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General Discussion / Re: Best SIM card provider for Oregan/Idaho?
« on: May 17, 2022, 12:47:17 pm »
It seems like buying a prepaid Verizon SIM card here in the UK isn’t possible as far as I can find. I’m guessing there will be vendors at PDX airport or at town/village stores?

Luckily I will have offline maps loaded on my phone anyhow.

General Discussion / Re: Best SIM card provider for Oregan/Idaho?
« on: May 07, 2022, 11:40:03 am »
Thanks chaps!!!

General Discussion / Best SIM card provider for Oregan/Idaho?
« on: May 07, 2022, 06:58:11 am »
Hi, I'm starting the TAT in Florence and need to buy a pre-paid SIM for when I arrive. I've heard a few options but what may be the best data/phone providers for the first few stages? I plan on buying monthly plans, buying the best option for the region each time.


So, if I encounter aggressive raccoons, what the best way to deal with them?!
Also, are they most prolific in urban areas where there is more food waste, or are they in both rural and urban areas?

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPS or ACA app, or both?
« on: April 25, 2022, 02:17:07 pm »
Makes sense, cheers

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPS or ACA app, or both?
« on: April 25, 2022, 03:56:48 am »
I’m thinking of having the paper maps posted to a bike shop in Florence where I start. Are they particularly bulky at all? May be an idea to keep buying them in advance of the next segment?

Thanks John

I've seen that camping in city parks etc is normal while biketouring in the USA. In the UK I would not dream of this, your bike and gear would almost certainly be stolen overnight in any city or town.

John, thank you, once again your advice is top notch. All noted.
I agree with the 'opportunist lock', i carry one with me all the time here in the UK, where bicycle theft is commonplace, unfortunately. The most advice I get is the food/tent/raccoon situation. I'll be sure to do my best to follow that! (hang panniers containing food on a cord if possible???)

Gold ball sized-hail does not sound fun. I've never seen a green sky here but we do occasionally get marble-sized hail.

I guess with the TAT being generally less remote, it means bears will be less prolific. Sound dramatic, but are snakes anything to worry about? We have next to non here!

Are there particular states with more/less to be concerned about?

General Discussion / USA Specific Safety Tips, ie Wildlife, Crime etc.
« on: April 22, 2022, 02:08:35 pm »
Hi all, I'm from the UK and I'll be cycling the TAT West-East starting July. My logistics and planning is largely sorted.

I do, however, need advice relating to personal safety, which is harder to find. This means what to watch out for in terms of wildlife and potential dangerous animals, camping, food prep/storage, and (sadly) bike/personal safety against thieves and scumbags. I imagine it will vary state to state and may change seasonally.

Any other tips from experienced USA citizens and travellers welcome too!

TIA! I will add any advice to my notes :)

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPS or ACA app, or both?
« on: April 22, 2022, 02:01:24 pm »
Cheers, interested to hear others' views on this

General Discussion / In UK, looking to buy/borrow TAT hard maps
« on: April 19, 2022, 12:49:11 pm »
Hi, just wondering if there's anyone in the UK who has ridden/used the TAT hard maps and might be willing to lend/sell/part with them?

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / GPS or ACA app, or both?
« on: April 19, 2022, 12:45:16 pm »
I'm based in the UK and I'm riding the Trans America Trail starting in July. I have downloaded the entire map set onto my phone and I'm very impressed, and it's already useful.
I don't ever use a GPS here in the UK when touring, I just use OSmaps, Google or my nose lol.
I'd rather not add to the pile of expensive things I've already bought, so my question is, would it be advised to use something else as well as/to back up my phone and the ACA maps?


General Discussion / Re: TAT and mental health
« on: January 26, 2022, 11:27:18 am »
Re the advice about cutting the trip short:
I have reframed this trip as “see how far I can get in under 90 days” rather than having the added pressure of “I must get coast to coast in that time”. When time is a constraint it can often trigger insomnia.
In my planner I am compiling contingency options, ie hitch hiking, greyhound (?), reaching nearest airport etc etc. All designed to ease the pressure on myself.

However, as a kind person above said, it is remarkable how resilient a person can be. I know this myself, I HAVE achieved pretty great things in the past without much sleep. Just not for 3 months haha.

General Discussion / Re: TAT and mental health
« on: January 25, 2022, 11:54:01 am »
I can’t thank you guys enough for the comments and advice. Especially John Nettles, I will be rereading these replies more than once. It is a tough question I know.
I am writing a list of ‘for and against’ items, and both hold legitimate weight.
What I will say, is that I have done admittedly smaller tours and I am no stranger to solo hiking either, both of which (after a few days of routine) really settle my mind and I often find myself thriving and becoming a better version of myself. For example, I am much more likely to be social and interact with strangers, my mind slows its pace and I become more at ease with life with simplicity.
The longest I have toured alone is 3 weeks, and based on this, I had hoped that 3 months would offer the same positives over a longer period with a richer and more varied experience.
I have long been in awe of the US’ amazingly diverse landscapes and I can’t think of a more efficient way to experience it than by bicycle.

I had not necessarily planned on booking a flight home until I had more accurate expectations of my time and experience in the US.

Thanks again for the advice guys, I really appreciate it. 👍🏼

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