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Gear Talk / Re: bike maintenance on tour
« on: February 18, 2012, 10:12:31 pm »
I lube my chain often, more so if it rains.  I also check my tires with the thumb and finger gauge every morning, to see if I should top off my tires.  :)

Then, there is the check for loose bolts ever so often...  That's about it.


General Discussion / Re: Communications on tour
« on: February 18, 2012, 10:08:25 pm »
since you can't vote for multiples, my answers are here:

I use a "normal" cell phone (i.e. small screen, no apps) and no texts
I send post cards and letters
I also use the internet at libraries, where I email, and update crazyguy journals.

Gear Talk / Re: packing panniers
« on: February 18, 2012, 10:04:42 pm »
To me, it really doesn't matter if it is a weekend trip, a week long trip or longer... I always distribute my gear over four panniers.  All my gear.  I don't like strapping stuff to the rear rack.

My "house" lives in the right rear pannier, my "bedroom" lives in the right front, my clothes in the left front and my kitchen in the left rear.

I like it that way, for easy access to areas I most likely use during the day.


Gear Talk / Re: Alcohol Stoves
« on: February 18, 2012, 10:00:40 pm »
I use a Trangia on my tours.  Have some awesome food pictures in most of my journals.  I cook.  No boiling water needed, except for the pasta...

Of course, riding with a buddy with his alcohol stove helps to make a nice meal of lots of ingredients.

Check out the dinner on this page:


I have toured a lot.  But, I have real problems in the mountains.  Everyone has a different set of difficulties to conquer, and mine are altitude.  I suck in higher altitude.

Moni from Oklahoma

I used the messages, as I don't feel comfortable being tracked.  I was sure, my (now ex) husband would post it on face book and other media. 

With just the message they only knew where I had been.


Routes / Re: When would YOU do this?
« on: January 07, 2012, 07:54:38 am »
Left May 29 on my self contained trip with my daughter, to join the Oklahoma FreeWheel.  It was HOT every day.  From that stand point, I would leave a bit earlier from CC, but not sure, if you will end up in the mountains sooner than you would want.


I used spot, with the cheapest tracking service.. and turned it on when ever I was someplace really neat, and send a Just so you know where I am message, and I then turned it on when I had my tent up, with the I am in camp message.  Both messages were set up prior to my trip.

Lost the spot during the divorce... but don't need to check in daily anymore now either... thus, not a big loss.


General Discussion / Re: Woman riding by herself
« on: January 05, 2012, 07:50:21 am »
Jill, just do it.  You will be a much stronger person/woman after.  I have toured solo.  At first, not my choice, but my buddy was hurting and needed to go home.  I still prefer to ride with him, but I do tour on my own too.

Then there is Linda.  Check out her journals.  During her latest tour, I got to meet her.

Usually people tell me to be careful, even here, at home, on my short ride to work (3.3 miles).  My smart alecky answer is, I hope the people in cars are careful, course I always are.  :)


General Discussion / Re: Pacific Coast 2012
« on: December 29, 2011, 07:18:33 pm »
I did it in 2010.  Started July 27, but from Seattle, going north, to go to Victoria first.  It was way COLDER than I ever imagined.  Not much rain, but also very HILLY!

We took 54 days to do the distance we rode, but only 44 days were riding days.  We do enjoy days off.

You can read about our trip here:

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