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General Discussion / Blatant Anti-Cyclist Comic in Today's Paper
« on: February 08, 2012, 03:46:18 pm »

"And that's why I try to run them over." >:(

General Discussion / Re: Most interesting states
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:29:18 pm »
The reason Idaho has such a low representation is the need for a passport at the borders.
That, and the fact that Idaho drivers showed us the least courtesy toward cyclists of any state we travelled through, and that the roads had the smallest shoulders and worst road conditions. At least, this was true on Hwy 200 along Lake Pend Orielle. Spectacular scenery, otherwise.

General Discussion / Re: Most interesting states
« on: January 31, 2012, 08:28:28 am »
How many days were you on the road?
Well, the photo count does include the drive from Seattle to LA in a rental van, and LA back to New England in the vehicle we bought (which includes a ton of shots while we hung out for a week in the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas). Total trip time 140 days. My son and I each had our camera bags mounted on our handlebars and were constantly shooting stuff we found interesting as we were riding.

General Discussion / Re: Most interesting states
« on: January 30, 2012, 04:19:33 pm »
I counted the 774 pictures from my TransAm...

The reason I'm not chiming in on this conversation yet is that I'm still working on the state by state picture count from our Boston to Seattle trip. Between my son and I, we took over 26,000 photos!
How 'bout you, pdlamb? You posted percentages, but how many photos did you shoot?

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country with a 13 year old boy
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:08:49 pm »
Last year, my wife and I rode with our then 11 year old son (he turned 12 in WA) from Boston to Seattle on a modified version of the NT (we went across NY on the Erie Canal Trail crossed through Canada and then after MN dipped down through SD and WY to hit Natl Parks). Our son did great and loved it.

The first week we avg'd about 20 miles/day, 2nd week 30/day, 3rd week 40 or so/day. After that we avg'd 40 - 60/day and he did fine with that. In WA we stayed with a warmshowers family that rode the year before with kids on tandems. That worked for them, our son said no way would he want a tandem - he wanted to pedal the whole trip on his own power. My wife and I had trailers and carried most of the gear. We did give our son panniers to carry some stuff (mostly for his ego). Best wishes on your trip!

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:30:10 am »
On the western half (Oregon coast to Pueblo, CO), I'd say motels averaged ~$75 including tax, but they'll be a bit cheaper on the eastern half.

Doing a modified NT last year, we found the opposite pricing. Motels in the East were $80+, in the West $40+. We found best way to find a cheap price was to check and Warmshowers is great, too.

General Discussion / Re: Bike Friday or S&S Couplers
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:19:28 am »
The hard part about making this decision was switching to the small wheels.

You may want to consider putting on something like Schwalbe Big Apple tires. (The 20" tire comes in several widths.) They provide a more cushy ride and are quite bombproof w/Kevlar.

General Discussion / Re: Hi, I'm a newby after advice!
« on: November 15, 2011, 09:04:24 am »
You can also read journals of previous trips on the crazy guy website.

Here's results of a search with the words SF and NY:

and SF and Austin:

General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:43:49 pm »
No kit required.   Boil some water in your pan, chuck in a handful of coffee and bring back to the boil.   Lift off the flame for a few seconds then repeat twice.   Pour into mug, drink and remember to leave the last half inch or so of liquid in the mug unless you like chewing grains :)   You can also add sugar if required at the first stage.   

This is actually the traditional method of making Turkish coffee although they use a very small copper utensil.

Also known as "Cowboy Coffee". But then, the name of this thread is "Camp Coffee That DOESN'T Suck". :-\

General Discussion / Re: Stupid Hotel Question
« on: October 26, 2011, 04:13:50 pm »
For campgrounds I would type: Campgrounds (and the state I was looking for) on Google which would bring up every campground in the area.
We also used and enjoyed staying with folks via
You can also use google to find hotels, but to find the best deals we used and

Gear Talk / Re: Sleeping pads
« on: October 04, 2011, 11:26:02 am »
After much research, the Exped Synmat pads served a family of 3 for 4 months of bike touring. Since there were 3 of us, we bought the version w/o a built in pump and then bought their separate lightweight pump to save even more weight. Even when we hit snow in Yellowstone and night time lows of 20 degrees at the Grand Canyon, we slept warm. Great, comfortable pad!!!

Gear Talk / Re: Trailer tires
« on: October 04, 2011, 10:47:55 am »
Good high pressure tires on a trailer make a huge difference in rolling resistance (you notice pulling a trailer far less). On a recent cross country tour we had Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on 3 bikes and Schwalbe Marathon tires on 3 trailers. For the whole trip, the bikes had 0 flats and the trailers had 7. I highly recommend Marathon Plus.

New England / Re: Hello NE riders. Are ya out there?
« on: October 01, 2011, 12:40:49 am »
Keene, NH checking in. Still too early for fall foliage colors here in SW NH at the end of September. However, it has been decent touring/riding weather.

Bikecentennial / Re: The Good Old Days
« on: September 30, 2011, 12:12:01 am »
Some folks have posted memories of '76 in the Touring section of

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