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Routes / Death Valley Route
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:28:39 pm »
I'm planning my next ride and can't find much on sights to see in Death Valley, CA.  Any experience out there?  The following is my early 2015 Desert SW Tour Route.  The map is on-going and zoomable.

Routes / Tenting on the Pacific Coast Route
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:56:38 pm »
My routes and overnight stops are determined way ahead when planning a tour.  I make use of Warmshowers and Couchsurfing wherever I can because for me, they are like minded people and their hospitality and generosity make them the finest anywhere.    Yet when there are no hospitality site members, I hate getting beat up by RV Parks and commercial campgrounds when I need a place to tent.  Over the years I have heard about small campgrounds for riders along the Pac Coastline, and I have also heard that they closed some of them down due to problems with the homeless.  I hope to do the Pac Coast in September from Vancouver down and it would be great to hear from someone who has the scoop on campgrounds.
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Classifieds / Found One - Seeking used Bob Trailer
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:37:47 pm »
Looking for a Bob Trailer or similar this season as a loan, rent or buy.  So pack up that dusty thing hanging on the wall in the garage and send it to me for my June 1st bast off.  I need to carry more weighty gear and water for remote regions and lonesome mountain roads through the Pacific NW and I'm tired of rear wheel breakdowns in the middle of nowhere.

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General Discussion / New Tool For Planning Your Tour
« on: March 22, 2014, 07:42:00 pm »
New tool for planning your tour.
I enjoy sharing my on-tour experiences on Facebook with updated photos and brief stories while pedaling my route. One thing followers have been asking for is a 'single-click to see' zoom map where they may pinpoint my location on the road while also looking at the route ahead to where I am going, and even looking back to where I have already been.
Google Maps Engine Lite is free and fills that purpose very well. After playing with it for awhile, I purchased the Pro version which allows for much more information to be included. ($5 per month) I'm still playing with it but it will also import data from Google Drive where I keep a spreadsheet of my host information and overnight stays.
It requires some work during the planning phase but later while traveling, it just takes a little wifi now and then to keep up and make adjustments. All I have to figure out now is how to import it to my Garmin GPS unit. ...See my 2014 in-progress tour map below.

General Discussion / Safe Places to Park My Gear
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:04:02 pm »
I recently returned from celebrating my 70th year with a solo 7,000 mile bicycle loop through the eastern USA and Canada.  I had a magnificent trip with only one annoying on-going problem that I would like to share.  When visiting National Park tourist attractions with a fully geared down bike, most places had no place for me to safely stow my rig.
For example, the Fort at St. Augustine, FL where many lower tier rides start and terminate, the policy is for bicycles to park in the parking lot which appeared to me to be an open invitation to thieves.  After spending time talking to the Park Ranger, he looked around for his boss, winked his eye and told me to park it on the side of the ticket station up near the fort which made me feel much better.  I was able to go inside and spend some time checking things out.
The NASA Visitor Center at Titusville, FL was not so friendly.  They wanted me to park in the motorcycle parking lot which was out of sight of the center entrance.  The place is set up like an amusement park and the line of ticket kiosks act as a barrier to anyone sneaking in.  I asked if I might park my bike just inside the center where there was an unused wide open area.  This felt pretty safe to me being inside the gates.  They would not work with me at all on the situation and I had to ride away without being able to visit the museum.  I had gone miles out of my way on dangerous no-shoulder roads to get there and remember well the way I felt.
In Philadelphia, PA I wanted to see the Liberty Bell.  A Park guard stood there at the entrance where there was a long line to get in, but he wouldn't let me park my bike near him even after I explained the value of all the gear and my plight.
This sort of thing happened a lot.  One can lock his bike, but not the gear on board, and I carry lots of stuff.  This year (2014) I am attempting a ride through the Pacific Northwest.  As I plan my trip, I'm going to write to the places of interest and explain my plight.  Maybe I can get some better cooperation that way.

Southwest / Monument Valley experience?
« on: October 19, 2012, 09:51:22 pm »
What are the most scenic bike touring routes through Monument Valley, Utah?  Still passable in November? I don't want to bypass the best stuff.  Can one tent?  I then plan to do the Grand Canyon before continuing west to San Luis Obispo, CA.

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