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General Discussion / Re: The Cyclist Food Guide
« on: March 03, 2010, 10:45:07 pm »
I'm kind of the opposite.  When exercising all day, I don't have to eat as carefully as when at home.  In fact, one of the great things about touring is that I can allow myself more sweets, treats, caffeine, etc.  The hard exercise just seems to burn it all up, while at home if I don't eat right, I feel it for hours.

Good luck with your situation.  I'm sure you can make it work with careful planning.

General Discussion / Re: Passing other tourist riders
« on: March 03, 2010, 12:13:59 am »
I also enjoy talking to the Harley riders - especially camping near them, guaranteed to entertain.

Definitely.  I camped in Montrose, CO.  There were four Harley riders there.  There was one male-female couple. 

I had a funny experience camping next to a Harley couple in a campground at Biggs Jct on the Columbia River.  I had ridden over a mountain pass, fully loaded, and done 83 miles.  When asked, I told them that, and they proudly announced that they had ridden over 250 miles on their Harley, and boy, now that was a tiring experience! The guy actually asked me then if I agreed that surely 250 miles on their bike was more of a ordeal than just 80 on my pedal bike?  I just said, "It all depends". 

General Discussion / Re: Cycle lane or another sad joke
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:37:27 am »
A real problem with bike lanes in the northwest is that all winter and for a good part of the spring, the lane is full of sand, dirt, broken glass and other garbage.  The sand and dirt is from the sanding for ice/snow and often does not get cleaned off until May of June.   I really rely on a mirror so I know when I have to get off the road and onto the lane.

Routes / Re: LA to SF in Feb?
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:32:15 am »
Meteorogically, the winds from the north on the coast usually kick up in April/May.  There can be storms in Feb-March, and you have to be prepared to deal with them.  On the other hand, you could get perfect weather the whole time this time of year.  I ride in the Monterrey area every March, and I'd say 3/4 of the days are good riding days, and most of the other ones are rideable.  Only occassionally is the weather bad enough that I don't ride, and that almost never lasts more than a day or two.

Of course, I live in the mountains of Washington State and ride all winter as long as there's no ice on the roads.  going to California in March is like a dream for me after a long winter.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Portland Route
« on: February 28, 2010, 11:37:21 pm »
There are lots of ways to get from Seattle to Portland. If time is mot a big factor, I'd go across Puget Sound on a ferry and ride up to Port angeles and around the Olympic Peninsula then across the bridge to Astoria and then east to Portland.  Thaer are much faster, more direct ways that basically parallel I-5.  The STP every July does this, and its about 200 miles.  I did in one day on the group ride, and it was awesome, even though I got no sleep the night before.  I did sleep the next night!  The Cascade Bicycle Club sponsors this ride. You could get more specific route specs from them, I would think.  Many variations on that route would be possible with a good map.

General Discussion / Re: My Idea
« on: February 27, 2010, 11:25:43 pm »
1) There are several good routes.  The Trans America and Northern Tier are the most commonly used summer routes.  Southern tier would be very hot.
2) On average, 2-3 months.
3) Cost depends on whether you intend to camp or "credit card" it.  I assume you'll camp since you asked about camping.  Campgrounds vary from about $5/ night up to about $20/ night. Most tourers occassionally use a motel to excape bad weather or just for a break and some creature comforts, laundry, etc.  Food is cheap if you prepare it yourself, much more of you eat out a lot.
4) I have "commando" camped many times.  You must be very sure you're out of sight of roads, houses, etc.

The weird people thing is a rarity in bike touring.  In 30 years, I've only had to deal with it once, but I'm not a single woman.  There were four of us guys the time we had a minor scare.  You can always try to get a partner.  This site has a section for that.

It would be a good idea to check out other tourers' experiences.  There are several web sites for this.  The best known one is "Crazy guy on a bike". Google it for exact address.


General Discussion / Re: Passing other tourist riders
« on: February 27, 2010, 11:12:44 pm »
I usually wave and call out a greeting.  Usually, we both keep going, but sometimes you both slow down and then stop and visit awhole.

General Discussion / Re: Getting time off work?
« on: February 24, 2010, 10:42:49 pm »
I am a high school math teacher, and after getting my Masters degree I was done with summer school and therefore have had time off to bike, hike and climb.  I love teaching, but frankly, one of the reasons I went into it was so I could have more time off to be with my family and go on adventures.  I wil retire in four months now and have had lots of practice filling my time with activities.  I've been biking for 50 years and hiking and climbing for 40. 

Most people I know who do have these kinds of lifestyles have jobs where they have some control over their time--teachers, construction workers, etc.  However, some have situations where they have good relationships with their bosses and are allowed to take long times off even from jobs with more traditional schedules.

« on: February 24, 2010, 10:29:07 pm »
I work out indoors, too, but have to get outside to feel good.  Where I live (in the mountains of Washington State) I have to go out in the dark to get out, because I get home in the dark for part of the year.  I really enjoy being out there all alone at night in our rural area.  The stars on a dark road and the sound of night--a distant barking dog, the train whistle off in town--are sublime.

« on: February 23, 2010, 11:34:34 pm »

  Let's hope I notice pot holes when out on the bike.

Me too.  Tonight I did  not notice the pothole and got my first flat in 8 night, in the rain...bummer.

It ended well.

General Discussion / Re: Hello, and a newbie question
« on: February 14, 2010, 12:51:10 pm »
What I've figured out is that full support is just that--they haul all the gear and do all the food.  I've done this, and it's great.  Van supportseems to mean they haul the gear but they mention "shared cooking", so there's some culinary participation.  I'm sue if you ask them, you can get exact definitions.

Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:22:29 pm »
Hmmmm.  Tis suspicious. And weird syntax, too.   I think Whittierider's on to something.

Gear Talk / Re: Rectangular vs mummy sleeping bag
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:17:51 pm »
I agree with Staehpj. Touring with minimal weight makes such a difference, and the new lightweight bags also stuff into much smaller bundle. 

General Discussion / Re: Your first long distance tour...
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:15:11 pm »
Yup, I retire in June this year, and plan to do a cross-country tour in the summer of 2011.  It may be tricky, though, because although we've raised our kids and they are independent, I as starting to do quite a bit of taking care of parents!  I do have siblings, so we should be able to figure out a schedule that will work.

Urban Cycling / Re: top bicycle-friendly cities and towns
« on: February 11, 2010, 11:10:58 pm »
Yes, I remember hearing about Davis about 20 years ago.  I've never biked there, though.  I think I will check it out on my next trip to California, though.

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