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General Discussion / Pacific coast
« on: November 09, 2007, 11:25:01 am »
Hi, I am planning to cycle the Pacific Coast route next year (2008)and would appreciate some advice. I'm English and so will have to travel to the US and have lots of questions !! Bit of background, I am a tourer not a racer and have several long distance European rides under my belt ( Bordeaux - Nice - Camargue / Calais - Geneva / Pyrenees - San Sebastian to the Med) I have got the book by Spring and Kirkendall but have many questions Some are listed below but there will probabaly be more as my planning progresses and your patience would be appreciated. So...
1. Should I start at Vancouver or Seattle?
2. I don't want to cart my bike to the US so would like to buy a bike sight unseen over the web/phone from a good bike shop so when I arrive it's all ready to go - any recommended bikes (I currently ride a custom Roberts tourer) / shops? Would want to sell the bike at the end.
3. Planning starting in May...that OK?
4. What maps are recommended?
5. What clothing is recommended, what is the weather likely to be like?
6. Are there plenty of small hotels, bed and breakfasts etc en route? Would I need to take camping gear?
Any advice would be gratefully received. Also whilst not a natural club rider and I like to go at my own pace (stopping at every cafe !!), usually averaging 50 / 60 miles a day depending on the distractions, it would be nice to meet up with any other riders on the same route.
So, I hope this opens up a rich vein of advice from experienced US riders, look forward to hearing from you folks! Thanks

General Discussion / MY OWN FRANCE TOUR
« on: November 09, 2007, 11:37:06 am »
Hi, I've cycled across France a couple of times and I'd recommend the following:
From the UK take the European Bike Express coach (see their web site) that takes bikes on a trailer down through western France stopping at all the popular starting points (£118 one way good value)Alight at Bordeaux and head east through to Bergerac, the Dordogne, across to the Parc du Volcans, D'Auvergne,Le Puy, Ardeche Gorge, Le Luberon, Grand Canyon  du Verdon, Route Napoleon down to Nice and the South of France. I promise you that you will be amazed, it's wonderful and as the trip progresses it just gets better and better. Let me know if you want to know more but that sort of sums it up...hope you do it and enjoy....

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