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Routes / Re: Riding through Chicago
« on: October 19, 2018, 10:33:21 pm »
The Lake Express ferry runs between Milwaukee WI and Muskegon MI. The SS Badger runs between Ludington MI and Manitowoc WI. I believe neither operates during the winter.

I have taken the SS Badger westward and recommend it highly. It was surprisingly windy and cool topsides when I took it in the dead of summer. They wouldn't let me back down to the vehicle deck to get a jacket from my bike so I was unable to enjoy the view much. If you ride it make sure to bring a jacket when you go topsides.

The Badger is the last large coal-burning steamship in the United States and is the last vessel in service on the Great Lakes to be powered by Skinner Unaflow engines (manufactured by the Skinner Company of Erie, Pennsylvania). I mailed one of their brochures to my brother-in-law, a mechanical engineer.

Routes / Re: Oregon Highway US 20 (Central Oregon Highway)
« on: October 02, 2018, 03:55:08 pm »
Looking at the map I decided that US 20 had too much empty road. I took US26 to the north instead. This is high desert at its finest and one of my favorite highways. You really feel you are on top of the world. Plus there is very, very little traffic. The towns all have campgrounds and fine cafes or restaurants. Many passes and lots of climbing but I had already gone up the east coast and across the country so I didn't even get winded.

General Discussion / Re: Planning to go Portland > EAST somewhere
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:35:17 pm »
Leaving from Portland means you will be getting the great tailwinds along the Columbia river for the first 100-200 miles - a fine start for your tour. Then on to Missoula (Adventure Cycling HQ), Yellowstone & Jackson Hole and Rapid City (Mt. Rushmore). You can follow US14 most of the way to Manitowoc or Milwaukee for one of the ferries across Lake Michigan or cut south of Chicago.

I usually camp at KOA's (Get the free directory) or state parks. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan often have campsites in town parks.

Routes / Re: Poughkeepsie to NYC
« on: August 29, 2018, 02:35:06 pm »
I lived in Hoboken for a few months back in the 1980's. My favorite get-out-of-town ride was up 9W. I doubt it has changed much.

General Discussion / Re: Riding in or around Myrtle Beach
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:46:20 pm »
South Carolina is not bicycle friendly but it can be traversed by bicycle. I have gone up the east coast, passing through Myrtle Beach, a number of times. It took me a few trips to figure out a safe route through the state. US 17 south of MB to within about 20 miles north of Charleston is well shouldered and safe enough but rather boring. There are pleasant back roads around Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach just over the line in North Carolina. You might explore around there. I know nothing of anything just inland of MB. You might ask at the local bicycle shops.

Southport, NC is a beautiful little town. Well worth the trip if you want to crank out some fairly serious miles.

General Discussion / Re: best color for panniers
« on: March 27, 2018, 02:19:15 pm »
I use yellow Ortlieb panniers with their reflective patches. I figure they have maximum visibility. I just use a simple blinkie on my belt at dusk and after dark

Years ago - pre-LED - there was a blinking belt light called a Belt Beacon. It was about 3" in diameter and had a yellow fresnel lens. The manual readily admitted that it was illegal in many states. It was extremely effective. Cars would slow down in bewilderment a half mile behind me at night. They were probably wondering why a construction barrier light was moving down the road in front of them. I'd love to have a such a light today.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Computer
« on: January 08, 2018, 10:08:14 am »
I also have Cateye Mity's on my bikes at least ten years old. As I recall the only reason I ever replaced them was a damaged wire or lost sender or magnet.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Computer
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:57:11 pm »
I've logged about 50,000 bicycle miles - about half of that touring. I've never used anything but Cateye Mity wired bicycle computers. Except for occasionally having to scrape the contacts with my penknife and quitting in heavy rain (easy to wipe dry) they have been very reliable and all I need.

I've heard stories of people coming back to their bicycle after a meal stop and seeing the wireless computer reading something like 62 mph. I wouldn't trust them.

Routes / Re: Cross country in 8 weeks?
« on: December 27, 2017, 04:23:18 pm »
Crossing the country in 8 weeks shouldn't be a problem. I routinely knocked out 100+ mile days fully loaded (camping but no cooking gear) with a rest day whenever I felt pooped. 2000 miles in a month was no problem even doing plenty of sightseeing.

I recommend US Highway 14 from Wisconsin to Yellowstone. It goes right through the sights in South Dakota, over the Bighorns and on to Yellowstone. Bicycle friendly with good shoulders and plenty of places - mainly town parks - to camp. To avoid Chicago you might go up and take one of the ferries across Lake Michigan. I highly recommend the Ludington-Manitowoc ferry. Ferries are very pleasant and give you a leisurely way to cover ground without cheating. You can't bicycle over water.

General Discussion / Re: San Francisco to Eureka?
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:50:31 pm »
Ms. Milyko is right. You will be fighting headwinds and not just in the summer. I did the west coast north-to-south - Florence OR to Santa Maria CA - in the fall and had fine tailwinds. It would have been miserable in the opposite direction.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with hammock or tent
« on: December 06, 2017, 01:54:35 pm »
I have traveled extensively in latinamerica with a Mayan hammock but wouldn't recommend it here in the US. Unlike latinamerica you won't find campgrounds and hotel rooms set up for a hammock and it is often just too cold. Hammocks are great for sleeping in a hot climate but under 70 degrees fahrenheit you will be unable to get warm.

I once spent 5 months in the US Virgin Islands sleeping in my Mayan hammock with a custom mosquito net. Never slept better.

At my home in Florida here I often sling my hammock on my waterfront tower/deck, snooze and watch the boats go by. One of the joys of retirement.

Also, if you buy a Mayan hammock get the larger matrimonio. Mayans are little people. And get the nylon one, not the cotton. They last much longer.

I have ridden the shoulders of Interstates in many western states, sometimes for hundreds of miles. I don't recall getting any unusual number of flats. I use Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires with Mr. Tuffy tire liners.

The only times I have suffered more flats than normal is in goat thorn country - Nebraska and eastern Oregon.

Routes / Re: Anyone cycled the Pacific Coast Trail in October?
« on: August 09, 2017, 08:51:11 am »
I rode southward on the Pacific coast many years ago, doing the Petaluma - Santa Maria leg in October. The weather was pretty dismal - rainy and overcast with one mighty downpour during the night in Big Sur. My Hilleberg tent kept me dry, of course, but two girls in their tent nearby got washed out and had to spend the night in the latrine.

I could enjoy the scenery most of the time but rarely saw the sun. Doing the coast earlier in the year would probably mean more crowds but much better weather.

Routes / Re: Best route from Going to Sun Hwy MO to Mt. Rushmore SD?
« on: July 29, 2017, 07:54:00 pm »
I was staying at the KOA in Hill City when a nearby family invited me to go to the evening light show/speech at Mt. Rushmore. It was a beautiful show and a fine speech - one of the highlights of my travels. I also stopped by it during the day. It's something everyone should see at least once.

I also visited the Crazy Horse Monument. Also quite impressive. Lots to see in the Rapid City area.

I was running 28mm Continental tires at the time. I made out all right on the Mickelson Trail but recommend something larger like the 35mm Schwalbe Marathon Supremes I use now.

When I was going down the west coast I stayed a few days at the Petaluma KOA and rode the excellent, handy, frequent bus into SF for sightseeing. It stops right by the campground.

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