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General Discussion / Best book you've read on bicycle travel
« on: October 22, 2021, 03:47:06 pm »
While touring this summer I read (listened to) a number of books on bike travel. Including On Roads That Echo by Charlie Walker - exceptional..because he told his story, not just a travel journal. Well done and kept you wondering what challenge and obstacle was next.

What's your favorite bicycle touring book and WHY?

Thanks, SY

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General Discussion / Wild fires disturbing your tour?
« on: July 20, 2021, 10:53:46 pm »
Having crossed the US going west over the past 2 months we’ve arrived in Twin Bridges and find the TransAM route closed along 43 into Wisdom and Sula. Fires  burning all around Lolo Pass with sections of RT 12 closed we read and we see new fires in Oregon spreading around Walla Walla and along the Lewis & Clark route. Anyone else having their trip rerouted daily?

SW

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General Discussion / Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 06, 2021, 12:52:47 pm »
So, I am obsessing about 20lbs. that's the weight of camping gear. Is it worth the flexibility? It's not the cost and we'll be doing half or more of our nights in hotels/motels anyway, its about the experience and flexibility of warmshowers and spontaneity of being able to stop when needed/wanted. Tell me what's been your experiences out there my friends?

Thanks, SY

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General Discussion / Bike shops still overwhelmed
« on: March 17, 2021, 09:05:28 am »
On a whim I called a bike shop in MSP for some info as I was planning to come through in early June. He mentioned if I want any service (new cassette, chain, tune-up) best to book it now. They are booking service appointments into late May, have a back order of over 1,500 bikes to build for customers and would not be able to help me on short notice.

So, I did book a check-up / tune-up, but would not normally have done that until a week or so before arriving. Just FYI so ya’ll don’t get caught.

SY

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General Discussion / Lots of touring 2021 or not? Whadda ya think?
« on: March 07, 2021, 10:20:44 am »
My wife and I are planning a Buffalo NY to Astoria OR tour starting in Mid-May. Will use ACA Erie Connector, Rails-to-trails across Michigan and Wisconsin, pick up the Parks, Peaks, & Prairies to West Yellowstone and then the Transom to Astoria... I've been wondering what you all are hearing, will we meet others, or will we be two of a few. I am hoping with vaccine numbers growing, states easing travel etc, we will meet others.

Whadda ya all hearing? What'd you think?

thanks, SY

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Routes / West from Minneapolis - Northern Tier or Parks, Peaks and Prairie?
« on: December 05, 2020, 12:23:28 pm »
Hi all,
in planning a cross country ride East to West for 2021 (let's hope) I am wondering if anyone has perspective on the Northern Tier versus the P,P,&P? I do want to end up in Missoula - so might pick up the Lewis and Clark at some point. I think I may be asking which do you think is the more interesting trail and which is apt to have more cyclists next year?

Thanks, SY

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General Discussion / Erie Canal Trail in 2020
« on: July 18, 2020, 02:53:51 pm »
I am looking at riding the Erie Canal Trail in mid-August. Anyone have information on lodging, camping, restaurants? Will it work do you think? Going Albany to Buffalo. Will either ride back, Amtrak back, or convince a friend to pick us up.

Any updated information you have would be appreciated.

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General Discussion / Are you postponing a tour to 2021?
« on: July 08, 2020, 05:49:20 pm »
Hello everyone,

I am wondering if I am the only one who's looking at 2021 to cross the US? How many of you have postponed your cross country or TA tour to 2021? I am thinking it will be a good year to meet others, assuming we are done with this pandemic by then!!

Thoughts?

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