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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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