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General Discussion / Stealth Camping? Sleep Site!
« on: December 29, 2023, 03:15:06 pm »
You can save a  ton of money stealth-camping. Stealth and camping need articulation to define and clarify. Stealth (to steal away) is perfectly acceptable. It does not suggest illegal wrongful behavior. All the great many times I free-camped, stealth was only a means of security. I was alone, asleep, vulnerable to anyone with bad intentions. I positioned my sleep-sites to minimize the possibility that anyone might know where I was. Often I waited till traffic cleared before getting off the road and into the woods, reducing the number of people who saw where I exited the road. It was self preservation and caution.  Concealing was for one purpose, personal protection. Way too many bad actors walking the streets these days. They are in the news every day of the week around here.

Camping may be the wrong word. I call it a sleep-site. I mean, you haul the velocipede into the bush. You string up a tarp or erect a tent. You sleep a few hours. And you are gone in the morning. Somehow, that seems not to qualify as camping. If the sleep site were used as a base camp for two or three days, if it were used for cooking or had a camp fire, that would be more like camping. It is hard to define lying down on a few square feet of ground for a few hours as camping.  You need a safe secure location to sleep. Need for safety and security (stealth).  Essential small space for 6-8 hours sleep(camping). There are campsites for money. They often have the facilities for camping, such as restrooms, electricity, running water, grills. These places are set up for long term stays. Very different than a small sliver of sand in the Pines.

General Discussion / Re: C 2 C
« on: December 21, 2023, 11:02:42 am »
There are maps online. I think it's on GPS. Google Florida bike trails. It's easy to follow. With something like this I usually Google close down to road level. I talked the directions into email. Then I make copies for myself large font copies. It's easy enough to do. It's about 250 MI. 88% is completely finished and off-road so far. I don't know anything about GPx.

General Discussion / C 2 C
« on: December 19, 2023, 01:40:16 pm »
Anyone finishing the Southern tier in St Augustine Florida or thereabouts might want to consider adding the C2C route at the end. It is a dedicated bike path, approximately 245 miles, about 88% completed, from Titusville Florida to St Petersburg Florida. You can read the journals on crazy guy on a bike and elsewhere. People like it. Plenty of places for free and paid camping. Restaurants and food stores abound. Safe cycling all the way. Just an idea I would throw out there. I'm going to do this route after the beginning of the new year. Actually it will be a huge loop around South Florida beginning and ending in fort Lauderdale.

General Discussion / Re: US dogs
« on: December 17, 2023, 11:48:09 am »
Cycling cross country as in transcontinental, you will encounter dogs along the way. That is a given. As far as I know, there is not much to worry about. It is not that free-ranging dogs have not killed people in the United States. They have. In all my cross country tours I always ran into dogs somewhere down the line. They were not a big problem as far as real danger is concerned. They were just out for a romp. It was the thrill of the chase, I suppose. That doesn't mean they cannot be dangerous. They can be. It's a matter of odds.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling Ukraine September 10, 1994.
« on: November 27, 2023, 03:22:29 pm »
This place, Ukraine, was either bad, worse or worst. Somebody once told me such countries often regress rather than progress.

General Discussion / Re: Traditional Trans America group tour
« on: November 16, 2023, 12:26:26 am »
Certainly, there have been thoughts about doing the Trans Am. Thinking is as far as I will go. That does not mean anything is lost. I bicycle-camped five tours from Florida to coastal California. Did that twice from FL to El Paso, TX. Add 2600 miles of the northern tier, west to east. How about the Atlantic coast four times. The Pacific coast route 1 1/2. Many other places internationally. When it comes to routes, you have your maps and electronics. You might do just as well googling for a bike route as you go along.

General Discussion / Re: Advice for Newbies about the Weather.
« on: October 24, 2023, 07:06:15 am »
You can be sure, if it is Westinghouse.

I love it. That's a good one with which to date yourself.

