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Routes / Western Adirondacks; Out of the loop, but inside the Blue Line.
« on: September 05, 2013, 11:35:23 am »
I had just this morning been wondering what NYS Rt. 28 was like for cycling between Thendara and Blue Mountain Lake, but the ACA, unfortunately, left this part of the Adirondacks out of their “Adirondack Park Loop”. I hope to come home from MN for a week or so next year (2014) with my road bike. I went to Adirondack Woodcraft Camps near Old Forge as a kid, almost 50 years ago, and I have felt very attached to the Old Forge-Inlet-Blue Mtn,-Long Lake region ever since. I was even licensed to guide in the Inlet-Moose Lake area. Back in 2005 I had done some mountain biking on the TOBIE trails, re-visiting some of my memories from Woodcraft, fishing in the Moose River, camping at Lake Durant. But I have grown to love bicycle travel and touring and need information on roads in the area. I found a very good article on the "Adirondack Explorer" website. Can anyone else out there give me more insight?
It's a beautiful area. I hope it's as beautiful a ride.

Ride safe,

Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: September 01, 2013, 10:15:18 pm »
Riding the TransAm I met a fellow who swore by Cabela's or Brass Pro "fishing shirts" made for being on the water and in the sun all day. My observation was they had great airflow while riding.

Agreed, 110%! I have a bunch of jerseys, mostly from ACA and other clubs I am part of, but when I am riding any real distance, I wear "fishing" or "expedition" shirts. They have an SPF of 40-50 (depending on the brand), are loose fitting and breath very well, and they have pockets! You can get them in long sleeves, which can be rolled up, and the better shirts have straps to hold the sleeves up. If I am riding on the road, I wear yellow (It has become something of a trademark.) and on trails, light green or tan. I also wear baggy shorts, so if I decide to eat at a restaurant, I look like a guy in shorts and a fishing shirt, rather than an over-stuffed sausage in spandex.

Ride safe,

Willard Munger/Hinckley Fire State Trail, Moose Lake, MN

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:42:52 am »
I like gizmos as much as anyone (except maybe my son-in-law), but it is rare I find one that is a "must have". I have a solid Delorme PN-20 GPS for my MTB, and a Garmin Edge 205 on my Bianchi, Discovery. Today, Garmin revealed something new. In the words of Will Smith at the con of the alien spaceship in ID4, "I gotta get me one of these!":

Looking forward to actually being able to check one out first hand.

Ride safe,

I still have not heard about any actions by the prosecutor on this, but ACA posted a link to this video on Twitter today, and I think it may be germain:

Ride safe,

WE WERE NOT THERE to know what happened.  But, I have to wonder when SEVEN cyclists are injured in ONE event, whether there was anything they could have done in the realm of precautions.

Why are you yelling at me, driftless? No, I was not there, but looking at about a dozen photos from the scene, it was a straight, level, open stretch of road, so the driver should have been able to see the riders well in advance. (I am a park ranger, and trained in accident investigation.) Be that as it may, we need to take precautions anytime we ride on the roadway, right? This is tragic, no matter what, but even more so if the driver was distracted for whatever reason. We had another cyclist killed in MN yesterday by a hit-and-run driver. I don't have a good solution; I just think any cycling death is too many.

Ride safe,

Update: The most critically injured rider, 18-year-old Merritt Levitan, from Massachusetts died from her injuries on Thursday, in a Memphis, TN, hospital. Levitan was one of three riders airlifted from the scene. According to the sponsoring group's website, two of the riders have been released from the hospital, and the others remain hospitalized; one is still listed in critical condition. Overland Camps, the sponsor, has decided to cancel the rest of the cross-country trip and arrangements are being made to transport the remaining riders home. Arkansas State Troopers report alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but also that the case has been turned over to the county prosecutor for possible further action.

Sad reminder that whenever you ride on the road, take every precaution you can to stay safe out there, particularly in this era of deadly distracted drivers.

