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Routes / Re: Route 66 - 2018 - Who & When?
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:56:22 pm »
I have several trips planned starting Easter weekend.

Where to/from?

Routes / Re: Wind on the Southern Tier
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:03:13 pm »
I'm riding the Southern Tier starting March 1st from San Diego. I'll take my time with side trips and days off. I could be on the road for 8 weeks. Where are the places that could have strong winds along the way. I may hole up if it's too windy but will that mean that I won't be going anywhere  ;)?

I haven't done it personally but a friend who did it said Arizona and Texas were pretty bad. Winds heading into Phoenix were 25-30. He said the winds were only an issue for a few days though.

Routes / Re: Route 66 - 2018 - Who & When?
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:17:08 pm »
Anyone else planning to hit the road this spring?


General Discussion / Re: Shipping Bicycle help?
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:12:26 pm »
Hi, I’ve just joined so apologies if it’s in the wrong section

I have a friend who wants to ship their bicycle from California to Philadelphia , I think it’s a city bike.

Not sure if they can dismantle it so what are the cheapest/best services for both ?

I’m from the UK so I’m not familiar with US postal services.


BikeFlights is likely your best option. Doing a quick price quote using a 56x10x32" box weighing 40 pounds from LA (90001) to Philadelphia (19149)
FedEx: $80.77 - 4 days
BikeFlights: $59.95 - 5 days

Keep in mind that BikeFlights has several advantages.... They price match any equivalent shipment so if you find a cheaper shipping option they'll refund the difference to you. They also guarantee delivery. If your bike isn't delivered on the date it's scheduled to be delivered BikeFlights will pay you $100 per business day (up to 5 days) until it's delivered.

You can see all of their guarantees here:

General Discussion / Re: Let's talk injuries!
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:58:43 pm »
The lesson I took from it was listen to the PT people, give it a serious and sustained effort, but if it's not working out and your body is telling you something, pay attention.


I was hit by a car on 2/15/17 while riding the Southern Tier and spent 10 days in the ICU at a San Diego trauma center. Over the next 4 months I went through PT 5 days a week 4-8 hours a day. It was grueling but the doctors knew what was best. A few weeks after finishing PT I did a 1,500 mile tour from Missoula down through Yellowstone/Grand Teton NP and back to Missoula. The tour was relatively easy and I was in better shape then than I was before the accident. Today the only side effect I have from the accident are migraines and some memory loss. A small price to pay considering how bad the accident was.

Otherwise I was hit again in August 2017 (this time though it was 100% my fault....) and suffered a broken scaphoid. It's a large carpal bone articulating the radius below your thumb forming the carpal tunnel. The scaphoid bone is one of the harder bones to heal and nonunion is common. Blood supply to the scaphoid is very poor. Because of that the fracture lacks the oxygen and nutrients it needs to heal. Anyway, mine healed without surgery but it healed displaced slightly. It still bothers me today and probably will forever. I invested in some shock absorbent handlebar tape to take some of the pressure off of the bone. The bone is right where most people will rest their hand on the bars while riding. I can't say how it'll affect my riding since I haven't done any long distance cycling since the accident.

The last thing I've had to deal with is tendonitis in my achilles. 3 days into my 2016 cross country ride I began getting terrible pains in my achilles and could hear the tendon rubbing. I went to the ER and they prescribed me an anti-inflammatory drug. The tendonitis was caused by me not stretching before/during/after my long days of cycling. For the remaining 3 months of my tour I took Meloxicam (you can buy it at most stores over the counter) and stretched daily before/during/after my ride. It bothered me for a few weeks but it went away. Still today I take Meloxicam just to avoid any swelling.

If you don't already I'd highly recommend stretching as much as you can before/during/after your rides to avoid any tendonitis. If I'd left mine untreated it's likely it would have ruptured.

Happy riding!

Routes / Re: Westcoast to Colorado: Western Express or Transamerica Trail?
« on: February 11, 2018, 06:21:04 pm »
PS -

You may have to go down to Monarch Pass (US 50) anyway.
Reconstruction of Cottonwood Pass Rd. is behind schedule  - and they only have vert short season.

Then again - if it is nearly finished, you may be able to cycle it without any cars.

Last I heard was it’d be closed at least through this summer. The lack of snow though may have allowed them to catch up. Can’t find any updates on it.

