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General Discussion / Re: ShipBikes switching over to UPS
« on: May 16, 2022, 08:34:48 pm »
Update: ShipBikes is still down as of today. In a recent email, they stated rising fuel cost as the reason they’re not offering shipping at this time.

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Routes / Re: Delmarva
« on: May 11, 2022, 04:04:18 pm »

Just happened to be stopped for lunch when I saw your reply.

All Delaware State Parks have a two night minimum on weekends and some holiday weekends require three nights but apparently not Easter.

Cape Henlopen did require three nights Easter weekend even though I was only staying for two.

Good to know! Unfortunate when campgrounds have these minimums. Several times on tour I've not stayed at one because they wanted me to stay two nights. NBD if you need a day off but otherwise unfair IMO.

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Routes / Re: Delmarva
« on: May 11, 2022, 04:02:16 pm »
Okay so we're done with the ride. Here's a recap.

Day 1: Philadelphia ---> Bear, DE: Getting out of the city was fine. Unfortunately, there were a lot cars parked in the bike lanes and the traffic lane paralleling the bike lanes have train tracks as well so going around cars can be dangerous, especially through U Penn's campus. We avoided the section through campus and stayed on the road paralleling the route. You have to walk your bike through campus and didn't care to push a loaded touring bike on my first day. We stayed at Lums Pond SP, a short distance off route. Nice park.

Day 2: Bear ---> Felton: I got onto US 13 after Leipsic. The road, while containing high speed traffic, had a wide shoulder and/or a bike lane. Had our first and only flat near Dover. Highly recommend going into Dover and walking around.The receptionist at the State Archives Visitor Center watched our bikes for us while we did some sightseeing. We stayed at Killens Pond SP for two nights. We originally had a tent site booked but because of the Nor'easter we switched to a cabin. Delaware SP's were really cool about it and just let us pay the difference. Cabins here have full bathrooms and kitchens but no towels, bedding etc provided.

Day 3: Felton --> Milford & Fenwick --> Chincoteague, VA: Rode 10 miles to Milford to attend church and still had 110 miles to ride in a bad storm so we accepted a ride to Fenwick and rode the remaining 65. We drove the ACA route though and looked good. Had a 35mph tailwind that pushed us effortlessly down the MD and VA coast. The bridge from Ocean City to West Ocean City has a pedestrian path across it but if you're going south, it's on the opposite side of the road, going against traffic. It was super windy and I actually got blown off my bike on the bridge about haldway across and ended up walking the rest of the way. The ACA maps warn about the causeway between Wattsville and Chincoteague for good reason. It's narrow with no shoulder and, at high tide, the water is splashing up onto the road. I would not ride this at high tide or when it's windy

Day 4: Chincoteague ---> Cape Charles: I rode the ACA route as far as Modest Town and then headed over to US 13 at Nelsonia which I rode the rest of the way to Cape Charles. Again, high speed traffic with a shoulder and/or bike lane. It was too windy to tent camp so the folks at the KOA put us up in a cabin at no charge. The KOA is 1/4th mile or less from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel offices. We called the day before and set up a ride over the bay. The number is listed on the map.

Day 5: Cape Charles ---> Knotts Island ---> Virginia Beach: When catching the shuttle head into the admin offices near the tollgates and go into the police station to let them know you're there. Our shuttle was scheduled at 8 but we arrived at 7 and they accommodated us. It's $14 per car, not per person. You pay as the shuttle goes through the toll gate. Cash, debit/credit or Apple pay. From there we followed the ACA route to Knotts Island escept for a small section in Virginia Beach due to flooding. Locals said a lot of streets flood daily at high tide. When we arrived in Knotts Island to catch the ferry to Currituck, the end of Delmarva, we were told the ferries were canceled for the day due to high winds. They don't run when the winds are over 35mph and/or the water is too high. They said it'd be Thursday before the ferries were running again. You can check the ferry conidtions on their Twitter. Google "NCDOT Ferry Division." The only way around the ferry closure is to go 26 miles back to VB and take US 168 through Moyock, NC 54 miles. The additional 80 miles didn't seem worth it to us so we went back to VB and called it a trip. Make sure you check to see if the Knotts Island/Currituck ferries are running!

All in all the trip was okay. The weather was terrible but such is life. Tomorrow we're riding to Norfolk and catching Amtrak to Charlotte where we'll be until Monday. Hoping to get a ride in this weekend into SC from the metro area.

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Routes / Re: Delmarva
« on: May 09, 2022, 10:44:47 am »
FYI...Anyone planning to stay at Cape Henlopen State Park would do well to check availability.  I have a dollar to a donut that weekends are fully booked through the summer.  I was there for two nights (Friday and Saturday) this Easter weekend.  I made my reservation in mid-February and the place was almost booked solid at that time.  Also,  there is a two night minimum, at least on weekends.  (I have never tried to book during the week.) The good news is that the place is worthy of an extra day.  Lots of areas to explore in an around the park.  Many of them can be accessed via bike trails.  And good dolphin spotting during much of the year.  I came over from Cape May, NJ via the ferry to Lewes.  Nice ride, and we diverted course a bit to get a better look at a whale.  Another option during a day off there is to hop the ferry to check put the tony beach town of Cape May, NJ.  $10 each way.  No surcharge for bikes.  About a 90 min. sail.  The center of Cape May is about a 5 mile ride from the ferry terminal on flat roads with wide shoulders.

Just happened to be stopped for lunch when I saw your reply.

All Delaware State Parks have a two night minimum on weekends and some holiday weekends require three nights but apparently not Easter.

