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Routes / Re: Southern Tier.
« on: September 29, 2009, 05:32:48 am »
Hi finished ST earlier this year and loved it.  If you need to speed up a bit try the 192 from just passed Kent across Texas to St Francisville La  Great road and places to stay, look out for the best burgers at Red Chilli  a shack along the route.  As for the folk in Texas and along the route I have to say I found everyone just great, so friendly and never felt threatened in any way. 

Can't wait to get back to see you guys again next year planning Orlando to Vancouver.

General Discussion / Re: boredom on cross-country?
« on: September 29, 2009, 05:22:50 am »
Can I join in with a big NOPE.  Have only done the Southern Tier in USA but I found it just so fascinating everywhere.  Enjoy those long roads that stretch out in front seemingly forever as either a challenge or wonderful invite to freedom from the daily pressures.  (Coo dropping back into my hippy dippy mode here from the 6o's) Sure can be hard at times and even when holed up in some grot bag motel room because of the weather - just enjoy the rest.

At the end of my last trip I was ready to turn round and do it all again as such a nice life on the road. This is despite having a very happy home & family life so not escaping anything.

My advice would be take it easy, smell the roses, stop and talk - that damn hippy stuff back again if only I still had the hair!

Gear Talk / Re: Info on Trainers please
« on: September 29, 2009, 05:06:12 am »
Hi Guys,
thanks for all your input, much appreciated and will go ahead with getting a trainer thanks to your help. 
Point taken about keeping fit which I do and I use the rowing machine regularly.

Plan to use it when the live soccer is on TV to help with the boredom.

Getting a trainer is as much about breaking in my new Brookes saddle as well as keeping fit.  Is this a bit pathetic?  But the thought of setting off from Florida to Vancouver next spring with an unused Brookes doesn't bear thinking about.

Gear Talk / Info on Trainers please
« on: September 24, 2009, 06:16:34 am »
So as the winter here in UK draws in need to continue to train ready for Florida to Vancouver next spring.

Can anyone give me advice on trainers - have decided against a roller set up.  Looking at a budget trainer as don't need anything fancy - just something to sit on and keep riding fit and break in new Brookes saddle!

Thanks Tony

Gear Talk / Re: Advice for new member
« on: September 22, 2009, 10:02:09 am »
Hi,  if your plans are to keep to mainly roads then would recommend have your wheels built, I cross the spokes over 4 times to take the weight.  and ride a 32C kevlar tyre. Drop handle bars give you a chance to change your riding position and keep some movement in your back etc plus great if hitting head winds or steep slope.  Hang onto your gears - oh and for me definately keep your fenders - keeps you clean and dry so important especially if camping.
Have fun.

General Discussion / Re: question for transam riders
« on: September 22, 2009, 09:51:19 am »
Hi BBH - a word of warning!  I did my first trip at 15 UK to Yugoslavia - anyone remember Yugoslavia!  On my own, once that travel bug gets you oh boy you are hooked.  So listen to the two guys above and go for it - I prefer alone.  Now 62 just finished Southern Tier and planning Florida to Vancouver next spring. You have a great time and encourage all you youngsters to travel.

General Discussion / Re: older riders
« on: September 18, 2009, 11:09:44 am »
Hey Barb, congrats - great fun eh?

Routes / Re: SE to NW or NW to SE - ?wind direction
« on: September 16, 2009, 12:48:25 pm »
Great help many thanks - will probably have to go SE to NW because need to leave April to be back in UK by the end of July. I think that the weather would be too cold in April to start from Vancouver, and too hot by the time I reach Florida, however, if you still think it is doable please let me know.

Gear Talk / Re: fenders....fairly lame question.
« on: September 14, 2009, 06:35:52 am »
Hi I always use fenders - it's not so much the getting wet for me but muck that the tyres throw up off the road and getting things clean is sometimes a problem when camping.  So my vote is to keep the mud and muck off me as much as possible.

Routes / SE to NW or NW to SE - ?wind direction
« on: September 08, 2009, 04:34:44 pm »
Trying to find what would be the most favourable way to go between Florida  and Vancouver and not have to battle head winds all the way. Is is heading north or start from Vancouver?

Planning to leave mid April 2010
 Does anyone have any experience/knowledge of this?  Be very grateful for any pointers.

Thanks Tony

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks saddle break in period
« on: September 06, 2009, 03:08:16 pm »
Hi guys does anyone know where to buy a fleece saddle cover - I have used one years ago and really helped in the hot (dry) weather to keep me comfortable.  Can't track anyone who makes them down.  Just got a new Brooks so need a bit of comfort to start with!

Routes / Re: Riding across America
« on: September 04, 2009, 05:04:54 pm »
Hi, only ever done the ST but crossed Canada previously.  Enjoyed ST more as country side more varied.  Def go west to east as should pick up some good tail winds (not always though) Plus you can cut distance off from the ACA route by crossing Texas from Kent to St Francisville La following the 190 (hope I have that right - will check later) Don't go passed Red Chilli birger stand - great!!!

Be interested in what route the tour group is taking - good luck and enjoy.

Routes / Re: Orlando to Banff any cheats, hints, or helps
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:29:02 pm »
Hi Amy, very interested as to how you got on and the route you took.  I guess by now you will have finished the trip.  I plan to do a trip very similar next spring.  Although I live in UK I have a holiday home in Celebration, Kissimmee .  Any tips would be much appreciated.

Thanks Tony

General Discussion / Re: Tips on keeping a touring group together
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:17:58 pm »
Having toured with a group from the ACA Companions Wanted list - I would always prefer to be on my own.  Not because there was anything wrong with  any of the guys.  It was just that we all had different ideas about speed and distance and duration, despite being very clear at the outset what kind of ride it would be.  Virtually at the start the group split into two, two guys got into a scuffle! Some dropped out along the way and the best time I had was when the last person dropped out half way and I finished off on my own.  Prior to this I had done several long distance ride around the world on my own, so I guess that is what suits me.

Again don't get me wrong as I am still in touch with most of the group as we remain friends.
Ps check out anyone who snores as you need a good nights sleep as against saving money on motel rooms :)

Routes / Re: Riding across America
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:03:32 pm »
Hi, is it me or doing the ST in 40 days seems amazing - having just taken 3 months to do it.  I do tend to meander and talk to people a bit much, but fortunately don't have the time restrictions you have. For me unsupported gives me those options.  With such a short time would agree go unsupported and do as much as you can while smelling the roses.  And pick up where you left off next time. And spend the money you don't pay the tour companies on nice motel each night!!

Whatever you decide have a great time as there is nothing like it.  Mmm have to say having someone carry your gear does have a certain appeal! Good luck

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