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General Discussion / Aggressive Drivers During Transamerica?
« Last post by Awolcycling on May 21, 2016, 08:20:35 pm »
My boyfriend and I are starting to plan our Transamerica trip for next summer, 2017. We've been cycling for several years now with various weekend groups in our area.  We're familiar with cycling on streets with cars and trying our best to follow the rules of the road to stay safe.  Over the next year we're going to practice our touring skills/conditioning.  The aspects of touring will be new to us, but we're looking forward to the challenge and the experience of the trip. 

Most of the blogs and experiences we come across in our research are super positive and don't mention this aspect of the trip (the subject of this post).  Maybe it's like having a baby, you just kind of forget the pain afterward.  We're only curious/anxious because a couple years ago I was involved in a hit and run accident.  I was out for a Thursday afternoon ride in an area I'd never rode before.  I had reach out to a local cycle group in an area I was in for work and they suggested the route.  Traffic wasn't bad at all on the road.  Last thing I remember is going up a small hill, my Garmin confirms it showing I was going 10 mph, and next thing I know I come to and there are a couple people over me seeing if I’m ok and telling me the ambulance was on its way.  I have no recollection of what happened.  Without all the dramatic details, I went to the right kind of people for my recovery and within a year I was riding again.  They even helped me get over it mentally but now we know firsthand it happens.  Before this, I felt invincible when I rode, I followed the rules and I was a good cyclist.  That's a feeling I can't get back.   

We'd like to get a heads up on any roads that veteran TransAmerica travelers have experienced drivers were openly aggressive, or roads that made you feel nervous about while riding. I've only come across one blog post from last summer, 2015, where someone threw a bottle at a girl in her young 20s riding with a group going cross country, and on the same road had a motorist pull to the side and verbally assault her until she pulled out her cell phone and said she was calling the police.  She was on her way to Dillion Montana when this happened.  She said others in her group also experienced hostel drivers in this part of the trip.

Stories won't scare us away from our trip.  We just want to be aware of areas we might want to get an extra early start or maybe find an alternate route. Honestly when I heard this Girl's story, I told my boyfriend we'll just take the bus through that part of the trip if we have too.  I don't need that kind of experience so early in the trip.  And missing a 100 miles won't make me feel inadequate about our accomplishment at the end. 

I do want to mention that we do understand there are a lot of other hazardous out there, inclement weather, road conditions, our mental state/distraction, judgement calls, etc. And not all incidents are a drivers fault.   

So after that disclaimer, any feedback would be really amazing. If you didn't have any negative experiences with drivers during your trip, your response is also greatly appreciated. 

Thank you!
Routes / Re: Erie Canalway Towpath trail
« Last post by jim51 on May 21, 2016, 07:55:14 pm »
My buddies and I did a 480 Erie Canal tour in September. Its on Ride with GPS.

We started in Buffalo, rode up to Niagra Falls, short ride in Canada, back down to the Canal. We took another detour to Ithaca.
We stayed one night in a motel in Weedsport, about midway.  The R/GPS route has our lodging marked. One of the lodging markings is inaccurate. I can research that and give you the correction if you want it. There are various tour guides and lots of info on the NY State website. Its a cool ride.
Routes / Texas Hill Country Loop elevation gain / loss
« Last post by jim51 on May 21, 2016, 07:34:02 pm »
Can someone tell me the total elevation gain of the 310 mile route? Thanks
Between Concrete and S-W, S. Skagit Rd. is really nice. Also, the Cascade Trail runs along the north side of WA 20 between those towns, but I don't know anything about its condition. Further west. Rockport-Cascade Rd. between Marblemount and just south of Rockport is a quiet alternative to WA 20.
Connecting ACA Routes / connecting Transamerica with Northern tier
« Last post by EAkerberg on May 21, 2016, 01:17:15 pm »
My plan is to do a West to East along the Transamerica to where that trail intersects with the underground railroad; then take the   underground railroad North to the Northern Tier route and follow that to the East Coast.  Can anyone tell me how many miles that will be?
Gear Talk / Re: LHT with 26 Inch Wheels?
« Last post by Biketouringhobo on May 21, 2016, 11:09:55 am »
I love my Surly LHT 26in Wheels 52cm 2008
26X1.75 Continental Touring Plus
Gear Talk / Re: Anyone here use Rok Straps?
« Last post by Biketouringhobo on May 21, 2016, 09:50:00 am »
I am using ROK Straps since 2012 and I love them!
Routes / Pacific Coast Route North to South
« Last post by Biketouringhobo on May 21, 2016, 09:34:52 am »
When is the Best time of the Year to ride North to South on the Pacific Coast Route??? from Portland, Oregon to San Diego, California and I am looking to Start on 6-4-2017 going slow and easy down the Pacific Coast Route and this my 1st solo bike touring trip!

My facebook group
Bikecentennial / 1FTAWK51976
« Last post by atelieradr on May 20, 2016, 09:25:30 pm »
Would love to connect with long lost cycling companions from this trip!!!
Bikecentennial / Re: The Good Old Days
« Last post by atelieradr on May 20, 2016, 09:18:45 pm »
good tidings!!! must have passed you along the way!!! co leader of 1ftawk51976....we were young, dumb, and full of .......we were hauling ass....first ones to finish....a sumer one never forgets!
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