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Gear Talk / Re: Considering New Handlebar Setup
« on: March 11, 2009, 02:54:31 am »
I  used the straight MB style handlebars on two long tours. On all the others I used the drrop bars. I definitely prefer the drop style handlebars, more hand positions. In fact, I would not use the straight handlebars ever again. I don't like them. The twist style shifting was cool, yes, but not the straight style handlebar.

Gear Talk / Re: Four gears in hub.
« on: March 10, 2009, 08:46:27 am »
From my own non-technical point of view, if I can get an undished rear wheel and use the deraileur system, all I need is a better quality rear wheel, and my transcontinental touring problems would be greatly reduced. Considering the extremely high costs of some of the internally geared hubs, and the loss of pedaling efficiency, I think I would go with a cheap reliable front wheel, and a better quality undished rear wheel.

Routes / Re: Gen. impressions of Washington coast and Mt. Hood, OR?
« on: March 10, 2009, 08:18:51 am »
I have cycled the PCBR from Ana Cortes to San Diego. Expect rain in Washington. It is a bit hilly. It is a very good ride. I am not sure about traffic density in summer. Washington and Oregon DOTs might be able to give you some explicit information on that.

General Discussion / Re: ‘Camping’: Is it really necessary?
« on: March 10, 2009, 07:53:16 am »
Camping may or may not be a necessity depending on who is taking the tour, how much money he / she has to expend on the project, and preferences. However, the question was---Is camping necessary to bike tour? There is no simple answer. For some people camping and stealth camping might be necessary for financial reasons. For some people, paying for motels every day might be pocket change; for others it might be an ubearable drain. As for myself, sometimes I use motels, but the vast majority of the time in the past several years I free camped.

Routes / Re: NYC to Atlantic City
« on: March 09, 2009, 11:15:40 pm »
It definitely was not safe to cycle over the Goethels bridge; in fact, it looked like a suicide mission to try to do so. There is a narrow walkway on the bridge that I used. It was so narrow the panniers kept scratching against the guard rails. There was a lot of traffic, and no room for a bike at all that I could see.

General Discussion / Re: What book would you recommend to read?
« on: March 09, 2009, 11:06:57 pm »

Routes / Re: NYC to Atlantic City
« on: March 08, 2009, 08:47:50 am »
I went south out of NYC one time, and made it to South Florida which was my destination. I remember going through New Jersey. I don't remember the road, but it goes past Lake Manahawken near a road that goes out to Long Beach Island. The road went through Smithville. South of here was Atlantic City. AC was practically deserted. I rode along the boardwalk, and then south by roadway to the Cape May-Lewes ferry.

Leaving Manhattan by way of the Statan Island ferry, I walked over the Goethels Bridge which lets out onto US highway 1, or thereabouts. In that area, if you go west a little you will find a very long road that runs roughly near and parallel to US 1 for a long way south. Just ask around. South of there was a Naval Station Earl. My route went by there. I got out onto LBI and exited around Toms River NJ. It was a pretty good ride. then

Routes / Re: How much to save to do the TA
« on: March 08, 2009, 08:37:36 am »
I am working now. One of these days I believe I will again be free to take a long tour on my touring bike. Right now it looks like a toss up between the pacific coast bike route and the TA. People have said many good things about the TA . I consider it an excellent possibility. I have already done the PCBR. If I do the TA I will probably begin in the east. I went over Donna Ikenberry's book on the TA. I saw that many small towns had municipal parks where camping was cheap or free; they also had showers and municipal pools which would be a godsend in summer. There seemed to be many opportunities for stealth camping too. It is a long route, and a tough one in some places, but what to heck; if one cannot take some hardships in life, he/she shouldn't be out there doing that in the first place. If the route can be covered for $1500.00---$2000.00 that is pretty good, though I would expect to pay more than that, but not necessarily. I would be frugal, but not to the point of being stingy and a scrooge with myself. I definitely like to hit Starbucks, have a beer at night, eat in restaurants, and stay in an occasional motel. I will just have to wait and see.

General Discussion / Re: Living on my bike
« on: March 08, 2009, 07:55:46 am »

Yes,  there are services that will take mail for you. I think they will also hold and forward. If you are traveling the USA, and you know where you will be in so many days, you can have the mail forwarded to general delivery, main post office in some town where you will be.  Have it sent in a package with your name on it, of course, and have the sender write "Please hold for transcontinental bicyclist," or something like that. As for picking up odd jobs, that would be between you and the people with the work that has to be done.

