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Forgot: can be rigged high enough to stand under, get dressed, or remove wet gear... I'll never go back to a minimalist tarp...I remember trying to stay dry while taking off my rain gear with only enough room under the tarp to stay dry while actually in it. Try that with a bivy.
A good chunk of the TransAm lore would be lost if the Kentucky dogs were eliminated. Dogs can certainly be a problem, but it's another one of the exciting challenges of the TransAm. It's not an insurmountable problem. To me, Kentucky was an unfamiliar and mostly welcoming world, and I would not want to miss it.
Nope, don't think I hit Staggers.
The houses are often right up against the road - so the dogs are closer to begin with.Boy that's the truth! Sometimes a dog sitting on its front porch is only 12 feet from where you are riding. I was constantly moving over to the far left side of the road to pass a house on the right and vice versa. Most of the time the dogs just sat there, but if they decided to take action, they were on you in a flash. The silent dogs are the worst--the ones where your first indication that they are there is when their head hits your pannier.