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Routes / Re: My route for cross country 2016, ideas?
« on: March 20, 2016, 08:57:23 pm »
the new Oakland Bay Bridge has a beautiful bike lane that goes halfway across the bay to Treasure Island. I don't have any idea if there is a ferry terminal to get the rest of the way into the city.  If not, you could just enjoy the touristy ride on the bridge out to Treasure Island and back and then take the Ferry or the BART across the bay. 

I've never been across the Dumbarten so can't compare that part.  (I take that back) I've been across Dumbarten many times in a car and it seems like a boring plain looking basic bridge.

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General Discussion / Re: Passports?
« on: March 20, 2016, 08:42:19 pm »
Interesting that.  I've never heard about the enhanced drivers license.

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General Discussion / Re: Passports?
« on: March 19, 2016, 12:32:57 pm »
Yeah, I agree having a pp is just wise to have and to keep renewed and ready to go. It's quite expensive to order ones at the last minute.  My previous pp was stolen in home breakin and I didn't think to replace.  So last year when friends called and said join us for a vacation coming up, we had to do the rush order.

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Routes / Re: Century day along the TransAm route
« on: March 18, 2016, 03:31:51 pm »
I dont want my miles to vary.  I'm going to plan on tailwinds.  8)

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Routes / Re: Century day along the TransAm route
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:40:12 am »
My schedule is being designed to get me to Montana in time for a family reunion.  I'm trying to plan out a tentative schedule just to get the number of days needed to cross correct - then I added 5 days to provide some buffer.  If I arrive early I will do some side tours in WY and MT. 

I don't have any intention of trying to stay on my scheduled stops day by day.  As far as the century day - I'm just thinking ahead trying to get ideas and enjoying the planning its part of the fun for me. BUT, changing plans when the time comes is also my style. My plans are just there to give me a framework to play in.

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Routes / Century day along the TransAm route
« on: March 17, 2016, 03:55:46 pm »
I'd like to do a century on one day on the TransAm, perhaps silly but just something I'd like to do. Anyone have a section of the route that they might recommend as a good section traveling E-W without a huge amount of climb or wind.
Starting mid-May in Yorktown and planning average of 50 per day - that should put me around the middle of the country second half of June.

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General Discussion / Re: Reflections on First Rain Ride
« on: March 12, 2016, 01:02:55 pm »
DB there is no like button on forums so I'll post a note. "Liked" your post thanks. 

I already had a good rain jacket and ordered rain pants y'day - so have started the process to ride better in the rain

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General Discussion / Passports?
« on: March 11, 2016, 04:25:07 pm »
Pretty sure this is a dumb question and that I know the answer but just in case...
Do I need to take a passport for any reason on the TransAm?

A year ago when I started my first list I was planning to do the Northern Tier and I put Passport on my packing list in case I wanted to detour or pass into Canada, but now I am settled on the TransAm and thinking to just leave the PP at home does that sound right?

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General Discussion / Reflections on First Rain Ride
« on: March 04, 2016, 06:58:36 pm »
I rarely ride in the rain.  In my day by day hobby of riding for exercise and enjoyment, I choose not to ride in the rain, so in planning for my first long tour I am expecting rain will come and today did a test ride on my tour bike with my newly installed fenders.  Today it is raining a medium and steady rain so thought it might be a good test with the weather not to cold - current temp is 57.  Since I am more aware of things my first time doing something I made some notes and then thought why not post them. So, these are my observations.

1. No one passed me in my lane today.  Every driver gave me the lane. Traffic was not heavy today but during my hour ride I was passed by perhaps 25 cars.  Usually at least a few buzz by me in my lane.  I don't know if it was because I put on the panniers which are bright and stand out.  I don't think so, I think it was because drivers were more cautious driving in the rain.

2. My sunglasses were either fogged or wet, so I was hoping others could see me better than I could see them.  (I did have my front and back lights blinking.)  I also noted that I couldn't read my computer at all so if I want to use it then its probably better to just start it and then stick it inside the handlebar bag and keep it dry and not be distracted trying to read it through wet glasses and a wet screen.

3. Going downhill in the rain is hard.  As soon as I reached about 20mph I felt uncomfortable (kinda squirrrely) and needed to slow down.  Also the cold wet fingers did not grip the brakes as securely as I wanted.

4. For the first 30 minutes I was comfortable but by the time my legs warmers and shoes and socks and gloves soaked through I started shivering and at that point the ride was not enjoyable.  I also noted that a helmet cover and shoe covers are required for me unless perhaps it is a warm summer rain???  At the end of the ride a cross wind picked up for about 10 minutes and that was difficult.

5. Its hard to find a nice place to stop for a break when it is raining. During my local rides I look for a park bench or rock under a tree and about every 45 min I will take a break and drink some water and sometimes a couple bites of trail mix.  Today, I didn't need to stop on the short ride but in the spirit of the test I started looking for a place to take a rest stop.  I found a barn in the park, but the floor was muddy getting in. I slipped a bit riding in but didn't want to get off to walk in the mud.

