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Thank you in advance for any of your time and thoughts on this matter.
The full route of which I am trying (with your advice on Anniston to Gulf Coast :- ) to formulate is actually Lake Lanier GA vicinity to the Gulf .... any where at all on the Gulf Coast !
My intent is to trek from the west side of Atlanta to Anniston via the Silver Comet Trail + Chief Ladiga Trail.
And, then .....  :-\ ..... I just do not have any knowledge of the safest route for beyond Anniston.
Your thoughts?

General Discussion / Re: Trying to get started
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:48:39 am »
When I was starting out as you are now I had vast numbers of questions, as well. 
The one source that provided the most accurate (as proved to be the case over miles of touring :- ) / well organized answers more than any other source + that answered more questions 'all from one source,' was the following text available for purchase via Adventure Cycling:
- Wishing you a great time learning & touring.

Routes / Re: Texas to DC
« on: April 25, 2016, 11:52:37 am »
Hello TX2DC - If you go John's suggested route via The Skyline Drive expect to find the beauty breathtaking.  I hope you do conclude to include that in your itinerary.
Here is a text offered by Adventure Cycling that is wonderfully complete and clearly written on multi-day bike touring .... it was very, very helpful to me .... I even re-read it every few years to see how much I have forgotten :- ):
~ Wishing you a great tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Gear Inches for the Northern Tier
« on: April 09, 2016, 01:15:04 pm »
a symptom of overthinking while planning, but that's part of the fun, right?
Correct, at least for me anyway .... I have found 'overthinking' to be both fun and operationally beneficial (btw - just sent you a off-line email, belatedly, to one of your earlier Qs.).

General Discussion / Re: Paniers vs. Trailer
« on: April 09, 2016, 12:41:51 pm »
Have used both (i.e., single wheel trailer) for paved riding.
All factors, for me, considered, prefer panniers.

Gear Talk / Re: Gear Inches for the Northern Tier
« on: April 03, 2016, 03:00:15 pm »
Did the N. Cascades Northern Tier w/ 17 chain inches.  I love extra low cause I prefer to carry more gear than most. 
Anyway going west to east w/ 17 worked out fine ... I would not have wanted less cause then I would have fallen over from going too slowly :- ).
- Wishing you a great tour.

Thank you. 
Happily watched your entire collection of shots/vids. 
On every level and in 1 word: "A++."
June the Cookie Lady would have loved your 'balance diet' pix.
I loved your church & related images, as well.
You did it ... thanks again ....cause you really did capture it all.  It has been a half dozen years since I have toured and this prompts me to realize I need to get back on out there.

General Discussion / Re: How many bags do you carry on your bike?
« on: March 24, 2016, 10:08:52 am »

I tend to like things tidy.....

I don't understand why people don't mind having more than 5 bags on their bike; the handlebar bags, piles and piles of extra stuff on top of the wrack, triangle frame bags, etc. seem somehow like overkill to me (and I'm far from a minimalist).

If you're someone who puts on more than those 5 basic bags - why do you do it?

- Tim
Have thought thru your Q(s) 4 or 5 times .....
.... your Q(s) are of value to me because I always have to ask myself the same in preparation of every tour.
How much I find myself packing (& on some tours I do have more than 5 bags) for each tour is a balancing out of mainly 3 dimensions:
risk factors, creature comforts and weight/bulk ....
while I, also, have an interest in "appearance/tidy-ness," it gets pushed lower on my list of priorities by the above .... I am just endeavoring to enjoy and survive the tour conditions, whatever may be thrown at me; thus, sometimes 5+ bags have happened!  :)

Routes / Re: Atlanta to St. Louis route ideas?
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:39:38 pm »
US Bicycle Route 21 ( ) will get your from downtown Atlanta to Chattanooga.
GA DOT announced their approval of this as a bicycle route per their October 2015 press release:

General Discussion / Re: So I bought a bike now which panniers?
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:59:10 am »
Have only had experience w/ Ortlieb..... bought them 15 years ago cause I was told by an knowledgeable tourist they would never leak ... have been thru countless rain downpours w/ said Orliebs ... I am happy to report to you that he was right  :)

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 15, 2016, 11:26:52 am »
Yo Tim - Regarding 'local demographics' and/or absence of shoulders (I try to be alert for both), what has helped me immeasurably is to, if there is anyway possible, car drive the route I wish to take before I bicycle ride it. 
Some related things I have learned:
(1) Because most of my touring has had to be done in segments/legs rather than end to ends I have shorter sections to analyse before launching a tour than the longer distance tourist.  Thus, it has been easier for me to car drive a route in advance; 
(2) The detail found in the ACA maps have been valuable to me in staying on itineraries that are demographically friendlier and shoulder friendlier.  Times I have gotten off the ACA routes (which has been frequent) is when I have most often found myself in riskier circumstances.   

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 12, 2016, 10:00:20 am »
I noticed enough pennies (& occasional nickles, dimes & quarters) in parking lots that I started a collection of them.  The best "finds" ;) were the the 1981 & earlier pennies cause they have a higher melt value than their face value.

which portion to definitely not skip?
My view is that you will be happy with FL & AL.

Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 05, 2016, 11:10:14 am »
Use bar mounted mirrors ..... a convex/fisheye on one side and a flat mirror on the other.  Thus, probably have more rear vision coverage than forward :- ).
Helmet mirrors confuse me.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 12:51:53 pm »
By far the most common item I have seen is 1 (not both :- ) work glove.

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