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Routes / Re: Cycling Route 66 west from Flagstaff
« Last post by John Nelson on January 19, 2017, 12:26:42 am »
Follow the ACA maps and you'll be fine. Bicycles are allowed on some sections of the interstate and prohibited on others. The best way to sort it all out is with the maps. Even when allowed, it's best to avoid as much of the interstate as you can. You'll love the challenge of the Mojave Desert and Sitgreaves Pass.
Routes / Cycling Route 66 west from Flagstaff
« Last post by Mark Manley on January 18, 2017, 11:56:09 pm »
I am attending Overland Expo West in Flagstaff this coming May and am planning my trip back towards California and would like to cycle along part of route 66 which runs through Flagstaff but it is national highway for part of it which I understand cycle are not allowed on. Does anyone now if there is a service road or cycle path which runs along this piece of highway 40 or have an alternative suggestion? I am from the UK so not entrely familiar with US traffic regulations.
Routes / Re: Solo Trip Across America
« Last post by jimbo on January 18, 2017, 04:31:16 pm »

I did a route in 2008 that mirrors your destinations. Deke Slayton Museum...I didnt think anyone would have that on their list too.  I did part of it again in 2015
From Cody we went to Shell and over the Big Horns on 14..yes a big climb thru Granite Pass but great scenery. From Sheridan took 14/16 a lonely and scenic road to U Cross to Claremont (camping at General Store or near-by ranch) to Spotted Horse ( must stop) onto Gillette to Devils Monument ( worth it..nice roads as well).  Went to Sundance and then Black Hills on Michelson mostly..and went east on 44 (Scenic is worth a stop) Entered Iowa on 9 and went east to Lake Okoboji and north to my hometown of Jackson MN and across the southern edge of MN ( Spam Museum in Austin worth the stop) to the Root River Rail Trail which led us to LaCrosse and the Three Rivers Trail to the LaCrosse River State Trail onto the Elroy- Sparta Trail.  The tunnel is also a blast (without lights)  The two museums will delight.
The 2008 trip was written up and can be seen at "Coast to Coast for Conservation" by Brad Edmondson @ web site and the 2015 trip at :
I am a huge fan of the Big Horns...especially that Granite Pass route from Shell.
Gear Talk / Re: Touring with hammocks: any other Pros & cons?
« Last post by DarrenBnYYC on January 18, 2017, 09:42:27 am »
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.

You rig your hammock and tarp high enough that you can STAND underneath? I don't think I could do that, unless I dug a pit underneath my hammock after I tied up. And definitely not much privacy changing with the hammock/tarp that high, eh? Unless of course, you dug a REALLY deep pit. LOL.
Gear Talk / Re: Ultra light sleeping bag, tent and pad?
« Last post by janetanorth on January 17, 2017, 09:35:03 pm »
Check out:    (I have been very happy with the double rainbow)      (I recommend the flightjacket series)
Thermrest NEo Air Xlite
Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« Last post by Pat Lamb on January 17, 2017, 08:47:39 pm »
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.


This thread reminds me of the Mark Twain quote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”  Coming from the southern Appalachians myself, the difference between that little spot of heaven and the utterly different, but somehow still similar, outlook of the people in the broad plains of Kansas, the deserts of Arizona, the driftless region of Wisconsin, or the residents of Montana, is striking.  It'd be a shame for people from those areas to miss Appalachia because they were too afraid of the hillbillys and their pets.
Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« Last post by zzzz on January 17, 2017, 06:03:10 pm »
Nevertheless, I loved eastern Kentucky. I'm very glad I went through there. It was a great experience.

I left Berea Saturday morning and was at Breaks State Park Sunday evening so I hit eastern Kentucky pretty hard. I was going up some incredibly steep hill for the 4th or 5th or 6th time that day and the whole ride and the terrain thru there just struck me that I was doing something truly ridiculous and I started laughing.

There was a couple of older Good 'ol Boys sitting on their front porch (right next to the road) as I came by and one of them yelled out to me "We see people walking or crying going up the hill, I never seen anybody laughing?!"

And I yelled back "that if I wasn't laughing I would be walking or crying!" and the 3 of us had a good laugh as I rode up & away.

It's one of my favorite memories from the trip and it couldn't have happened anywhere except in eastern Kentucky
Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« Last post by indyfabz on January 17, 2017, 04:46:14 pm »
Nope, don't think I hit Staggers.

We had a short day that day so a few of our group of twelve went for some late morning/early afternoon beers. It's where the local color was hanging at the time. I would post a photo from my time there but it would violate forum guidelines. And that's all I've got to say about that. ;)

The next day the heat wave broke and we moved on into Ohio. I think I may still have my "I *heart" Monroeville" sticker somewhere at home.
Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« Last post by John Nelson on January 17, 2017, 04:41:26 pm »
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.

Nevertheless, I loved eastern Kentucky. I'm very glad I went through there. It was a great experience.
Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« Last post by DSchweikert on January 17, 2017, 04:10:44 pm »
Thanks for all the great input.

Stops are planned at SRAM offices- San Luis Obispo, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Indy, hence the ride’s name.  Wilmington (Wrightsville Beach) is surprisingly the shortest route to the Atlantic from Indy- closer than say Ocean City or Virginia Beach.  Plus I go through Raleigh where I have family and friends, and hope to raise money there.

I only have 4 weeks to do this ride.  Are there more scenic routes?  Certainly, but the intent is to use the effort of riding across the US to raise awareness for World Bicycle Relief and World Vision.  If there are alternatives that don’t add a lot of mileage, I want to use them (such as the great suggestion on taking 64 to the Grand Canyon).  It’s not RAAM, but I hope the physical challenge will inspire people to support and give, and maybe even try something similar themselves.  I’ve raised about $4000 so far, but have an audacious goal of 1000 bikes for Africa- $147,000.  More info is on the webpages: and

Thanks for the weather info- I’ve definitely thought about it, and that extreme highs and lows of the ride may occur close together.  The current route maxes about 10,500 and appears to stay below the treeline- riding higher such as when I climbed Pikes Peak is- I hope- a one-time only experience!

I’m continuing to revise the route, including input from people in the cities above also, so this feedback is fantastic.
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