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General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:58:20 pm »
There were places with different scenery, but there was at least 1000 miles just like that.

Did you go through Marfa (present routing) or the old way through Fort Davis?

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General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:49:19 pm »
The 'path' map:  there's an outfit called railstotrails.org.  Among other things, they're promoting "The Great American Rail Trail", stretching from coast to coast.

Okay, that's pretty cool but, and it's a big but, 1) it's only ~50% complete and some of the rest is a pipe dream and likely to remain so, 2) it's not a trail but a series of more or less linked individual trails under different auspices with different use rules and different surfaces, and 3) it inefficiently wiggles around, apparently just to use existing paths.

Still and all, one really can ride most of the way from Washington DC to Lincoln, Nebraska, right now in 2021, on motor vehicle-free trails/paths.

Uh, AFAIK, you're on your own making the short roadway connections between some of the trails.  Somebody please correct me if there's a map or compendium or GPX file of the links.

https://www.railstotrails.org/greatamericanrailtrail/route/

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General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:07:09 am »
If motor vehicle-free trails/paths appeal, one can ride the majority of the distance from Washington, D.C. to Lincoln, Nebraska on trails.


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General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:00:48 am »
A buddy who has spent his life touring N. America & operated a cycletouring company for a while gave his top recommendation as the Black Hills and Badlands.  Perhaps (west to east) Northern Tier to Lewis & Clark and pick up the new Parks, Peaks & Prairies in Yellowstone?

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If you haven't biked Going to the Sun Road in Glacier N.P. - it's worth it.

Hmm.  Going to Sun vs. Beartooth Highway?  Opinions?   ;)

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General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 24, 2021, 10:45:38 am »
...his favorite was the Southern Tier.  I liked the food and the people, but found the scenery mostly underwhelming...I rode it San Diego to Pensacola in mid Feb to mid Mar...It was a long grind with brown nothingness day after day way too much of the time for me.

To be fair, the Southern Tier crosses the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts - and you rode it in late winter!  At other times, a Southern Tier rider could catch the North American bird migration - and the Monarch butterfly migration! - fall color, the deserts in bloom, Texas exploding in wildflowers, even the azaleas & wisteria of the South.   :)

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General Discussion / Re: how steep is the grade of the Golden Gate Bridge
« on: February 23, 2021, 08:59:50 am »
The pedestrian/cycling decks on either side make two ungenerous 90º turns getting around the towers.

But that gives you a moment to appreciate the towers' magnificence.

Perhaps a nice detail to include if, hypothetically, one were writing a novel where the protagonist was riding across the bridge.  Pause at the first to consider life up to this point; pause at the second to consider life to come.   :)

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General Discussion / Re: Free Ranging Dogs and the Cyclist
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:59:52 pm »
Wild dogs??? I have lived in Budapest for 20 years and never heard or experienced wild dogs. Not in Hungary, Austria, Slovakia,... It sounds like an urban legend to me, or a one-time event that has been over-blown.

Dervla Murphy recorded in her classic cycletouring travelog "Full Tilt" that she was attacked in a Yugoslavian snowstorm by either wild dogs or wolves.  Hmm, 1962?  She handled the situation by doing something that will get you reprimanded on Bike Forums if you mention it, and possibly get your post removed.

IIRC she applied the same remedial action to a fellow who broke into her little hotel room in SW Asia.


PS - Her account of arriving at the Wali Ahad's palace in Swat is, for my money, the funniest cycletouring story ever.

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General Discussion / Re: how steep is the grade of the Golden Gate Bridge
« on: February 22, 2021, 07:13:11 pm »
The pedestrian/cycling decks on either side make two ungenerous 90º turns getting around the towers.


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Ach!  Sorry.  This got away from me somehow.

Okay, first, there's no right and wrong way.  If someone's goal is to blaze across the country, hey, that's their ride and more power to them. 

Anyway, Adventure Cycling member and contributor John Rawkoski talked about his 'savor the experience' style of touring in the feature interview in Adventure Cycling, August 2003, and mentioned the 40 mile/day soft target then.  I think it was a Bicycling magazine interview back in the 1980s where he suggested mile-eating tourists might consider long daily rides around home with the advantage they'd have a comfortable bed and good food every night.   ;D

Englishman Tom Vernon was a social commentator, musician, epicurean and the 'Fat Man on a Bicycle'.  He wrote a couple of books under that moniker and even made a number of BBC television programs of his tours, some of which were shown on American PBS. The quote was something he said on one of his six-part 'Fat Man in France' series as he spontaneously stopped to investigate something interesting along the country lane he was riding.  I believe one of the 'Fat Man in France' episodes is on Youtube.

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General Discussion / Re: Communication
« on: February 11, 2021, 08:08:36 pm »
If your group/partners got separated/scattered in the old days on the TransAm Trail, you flagged down opposite-direction riders and asked, "Have you seen..." and described them.   :)

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General Discussion / Re: Getting to your start with all your stuff
« on: February 08, 2021, 09:22:02 pm »
True folding bikes are allowed on any Amtrak train, any station.  But it has to be a real folding bike, with folded size less than specified dimensions (which are generous).  A 26" wheel folder probably won't fit.

Changebike, Dahon, Montague and Tern 'big wheel' folding bikes can all pack up under the Amtrak folded bike size limit.

A 'rinko' bike does not meet the letter of Amtrak's folded bike guidelines.

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I am new to cycling and would like to work up to 100 miles a day so I can do some trips on the Rails to Trails across the US.

World cycletourist John Rakowski opined that somewhere north of 40 miles/day a rider begins to lose the experience of being where they are.  If you lose the experience of where you are while off and away bike touring, his advice was to just stay home and put the big daily rides in there.

Tom Vernon's First Law of Bicycling:  'A bicycle is not for going.  A bicycle is for stopping.'    :D

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General Discussion / Re: Getting to your start with all your stuff
« on: February 05, 2021, 08:11:11 pm »
Amtrak can be a good option or a terrible one depending on when and where...

And there is Amtrak's whole 'only stations that offer checked baggage service' thing.

Maybe Brompton Mafia has the right idea:

https://www.facebook.com/BromptonMafia/posts/651591201599714

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General Discussion / Re: TOURING AFTER COVID
« on: February 04, 2021, 11:49:49 am »
Something the Adventure Cycling coverage of e-bikes has completely glossed over is legality.

Mostly, 'it's all good'.  The only place I've heard of riders of Class 1, 2, or 3 e-bikes having any run-ins with the law is in NYC.

This is not to say touring on an e-bike is technically legal everywhere.  The 50 United States do not begin to have uniform e-bike laws.  As a worst case, a class 1 e-bike rider could leave Atlanta on the Silver Comet bike trail legally.  Crossing the state line into Alabama on the contiguous trail, the rider is instantly riding an unlicensed motorcycle on a non-motorized vehicle only path without an operator's license or insurance.

If an e-bike was right for my cycletouring, I wouldn't let this deter me.  Just be informed.

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Routes / Re: New Orleans to Chicago
« on: February 03, 2021, 01:48:00 pm »

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