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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route North to South
« on: June 10, 2016, 02:40:36 pm »
I'll be heading out August 15th for this trip. From Canada down to Mexico. This year may be a little different due to the El Nino and we will be going into La Nina? I don't know a whole lot about it, but like the others said, I'd be prepared for rain, just in case. Rain gear can be reasonably light weight and well worth having.

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I'll be heading out on my first long tour, Canada to Mexico along the 101 in August. I haven't done any touring or loaded bike rides. Longest ride is around 50 miles. I sold my car, so I do more biking, but I also life weights alot, which actually was a bit of a mistake...I squatted the other day and ended up with really sore legs a couple days. Anyway! I think it depends what your looking for. I personally love the ocean, so a ride along the coast made sense. If your looking for more a challenge than scenery, the RAM may be best. Of course, there would be a lot of great scenery as well, but getting across the plains would be a mental challenge for me! Have a great time!

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General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« on: June 10, 2016, 02:20:45 pm »
There are some great crowd source apps that will tell ya about some camping along those areas. WikiCampsUSA I have on my android. I had a different one on my iphone, but don't have anymore. Camp apps are great tho for finding out about off the grid camp spots. They will give info, if it is designated camp or not, and if its legal or sneaking, when they were there, etc.

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General Discussion / Re: Aggressive Drivers During Transamerica?
« on: June 10, 2016, 02:17:10 pm »
In my experience, which is mostly city driving, with some country and a couple years up in Alaska now, the worst places to drive is in downtown areas. Not because of the aggressiveness or rudeness, but the difficulty in seeing and so many things happening at once.

I haven't met many rude people, never had anything thrown at me (knock on wood!), but I did have a guy get out of his car and try to start a fight. I'm 6'3 215, so this probably limits the number of people who will happily instigate.

I always bike defensively. In the country I don't use headphones, pay attention to my surroundings, and always watch out near turn ins, rest areas, etc. People out in the middle of the country that have been driving for tens of hours and hundreds of miles can and will lose some of their sharpness. I just always assume people don't see me.

I wouldn't worry about people throwing things at you. Honestly, if they are going 80 mph and your going 20 or so, thats a great shot if they hit you! Isn't it? I'd probably carry some pepper spray or something.

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General Discussion / Re: How to figure average miles per day
« on: June 10, 2016, 02:08:53 pm »
I use mapmyride when i ride, so anyone who is interested can always take a peek on there. i give average miles ridden per ride day. at the end of the day, when riding say 1000 miles and you took from august 1st to 15th, the normal person is probably going to just say, ok 15 days 1000 miles is around 70 miles per day. even if you actually rode 120 but rested a few days.

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Cycling Events / Vancouver to Mexico for Cancer August 14th
« on: June 08, 2016, 02:16:34 pm »
Hey everyone. I'm new to the forums. I started out probably like most of you, wanting to do an amazing ride and see some of this beautiful country from the seat of my bike. I finally decided to take the plunge this August. August 14th to be exact! Facebook reminded me that my uncle passed away from his bout with cancer 1 year ago. This happened about a month ago. I decided I wanted to try and make the ride something bigger. We all know what cancer is. We all know the dangers, and that many, many things can cause it. Some of us are genetically prone to a higher chance at getting it. Raising awareness is great, but money is what the people really need.

I am raising money for Cancerresearch.org. The Cancer Research Institute. I don't know any of you, and don't know if this is the most appropriate place. But I invite any who will be on the road at that time to shoot an email. If you happen to have a couple extra bucks, I have a donation site set up on their website so all donations go directly to them.

http://my.e2rm.com/PersonalPage.aspx?SID=(!SolicitationID)&LangPref=en-CA&EID=118080

and you can find my page by entering chris for first name and hersh for last name.

If your on the road and would like to join or form a team and try to combine our efforts, that is absolutely more than welcome. I've never done this kind of thing, but I see too many people passing early from cancer. I know that the brilliant people we have will not only find a cure, but be able to prevent it. They just need the time and resources.

Have a great day everyone, thanks for taking the time to read!

Chris Hersh
chris.hersh16@yahoo.com

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