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I agree with you 100%. However as I have to leave for RAGBRAI just a few short days after the orientation, regrettably, I do not have the luxury / ability to ride from north to south.

Good luck. If it were me, I'd choose a different time to do that route, especially since you'll be on the road during Independence Day. And you may have a tough time finding any takers.

Word to the wise: Going north along the Pacific Coast will pretty much guarantee a good headwind the whole time. This is why the majority of cyclists tour the Pacific Coast from north to south. You might luck out with a day or two of light/no wind, but every tour report I've seen about someone cycling "the wrong way" constantly mentions the headwind and how much of a chore riding is. If this is your first time touring the coast, it may not be a great introduction.

Even without the headwind, the ocean is always going to be on the wrong side of the road. Plus, when ODOT or CalTrans has to choose between putting a bike lane on the northbound or southbound side of US 101/CA 1, they will always choose the southbound side.

Perhaps a better strategy is to fly in with your son and wife, attend graduation, and bike to San Francisco?

General Discussion / Re: Purchasing Maps?
« on: March 04, 2024, 08:44:37 pm »
Thanks!  But when I try to purchase, as a nonmember, it wants my membership info.
Not sure why

That's odd. I tried to buy a map on my unlogged-in browser window, and it simply brought me to a checkout page, no member number asked. Are you buying it through this page?

I'd also clear out your browser, and maybe use a different browser if possible.

General Discussion / Re: Purchasing Maps?
« on: March 04, 2024, 08:24:51 pm »
Do you need to be a member to buy maps?

No. But you'll pay more than a member will. Members get about 25% off each map. That savings can add up if you need multiple maps.

General Discussion / Re: Amtrak lounge access with a bicycle
« on: March 01, 2024, 01:10:20 pm »
Sometimes you have to wait at the baggage car for awhile before they take your bike.  Depending on the station some will have you go to the train a little earlier so you can load the bike before everyone else is called to the train.  (Someone is usually available to immediately load your bike.)

One of the big advantages to the Lounge is, that since you are either in a sleeper or business class, you'll get priority boarding. So you'll be able to get it to the baggage car before others.

General Discussion / Re: Amtrak lounge access with a bicycle
« on: February 29, 2024, 07:16:47 pm »
Does anybody have experiences about entering one of these lounges in big stations with a bicycle?

I've used a few of these lounges. I have the most experience with Portland as it's my home base, and I usually bring a bike with me. With this lounge, I've been able to bring either my "big" bike or a folder into it with no problem.

When we used the lounge in Los Angeles, the lounge attendant has us bring the bikes down the hall, into the baggage area. And that's despite them being folding bikes.

So, it depends. Every lounge is different and reflects more the station than Amtrak as a whole. If you are in NYC you can drop by Penn Stn. in advance and ask. Otherwise, when you arrive the lounge attendant will let you know where you can put your bike.

General Discussion / Re: Bike rentals for one way tours
« on: February 13, 2024, 01:38:25 am »
I agree. Im trying to locate a bike for my friend who is traveling from Germany. Shes experienced a lot of hassle importing/exporting her own bike. Good news! A friend might loan us a bike. Woot!

Sorry to hear about that. Moments like this make me thankful that I bought a Brompton. Folding bikes are great for overseas travel, I just brought mine to Tokyo.

General Discussion / Re: Bike rentals for one way tours
« on: February 13, 2024, 01:12:34 am »
Lake Michigan to Portsmouth. Anyone ever use a bike rental service for a one way trip? Does this exist? Could rent anywhere from Chicago, Wisconsin shoreline cities, or Ludington, Mi

I have not heard of one-way bike rentals, and doubt that such a service exists. Think about it this way: One-way car rentals are possible though often difficult, and the only reason why they can happen is because of a specific network. You can find Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, UHaul, etc. all around the country. But bike rentals are generally done by small, independently owned shops or services. You rent a bike from one shop and return it to the same shop. There's no national bike rental company. And I really doubt that there is any demand for such a service to exist.

Perhaps you can rent a bike from a shop, do a tour, and ship it back, but a) I'm sure the bike shop really wouldn't like that and b) you might as well have figured out a way to bring your own bike. (And by the way, why can't you bring your own bike?)

General Discussion / Re: Stealth Camping? Sleep Site!
« on: February 05, 2024, 04:43:14 pm »
Usually on most any road or trail you might take that crosses into USFS or BLM land there will be prominent and hard-to-miss signs telling you when you are entering and leaving.

