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General Discussion / Re: Any 'cycling in print' collectors?
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:12:46 pm »
Cycling became extremely popular around 1880-1910 in the USA. There are many old newspaper articles online. I have read quite a few of them. I discovered I had an ancestor who was an avid member of the Century Wheelmen in Pennsylvania. Google around and you should find lots of information.  If it is original articles you collect, that is another matter.

I used DMSO on a bike tour of the PCBR. It was miraculous. It saved my tendon and my bike trip.

General Discussion / Re: USA immigration
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:02:47 pm »
Try to get a waiver. Tell them what you are doing and about the uncertain timing of your journey. Contact Immigration / INS and see about getting a waiver. Rules are not set in stone. I believe you can apply for an extension of time once you are in the US. Then, if they extend, change the departure date on your trip back to the UK, if that is where you will go. It might cost to change departure dates. Check with the airline. I have heard that if you can prove financial security, exceptions can be made.

I remember, in China where I worked a long time, poor people encountered extreme difficulty getting any visas to the USA. People who were well off got visas easily. The reasoning is that rich people are much less likely to become economic refugees. Not that you have to be rich.

General Discussion / Southern Tier---Non ACA
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:41:38 pm »
I will take another shot at cycling the southern tier. I have done it five times. The beginning of the new year is good for a start. For the most part I follow a route different from ACA's, mainly because mine is shorter, less hilly, and almost as interesting. East coastal Florida to San Diego is the way to go. Instead of taking hwy 90 across north Florida I take 98 to 267 to 20. I take 90 through AL, MS and LA to Tammany Trace to Covington, LA. Then I get 190 and find my way to Houston, and get I-10 frontage roads and 90 to San Antonio. From here I can Take I-10 and roads to El Paso and Las Cruces and I-10 to Yuma, AZ.After that is the road from hell to Ogilby Road,and then west to hwy 78 and Glamis and Ocotillo and then hysterical hwy 80 to Pine Valley and roads into San Diego.

On my last trip my cyclometer turned over to 2803 miles as I pulled up to the Point Loma hostel in S.D. I think it's going to be a cold trip.

I can take different roads from the roads mentioned here. Being a 68-year-old man traveling alone, I usually take the path of least resitance.

DMSO--------It works very well.

According to this epidemiologist, and he reiterates this many times throughout the the entire book, approximately fifty per cent of communicable diseases can  be completely avoided by frequent hand washing.

There is a book "The Secret Life of Germs" by a famous epidemiologist. He gives many good tips on how and where pathogens gather and multiply. The book is loaded with advice on what to do and what not to do to avoid contracting diseases. For one bit of advice, wash hands thoroughly after using the restroom. When you leave the restroom, grasp the door handle with a paper towel. Do not touch it with your bare hands. Many people do not wash their hands after using the toilet. And what is the last thing they touch when leaving the restroom?

General Discussion / Re: Absolute necessities?
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:32:04 pm »
Maps or a phone GPS is fine. You might want to GPS your way through cities and write the route down before departing. That way you can read your way through cities. Either maps or GPS work. Food, clothing and shelter are necessities. You must have some method for finding the way.

General Discussion / Re: UK Trip Planning...John O'Groats to Lands End
« on: September 03, 2017, 03:54:59 pm »
There are excellent books of maps of the UK. They are highly detailed, inexpensive and light. I suggest you use quiet country lanes of which the UK has many. I cycled the UK for a long time. The country lanes are the way to go.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Storage During Trip
« on: May 29, 2017, 03:25:07 pm »
Storage areas often have space available. Tell them what you are doing. They may cut you a good deal or even let you leave it there at no charge.

You would have to use what's available. There might be warm shower hosts along the coast. There might be couch surfing hosts. I did the PCBR and mostly free-camped. I got showers in state parks. I used hostels four times---SF, Santa Cruz, Venice Beach, and Jim's in SD. I believe Jim's is not there anymore.

General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 16, 2017, 04:40:26 pm »
Back in 1990 I started north from SE coastal FL on May 1st and reached Bangor, Maine May 22nd. I took two days off the road due to rain. The prevailing wind then was south to north. I do not think I could make it in that time again. I can feel the age.

There are plenty of state parks with hiker-biker sites. They are quite inexpensive. There are hostels.

General Discussion / Re: Pannier Discussion
« on: June 29, 2016, 08:31:29 pm »
You might use lesser panniers. Get some aluminum sheets and fix them inside. However, it is not necessary to use sheets that cover the entire inside wall. Strips connected from the outside will stiffen it just fine.

General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« on: June 29, 2016, 08:28:06 pm »
I used to carry a spare tire. That was when I used less expensive tires. For example, with cheap tires you might use 4 on the rear and three on the front from Florida to California. With cheap tires, if you get a small slit, it gradually gets larger, and eventually it balloons up, and starts twisting off the rim. Thump bump thump bump thump on every revolution. There are millions of bits and pieces on the road to pierce tires.
With stronger tires, Schwalbe Marathon, the tires can take several pierces and slits. They hold together. You need only one set from coast to coast. I used to carry a spare. The last few tours I did not because I used tires that were stronger and more reliable.

Don't go anywhere without a patch kit, levers, and a pump, no matter what kind of tires.

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