General Discussion / Re: Living on my bike
« on: March 07, 2009, 08:42:53 am »
That would be difficult choosing between a full life of charitable social work, and exploring the world on two wheels. If you ever choose the latter opportunity, be sure to keep a very good journal of all your experiences to make a book, or at least a well bound record you can pass on to succeeding generations. I don't know how much experience you have with writing. You might want to get boned up on it, or even take courses in it if you ever do set out on a record keeping project like that. Remember, books are not written; they are rewritten. Revise.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: West Coast of Florida Connector
« on: March 06, 2009, 11:26:46 pm »
I have had about 34,000 miles of roadway under my wheels through nineteen countries, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, and just a little in South Korea. I have two touring bicycles stored away. The one I have used on my latest long tours is a Raleigh. They call it a Technium. It looks something like a racing bike, but is heavier, stronger, and longer and has drop handlebars. The main triangle, well it is not exactly a triangle, is aluminum. The rear triangles and front fork are chromoly steel. It has mounting points for racks and fenders front and and rear. The gear shifting levers are of the older fashion mounted on the part of the handlebar stem-shaft that goes inside the top bracket.
It is quite responsive even under a load, and is rugged.

The fact is I have not ever used that ferry service to Key West or from KW to Fort Myers. I have hear of it.

General Discussion / Re: What roads can you cycle on?
« on: March 06, 2009, 02:00:12 am »
Generally speaking, some interstates you can cycle on and most you cannot; you have to find out which. Aside from private stretches of road and turnpikes, etc., you are pretty much free to cycle any public road in the country. Be forewarned; some roads are really great for cycling, heavenly almost; some roads are straight out of hell; there are many roads of varying degrees of suitability for cycling between heaven and hell. Try to choose your routes along the high roads as well as you are able to.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: West Coast of Florida Connector
« on: March 06, 2009, 01:34:37 am »
I am one of the comparatively few in my age bracket who was born and raised in Florida. I am from the east coast. My hometown has a beach on the Atlantic. The town is about thirty miles east of the east side of Lake Okeechobee; Stuart. I have begun several of my long bicycle tours from there.

General Discussion / Re: Living on my bike
« on: March 06, 2009, 01:15:55 am »
I don't think Bobbirob is in the least bit nuts for wanting to do that. Once you have had a good look at the world you would see that there are over six billion persons inhabiting this planet, and lifestyles vary beyond your wildest imagination. As long as you have the necessary funds there is no reason why you cannot make your dream a reality. You may have some kind of dysfunction of the nervous system, but that would not prohibit you from working now and then for extra money.

As for myself, I have been working overseas for years on contracted projects. At the end of a contract I may want to renew. If not, I can come back to Florida. I might, usually actually, take off on a long tour across the United States. I also cast around for other jobs overseas. If I find something that interests me I try for it. I do not always get what I apply for, but sometimes I do. If I am successful or lucky or whatever it is that gets me employed again, I take off back overseas. Before I started working overseas I would take long tours. I too had an independent income, but from a private source, not disability or government. I certainly was not rich with it, but it enabled me to be free and independent of having to take unfair employment just because of the pressures of economic necessity; that in and of itself could be seen as form of wealth.

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country for a Cause?
« on: March 06, 2009, 12:45:13 am »
If you google the Gobin Guards Association in Carlisle, Pennsylvania you might be able to acquire some help. The Gobin Guard is a non profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families. There is a war college in Carlisle, PA where the Gobin Guard is located. There is also Gobin Avenue leading up to or near the war college. I think I read it is the largest war college in the country. The Gobin Guard was named after its founder J.P.S. (John Peter Shindel) Gobin who was a prominent veteran of the civil war, president of the state senate of PA, lieutenant governor, major general commanding the PA national guard, and United States commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. The GAR was by far the largest and most powerful veterans organization in the USA with some 410,000 members at its zenith of power.

I don't know, but it seems like they might be able to help you, or know somwhere you can get that help. It wouldn't hurt to try there considering the nature of your ambition. A statement dated 1993 said the Gobin Guards were independent of local, state, or national organizations. I was thinking it might be different from what you could expect from the usual VFWs or other official veterans' organizations.

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