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Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by RussSeaton on July 22, 2014, 10:02:40 pm »
Cycling shoes have been some kind of plastic for about a decade or two now.  Wet cycling shoes is not really an issue.  If you wear socks, the socks will get wet from sweat or rain.  But plastic shoes getting wet is not a problem.
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General Discussion / Re: Can live/work wherever I want - why not on a bike?
« Last post by JonnieCycle on July 22, 2014, 09:26:06 pm »
If you are expecting to do a full job's worth of work and be responsive while touring, I think it would be a challenge to fit it in the daily routine of riding 50-60+ miles, setting up and taking down a tent, preparing meals and keeping up with the little things that living a nomadic lifestyle brings.

Very good points to be sure ... I suppose what I probably should have pointed out is that I"m okay with staying in one place for a week or even longer.  The downside is, of course, the cost-differential of staying at campgrounds or motels etc.  This is the sweet spot I'm trying to find ... literally might even be worth what I mentioned before about literally going into "The woods" and pitching a tent.
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General Discussion / Re: Can live/work wherever I want - why not on a bike?
« Last post by geegee on July 22, 2014, 08:53:28 pm »
I tried doing a bit of work while I was on a six week tour last year and it wasn't easy. I had to take quite a bit of time off the bike to do the work, but luckily it was just one small project and had no critically urgent deadlines. If you are expecting to do a full job's worth of work and be responsive while touring, I think it would be a challenge to fit it in the daily routine of riding 50-60+ miles, setting up and taking down a tent, preparing meals and keeping up with the little things that living a nomadic lifestyle brings. I ended up spending a couple of days in a university residence to concentrate on finishing the job, and then went on the rest of my trip without having to think about work.
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Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by SlowAndSlower on July 22, 2014, 06:09:45 pm »
I gave up cycling shoes when they got wet and stayed wet. Switched to bicycling sandals with clipless cleats. Only footwear.

+1 For my wider feet I can adjust the fit better. Also easy to use waterproof liners like SealSkinz.
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General Discussion / Re: [California] SF to SD Biking Trip
« Last post by JDFlood on July 22, 2014, 04:34:15 pm »
Yes, but South Dakota is 1,600. Maybe not as bad.
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General Discussion / Re: Washington Hiker/Biker Campsites?
« Last post by cgarch on July 22, 2014, 02:36:45 pm »
Olympic NP doesn't have hiker/biker sites

We've only been to the NPS Olympic campground at Fairholm (or Fairholme) once (2009) but it did have specific HB sites [down a rather steep trail]. Nice too. Kalaloch does not. If you plan to visit Kalaloch before Labor day a reservation is highly recommended.
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General Discussion / Re: Can live/work wherever I want - why not on a bike?
« Last post by JonnieCycle on July 22, 2014, 01:34:38 pm »
I've heard of a few people who have done work on tour on places like the Pacific Coast. What they normally would do is stay at the hiker/biker sites, then find an adequate cafe in a town and then plunk themselves down on the laptop for several hours.

Ya' know what's funny?  This was primarily what I had planned on doing all along ...in fact, the idea has been much more along the lines of "going from city to city" with the need to have a facility to camp and shower in between ... I always figured in town would be the place where I'd go to a starbucks etc.etc. plus I like the idea of visiting more urban areas ...of course this brings the entire "security" issue into play much more loudly - I know. 
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Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by staehpj1 on July 22, 2014, 01:23:29 pm »
I gave up cycling shoes when they got wet and stayed wet. Switched to bicycling sandals with clipless cleats. Only footwear.

That is a point that many people miss.  My solution isn't sandals though.  Unlike most other bike shoes I have owned, I find that my sidis soak up almost no water.  They soak little enough water that if I change socks I have dry feet, but I usually do not bother because I wear socks that aren't too bad when wet and dry quickly as long as the shoes have a lot of mesh.  So it has become an non issue for me, but I do remember having shoes that seemed to never dry.
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Gear Talk / Re: Best foot wear for touring?
« Last post by dkoloko on July 22, 2014, 01:00:01 pm »
I gave up cycling shoes when they got wet and stayed wet. Switched to bicycling sandals with clipless cleats. Only footwear.
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General Discussion / Re: Can live/work wherever I want - why not on a bike?
« Last post by adventurepdx on July 22, 2014, 12:58:44 pm »
...had made the assumption the campsites that had been mentioned catered mainly to cyclists, run by cyclists etc.  So they're just your standard campgrounds ...

I think the problem you're going to run into if you want to use campgrounds as the base to work is the ones that are more catering to cyclists/hiker-biker sites, while usually cheaper than $40-50 a night, are pretty rustic and don't have that many services. If you're going to be looking at things like a reliable source of power and wi-fi for your laptop, you'll have to look more at those campgrounds that cater more to the RV set. And those ones are going to be more expensive.

I've heard of a few people who have done work on tour on places like the Pacific Coast. What they normally would do is stay at the hiker/biker sites, then find an adequate cafe in a town and then plunk themselves down on the laptop for several hours.
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