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General Discussion / Re: BEST Route across USA
« on: May 15, 2011, 12:29:45 pm »
Hi Muz,

Solo biking in the US is great fun and I found it very safe - I was a solo female bicyclist. Last summer I travelled from Vancouver to the Mexican border by myself and never had a day where I felt unsafe. I camped the whole way too. On your own you'll find lots of people will chat to you - both bikers and locals. The only thing I didn't do was camp off-road (i.e. not in a campsite) as I felt this would end in one of those "don't do it" horror-type movies!! Very few big cities along this route aside from SF, LA and San Diego.

I can't recommend the Highway 1/101 route highly enough - I'd a great time! I took about 3 months to cycle it and, at that, did it at a leisurely pace. I took some side trips too - into Portland, OR and some much needed time in wine country north of San Fran. Just to note, from a timing perspective, once you get to southern CA, they'll rarely let you stay longer than 1 day in a hiker/biker site because of the problem with vagrants. So, the southern end of this trip went by really quick.

Budget-wise....well, here's my 2 cents worth! Campsites ranged from $20 (very rarely) to $10 (more frequently than I'd like) to $3 (and it' was here I usually stayed an extra night!). Lunch + coffee was my main cost of the day as I usually cooked for myself for breakfast and dinner.

If you decide on this route, feel free to get back to me with any questions you've got.

Best of luck!

General Discussion / Re: (Ireland to...) Vancouver to San Francisco
« on: April 20, 2010, 09:18:11 am »
Thanks geeg / johnsondasw... great stuff!
Thanks so much.

General Discussion / Re: (Ireland to...) Vancouver to San Francisco
« on: April 19, 2010, 03:57:01 pm »
geeg - that reply was great!
You indulged two of my favourite pastimes - ferries and looking at maps!  ;D

Can I ask you another question? Do you think a short detour to Whistler is a nice bike ride or would I save my legs and just go by public transport? 

thanks again!

General Discussion / Re: (Ireland to...) Vancouver to San Francisco
« on: April 19, 2010, 10:41:51 am »
Thanks All! Just the reassurance I needed to really springboard my planning!
And thanks geeg - will definitely look into the Vancouver ferry....another thing to pack - my sea legs!!

General Discussion / (Ireland to...) Vancouver to San Francisco
« on: April 17, 2010, 04:46:49 pm »
Hi there...

This will be my first cycling trip and I've millions of questions. But will start with a few...maybe someone out there can be of help?

1. I'm thinking of starting my trip at end June from Vancouver. Am I mad (traffic, weather, wind)?
2. Camping along the way - will it be crazy busy?


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