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Classifieds / Seeking: TransAm maps
« Last post by Nitsua08 on January 26, 2015, 02:37:05 pm »
I'm biking the TAT this summer, and I'm looking to purchase used TransAm maps. I would prefer them to be fairly recent. Thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: Washington, DC to Atlanta, GA
« Last post by indyfabz on January 26, 2015, 01:53:47 pm »
The Atlantic Coast route has a D.C. connection and passes through Statesboro, GA. A quick check of Google Maps bike directions shows that Statesboro to Atlanta is about 200 miles.

Once you get a general route idea you can search for campgrounds and/or motels using Google Maps. For example, for the first day, pick a point that's about a day's ride (based on what you think you can handle mileage-wise) from D.C. and, in Google maps, search for "campgrounds near [name of town]." If nothing comes up, pan out to widen the search area. Check any state parks which may show on the search results to see if they have camping. You can do the same with restaurants and grocery stores.
Fine tune your route based on services you locate. I find this method works pretty well.
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: GDMBR Addenda for Canada
« Last post by CMajernik on January 26, 2015, 11:29:13 am »
Yes, Steve, you are correct. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We'll get it changed.
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Routes / Re: roads in south carolina
« Last post by mszostek on January 26, 2015, 10:19:42 am »
i did view the blog --it was great! yes, i'll have to think of super-visible additions to the back of my bike cart
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General Discussion / Re: Washington, DC to Atlanta, GA
« Last post by JMilyko on January 26, 2015, 09:58:42 am »
Hi Kate,

Welcome to bicycle touring! Every state has some sort of bicycle map and information via their Department of Transportation. You can see what is available in each state from this page:

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/state.cfm

Some of the info is great, some is a bit more spotty.

I'd suggest taking a look at the resources and plotting out a general idea of your route. Then come back here with that info in hand as well as the kind of touring you want to do (hotels or camping? cooking or eating out?) asking your question again. It is sometimes easier for others to respond if they have a clearer picture of what you are looking for and planning.

Best,
.Jennifer.
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General Discussion / Re: Waterproof printer paper
« Last post by JMilyko on January 26, 2015, 09:52:07 am »
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General Discussion / Re: Green-lighted to go cross-country! (questions)
« Last post by John Nelson on January 25, 2015, 11:57:00 pm »
This is just one data point, and it doesn't mean anything, but in a couple hundred days of touring, I've never taken a "rest" day. Personally, I don't think rest days do me any good, and I would usually rather see what's down the road than stay where I am. I have, however, taken three days off during my touring, all of them on my TransAm tour. But these three days weren't for purposes of "rest," but because there was something at that location that I wanted to do and it took a whole day to do it. BTW, I did have a split rim once, but I managed to get a new wheel built and still rode 78 miles that day.

I did the Northern Tier in 64 straight days, averaging 72.5 miles per day with no days off. I did the Pacific Coast in 32 straight days, averaging 60 miles per day with no days off. The main reason I averaged less on the Pacific Coast is that I did it at a time of year when the days were shorter. When I have less daylight, I cannot go as far.

BTW, I have found that I average about 5 miles per day over the mileage on the map, typically to get food or ride to a campground. So my mileage on established routes is always more than the advertised distance. It's a good idea to plan for that.
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Routes / Re: roads in south carolina
« Last post by John Nettles on January 25, 2015, 10:59:29 pm »
Mandy,

Hop on over to CrazyGuyonaBike.com and review some of the journals for the Atlantic Coast Route using this link http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/categories/?o=Sh&category_id=174&doctype=journal.  Or you can do a search on a larger town ON THE ROUTE near you to narrow down further.  If the others had the same problem, you might need to deviate.  However, if not, you "should" be fine.  Honestly, it is the trailer that will cause more aggrivation but that is bigger so maybe the drivers will give you more room.

Hope this helps, John
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Gear Talk / Re: Trailer for Dog?
« Last post by mszostek on January 25, 2015, 10:29:23 pm »
I too have a basset hound... in a" houndabout 2" ( size large) he is comfortable in it. he loves it. he is tied with a short leash which comes with it. this trailer is ridiculous if you want to break it down for storage in a car or other travel. it took like 30 minutes to dissasemble. but, its not super pricey...its about 250 dollars. it seems okay so far~ sturdy
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Routes / Re: roads in south carolina
« Last post by mszostek on January 25, 2015, 10:14:49 pm »
anyone else ---?
 i would love to know of anyone's  experiences on this section of map route~
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