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General Discussion / Re: What state is your favorite to ride in?
« on: August 06, 2017, 09:36:59 am »
The states I have cycled in Fl, Al, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, WA, OR, ID. Oregon is my favorite followed by west Texas. I prefer the lonely roads. Jim

Routes / Re: Gravel roads/ alternatives on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: August 06, 2017, 09:25:19 am »
+1 on the Oregon Outback, did it the week before Memorial Day. Epic ride awesome remote part of Oregon. I rode it on my LHT so no need for a fancy bike packing rig. If you want some info let me know. Jim

General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 07, 2016, 11:29:32 pm »
I shipped my bike from Tacoma to my hotel in Jacksonville last year with bikeflights and rode to Arizona then shipped it home. no issues just pack it good. There are lots of good bike shops close to Sea-Tac  not to sure about Angle Lake it has changed in the past few years and maybe not so good. I work close to Sea-Tac and am a pretty good wrench if you need someone to put your bike together. Jim

Gear Talk / Re: Touring with hammocks: any other Pros & cons?
« on: February 21, 2016, 02:00:00 pm »
Big hammock fan here, I own 3. I did the southern tier last Feb and was concerned about the desert sections, so I reluctantly left my hammock home. I think if I left my UQ behind and used a pad I could have rigged the hammock like a bivy and used some kind of ground cloth to protect the fabric. I will tell you this I will never again leave my hammock at home ,I will find a solution. HYOH enjoy Jim

Routes / Re: Safety of Southern Tier near Border
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:24:10 pm »
I rode the ST east to west last feb and had no issues with anything let alone the border, enjoy the ride and use good judgement you will have the time of your life.

I rode the ST solo last year, yes I was alone but never lonely. The people I met along the way and my daily blog on crazyguy was all I needed to keep me happy and motivated. Plus I like the freedom of doing things my way.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« on: October 08, 2015, 02:55:49 pm »
I started in Jacksonville and rode US 90 most of the way, I also rode along the gulf through Mississippi and then went through New Orleans, so I missed a lot of the true ST but it was my choice and it seemed to me I missed a lot of dog chases but I dealt with faster traffic. You can find my blog on "crazy-guy on a bike" under How the West was Won if you want some info on taking a different route.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:31:17 pm »
+1 on bikeflights I just finished  6 week southern tier and had them ship my bike to Florida and now I'm in Arizona and they are picking up my bike tomorrow to ship it home. Pretty easy if you can get a box and pack it yourself. Jim

I use a Jarbridge quilt from Arrowhead Equipment it's rated to 30 degrees and was about 100 bucks it's synthetic and feels like a heater on your back when you lay in the hammock. Way better than a pad. Jim

Use a hammock specific under quilt that attaches underneath the hammock, they are super light and pack down small. Hammock forums has lots of info and it's a great site to learn

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: November 20, 2014, 11:58:23 am »
Rachel I will be doing the same trip starting feb 14 from Jacksonville, also solo, so if we happen to meet you are more than welcome to share the road. Jim

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:01:29 pm »
Westinghouse are you doing a blog on crazy guy?

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: November 06, 2014, 03:07:33 pm »
I will be doing it East to West starting Feb of 2015 lots of good blogs on Crazyguy. Jim

I live in Washington and am also a hanger. You should be good to go on your route. Have fun and be safe. Jim

General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:40:43 pm »
 I have had a swift for over a year on a bike I ride to work almost every day and I know it's there. Then I picked up a new b17 and swapped it out on the same bike. Day 1 the 17 is a dream and I'm a smaller rider, the swift is a good saddle but it just isn't as comfortable as the 17 for me.

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