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General Discussion / Re: extremely new to cycle touring
« on: September 12, 2022, 03:23:20 am »
Eastern Europe, the check Republic, Poland, and moldovia could be very interesting places to travel to and visit. I would stay clear of the border of Ukraine. I did a trip like that by bicycle in 1994. I cycled across France, Germany, the check Republic, Poland, Ukraine, moldovia, Romania, Bulgaria, Grease, the east coast of Italy from brindisi to Milano, and the east coast of the United States from New York City to Southeast Coastal Florida. The war in the former Yugoslavia was still in force. Things were tense all over. I cycled around England Scotland and Wales in 1984. In 86 I bicycled around England, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy. I did a lot more travel in that region by train at other times. I think it would be a little more adventurous going into Eastern Europe. Keep a Daily Journal on that. It would make interesting reading.

General Discussion / Re: Pacific Coast from Vancouver, BC
« on: August 30, 2022, 08:49:25 pm »
There are hostels in seattle.

General Discussion / Re: Out Of Shape and Wanting to ride the TransAm
« on: August 30, 2022, 08:33:21 pm »
You might want to consider the Great American rail trail. It extends 3,700 miles from Washington DC to Coastal state of washington. How about 2,000 miles are dedicated bike paths with no motor vehicle traffic whatsoever. Because it follows old railroad track right of ways it is comparatively level. If you were to start in Washington you could go about half way. that would be comparatively level. That would save you from these hellacious climbs. The Western end of the Great American rail trail is largely highways where the trail has not been built in yet.

General Discussion / Re: Pacific Coast from Vancouver, BC
« on: August 20, 2022, 05:53:53 pm »
Staying in hotels is not something I do on arrivals. They are too expensive, especially on the Pacific coast route. I would just stealth Camp somewhere if I needed to sleep that night.

General Discussion / Re: Where does the wind blow?
« on: August 16, 2022, 01:21:48 am »
I was cycling and camping from Florida to California. It was Highway 90 South of Van Horn Texas. It was a long ride. I would not say it was desolate. I started North on Highway 90 to Van Horn. When the wind blew up it came from the West to my left. Later on the wind was a quarter wind on the left front. After that it was a straight on headwind. After that it became a Northeast wind to my front quarter. Later it became an East Wind hitting me on the right. Later in the day it was a following wind and I think that was all the way to Van Horn. It went in a circle all around me throughout the day. It came from every direction and it went to every direction.

General Discussion / Re: Where does the wind blow?
« on: August 16, 2022, 01:16:06 am »
Just now there was a video on YouTube. It was two young men who bicycled from the coast of Florida to San Diego California. It was their first ever experience like that. They went from the East toward the west. Beginning in the panhandle of Florida on Highway 90 they had the rain and the wind in their faces head on across Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona. They hit the trail at the wrong time. They were a lot tougher at the end of the journey then they were at the beginning. Wind, rain and temperatures take on more elevated meaning when we are out there vulnerable for long periods. The wind is all over the place coming and going at every direction on the compass. Having cycled the Southern Tier of states five times from Florida to California I can tell you this. You might get quite a bit of adverse wind from the side and head on. Whether or not there is a great deal more wind coming from the side and the front then there is from the back is another matter. You just have to go out there and deal with it. I suppose you would say that is part of the activity. All kinds of extreme weather can catch you unaware in short order. I was out there outside for a long time 33,000 miles through 19 countries and most of it stealth camping. I have been caught out right in the middle of extremely deadly weather events. In my opinion, bicycle touring long distance and camping teaches a new awareness of weather conditions that we have probably lost after living in houses for so long. You regain that sense of what the weather can do to you or for you. In any other touring, I would make an explicit point of getting weather forecasts frequently. That's just me but I've been caught out in some extreme deadly lethal storms.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle pump that works as advertised.
« on: August 16, 2022, 01:05:36 am »
When it comes to advertising, do not believe anything you hear, and half of what you read.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle pump that works as advertised.
« on: August 11, 2022, 03:27:55 pm »
I use a z e f a l pump from Walmart. I had to take it back. Same thing with Blackburn.

