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General Discussion / Re: New Executive Director
« on: November 19, 2021, 10:05:03 am »
Thanks for posting; wondering the same though I will continue to donate.

General Discussion / Re: coffee coffee
« on: October 31, 2021, 10:58:20 am »
hikebikecook: A cat hole is a good idea for the grounds. Maybe I will go back to my small MSR filter for pour through coffee. When bike touring I try to stay in campgrounds (parks, forest service or commercial) where I could easily dump grounds into a trash can. Thanks.

For Staehpj1 I should have said hazelnut flavored instant coffee in individual packets.

General Discussion / Re: coffee coffee
« on: October 31, 2021, 10:50:59 am »
staehpj1: I don't have a favorite. I use Necafe Classico or Taster's Choice as it is generally stocked in my local grocery. I liked Maxwell house instant but it is hard to find locally vs. back east on the AT. From Target, I buy the individual servings of Hazelnut flavor to mix in. That helps but instant is always a compromise between taste vs. the convenience of instant coffee while packing up in the morning. It is hard to recommend any particular instant as one person's choice is another person's awful as you experienced.

Gear Talk / Re: cooking System
« on: October 31, 2021, 10:17:27 am »
I cook in my pots using a GSI food scraper for easy clean-up. I use a titanium Kovea stove with a one-liter primus pot when touring without my wife. Julie and I use a snow peak stove (gigapower) with a 1.8 liter primus pot when touring together (and when we hiked the Appalachian trail). The pots have a heat exchanger that makes for a quick boil and acts like a wind screen. The downside of heat exchangers is that the bottom surface area of the pot is diminished. I need a stove with folding pot support to fit the one-liter pot. (snow peak also has a stove with folding support) For cooking, I like a stove that is beveled vs. a flame that shoots straight up.

General Discussion / Re: coffee coffee
« on: October 31, 2021, 09:51:25 am »
jamawani: thanks for the tip about Burlington. Unfortunately Julie and I went straight to Greybull (from Cody) on our September tour of the that part of Wyoming. I heard there is a great pizza place in Burlington as well.  I drink instant coffee, simple and quick; instant  makes me appreciate 2nd breakfast coffee in a cafe. I completely switched to instant on our Appalachian trail thru-hike when a campground host in Shenandoah made a big deal about coffee being a bear attractant.

Gear Talk / Re: Showers Pass Transit CC versus Elite 2.1
« on: October 27, 2021, 07:23:15 pm »
HikeBikecook:  Sorry to hear about your experience with the Showers Pass Elite with its Race cut. Julie and I use Marmot Precip jackets for our bike tours and have been happy with them. We also use our shells for warmth. I happened to find my current Precip as a close-out at a local climbing store for $50. Julie, however, has recently been unable to find a Precip that fits her (also in the typical touring woman in her 60's) due to the cut of the jacket. Precip jackets can be reliable up to 5 years (depending on use) in my experience before they wet-out though with tech-wash and such I can extend the life. I used an Arc'teryx Beta Hybrid for our AT hike-great jacket, especially at 30% off. Golden/yellow would best describe the color of both of my jackets. My requirements for rainwear jackets are water-proof (not water resistant), pit zips for ventilation, a hood, and bright color. We have one car so I ride year-round to my volunteer job (I'm 70 and retired) so the touring jacket gets a lot of use.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs route and parking help
« on: June 30, 2021, 11:53:28 am »
Where did you leave your car if it was not easy?  I should, but I have chosen to not do social media. Perhaps someday. I also hope to get back on that route.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs route and parking help
« on: June 29, 2021, 11:06:46 pm »
I assume, like I did, you had a great ride on the hot springs route. Yes, I am a volunteer writer for Cycling West. Thank you for acknowledging that you read the articles.