Routes / Re: Westcoast to Colorado: Western Express or Transamerica Trail?
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:42:20 pm »
Four Corners is, IMO, the biggest tourist trap in America. The markers aren’t even in the correct spots and it’s in the middle of BFE.

Nice photo jamawani

Pic: Tetons at Jackson Lake; July 2017

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: February 05, 2018, 08:40:47 pm »
I've always been charged full price, but never thought to explain it that way.  I'll sure try it in the future.

I guess we can tell the OP "no don't bring a hammock - if you're going through some states - research required.  But me, while I bring both my Hilleberg or Tarptent, depending on conditions, I've always brought that hammock.  I don't do "ultra-light".  I tend towards "ultra-comfy".

FYI Here’s the official regulation provided in an email by the Colorado State Parks.

I guess hanging stuff from trees falls under the “modifying” category.


Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:07:58 am »
I've always been charged full price, but never thought to explain it that way.  I'll sure try it in the future.

I guess we can tell the OP "no don't bring a hammock - if you're going through some states - research required.  But me, while I bring both my Hilleberg or Tarptent, depending on conditions, I've always brought that hammock.  I don't do "ultra-light".  I tend towards "ultra-comfy".

I only carry about 10lbs on two rear panniers.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: February 02, 2018, 11:03:16 pm »
Last bit on this Ty.  It turns out you were completely right.  I checked with a source I trust on Hammock forum who emailed over time the attorney general of each state as well as the heads of the State parks system and Colorado is one of the worst in the union for being Hammock unfriendly. 

This is from the Notes section of the spreadsheet of Colorado, from 2013:
A definitive statement has not come back from the parks dept as of yet, but a HF member had the following to say on the matter, "I can tell you that in every state park I've ever been at here in Colorado, the answer is a resounding no. They list it in every park's camping literature, give the same line when you call. I also often have park employees include a "no hanging anything on trees" line when checking in with me - unprompted by any hammock questions."

So, sadly, you were absolutely right.  No links needed.

That's one state where I'm boycotting the state parks if I happen to go there.  Too expensive.  Fortunately lots of State Forest land in the West part of the state.  I'll probably not bother cycling that state, but take my motorcycle instead and keep to the free parts.   :D

Glad you were able to find the information. :) I’m sad I’m right because I love my hammock :(

It is baffling to me that Colorado State Parks doesn’t list that rule specifically on their page. Instead they make you go to each individual state parks page to find the rule.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: February 02, 2018, 11:00:42 pm »
This is the third time I've asked you to give me the links you say you are finding everywhere, but I'm not seeing.  I don't care if you live there, I've found more than one person on the internet spreading mis-information before.  Yeah, I know that's got to be a shock.  What sort of hammock and suspension do you use?

If it's about hammocking, it's on Hammock Forums, of which I'm a long standing member.  I've heard about several states but not yours.  I'm not saying you are wrong, but I want it confirmed.  The fact that you think you know all about Colorado is cool.  Now show me the link. My search shows NOTHING.  It's real simple ... a ling to an authoritative source and you can be completely right on this topic.

Oh, and what's your strategy for talking a park ranger to change the price for you?  Thats something I could use almost as much as more National forests which are free for me.

The type of hammock and suspension I’m using is irrelevant. They don’t allow ANYTHING to be hung from trees. I use an Eno Single Nest with the Atlas straps though. If you go to each individual parks website you’ll find the rule.

“Absolutely nothing may be hung on, from,
or attached in any way, to trees, shrubs, or any Park buildings or signs.”

Cherry Creek:

There’s one example.

It’s pretty easy. I just explain that since I’m on a bicycle that I don’t think it’s fair I have to pay the same price as a car camper. I offer to pitch my tent on any piece of ground they have. I don’t need a full site or a table/fire ring.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:32:34 pm »
Well, like I said, I'll call on monday to find what the rules are.  Can you point me to the google searches, because I can't find any with the search "colorado state parks ban hammocks"  There is one article about a ban on Slacklining in city parks that mentions you can't hang anything from city park property.  As I asked earlier, can you point me to the State Park Rule, on the State park site.  Not some guy somewhere in 2009 that heard something from someone.  I'm a member of the Hammock forums and have known  about MD for a while, but nobody there has said anything about Colorado. So point me to the rule can you?  Not hearsay. 

