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Fyi NBC Mar. 7, 2020 News Headline that may be worthy of general interest for bicyclists:
"Google tracked his bike ride past a burglarized home.
That made him a suspect."

“If you’re innocent, that doesn’t mean you can’t be in the wrong place at the wrong time,
like going on a bike ride
in which your GPS puts you in a position where police suspect you of a crime you didn’t commit,” McCoy said.


General Discussion / Lyme Disease Tick Spray Inquiry....
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:17:48 am »
The 2 below sobering articles on the rapid geographic spread of Lyme Disease prompt me to ask the Forum...

Does anyone know what / if any ( ! ? ) tick spray works best as a defense?  - Thank you.

1. ALERT - This article in The Atlantic Magazine is lengthy
(however, the CDC reported cases by year USA map 20% of way thru article speaks volumes)


Quick read thesis excerpt:
" Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and well being, according to a new large-scale study. "
And ... need I say  :) ... an easy & highly enjoyable way to do so is via a bicycle?

With full gratitude and full appreciation for our freedom of expression insured by our Constitution
for all USA citizens and organizations,
given the above article title,  "WT(bleep) BikeExplorers"
and the feature article prominence afforded by the "Adventure Cyclist" publication,
does Adventure Cyclist Association want one to think of it as a 'family-friendly' organization?
If yes, then
my request to ACA would be to please consider offering a little guidance to parents
on how to, in a 'family-friendly' manner, educate our young cyclists on the meaning of "WT(bleep)?"
If no, then no problem ... my personal perception of the organization up to this time has simply been erroneous.
Again, I emphasize, acknowledge and gladly respect the right that we all thankfully have in the USA ... freedom of expression.

General Discussion / How much FUN would a Tourists' 'RENDEZVOUS' be ?
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:44:05 am »
How much FUN would a Tourists' 'RENDEZVOUS' be ?!?!
Has there ever been one? 
What a great time it would be for Tourists and Bicycle Vendors* ?

For example, AT Hikers do an annual 'Rendezvous' called "Trail Days." - about which reports ...
"This multi-day festival in May attracts about *20,000 hikers and other visitors to Damascus each year, and offers hiker workshops, hiker services, food, hiking gear vendors and entertainment."

Let's do this.  Thoughts ?

P.S. More examples .... Motorcyclists do annual Rendezvouses too ! .... Get a load of these gatherings, as well  :) ....

South Atlantic / Cohutta-Cat N. GA Trail - Anyone tried it yet ? Thx.
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:03:01 pm »
Has anyone tried the Cohutta-Cat Trail (link below) in north Georgia?  Thx.

Thank you in advance for any of your time and thoughts on this matter.
The full route of which I am trying (with your advice on Anniston to Gulf Coast :- ) to formulate is actually Lake Lanier GA vicinity to the Gulf .... any where at all on the Gulf Coast !
My intent is to trek from the west side of Atlanta to Anniston via the Silver Comet Trail + Chief Ladiga Trail.
And, then .....  :-\ ..... I just do not have any knowledge of the safest route for beyond Anniston.
Your thoughts?

South Atlantic / Bicycle Ride Across GA ?
« on: February 12, 2016, 01:25:08 pm »
Anyone doing the Bicycle Ride Across GA (Atlanta to Savannah June 4-11) ?
FYI link:!brag/c1tti

Routes / N.Tier western ND Question...
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:29:34 pm »
Does the current (not the prior US Rt. 2) N.Tier route in western ND actually take one on I-94 between Dickinson going east to Bismarck? Thx. 
I knew there had been a change and why there needed to be .... I had just never tried to take a close up look at what the revised route had become.

Anyone had any 1st hand tour experience traveling from along The Silver Comet Trail (GA) / Chief Ladiga Trail (AL) south to anywhere along the Gulf Coast, safely....meaning some hope for shoulders and/or low traffic with avoidance of larger towns (e.g., Columbus, Auburn, Montgomery, etc.). 
'Total dream fulfillment' :- ) would be to find a route to Apalachicola, FL vicinity, however, I'd be elated to learn how to just get my toes in the sand/surf anywhere along the Gulf, as requested.

South Atlantic / Bicycle Ride Across GA in June
« on: March 14, 2014, 07:46:47 pm »
Anybody going to be participating (Sunday, June 8 thru Saturday, June 14 / Washington to Darien; ?

I have read that Idaho State Route 41 has no shoulders and has plenty of RV traffic this time of year.   Would it be safer taking U.S. 395/2 north out of Spokane or heading east towards Coeur d'Alene and then north on U.S. 95?
Thank you.

Hello - I have learned from reading The Northern Tier Book not to take Idaho State Route 41.  Looks like my only other options are either U.S. 2 north out of Spokane, or travel east to Coeur d'Alene and go north on U.S.95. 
Any thoughts on which of these has the widest shoulders (if any) and the least traffic?  
Or, perhaps there is another approach shot of which I am unaware?
- Thank you.

Hello - Looking for education on the traffic levels & existence (or lack there of :- )/width of shoulders?  I am trying to get a sense of what it takes along that stretch to avoid mixing it up with a motor vehicle.
Many thanks.

« on: February 01, 2005, 10:51:03 pm »

[  ] has been building support  for its vision of a  bicycle interstate since 1987.
For the last three years, it has been using its Mayors' Rides to connect population centers across America with worthy bike routes.
This year, for the first time, their route comes through the Atlanta to Knoxville area.
Rider(s) will leave the Atlanta City Mayor's office and head by a route of your choosing (approx. 300 miles or  60 miles per day over 5 days if you don't ride on either NBG-MAYOR MEETING Day) to the Mayor of Knoxville, TN's office, Friday, April 29 to Thursday, May 5, respectively.
To LEARN what is needed TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POPULAR CHALLENGE, please click on  'How to ride…..'
Within the  schedule itself (click on 'Mayors' Ride' at the top of the screen), you will see the reference to the Atlanta to Knoxville ride- 300 miles between April 29 and May 5 on the lower right side of the graphic.
If you would like to participate contact Founder/Director Martin Krieg at

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