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Gear Talk / Night reflective material source
« on: February 11, 2008, 04:42:22 pm »
Just found, just ordered a few items from reflectivelyours to customize my reflectivity visibility from the rear, both sides and front.
Don't know what I'll do yet, but should be fun. My Trike flags with reflection for sure.


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Routes / Yuma to Gila Bend,AZ
« on: February 02, 2008, 02:57:39 am »
So if you got me from Joshua Tree to Yuma, perhaps you also can route me to Gila Bend on my way to Organ Pipes Cactus National Monument?
How about the seconday (tertiary? tracks?) roads on the north or south side of the Gila River?
I'm on a recumbent tadpole trike pulling a BOB trailer.  Most any maintained road is makeable.  Freeways are extremely difficult.

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This message was edited by tytrike on 2-2-08 @ 5:03 PM

Routes / Joshua Tree to Yuma
« on: February 02, 2008, 02:52:16 am »
I'd like a secondary road route from the south exit of Joshua Tree National Park to a Colorado River crossing at Yuma.  Perhaps to the east shore of the Salton Sea then secondary roads.  I'm on a recumbent tadpole trike pulling a BOB trailer - freeways aren't so good.

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Routes / Big Sur - Mogollon Rim - Fredonyer Pass
« on: January 28, 2008, 05:08:55 am »
South Surrey, near Vancouver BC
A trip :-)
Part I: my profile
Part II: the route
 Big Sur, CA to Fredonyer Pass, CA the longer way via Organ Pipes NM, AZ then Grand Canyon NP, AZ.
This will follow the season of Spring the enter loop, won't it?
Leave home on Tadpole and BOB trailer loaded from South Surrey, BC on March 19,2008
Drive Tadplole and trailer loaded into a rented one-way van in Bellingham, WA
Drive to Palo Alto into the care of family who on March 23, deposit all at Big Sur, California.
March 24, I start pedaling some 2500 miles over 80 days (more or less)
 Part I:  Following is a description of my ways.
 My ways seems to work out differently than described, usually better if well advised.
 It's  Trike-Packing (equivalent of Back-Packing) on a Tadpole pulling a BOB trailer.
    Single person,    Self-supporting,     Sleuth campsites 3 of 4 nights.
     Trip legs are 270 miles each, pedaling  6 out of 9 days ,   doing 45 mi.& 2500 foot rise / day  
Trikers knowledge about trike useable roads
    State, County, 3 numeral, Named, Land Management, Forest Service, National Parks, Indian Nations Lands.
    Light traffic (days)
    Maintained gravel OK but not forever.
    ANY HILL is OK, but levels before sunset..
Sturdy simple gear and kits [I'm OK]
    Apt for 3 Seasons and rain
    Full(er) repair kit
    Water for 3 days
Cyclists campsites (1 of 4 nights)(Battery charging)
Local secrets (like hot pools)
Pushing the loaded rig
Trike unuseable roads:
    Interstates and most US Highways
    Any RUMBLE strips
    High volume, narrow shoulders
    Rutted 2-track roads
Urban areas
Eating out
Part II: Here goes 2500 miles
Big Sure to Guadalupe.  East over the Coast Mountains, touch the farms of the Central Valley and rise to Tehachape Pass, the south tip of Sierra Nevada
***** From Tehachapi, I think I should head for Joshua Tree National Park (NP) and hang-out there a day or two.
The East Slope of the San Bernadino Mountains appears to be highlyl populated = many roads and unkown campsites.
Barstow may be an alternative?
***** From leaving Joshual Tree to crossing the Colorado to Gila Bend, AZ before going south to Organ Pipes National Monument (NM),
no matter which route and roads, it looks like a compromise. Nothing strikes me as preferred or even desireable EXCEPT it is the Sonoran Desert.
***** Splitting between Tuscon and Phoenix  to Catalina, AZ, I'd be looking at one of the edges of the earth The Mogollon Rim.  
 From my hours on the internet exploring this phenomena, maybe I'll just stay there ... anyway I added one leg to my trip to just hang out .
From Eager to Strawberry, several roads access the crest, SR260 partially follows the crest, partially drops below.  It looks like a maintained Forest Service Road goes from Strawberry to Forest Lakes right on the crest.  I'm thinking sort of a figure-8, high and low, over its 100 miles length.
Then, say Show Low ,AZ  to the Pertrified Forest NP over the Painted Desert on Navajo Nation Lands to Grand Canyon
LEGS 7, 8, 9
The rest of this trip is like being home, only I'll get to places I want to be only had made choices to go other ways.
Kanab, UT - SR14 above Zion NP - Cedar City - Extraterrestial Hwy,NV - Tonopah - Austin - Lonliest Hwy - Pyramid Lake - Susanville - Fredonyer Pass. (North tip Sierra Nevada)
The ***** legs above need more clarity , especially getting to  Joshua Tree and Organ Pipes.
If you have trikers knowledge about 3-wheeler useable roads, features to visit, local secrets, good cyclist campsites NAND about roads to avoid, places to skip... might you let me know?
South Surrey, near Vancouver BC



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This message was edited by tytrike on 1-28-08 @ 8:08 AM

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