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8min 46sec vid if interested. 
West to east starting Aug.1 ~  40 days estimated.
https://www.oann.com/15-cyclists-ride-across-the-country-to-raise-money-for-the-physical-mental-health-of-firefighters/

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General Discussion / Happy USA Independence Day weekend to all.
« on: July 02, 2021, 07:23:23 am »
Glad to have the independence, freedom and safety to be able to cycle all about our country
and meet other Americans coast to coast. 
Happy "4th" wishes to all.

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Thanks to those men and women who defended our freedoms in the USA.

6/8/21 Edit Update: For whatever reason the following Links are not accessible by a click from this forum....
Both DO work perfectly well via 'copy' and 'paste' to browsers (i.e., outside this forum) -

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Memorial-Day

https://www.usmemorialday.org/

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General Discussion / To all who 'do' Easter - Happy Easter.
« on: April 04, 2021, 07:39:52 am »
To all who 'do' Easter - Happy Easter.

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Are Masks Now Required While Riding on Federal Roads ...
in that and to the extent that it is 'federally owned property?'
I tried to read and understand the related just released Executive Order
(I no longer have the Link)
but my average brain could not figure it out,
so I thought best to post the question herein. 
Thanks.

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General Discussion / Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it.
« on: December 24, 2020, 08:29:15 am »
Christmas wishes to all who celebrate such.

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General Discussion / Happy Thanks-giving wishes ....
« on: November 25, 2020, 07:50:08 am »
Happy giving THANKS weekend wishes ....
which includes thanks to Adventure Cycling Association for this great Forum.

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General Discussion / What are the top 3 things we like about touring?
« on: November 07, 2020, 09:58:27 am »
I threatened to post this Question Topic inspired by an observation by Westinghouse under the "Min/Max Speed...." string that has been recently active.
He commented (I am paraphrasing here & hoping I got it right ! : )
on the 'importance of the many dimensions of weather awareness when on tour compared to the impact of weather when not on tour.' 
I appreciated his comment cause it reminded me of how much I love the alertness that weather demands of me when I am on tour....
So much so that it is one of my biggie reasons for lovin' tourin'.
Then it lead me to wondering what actually are those main 'things' I really, really like about touring? 
Over the years I may have gotten so close to touring that it has maybe become just one big wonderful undefined / amorphous attraction.....
thus, I would benefit from the specific insights of others.

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Has anyone 'modified' a 'Gravel Bike' to a Bikepacking / Touring rig?
If yes, what pro and cons were learned in your process of doing so.
Thank you.

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General Discussion / Max speed unavoidable critter crashes?
« on: October 19, 2020, 08:33:08 am »
1st : ) Full Disclosure:
I am a full-on to the point of boring safety-junkie.
With that understood....
Recently there have been numerous most interesting posts on 'Max and Min Speed' on a separated thread.....
have read 'em all and have added my own 'min and max,' as well;
however, the posts have just naturally gotten my safety-junkie thinking activated ...
some critters (am thinking coyotes, etc., etc.) don't necessarily hear a bicycle coming.
I have seen them drifting out into the road not knowing I am coming their way.
Here is what I am wondering about ....
What amount of concern do y'all assign to the possibility of destroying yourself
at whatever you consider to be high speed by unavoidably crashing into such?


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In light of another post that is on this Forum about the virus related growth in cycling +
the potential for cycling parts supply disruption as some manufacturing is being moved back to USA shores ...
should we be concerned about certain parts not being as much in immediate supply as has been the case?

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General Discussion / Cyclin' is smokin' ?
« on: April 19, 2020, 08:46:32 am »
According to this Reuters News article, dated April 17th .... bicycling is growing in the midst of the current situation....

Excerpt: "RUNNING OUT OF STOCK
The government has declared bicycles an essential transportation item
"

Link, fyi:   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-bikes/wary-of-public-transport-coronavirus-hit-americans-turn-to-bikes-idUSKBN21Z1BX

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I have found that with so many peeps staying home that (sadly) there are many, many vast vacant parking lots all around my vicinity.
These make, for me, a great abundance of large open fairly level places to safely put a free & open spin on the spokes,
along with enough time in saddle to keep in shape till 'the bug' passes enough to make Touring practical again.

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Fyi NBC Mar. 7, 2020 News Headline that may be worthy of general interest for bicyclists:
"Google tracked his bike ride past a burglarized home.
That made him a suspect."

Excerpt:
“If you’re innocent, that doesn’t mean you can’t be in the wrong place at the wrong time,
like going on a bike ride
in which your GPS puts you in a position where police suspect you of a crime you didn’t commit,” McCoy said.


Link:
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/google-tracked-his-bike-ride-past-burglarized-home-made-him-n1151761

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General Discussion / Lyme Disease Tick Spray Inquiry....
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:17:48 am »
The 2 below sobering articles on the rapid geographic spread of Lyme Disease prompt me to ask the Forum...

Does anyone know what / if any ( ! ? ) tick spray works best as a defense?  - Thank you.

1. ALERT - This article in The Atlantic Magazine is lengthy
(however, the CDC reported cases by year USA map 20% of way thru article speaks volumes)
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/09/life-with-lyme/594736/

2. https://news.yahoo.com/lyme-disease-war-weapon-inside-184904486.html

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