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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 26, 2011, 08:07:29 pm »
Should I submit an addendum to this effect?

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 26, 2011, 07:28:42 pm »
  I think John is right we almost certainly never reached Kings River. From the ACA map (and Google Maps traffic view) it looks as though you can get to the Corps campground from Elwood Rd. along Pine Flat Rd which is what we were trying to do to avoid going back through Piedra. We were still in sight of Elwood Rd at the derelict bridge. there was no indication at the start of the road that it was impassable! Thanks John, mystery solved

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 26, 2011, 11:05:00 am »
Thanks for taking the trouble Fred. it's a real headscratcher. I wonder if there is an unmapped road before Pine Flat Rd. I have come across these with Google Maps but only with new developments. The road up to this bridge was narrow, had grass in the middle in parts, was shoulderless and obviously didn't get much traffic but the asphalt did go all the way to this wreck. I was stood on asphalt taking the picture. Now of course I regret not taking more shots.  :'( Ain't that always the way?

Maybe there are kayakers/rafters who know this bridge. it's pretty distinctive! I'll see if i can find any on the web.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 25, 2011, 08:29:05 pm »
That's one mystery cleared up. Now about the other one...???

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:23:14 pm »
Dunno what I did wrong with the link. Another mystery.

Routes / Sierra Cascades Piedra route mystery.
« on: November 25, 2011, 11:13:44 am »
Perhaps someone can help me figure out exactly where we were this summer at a derelict bridge across Kings River on what we thought was Pine Flat Rd. (See Map 53 of Sierra Cascades route.)

Here's the mystery. Google maps shows a bridge and I can find no reference on the Web to a derelict bridge anywhere near Piedra which has me wondering exactly which road were we on? The bridge in the picture above, to me, looks as the it may have been a railroad bridge: it's too narrow for a road bridge and the timbers look as though they may have been railroad ties. There was around 1910 - 1920 a railroad spur to a quarry in Piedra. Perhaps this is a remnant of that line and we were not on Pine Flat Rd at all? We were trying to get to the Corps campground without a lot of backtracking.

Routes / Re: Best way (cheapest) to get bike and gear to the route start
« on: November 16, 2011, 10:35:37 am »
+1 for Amtrak

Their huge boxes are great. No taking wheels off, just remove pedals, turn the bars sideways (on my Trek520 I actually had to disconnect the bars from the stem to squeeze it in) and roll it into the box. I've always found Amtrak staff to be very helpful Remember to empty your water bottles. If you are coming back from a long ride consider spoiling yourself and getting a sleeper, I did from San Diego to Seattle and don't regret it.

Gear Talk / Re: Preferred method of terminating handlebar tape ?
« on: November 13, 2011, 12:05:14 am »
Spend real money ($2-3?) and buy 3M tape

+1 for electrical tape

The good stuff breaks cleanly when you pull it leaving a nice square end, the cheap stuff stretches like chewing gum and leaves a ratty end that doesn't stick down properly

Then again for me the bike is just a bike and not some fetish object.  Good enough to do the job is good enough.

Well said

General Discussion / Re: Stupid Hotel Question
« on: October 27, 2011, 08:54:27 pm »
Another possible money saver: when you've got whatever discounts you can, ask how much for cash? Sometimes they will skip the tax for cash. It's probably not legal on their part and if the morality of it bothers you, don't do it. And don't tell them I told you to do it!

Gear Talk / Re: Rear hubs - Phil Wood and Chris King
« on: October 27, 2011, 08:45:11 pm »
oxidation on the rubber boots can be a problem

Too true. I keep my Trek 520 under a porch and the boots disintegrated after a couple of years. I couldn't find replacements after trying half a dozen bike shops including the place I bought the bike. Eventually I went through the catalog with the guy at REI, we found replacements and special ordered them. I bought two sets as I didn't want to go through that again. For very long tours you may want to consider replacement boots along with other spare bits and pieces. Or put new boots on before you start.

Gear Talk / Re: Your Portable Repair Kit - What's Inside?!
« on: October 14, 2011, 11:07:28 pm »
I always carry the Unior cassette lockring tool.

Where can you get these? The link doesn't tell you.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: October 14, 2011, 06:59:04 pm »

Be aware that B & Bs in the US are usually not a cheap alternatives to motels/hotels as they are in the UK. They are often middle class sort places meant to give their guests an experience and can cost up to $200 a night. Now if you really want an experience you can stay in a $36 a night motel in Yakima! Motel 6 takes some beating for cheap accommodation, Ive found them in California for $46 a night. There are one or two excellent hostels on the Transam but they are much fewer and further between than in Europe. It is out of the question cycling from hostel to hostel as you could in Europe. I'd take a tent and sleeping bag for backup; there can be some very long distances between towns over here. I've found about 50/50 camping/motels keeps the costs bearable. I long since gave up attempting to cook while camping: it's a bunch of extra weight and there's always somewhere to eat. Take your time and enjoy the trip. (You won't if you don't. If you see what I mean)

Routes / Re: Canada to Mexico
« on: October 10, 2011, 12:54:35 am »

I did the Sierra Cascades route this summer, about 80% off it solo and had a great time. The girls seem to get a bang out of you doing it "all on your own". There's good advice above about routes but the ACA route was fine by me. I did about 50/50 motels and camping. Camping is OK it saves money but in future I won't bother taking cooking gear, there's always somewhere to get a meal and it's a pain lugging food around. I got fed up of US Forest Service campgrounds, none of them have showers. It's worth paying $20 to stay in private campgrounds if they have showers and a laundromat. I think you'll have a great time wherever you go.

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades Section 5
« on: October 10, 2011, 12:34:51 am »
You missed out. The climb out of Banning up to Idylwild concentrates the mind something wonderful especially when the temperature is in the 80s. I found it in the same league as Monitor Pass. The views looking back are splendid.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast in January-February
« on: October 10, 2011, 12:24:27 am »
I've rode from SF south in January and had 80 degree weather. They tell me I was lucky. I wouldn't bother with anything on the Washington coast any time of year. (Believe me I've lived her 35 yrs.) It's a bit of a bore, you won't see much coast and much of the route is heavily tree lined and it has logging trucks. There is magnificent coast in WA but you have to hike or mountain bike to see it. If you are using the ACA route avoid Bremerton the traffic there is awful. If you do find yourself in Bremerton there's a passenger only ferry ($2) to Port Orchard, from there you can ride on nice quiet country roads to Gig Harbor and from Gig you can work yourself back onto the ACA route. The weather here is usually utter crap in January and February. Snow at lower elevations on the Olympic Peninsula is rare but you can get rain and strong winds for weeks at a time on the coast at that time of year. I believe that goes for Oregon and Northern California.

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