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General Discussion / Re: Touring after Chemotherapy
« on: April 13, 2021, 08:06:41 am »
Jamawani, it seems like you are a survivor first, and a cyclist second.

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General Discussion / Miles From Nowhere by Barbara Savage
« on: April 13, 2021, 07:07:46 am »
Miles from Nowhere is a story about a husband and wife. They started cycling in California, and went around the world. It is a book on the market. I think I read it 5 or 6 times. It is an engaging read, detailed, and informative for the average cyclist, tourists, and anyone planning cycling in third-world, developing countries.

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General Discussion / Re: Advice for Newbies about the Weather.
« on: April 13, 2021, 06:50:30 am »
IHow many of us remember the perfect days out there anyway? It’s always the brutal days that stand out in our minds. (and as horror story badges of honor. Lol) All part of the adventure I’d say...

I love the pictures that Adventure Cycling uses in their tour catalog, all the pictures are of sunny skies with broad smiles on the riders...where are the pictures of stormy days with frowns on the riders as they pedal their way through the mess?  Oh, that's right, pictures like that wouldn't sell as many trips.


Actually, it is quite possible to bicycle across the USA transcontinentally with great weather all the way. 25 minutes of rain in Slidell, LA was it on one crossing. The rest was free and clear. The thing is sudden, extreme, calamitous changes do happen. I was caught out in storms. I mean, all is calm and clear all day. Then, inside an hour, rain is rocketing parallel to the ground at sixty mph, the sky is a swirling black mass, traffic must halt on interstate highways, large tractor-trailers are pushed over on their sides, and a hideous stroboscopic lightning storm is slamming thousands of strikes to earth all around you for hours. I would say just about any tent made for lightweight bicycle touring would be useless in that level disturbance. That is what is meant by POUN!!!!!DING!!!!!!! Rain Storm.

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General Discussion / Re: Tales of Calamity and Woe
« on: April 13, 2021, 06:14:00 am »
A broken rear wheel, and a week's ride to the nearest bike shop? Felt calamitous to me, but maybe that's just me.

Actually, calamity is designated for great and sudden damage, a disaster. If we use the word calamity for minor, easily remedied, small problems, what word can we use for real calamities? War is calamity. The great depression was a calamity. The word is supposed to carry a sense of great loss or harm or damage. The question asked for calamity and woe. Here are answers about mechanical problems.

Actually all those breakedowns on a long bicycle tour, transcontinental, may be a calamity to the will and drive to keep moving forward. I always hated mechanical problems. Every time I began a new tour I changed all these parts. cables, brake pads, tires, tubes, wheels, chain, bearings, bottom bracket cartridge, pedals. I did preventive maintenance to keep my tours as uncalamitous as possible.

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General Discussion / Re: map help
« on: March 26, 2021, 03:13:45 am »
According to a journal on crazyguyonabike.com you will travel considerably longer distances following ACA than by taking more direct routes. But there again, distance is only one matter. The map is not the road. Less trafficked, more peaceful, less polluted smaller roads are more life enhancing. Life is a tradeoff if you want to call it that. Take the longer route and there is less stress. Follow the shorter route and be prepared for smoke, stress, and precariousness. There is nothing like stress to add to an arduous adventure to take off the edge off benefits you attain.

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General Discussion / Re: map help
« on: March 26, 2021, 12:37:10 am »
ACA had an interactive map online the last time I looked. I have all details and directions written down from Neptune Beach in north Florida to around Washington, DC. The online map gives only the routes to travel and towns and such and nothing more.

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General Discussion / Re: Tales of Calamity and Woe
« on: March 26, 2021, 12:33:24 am »
I cannot imagine how minor problems with spokes and equipment equate with calamity and woe, but OK.

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General Discussion / Re: St. Augustine to the Keys
« on: March 26, 2021, 12:30:06 am »
Miami beach declares a state of emergency because of unruly spring breakers. The solution to the problem is a simple one. Exit the beach road on the island at the last bridge before getting to Fort Lauderdale. Get on US 1. Follow it south to Miami, and Brickel Road and continue south. You are not missing anything. Another thing. It is perfectly safe to bicycle through that area, anyway.

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica Trail starting May 15
« on: March 26, 2021, 12:24:21 am »
From my experiences, I would be more concerned with wind than with bugbears and rapscallions. I have stealth camped hundreds of times. You can get smelly but look in your wallet after skipping all those motels. It's a trade off, one thing but not another for whatever the usefulness of your choice may be. In a tent in the woods is less comfortable and there is no shower, but you save, what,$37.00---$60.00 each night. That pays for a lot of on-the-road expenses.

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General Discussion / Re: T A maps
« on: March 26, 2021, 12:15:30 am »
ACA maps are plenty enough. Those and google maps are far more than  sufficient. I used to go on long tours domestic and international. I never saw the use in all this expensive stuff. I went into a library, copied state road maps and hit the road. There was never a problem doing it that way.

I cannot imagine needing anything more than ACA maps. I mean, they have information on just about everything except the true meaning of life in them, and I expect they will have the answer to that some day, too. I was just looking at one, El Paso to Del Rio on the southern tier. It's loaded with anything and everything you need to know for cycling.


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General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: March 26, 2021, 12:08:23 am »
I knocked down people-sized targets at 300 meters with an M 16 automatic weapon in the army. All you need are practice, a sharp eye, a steady hand and knowledge of trajectory of your particular firearm. It isn't rocket science. I have cycled about 35,000 miles through 19 countries. I do not recall a time when I needed a hand gun. But then again, things happen all the time. If you are legally eligible to carry a concealed hand gun, more power to you. If the situation should arise, it's the bad guy who will be the statistic, and not yourself. That's the way it should be. Keep the powder dry.

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General Discussion / Re: Insulin pump
« on: March 25, 2021, 11:56:26 pm »
There are thermal bags. You should be able to get ice along the way, but with what degree of sureness and regularity is anyone's guess.

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General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: March 08, 2021, 10:00:26 pm »
This cyclist is very depressed. He sets out on a long distance tour along coastal California. He has a gun. I think you have created a hook.  It is a plot. How about the rest of the story. Is he a pro or an ant? What does this cyclist end up doing?

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Certain kinds of sports stretches should sole that problem. There are books in the library, and articles online.

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General Discussion / Re: Pedals and Shoes for the TransAmerica
« on: March 01, 2021, 07:28:26 pm »
The best most power producing shoes I have ever used cost $25.00 in Wal Mart. They are steel toed boots with thick very stiff soles. They are a bit heavy but they do make a big difference that you can feel. They are stitched together so they will not delaminate when wet. I once bought a pair of shoes specially made for cycling. It was a big brand name shoe. It was pretty good for power and the added efficiency was especially noticeable going uphill with a load. The pair cost over $80.00. After getting wet they fell apart. I had to keep repairing them with shoe goo. Buy and repair? For $80.00? The cheap boots are every bit as good as the expensive cycling shoes. They will not fall apart when wet.

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