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

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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.

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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.

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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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General Discussion / Re: Need help in finding the best folding E-bike
« on: April 19, 2023, 03:09:32 pm »
A motorcycle is a motorcycle, gas or electric.  I imagine people getting up there in the years would need some help going against wind and up hills.

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General Discussion / Re: Atlantic coast bicycle route this summer?
« on: April 19, 2023, 10:17:43 am »
I am thinking Florida to DC and then great American rail trail to Pittsburgh.  Or maybe FL to Philadelphia and the Schuylkill river trail west.

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General Discussion / Re: Atlantic coast bicycle route this summer?
« on: April 10, 2023, 01:06:36 pm »
In March 1988 I came to Florida from France where I had been with the French Foreign Legion. I hung around my home town of Stuart, FL until July. It was hot, 93F--95F. I figured I could visit friends in Pennsylvania around Kutztown and Stony Run. There, I thought, it would be a bit less hot. I was wrong. It was 103F. It was blistering by day, and sweltering at night. Mosquitoes everywhere.

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General Discussion / Re: Atlantic coast bicycle route this summer?
« on: April 08, 2023, 07:25:07 am »
I did it 20 years ago (N->S) and stopped midways due to the heat and I could not keep up my planned mileage. It started to get really hot S of Washington DC. So if you start soon going S->N it should be perfect for temperature management.

Summer heat in the south is the worst for long distance touring in the US. I did it one time from Florida to Los Angeles. I swore I would not try that again. I was drinking 2 1/2 to 3 gallons of various liquids daily. Woke up mornings feeling dehydrated. In San Angelo, Texas they said the area west of there was called the other side of hell.

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Routes / Re: Atlanta GA to Wilmington NC or Myrtle Beach
« on: April 07, 2023, 12:16:22 am »
If all else fails, there is google maps bicycle option. Some reported being routed onto dead-end dirt roads. Nothing is perfect.

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Routes / Atlantic coast bicycle route this summer?
« on: April 07, 2023, 12:12:36 am »
Here I am at 73 thinking about cycling the Atlantic coast this summer. Is it the quest for activity and adventure, or sheer madness? Maybe it is the sheer boredom of retirement and living alone in a condominium. One thing is sure. Temperatures are rising. Summer will be hotter than hell. There would be many places to eat, drink and get cooled in the AC. I would most likely start from southeast coastal Florida. Free (stealth) camping is the plan. I have done this coast route four times, and only once in its entirety from  Key West, Florida to Bangor Maine. Parts of highway 17 can be stressful, much traffic, narrow side lanes or none.  Who else cycled this route, and what were your experiences?
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General Discussion / Atlantic coast bicycle route this summer?
« on: April 07, 2023, 12:09:33 am »
Here I am at 73 thinking about cycling the Atlantic coast this summer. Is it the quest for activity and adventure, or sheer madness? Maybe it is the sheer boredom of retirement and living alone in a condominium. One thing is sure. Temperatures are rising. Summer will be hotter than hell. There would be many places to eat, drink and get cooled in the AC. I would most likely start from southeast coastal Florida. Free (stealth) camping is the plan. I have done this coast route four times, and only once in its entirety from  Key West, Florida to Bangor Maine. Parts of highway 17 can be stressful, much traffic, narrow side lanes or none.  Who else cycled this route, and what were your experiences?

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Yes, and a woman was mauled to death by a pack of free-ranging dogs in New Mexico. Others also around the country.

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Routes / Re: English rider thinking of Transamerica
« on: March 28, 2023, 10:48:49 pm »
Keep the wind at your back.

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Here is a detailed answer about dogs. I wrote it on another thread for a person planning a transcon on a recumbent. This person was a disabled veteran planning on turning the cranks by hand. As for dogs on tour, I have had many experiences with them. Some cyclists might carry pepper spray, which I have done but never used. I saw another advise carrying a water pistol containing a mixture of water and ammonia; this I have never done. The fact is that dogs can be an occasional annoyance or hassle or whatever, but by and large they are not a real danger unless one comes charging at you from out of nowhere, startling you, and causing you to involuntarily swerve out into traffic. It happens.


There is something about the movement and sound of cycling that sets dogs off into a headstrong frenzy of barking and chasing. I mean, you come along, and there is some dog in a yard. It has been lolling around all day perhaps. It catches sight of you going by on your bike, and it immediately goes nuts. It starts barking, snarling, yelping, and growling, and chasing you at high speed and going for your heels with all its might. I have seen dogs go absolutely bananas at the sight of me cycling, even if I was two hundred feet away from them. I have seen them come charging out at me, stopped only by a fence around the property. They would follow all along the fence line to the end, and then go ape trying to jump over the fence or tunnel under it.  This kind of reaction comes from dogs of all sizes from the largest dogs to even those little Mexican Chihuahuas. That is no kidding. I was cycling through some town. Somebody was carrying one of those little Mexican dogs. It saw me. It went crazy trying to jump from its owners arms and chase along.


