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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Is there an app for that?
« on: November 29, 2014, 04:46:25 am »
The AdventureCycling GPX files are routes, not tracks. They are therefore quite useless for use in GPS, app or no app.

Routes are simply waypoints connected. You use routes when sailing but on the road the they are useless.

I use them to create tracks which I use to navigate with my gps. It's a lot of work but once done you hardly need the maps for navigation, since the gps tracks provide you with turn by turn directions.


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Routes / Southern Tier Section 4 Map 56 and 57 and Beyond
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:13:37 pm »
I am planning our trip in 2015 across the US using the Southern Tier. The Adventurecycling routing through Texas seems absurd. The road travels North and South more than it goes east.

Obvious roads are bypassed and huge diversions created for no obvious reason.

Kerville to Fredericksburg , TX is the place to look.

What is wrong with Highway 16 which goes almost directly to Fredericksburg, for instance?

I see that Texas does not explicitly prohibit cyclists from riding on the Interstates. I think this seems to be an obvious alternative to the absurd routing taken by the adventurecycling route

Does anybody have a comment on all this or am I missing something obvious?

Regards,

Roger

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:56:35 pm »
I really can't see what Jefferson or Washington have to with changing road rules in 2014.

I can't see the relevance of any of this to my original suggestion

Those who have responded to my post and have sited specific instances or issues and problems using the interstates seem to think that you can extrapolate one incident and arrive at a conclusion

These same problems of narrow bridges with no shoulders, bad traffic, speeding traffic etc etc happen on back roads and I would suggest are orders of magnitude more frequent and more serious than can be experienced on the interstates.

I agree that riding into cities on the interstate is probably not the best way in


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General Discussion / Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:59:00 pm »
Have a look at this page in Crazyguyonabike. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2616

Washington most certainly does not allow cyclists on  the interstates except where an alternative  route does not exist


I still maintain that whether to use the interstate or not should be up to the cyclist and not a bureaucrat.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:06:23 am »
Good advice

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:18:16 pm »
I do stand by my statement that a truck has never slowed down behind me but mostly because I get off the road when they approach and another vehicle is oncoming. I don't trust truck drivers in this situation


Car drivers are better. Most will slow down


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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:45:36 pm »
I think you are all missing my point

Firstly I never suggested that cycling on the interstate is a guarantee of safety. Of course people will continue to be killed on the interstates.  You can be killed walking on a sidewalk. The issue is riding on an interstate with its wide shoulders, with two lanes giving trucks a lane to pass and of course with no oncoming traffic must be safer.

I didn't know that a few other states permit riding on the interstates but the issue is that  all states should allow this. What happens when you pass state borders where riding on the interstate is permitted and find you can't continue into the neighbouring state?

I think that the choice should be left to the cyclist, not some bureaucrat behind a desk. 

A three foot rule is impossible to police apart from being totally impractical. No truck passing a cyclist on an undivided single lane road, facing an oncoming vehicle will slow down. They will simply continue giving the cyclist inches. To give the cyclist three feet in this example they would have to slow down. I have never in all my experience in three countries and four continental crossings seen a truck slow down when overtaking me

RV vehicles are actually more dangerous than truck because drivers of these vehicles don't know what they are doing, mostly.

Why not let the cyclist make the decision whether to use the interstate or not.

This is my point, possibly not made  clearly in my original posting.



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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:44:17 pm »
I find merging easy providing you have two mirrors.

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General Discussion / Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 26, 2014, 03:12:19 pm »
I have just heard of the tragic death of Joanna Abernathy, a fellow Australian.

She was just west of Indianapolis when she was hit and killed by a drunk driver, in the early hours of the 10th August 2014.

I have  cycled across the US twice now using AdventureCycling's routes and once across Canada ( just completed ) and once across Australia.

On my trip across the US in 2012, I used the interstate highway across North Dakota, the only state which allows cyclist on the interstates, as I understand things.

From this single experience compared to the thousands of miles on back roads, I know for  sure  that cycling on the interstate highways in the US is much safer

I would like to see AdventureCycling take this on as a campaign to get this stupid prohibition lifted right across the US.  If I were a US citizen I would certainly start such a campaign

Had Joanna been on an interstate I am sure she  would probably be alive today, not withstanding drunk drivers and the foolishness of riding at 3am in the morning

I would love to hear the views of other experienced cyclists on this topic.

More on  her tragic death here

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/aust-cyclist-killed-during-dream-us-trip/story-fn3dxix6-1227023995115

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General Discussion / Western Express+TransAm Starting August
« on: July 15, 2008, 07:24:26 am »
In  May this year, I attempted this trip (going West to East) but my bike was not set up correctly and I reluctantly abandoned my adventure in Carson City.

I am thinking about starting again from SF in August this year and would appreciate any advice I could get here.

I am concerned about the heat in Nevada and Utah in August and also the possibility of snow in the Rockies. I should get into the Rockies in September.

The weather stats  show  that snow may start to fall in late September but I would imagine that some of the passes would have snow sooner than this?

I am a 63 old Aussie male.

If I dont do the trip in August 2008, then I will definitely do it in May 2009

Regards,

Roger

This message was edited by rogermcd on 7-15-08 @ 3:25 AM

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General Discussion / Getting a US Visa to ride TransAm plus
« on: August 11, 2008, 04:22:17 am »
I  live in Australia and I recently got 12 months Visa to the US. It cost about $30.


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General Discussion / cardiac pacemakers and touring
« on: August 11, 2008, 04:43:05 am »
I have a leaky mitral valve and have been doing long distance cycling for years with no problems. The fitter I get the better it seems. I am 64 this year and am planning to the WE+TransAm in May 2009, solo if necessary

I have had irregular hard beat all my life but have never needed a pacemaker, so far. I started taking two fish oil capsules about three years ago during a serious bout of what turned out to be atopic arythmia (the good kind) and the  arythmia disapeared within  two days. I have not been off it since and take  this along with me on all my long rides

Its worth a try





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