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General Discussion / Re: Libraries and Touring
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:34:28 am »
I have ridden GOBA for 10 years. GOBA stands for Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.  It is a ride of 2000-3000 riders for a week with a couple of layover days.  If the layover days are hot or rainy riders flock to the local library. It's a sight to see riders sitting among the stacks reading, using WiFi or just relaxing. I don't have any specific stories but grateful for the hospitality shown to us by the local libraries. Perhaps if you visited the GOBA website and contacted the librarians of the towns visited on past rides you would find specific stories.

General Discussion / Re: Overcoming butt pain
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:15:11 am »
In 2009 I rode 3000 miles beginning in March. Because I live in New Hampshire and we had late snows I was unable to ride before I started in Texas. I had no issues with butt painI find a Brooks B 17, padded underwear (no padded shorts and a short break off the bike every hour or so go 5-10 minutes works great

Go for it.  Your plan sounds good and I agree with Peaks comments.  The loop around Lake Champlain is great and there are several ferries to cross the Lake, including a new temporary one to replace the Crown Point Bridge.  Biking in Vermont is generally great with the exceptions of Routes 2, 4, 7,and 9.  Parts of Route 100 are OK but others are quite busy especially through leaf peeping season.  The notches and gaps tend to be long and steep but if you set yourself on a  south-north route you will avoid most of them

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Connecting Natchez, MS to Southern Tier
« on: December 04, 2009, 05:48:44 am »
Depending on which way you are heading on the Southern Tier you might consider taking the Underground Railroad Route off the Natchez Trace to the Southern Tier

Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: June 05, 2009, 05:19:44 am »
I can tell you what not to buy.  Recently UPS lost 1 of my panniers I had shipped ahead for a tour.  I bought the Trek Basic Pannier for my front racks.  By the end of the tour they were shot.  The fabric had holes in it, the suspension system failed and frayed plus a couple other problems.  On the other hand I've had a pair of Rhode Gear panniers for well over 20 years that have been on numerous tours.  They are as good as new.  However I believe Rhode Gear is out of business.  Like most things you get what you pay for

Underground Railroad / Re: Accommodation
« on: May 19, 2009, 07:59:03 pm »
I just came off this route about a week ago.  I had to call ahead frequently in the South because of storms causing flooding of campgrounds.  Calling ahead works well and is always a good idea

Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: May 19, 2009, 07:53:02 pm »
I just came off an eight week 3000 mile ride.  I had a blood clot in my left leg several years ago and have a problem with that leg swelling and making my shoe too tight on that foot.  I went to a Shimano sandal about 600 miles into the trip and my problem was solved.  The Shimano was very comfortable.  I use toe clips.  The next trip I wont take any "shower shoes" for the campgrounds as the sandals served that purpose too.

Routes / Re: cross-country WITHOUT ACA Maps
« on: March 13, 2009, 05:18:25 pm »
I have done several trips without the aid of cycling maps.  The best source of routes are other bikers.  I never pass up a bike shop or a fellow biker to get advice.  Two summers ago I came off the Trans Am route in Ky to fly home.  A local bike shop gave me a route into Lexington that was as good as anything on the Trans Am from the Atlantic Coast.  On the other hand I never rely on average citizens.  They usually send you the most direct way and often on the busiest roads.

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