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General Discussion / Re: No refusal laws or practices nation wide.
« on: June 14, 2023, 11:07:31 pm »
This is the first I heard of it.

Mark Manley, I live in Florida. This state is probably the most dangerous area to be riding a bicycle. So they have been telling us on television. Anywhere around here a cyclist had better stay on the sidewalk. The little bit of cycling I have done here in the fort Lauderdale area was hazardous. Some drivers seem to think a man on a bicycle has no legal right away when the driver is in a hurry.

I too would be cautious coming up suddenly on three pit bulldogs lurking in the road.  These dogs have a bad reputation for viciousness, very strong jaws and not letting go.  It is said they are actually as gentle as a lamb.   The ferocious ones are trained to be that way.  Like lawyers, it is the 95 % that give all the others a bad name.  I probably would have turned around at the sight of them, and looked for another way.

Except not all Pits are gentle as little lambs, there is a reason why homeowners insurance companies won't insure a home with Pits.  I'm a landlord, and my commercial policy on the buildings won't allow me to rent to anyone with a Pit.  There are a few other dogs they won't allow either.  This reputation Pits have is documented by claims at insurance companies which is why they don't want them on the property.

My mom had a Pit and it was gentle as a lamb, but others are not.  So, while 5% (no documented percentage available, but let's use that since that example was given) other breeds will be less than .01%, so that is why insurance companies don't want that breed as well as a few others.  I only accept small dogs, and they have to show renters insurance in case of a liability issue, plus pay $20 a month extra which effectively discourages most of my renters from having a dog or a cat, which I do not allow cats at all.

The other dogs insurance companies don't like are Chows, Rotts, Doby's, Presa Canarios, and even German Shepherds.  Some other insurance companies will get even pickier and they add another 5 dog breeds to that list, Great Danes, Akitas, Siberian Husky, and wolf hybrids.  But if you are willing to pay a higher premium you can find insurance companies that will accept any dog, but I'm trying to keep my premiums, thus expenses, low.

I had no idea about dogs and insurance premiums.  Instinctively, it does make a lot of sense.  I mean, who wants to be in a place populated by dogs half the size of a horse, and animals known for deadly attacks?  You want to live in a safe place, not return to the jungle. It is the same reasoning that prevents renting to some kinds of people.  Is it appropriate to move a repeat recidivist offender who is in and out of prison next door to a family with children?  It is not a good idea because, like some dogs, they raise the possibility of harm to others.

General Discussion / Re: Picking up the Trans America from DC
« on: June 09, 2023, 03:16:41 am »
Here is an unlikely possibility. Great American rail trial from DC to Pittsburg into Ohio.  Locate the bike trails and go south.  You will have to ride the roads south to the Katy trail and follow it till it ends. You can catch the Transamerica route south and west from there.

General Discussion / Re: cost per day to tour
« on: June 09, 2023, 03:03:30 am »
In general it costs about as little or as much as you have to spend for it.  In winter 1984-85, two of us had 66 days on the road, from Florida to San Diego.  Cycling 100% of the distance.  The actual days in the saddle were 54.  We did a huge loop around south Florida, down to the Keys, and back to Stuart before commencing the trip to California.  That is part of the 66.  All costs, including the drive-away car to return were about $1600.00.  There is no way you can do that now for that kind of money.  Every night save four was a camp in the woods, free camping, what they call stealth camping.  That brought costs down, very far below paying rents in motels.  About 90% of all our meals, we cooked for ourselves.  Remember, nutrition is of extraordinary importance to pushing pedals day in and day out.  Try more fresh fruits and vegetables.  Avoid the convenience store trap.   Some small, out in the middle of nowhere, town may have a store for sure----all junkfood.  A few days of that, even two, and you will feel the difference, and it is not good.  Even young, healthy, athletic  women got queezy after a day or two of that glop.  They had it on youtube.  I think it was 4 or 5 of them.  They showed the best eatables they could buy in those small towns.  It made my skin crawl.  Most or all of them reported feeling sick after a day or two.

