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General Discussion / Re: Eating the Transam Trail
« Last post by YogaO on March 24, 2017, 02:38:48 pm »
As others have said, it depends on what your definitions of "good nutrition" and "affordable" are. It also depends on how many miles you do in a day, what the weather is, did you fight headwinds, cold, hot temps and how much climbing, plus a bunch of other stuff, like a bike mechanical?

Also, it depends on your budget. We met a couple of guys from the Netherlands who only rode with a rain jacket as additional gear. They rode hotel-to-hotel 60 - 120+ miles a day and ate in restaurants. They were fast!

On our W-E trip last summer, we found that many small towns had lost their grocery store because there's a Wal-Mart 25 or so miles down the road, easily accessed by car. Some significant number of small towns have had their grocery "replaced" with a Dollar General. We found them to be a good source for peanut butter and trail mix. I ate more trail mix last summer than in all of my prior life combined, LOL.

We also carried lightweight cooking gear and bought a few days worth of relatively nutritional items that we could make into a one pot meal. This included cooked chicken breast in pouches and pre-cooked Uncle Ben's rice in a variety of flavors (also found in pouches). We also carried flour tortillas and peanut butter. A great lunch is a flour (whole wheat) tortilla, peanut butter and roadside wild blackberries.

You can make a very lightweight alcohol stove and carry pretty minimal gear to cook with. Consult the ACA TransAm maps to see where there might be "holes" along your planned daily rides and plan accordingly.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Adventure Cycling Association Mobile Route Apps
« Last post by jsieber on March 24, 2017, 01:24:40 pm »
This board is for questions about or support for the Adventure Cycling Association Mobile Route Apps available on iTunes and Google Play. More information about these apps can be found here:
Classifieds / Re: Many maps for sale
« Last post by Ty Dawley on March 24, 2017, 12:57:23 pm »
I would take the Allegheny Mountain Loop. I live in Oregon. How can we do this?

Oddly enough I rode from Pittsburgh to Erie last year the opposite way on my XC ride. Through Beaver Falls, Washington Township. Edinboro etc. I'll pass on that one.
Gear Talk / Re: Advice on Lower Gearing
« Last post by Pat Lamb on March 24, 2017, 11:32:44 am »
Try it and see how it goes.  All gearing has the really low combination available -- two feet on the ground pushing the bike up the hill.  Make sure you've got cleat covers if you're using road pedals.
Routes / Re: Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by jwrushman on March 24, 2017, 10:28:32 am »
Thanks, indyfabz, for the links.  The video actually showing how to cross with a bicycle was excellent, but it looks like there are still places that will be a challenge for a fully-loaded bicycle, e.g. turnstiles.
Routes / Re: Transamerica route question
« Last post by indyfabz on March 24, 2017, 10:14:02 am »
In that case, I would consider having someone who you can mail unneeded stuff to when climate conditions change and who will mail stuff back when they change again.
Routes / Re: Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by indyfabz on March 24, 2017, 10:11:31 am »
It's been a while, but crossing the Peace Bridge was no problem with the right documentation.  If you already have a passport, there is not additional expense involved in crossing the bridge, and the ride up that side was very nice.

Our group stayed in town two nights at this place HI Hotel (not to be confused with the B&B of the same name):

It's away from the heavily visited areas but still close enough to walk to the falls.

Here is some information with a video about crossing:

Crossing back was similarly a snap.

Classifieds / Re: Many maps for sale
« Last post by dstromberg on March 24, 2017, 08:41:14 am »
The Allegheny Mountain Loop is complete (396.5 miles) and was published in 2011.
The Underground Railroad map was published in 2010 and covers from Erie, PA to Pittsburgh, PA (152.5 miles). This is more of a spur off of the main Underground Railroad route.
General Discussion / Re: Eating the Transam Trail
« Last post by Soulboy#1 on March 24, 2017, 04:24:49 am »
Thanks to everyone who has offered advice for my question. I guess my first option would be to cook, however not having all the correct equipment and an intent to ride out as light as possible makes the prospect of cooking as I go a bit of a headache.
Routes / Re: Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by John Nelson on March 24, 2017, 12:56:11 am »
I crossed from Canada to the US over the Lewiston-Queenston bridge in 2012. Not sure if I was supposed to or not, but I rode past the line of cars to the front. It didn't take long at all.
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