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Routes / Re: Best Cycling Routes in Arizona/New Mexico?
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:13:09 am »
Unfortunately the best part of your ride from SF to LA (Hwy 1 through Big Sur) will still be closed when you ride.  I'm not particularly fond of either Route 66 from Barstow to Kingman or Southern tier from Ocotillo to Quartzite.  I find the Western Express to be a more interesting ride.  You can then take the Grand Canyon Connector to Phoenix.  My opinion it's a more interesting ride although the section between Baker, NV and Cedar City, UT is not the most scenic but the other sections make up for it. 

Routes / Re: Western Express EB start end of this month
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:15:54 pm »
From Fallon, NV to Austin,NV which is the next town is about 113 miles.  There is stop with some rooms in Middlegate station.  After Austin to the NV/UT border the towns are about 70 miles apart. 

Pacific Northwest / Re: Bike transportation in Seattle Area
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:02:35 am »
If you aren't going to Astoria there is a bus the runs between Portland's Amtrak station and Tillamook twice per day.  (It' holds about 20 people.) It has a bicycle rack on the front and a compartment for baggage in the rear.  Although I've never had a problem it is recommended you make a "reservation".  I can't remember the cost but it wasn't very expensive, maybe $10.  Nice ride through the countryside.  It drops you off at the bus station close to downtown.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Bike transportation in Seattle Area
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:48:21 am »
According to the bus line web site bicycles are carried on all the lines.  However they are probably carried on a rack in the front of the bus that typically only carries 2 bicycles.  The web site states to arrive early to ensure you can find a spot for your bike.

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That Friday should be a very busy day.  However the traffic from Baker to Primm and Jean really doesn't get heavy until the afternoon.  The shoulder is pretty wide so it should be ok whenever you ride it.  I've seen several loaded riders on the shoulder over the years.  You will have a long uphill from Baker and then a downhill followed by another climb.  You then have a nice downhill into Primm.  There are two casinos there with some factory outlet stores so if you want you can stop there.  Since it is Easter weekend make sure you have reservations.  Hotels will book up and the room rates will also go up.  Weekends are always more expensive than during the week.

Bears are also a rare sighting.  The most likely large animal you will see are deer. 

Traffic on southbound I15 will be heaviest on Sunday when visitors from the LA area are going home after the weekend.  Monday, Saturday and Friday are most likely the next busiest days.  Traffic starts to pick up after about 10 am.  The weather in March shouldn't be too hot although the mornings could be rather cool. 

A couple of other nice places to ride in Vegas are:  A loop going through Boulder and Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park, and a loop by Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area. 

Just so you know you can't ride on the Interstate in the Vegas area until you are south of Jean.  At both Jean and Prim there are several places to eat and stock up on water.  There is a rest stop between Primm and Baker where you can get water (if it's open)  There is a gas station just before the rest stop.  I haven't stopped there so not sure what it offers.  As I recall that is the only place to get water until you begin the long downhill into Baker.

Riding South from Las Vegas stay on Las Vegas Blvd until you get to Jean.  You can then get on the freeway going south.  There is a pretty good climb after you enter California.  You will also have to use the truck route that goes through the new truck weigh station.  There are lots of trucks and traffic but the shoulder is good.  There will most likely be lots of truck tire debris with the little wires that readily puncture bike tires. 

Are you going to Baker so you can ride in Death Valley NP.  If so you can get to Death Valley without riding on the interstate.  You can ride to Pahrump then to Shoshone.  This will bring you into southern Death Valley.  The road in Death Valley takes you by Badwater which is the lowest point in North America.

Gear Talk / Re: Rigidity of S&S Couplers?
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:02:52 am »
I have the couplers on a ti bike and they are very secure.  There isn't any flex at the coupler.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Map segments on more than one device
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:58:11 am »
Aah.  I also have a new email address and even thought the app transferred with the purchase it didn't include the maps.  I used the new email address so it didn't recognize that I had already purchased the map.  I finally figured out how to put in the old address and I was able to retrieve the maps I paid for previously.  Thanks.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Map segments on more than one device
« on: July 11, 2017, 03:43:03 pm »
I bought a new android phone and was charged to reinstall the maps.  I did not see a restore purchase option.  I have the Samsung 8+.

California / Re: Is anyone touring PCH this Summer 2016
« on: May 23, 2017, 07:40:09 pm »
Check the forum on temporary closures.  PCH from Big Sur to Raggedy point will most likely closed for the summer.

Another slide has occurred near Mud Creek just south of Gordy.  It has buried about 1/4 mile of road in about 40 feet of rock and debris.  Pacific Coast highway from Gorda to Raggedy Point may be closed for the entire summer.

General Discussion / Re: Case for flying WITHIN airline sizes
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:49:42 pm »
I used to fly with a Richey Breakaway bike.  There is a case they sell specifically for the bike.  Don't know the weight but I was never overweight.  Co-motion bicycles also sells a case for their bikes with S&S couples.  Don't know the weight.

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