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Because there are grizzlies in Yellowstone.
Because a psychopath is going to murder you in your tent.
Because there is no food available except for gas station taquitos.
Because the back roads are too hilly.
Because the ACA route is not the shortest way between points.
Because it will be too cold.
Because it will be too hot.
Because it will rain on you.
Because the dogs in Kentucky and Missouri will rip your legs off.
Because the Cookie Lady is gone.
Because the coal trucks in Kentucky will knock you off the road.
Because you will end up in jail in Farmington.

The jails are full in Farmington. They are not accepting any new accounts. So just remove that from your list.

Midwest / Re: North Dakota route
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:47:52 pm »
This post is a trip down memory lane. I spent my youth in the New Rockford area. I love touring the area. June is an awesome month to ride the area. 
I hope that everyone who rides the area finds something to value about the trip.

General Discussion / Re: Transitioning from road bike to touring bike
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:27:06 pm »
Since I am new to this forum, My first post new. I will keep it short.

Pedals. I pulled the clip-in pedals off one of my bikes and swapped them for plastic mountain pedals.
I like plastic because they are still gripy enough to hold my shoe in place. But if I get scuffed by one they will not tare skin.  The a cheep and light.

As far as bikes goes. I found it pretty easy to switch from a very aggressive race bike to Cycle cross bikes and MBT bikes. I think that good fitting is the key.  Oh and getting a well fitting saddle is critical.

One of the things that I am very sensitive to is bike weight. I am a bigger guy  who use to be pretty strong. But as I age my mussel mass is fading away. So for me finding a lighter and light yet strong bike is key.
My MBT is a Pivot LES. My current road bike is a Super Nova.
Hope that this helps.

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