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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by staehpj1 on November 17, 2014, 01:59:02 pm »
Since we are asking Westinghouse questions...  Did you by chance ride the Trans America W-E in 2007?  You remind me of  guy we met then.
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Routes / Re: Southern Tier, highway 78 Glamis to Palo Verde, Ca
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 17, 2014, 01:11:50 pm »
One of these criminals actually approached me on foot at a store in a western state, and told me what it was about.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by 22hornet on November 17, 2014, 01:01:29 pm »
Westinghouse are you doing a blog on crazy guy?
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by staehpj1 on November 17, 2014, 01:00:30 pm »
Check your AC maps for specifics, but I recall them being pretty far apart at times.  A guy I rode with had several mechanical problems that required him to hitch a ride.  I don't think he needed to go more than 50 miles or so, but in other locations there were places with not much for a long ways.  The good news is that in those remote locales it is easy to hitch a ride.
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General Discussion / Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs Marathon Plus Tour
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 17, 2014, 12:59:47 pm »
I am using Marathons front and rear.Only one small puncture in 1200-1400 miles of highway cycling, which, if you have ever cycled long distances on cheap tires, is quite impressive.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 17, 2014, 12:55:59 pm »
I have passed several. I am in north Florida now and rain has brought me  to a halt. It continues until 10:00 pm. I am staying here. They say temps will drop tol 21F. Too cold for me.This town is dripping wet. I will find a cozy place to sleep tonight. I made 28 miles by noon, part of it in the downpour.
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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by catfishsue on November 17, 2014, 12:49:03 pm »
Any of you that have ridden the ST or are doing so...what is the situation with bike shops?  Are there many on this route if needed?
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General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« Last post by Westinghouse on November 17, 2014, 12:45:47 pm »
I have noticed several times interesting facts about human psychology. Ask most anyone anywhere about the lay of a road where they live, and where there are numeous rises and hills and dips in the road ahead, and they had driven that road 100 times, they say it is flat. Of course, if the road is a steep climb  into the Rockies, this rule will not apply. People had driven roads, and had not expended any personal energy to overcome the hills. Their minds say flat even though they have seen the hills 1000 times. It has interesting implications.
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Food Talk / Re: vegetarian trek on the transamerica?
« Last post by Itinerant Harper on November 16, 2014, 06:17:01 pm »
I didn't.  Rice takes a long time to cook on an alcohol stove.  But sitting in the city park in a town that only has hairdressers, a gas station and maybe a bar I had time.  I used dehydrated beans which are faster. Another tip for people who want to cook real food is that ziplock bags are your friend. Get the double locking freezer bags and then you can buy jars and cans of food and put them in those bags and discard the heavy, bulk packaging.

On my last long tour I switched from rice to a 'whole grain mix' made up of quonia, millet and amaranth. I'd top it off whenever I'd find a Coop with a bulk section.  That cooks much faster and substitutes for rice in most anything I made.
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Food Talk / Re: vegetarian trek on the transamerica?
« Last post by abegreene on November 16, 2014, 05:52:20 pm »
Thanks! very helpful! How did you cook rice and beans quickly?
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