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General Discussion / Re: Baton Rouge to Miami
« on: May 29, 2015, 09:53:12 pm »
LA and FL can be unexpectedly cold. I had 7- 10 F in Fort Walton Beach with wind chill and about 19 F in Perry, FL in November. You may very well have very wet weather with the cold. Hwy. 20 running EW and miles south of 90 is much closer to level than 90, faster and easier. It is not quite as scenic as 90, and less historical. In LA one winter when I cycled through Baton Rouge, the cold created a state-wide emergency closing government offices and schools. Roads iced. The governor cautioned people not to drive. Of course, some did and some wrecked and some died. Be prepared for cold wet weather.

Routes / Re: Going out West -- Bike Route Recommendation
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:08:55 pm »
You can take interstates10 and 8 and use googlemaps to pick your way through cities.

Routes / Re: West coast of Ireland tour?
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:05:33 pm »
Google for guided bicycle tours in Ireland. I cycled north Ireland during the troubles. Beautiful country with plenty of rain, warm pubs and pints of Guinness. My first visit there in 1980 they derailed our train and killed 18 and injured 70. The following morning a bomb in another train station killed 86 and injured 200. Injuries were extremely serious. The fact of six months of precisely worded terrorist threats before those two incidents lends an even more sinister suspicious aspect. Not to say cycling there is a sure pass to the afterlife. You can have a great time cycling there. Bring your rain gear.

General Discussion / Re: Additional rider or riders ASAP
« on: March 27, 2015, 02:44:25 pm »
Three are safer than two. They have a cycling partners section at the ACA page.

Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:56:10 pm »
Last winter I cycled to about 30 miles west of Houston, TX from south coastal Florida. I cycled back to FL via Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula, and 90 and 20. I think north of High Island has a major mosquito problem in summer.

Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:52:17 pm »
I'm late to the discussion but I rode from Key West to Galveston last year mainly along the coast.  It was nice.  However, there is a lot more traffic (except when taking the county roads).  I only used US-90 from between Ocean Springs and New Orleans with short sections here and there in other places.  You could then hug the coast until you get to Perry, FL then FL-20 to High Springs where, I think, the ACA ST intersects.

The pros are much better scenery (road between Pensacola and Navarre is one of the best around), all the seafood you can eat (I got sick of eating shrimp and fish everyday), more services.

Cons are heavy traffic from Ocean Springs west to New Orleans; from near Top Sail SP in Florida to Navarre, around Panama Beach (do NOT cross the FL-30 bridge from Panama City to Tyndall AFB on a Friday at quitting time (one of my worst experiences ever); little stronger wind, slightly cooler.

Overall, I would do again, especially east of Grand Bay if you do not want to go to New Orleans.

Have a good trip!


Routes / Re: Russia-Kazakhstan-China or Russia-Russia-Russia
« on: February 16, 2015, 08:56:25 pm »
The couple from Reno were at a food store in west Germany in 1994. They advised strongly not to cycle Russia.

Routes / Re: Russia-Kazakhstan-China or Russia-Russia-Russia
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:21:28 pm »
Sounds like an adventure. I cycled the former Soviet Union, but so long ago in 1994, I think my advice might be outdated. I cycled in a region near a massive human slaughter of noncombatant civilians, and of course people were tense. An artillery barrage held me flat to the ground in terror about 5-6 miles west of Bojanow, Poland August 31, 1994. Public sanitation and personal cleanliness were deplorable in general. Attitudes were s-c-a-r-y. A couple from Reno, Nevada said cycling in Russia was bad news and they gave details. Hard packed dirt paths parallel to roads were far better than the roads. Etc. It was by far the worst tour. However, some of the people were hospitable, kind and courteous. Road pollution was totally unbelievable and straight out of the deepest fastnesses of hell. I did not go to tourist gatherings in the larger cities. I went out into and through the rural agrarian countrysides.

General Discussion / Re: Green-lighted to go cross-country! (questions)
« on: February 15, 2015, 06:57:25 pm »
Go to youtube for thru-hiking the Appalachian trail. Red Beard packed 20 pounds for a 5-6 month hike. Hikers have light weight packing down to an art, albeit an expensive one.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:49:12 pm »
Lots of solo women do it, and the TransAm is probably the best route for the solo female because of all the support and other cyclists. See the following for a most entertaining TransAm journal by a solo woman. I'm sure Joy would be happy to converse with you personally.

I just went through that journal. An excellent example.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie/Introduction
« on: February 14, 2015, 07:47:13 pm »
Are you planning any trips?

Routes / Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:56:19 pm »
90 out of Jacksonville is your best bet. You can drop down to 20 for a  faster ride. 90 is ok through AL and Miss. 90 seems to be the only way into New Orleans unless you go west and then south. I took 20 across the panhandle and 90 from AL to east of the Big Sleazy where I got 190 to Slidell, the TammanyTrace to Covington, and 190 through Baton Rouge. Beaumont, TX, Houston, San Antonio, Junction, TX, Roosevelt, TX,  Kent,  Van Horn, El Paso, Las Cruces, Deming, Lordsburg, Tucson, Yuma, Ocotillo,  Jacumba, Pine Valley, Alpine, San  Diego. Interstates 10 and 8 and hysterical highway 80. It  was a blast. I like 20 more than 90. 90 has a lot more history to it in Florida. Perhaps many people are unaware that the largest single massacre of Indians did not happen in the western states, but in Florida. In a civil war battle in north Florida the confederates murdered a large number of black, wounded, surrendered, union,   prisoners of war. Jackson County was the site of lynchings of negroes and the beating and torturing of children for a long time. Not that you need to know that to cycle there. One of Florida's governors   implemented the mobile electric chair which sort of cooked people to death. An extremely sordid history. "Finding Florida" is recommended for anyone interested in the history of Florida. Reading only the received histories in text books will never tell you the truth.

General Discussion / Re: How picky are you?
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:27:57 pm »
Rear brake and deraileur cables stretch. Use, stretch, and readjust before a long tour. I did that and not even cheap Wal Mart cables needed adjustment cross country. The only concern was punctures. Any reasonably good new rim should go the distance. Cheapy wheels and tires will be much more expensive over the long run. There should not be any major concerns about the mechanics if the bike is prepared for the intended journey.Do not make vast plans with half vast ideas. Skimping on tires and wheels is false economizing. Get equipment that will go the distance problem-free.

General Discussion / Re: TransAm summer 2015 - timing and solo female
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:14:35 pm »
You should be fine. It is a well established route. Just use good sense. It is very hilly. It will be hot. Be prepared for wide variations in weather from hotter than hell to freezing. You have it made. You are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Keep a record of it. Be careful. Use the best tires and tubes,  Schwalbe, Gatorskins, whatever. I just went from southeast coastal Florida to North Carolina, PA  to Maryland, and east Florida to San Diego, CA on one set  of Schwalbe Marathon tires with plenty of tred left over. You should  be safe.

I never know where I will sleep out any given night. It is more interesting that way. I always find some place some where. Stay out of sight. Do not go through gates or over fences. Stay away from houses. Avoid areas around large gas station convenience stores. Try to choose a place where  it is an easy ride for breakfast. Small town city parks are good. Putting up a tent in Sentinel, AZ is one thing, but would you risk it in New York's Central Park? A tarp might be more versatile than a tent. I just did the ST with a tarp. There were times when a tent would have been better. I do not remember staying in a paid-for campsite. Maybe just a few times total in 40,000 miles. With me it is stealth camping mainly, and rest days in motels.

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