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Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« Last post by bikemig on December 15, 2014, 10:57:05 am »
Do you have to go through a verification process with every post?

No.

Actually the site did force me to verify (via letters and numbers) the first few times I posted here (and I was properly logged in).  It was weird but that has fortunately stopped.  So we can kill this thread, :).
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Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« Last post by John Nelson on December 15, 2014, 10:24:27 am »
Do you have to go through a verification process with every post?

No.
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General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« Last post by geegee on December 15, 2014, 09:45:47 am »
Filet Mignon; grilled on an open fire with a cracked pepper crust, covered with Sauteed Mushrooms & Caramelized Onion in a Wine Sauce

Serve that on a long piece of bread and I say that sub is good to go. Would you like a drink and a bag of chips to go with that? ;D
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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by bikemig on December 15, 2014, 09:43:01 am »
I raced back in the day when everyone used toe clips and straps. I was a happy camper when clipless came out.  I use mtb style clipless pedals on most of my bikes at this point.  That said, I'm neutral on them for touring. I did the northern tier with toe clips and straps. They worked just fine. 
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General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« Last post by bikemig on December 15, 2014, 09:37:58 am »
When I can get to a grocery store, to buy lunch & snacks, I also buy for dinner (this was one of my meals last tour):

Filet Mignon; grilled on an open fire with a cracked pepper crust (the butcher cut thickness, 1 1/2"         
                     as requested, 12oz).  Covered with...
Sauteed Mushrooms & Caramelized Onion in a Wine Sauce:

                   . . .  Who wants to come with me next time?

Cheers, SprocketWeasel

     

I'm thinking I'm ready to ride a trail with SprocketWeasel pretty much any day.
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General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« Last post by SprocketWeasel on December 15, 2014, 05:25:39 am »
When I can get to a grocery store, to buy lunch & snacks, I also buy for dinner (this was one of my meals last tour):

Filet Mignon; grilled on an open fire with a cracked pepper crust (the butcher cut thickness, 1 1/2"         
                     as requested, 12oz).  Covered with...
Sauteed Mushrooms & Caramelized Onion in a Wine Sauce:

                     I get 4 butter pads (sealed) at breakfast.  I carry a 3oz. bottle of Olive Oil and meal
                     portion, spices (in a baggy from home).  I bought Wine (dry white) in a 4 pack of 187ml.
                     bottles.

                     For the sauce (single serving):
                     1 TBSP Olive Oil
                     1/2  Medium Onion,sliced
                     4oz. Mushrooms (petite white),halved
                     1/2  cup Dry White Wine
                     4     pads Butter

                     In a skillet, (I use a Jet Boil 9"skillet, with a MSR Reactor stove) heat your oil until it 
                     shimmers.  Add Onion, saute until it begins to brown. 
                     Add mushrooms to the onion, continue to saute , until soft and gives up moisture.  Add
                     Wine and reduce for 3or4 minutes. Off the heat add butter, stir; until                               melted pour your Filet.
Enjoy the remaining wine, with dinner and share with your buddies. They'll think highly of your generosity.

All with a side dish of Zucchini Squash.  Asparagus goes well also.

It all cost under $20 US.  At a Steak house, it is over $50; dinner at camp on tour...Priceless!
                       
To keep things cold, I have a soft sided cooler (six pack size) in my handle bar bag.  A bag of frozen veggies really keeps things cold for 30-40 miles. Having a skillet, opens up another world of cuisine. 
I do take pity on my, long faced, buddies and share samples, as they boiled water to add to their bag of dehydrated...something. 
I fully deserved this meal.  That day, I had 2 flats, pulled out 20 goat head thorns on one tire and replaced the tire on my BOB trailer!

BTW, I do cook for the group when planning allows. Who wants to come with me next time?

Cheers, SprocketWeasel

     
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Gear Talk / Rohloff Hubs
« Last post by Calngage on December 14, 2014, 07:59:12 pm »
I will be building a bike to use for the GDMBR.  To avoid any catastrophic damage to a derailer, I am contemplating the Rohloff hub for this demanding ride.  Thoughts/opinions??

Thanks
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Routes / Re: Miami to Bakersfield, want'n to stay out of Texas
« Last post by staehpj1 on December 14, 2014, 12:27:36 pm »
Have you started your tour yet?  If not, when are you going?  Going the other direction I found a Feb.-Mar. time frame worked well for me.  I'd advise that you try to go when it is cool, the ST would be terrible in the heat.  Also consider the length of the days they are really short in December.

I think if I were riding the ST again I might use US 90 a lot more than the Adventure Cycling maps show.  Much of US 90 is very nice.

Oh and I 'd try to avoid Houston, traffic was pretty awful there.
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Routes / Re: Miami to Bakersfield, want'n to stay out of Texas
« Last post by Louis Le Tour on December 14, 2014, 11:59:35 am »
Ah, that's good news. 
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Routes / Re: Miami to Bakersfield, want'n to stay out of Texas
« Last post by staehpj1 on December 14, 2014, 07:28:26 am »
Sure, but I doubt both the premise that "Texas police in small towns jack'n people up and rip'n them off" is a common occurrence and the notion that going into Oklahoma would be any better.  I have only toured a bit in Oklahoma, in the western part, but I doubt you will find it all that much different than Texas.

I found Texas to be a fine place to tour other than the fact that I found the scenery pretty uninspiring for the most part.  The food and the people were great. That is all true of most of the Southern Tier though.

I actually saw very few cops in Texas other than border patrol, but the ones I did meet were nice enough.  Border patrol never bothered me either despite my wild camping in plain sight.  The young guy who I rode with some of the time did attract more attention from the border patrol, probably because he is young and looks like he could be Hispanic.  They didn't really bother him much though.  They just stopped a few times and asked him where he was from and where he was going.  I don't think they ever even asked him for ID and they never delayed him more than a minute of so.
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