I have worked out a manner of dealing with dogs. In spite of all the noise and chases not one dog has ever actually bitten me.  However, they do seem to be fond of going for the feet, and some have come close to biting. First, slow down a bit, look at the dog and yell out a loud, sharp report, and when I say loud and sharp that is what is meant; something like you might expect to hear from a marine corps drill sargeant. You might have to yell a number of times. The yelling will bring some dogs to a halt. Some will stop temporarily and continue, and slow down or halt every time you yell. Just yell out hut or ha loud, sharp, and clear. If that does not dissuade the cur from pursuing his pleasure or whatever it is he gets out of the chase, come to a dead stop and give him the yell. He will stop. He may turn around and take off. He may tarry a while and snip and growl. He may come close, but my experience is the actual attack will not happen. I have cycled 34,000 miles through 19 countries, and six or more times across the USA, so I know of what I speak.


I have always ridden an upright touring bike, therefore, having a dog running along and chasing at my heels is a different matter from riding a recumbent with the animal more nearly at the vital parts such as torso, head, and throat. My general advice is this. If you are concerned, do what I have told you, and carry a water pistol with water and ammonia in it, if legal to do so, or a very good pepper spray, not one of those little key chain things, but a canister with a real fog or large volume spray that comes out, but do not use it as a first response. If you yell and stop and yell, the dog will stop his pursuit. In other words, do not run and it will not chase. Often, as you are stopped at the roadside waiting for the animal to lose interest, its owner will come out and call it back, and it trots on home. If you stop and it stops and loses interest, it might head back to its territory on its own, but if you take off it will turn around and continue chasing. Dogs, for the most part, are a temporary nuisance, but not a real serious danger. However, I am sure cyclists have been actually attacked, and perhaps even injured.


When stopped, the hound may come close, but will not actually sink its teeth into your hide. If it is particularly vicious or mean, give him a whiff of the pepper spray or whatever, but I have never found that to be necessary. If you get off the bike and walk a ways, which you would not or might not be able to do, it could lose interest; get back on and cycle away, and it will pick up where it left off, or just go home.
Try not to let a dog catch you by surprise in close quarters. That happened to me once, and I tipped over injuring my ankle. It was at night on a quiet, placid road. A very large dog came charging aggressively from out of the bushes near the side of the road. All of a sudden I heard this very loud barking and snarling, and saw a blur out of the corner of my eye. In an attempt to stop, dismount immediately, and get the bike between myself and the attacking dog, I forgot my feet were strapped into the pedals, and tried to get off on the right of the bike, I fell over and twisted my ankle. Well, at least I fell over away from the dog and not toward it. After all that the dog just stood there looking at me, and turned around and left. It was one of the larger breeds of dog, and I am sure it would not have harmed me, but it caught me completely unexpected, and I reacted unthinking with a start. There was no time to think through what to do. The subconscious mind told me I was under attack and needed to respond, and I did.


You might have dog problems in some areas at times, and no dog problems whatsoever in other places. In 1984 in winter along highway 90 in Florida free ranging dogs were all over the place, and I might add, were often seen dead along the roadside after having been slammed by motor vehicles. In 2007 I cycled 90, and there was not the first problem with the first dog; very different from 1984. In countrified areas dog owners may be more disposed to letting their dogs roam free. Some may be fenced in, but have some little tunnel dug out under the fence in some bush-covered corner. They actually seem to be smart enough to try and cover or hide their tunnels. Anyway, that is about all I can tell you. If you go into Eastern Europe, you may find canines of a very different stripe; very different from the friendly domesticated kind we are used to in the USA. But people have been attacked and killed by dog-packs in the USA.


As for some of those dogs I encountered in eastern Europe, nothing short of a firearm would save you.  Some of those would run you to earth and kill you and eat you. I had never seen anything even remotely as vicious as those, and have not seen anything like it since. If there is any such thing as a homicidal, insane, psychotic, murderous, savage dog, those dogs were it. Thank God for chain link fences. They must have been raised to be that way.

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You get a better sense of the geography of a region by pedaling a bicycle over it. Expending personal strength and energy pushing over the hills and mountains internalizes it. The extra time necessary to transit an area impresses cognition and memory far superior to speeding through in a motor vehicle. The more time you are in any given area, the better and more clearly you remember it. It is a lesson in geography they cannot write into books.

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