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General Discussion / Re: riding and camping in thunderstorms
« on: July 19, 2013, 02:54:52 pm »
Years back, in the early stages of a trip from Nashville to Newfoundland I was riding the Blue Ridge Parkway when an electrical storm snuck up on me. What did I do? I rode on a bit scared and ducked when the thunder clapped. Not much else I could do until I could get to shelter some distance away.

I suppose it would be totally different now with smart phones and weather apps.

both opened for me

General Discussion / Re: Fall riding on the northern tier
« on: June 30, 2013, 09:41:49 pm »

General Discussion / Re: New To Forum
« on: June 29, 2013, 02:18:59 pm »
I'm also looking for places to spend the night when riding across country. Is there a resource list somewhere?
Camping? Hotels? Hostels? Home stays? Churches? Fire stations?

If you're on an ACA route, the ACA maps provide that list. Otherwise:

Curious. I haven't bike toured since the late 80s, well before I considered becoming a firefighter- which I have been for 15 years now, but hadn't heard of travelers staying at fire stations. Is this common?

General Discussion / Re: touring without "eating out"
« on: June 29, 2013, 11:11:46 am »
I ate a ton of peanut butter and apple or pb and honey sandwiches. Breakfast was easy. Boil water for coffee and grits/oats/whatever. Dinner was generally a one pot pasta or stew. Quick cooking legumes like lentils work great as well.

Why a mom-and-pop? Well, because you're traveling.

Looks like their is strong evidence that hardcore endurance athletes are compromising their cardiac health. Probably for the bulk of us, this isn't such a serious issue.

Or pretty much what windrath said.

Did the trip (Seattle to Fairbanks and then some) back in 1988 with very little riding or camping experience.
To be brief about it, I rode from Seattle through the San Juans- ferries involved, obviously- to Vancouver Island on to Vancouver. From there pretty much followed the Fraser River up to Prince George then west until I hit the Cassiar Highway. Back in 88 there weren't a ton of tourists but there were a lot of logging trucks who seemingly had no interest in sharing their road. The side trip to StewartBC/HyderAK is well worth it. I had the most incredible tail wind climbing back up over the pass on the return trip, probably did 25mph UP the pass.
Along the way, the locals pretty regularly warned me about the bears and my need for a weapon. Especially once I got into the Yukon. A few miles up the road from Watson Lake I ran across a cyclist heading south from Alaska on his way to Tierra del Fuego. ( I wonder if he and his partner ever made it?)
Took the Robt Campbell Hwy up to the Klondike Hwy then on to Dawson. iirc I took that route and the Cassiar route after reading about them in a booklet from bikecentennial. The Top of The World Highway into Chicken, Ak was probably my favorite part of the entire ride.

There's plenty more of course. It was completely life changing. One of these days, I'm going to do it- or rather something similar- again.

Sold my Anchorage to Seattle plane ticket the night before in the Seattle youth hostel- back when you could do that- and stayed an extra month and a half in Homer then hitchhiked home.

Routes / Re: Murphysboro, IL to St. Louis, MO
« on: June 29, 2013, 08:58:24 am »
Wish I had registered sooner. Would have offered up a few suggestions but not the route I took back in '88 which was across the Interstate bridge at Jefferson Barracks.
No real good options from the south for crossing the Mississippi into STL. The Eads Bridge is great but ESL is pretty rough. The next closest place to the south is down in Chester, IL.

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