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General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by John Nelson on September 21, 2016, 05:13:43 pm »
put them in your checked baggage to keep the hazards out of the passenger area
I don't know how Amtrak feels, but the airlines require you to keep permitted potential fire hazards (e.g., lithium batteries, matches) in the passenger compartment and not in the baggage compartment. I think the theory is that a fire is more easily handled in the passenger compartment.

On the other hand, potential weapons are restricted to the baggage compartment, so I'd put my tools in the checked baggage.

But, as has been said, on Amtrak, nobody is looking.
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General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« Last post by John Nelson on September 21, 2016, 04:47:06 pm »
With three years to get this done, not a great deal of planning is necessary. Before it gets too hot, head north. Before it gets too cold, head south. If it's just right, head east or west.
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General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« Last post by RussSeaton on September 21, 2016, 03:32:45 pm »
STEP great grand father.  When you add the step, I'm not sure it even qualifies for anything more than the husband part.
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General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by adventurepdx on September 21, 2016, 02:07:21 pm »
Yeah, I've taken fuel with me on Amtrak, plus chain lube and multi-tools. Since Amtrak doesn't search bags like airlines do, unless the station or on-board personnel are made aware of it for some reason, they won't know. So I wouldn't worry much about it. If you want to play it safe, check to see if where you are going will have fuel canisters (if that's what you use.)
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Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« Last post by canalligators on September 21, 2016, 10:14:55 am »
Cooking or not, those are the two schools of thought. 

Personnally, I don't cook while on tour.  This avoids carrying cooking equipment and the time spent cooking and cleaning up.  I do carry minimal utensils (spoon, cup, pocket knife) and buy food for the evening meal, usually at grocery stores.  We typically eat breakfasts in local restaurants; these meals are cheap and tasty; it's hard to mess up eggs and toast.

You'll also need to carry daytime snacks.  You can buy light and replenish these as you go. We've used packaged crackers & peanut butter and granola bars.  Additionally, I always carry emergency rations, at least a meal's worth.  I may not be much of a meal, but it will keep body and soul together for one night.
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General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by canalligators on September 21, 2016, 10:00:48 am »
Good point, I hadn't thought of that.

Probably the best way to handle this is to pack your sharp tools in checked baggage, and buy your flammables on arrival at El Paso.  An empty fuel bottle shouldn't be an issue.

But in practice, nobody's checking.  You could take flammmables along, making sure you're transporting them safely, and put them in your checked baggage to keep the hazards out of the passenger area.  While this is technically against the rules, you've done due dilligence... 

The same comments would apply to dog spray.
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General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« Last post by elh21566 on September 21, 2016, 09:11:04 am »
not quite right although the math would work my wife is 11 years older then me the two daughters are step daughters.
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General Discussion / Re: Bike all lower 48 states
« Last post by elh21566 on September 21, 2016, 09:08:54 am »
I plan to do it in one trip stopping along the way at interesting places and working for a month or so I figure about three years.
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General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 21, 2016, 06:06:54 am »
I've taken chain lube, cooking alcohol and a multitool on Amtrak.
Me too.  Additionally I have taken isobutane canisters and not had any issues.  It didn't occur to me that I might be in violation at the time, but on hindsight I'd do it again.  I'd just be ready to have those items confiscated in the unlikely event that they became an issue.  Unless things have changed recently or other stations are very different than the ones I used, it isn't much of a concern.
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General Discussion / Re: Restricted Items on Amtrak ("flammable" etc.)
« Last post by John Nelson on September 20, 2016, 11:44:00 pm »
I've taken chain lube, cooking alcohol and a multitool on Amtrak.
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