6. When I got home went in the kitchen to change there was a good puddle of water on the floor by the time I got on dry clothes.  I put everything in the dryer and was thinking this would not be as easy to do in a camp while putting up a tent in the rain and so on...

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Thanks all.  Here are my thoughts after your suggestions. 

I think I'd rather just keep moving too, except since I am a retired minister and seminary lecturer, I do have an interest in visiting different church traditions in different parts of the country.  I think I would enjoy it and as a perk I just might get myself invited to a few Sunday lunches.  I certainly won't be wearing my Sunday best clothes tho  8)

I do like the idea of using a warm-shower host to keep the bike and take a bus etc to my reunion IF it looks like I will be delayed.  That may take the pressure off and if delayed at all I can just enjoy my ride without worry.

Jamawani, it was funny you put down an example date of May 20.  I had made a tentative date on my first attempt at guessing a departure and I came up with May 21 to fly out.  I like the idea of perhaps arriving earlier in the week so maybe the 18th would add a couple buffer days and I could arrive on Wed rather than Sat.

I also just discovered Skiplagged.com that will let me see a timeline of prices so I can see at a glance which day of the week and which airline has the best price.  Just now looking I see that flying into Washington DC instead of Richmond or Newport News is $100 cheaper.  It surprised me that Richmond and Newport News were almost the same price.

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General Discussion / Estimating travel days to arrive on specific date
« on: February 29, 2016, 03:24:45 pm »
As I am typing the question I know there is no easy answer, but I thought I'd solicit suggestions anyway.  I have had to change my plans because of a family reunion that has been planned for the middle of the summer.  I was planning to leave the dates open and leave Oregon when the passes opened... arrive on the East Coast when I arrived.  But now the family has planned a reunion and I have to be in Bozeman Montana on a certain date the end of July.  So I am changing plans and will leave Yorktown, VA in May and travel E-W.  But what date do I leave?

I am asking for any ideas on how to plan a departure date.  This is my first long tour - longer than a week so I'm not positive how many miles a day I will travel or how many rest days I'll need.  I could estimate very conservatively but I don't want to arrive in Montana a week early for the reunion  :)  I certainly don't want to arrive late.  My first thought was to just count the miles and divide by 50 miles per day and add one rest day per week.

If any practiced travelers have wise suggestions I'd appreciate your thoughts...

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Lachlan I had the same question so I just did a search - just now- from the forums opening screen I searched for "Yorktown shop" and got a whole page of what looks like previous similar questions.

I see that yours is just now asked but not yet answered So thought to mention my search to help you get started.  When are you departing?

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Gear Talk / Re: Installing rack and fenders tomorrow, quick question
« on: February 25, 2016, 09:06:38 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions.

I do have two eyelets so they seem to both go on without doubling up, however, I thought I was finished as I finally had everything lined up, but when putting in the bolts and tightening up it seems the rack legs have to go over the top of the hex bolt I used on the fender which makes the rack bolt sit to far away from the eyelet. I have longer bolts but (not an engineer) it looks like that isn't as strong that way.  I'll keep playing with it.

On my first try I had the rack and the fender in the opposite eyelets and everything fit evenly and snug - but when I turned the bike back to rightsize up the tube for placing the panniers was not level.  After swapping the two to the other eyelets makes everything level but now I  have the new problem

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Gear Talk / Re: Installing rack and fenders tomorrow, quick question
« on: February 25, 2016, 02:24:50 am »
Thanks RonK,
I don't have disc brakes.  I assumed the instructions would be in the box but if not I will download.  I have eyelets, on the front fork I used the term braze-ons - is that the same thing? Trying to learn the vocabulary. Anyway there are two on the bottom on both sides of where the tire sits.  There are two up the fork.  The one facing the outward is roughly 8" up the fork, and the one facing the spokes is roughly 4" up. 

I've had the fender a month or so and I remember seeing instructions there as well but my biggest question was which to install first because I doubt the instructions of either will address the other.

Actually I did do a google pic search already but I couldn't really see how they were both connected in the pics where I could see anything. 

Thanks, I'll work my way through it and start with the rear fender. The rear rack came with the bike so that part is already done so I will add the fender as best I can and then move to the front.

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Gear Talk / Installing rack and fenders tomorrow, quick question
« on: February 25, 2016, 01:16:15 am »
Tomorrow I am installing fenders and racks on my REI Randonee with braze-ons.  This is my first time to install either, so knowing my mechanical skill this may take awhile.  I'm wondering what do I want to install first, the RACK or the FENDERS?

I doubt it matters but if it does, I am installing a used Tubus Tara and new Planet Bike Cascade Fenders.

Oh also, do the wheels come off or stay on for installation?

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