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Offline bicyclerider

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« on: December 20, 2006, 11:58:47 pm »
Has anyone inquired about the available facalities in the town of Jacumba, Ca.? My reason for asking is I now live here and from what I have seen there isn't any bicycle repair facalities.
The southern tier route comes through here. Has anyone pre arranged a location for camping or the such for the group that comes through?
Just trying to help if at all possible

Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

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Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2006, 06:12:48 pm »
The Southern Tier stops at Ocatillo after the big grade on 8.  The night before, they stay near some casino right off 8 just past Pine Valley.  I think Jacumba is smack in the middle of these two points.

Maybe contacting AC before a tour starts and letting them know that you are available to help, if needed, would be appreciated.


Offline bicyclerider

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2006, 12:44:56 am »
The big casino is the acorn, correct? and Ocotillo from san diego is about 87 miles.
I just wanted the people at AC to know that there is a wonderful location that is available here in Jacumba if they were interested. Its a long climb out of San Diego to Jacumba but worth the stop. If AC contacted the Hot springs to inquire about stopping and using the services they might be able to find a new mid afternoon stop enjoyable.
I can't make any promises about what goes on at the hotsprings but there is a large amount of land surrounding the New Libiary for tents. Its the city and county facality so who knows? All I'm doing is making a suggestion.

Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

Offline chris_r

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007, 06:19:06 am »
I would like to ride the southern tier this year but am only able to do so between the start of june and end of august. Given your location, could you advise whether or not this is unrealistic given the high temperature encountered on the route?


Offline bicyclerider

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2007, 11:29:48 am »
You can do it. But you have to carry a lot of water and reduce your mileage. I pedaled June 6 thru July 27 and it was in the high 90's and low 100's.
You need to let your bodies core tempeture to remain low. a lot of sodium and potassium in you body.
I refused to wear a helmet and instead wore a hat from SolarVeil. I stuffed a bathroom hand towel under my hat and that draped down over the back of my neck. I constantly soaked that towel to keep my brain from over heating.

Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

This message was edited by bicyclerider on 2-21-07 @ 7:32 AM
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

Offline chris_r

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2007, 12:14:29 pm »
Thanks for that, very encouraging. Where you on your own or with others? Was there sufficient cover to rest out of the sun during the hotter parts of the day whilst travelling through the more isolated areas. I've heard bike shops are quite sparse along the route, did you come across any mechanical problems that required assistance?


Offline bicyclerider

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2007, 12:46:53 pm »
Yes I was on my own. I had to advoid the Southern Tier route because of a fire that was affecting some of the remote sections in the hills or arizona.I took the I-10 across to Las Cruzes New Mexico.
There wasn't any shade to be found for many a 20 mile stretch. I pulled a bob and carried 2 gallons of water besides having a 101 oz camelbak strapped to the front handlebars and three large water bottles in the bottle cages on the frame.
The intense heat from above wasn't the only heat source. The road reflected the heat back from the ground up and bakes your feet. The wind was a sort of blast of hot dry air, similar to when you open the oven door to check on a item cooking.
I would do it again by myself.

Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

Offline chris_r

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2007, 11:56:20 am »
....sounds pretty intense. did you meet many other  riders/ people whilst on the most demanding sections?
You said you'd do it again, so obviously you considered the risk to be reasonably low. As a non-native, I'm finding it difficult judge the severity of the environment

Could you give me an average daily routine...for example. What was the temperature difference throughtout the day, when did the sunrise and set, when could you cycle and when did you have to shelter etc.

Many thanks, Chris.



Offline bicyclerider

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2007, 01:49:04 pm »
Chris
The reason I would do it again isn't because of a low risk. Its because of the tremendous challenge to overcome the severe mental stress and physical to improve my mind.
My history is obedience through suffering.
The ability for me to train my mind to accept the hardship and survive. Improvise, adapt, overcome.
Days usually started around 530 am out on the road which is just before daybreak. I would pedal 10 mile streches and stop for fruit and water. After 40 miles to stop and rest for about 30 to 40 minutes around noon. Then do it for the next 30 or so miles until I came upon shelter. (motels, food, water.) There wasn't any shade to enjoy except what was provided by the bill of the ballcap on my head.
I refused to wear a "brainbucket" because it prevented my head from cooling off from the inside out.
Temps usually started around 45 to 50 in the morning and rose to around 102 to 105 in the midday. after around two in the afternoon the temps hovered around 102 to 108.
My days usually ended around about one hour before dark. I didn't camp I used motels for comfort and security.


Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California
Jean Andre Vallery
Jacumba, California

Offline chris_r

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2007, 11:54:33 am »
Thanks Jean, very useful information.


Offline darby

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2007, 09:33:17 am »
Hey Chris

I'm interested in riding the Southern Tier at about the same time as you.  This will be my first ride of the sort.  I don't have any friends that want to join me.  Are you looking for others to ride with?  Please let me know.

Thanks
Darby


Offline chris_r

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2007, 09:41:53 am »
Hi Darby,

I'm afraid I may have to scrap my plans for x-country ride this summer. I'm about to start a new job so will only be able to take about 23 days holiday in September, which won't be enough. Think I might have to settle for either the Pacific or Atlantic Coasts this year.  

Chris


Offline darby

Souther Tier and Jacumba
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2007, 06:28:15 pm »
Hey Chris

Work just gets in the way of life doesn't it =)  Life would be great without it!  Well if things change for you give me a holler at stephen.darby@leesummit.k12.mo.us

Darby