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Thanks for your prompt answers.


Hi Adventure Cycling Mapping Team,

I have two questions regarding the BC-1513 2010 Map (Section 3, Transam) and the corresponding addendum:

Question 1:
Map 23      
At Hell's Canyon RV Park their store and cafe are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. (Oct 2011)

When reviewing the section, I find that the corresponding map is map 24 and not map 23. Please verify.

Question 2:

Map 32      
Jerry Johnson Campground is closed. (Aug 2011)

When checking this link: it seems that the Jerry Johnson is open anyhow. Could you please check up on that too?


General Discussion / Where do you get water from?
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:21:39 am »
When riding in US, where do you get water from? Do you buy it, do you get it from service station rest rooms, do you ask locals? Or something else.


State Hwy. 14 east of Cedar City is closed due to a landslide and the clearing/reconstruction will extend into the summer of 2012 so there's a detour to get around the closure. See this link for updates:,V:3571

Hi Carla,

When hitting the link, it now says the road is open from 7pm to 7am (night time) and during weekends (after June 1st). Do you know if this also applies for bicycles?


General Discussion / Re: Roadside stand/ camping/ B and B
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:05:28 pm »
Hi Dameyon,

Your idea is great. I wish other farmers would do the same thing as you did right now by contacting "us".

I suggest you get listed on the ACA maps as a primitive camping spot. The primitive camping spots are of extremely great value to many cyclists. Many privately owned campground demand 20-30 dollars for a single tent site - thus it is welcome to camp for free or for a few bucks. Don't overdo it in the beginning (too many services).


I suppose you were amazed by extremely heavy traffic and no shoulders

I have two solutions:

1. Go to ACA site and look at the Atlantic Coast maps. Maybe you can see what route they follow:

2. Plug in the cities in Google Maps and choose the bicycle option. Have you tried that?,+NC,+United+States&daddr=Richmond,+VA,+United+States&hl=en&sll=35.536696,-77.113037&sspn=2.976873,6.355591&geocode=FT0-CgIdeqha-ynVrusNovWpiTEyMAmEOElmXg%3BFXXTPAIdcGti-yntyZlXCRGxiTHFPELibT7Yvw&oq=richmond&dirflg=b&mra=ls&t=m&z=7&lci=bike


Routes / Re: Weather: Transamerica E to W for fast cyclists
« on: April 29, 2012, 07:48:09 pm »
April was also dry. Current snowpack on Hoosier Pass is 36% of average.

Thanks :-)

Routes / Re: Weather: Transamerica E to W for fast cyclists
« on: April 29, 2012, 07:10:07 am »

It's too early to ask. March is our snowiest month. We're below average now, but we could easily be above average in a month.

Hi John,

Any updates on the snow/winter conditions in the Rockies?


General Discussion / Re: "Ranch Roads" in North Texas
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:59:45 am »
Maybe using Google Maps or Google Earth you can zoom in and determine the road conditions??


General Discussion / Re: My TA has begun
« on: April 26, 2012, 04:08:34 pm »
Did you notice in the lower left of the screen there is a "Page 1 of N" display? Look at the other pages.

Off topic:
No, I did not. But now it works. I have to admit: The device itself is beautifully engineered, but the online services are extremely poor. I'm a bit worried that all my friends and relatives will never grasp how the data points are displayed once I give them the link. I mean: If I can't figure it out - how should they?

General Discussion / Re: My TA has begun
« on: April 26, 2012, 10:35:26 am »
Great report and great pics. But why does your SPOT GPS only show data for a very short distance? I will also be carrying a SPOT device on my tour which starts in roughly 35 days and I'm very happy to see how well your device works.


General Discussion / Agriculture on route
« on: April 22, 2012, 03:15:00 am »

Have you been puzzled what crops you see along the way?

With these map collections:

you will know what crops you are passing through when riding in the US.


General Discussion / Re: Student Bicycle Survey! -- Please help!
« on: April 13, 2012, 02:41:55 am »
Explains a lot:

Trek headquarters
Waterloo, Wisconsin
Manufacturing Facility
801 W Madison St
Waterloo, WI 53594

General Discussion / Sierra Cascades: Which clothes?
« on: April 08, 2012, 03:41:18 pm »

As part of my cross country tour I will be doing the Sierra Cascades from North to South. Leaving the Transam in Sisters, OR, I will pick up the Sierra Cascades in the 1st week of July. I know it will be horrendously hot in the southern part. Having crossed the Rockies (where cold weather clothing is needed), I need to know around what location it would be advisable to send home some warm clothes? What about rain gear - what is the chance of rain?

Summer 2000 I did the Pacific Coast: On this trip however, it was often cold and rainy and warm clothes were mandatory.


Gear Talk / Re: Surly Disc Trucker v. LHT
« on: April 06, 2012, 03:23:21 pm »
Off topic:

Spokes have tensile strength of approx 1100 MPa.
Typical spoke diameter is 2 mm.
Lets assume you have 2 wheels both with 36 spokes. On each wheel 18 spokes act as "braking spokes" due to the spoke pattern. In total you have 36 "braking spokes".

Main formula: p=F/A

where p=pressure=tensile strength
A=Cross sectional area

Lets calculate the cross sectional area

A=3,14/4*2^2=3,14 mm^2

F=1100*3,14=3454 N

With a total of 36 braking spokes you have 3454*36=124344 N

which equals 12,6 tonnes.

Now, unless you are able to stop your bike literally within a fraction of a second (=enormous decelleration) I hereby claim that you will never reach the 12,6 tonnes limit. Now, one can extend the calculus with all different kinds of variables, but this was only to show how strong spokes actually are.

As a comparison:

Construction steel tensile strength: 370 MPa
And the beforementioned stainless steel spoke: 1100 MPa

... and even higher for thinner spokes.

Thus, spoke material is 3 times stronger than construction steel.

However, if your spokes have experienced extensive fatigue due to bad/wrong wheel building, a large strain like a downhill brake might just be what is required for a snap. But thats a different story and disc brakes cannot be accused for that matter.

Now, this doesn't mean I run disc brakes myself. I have used disc brakes and they are fun in dry sunny weather in town. I only run hydraulic rim brakes (=Magura). My Maguras have not required any service or a drop of oil for the last 13 years.


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