General Discussion / Re: Where does the wind blow?
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:55:34 pm »
The wind blows to every direction on the compass, and from every direction on God's green earth. The one place where there is definitely a prevailing wind on which you can rely is the Pacific coast bicycle route. Sure you may get some side winds now and again. The prevailing goes from north to south and it can be a stiff prevailing wind.

General Discussion / Re: L Route des Bleuets Trip Report
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:53:23 pm »
It is an ongoing Adventure. That's the way it goes with maps. As they say, the map is not the road. The map is not the terrain. You seem to stress it is a must for Secure Storage at night. Is there a problem there? Well of course security is a must all the time.

General Discussion / Re: Florida State Parks
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:49:35 pm »
It has been quite a few years since I last cycled the Florida Keys. If you are talking Hiker Biker camps like what they have in California, I do not think so. Maybe things have changed since I was last there.

General Discussion / Re: What to do with a bike box?
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:18:17 pm »
I used commercial airlines, international and domestic, on four occasions to begin long bicycle tours. A cardboard box encased the bicycle on all those journeys. Everything came out well. Leave the box. Maybe somebody could use it. I have left bicycle boxes in airports, a train station and bus stations. You could place it near a dumpster, if there is one. On one travel I loaded bicycle and gear in a bike box and a smaller box in San Diego, California. The train can sell you one. They are tall. Turn the handlebar in line with the top tube and lift it in. Just leave  the box. I was looking around for a place to put a box. There was no place. What else can you do?

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle pump that works as advertised.
« on: August 02, 2022, 06:17:28 am »
I opened the link you provided. I did not see anything there about pumps.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle pump that works as advertised.
« on: July 30, 2022, 09:38:57 pm »
Froze, thanks for the information. I have seen these pumps you name advertise on the internet. I did not want to go to the trouble of ordering one and sending it back. .

General Discussion / Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« on: July 26, 2022, 02:02:17 am »
Nobody will fall dead from excluding fruits and vegetables from his diet for 6 weeks or 2 months. There is still a problem with it, anyhow. Such a short period of time is not the test of whether or not the diet is harmful. You could say the same thing for exposure to solar radiation. You certainly will not fall dead or contract cancer immediately from being exposed to direct solar radiation for months. Those maladies develop over time. What might seem negligible now may develop into something much more serious when the body and the health begin to decline from natural causes. It's in the future when the bad part kicks in. There are many things people can do or not do in the short run which might not have any immediate adverse consequences. It's in the long term that these matters must be considered. There have been anthropological studies on the diets of various populations around the world. Two main takeaways are these. In societies with high quantities of consumption of meat, there is a high degree of heart disease and diabetes, among other maladies. In populations that consumed almost only 100% fresh fruits and vegetables and only a little meat, there were no signs of heart disease or diabetes anywhere. That study came from Dr Nathan pritikin. There are videos on YouTube about four or five young women who bicycled the Trans American route. They commented I don't know how many times on how they went through all these dinky little towns. Sometimes a cafe would be closed or out of business and all there were were convenience stores. They had videos of themselves sitting on the sidewalk in front of the store. They held up one item of junk food after another after another insisting it was all they could find. After some time they complained about having problems with their stomachs. They felt queasy and unsteady and dizzy and sick. There was another video by a woman who bicycles gravel trails. She experienced something similar to that. When she got to these little settlements small stores were her only choice for food. In fact they did not have anything that was really food. It was highly processed junk that could be chewed and swallowed, yes, but it was not really food. She complained about the same kind of sickness and illness in the gut. I cross the United States by bicycle and I got caught in the convenience store trap for about 4 days. I felt like hell. I had lost almost all my energy. I was going downhill fast and I did not like what was at the bottom. I finally got to where I could eat real food with nutrition and vitamins and minerals. It made a big difference.

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