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General Discussion / Re: Wild fires disturbing your tour?
« on: July 21, 2021, 09:04:20 am »
One year (early July 2001) was crossing WA, west to east,
on the Northern Tier's State Route 20 and
just was starting to climb the west side of the mountains at Marblemount
when fires on the eastern side of the state shut down many miles of WA State Route 20. 
For me, there were no 'route work arounds.'
Packed out and flew home.

General Discussion / Happy USA Independence Day weekend to all.
« on: July 02, 2021, 07:23:23 am »
Glad to have the independence, freedom and safety to be able to cycle all about our country
and meet other Americans coast to coast. 
Happy "4th" wishes to all.

Resorted to renting a small U-Haul truck one way.
Your 'dedication' is applauded! : ).

John -
Sorry to hear you did jail time in Farmington. Was it for vagrancy for being a homeless cyclist?
Story among the locals was that John was riding well over the speed limit.

No bikie Mikie?

General Discussion / Re: How difficult is Skyline Drive?
« on: June 19, 2021, 08:54:17 am »
Maybe consider this approach to The Skyline...
Do a 'weekend dip your toes in the water fun test' by moteling in Front Royal and ride not fully loaded into The Skyline a few hours and turn around. 
Next day, by car, take your bike and you to where the 2 of you got to the previous day and do the same thing. 
Head home and think about it all?

General Discussion / Re: Backpacking vs Bike Touring
« on: June 12, 2021, 07:51:57 am »
My style, Kathy, includes the sink from the kitchen which requires of me:
> Four panniers.
> One handlebar bag.
> Rear rack onto which much gets strapped* on high
> 3 water bottle cages (and another BIG water container if conditions necessitate : ).
What all dat is in Litres is beyond my paygrade.
Your backpacking knowledge is invaluable in your transition/execution into touring;
however/meanwhile, allow me to offer 2 precautionary cents -
try to not use any bungy cords
(which you are probably backpacking accustomed to using a lot)
in a fashion whereby one could break apart and get tangled in your spokes while you are in motion....
resulting in your motion changing in a non-desirable manner...
try to use only non-elastic *straps.
I would encourage you to keep posting your questions to our forum....
A thousand years ago when I moved into bikepacking the helpful advice I received thru this forum
saved me incalculable 'on the road/trail' downtime due to
just stuff I would not have otherwise figured out in advance on my own.
Let us know how the fun of touring unfolds for you?

General Discussion / Re: Neck, arms and hands fatigue?
« on: June 08, 2021, 07:38:34 am »
Thank you for allowing me to join this group.
My experience ......
Glad you have joined us Bahrain.
Please send us updates of your trip progress if you find it practical to do so?
The probability is that you will find both traffic and weather more favorable
than that which you have experienced in the past.

Routes / Re: Should/could I take my dog on the Great Divide Route?
« on: May 31, 2021, 07:18:53 am »

Thanks to those men and women who defended our freedoms in the USA.

6/8/21 Edit Update: For whatever reason the following Links are not accessible by a click from this forum....
Both DO work perfectly well via 'copy' and 'paste' to browsers (i.e., outside this forum) -

General Discussion / Re: Adventure Cycling Touring People Only
« on: May 25, 2021, 07:45:02 am »
In fact, the one constant in touring is that it teaches you to be very flexible.
Weather, road construction, interesting detours, illness - all change the best-laid plans.
... Because it never goes as originally planned*. And that is a good thing.
Please, y'all, grant me license to be *'not according to plan' and stray slightly off Original Post thesis
cause Jam has made me recall an experience I had in Rugby ND that relates 100% to Jam's post.
Re. Touring has taught me * "... to be very flexible..."
I rolled into the EconoLodge and the most pleasant Desk Registration Attendant goes into
a very long and apologetic appeal to me about how sorry she was that the room I was to have
was not yet ready and would not be so for a least an hour due to all kinds of (& the list went on : )...
and that she really, really hoped that I would not be upset.....
To which I heard myself reply
(which is to say 'with zero forethought' .... the words simply came out),
"Uhmm, ma'am, as you can maybe tell from how I am dressed, I am a touring cyclist,
and if anyone can deal with changes in plans,
I can promise you that as a touring cyclist
changing plans are not any kind of any problem ...
my whole day, everyday is non-stops changing plans."
Re. ... "And that is a good thing." - Touring is living the dream,
i.e., the 'adventure,' for me, is, in part, from said plan changes!  :)

General Discussion / Re: Toughest Touring Days?
« on: May 21, 2021, 07:06:50 am »
pushing into the headwind was tough.  Really tough. 
Wowzers Pat ... If I think I have a steady all day long 15 or better mph headwind in my future my policy is simply not to ride that day.

General Discussion / Re: Toughest Touring Days?
« on: May 19, 2021, 07:31:54 am »
In general, my toughest are typically the first 3 days out there whereby my mind and body are re-calibrating.
In a specific sense, with your mentioning of Washington Pass while commenting that many factors, such as temperature/heat, can impact degree of toughness ....
you bring to mind a recollection of while climbing said Pass west to east the heat I experienced.... 
It was so hot, I could not touch the metal part of my handle bar and
due to the temperature at one point I pulled off the road to try to reassemble my senses where I found the wonderful & simple shade of a telephone pole ....
I was happy to have to turn sideways as assurance of full shade. 

Gear Talk / Re: What Happened to the "Adventure" Bikes?
« on: May 17, 2021, 07:49:08 am »
because I would still give my eye teeth for a 2006-'07 Novara Safari, but I would take a 920 or ADV 4.2 as an acceptable alternative if I could even find one.
Yeah ... not a single Novara Safari on EBay at the moment;
however, there is one Novara Randonee.

I honestly dont think 30 miles a day as you described is out of reach for me pretty quickly
Dave - Given that 30 seems feasible to you,
permit me to supplement my earlier comment with the emphasis on that
'I train "up to 30" ' meaning that pre-tour I will work my way up to 30 per every other day and
only do 30 three times and
then I consider myself good to go (come what may / it is all part of what makes it an adventure for me, anyways : ). 
In other words, I do not spend a whole lotta time doing 30s. 
Thanks for letting me throw this in to your thinking as you formulate the approach that is best for you.
Hope you will post some updates to the Forum as you progress eastward,

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