On another note I saw the prices Colorado charges for Camping in state parks.  Wow, how do you all afford a $10 reservation fee plus 24 a night with electricity and $18 without? Cycling through for two weeks would cost me about 400 bucks just to sleep.  I guess that is the way it's going all over slowly, State Governments grabbing money every place they can.  In North Carolina in 2007 it was 4 bucks a night everywhere.

Camping is getting to be priced out of reach for poor cyclist travelers of the sort I knew in the 70's and 80's.  I wonder what one budgets on a 60 day tour for sleeping.  I keep reading these sites that tell you that you can travel by bike for 25 or similar such price a day but I think it's more likely to be closer to 50 - 60 a day nowadays.  So that would mean a 90 day tour could cost about 5 grand.  Does that sound high?  I wonder what people budget.  I may have to take up something cheaper like a Tour through Chile instead of the TA or Southern Tier.  At least in South America no bureaucratic Ogre is going to tell you what you can and can't sleep in.

It’s not hearsay. I LIVE in Colorado. I’m stating facts. There’s several threads on other forums regarding the topic. At least 6 pop up when I do a quick search.

State parks don’t list every rule. You also can’t smoke pot in state parks. Or cut down trees. Or kill someone. Etc. Same thing with hammocks. They’ll tell you when you check in or make you take it down when they see it up. You can go to individual state park websites and it’ll list the no hammock/hanging from trees rule there.

I never pay full price for a campground though while cycling. I either talk them down to a lower price or make friends with other campers and share their spot in exchange for $5 or so.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: February 02, 2018, 09:52:21 pm »
Keep in mind that some states and private campgrounds have banned hammocks due to tree damage. All state parks in Colorado, for example.

Could you refer me to where you found those regulations?  I've just looked around at the Colorado State parks website and found no mention of any prohibitions.
The sole regs online about camping are these:
4. To camp or to park a motor vehicle, trailer or camper on Parks and Outdoor Recreation Lands with the intention (or for the purpose) of camping other than on areas designated for camping; or to leave a set-up camp, motor vehicle, trailer or camper unattended for more than twenty-four (24) hours, unless otherwise posted.
a. No person may camp or park a motor vehicle, trailer or camper on a state park for more than fourteen (14) days in any forty-five (45) day period, except that extensions totaling no more than a maximum of fourteen (14) additional days may be permitte

I'll call them on Monday for the final word, not that it would impact me cycling through that state, because I don't like to spend 20 bucks a night when I can find stealth camping, National forests public lands out west with no problem.

In about sixty nights in the last four years I had one Ranger in North Carolina and one in Florida tell me that hammocks were not allowed.  I complied in Florida but the ranger station in North Carolina was close by and the other ranger said it was no problem as long as I used tree straps that protected the cambium layer.  It seems that some people hand back yard hammocks with rope and those were the ones not allowed.

But this is the US of A and new rules are created every minute it seems, to keep the worst sort of campers from doing irresponsible things.

I live in Colorado and camp a lot. Parks here forbid anything from being hung from trees except for bear bags. No close lines, hammock straps etc.

Maryland was the same when I was there in 2013. I’m sure other states have similar laws.

To clarify; You can have freestanding hammocks here. That’d be a bit much to carry on a bike though!

If you Google hammocks in Colorado State Parks you’ll find several threads in other forums discussing the issue.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: February 02, 2018, 09:31:07 pm »
Keep in mind that if you post on facebook, touring on a bicycle, that you are limiting your exposure compared to crazyguyonabike.  A lot of people don't have facebook, and like myself refuse to ever join.  Just a thought.

You don’t have to be a Facebook member to view profiles/post. If he sets his post to public then anyone, user or not, can view them.

General Discussion / Re: This my 1st Solo Bicycle Touring Trip
« on: February 02, 2018, 05:47:44 pm »
20-50 miles a day isn’t much IMO. I average 70 a day on my tours. I also travel ultralight. Centuries aren’t uncommon either.

You don’t really have to stealth camp if you’re near towns. Go find a church or a fire station. Usually they’ll either let you stay or tell you where you can go legally.

You may have to box your bike from CA to NY. Not all Amtrak’s have carry on. It’d probably be cheaper to use BikeFlights if that’s the case.

Good luck.

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