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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!

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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!
1FTAWK51976....which means 1st fast transam west to east, camping, left Reedsport, OR on May 19th, 1976. I was from Springfield, Mo at the time...didn't notice a lemonade stand!! Wanted to say howdy to a local Ozark girl!! I was in a hurry going through there since I took a side trip to see my girlfriend for a day in Springfield and then had to catch back up to my group!!!
Hoping to be there for the celebration as well! I was the co leader of 1FTAWK51976....we left Reedsport a couple of days ahead of you! I had a great time that summer....made a few lifelong friends sorry to have lost contact with many!
Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle and bike shorts
« Last post by RussSeaton on May 20, 2016, 05:02:11 pm »
Brand new Brooks saddles are slick and shiny.  New leather.  With use, sweat, the leather softens and get a bit more porous, rough.  You can speed this up by soaking the saddle in Neatsfoot oil.  The oil makes the leather more porous and rough.  I suppose to speed up the roughening part you could maybe even use light sandpaper on the saddle leather.  Just rough it up.  Not gouge it.  Take the sheen off.  Do in five minutes what it would take 1,000 miles of rubbing from your shorts.  The roughness would help you stick a bit better.  Look at the underside of your saddle.  It is rough.  Top is smooth and shiny.  Brooks puts the smooth shine on the saddle.  Its rough like the bottom when it comes off the cow.  Try to make the top a bit more like the underside of the saddle.  But use, oil, sweat will soften and roughen the saddle up.
There is currently weekday road construction on SR 9 between CR 33 near Kremmling, CO and CR 30 near Heeney, CO. Cyclists report this section is rideable as of 19 May 2016. More information can be obtained here:

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General Discussion / Re: Biking across America
« Last post by staehpj1 on May 20, 2016, 12:07:31 pm »
If you are planning for this summer (2016) you are really pushing it and I wouldn't advise it at all.  If you plan for next summer, (2017), yes it's quite doable.
I somewhat disagree.  The biggest hurdle will be your lack of camping experience and gear.  Three of us did the Trans America on a whim and on pretty short notice.  The only real difference is that we were all experienced at camping and outdoor activities.  By the time you could get up to speed and have all your gear sorted you would want to start in the West (the later in the season you go the more the preference shifts to a W-E trip).
I took 20 from Newhalem to Sedro Woolley/Burlington and then got on Chuckanut/Hwy 11 which runs about 20-25 miles across Skagit Valley farms and then along coastline right into Bellingham.  I will say my least favorite portion of highway 20 was the section from Newhalem to Woolley due to the increased density of traffic/people compared to the Eastern part of the state, but Chuckanut is unsurpassed for it's rolling hill fun and stunning beauty. 

As a side note regarding the final stretch of 20 to Woolley, I did finally get to cross paths with the mystery horses making the hoof prints I saw daily working my way across the state and meet their charming rider: Bernice Lady Long Rider who has covered over 10,000 miles riding her horses all around North America.  Check out her blog/website if you have a chance.  She is headed back Eastward over 20 as I type and is a treasure for anyone who has the fortune to meet her out on road/trail.  She only makes 20-30 miles/day so hopefully lots of cyclists will get to meet her.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle and bike shorts
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on May 20, 2016, 09:23:58 am »
+1 on Pat's comment. Make sure especially that the saddle is level.
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