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Gear Talk / Re: rear rack for Marrakesh
« on: May 29, 2020, 02:39:37 pm »
You may also want to do a search on this forum and see if anything pops up.

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General Discussion / Re: The Katy Trail- What tires?
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:30:18 am »
Gig'em

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General Discussion / Re: The Katy Trail- What tires?
« on: May 25, 2020, 07:55:54 pm »
I rode it a couple of years ago using Armadillo 30's and had no problems.  Like John wrote if it is wet/muddy it can be a problem regardless of the size of the tire.   Last time I looked there were still some areas that were closed.  Check out this web site before you go.

https://katytrailmo.com/katy-trail-closures-and-conditions-spring-2020/

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My reservations are for transportation to my start point.  At which point I go day by day on where I will stay.

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Before all this started I made reservations for a trip starting in mid-June.  I haven't cancelled yet.  I'm waiting to see how things play out as it gets closer to the planned start.  If things are looking up I will go.  If not, I will cancel and try to reschedule for a late August -early September.

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Another nice video.  Thanks for sharing.

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I rode hwy 98 along the coast in October.  Other than the stretch between Ft. Walton and Sandestin (road under reconstruction and heavy traffic) I enjoyed the ride.  Once the construction is done it should be ok.  Looked like they are putting in either a bike path or a very wide sidewalk.  Didn't seem to notice the wind except for a cold north wind when I rode out of Apalachicola in the morning.  Even saw a pair of bald eagles on one of the many pine trees.

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General Discussion / Re: Need information on Continental Gatorskin.
« on: March 10, 2020, 09:52:45 pm »
Not sure what the max mileage is but I toured with a pair and put over 2k miles on them.  Never had a problem with them.

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Routes / Re: LAX to connect with Southern Tier
« on: March 09, 2020, 01:24:34 pm »
The "easiest" way to start is to head north from the airport to catch ACA's Route 66.  That will take you to San Bernardino.  Once you get to San Bernardino continue east on 5th until you meet either Waterman or Tippecanoe.  Then head south to Barton.  This will take you to San Timoteo Canyon road.  This will then take you to Beaumont.  Go through Beaumont to Banning following Ramsey.  It turns into a ramp onto I-10.  You may be able to then get on an old road that parallels the I-10 after going under the freeway on the ramp.  If not then you can take I-10 until the next exit where you can connect to the old road.  You follow this for several miles until you have to take the freeway ramp.  Stay on the shoulder and it will take you on Hwy 111 which will take you into Palm Springs.   You can then follow 111 through the various towns until you are in Indio.  At Calhoun St.  head south to Ave 48.  Head east until Dillon.  Take Dillon past the casino to the I-10 on ramp.  Take I-10 to Blythe.  Not much between Indio and Blythe.  There is a gas station at Chiriaco summit.   Between LAX and Indio you are basically in an urban environment so  there are lots of services if not so many places to camp.   Be prepared for mostly city riding until Indio.

Good luck.

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South / Re: Is Flooding an Issue
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:55:53 am »
The flooding is occurring on the Pearl River.  It forms the boundary between Louisiana and Mississippi in the area of the Southern Tier route you will be taking   You cross the river on map 6-84 just after Bogalusa.  As John mentioned it's a long time before you will get to the area so the flood waters will most likely be gone by the time you get there. 

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Routes / Re: cycling in death valley national park, to and from vegas
« on: February 14, 2020, 12:01:16 pm »
One of the best rides is from Furnace Creek going by Badwater on the way to Shoshone.  You should be able to go from Stovepipe wells all the way to Shoshone.  There is a store in Furnace creek to stock up on water for the trip to Shoshone.  No other places to get water.  I doubt you will see many critters on the road but it is possible.  Most likely to encounter them if you do a little hiking on trails.  Hard to say about the winds.  Been there when it's been calm and been there when the wind was blowing like crazy.  In the park I didn't run into any thorns.  Not sure about the other roads.  The weather could be cold or very pleasant.  Be prepared for both. 

You can make a loop ride through Red Rock Canyon.  It is a fairly popular ride.  Park near the entrance then ride through the canyon and return to the entrance on hwy 159.

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General Discussion / Re: Trailer or just panniers?
« on: February 05, 2020, 10:47:07 am »
Actually, flying with a trailer is no more difficult than flying with a bicycle.  I have a custom made bag that holds the trailer and some gear.  The bag wasn't very expensive or heavy and I can fold it up and carry it with me to use when I get to my destination.

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General Discussion / Re: Trailer or just panniers?
« on: February 03, 2020, 05:18:32 pm »
If you do a search for trailers vs panniers you will find it depends on the preferences of the rider.  Some like a trailer - some don't.  I have both and I prefer a trailer.  Others do long tours and prefer panniers.  I suggest you try to borrow each to see which one suits you best.

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Routes / Re: Nogales to Grand Canyon - Early June
« on: December 01, 2019, 11:08:40 am »
I've ridden in Arizona in June so it can be done even if it is not the most comfortable/enjoyable.  To help with the heat you should start riding at sunrise.  Ride until about 11 then take a break during the hottest part of the day.  You could then ride in the late afternoon after it has cooled down a bit.  Carry and drink lots of water.  I have heard of riders that bring use lights and ride at night to avoid the heat.  Make sure to use sunscreen.  Good luck

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General Discussion / Re: No bikes on Amtrak Cardinal service?
« on: November 23, 2019, 09:45:07 am »
I see what you are talking about.  The other option is to buy one of Amtrak’s bike boxes.  You could go to the station to see if there is carry on space available.  If not, then buy a bike box.  It is a bit of a pain and a little more expensive but at least the bike will be with you.

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