General Discussion / Re: Solo Trip Cooking Logistics
« on: June 09, 2023, 02:34:27 am »
Talking the lightest-weight gear possible.  It looks like you have answered your question.  I am hardly an expert for giving you advice.  I can tell you where to get the advice.  Look up "Homemade Wanderlust" on youtube. She is greatly experienced in hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking on long-distance trails, worldwide.  If anybody on this planet knows the particulars of what you are asking, it is she.  She is quite attractive with long blond hair, a trim athletic figure, health and vigor. She has a very voluble tongue.  She is from Alabama.  They call her Dixie.  She is as cute as a button.

General Discussion / Re: cost per day to tour
« on: May 31, 2023, 11:55:40 pm »
$20.00-------$30.00   More or less.

General Discussion / Re: Your best single piece of advice
« on: May 23, 2023, 11:25:22 pm »
Stay ahead of the weather.  Keep checking forecasts.  There are too many unprecedented extreme weather events coming out of nowhere.

General Discussion / Re: Route66
« on: May 17, 2023, 06:50:22 pm »
There is a song, in case you didn't know.   "You'll Get Your Kicks on Route 66." There is an old TV series with Martin Milner and George Maharris named Route 66.

Routes / Re: Atlantic coast bicycle route this summer?
« on: May 17, 2023, 12:43:22 am »
 Thank you.  I have not yet put the bicycle together.

I too would be cautious coming up suddenly on three pit bulldogs lurking in the road.  These dogs have a bad reputation for viciousness, very strong jaws and not letting go.  It is said they are actually as gentle as a lamb.   The ferocious ones are trained to be that way.  Like lawyers, it is the 95 % that give all the others a bad name.  I probably would have turned around at the sight of them, and looked for another way.

General Discussion / Re: Love, VA
« on: May 07, 2023, 07:23:21 pm »
I do not have a clue.

General Discussion / Re: Cyclosource
« on: May 06, 2023, 09:16:12 am »
You never know.  A few years ago I discovered that there is a species of pelican that spends the summer as far north as Montana and western Canada.  Saw a half dozen in MT back in 2016.  Always thought of them as exclusively warm climate birds.  The American White Pelican.  Look it up.  Second largest wingspan of any bird in N. America behind the California Condor.  Keep you eyes peeled if you are outthat way.  Big, white birds with black wing tips.

A very strange bird in the Pelican.  Its beak holds more than its belly can.

General Discussion / Re: Hello, I'm coming
« on: May 06, 2023, 01:00:53 am »
  • Interstates have very wide shoulders, and thus are generally very safe. You will, however, get punctures from tire wires, and it will not be peaceful, or interesting.
  • Mt Evans is a challenging ride, and the views are extraordinary. Be aware, however, that there is no water at the top, and the expansion gaps in the road will drive you nuts during the descent.
  • Because of the cleaning fee, Airbnb is not normally feasible for one-night stays.
  • ACA maps identify churches where you can stay. When off ACA routes, you can ask. You’ll probably have a 50/50 chance.

Cycle long distances on intestate highway shoulders, wires in your tires will happen.  Put tuffy or other liners in your tires.  Likely they will stop the wires.  Take the liners out later and inflate----SSSssssss.  And you cannot find the wires.  This past November 2022 I did 1300 miles.  About 260 of those miles were interstate highways. Wires wires and more wires.

General Discussion / Re: Hello, I'm coming
« on: May 04, 2023, 01:42:58 am »
Watch out for shadey ladies should you cycle those hillbilly streets of Kentucky.  That is quite a journey there ahead of you.  I have bicycled some 35,000 miles in 20 countries.  Quite a few crossings of the continent of north America.  Check weather forecasts frequently.  The climate is going sideways and crazy.  Extreme weather events are increasing in number and intensity.  Damaging lethal storms are popping up suddenly, out of nowhere.  One  day all is clear and calm.  5 minutes later the sky is a black swirling mass.  Wind velocity goes to 80 miles per hour.  Pieces of houses are flung far and wide.  Trees down.  And where are you in all that?  Stay ahead of the weather.

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