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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by BikeFreak on October 14, 2014, 03:37:30 am »
I use normal everyday shoes and not SPD or something similar. I once met a guy who toured with those modern clogs.
I clock around 125 mi pr day.

Routes / Re: Custis Trail into Washington
« Last post by Thomistic on October 13, 2014, 08:09:46 pm »
Tony - your plan to use the W&OD to the Custis is just fine. That is a heavily trafficked route, especially on weekends and is frequented by bike commuters during the week. It winds through suburban neighborhoods and does not have a particular crime problem. I ride it regularly. You'll be just fine.

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Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures, discontinuing, and future
« Last post by John Nelson on October 13, 2014, 06:07:14 pm »
I just did the Pacific Coast and had few problems. I consulted the California Parks web site before I started, looking up all 47 California parks listed on the PC route. One of the most valuable things about the ACA maps is that they identify which parks have H/B sites. I didn't even try to stop at any that did not. The California Parks web site also generally identifies which sites have H/B, but that information was not presented as consistently.

Of the 47 sites I checked, only one (Benbow Lake State Recreation Area) had closed its H/B sites. One other (Dry Lagoon campground in Humboldt Lagoons State Park) had closed completely. McGrath State Beach had closed due to flooding after I checked but before I got there, so that was the only surprise, and I did hear about it (and it was posted on the web site) before I got there.

One other (Hidden Springs campground in Humboldt Redwood State Park) closed after Labor Day, but I knew that ahead of time and didn't try that. Russian Gulch State Park closes mid-September.

Of the 47 State Park, a few others did not have H/B sites but were clearly identified as such and so I avoided them (e.g., Limekiln State Park, Washburn campground in San Simeion State Park, Morro Strand State Beach, Pismo Beach State Park, Oceano Dunes Vehicular Recreation Area, Gaviota State Park, Thornhill-Broome campground in Mugu State Park, San Clemente State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach).

That still leaves a ton of California state parks with H/B sites.

Can you tell us by name what places you're talking about?

Although the ACA maps do indicate that San Onofre does not have H/B sites, it says nothing about closing dates. Furthermore, the California State Parks sites does say that San Onofre has year-round camping. So I can see how you got screwed here if San Onofre campground (San Mateo campground) was closed when you got there.
Routes / Re: Southern Tier in North Florida
« Last post by Catherine on October 13, 2014, 02:34:32 pm »
Thanks for the information.
Routes / California Hike Bike Sites closures
« Last post by Catherine on October 13, 2014, 02:31:52 pm »

I removed my post because my experience is uniquely mine, I'm glad other people haven't had issues.

I have however, my trip is almost over and I don't want to be negative.
General Discussion / Re: northern tier - how to start in bar harbor
« Last post by jamawani on October 13, 2014, 12:18:01 pm »
It's not Canada - it's those Canadians.
They are a wild and crazy bunch.
General Discussion / Re: northern tier - how to start in bar harbor
« Last post by jcostanz on October 13, 2014, 10:33:35 am »
One detail you might want to check into if you are doing the norther tier route is any documents that you might need to cross into Canada and back into the US near Buffalo, NY as you are from overseas.  I have given directions to avoid going thru Canada on this short section, the Canadian route is shorter than staying in the US and is much nicer scenery but avoids any issues with crossing the border twice in 1 day for overseas travelers.
Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« Last post by etsisk on October 13, 2014, 09:36:25 am »
Thanks so much! I'll definitely check them out!
Classifieds / For Sale: Complete Set TransaAmerica maps. $85 including shipping
« Last post by LongTallEandM on October 13, 2014, 09:30:42 am »
12 map set purchased last winter.   Used for one cross-country tour (2014).  These are waterproof, tearproof maps so they're still in good condition.  Some small marks or smudges may be apparent, but these don't affect readability/useability.  Save $50 compared to the member price for complete set. Don't take a chance of maps being out of stock when you're ready to go...

Map dates are listed below.  These were the most recent available when I purchased the map set last winter.  Maps are updated only periodically, and updates (new campgrounds, etc.) can be found in the addendum section of Adventure Cycling's website.

2013:  Map Sections 1,2,3,11,12
2012:  Map Sections 4,5,6,7,8
2011:  Map Sections 9,10

If you're interested, please use the message function on this website to respond.
General Discussion / Re: northern tier - how to start in bar harbor
« Last post by DaveB on October 13, 2014, 09:04:11 am »
PPS: As far as I know people usually dont have jetlag going from Europe to USA ... only the other way around. I for instance started biking right away and did not need time to adjust.
Don't count on this.  Europe to the USA makes for a loooong day. If your flight leaves Europe at a typical 11:00AM CET, it will arrive at most East coast USA airports about 1:00 PM EST (8 hour flight  minus 6 hours time difference) so your day will be long and you will be ready for bed about normal dinner time here.  It's not necessarily a major problem but you will most likely take a couple of days to adjust.
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