General Discussion / Re: Hosting Travelers
« on: June 26, 2021, 02:55:06 pm »
Westinghouse: When I was on the Warmshowers (WS) board, we had a dedicated "trust and safety" committee to deal with issues. We disabled a number of accounts due to reasons of exploitation and other issues. WS has not had the problems of Couchsurfing over the years. In one WS case about 8 years ago that claimed to be an Australian (?) bike traveler that had his wallet (money and ID) stolen. He used this scheme for a month or so in the Northwest to obtain money and lodging. Initially people went out of their way to help him. Finally as word spread on the WS forums he became banned and was no longer welcome by hosts. He tried to re-list on WS using other aliases but was spotted and had his profiles deleted.

 I am glad to see ACA have a relatively active forum. It seems Warmshowers communication is nearly 100% via Facebook so I am currently out of the loop of current issues.  It is always good to check for positive feedback on prospective guests as few post negative reviews.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs route and parking help
« on: June 26, 2021, 12:44:55 pm »
I've toured in the area twice. Once we left a car at the ski resort in Ketchum for the 2 weeks on the Hot Spring ride but that was in 2014 (talk to security). The second time the car was left at a campground about 5 miles west of Stanley (2017), $5/day fee. 

General Discussion / Re: Hosting Travelers
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:29:28 pm »
Donald:  Thank you for reaching out and helping the cycle travelers. Going the extra mile by helping them navigate a safer alternative was nice of you. I have hosted many travelers going back to the late '70's. Currently, like hikerjer, I host from Warmshowers, a hosting organization that I was on the board of directors many years ago. All of my experiences have been great.

General Discussion / Re: Backpacking vs Bike Touring
« on: June 12, 2021, 04:39:44 pm »
Kathy:  When thru hiking the AT (2016) I used a 60L pack, but I was thru hiking with my wife Julie (55L pack)-I carried the tent and "kitchen", she carried the sleeping bag. When we did the TransAmerica (2018) we each had 75L capacity, but I had a lot of extra room most of the time (my handlebar bag is for valuables such as hearing aides, wallet, extra prescription glasses, etc.). We carry differently when we backpack (i.e. 2-person tent vs. a 3-person when on the bike) We carry camp chairs when we bike tour, never when we backpack. We try to go light weight, but also prioritize comfort. As you have learned in the backpacking world, "Hike your own hike", you will also learn to "bike your own bike tour". With your background in backpacking, I am sure you will do fine. Knees: As HikeBikeCook said; spin, spin, spin. I try to consistently spin at 80+ rpms in most terrain.

I returned yesterday from my 5th trip through Teton and Yellowstone since 2014, including one during a TransAmerica ride with my wife Julie. I also toured through the parks in 2005 and 1975, the latter date was my 1st trans-America ride. Other than 1975, I've enjoyed my rides through Yellowstone and Teton NPs without incident. I am planning on a future ride where I take the bus from my home in Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone, ride a week in the Parks, then return by bus from Jackson.

If people wish to use a car to travel in Yellowstone, that is OK with me. I don't find the Parks unsafe to warrant renting a car or riding the alternate route. Are there statistics of bicycle/car accidents in the Park? If there are significant numbers of incidents, then I can see strongly suggesting an alternative.

Julie and I have a timeshare in Island Park, about 27 miles south and west of West Yellowstone on route 20. As Jamawami stated, route 20 is unpleasant with high speed traffic and lots of large trucks. I'm not sure if that is a safer alternative to Yellowstone NP. In Yellowstone the speed limit is 45 and regularly patrolled (I saw two cars pulled over on this recent ride).

Jamawami also gave good advice about biking in the park. Following that advice would help make one's experience better, perhaps better than the alternate route north of Ashton. Taking the trail on the alternate route and the bike trail south to Victor Idaho is a good idea.

The road north of the South Entrance of Yellowstone is narrow and does not have a shoulder, perhaps the most unpleasant road in the park. I would hope that the ACA's new advocacy director would lobby the park service to improve this road in any way possible. It should be a high priority, even if it means providing a grant of money to accomplish that goal.

General Discussion / Re: Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 15, 2021, 08:18:12 am »
I also became a septuagenarian earlier this year

General Discussion / Re: Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 14, 2021, 02:06:46 pm »
I concur with John

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