I definitely have seen signs for entering/exiting USFS territory, but I've rarely seen them for BLM.

General Discussion / Re: Stealth Camping? Sleep Site!
« on: January 04, 2024, 06:47:15 pm »
I'm curious to hear about these rumors...

Both second hand stories I heard.

In September 2018 I rode from Olympia to Crescent City.  In Brookings I ran into some other cyclists who told me that some folks had their bikes and (nearly?) all their gear stolen from the hiker/biker camp at Harris Beach State Park.

This tripadvisor review also implies that Harris Beach is not a great hang:

That's a definite bummer, and sad to hear that Harris Beach campground has gone downhill. But it sounds like it's thievery in general there than targeted specifically at cyclists. (And I can do without that reviewer's editorializing.) I know they are not common everywhere yet, but I definitely use the lock boxes provided in some hiker/biker sites. They are there more for animal protection, but a padlock will at least be a deterrent for would-be thieves.

General Discussion / Re: Stealth Camping? Sleep Site!
« on: January 03, 2024, 07:40:56 pm »
There is also the "sketch factor".  Some hiker/biker sites (like Riley Creek at Denali, Camp Four at Yosemite, and Partnership Shelter on the AT) are infamous for thefts and sometimes other crimes.  I've heard rumors of thefts at other hiker/biker sites in OR and CA as well. 

I'm curious to hear about these rumors. I've been bike touring around Oregon for almost 20 years (only toured CA once, can't speak much about it) and I've only heard one story about theft at an Oregon hiker/biker. This happened maybe 15 years ago at Devils Lake in Lincoln City on the coast. I was working at the Hawthorne Hostel at the time and someone said they were at the end of their tour and got their bike stolen from there. When I finally checked out that campground a year or so later, I saw that the hiker/biker was a wide open spot on a city street, less than a block and in plain view of US 101. When I stayed there, I opted for a regular campsite instead, which was a bit more secluded. Paying a few more bucks was worth the peace of mind.

General Discussion / Re: camera choice
« on: November 30, 2023, 03:14:09 pm »

Sounds AI-generated.

What's even more interesting is that Alessa3322 keeps on digging up long-dead threads, then rayed responds shortly thereafter, generally with a link to a commercial website. (Or in at least one instance, it's rayed first, then Alessa3322.) Go check their post history. They both have about the same amount of posts, and registered a little over a week from each other in March of this year.

If these two are what they think they are, I find it fascinating that someone/thing finds this a good forum to do that on. But I guess with bots/AI, it doesn't really matter.

General Discussion / Re: Traditional Trans America group tour
« on: November 15, 2023, 04:42:22 pm »
I think PDX pretty much nailed it.  However, I have hope that these "young'uns" might want to start doing "traditional" loaded touring as they get "older".  I wonder why is cyclotouring somewhat common in Europe but not elsewhere?  Probably because of decades of the car mystic, Route 66 (which is ridden by mostly international riders based on who uses us for WarmShowers), shorter vacation periods, and of course, we are lazier and fatter than most Europeans so biking is too hard for most regular folk. 

Perhaps the youth will embrace trad touring in their older age. I agree about Europeans getting more vacation time leading to more touring time. As for the "lazy and fat American" trope that gets trotted out: Perhaps we are lazier because we've designed our lives around car use in a way that Europe or much of Asia hasn't, and since we don't get the copious time off that other countries do, we have less energy for physical activities. As for "fatter", well, as a Clydesdale Cyclist myself, body type does not always equate with touring ability.

General Discussion / Re: Traditional Trans America group tour
« on: November 15, 2023, 03:45:24 pm »
Self-contained touring is not a thing of the past, it's just evolved. There are plenty of young'uns doing it, though they usually call it bikepacking. Those same young'uns are less likely to spend the cash for an organized tour, ACA or not. So it looks like ACA is changing its approach for their tours, aiming at the demographics who have the cash, but want something a tad more luxurious than four-panniers-and-a-handlebar-bag and sleeping on the ground in the tent. Those who have been doing self-contained touring for decades are more likely to do it solo anyway so they don't have to deal with imposed itineraries and folks they don't know.

Pacific Northwest / Re: How to find camping spots
« on: June 21, 2023, 12:40:05 am »
You are making me reconsider doing my own route. Maybe it would be best to follow an ACA route. --Dale

Did you have a map of your proposed route you can share?

Following an ACA route will make things easier, but that's not necessarily a reason to scrap your plans.

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