I stayed at Killens Pond for two nights but it was well worth it as a Nor’easter pounded the area. I upgraded to a cabin and took shelter during the storm.

Quick update: I’m about halfway between Chincoteague and Cape Charles, where I’ll stop today to catch the shuttle across the bay in the morning.

The causeway from the mainland to Chincoteague isn’t for the faint of heart. Especially not during the wind and high tide. Nasty ride yesterday.

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Routes / Re: Delmarva
« on: May 05, 2022, 07:30:28 pm »
Left Philadelphia today and began Delmarva. Did 60 miles to Lums Pond State Park in Delaware.

Will do a full recap when I reach Charlotte next Friday.

One minor detail: The bicycle shuttle across the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel is $14, not $13 as listed on the map.

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General Discussion / Re: ShipBikes switching over to UPS
« on: April 13, 2022, 12:55:14 pm »
While not nearly as "safe" for the bike, you can sometimes ship via Greyhound pretty cheap.  Other times it is outrageous.  Can't figure out their algorithm but when shipping, I do check them.

Thanks, I’ll check into them. With 4 shipments needed this year, my cost just went from $280 to $632.

I guess ShipBikes decision has something to do with the issues in Ukraine. I don’t follow the news enough to know/care what that has to do with FedEx.

Edit: Checked Greyhound and it was only $7 less than BikeFlights but with a 2 week delivery. I’m debating canceling my two tours this year now due to the cost. I’m on a strict budget and an additional $350 is going to strain that a bit.

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General Discussion / ShipBikes switching over to UPS
« on: April 13, 2022, 12:47:32 pm »
Seems like ShipBikes.com has lost their contract with FedEx…

Website is currently down with this error: “Sorry for the inconvenience. We have paused our service while we transition our system over to our UPS partner. We'll be back next week.”

It’s unfortunate because FedEx was always a lot cheaper than UPS. Last week I obtained a shipping quote from ShipBikes for my bike/gear from Denver to Philadelphia for a cost of $71. The same details on BikeFlights, using UPS, is $158. More than double! I’m regretting not purchasing the label last week.

I’ll definitely be touring less at these cost.

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Gear Talk / Re: cooking System
« on: April 07, 2022, 08:24:00 pm »
I travel pretty light so my cooking kit consists of a JetBoil Stash, collapsible cup, collapsible bowl and a utensil that’s a spork on one end and a knife on the other end.

I pretty much only boil water in my JetBoil and mix it with food. If I cook chili or soup I leave it in the can and cook it in that. Less cleanup.

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General Discussion / Re: Grizzlies in Yellowstone and Glacier
« on: April 07, 2022, 08:13:42 pm »
I don’t carry much food but when I do I store it in opsak bags inside of a ratsack. In non-bear areas it also protects my food against raccoons and other rodents. I’ll never forget the night I came out of the shower at a state park in Mississippi to find the raccoon family eating all my food. I was alone and miles from anywhere after dark.

Never had a bad experience with a bear. Had a few blacks in Glacier and a few browns in Yellowstone, one of them at camp.

If I’m camping near an RV I’ll sometimes make friends with the folks and ask to store my food inside of one of their outside accessible compartments if no bear boxes exist.

While even more rare, a cyclist was attacked and killed by a cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther….) outside of North Bend, WA in 2018.

My bear spray stays in my closet water bottle cage when I’m in wooded areas.

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Gear Talk / Re: Best Water Bottle?
« on: March 28, 2022, 04:47:18 pm »
The Clean Bottles idea is sound, ease of cleaning is always good.  But I found you had to be very careful about tightening both ends.  Just a little too loose or too tight would leak. My son thought so too.

Sorry you experienced that with your Clean Bottles. Haven’t had any leakage from the 3 that I own.

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Gear Talk / Re: Best Water Bottle?
« on: March 28, 2022, 02:54:36 pm »
I have a Camelbak insulated bottle that keeps liquids cold long enough for me to drink it.

I’m also a big fan of bottles that the bottom screws off of to allow for easy cleaning. It’s nice for coffee etc. There are several different brands but I go with Clean Bottles. https://www.cleanbottle.com/

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General Discussion / Re: Camping along the Southern Tier
« on: March 28, 2022, 02:49:55 pm »
Thanks! I do have the ACA maps as well as the app! Perhaps I just haven't learned how to use them properly as I wasn't finding much. though it may have been a case of where I was. There seems to be more camping now that I am further west.

There’s definitely more camping in the western USA than the eastern USA. It also tends to be a lot cheaper in the western half.

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The Kleen website does not give diameter of the products.  The ones I've seen are too big.
The Hydros don't have a top you can drink from on the move.  Any I've seen in stores are too big.
I could not find Stanley model given TY0604.  The ones I have seen in stores and on their website are too big. 3.1".  Need to be 2.8"

Somebody else may make one that fits now, but frankly I got sick and tired of looking.

Remember, I want one that you don't have to spread the cage on.

The link for the Stanley was below my comment.

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Routes / Re: Katy Trail (Connections to/from St. Louis/KCMO)
« on: March 25, 2022, 12:28:28 pm »
I rode from Clinton to St Louis a couple of years ago.  I didn't go all the way to Machens as I didn't like the look of hwy 67/367 to get into St Louis.  I finished the trail in St Charles and used the ACA map (Great Rivers South - St Louis Spur) to ride into St. Louis.  It does take you within a block or two of Amtrak in St Louis.

Thanks for the input. I did order the 11th edition of Bicycling the Katy Trail, which just came out, and was told there’s some ideas in there as well. Should come in the mail next week I hope.

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