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General Discussion / C&O trail
« on: July 29, 2021, 07:56:52 pm »
I am currently riding the C&O from Cumberland to DC.  IMO this has to be one of the poorest maintained trails in the country.  I understand NPS is underfunded but it appears they do absolutely no trail maintenance other than a bit of mowing.  The trail is extremely rough, rutted and muddy (even without rain).  It seems like an unmaintained logging road with rocks, roots, ruts and holes.  They have closed part of the trail (signage) near the Paw Paw tunnel for no apparent good reason.  There isn’t any work currently being done on the cliff face that would necessitate a horribly difficult detour.  The GAP trail is a paved (even though it isn’t paved - just crushed limestone) superhighway compared to the C&O.

There is a wildfire burning near Globe, AZ.  It appears to have closed Hwy 70 east of Globe.  There doesn’t appear to be an alternative route.

General Discussion / Touring after Chemotherapy
« on: January 23, 2021, 09:29:15 am »
Has anyone done a tour after chemotherapy?  How long were you off your bike?  How long after chemo were you able to tour?  Do you lose much muscle mass during chemo?  Did you take any precautions as you began to ride after chemo?

Cycling Events / Bike ride across Nevada part of Western Express
« on: August 24, 2020, 01:41:44 pm »
I will be working SAG on this ride and it should be an interesting time with all the measures in place to keep Covid transmission to a minimum.  Not sure many organized rides have taken place this year.  I'll post a review after the ride is over as it runs from Sept 27 to Oct 3. 

Gear Talk / BOB cargo trailers discontinued
« on: August 22, 2020, 10:54:13 am »
I've had two people tell me BOB no longer makes the Yak or Ibex cargo trailers.  Is this accurate?  I haven't been able to find anything online to confirm this information.

Routes / Pony Express Route?
« on: October 07, 2019, 04:13:18 pm »
The recent Bike Bits had a link to an interesting article about a woman who researched, mapped and rode a route along the original Pony Express Route.  Wonder if it would be possible for ACA to create a mostly gravel/dirt route along the route she created?

Routes / Ferry from Ft. Meyers to Key West
« on: August 04, 2019, 06:10:41 pm »
Has anyone taken the  Key West ferry recently?  I was thinking to taking the ferry to Key West and then riding up the coast however the website for the ferry makes it seem like a touring equipped bicycle won't be permitted.  This is from the website  Bicycles must be single, standard size with absolutely no attachments, luggage racks, trailers, etc..  It appears a trailer is a definite no-go along with recumbents and tandems but it also seems as if racks are also not permitted. 

Routes / Hwy 98 - Florida
« on: July 20, 2019, 05:33:32 pm »
Has anyone ridden Hwy 98 in Florida this year?  I'm thinking of riding it as an alternative to the Southern Tier from Pensacola towards St. Augustine.  I'm particularly interested in the recovery of restaurants and hotels.

General Discussion / Article on Local Bike Shops (LBS)
« on: June 12, 2019, 11:25:07 am »
Interesting reading. Hope the link works.  Headline from Bicycling “Hey, Bike Shops: Stop treating customers like garbage”

Looks like the C&O trail still has a number of areas that are closed due to the heavy rains last year (May) that washed out parts of the trail.  No telling when the damage will be repaired.  It appears some closures affect the spur through Lancaster, PA on the NYC to Chicago trail.  Here is the website for updates to the trail.

General Discussion / Updated ACA website
« on: February 27, 2019, 10:42:45 am »
Not a fan of the updated website.  It is difficult to find the forum site.  I had to click at least 10 different places to find where forums had been hidden the first time.  I still have a hard time remembering where to find what I'm looking for.  It looks nice and may be useful for a first time user but if you already know where you want to go there are no drop down menus to help you find it.

General Discussion / Impact of Bikers (and hikers) on a small town
« on: December 25, 2018, 09:56:36 am »
There is a nice story in Outside magazine on the impact bikers and hikers have on small towns when the route takes them through or near them.
Although the story doesn't say how much additional income it brings into the town it does imply that it has definitely helped the community.  Might be a good story to relay to small town along ACA's routes.  Even providing a few basic services helps bring in some additional revenue that otherwise wouldn't be there.

Oops.  Fixed the link.

General Discussion / How long before touring after knee replacement
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:26:46 pm »
After 40 years of walking around with no meniscus and five operations it looks like I finally have to replace the knee.  I can no longer ride without pain.  If you have had a knee replaced how long before you were able to tour again.  Any problems riding while strengthening the leg afterwards or on your first tour? 

Routes / Road conditions on Chicago to NYC in Indianapolis
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:02:49 pm »
I’m currently on a trip from Newton, KS to DC.  I planned my route to do the Katy Trail and then hook up with the Chicago to NYC route in Indianapolis.  The roads (including dirt/gravel) were pretty good up until I got to Illinois.  I thought they were the worst I would see -wrong.  Indiana and more specifically Indianapolis has the worst roads I’ve seen so far on this trip.  The roads and trails on the route are in horrible condition except near downtown.  The bike trails are covered in debris and in many cases there are holes the pavement.  It is impossible to ride either on a trail/bike route or road without riding through gravel, rocks, missing pavement and miscellaneous other debris.  I wonder if just riding on Hwy 40 wouldn’t be a better option.  Anyway, there should be a note about the horrible roads in Indianapolis/Indiana.

General Discussion / Newton Bike Shop hostel/rest stop (TA Trail)
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:29:37 pm »
Just had a tour of the refurbished accommodations at the Newton bike shop.  It is awesome.  Plenty of space.   It looks almost as good as home.  The planned opening is May 1st.  Definitely worth the stop if traveling the TA trail through Newton, KS.

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