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General Discussion / Re: What "riding buddies" do you take on tour?
« on: January 22, 2022, 11:00:53 am »
My critter type riding buddy
has been a postcard picture of a little fox. 
Thus, his name is Foxie.
Foxie always fits prominently in my handlebar bag,
where he and I can keep an eye on one another,
just in front of my ACA Maps
& a New Testament (my other buddy).

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 02, 2022, 09:08:33 am »
How about you?  Are you planning any tours in 2022 and if so, where?
Thanks John.
Happy New Year wishes to John & all.
Blue Ridge Parkway / Skyline Drive.

Gear Talk / Re: Using a gravel bike for C2C ride - what am I missing?
« on: December 12, 2021, 08:34:09 am »
Kiz - In my view, you're good to go as you posted. 
Regarding the trailer ....
if you are going to use one
i'd encourage you to be 100% attentive as to how the manufacturer describes how the weight load is to be:
1. limited; &
2. distributed within the trailer bed.
Keep us posted as your planning progesses futher?

General Discussion / Re: The more expensive tires are the least expensive.
« on: December 10, 2021, 07:38:17 am »
The cost of the tires (& tubes, if i'm running 'em)
when compared to the total cost of a tour,
both in dollars and time spent organizing and executing,
along with the justifiably based added peace of mind while on the spin,
makes the decision for me.

General Discussion / About trailering one's pet dog while touring?
« on: November 18, 2021, 07:41:28 am »
Any thoughts (pro and con : ), tips and/or true life adventure accounts of
trailering one's pet dog while touring?
I thank you.

Oh yeah .... with fall having arrived ....
here is another of my fav.s ...
fallen leaves from time to time crunching under the tires.
Also, hearing the squirrels scampering about those fallen leaves,
as they are accumulating their food stores for the coming winter.

Was out on a spin yesterday and began asking myself what are the 'sounds' i hear
(i.e., not from earbuds : )
while cycling
that i don't hear when not & that i really like.
For example, a favorite for me, absolutely,
is sand & gravel crunching under fat tires.
What are your fav.s?

General Discussion / Re: Best book you've read on bicycle travel
« on: October 25, 2021, 07:56:14 am »
What's your favorite bicycle touring book and WHY?
Though not a story or journal about touring ....
a thoroughly detailed* & well organized 'how to text.'
Why is it my favorite?
Cause it, more than any other information source,
enabled me to fully appreciate touring with the minimal self-inflicted : ) trials & errors.
I relish re-reading quickly thru it about once every 5 years to remind myself
of how much I have forgotten &/or still never knew!
Available from the Adventure Cycling Store:
*Full dislosure ~ It does not address current digital/internet-dependent gear.

General Discussion / Re: Best book you've read on bicycle travel
« on: October 25, 2021, 07:39:20 am »
I also enjoyed Miles From Nowhere, but I would have a hard time saying exactly why it is so good. Perhaps the tragic fate of its author adds to its mystique.
Does the book have a sad kind of an ending John? 
I am ready to grab a copy but have gotta refrain from doing so if the ending is sad.
Thanks in advance for your hoped for update.

... bungies ...  Look at all the broken ones you see on the road. 
: ) a most worthy point.

attaching with bungee cords
While bungee cords are a modern convenience miracle,
if one breaks as you are in motion and entangles in your spokes
it may not be good.
I'd encourage you to consider good straps
in lieu of bungees?

Routes / Re: US bike route 21 Atlanta to Chatanooga
« on: October 04, 2021, 09:31:36 pm »
Oops , I screwed up. my destination host posted Asheville by mistake .
No prob at all ... lots of us (i include myself : ) enjoy dreaming about routes as much as we doing riding 'em !!!
You helped me recall about the previous fun times i have had on the Cherokee to Asheville slab
and, as said, you got me dreaming about the next time i'll be able to give the Blue Ridge Parkway my next spin !!!

Routes / Re: US bike route 21 Atlanta to Chatanooga
« on: October 04, 2021, 10:20:06 am »
... Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee into Asheville.  Take lots of water!...
Pat does knoweth that of which he speaketh.

Routes / Re: US bike route 21 Atlanta to Chatanooga
« on: October 04, 2021, 07:43:39 am »
I just have to figure out a safe route from Chattanooga to Asheville.
You are developing a great adventure that i hope you will document, by which many might well benefit.

My 2 cents, IknowU ..... re. 'safe route' to Asheville...
IF you can find a 'safe route' from Chattanooga to Cherokee, NC,
then, the rest is very safe from Cherokee to Asheville via The Blue Ridge Parkway

(i.e., commercial traffic not even permitted, unless 'local' ... posted speed limit is 45mph which is not even possible alotta the time due to the curves... no paved shoulders but typically well maintained grassy shoulders .... you would need 1.5", or better, wide tires.... 1/2 dozen unlit tunnels, hence, you need great front AND rear lighting .... please Private Message me IF you'd care to know stuff about the Blue Ridge Parkway / Skyline Drive .... have done it all  ... love it / my most favorite 600 miles stretch of pavement ... won't take up your time further mumbling allllllll about it here, when your Original Post is not focused on it. : ).

Chattanooga (to Cherokee, NC, & then on) to Asheville, NC ~
As i am certain that you already know, Google by Bicycle wants to take you via US 74.  Could be treacherous for cycling? .....,+Tennessee/Cherokee,+NC/@35.0872724,-84.8768185,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x886060408a83e785:0x2471261f898728aa!2m2!1d-85.3096801!2d35.0456297!1m5!1m1!1s0x8859431093d68437:0xa39957b8c6be1696!2m2!1d-83.3205859!2d35.4770574!3e1

Will say this with certainty about a nearby section of road that IS a suicide ride ....
know that US 441 between Cherokee, NC and Gatlinburg, TN is, so sadly, not built for bikes ...
if there are any shoulders, it is by accident ...
RVs passing by each other in opposite directions on the curves leave little to no room even for themselves,
e.g./i.e.  I say sadly, cause it does have lotsa beautiful scenery when one has a chance to take a gander.

Routes / Re: US bike route 21 Atlanta to Chatanooga
« on: October 03, 2021, 09:46:39 am »
Is the campground on the Silver Comet Trail any good? (no food/water, I got that)
Thanks, God Bless*.
IKnow - IF : ) you are referring to The Rock Campground, which is a few miles east of Rockmart and about 3/4 mile just south of / adjacent and easily accessible from the Silver Comet Trail ( )....
i highly recommend it ....
have camped there at least 2 times over the last 5 years. 
The owner / manager John Hitchcock is a fine gentleman (you will see his profile on the above website).
It may be that you are referring to different campground, cause you mention 'no water,' and The Rock had potable water.
Regarding the Bike Route 21 in general, in my humble view, you will likely find the beauty and wonder of *God's great outdoors in this route thru northwest Georgia fairly inspiring. Full disclosure: i have not cycled this specific route; however, have camped and traveled throughout it over the years.
Regarding your question "Any noteworthy stops and services?" - Rockmart has all services and that which i have found to be a most friendly town the 8 or so times i have had the pleasure of stopping there. 
Hope you will send along updates of your ride.

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