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General Discussion / Is the ST Near Mexico Safe?
« on: May 07, 2012, 02:19:44 pm »
For years cyclists have come to this forum asking about how safe it is to cycle alone cross country. Many have asked about the safety of the Southern Tier, and more particularly about the extent of the ST near Mexico. A long time ago I mentioned the rampant drug violence across the border. At that time I had been on this forum for a long time. I hadn't noticed anyone's mentioning the drug violence before then. Perhaps they had, but I sure did not see it. After I wrote about it as a sort of "be wary" post, some came on here and said that some of the places I had mentioned were safe and good places for tourists. Nuevo Laredo was one place I had in mind that someone said was OK. I mentioned some other small town which someone insisted was safe where later occurred a mass human slaughter. Here is the latest from Nuevo Laredo.

Fourteen headless bodies were found in a van.  Nine others were found hanging from a bridge. You can use the link or just google the story.

General Discussion / ST Route in 54 Days
« on: March 08, 2012, 02:34:24 am »

I did the ST in winter. Temperatures hit record lows that winter.

Routes / Storms Destroying East Coast
« on: May 28, 2011, 01:56:45 pm »
You might already know this. Killer storms are tearing through the eastern seaboard. These are severe thuderstorms with rain, hail, and some tornadoes, and winds of over 60 mph. Deaths and flooding have been reported. The storm fronts reach from Vermont to Georgia. That covers most of the ACBR. I have been caught out unawares in storms of such magnitude. I now carry a weatherband radio. Just a heads up.

Routes / Free Meals--Stuart, Florida--Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 16, 2011, 06:45:23 pm »
Just stop in at any of these churches when they are serving in Stuart.

Monday-Sat. Salerno Methodist 4899 SE Ebbtifde, Port Salerno 1-3 pm
Saint Joseph Church  200 E. 10th St. 772-287-2727 Mon. 5-6 pm
1st United Meth. Church 500 S. Kanner Hwy. / SR 76 in Stuart Tues. 5-6 pm 772-781-0223
Tues 6-7 pm. 1st baptist Church on Jensen Beach. NE Jensen Beach Blvd. 772-334-2202
Wed. 4:45 -6:00 pm. St. Mary's Episcopal. East Ocean blvd. Stuart. 772-287-3244
Wed. 5-6 pm. St. Martin de Porres Catholic
NE Savannah Road, Jensen. 772-334-6233
Thurs. 5:15-6:15 Redeemer Lutheran. 2450 East Ocean Blvd. Stuart. 772-286--0911
Friday 6-7 pm. Sheppard's Park SW side of US 1 on Frasier Creek near south end of Roosvelt Bridge. 772-287-7422.
Saturday 5-6 pm. Salvation Army. 100 MLK Blvd. Stuart. 772-288-1471
Sunday 4:30-6:30. Immanuel lutheran. Martin Downs Blvd. just west of Mapp Rd. Palm City. 772-287-8188.
Some numbers from addresses are missing because the printout I got off a table came that way, with some numbers missing. This list was updated as of March 30, 2011. It should be accurate.

General Discussion / New Mexico The Bicycle Friendly State
« on: January 29, 2011, 11:50:28 pm »
 Welcome crunch crackle thump bump To New Mexicocrunch bump bump crackle pop pop pop The Bicycle crack whack snap crackle pop Friendly State

I don't know for sure what NM means when they call themselves the bicycle friendly state, but I know what that doesn't mean, and it doesn't mean anything to do with their maintenance of the safety side lanes on the interstate traversing their state east to west--west to east. That much I do know. Bicycle friendly that most definitely is NOT. Bicycle indifferent is a lot more like it. Bicycle hating is an even more accurate where that route is the matter. Avoid it if you can.

General Discussion / Might be seeking cycling partner.
« on: January 17, 2011, 04:39:21 am »
There's another section for this somewhere, I know, but being somewhat doltish pertaining to using web sites and such, I thought I would mention it here.

I might be cycling the ST again east to west again from FL to coastal California. My last such trip was from Dec 7, 2009 to Jan 30, 2010. This new tour would be in the winter of thereabouts in 2011-2012. Starting perhaps in Dec or Jan.
I am considering only a female companion. I know a woman in FL who is interested in cycling to Key West and back, 500 miles, but for her a transcon is totally out of the question.

General Discussion / Recovery drinks and Cytomax.
« on: June 03, 2010, 11:46:07 am »
This past winter I cycled fully loaded and camped most of the nights from east coastal Florida to San Diego, California for fifty-five days. At the age of sixty I admit Texas hill country north of Austin, not ACA's route, was beginning to get the best of me.  In a small Texas town a young fellow beeped his horn at me and asked me to pull over. I did in a parking lot. He had a touring / road bike mounted on a carrier on the trunk of his car. He had done some touring. He told me about it. I told him about what I was doing.
He had some Cytomax in a plastic jug which he offered to me. He advised me to try it. It was a few days' supply, and man did it ever make a difference. It was like a shot in the arm with a powerful drug. My energy problems were over except I had to get all the way into El Paso before there was a shop that sold it.

