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General Discussion / Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« on: August 14, 2023, 04:34:54 pm »
Only time I ever met someone credit card camping was on the GAP.   Lots of B&Bs and hotels along that route.   Good for the local economy I think.

General Discussion / Re: Texas Hill Country question
« on: August 14, 2023, 04:30:12 pm »
Have done a bit of dualsport motorcycle riding in West Texas.   Not sure I'd be up for bicycling the routes.   But then I've ridden through some exotic game ranches and had a blast with bump gates. (pun)  Definitely some Texas sights out there.   I think there is some rail 2 trail bike path, running East from Dallas.  Nobody I ride with has ever heard of it.  Not sure how developed the bike path might be.   Not expecting much.  Anyway, glad your adventure went smoothly. 

General Discussion / Re: Live to Ride
« on: August 14, 2023, 04:22:40 pm »
Lived in NY state, prior to Texas.   Lots of roads, where I lived, that were mostly dirt.  I recall lots of folks in NY declaring how cold and snow bound Vermont was.   :) I liked the Buffalo Wyoming pic above.  I also think that maybe the openness is beautiful but also why snow fencing is popular.   I am thinking that there must be some sort of holy grail of gravel/MTB biking someplace.   Maybe not.  But I am a believer! 

Thanks for the Vermont vote!   

General Discussion / Re: Live to Ride
« on: August 11, 2023, 11:39:59 am »
I've heard others mention areas in Wyoming.  Once visited Laramie and saw the snow fences along the highways.  Yowza!   We had snow fences in the NE but nothing like Wyoming.   NE Oregon keeps coming up.   The Willamette valley in Oregon.   The Columbia river gorge in general. 

Thanks!   -Don

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This website:

BLM lands generally allow dispersed camping, but many areas have strict fire regulations.
Also, the BLM leases lands for grazing and minerals which may involve additional restrictions.
The most important thing - leave any gate as you found it - if open, leave open; if closed, leave closed.

USFS lands generally allow dispersed camping if you are more than 1/4 to 1/2 mile from a developed site.
Areas of high use - such as around Jackson or Aspen - are completely closed to dispersed camping.
Fire risk can also result in full closures of USFS lands.

Dispersed camping is generally not permitted on state lands.
Nearly all state lands have a statutory requirement to produce income for schools.
Thus, state leases tend to preclude camping use.
Some states do permit camping, but require registration & fees.

I'll add that you should inspect a locked gate to see exactly how its chained.  Been chewed out once for not replacing chain exactly how I found it.   I simply locked the gate, which wasn't good enough for the rancher that had horses get out on occasion.   Ever since ... I lock gates exactly the same way I find them.   Well, normally I find gates locked with a chain and catch.

General Discussion / Re: Must have spare parts/tools
« on: July 14, 2023, 05:48:22 pm »
Not sure if this thread is about repairing a bike during a tour or just fixing flats. 

- my RoadMorgG pump, which I carry in my frame bag,  has gotten lots of guys going that only had CO2 cartridges
- I don't carry CO2 cartridges any longer ... see above
- Start your tour with tires with a reputation of being puncture resistant.  yeah obvious I think
- I never patch a tube on the side of a trail.  I replace with my spare and patch the bad tube that evening. 
- I don't carry tools that don't fit a fastener on my bike.  totally unnecessary.  why a multi tool when you can bring specific tools.  You dont need that many
- If you think your going to need to replace something on the trip.  Why wait.   Replace well before you leave: chain, cassette, chain rings, pads, cables, tubes, tires ....
- extra tires?   I only carry an extra tube.   but I do carry patch kits and know how to use them.
- I am shy of tubeless on a touring bike.  Sealant hassles are not fun ... ever.
- I like touring rims that are NOT tubeless ready.   so much easier to break the bead.  I like easy
- an extra derailleur hanger maybe ... light, cheap, small ... why not
- I don't bother but you could blue loctite all your fasteners .. racks esp

I think experience reflects how you approach bike repair.  My goal is to leave for a tour with my bike as bullet proof as possible.   Then, have modest means for fixing what breaks when the adventure begins.

General Discussion / Live to Ride
« on: July 14, 2023, 03:57:54 pm »
I live in central Texas and I like to be done riding by 10am in the summer.   I think of summer as being June 1st through October.    This got me wondering if some of you live in areas that are rich with riding opportunities.   I mean, is there an area in the USA that offers a bounty of wonderful scenic routes?   Looking to see if folks would recommend a geographic area under this topic ... where in the USA would you Live to Ride.

Looking for:

- scenic rural
- temperate climate
- mixed surface ... trail, gravel, pavement
- focus on rec riding or light multi day rides

My MTB buddies love Bentonville.   Some I know have fav touring routes but I am after the recreational rider haven.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Austin TX to St. Augustine, FL - Timing
« on: July 14, 2023, 03:06:20 pm »
I live in Austin.  I use to think tornado season was April 1st to July 1st.  Now, it seems like we can get bad storms any time of year.    I think I would leave mid October.   Its still hot but its starting to cool down at night.  You would also be riding into cooler temps and also decreasing chances of catching a hurricane in Florida.   Our day time feels like temps have been 104-107 lately ... mid July.

General Discussion / Re: Texas Hill Country question
« on: July 14, 2023, 02:41:46 pm »
Did you ride the hill country?   Wondering how you made out with this trip.  Lots of busy streets between ABIA and the hill country.   Seriously busy roads.   I think I would have flown into a regional airport in West Tejas. 

Rocky Mountain / Re: Looking for summer fun
« on: January 05, 2020, 06:47:04 pm »
Beautiful pic!   Thanks!  Kinda looks like a field of Texas blue bonnets. 

I've been around Northern New Mexico and also South Central Colorado.   I also like fly fishing.  You get far enough West, like Montrose or Grand Junction, and its just as hot as Texas. 

Buffalo Wyoming ... makes the list.

Big thanks! 

Rocky Mountain / Looking for summer fun
« on: January 05, 2020, 03:18:29 pm »

I am looking to leave the Texas heat behind this summer and am hoping to find a nice area to ride for a month or so.   Not looking for a route to ride but rather an area (summer rental) to spend a month or so riding about.  Hoping to catch someone from the RM area with some suggestions about places that would be fun to spend some time around. 

Bikes = road, gravel and mtb
Fun = scenic, easy, safe

Southwest / Re: Rental shop in Austin
« on: January 05, 2020, 02:55:50 pm »
Ship your bike to any bike shop in town.  Fly into town.  Uber to the bike shop.  Etc.

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