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General Discussion / Re: Across America 2018
« on: Today at 04:49:32 pm »
 Of all the journals I have read about doing the TA, I do not remember any completed in 9 weeks. It may be possible for the loaded touring cyclist. Most I read were talking 85-95 days, more like 12 or 13 weeks or longer. I know I cannot do it in that short a time.

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Baseline hydration was six 46-ounce fountain drinks a day. I drained the water bottles regularly. When eating at a restaurant I would down usually three glasses of whatever beverages there were. I was drenched in sweat all day and all night I would drink 46 ounces before sleeping and wake up feeling dehydrated. Around three gallons a day, and I did not urinate for four days at a time. It never got to my kidneys. I am told it was a dangerous condition. However much I drank I always felt thirsty. I would not want to go through that again. Also, a motel I was in in San Angelo, TX caught fire and burned. I got free days at Howard Johnson's. I was told the region west of there was known as, "The other side of hell."

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I read an article on concealed carrying. It said permits from Florida were good for AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ. It did not mention CA.

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I would advise against using Greyhound for long distance travel, as in returning home across the continent after the trip is completed.

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Another thing for sore feet. Starting out it may be worse, but eventually diminish over the long tour. Stop occasionally. Take off your shoes. Massage the bottoms of your feet and all around. I have found that to be effective.

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Good advice. I crossed the ST in summer. I drank about 3 gallons of liquids a day. It was difficult to stay well hydrated. I maybe could do it again, but I definitely would not want to. The heats saps your energy and beats you down.

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General Discussion / Re: Use the "Mark Read" button, people!
« on: January 18, 2018, 01:41:46 pm »
I have encountered this in small ways on this forum over the years. Someone asks for information about touring. You even do research and answer them. Next thing you know they engage you in a pointless argument. My side was easy to verify and prove. The other side was not provable, yet they persist. I just ignore it.

I have noticed much worse on general discussion forums in the USA. I entered information I knew to be unquestionably true and accurate in every detail, but usually to me met with accusations of fabricating by people whose only contributions to the discussion were unfounded theories and beliefs promoted by mass media, etc.

On another forum I encountered posts which I knew definitely to be partial truths with a lot of other information omitted in order to present a favorable picture of the subject at hand. I brought that up many times, but mostly to be libeled and threatened. I did enter the missing information and that was eventually removed.

Just block and ignore. It is a sign of the times.

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It looks like an active ambitious tour. I like the idea of it. I would not haul all that equipment, myself, and to each his own. Generally, there is not much risk except for traffic. Even the most blood thirsty serial killers leave long distance cyclists alone. There are people who would steal the pennies off a dead man's eyes, so that is something to think about. Keep an eye on things.
I have cycled about 35,000--40,000 miles through 19 countries, stealth about 80% of the nights. I did not have any problems from animals or people during all that time. I have had a hard time many times locating a nice place to camp for the night.

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier---Non ACA
« on: January 18, 2018, 01:15:08 pm »
Two months or less if nothing happens. I did it in 54 days total with 43 cycling days during that period.

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General Discussion / Re: Any 'cycling in print' collectors?
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:12:46 pm »
Cycling became extremely popular around 1880-1910 in the USA. There are many old newspaper articles online. I have read quite a few of them. I discovered I had an ancestor who was an avid member of the Century Wheelmen in Pennsylvania. Google around and you should find lots of information.  If it is original articles you collect, that is another matter.

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I used DMSO on a bike tour of the PCBR. It was miraculous. It saved my tendon and my bike trip.

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General Discussion / Re: USA immigration
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:02:47 pm »
Try to get a waiver. Tell them what you are doing and about the uncertain timing of your journey. Contact Immigration / INS and see about getting a waiver. Rules are not set in stone. I believe you can apply for an extension of time once you are in the US. Then, if they extend, change the departure date on your trip back to the UK, if that is where you will go. It might cost to change departure dates. Check with the airline. I have heard that if you can prove financial security, exceptions can be made.

I remember, in China where I worked a long time, poor people encountered extreme difficulty getting any visas to the USA. People who were well off got visas easily. The reasoning is that rich people are much less likely to become economic refugees. Not that you have to be rich.

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General Discussion / Southern Tier---Non ACA
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:41:38 pm »
I will take another shot at cycling the southern tier. I have done it five times. The beginning of the new year is good for a start. For the most part I follow a route different from ACA's, mainly because mine is shorter, less hilly, and almost as interesting. East coastal Florida to San Diego is the way to go. Instead of taking hwy 90 across north Florida I take 98 to 267 to 20. I take 90 through AL, MS and LA to Tammany Trace to Covington, LA. Then I get 190 and find my way to Houston, and get I-10 frontage roads and 90 to San Antonio. From here I can Take I-10 and roads to El Paso and Las Cruces and I-10 to Yuma, AZ.After that is the road from hell to Ogilby Road,and then west to hwy 78 and Glamis and Ocotillo and then hysterical hwy 80 to Pine Valley and roads into San Diego.

On my last trip my cyclometer turned over to 2803 miles as I pulled up to the Point Loma hostel in S.D. I think it's going to be a cold trip.

I can take different roads from the roads mentioned here. Being a 68-year-old man traveling alone, I usually take the path of least resitance.

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DMSO--------It works very well.

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According to this epidemiologist, and he reiterates this many times throughout the the entire book, approximately fifty per cent of communicable diseases can  be completely avoided by frequent hand washing.

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