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Google seems to come up with the shortest not necessarily the easiest route: riding out of Osoyoos BC Google sent me up a road that cut across a switchback - it probably saved 1/4 mile but the the shortcut was so steep I ended up walking most of it!

General Discussion / Re: Finding accommodation
« on: November 28, 2021, 12:47:06 am »
I too hate camping but I've always taken a tiny tent and sleeping bag in case I couldn't make it to a motel or hostel (almost non-existant in the US compared to Europe/UK) I've had to camp perhaps one night in 20. With google maps or the excellent ACA maps you can plan your next destination to be somewhere that has a motel. It's worth giving them a ring to see if they are still in business and if they have a room. I don't use Air B&B because a) I hate having to be somewhere and meet people at a particular time and b) motels have to conform to safety and licensing requirements so chances are they have a minimum standard of comfort; mind you I did freeze my butt off in one motel, Jeffrey City which was the only show in town. If you're like me and like to get a few miles in before breakfast it's worth phoning the breakfast place you're thinking of because they come and go.

I'm intrigued. What would the bot be trying to accomplish?

Once again you are responding a not that resurected a 4yr old thread.

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Nothing like keeping up with the times.

"For me sandals offer nothing but chaffing and sores from the straps and road grit. I would ride in mtn bike shoes with a pair of Crocs or Xero shoes for off bike activities"
Second that. I use Merrels Mens Slippers which are very light and despite their name have a robust sole - not trivial the only time I encountered goat heads was through the sole of imitation Crocs.

Routes / Re: Westport OR to Champoeg SP
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:16:09 pm »
Yep - - that "OR" means Oregon, doesn't it?
But it would be a sweet ride from Westport, Wash.
Quite right. I'm planning on riding from Seattle to Eugene so Westport WA would be a bit of a detour.

Routes / Westport OR to Champoeg SP
« on: February 22, 2021, 02:03:20 pm »
Is there a way to do this without going through Portland? From the RWGPS map route 47 looks promising, has anybody done that?

I considered the Lost Coast when I was going down the coast myself but I was credit card touring and there's no accommodation that way. There's some pretty fierce hills going the regular route! At least for my old legs.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:46:44 pm »
3+ year old thread.
Yes and adventurepdx's links are no good - probably why.

Nope, the age of the thread has nothing to do with the badness of my links. There was an internal error with Ride With GPS that lost the data for those routes. :-[
Pity that, I was quite intereted in doing them.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes--First time touring
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:54:57 am »
3+ year old thread.
Yes and adventurepdx's links are no good - probably why.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: October 02, 2019, 07:03:56 pm »
See if any advice here gives you a clue
My WAG is that something has been the factory, other than non-parallel BB faces  there's not much else it could be. Hambini has more to say about bottom brackets than you'd ever wish to hear. Good luck.

I like using a dedicated GPS unit that gives audible cues for turns. It replaces a bike computer since it automatically records distance, speed and altitude (I don't even have to jot these down and reset the computer daily), and allows me to enjoy the scenery or concentrate on road safety without having to constantly glance down at a map or be preoccupied with wayfinding. It also gives me the freedom of taking any interesting detours with its ability to automatically reroute me back on track further on.

I toured with paper maps throughout Europe and North America in the 1990s and early 2000s and I much prefer the simplicity of something like a Garmin eTrex on my handlebar now.
You can get audible cues with Google maps but it runs your phone down in no time. I like sound of the Garmin eTrex. Does the it last all day, 8 hours say? Can you recharge it with one of those battery pack thingys if you're not near a power source?

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