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General Discussion / Re: In need of a few hints for NT route and food
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:01:20 pm »
"...many of the more populated towns (e.g., Chester, Harlem, Malta, Glasgow) have decent grocery stores.."

Unfortunately for those towns, the NT has been rerouted to roads further south.  But they do have decent grocery stores.  I especially enjoyed staying at pianist Philip Aaberg's home in Chester. 

General Discussion / Re: In need of a few hints for NT route and food
« on: June 15, 2021, 08:41:06 am »
I stayed with a very nice WarmShowers host in Glendive - another option to consider.

General Discussion / Re: Breathing issue
« on: June 01, 2021, 06:12:35 pm »
I agree with zzzz.  It sounds like exercised induced bronchospasms.  Breathing tends to be okay until when you stop and the lungs "tighten up".  Things that go against EIB is that it tends to be worse in cooler/colder and dryer weather - not like Ohio in this time of the year.  Did you ever has asthma as a child?  I thinks it is more common in asthmatics.  How well does your PMD know you?  He/she may prescribe in inhaler without the usual spirometry/peak flow testing.

General Discussion / Advice on purchasing a fat bike
« on: April 21, 2021, 07:09:55 pm »
ACA's Bike Bits had a paragraph about a group in Browning Montana looking for fat bikes.  I'd like to help, but know nothing about fat bikes.  I see that Amazon has several by Mongoose for less than $500.  For example "Mongoose Dolomite Mens Fat Tire Mountain Bike, 26-Inch Wheels, 4-Inch Wide Knobby Tires, 7-Speed, Steel Frame, Front and Rear Brakes, Multiple Colors" and "Mongoose Aztec Mens and Womens Fat Tire Bike, 18-Inch Steel Frame, 26-Inch Wheels, 4-Inch knobby tires".   Would these just become a pain-in-the-a** or are they a reasonably priced bike?  Would they be difficult to service?   Nice if Amazon provides free shipping and they're pretty good with returns.  Or are there other options to consider?  I was thinking about getting something in Browning, but they don't have a bike shop. 

General Discussion / Re: carrying a firearm on a tour
« on: March 09, 2021, 06:41:23 am »
Please, no spoilers...  I'm waiting for the book!

Routes / Re: How are you getting to Anacortes?
« on: March 03, 2021, 05:57:51 pm »
I ended my trip in Anacortes.  Used Bike Flights and Skagit Cycle Center.  The bike shop did a good job and I recommend them.  After bicycling 3800 miles, I was ready to return home to NJ.  The airport shuttle was an efficient, no-hassle way to get to SeaTac.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Best app for following someone on a long ride
« on: February 23, 2021, 01:28:50 pm »
Need more info...

Are you following somebody else's ride?  Or are you riding and someone back home want's to follow your progress?

General Discussion / Re: TransAm done - What next?
« on: February 23, 2021, 07:53:54 am »
The Northern Tier route does go into Canada near Cut Bank, but it can be bypassed easily.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Illinois Gravel Ride (video)
« on: February 15, 2021, 05:42:31 pm »
Thank you for posting your video.  I very much enjoyed watching it.  As I was watching, I kept thinking, "How did he get that shot?"  "He must have spent a lot of time prepping the shots...".  I fear you're raising the bar too high!!

General Discussion / Re: Rain Jacket? Yes. Rain pants?
« on: January 31, 2021, 08:41:59 am »
Rain jackets and pants?  For me, yes and yes.  When bicycling in Montana, there were many days when cloudbursts would cross my path, it seemed on an hourly basis.  I kept my raingear handy in a ziploc bag on the outside of my panniers.  I got very good at quickly getting covered up.  If the squall was bad enough, I'd stop pedaling and find some place to hunker down, sometimes just lying on the ground, downwind of my bike and packs.  When the squall finished, I'd put the gear away.  I didn't want to get wet when it was 60 degrees and windy. 

General Discussion / Re: bicycle navigation computer
« on: January 27, 2021, 05:14:32 pm »
If all you want to know is speed, distance and time, why not just use RideWithGPS on your phone?  Perhaps I misread your question.  Do you want to know what additional features a Garmin (for example) will provide?

General Discussion / Re: Average Weight Loss/Gain on Cross Country Tour
« on: December 16, 2020, 12:01:57 pm »
" I am curious, is weight loss an issue?"

For me, not weight loss but weight gain!

From NJ to Michigan, I gained 3 lbs.  I decided to stop buying Starbucks and ended up losing 10 the rest of the way to Anacortes.  Was it the Starbucks? Or just the cumulative effect of long days week after week?  Probably both.

General Discussion / Re: Route map with elevation profile
« on: December 15, 2020, 02:24:32 pm »
Thanks, Pat.  I started playing around with the KML file.  It's going to take some tweaking but will be an interesting challenge.

John R

General Discussion / Route map with elevation profile
« on: December 14, 2020, 07:45:33 pm »
I'd like advice on a little project I'm working on...

I recently purchased a map of the U.S., had it mounted, and put map tacks along my 2019 modified-Northern Tier route (Attachment 1).  What I'd like to do is export the RideWithGPS elevation profile (Attachment 2),maybe into Excel, where I can adjust the X and Y scales, and mount it as a strip along the bottom of the map showing my route's elevation across the U.S.  Can the elevation info be exported?  I'll also try the staff at RideWithGPS for their assistance.


"...I would love to see that front rack install..."

To whom are you replying?  Hoverbird?

John R

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