Ride safe,

General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: May 22, 2013, 10:34:19 pm »
I wonder if anyone has experience with Cougars. You know, the four legged kind. :)
I'd be more scared to run into the two-legged kind! ;D Seriously, there was a mountain biker attacked and killed by a (four legged, furry) cougar in California in early 2004, and a 2nd was wounded. Sounded like the cat was actually stalking them before it attacked. But that was the only reported attack I could find.

Ride safe,

Gear Talk / Re: Novara Safari..opinions of ownership
« on: May 03, 2013, 08:57:29 pm »
The geometry changed substantially with the 2009 model. Anyhow, I sold mine to make room for a new mountain bike...and keep my place in the bedroom.

Ride safe,

Routes / Re: Louis and Clark Route - Hwy 12 Lolo Pass Section
« on: May 03, 2013, 08:54:58 pm »
It's L-e-w-is, not Louis (which is my middle name) Meriwether Lewis. Sorry to pick nits, but the Corps of Discovery is my hobby and passion.

Ride safe,

General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 18, 2013, 03:35:30 pm »
That's mean.  ::) I don't think scaring travelers should be the point. Unprovoked grizzly attacks like that are VERY rare, particularly in the Lower 48. I would suggest "Staying Safe In Bear Country" instead.

"Night of the Grizzlies" was important in how it questioned park policy in a number of areas -

1. The intentional or tolerated practice by park service of having garbage to attract bears.
2. The emphasis upon tourist values rather than habitat needs of the bears.
3. The limited outdoor skills of the thousands of seasonal park workers.

"Night of the Grizzlies" had a major impact on public perception.

The book is also 50 years old. There is much better information and science available today.

General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 18, 2013, 03:30:43 pm »
Don't you find it somewhat humorous or ironic that you post this two days after someone set off two bombs at the end of the Boston Marathon?  3 dead, 140+ injured last I heard.

In addition to being a bike patrol park ranger, I am a volunteer bike medic. My teacher when I first started working EMS on bikes was a lieutenant (who is now Deputy Superintendent) in Boston EMS. Being a park ranger is my "2nd career". I was a paramedic for years before this job. I fail to see any irony, humor, or connection with the tragic events in Boston.


General Discussion / Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:03:31 pm »
The Adventure Cycling Association's mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. As a 14-year ACA member, who has been touring since 1996, and a 25-year park ranger, I am really surprised by posts, mostly from riders outside of North America, about fears of two things; bears and rural American residents. The real truth us, there is not a bear behind every tree bush and rock, and the rural countryside is NOT inhabited by people like those in "Deliverance". Moreover, the replies that reinforce those fears are very disappointing, and certainly not very "inspiring" to those whose only exposure to the United States has been from Hollywood or the network news.

Hopefully, those read this will take my suggestion to try an "inspire" bicycle travelers, rather than scare the begeebees (Whatever begeebees are?) out of them.

Ride safe,

General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:38:45 am »
Have you read "Night of the Grizzlies"?
Highly recommended for when you are camping in the Rockies.

That's mean.  ::) I don't think scaring travelers should be the point. Unprovoked grizzly attacks like that are VERY rare, particularly in the Lower 48. I would suggest "Staying Safe In Bear Country" instead.

General Discussion / Re: Bears
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:34:23 am »
As a park ranger, I will tell you that most bear fears are over-rated. I have pulled into a campground on the Chequamegon National Forest (Wisconsin, prime black bear territory) and had a bear run right across the road in front of me, maybe 20 feet away. Never heard or saw a thing out of them the rest of the stay. (Two nights.) Most of the time, consider yourself fortunate to see a bear, black or grizzly. That doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions; I have had friends (former wilderness rangers) who were mauled by a female griz while hiking in Glacier National Park. They were doing everything correctly, and just got into the wrong place at the wrong time. But you are more likely to be struck by lightning then attacked by a bear. Check out the US Forest Service "Be Bear Aware" website for good advice:

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:44:21 pm »
Heartfelt condolences to his wife, family and friends, and the ACA community. We had a number of good exchanges over the years. I'll miss his vast knowlege and expertise.

Hans Erdman

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