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Routes / Columbus, OH to Pittsburg, PA to Philly
« on: April 17, 2005, 10:27:05 pm »
Hi all

I am doing the route planning for the Health Awareness TourHealth Awareness Tour from San Diego to Ocean City, NJ starting Jun 26th.

The Adventure Cycling routes did not exactly meet the team's objectives, so I used the RAAM 03/04 route through Dayton, OH. From there, I just made my best guess.

If anyone has any route recommendations that follow the same basic flow through the major cities, I would appreciate it. The current route is at HAT05.CRAZYGUYONABIKE.COM

In addition, I would appreciate any detail on traveling west to east through Pittsburg.

You can reply here or via the guest book at the CG site.

Of course, the team invites you and any other cyclists to join our riders delievering this important message.

Ron Volkmar
Las Vegas, NV

This message was edited by ronvolkmar on 4-17-05 @ 6:28 PM

Routes / Los Angeles to Las Vegas
« on: April 17, 2005, 10:10:39 pm »
Hi Rick and Maggie,

I rode the opposite direction...Las Vegas to Thousand Oaks, CA last year in April. I rode via Death Valley. Details are at

Ron Volkmar
Las Vegs, NV

Routes / Zion to Vegas?
« on: June 05, 2004, 08:24:01 pm »
Lou, feel free to add your thoughts especially if you disagree.

After studying the route, I have concluded the freeway is the only reasonable route bwt St George and LV. For that reason and to save a day or two, I have decided to start my Tour to Colorado Springs, CO at St. George rather than ride the freeway.


Routes / Zion to Vegas?
« on: May 25, 2004, 11:47:08 pm »
I live in Las Vegas and will be planning a similar route soon. As of now, all I can see is that it will require some freeway (legal) riding. I know that from Mesquite to Northern Las Vegas that will be the case. Will let you know later about other routes.


General Discussion / Freeway Biking
« on: June 15, 2004, 06:53:34 pm »
Out west there are many areas where you can bike on freeways as that is the only road available. I have only ridden on a freeway once for about 6 miles and found it terrible. The noise and wind were slightly tolerable; but the shoulder was in bad shape and contained more debris than any street shoulder that I have been on. Every nut, bolt, screw, nail, staple, etc., was piled there and unavoidable. As I exited, I found I had a flat.

The other day I heard someone mention how much he enjoyed riding on the freeway. I didn't get a chance to challenge him, so I will ask here....

Has anyone ever found bicycling on a freeway to be acceptable?



General Discussion / Adv Cycling Maps and Water
« on: June 15, 2004, 06:39:19 pm »
Thanks for the advice and tips. Will definately find a way to carry an extra gallon or two for the two of us.

General Discussion / Adv Cycling Maps and Water
« on: June 05, 2004, 08:32:45 pm »
I just received my first set of Adventure Cycling maps and like them a lot.

However, I have a question concerning water availability.

Based on the various map symblols, can one make any assumptions regarding the availability of water. It is obvious that water would be available at locations respresented by restaurants, motels, hostels, etc. symbols. But, for example, can one assume water is available at all "rest room" symbols?

I will be on the Western Express and the map warns of water shortages, no support for xx miles, etc. However, I was hoping for something more precise such as "Joe's gas station is only place to get water in the of XYZ."

Thanks for any advice.


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