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Routes / Northern Tier motels
« on: August 17, 2010, 12:03:03 am »
I am thinking about a Northern Tier Ride West to East. Is it possible to complete the ride without camping? Or are the distaces between accomodations too great?

General Discussion / Best Camera for touring?
« on: March 22, 2009, 05:36:26 pm »
I am considering a new camera for my upcoming tour. I have used a Cannon A560 (7 mega pixels) which is ok but I'd really like sharper pictures with more detail. I'm really not that into photography so spare me all the lingo - I'd just be interested in suggestions of a really good portable point and shoot (digital of course) that would be an improvement over what I have.

Connecting ACA Routes / Portland to Pac. Coast Route?
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:32:38 am »
Check out the Adventure Cycling lewis and Clack Route. It will take you over the St Johns Bridge and onto HWY 30 to Astoria.

Gear Talk / Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: January 01, 2009, 07:16:44 pm »
I own a Norwester and am planning to use it on the Trans Am this summer. There is not actually that much difference between the Norwester and the Americano provided you have the tour model of the Norwester. The Americano is a little stronger for extreme conditions - dirt roads and super heavy riders and loads.If you are an average size rider and carry less than 60 lbs, the Norwester should be fine. I have put 5000 miles on mine and it hasn't been to the bike shop once. I do not have the SS couplers - didn't think it justified the cost. I usually box and ship my bike UPS - never had any problems. I think most people fret a little too much over equipment choices. I think it is better to be familiar with what you have before the tour begins so you don't have any surprises.Co Motion is a great bike, Surly is a great bike, Waterford is a great bike, Trek 520 is a sturdy performer. Whomever you talk to, they usually always like their bikes. Those that don't are the ones who bought the bike days before the tour and are still making adjustments. So .... buy a good bike then put enough miles on it to become comfortable ....then head off on down the road!!!

Gear Talk / Dry Feet
« on: October 10, 2008, 08:26:14 pm »
I'm planning a Trans Am east-west next year. It looks like rain is common in the east. I'm pretty well set up for rain except for my feet. I don't really mind riding with wet feet unless it's cold but I hate putting on wet shoes the next day. The Eastern segment of the Trans Am  in mid June looks like hot weather. So my question is for former Trans AM riders: What is the best method to keep the feet dry? Is it really a concern in the hot weather or is it just no big deal? It seems like any solution I've thought of so far will be too heavy to carry or a hassle to put on or may be too hot for normal riding if you put it on and it doesn't rain. Any input appreciated.

Gear Talk / Ortlieb Dry Bag
« on: September 20, 2008, 11:16:11 am »
I'm ready to buy an Ortlieb dry bag to keep my tent, sleeping bag and thermorest from the rain. My concern is with the tent. So often while touring, the tent is covered with dew in the morning and does not have time to dry if you want an early start. What happens when you put the damp tent into the dry bag and ride all day? Aren't there problems with mildew? Anyone deal with this problem before? Just wondering about the best way to transport the tent, keeping it dry but without mold or mildew.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Clueless
« on: November 03, 2008, 11:23:14 pm »
I'm planning an east-west Trans Am next summer and have considered using a GPS  - trouble is I am CLUELESS as to where to even begin with this technology. Perhaps someone could direct me to some info that could take me step by step - at least far enough so that I can decide whether or not its even worth the bother. On one hand I can see where it may greatly enhance the ride but on the other hand it may be just another gizmo that will detract rather than add to the experience. Your thoughts and directions would all be greatly appreciated.

General Discussion / Getting to Yorktown
« on: September 13, 2008, 02:32:10 pm »
Thanks for your reply, I should have offered more information. I will be traveling from Washington State so I will be flying. Renting a car sounds like a good idea. Where exactly was the airport where you were able to drop off the car?

General Discussion / Getting to Yorktown
« on: September 12, 2008, 08:59:43 pm »
I am planning a trans am east to west. I could use some help planning how to get to Yorktown with bike and gear to start. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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