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Routes / Re: Route from California to Canada - WIND DIRECTION?!
« on: September 27, 2012, 07:33:33 am »
i biked south to north twice last year and it was fine. a lot of people will tell you tales of 80mph winds etc, but really if the conditions are that bad, you're not going to be riding in either direction ;)   in my diary, i only noted two days of strong wind and many other days when the wind was from the south and oncoming cyclists were struggling.

it depends what you're used to i guess, but cyclists like to beef everything up i've found. the miles they've done, the mountains they've climbed and the wind they struggled against. blah blah. it's just nature, get on and do it :)

General Discussion / Re: Looking for help planning my trip.
« on: September 27, 2012, 07:27:44 am »
go on and do it!! my first trip was across america on my own and i'd only been cycling for 8 months previous to that. i'd recommend being able to perform basic bike repairs and take a compass :)

General Discussion / Re: Near miss with truck on Trans-Am
« on: August 13, 2012, 07:13:41 am »
this was a fairly common event on my tour of the states. the road didn't seem busy, but isn't it always the way that when you encounter an oncoming vehicle, there will usually be one passing from behind?  if you value your life, it's not too much trouble to anticipate this and have a quick glance over the shoulder.....

noone is 100% right in this clip, but as someone pointed out.... the laws of physics dictate that you are going to bounce a loooooong way if that thing hits you from behind. i met a lot of truckers in florida especially, who claimed to despise cyclists sharing their road. you can't rely on everyone keeping to the rules. your own safety comes first and that starts with realising you are made of meat and the truck is made of metal.   

a bike brakes much quicker than a speeding truck. get off the road when the horn sounds and you'll live to ride another day :)

Routes / Re: Ideas from San Fran??? End of tour advice needed please.
« on: August 02, 2012, 03:48:32 am »
i highly recommend heading north along the coast for a week. i biked 9000 (ish) miles last year and the coastal section north of san fran was one of the most beautiful rides i've ever had. in fact i did it twice!! you can get transport to wherever you like from oregon :)

Routes / Re: Starting the Southern Tier in June
« on: June 15, 2012, 04:16:18 am »

Thanks bobby! Or your beard. I'm just looking at the ACA map now and am comforted. There seems to be indoor options everywhere... except that stretch you just mentioned. 3 gallons sounds great to me- however what did you do for food? Between palo verde and Blythe there are 3 camp sites and one outpost sort of town in Glamis that I've been to and would hardly rely on to be open. If it isn't open, ACA indicates no supplies for those 100 or so miles

there are often gas stations. normally at least one a day (per 100 miles or less) even in remote places. i normally stock up on muffins, bread and tinned fish so i always have reserve food and they don't take up too much space. there's not too much to worry about in that respect, but just remember that an extra 30 miles feels like a looooong way in 110 heat!!   the owner of the glamis outpost told me it is always open, despite what the locals say. it was in august. but you'll pay a fortune for anything, so just use it for a rest and push on before the sun gets you. the sand dunes are just after here and they were a bit of a climb.  there is zero shade on that route though, so don't rely on the campsites there. they're literally just open desert with a toilet. i urge you to get up very early and do that section in one go.   also, it's a good idea to visit the sherriff and let him know what you're doing. they'll drive by a couple of times. there were a lot of trucks on that road, so you'll never be completely alone.

Routes / Re: Starting the Southern Tier in June
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:10:21 pm »
i did the desert sections in august last summer and really enjoyed it. you need to be a certain type of person, but if you're already considering it, you probably are, haha.  i took a rug with me, so i could sleep on the ground under the stars. amazing :)

i found some of the outposts on the aca maps to be long gone and also a lot of businesses (especially motels) shut down for the summer. you won't meet many bikers either. a lot of rv parks let me stay for free out of sympathy though. a shower is a big deal when you're that hot!

the section between blythe and brawley was the toughest. it hit 116 when i was there. i took 3 gallons of water. and drank lots before i set off. i'd used it all up by 1pm and hadn't gone to the toilet once!

if you think you're up to it, then do it!!!  don't push yourself beyond your limits. plan your days and carry loooooots of water.

the amazing thing about choosing the hot time of year is that you get so much of it all to yourself! i went back in the winter and it wasn't nearly as much fun.

enjoy :)

Routes / Re: UK Rider. Recommendations.
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:30:10 pm »
"but keeping it open enough to improvise and follow locals recommendations and directions. "

ha, the one thing i would wholeheartedly recommend NOT doing in the states, is following the locals directions and recommendations!!!  You'll see........ :D

.....and yes, steinbeck makes a superb travel companion!  :)

Routes / Re: LA (or San Fran) to New York - From March 2012
« on: January 12, 2012, 06:50:39 pm »
i didn't bother with a map for the whole of the pacific coast and i met many people who didn't either. the only times i got lost were around monterey and santa barbara. i did use a compass sometimes though!

Routes / Re: UK Rider. Recommendations.
« on: January 09, 2012, 12:16:31 am »
i think you'd easily have time to do the trans am and the whole california coast. the southern tier is a great cross section too. people forget how diverse that is. pine forests, mountain ranges, the deep south..... certainly not all desert by any stretch.

Routes / Re: LA (or San Fran) to New York - From March 2012
« on: January 09, 2012, 12:09:49 am »
i'm from the uk and have biked from LA to San Fran twice. The wind was absolutely fine on both occassions. Nothing compared to winters on the hills in Somerset. Fog was an issue though, but that occurs in both directions!! It's a beautiful route and I'd recommend doing it!! :)

Routes / Bike Mount Everest.......
« on: December 30, 2011, 08:31:38 pm »
I've read a few things recently about biking Up to base camp one on Mt. Everest.mI've found a couple of very expensive mountain bike tour companys who will carry your gear etc etc in exchange for a kidney.   but does anyone here have any experience of doing this alone, or know of a decent source of information. I'm sure it would take a lot of planning!

And of course, Happy New Year!

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: December 13, 2011, 05:09:45 pm »
4-5 weeks is more than enough. you'll be able to really chill out and keep the miles quite low. the coastal section of route 1 was so nice, i sometimes only managed 10 miles before setting up camp again.  i did south to north early this september and it was mostly very pleasant. hardly any rain and not a lot of wind in either direction. at the weekends the campsites were often full up in places and a few of them were also starting to close up for the winter. if you're headong south, the weather should stay nice for you as the fall draws in.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier in 36 days?
« on: December 10, 2011, 05:16:07 pm »
be sure to update this post with a link to your blog or something when you do. i'll be interested to see your progress :)

Routes / Re: Late start to ST
« on: December 05, 2011, 12:58:36 am »
i just completed it in july and august on a LHT. it was incredibly hot at times (114 in brawley) but also quite pleasant in the mountains. i went from east to west, meaning the sun wasn't in my face the wole time. it makes a big difference. if you know what you're letting yourself in for, then go for it. you'll have a great time! i saw a grand total of zero tourers the whole journey. plenty of local bikers to chat too though. i'd recommend planning your rides day by day and not relying on outposts on the ACAA maps being open. (or even existing) be realistic and don't push for too many miles in the heat.  always carry a LOT of water. a lot of desert rv parks will allow you to camp for free!!  if youhave any questions, feel free to message me :)

Routes / Re: Southern Tier in 36 days?
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:20:06 pm »
i agree, it's your tour and your personal journey and goals. I've made trips where I've averaged 120+ miles per day and others around 30 miles. I've enjoyed both, but it goes without saying that you'll experience much more culture by getting off the road and spending a few days here and there. The southern tier has a lot to offer for both schools of thought.

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