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General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« Last post by indyfabz on July 03, 2015, 09:28:14 am »
I would suggest having a store in town that sells supplies that a touring cyclist might need, mainly I have in mind stove fuel. The stores in a RV park or the hardware and grocery stores generally don't have the type of stove fuel a touring cyclist needs, often only selling the 1 lb Coleman propane bottles or the 1 gallon cans of Coleman fuel. It can be difficult to find the correct stove fuel in rural America and carrying more than about a weeks worth of fuel can be difficult.

Touring cyclists often use the 8 oz butane/propane thread on canister fuel containers or would like to buy Coleman fuel to fill their 20 oz fuel bottles. Having the canister fuel or selling Coleman fuel out of the gallon can by the ounce would be wonderful I think.
What Dan said! Buying white gas (camping fuel) by the ounce would be amazing!

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+2 on being able to buy smaller amounts of White Gas/Coleman Fuel. I wouldn't even mind paying a markup on it. Beats having to buy a gallon when you only need 15 oz. and leaving the rest behind, which is something I had to do on one occasion.
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Midwest / Re: Trans America to Katy Trail
« Last post by vertiganr on July 03, 2015, 06:09:17 am »
I did just that in 2010.  Take a look at my journal here:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/bikeusa2010
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General Discussion / Re: USA Coast to Coast
« Last post by chippedtooth on July 03, 2015, 01:27:17 am »
Hi there,

Myself and a friend just finished the TransAmerica trail which is 4200 from Virginia to Oregon.
We did it in 82 days with probably 6 rest days in there.

If they didn't have too much time, there is the Western Express route which takes you straight into San Francisco instead of heading north towards Oregon, I am not 100% on the distance but i'd assume it would be around the 3000 mark... It does miss what I consider to be the most beautiful park of the transam, but if time is an issue then that's an option.

We were passed by a fellow Brit who was cycling for charity, New York to San Francisco in two months. He was regularly putting out 100 mile days and seemed to be doing 80 on an average day throughout. Pretty crazy but it is doable!

Could put them in touch with him if that'd be useful.

Tom
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Midwest / Trans America to Katy Trail
« Last post by obinja on July 03, 2015, 12:26:01 am »
I am working my way east from San Francisco via Western Express. I want to continue east on the Trans America and I'm wondering how to link up to the Katy Trail east bound. From the eastern terminus, I am going to navigate my way up to Pittsburg to ride the GAP/C and O to DC.
Thanks
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General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« Last post by lkcavanagh on July 02, 2015, 09:23:56 pm »
I would suggest having a store in town that sells supplies that a touring cyclist might need, mainly I have in mind stove fuel. The stores in a RV park or the hardware and grocery stores generally don't have the type of stove fuel a touring cyclist needs, often only selling the 1 lb Coleman propane bottles or the 1 gallon cans of Coleman fuel. It can be difficult to find the correct stove fuel in rural America and carrying more than about a weeks worth of fuel can be difficult.

Touring cyclists often use the 8 oz butane/propane thread on canister fuel containers or would like to buy Coleman fuel to fill their 20 oz fuel bottles. Having the canister fuel or selling Coleman fuel out of the gallon can by the ounce would be wonderful I think.
What Dan said! Buying white gas (camping fuel) by the ounce would be amazing!

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Routes / Re: The 101 south of crescent city
« Last post by lkcavanagh on July 02, 2015, 08:58:25 pm »
Thanks for the reply! we think busses aren't the way to go, but if people chimed in pro bus we were going to consider. We know we are going the "wrong" way, but we had some San Francisco visiting to do, and won't be going north more than another 100 miles or so.

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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« Last post by staehpj1 on July 02, 2015, 06:41:45 pm »
a stove isn't at all necessary if you're trying to pack light. Personally, the last thing I want to do at camp is spend an hour warming a can of beans, then have to clean up etc, although I've seen plenty of tourers that do it.

I'd agree that you can get by without cooking, and if that is what you prefer that is great, but...
I think you overstate the negatives.  My cooking gear weighs 7.1 ounces in its lightest form so it is possible to go light and still cook.  The beans sound kind of bleak, but I don't think I have resorted to a can of beans more than a very few times and when I did I heated them in the can, so almost no clean up.  For me taking the cooking gear is kind of automatic.
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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Highway on a road bike?
« Last post by indyfabz on July 02, 2015, 03:40:42 pm »
So that covers the sleeping arrangements. Then you need to add stove, cookware, fuel, food, water and sundry other camping items.
Weight (and volume) can escalate rapidly.

a stove isn't at all necessary if you're trying to pack light. Personally, the last thing I want to do at camp is spend an hour warming a can of beans, then have to clean up etc, although I've seen plenty of tourers that do it.

I can whip up something like this, munch it down and do clean up in about an hour:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/9779778496/in/album-72157635548910265/

Just got back from a non-cooking tour of the Black Hills. It was my first trip of more than three days without cooking gear. I will never do that again unless I know I will be in an area where dine out options can regularly provide broad sources of nutrition as opposed to simply calories.
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Routes / Re: The 101 south of crescent city
« Last post by John Nelson on July 02, 2015, 02:58:10 pm »
Bus? Sacrilege! That's downhill for you. It'll be over before you know it. Like all roads, the 101 is better in some spots than others. But this doesn't stand out as a stretch requiring special treatment. The coast is almost always safer southbound, but it's a bit too late for that advice.
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Routes / The 101 south of crescent city
« Last post by lkcavanagh on July 02, 2015, 12:46:37 pm »
We met someone near avenue of the giants that suggested taking a bus over the hill just south of crescent city (we are heading north before cutting across Oregon and heading cross country). What do you think about that hill? What's the shoulder like for biking? Is it safe or is the bus a good option? While you're at it, what are the worst parts of the 101? We just did the 101 just south of orick and found it pretty harrowing!  Thanks.

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