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General Discussion / Re: If you fly, how do you transport your bike?
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:16:37 am »
Thanks!  Now I have lots of reading to do.    ;D

General Discussion / If you fly, how do you transport your bike?
« on: August 03, 2011, 08:16:14 pm »
This must be a common problem, but my search turned up nothing.   My son is crossing the USA east to west and should finish in Seattle.  We will fly him back to Charlotte NC and then drive to Boston,  but how do we get the bike back?  One-way airfare is quite reasonable for him.   I figure he will need to track down a cardboard box to pack the bike (local bike shops being the obvious source),  but then can it be checked as luggage on the plane or shipped via UPS or greyhound?  What do most people do?  Does it just go on the plane as oversized baggage with an extra fee?  Obviously I haven't asked the airline yet.  I don't want him to sell or otherwise dispose of the bike because it has sentimental value, which will only be enhanced by this trip.   :)

cycling Cairo-Cape Town in December.

Cairo EGYPT to Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA?   Google tells me its 4500 miles but won't even give me a route.

What route do you imagine?   Please keep a blog;  I would love to follow that trip. 

My son camped at campgrounds in Velva (22 miles east of Minot) 8/1 and Stanley (55 west of Minot) 8/2.   He went through Minot but no information on campgrounds in that town.   Hotel/motel rooms are hard to come by.   Calling ahead is definitely a good idea.  There are many migrant/temporary workers in the area for oil projects and flood cleanup projects so many motels and campgrounds are at high occupancy.

General Discussion / Re: Location-tracking website (route-specific)
« on: July 30, 2011, 09:27:14 pm »
Great concept!   It would be fun to look at a map of the country that had little flags for every cross country cyclist out there.... sort of like an air traffic control map.   Red flags for people going west to east,  blue flags for east to west.    ;D    As it stands now,  many cyclists have blogs or use track my tour so you can see the individual's location and progress, but it would be nice to have many cyclists plotted on one map.

General Discussion / Re: Trekkingbike for crossing USA
« on: July 06, 2011, 02:14:06 pm »
sorry,  can't help you with NYC,  but I can get the conversation started by highly recommending these guys in nearby New Jersey.
It would be a 30 minute train ride,  or they might even have a suggestion for you.

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