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Routes / Parks, Peaks and Prairies
« on: January 15, 2022, 07:04:05 pm »
I was gifted a set of Parks, Peaks and Prairies ACA maps for Christmas map 1-3. I was looking at them as well as the online interactive map and jotting notes down on where one could possibly stop for the evening. I noticed a few sections have large gaps where there's no camping spots or hotels. If anyone has done this route before and would like to share stopping spots, sights of interest not marked, or any tips I would greatly appreciate it. Would also love to see any pictures anyone has from this route if you are open to share them.

I do understand everyone treks different amounts of miles daily, which might place them in different areas or parts of the map. I'm mainly interested in peoples personal experience even if it might defer from mine.

Thanks, Christopher

Gear Talk / ActionBent Recumbent
« on: September 26, 2021, 12:09:35 am »
I have stumbled across a Actionbent recumbent in a local bike shop and was wondering if anyone has had any experience with one? The one in question looks similar to a Bacchetta Giro but slightly different frame. From what I can tell it seems like an older brand no longer in production. Any information would greatly be appreciated.

Are they reliable?
Tour worthy?
Something that can be easily fixed?

Gear Talk / 2 wheeled trailer vs 1 wheel
« on: October 02, 2020, 01:57:43 pm »
I recently was gifted a very nice 2 wheeled trailer for my birthday. My wife was trying to show support for my cycling while having no prior knowledge about cycling trailers. Although the trailer is awesome I do worry it’s too wide. Does anyone have experience with a two wheeled trailer vs a single wheeled one? I’m not worried about overpacking, mainly worried about hanging in or off the road. I understand single wheeled trailers follow the bicycles path while a two wheeled ones are on either side. My next tour isn’t for a while so I do have time to exchange it before then. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: not sure if it matters but over winter I plan on buying a recumbent bike. Once I do that the trailer will be used with that.

Routes / Illinois to Idaho
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:25:54 pm »
First post here

I have always dreamed of doing long distance cycling an I was training a few years ago when I got hurt at work an needed spinal surgery. Three years later an a lot of physical therapy, I'm back.
I plan on taking a trip from Dana, Illinois(dinky little farm town) to Boise, Idaho in late summer/early fall 2021. I am currently training on a treadmill, exercise bike an road bike. The thing I am mostly struggling with is finding a good path. I have looked through several maps but I can't seem to find a direct bike friendly way without going far out of my way. I don't mind riding on rural roads as long as the traffic isn't terrible. I plan on riding around 60 miles per day. I want to ensure i can find a campground or hotel as well as places i can buy water or refill bottles. I understanding finding everything i want wont always be 60 miles or exactly like i want it. Any help would be amazing. I really would love to see Boise but if anyone can recommend other beautiful places around the same distance(1600-2000 miles) i'm open to hearing ideas as well =).


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