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Gear Talk / goggles?
« on: March 26, 2007, 06:39:45 pm »
thanks for all of the advice. i'm looking around for something clear and
lite for dark days and will use sunglasses the rest of the time. i think
aviator goggles might be more my style though.

Gear Talk / goggles?
« on: March 24, 2007, 09:35:56 pm »
what are peoples thoughts on goggles for touring? i'm thinking bugs,
sand, rain, etc...

air tight or not?


Routes / beaver, or to cape lookout state park
« on: April 19, 2007, 10:22:14 pm »
does anyone no a good way to get to cape lookout from beaver oregon?
or to any point on the pacific coast rout?
thanks, doug

Routes / joshua tree from southern tier
« on: March 31, 2007, 05:08:00 pm »
thanks valygrl for much great info. me and my girlfriend will be biking
through there this winter and both of us are climbers. probably  won't
have gear with us though it's staring to sound tempting to bring it. what
are the best climbing areas for moderate routes? is the park best for
sport, trad or bouldering?
thanks again

Routes / joshua tree from southern tier
« on: March 25, 2007, 01:33:19 pm »
thanks, lots of great info.

Routes / joshua tree from southern tier
« on: March 24, 2007, 08:20:52 pm »
has anyone done this route, maybe making a loop around salton lake?
wondering about road conditions and traffic. also, will be there in winter.
any advise on weather, etc.?

thanks, doug

General Discussion / Hemorrhoids
« on: May 07, 2007, 11:05:42 pm »
i think brooks saddles are good for this because you don't put as much
pressure on that area. i don't know if they are good for mountain biking
in general though.

General Discussion / Bike security while camping?
« on: April 19, 2007, 09:35:45 pm »
i agree it's only by chance your bike would get stolen touring or camping
(unless in a good sized city). but... i spent more on my bike than on my
car and don't take chances with it. i lock my bike up any time i can't see
it. if nothing else it lets me sleep that much easier.

apology accepted.

sorry boone, i didn't mean to provoke such hostility from you. my post
was meant for everyone coming down so hard on the op, not just you. all
of the preaching and extreme views just make me need to vent at times. i
respect everyones opinions and hope you keep posting here. but if you
start your post by describing people you've never met as not giving a crap
about others you are going to get a heated response.
in kindness, doug

not this thread again.

look, in the last aca newsletter there is a link to the dirtrag article
about the guy who eats out of dumpsters. aparently aca (the host of
this forum) aproves of that style of traveling so if you are morally at
odds with it you might do better posting somewhere else.

people get so extreme on these forums. crapping in peoples yards? i'm
not sure anyone is suggesting that. you make it sound like people are
seting up camp in you front yard and digging through your garbage
cans for dinner and then using your porch for a toliet. that's not how
this type of travelling works. it's called stealth camping for a reason.
it's usually done in a rual setting, far from any residence, and no trace
is left. as far as dumpstering, it's done in commercail dumpsters, not
residental trash cans. you don't dig through trash to eat exposed food
and you don't leave trash scattered all over the place and you don't do
it in front of people eating dinner. you look for expired products,
dented cans, cans without labels, etc. and you don't harm anyone or
anything in the process.

best wishes, doug

This message was edited by dmw4322 on 5-3-07 @ 4:59 PM

General Discussion / Eating and spending on a two month biking spree
« on: March 30, 2007, 12:55:13 pm »
it's sad that someone traveling with little or know money is now
thought of as a "bum". i always thought of a bum as someone who
begs money off of other people. a 100 years ago traveling with no
home or money was more common and not as looked down upon. that
changed after the depression though.

eating out of dumpsters and off tables is obviously not for everyone
but i don't consider it immoral so have no problems with it.

how do you get a "highly infectious disease" from eating a slice of
pizza or a dented can of beans?

i have never slept in a drainage ditch though i'm not to proud to if the
need arises.

i'm not sure what is meant by facilities meant for others.

i don't want to use this space to debate the right or wrong way to travel
with little or no money so i'll make no more post defending my views.
let's just say different people have different views and all are valid.

p.s. why grow up?

General Discussion / Eating and spending on a two month biking spree
« on: March 30, 2007, 12:12:35 am »
let me start by saying that i totally disagree with russell. don't let a lack
of money dictate your life. when i was in high school a met a bike
traveller named alton who came through my small town. he saved a
little money and traveled for a year trying not to use it. he stealthed
camped, ate out of dumpsters, and avoided luxuries. he was having a
great time and had great stories to tell. i really do believe the best
things in life are free.

here are a few ideas:

talk to lots of people and make friends. you will often find someone to
give you a yard to camp in, a shower to use and a free meal.

if you dumpster dive, try to talk to a stocker and asked them to set the
food out in a box so you don't have to dig for it. also look for places
that bake fresh and ask for their day olds before they throw them out.

me and my friends use to go into pizza places and head for the
restroom for a minute. come out and on your way grab some left over
slices off tables. know one usually notices or cares. (not a great tip for

i'm sure you don't mean capmping on the side of the road but stealth
camping. i say don't worry about water. if you are willing to dumpster
dive i'm sure you don't mind missing a couple of showers. hit public
bathrooms for spit baths and every few days splurge on a campsite for
a good shower. you can also pay the day fee at a state park and use
there showers (though most frown upon it) and then go camp some
where else.

if your choice is traveling cheap or getting a job and not then i would
choose the first. have a great trip.


General Discussion / how much weight?
« on: March 27, 2007, 08:50:43 pm »
how much wieght do you carry on average?
how heavy is your bike with racks, etc.?

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