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Routes / Re: TransAm Summer 2017
« on: February 24, 2016, 03:00:06 pm »
I agree with John, plan to slow down and ride one way. For me I would  fly to Portland and travel home since you are departing around second week of June.  (Astoria to Yorktown)

Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:45:29 am »
By the way, I bought a waterproof compression bag.  It looks like it will stuff and fit nicely on the top of the back rack between my two rear panniers.  The side benefit of taking the large sleeping bag out of my pannier is that now I will have some good room for food. :-*

Routes / Re: Canada to Mexico from mid february, which way?
« on: February 19, 2016, 05:08:57 am »
i don't know how you would travel from the coast to the various  inland areas, but just to mention a few of my favorite inland sites I recommend considering some of these:
Crater Lake in Southern Oregon
Lake Tahoe/Squaw Valley in Northern California
Yosemite in Central California
If you arrive in spring Death Valley is also quite beautiful

For me Yosemite is number one on this list.

Routes / Re: question on section of Southern Tier in CA
« on: February 11, 2016, 03:32:08 pm »
i don't know where you are coming from the day before but if you can get to Cibola, AZ it is only 71 miles to Brwaley - there is a cheap motel there.

Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 04, 2016, 07:38:18 pm »
I am comfortable with the 20en rating of my bag.  I get cold easily and don't mind sleeping on top of the bag for the warm days.  But the question of where most people pack their sleeping bag makes more sense to me if most folks buy more expensive bags that require less space. 

Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:22:19 pm »
My bag is rated for 20degrees.  I did a forum search for recommendations on temp rating of bag for the transAm and that seemed to be the consensus so I ordered that rating, of course if I would have ordered a more expensive bag I could have gotten the size down.  I wasn't so worried about the extra pound or two as opposed to the extra $100 for the lighter bag but I didn't consider the difference is physical size.  It will fit fine in the pannier so perhaps packing with some heavier items is the best plan. 

Now that I have mostly all my gear at hand I guess I need to start packing it all in and see how it fits.  I have front and backs, so maybe I'm ok with space??? Maybe!

Gear Talk / How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 03, 2016, 05:55:02 pm »
I'm organizing my first tour that is not credit card style.  I ordered the North Face "Aleutian" sleeping bag and when it arrived I was really surprised at how big it is. (16" long and 10.5 across) Its big enough to take up a whole pannier.  I assume it doesn't need to go inside the bag, except what about rain protection?  So my question is how to carry/pack the sleeping bag on my bicycle? 

I would agree with the previous suggestion, a brilliant suggestion.

Gear Talk / Re: Front and Rear Racks Recommendation
« on: December 04, 2015, 12:36:36 am »
Nashbar only has three front racks on their site: Blackburn Outpost Front Rack is 99.99 and the two Nashbar front racks are 12.99 and 19.99.  I am assuming that the two Nashbar racks are not good enough quality for a cross country trip.   I wish there was something of quality in between.

On google I found a Salsa Down Under Front Rack, Pair Black for 65 dollars.  Does anyone reading know if they are good enough.  I'm not sure what a pair of racks are - but I'm guessing they are like a pair of panniers and that they only come in pairs???

Gear Talk / Re: Front and Rear Racks Recommendation
« on: December 03, 2015, 09:09:20 pm »
If I email the Nashbar people do you suppose will they know if the rack fits a standard REI Randonee?

Gear Talk / Front and Rear Racks Recommendation
« on: December 03, 2015, 03:52:01 pm »
Since i last wrote about bike and budget I sold a couple things and saved some dollars -- with my budget of $791, I found an excellent used Novara Randonee on Craigslist and paid $600.  With my $191 left I just this week looked for a pair of racks for the bike and was quite surprised to find out what they cost.  I don't know why but in my subconscious mind I think I was expecting to pay about another hundred for the racks.

I looked on the Cyclosource store first and then tried to google some other less expensive alternatives but didn't really know what I was looking at.  How much quality do I need?  Do I need to budget more? About my trip - I am planning to join the TransAmerica travelers next summer.  I have already acquired some Ortlieb bags this past summer so if there are any suggestions for racks for carrying them across country on my "new to me" Randonee I would appreciate your suggestions or thoughts?

Thanks, Keith

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: TransAmerica and Cincinnati
« on: October 16, 2015, 06:11:17 pm »
I wasn't familiar with the GAP Great Alleghany Passage.  Thanks! I just googled it and read a bit about the trail.  It looks like great. 

Really after reading my question again the main question is regarding suggestions for great route from Cincinnati to to the East Coast. I need to check out the PA Bike route next and also try to find out about the off road bike path into Cincy.  Thanks

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: TransAmerica and Cincinnati
« on: October 10, 2015, 10:16:15 pm »
That's a good point.  A little nervous about staying on a mapped route for my first crossing but by that time I should have enough experience to figure it out on the go.

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Connecting ACA Routes / TransAmerica and Cincinnati
« on: October 09, 2015, 11:43:08 pm »
I'm planning to leave from Oregon coast on the TA in May.  I would also like to pass through Southwest Ohio to see my Grandparents birthplace as I've never been there.  Does anyone have a suggestion to get there staying for the most part on the ACA routes

I could move NE from Cave-in-Rock and after my visit in Ohio continue north to the Northern Tier or somehow return back to TA. I also see on the big map I could continue north from Montana on the N. Tier but probably not, I think I'm looking forward to going through Colorado.  Where I end up on the East Coast doesn't matter too much.  I have very little East Coast experience except for Virgina so I don't mind going North and missing VA.

Thanks for any ideas!

Routes / Re: Has anyone ridden CA hwy 70 aka the Feather River hwy
« on: August 21, 2015, 12:48:26 am »
Cgarch, is there any chance you know anything about the 162 road, Oroville Quincy Highway?  It looks like it wonders around a bit more, than 70 but  might be a beautiful country ride - it might have some impressive grades as well. ;)

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