on the number of turns and the number of services available. More remote sections will have fewer waypoints. For example, it appears that TA section 1 has about 250 waypoints for turn-by-turn navigation alone.

The Touring and Touring Plus and Edge 1000 are all limited to 200 waypoints. The eTrex 20 and 30 each hold 2000 waypoints.  So based on this information, I would expect an eTrex 20 or 30 to hold between 1-2 sections of ACA maps with points of interest, and maybe as many as 4 with just turn-by-turn navigation. However, it does not appear to me that the eTrex 30 is able to use OSM, and it does not come pre-loaded with cycling suitable maps. This will create an additional cost. The value of OSM for long-distance touring may be limited at this point (OSM relies upon user input, so more remote areas may be less well mapped and updated), but it provides a degree of flexibility, and its free.

General Discussion / Re: Charging iphone for maps while touring
« Last post by indyfabz on March 26, 2015, 10:07:20 am »
I think he's planning D.C. to Maine. Charging should not be a problem. In addition to the options mentioned above, many campgrounds, including state parks with modern facilities, have electrical outlets in the bathrooms. Picnic facilities like covered pavilions in campgrounds may also have electrical outlets.

Unless you plan to "wild camp" I don't think charging will be an issue.
Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by staehpj1 on March 26, 2015, 07:56:37 am »
North to South is generally highly recommended.  If you go the other way I'd recommend starting early to get as many miles in before the wind kicks up as you can.
General Discussion / Re: Charging iphone for maps while touring
« Last post by staehpj1 on March 26, 2015, 07:54:06 am »
I have cut back on the electronic devices I carry and now it is usually just the smart phone.  I leave it turned off most of the time nd generally tend to minimize usage.  Mine takes spare batteries that are about an ounce and are fairly inexpensive.  I also own one of the smallish power wallets which I may or may not take depending on the trip.

I tend to eat at least one meal a day in some kind of diner or restaurant so charging is typically available much more often than I need it.  If you don't you still might consider buying a beverage and sitting in a fast food place nursing the beverage while you use their wifi and charge batteries.

If going out into the backcountry I get by without charging by taking the spare batteries, the power wallet and conserving on usage.  I really don't think I personally will resort to a dynohub or solar panels for any tour I am likely to do.  The weight, drag, and expense of a dynohub (or solar panel) seem like enough downside for me to not even consider them.
Routes / Need additional Rider or Riders ASAP.
« Last post by RonK on March 26, 2015, 12:50:12 am »
As a parent myself I couldn't think of a better activity for my son to learn about responsibility, group dynamics, decision-making and risk evaluation (among other things) that are invaluable experiences for a young adult.
To give them some peace of mind, provide them with a detailed itinerary and a regular schedule of contacts. If that's not sufficient, take a Spot tracker or Delorme Inreach as others have suggested, and tell them to put the helicopter away.
General Discussion / Re: Charging iphone for maps while touring
« Last post by RonK on March 26, 2015, 12:41:45 am »


I am getting ready for a 3 week bike trip.  I have hard maps but I think I would like to have access to my phone for directions everyone once in a while.
If you turn the iPhone off when not in use, the battery will last a long time.
I have an 12000mAh Anker Zolo battery that can recharge an iPhone 6+ four times.
I also have a dynamo hub that I use to recharge the Zolo when I'm away from an outlet.
invariably people tend to acquire more and more gadgets, and ultimately you'll likely need a combination of all three.
GPS Discussion / Re: Incomplete Lewis & Clark GPS Waypoints
« Last post by ridescottride on March 25, 2015, 08:15:52 pm »
Ok. First thank you for responding. Sorry it took so long for me to get back. So many things going on around the house that I lost track of time.

Anyway......  When I first go on

When I click on the brown line the following pop-up is shown.
Lewis and Clark Trail
Hartford, IL to Seaside, OR 8 Map Set (3065.0 mi.)
Section 7: Clarkston, WA to Seaside, OR (473.5 mi.)
Route Information
Purchase Map

I then go to
Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by John Nelson on March 25, 2015, 08:14:42 pm »
North to South is preferable for several reasons. The wind is one. You won't fight the wind continuously going the other way, but you will more often than not. But there are other important reasons. The shoulders are better on the southbound side, specifically for the benefit of cyclists. The view is better. Cars see you better (since the drivers are admiring the view too). The pullouts are mostly on the ocean side.

Nevertheless, if you choose to go the "wrong" way, you'll still have a good trip.
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