After a long day in the saddle traversing roller coaster roadways and sometimes side and head winds I really needed an infusion of energy. In the mornings starting out I felt somewhat fatigued. I found the way to eliminate that discomfort by slugging down a powdered protein mixed with milk, Powerade, or water immediately as the day's cycling ended.

The Cytomax made a very perceptible and positive difference in the daily cycling regimens. The protein drink made a very big positive difference in the way I felt for cycling the following mornings

General Discussion / Florida Heritage Overseas Bicycle Trail
« on: May 10, 2010, 04:05:15 pm »
I have just done the Keys for the eighth time. This time I photographed and paid attention to bike trail conditions. The trail is really a dedicated bike path in some stretches. For the most part it does not qualify as a bike path at all, but the ride can be done easily enough. It is not bad. It just is not a full bike path. Some areas show no consideration for bike travel at all.

General Discussion / On the Southern Tier
« on: December 21, 2009, 10:27:54 am »
I have been cycling the ST since Dec 7. I should be in TX, but rain held me up and I am in Louisiana. I just finished the Tammany Trace last night. It is cold at night with frost on the ground. My number 1-772-485-1403. The weather is sunny and bright in daytime but is expected to get rainy again by Wednesday.

Gear Talk / Marathon tires. Schwalbe. Tires. Wheels.
« on: October 06, 2009, 02:25:39 pm »
I just paid $38.00 for a Marathon tire made in India. I passed up a Continental Plus that cost $60.00. The dealer said Schwalbe is a German company and makes a superior tire compared to Marathon. Does anyone know about Schwalbe vs. Marathon? I have 700 by 28-35 mm wheels. The dealer said the rims will take a 37 mm wide tire. The 700 by 37 tire seems to seat properly on the rim when inflated, but a 35 mm wide tire seats unevenly, and is very loose on the rim compared to the 27 1/4 tires I am used to using.

General Discussion / Southern Tier East to West.
« on: August 28, 2009, 08:22:12 pm »
I am giving serious thought to cycling from Florida to San Diego when the weather cools, starting October or November. I am a guy, 59. If anybody wants to do a duo trip around that time or trio or larger, I might be in for it. I am a teacher of English, ESL, EFL, TESOL. I have been teaching in Korea, China, and the Middle East since 1996. I have cycled and camped about 34,000 miles through 19 countries.

General Discussion / Violent Crime Alert Atlantic Coast Route
« on: April 25, 2009, 12:36:05 am »
This partial article appeared on the front page of  25 April 2009. Miami, Florida is rated with the third highest rate of violent crimes in the United States.

No. 1 Detroit, Mich.

(Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich., metropolitan statistical area)

Population: 1,951,186

Violent Crimes per 100,000: 1,220

No. 2 Memphis, Tenn.

(Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. metropolitan statistical area)

Population: 1,295,670

Violent Crimes per 100,000: 1,218

No. 3. Miami, Fla.

(Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. metropolitan statistical area)

Population: 2,401,971

Violent Crimes per 100,000: 988

No. 4 Las Vegas, Nev.

(Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., metropolitan statistical area)

Population: 1,834,533

Violent Crimes per 100,000: 887

No. 5 Stockton, Calif.

(Stockton, Calif., metropolitan statistical area)

Population: 684,406

Violent Crimes per 100,000: 885

To determine our list, we used violent crime statistics from the FBI's latest uniform crime report, issued in 2008. The violent crime category is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. We evaluated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas--geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics--with more than 500,000 residents.

Gear Talk / Tough Touring Tire
« on: March 29, 2009, 02:06:01 pm »
I am sure people here can answer this with no problem. What is a really tough, high mileage, tire for touring, long distance touring. And I mean a tough tire, not IRC or those cheap Kenda tires. I want to hear from those who have been there and done that.

Gear Talk / Four gears in hub.
« on: February 27, 2009, 07:39:22 am »
I have heard about rear wheels with four or more gears inside the hub. I imagine such wheels would not be dished. Can such a wheel be used with a triple chain set on the front? The three speed hubs have been around forever. I had a Raleigh with a three speed hub when I was  a kid. Are there hubs with more than four speeds?

Does anyone know of any particular advantages or disadvantages to using an internally geared wheel?

Routes / Van Horn, TX and its restaurants on the southern tier.
« on: February 23, 2009, 08:23:41 am »
I always liked Van Horn. Whenever I cycled through there I would lay over at least a day or two and rest in one of their inexpensive motels. However, there is one particularly unhealthy aspect of eating in their restaurants---DYSENTERY; and it wasn't only myself who experienced it. I have read a number of journals written by cyclists who ate there; some of them complained of dysentery. One cyclist was so impaired by it he could not continue his tour. The fact of the matter is I contracted dysentery every time I ate in restaurants in Van Horn, Texas. For what it's worth, I just thought I would pass this information along.

If one can ignore dysentery, Van Horn is actually a nice little town to stop in and rest a while.

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