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Offline 7884rider

Accommodations
« on: May 18, 2010, 01:51:57 pm »
I will be a solo traveler. Any suggestions for secure accommodations, not far off the beaten path? I was going to purchae the ACA map and am looking for some feedback regarding.

Offline tonythomson

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 02:02:56 pm »
ACA maps are great and will get you some good routes but don't depend on them for up to date or fully comprehensive lists of accommodation.  They will tell you that themselves.

So go to google earth & maps and follow your route for accommodation maybe just off the route.  Even that is often out of date but gives you a start and no's to phone ahead if you are worried.
Just starting to record my trips  www.tonystravels.com

Offline bktourer1

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010, 04:35:00 pm »
look into warmshowers.org  worldwide group

Offline 7884rider

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010, 08:09:46 am »
thanks for the info. have you ever used the network?

Offline Tourista829

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2010, 12:07:45 pm »
I like to contact churches and colleges along the way, they have been cooperative, from free to very inexpensive.

Offline 7884rider

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2010, 09:10:13 pm »
Great idea re: churches. is there a specific denomination?

Offline Tourista829

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2010, 09:31:18 pm »
Methodists, I have had luck with. ;)

Offline Tourista829

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2010, 09:44:17 pm »
7884Rider, I have one more idea for you. www.couchsurfing.org It is a great organization, worldwide, active in the U.S., might involve some reciprocation, "relatively" safe, and could be adventurous. (you may even get a free meal or two) ;D

Offline 7884rider

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2010, 12:27:53 pm »
Thanks for the info...what does "relatively" safe mean? I like the idea of warmshowers, cause its cyclist to cyclist, you can read their profile and you can extend the favor to other cyclists. This is my biggest concern traveling alone.


Offline Tourista829

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2010, 01:48:23 pm »
7884rider nothing is an absolute and one can never be too safe but I have not heard of any issues with couch surfing.  I believe the people are screened and you would be able get a hot shower and most of the time a meal. Other than the forums, the only other suggestions would be to get a list of bicycle clubs, along your intended route, and contact them and see if any of their members might put you up. I also have had luck at college dorms and Methodist churches. I know their are some bike hostels, that ACO may be able to provide you, through their Yellow Pages. I hope this helps. Bob

Offline 7884rider

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2010, 04:40:36 pm »
Good stuff...good stuff...

Offline nthabiseng

Re: Accommodations
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2010, 07:22:14 pm »
couchsurfing is a terrific org to join, as well as warmshowers.  Both are hosting sites, and though it's nice to reciprocate it's not necessary.  I have used CS several times, both as a host and as a guest, and never been disappointed or unsafe.  That's not to say it can't happen, but if you are diligent about reading profiles and checking references/verifications/vouching you should be fine.  Just can't let your guard down and decide to stay with someone who doesn't look "right".   Though I've been a member of warmshowers for years I haven't had the opportunity to use it yet, but will.  On CS you can join cycling/geographic groups to whom you can post a desire for a place to stay.
Good luck.