Should we also take a poll to see how many newbiesrecognize that slogan or how many have even heard of the  Westinghouse Electric Supply Company?

It is an oldie for sure. I remember as a little boy hearing that from advertisements on TV. Most likely, younger people have not heard of it, but maybe stumbled across it on you tube.

General Discussion / Re: Achilles Problems
« on: October 24, 2023, 06:56:56 am »
Westinghouse post offered a cure that worked, but really didn't address the underlying cause.  I concur with Iowagriz's posting. Achillles tendonitis is caused by having your seat/saddle too high which keep the foot flexed in a toe pointed down position which, in turn, causes constant contraction of the calf muscles and load on the tendon which leads to tendonitis. Lowering your saddle (and check to make sure your cleats aren't pushed all the way forward if using cleats) will help to even out the muscles you're using to pedal.

That being the case, it should have developed in both tendons. In any case, if saddle height is the problem, then the underlying cause is ignorance. There are not many solutions to that except learn before you go.

General Discussion / Re: Must have spare parts/tools
« on: October 22, 2023, 06:00:20 am »
What are five words you will never hear a redneck say? Answer. Duct tape can't fix it.

General Discussion / Re: Neck injury/pain issue
« on: October 11, 2023, 06:26:25 pm »
The post may be old but the condition is current with anybody doing long-distance bicycle touring. There was also an older post on here about staying ahead of the weather and paying attention to weather forecasts. The original post is an old one but staying ahead of weather forecasts is more important now than it ever was before.

General Discussion / Re: Neck injury/pain issue
« on: October 10, 2023, 03:43:32 am »
Hands, arms and shoulders become conditioned to the pressure of the front leaning rest on a long tour. Bent forward with the head tilted up for a wide enough field of vision puts strain and stress on the neck. Maybe you can get used to it. Not too sure there is a remedy for that.

General Discussion / Re: Achilles Problems
« on: October 08, 2023, 01:48:08 pm »
Judging from my own experience with acute achilles tendonitis, I would say you can eliminate the pain and discomfort over night, in one day. My left achilles tendon became extremely painful when cycling the pacific coast bicycle route in 1993.  It looked like the entire trip would have to be scrapped and I would have to go limping back to Florida. But I decided to combat this infirmity. I decided to try something to cure it, and it worked.

I bought a tube of aspercreme and a small bottle of DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide). I laid over in a motel in Eureka, California taking the room as early in the day as possible. You have to wash the affected area of skin thoroughly with hot water and soap. Rub in the aspercreme as directed.  Give it plenty of time to absorb. Wash that off thoroughly. Apply the DMSO. Let it absorb. I applied and reapplied like that all day long, into the night until I had to sleep. The next morning my extremely painful inflamed tendon was 100% pain free.  I was able to continue cycling to San Diego without the least bit of discomfort or pain in that tendon, at all.  It works.

There is a caution that comes with the solution. The DMSO must be the highest pharmaceutical grade, 99% to 99.9 percent pure. It does cross the skin barrier and enter the bloodstream. Put it on your foot and later you can taste it in your mouth. It is possible it could transport some kind of microscopic pathogen from the surface of the skin into the bloodstream, like a virus. That is why the skin must be perfectly clean and sanitary before you use it. That is also why some people will not use DMSO. It is perfectly safe to use when used properly. In fact, you can drink a little of it with no harm to your insides. It is sometimes injected directly into the bloodstream, but that is a qualified medical procedure, and I would never do that. Not ever would I recommend that anyone else try doing that.

It works. It completely cured my achilles tendonitis over night. That problem with that tendon has not ever come back. 100% cured, never to reoccur.

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General Discussion / Re: 1 wheel bicycle beginner
« on: September 28, 2023, 11:30:38 pm »
There must be one-wheel cycles for sale online somewhere.

Often I have thought about cycling the GDMBR. In reality, I doubt I would be up for it. From the videos, it appears it would be a great ride.

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