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General Discussion / Re: Routes North from San Diego in Feb
« on: February 01, 2016, 07:17:08 pm »
The winds along the coast tend to be a problem for north bound cyclists all year round.  You can parallel the Cascades route by traveling up hwy 395.  Unless there is a storm the road is open year round.  Some of the passes in the Sierras have been closed for a while and they continue to get lots of snow so it will be late spring before they open up.  You should be able to map out a route from San Diego that parallels I-15 up to Hesperia where you can get on hwy 395.  Early in the year it can be pretty cold.

Jennifer's note was for the temporary closure of the bike lane on the ocean side of the I-5 where the amphibious exercises take place.  That closure ended on Friday 1/29. 

My note relates to the use of the roads on the main part of the base.  The PC route calls for using roads on the main part of the base between Las Pulgas road and Harbor Drive.  Formerly as a cyclist you could enter the base with only an ID.  Now you need to be pre-screened and put on a list to enter the base.  If you don't get prior approval (unless you have a military ID) you will have to ride on the freeway for about 8 miles. 

The transportation corridor is now the I-5 and there is still a railroad line. 

You have no legal right to access any military facility without permission.  You will be arrested and charged with trespassing.  That is the law and it includes Camp Pendelton. 

You can still travel on the shoulder of the I-5. 

There is no "right" to unfettered access to military facilities. Most of the military facilities in California have been closed and the property either given to the local community or sold for redevelopment.  Camp Pendelton is the only facility on the west coast where amphibious operations can be rehearsed.  As such they have periodically closed cyclist access to the facility during those exercises. 

Under a new access policy, all visitors who don’t have regular government or military clearance, such as military personnel, their families and reservists, must be sponsored by an authorized individual or unit on the base. They also must have a valid reason to enter and be pre-approved after a background check that can take up to seven days.  This policy begins Monday February 1, 2016.

Cyclists riding on the base will be required to register as well. Once cleared and on the registry, their access to ride on the base is valid for a year. The online registry goes up Monday.

The point of contact for the Sponsored Visitor Program and Base Access is:

 Base Access Control
 Bldg. 41501T
 (760) 763-7604/7605
 Business Hours: 0600-1600 Mon-Thur. (closed Fridays)

Routes / Re: Southern Tier with no camping?
« on: December 20, 2015, 05:33:06 pm »
When I did the Southern Tier I had to stop in Langtry, TX which does not have a motel.  I was trying to make Comstock or Del Rio but the headwinds and the half inch chip seal made it impossible.  As Westinghouse mentioned the distance may seem doable but the weather, road, or other unforeseen factors may make it all but impossible to make.  I always carry some light camping equipment even if I plan on staying every night in a hotel.

It is a bit of a stretch from Sanderson to Comstock/Del Rio (80 plus miles). 

Routes / Re: Wild camping along US Highway 50 in Nevada
« on: November 28, 2015, 01:51:38 pm »
In the passes where you find trees there will be areas where you can wild camp as you can get far enough off road to be unseen.  There are a few areas where you can camp free.  Middlegate station is one such place.  Just check in at the restaurant.  They are very accommodating to touring cyclists.  They also have a limited selection of food items.  There are also a couple of BLM campgrounds available but not sure if there is a charge. 

Routes / Re: Southern Tier variant
« on: November 17, 2015, 10:29:03 pm »
You can cycle in Chiricahua.  I was with a group that cycled it several years ago.  We stayed in Wilcox and then rode out to the park.  It may be missed just because it is a little out of the way.  It's a nice place.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to ride the park during that tour since I broke my collarbone riding down Mt. Graham the day before we were to ride to the park.    This is a great area to ride in the spring/fall.

It is doable but be prepared for cold and wet weather.  You should have tires that have good traction in wet weather.  If it is as rainy as predicted it is possible that parts of PCH along Big Sur may close due to mud slides.  Be prepared to take an alternate route.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a combination road / light touring bike
« on: November 12, 2015, 07:56:11 pm »
I have 3 bikes that work for the various types of rides mentioned earlier.  My favorite bike is a Moots and it fits what you described.  I've used it for multi-day supported rides, cross country self-supported and just riding for exercise.  I'm sure you can find a similar bike and have it geared to do what you need.  I have several different rear cassettes so I can change the gearing especially if I'm not touring and carrying gear. 

Granted my favorite bike was a little expensive but it will last until I can't ride anymore and it was made to fit me.  Check out the bike shops in your area to see what they have to offer.  ACA magazine has an annual issue that lists manufacturers and it may be a good idea to check the bike makers web sites to see what they have to offer. 

Routes / Re: Diversion from Western express - advice needed !
« on: October 23, 2015, 05:20:32 pm »
The 163 from Kayenta to Mexican Hat can be a very hazardous route.  It is a very heavily traveled road with no shoulder.  Expect a lot of RV's driven by gawking tourists.  The road passes by Monument Valley (think John Wayne westerns) so it gets lots of tourists.  If all the beer cans on the side of the road were smashed flat you could repave the highway with aluminum.  That is part of the hazard.  The scenery is beautiful but I refuse to ride a bike on that highway.   The rest of your route should be OK just expect high traffic. 

General Discussion / Re: Transporting 8-12 Bikes
« on: October 13, 2015, 07:28:27 pm »
I've seen a trailer that holds 12 bikes.  It was a small modified boat trailer that used yakima racks.  It had four bars that ran across the trailer.  The mounts were the type with a strap to hold the rear wheel and front fork minus the wheel is held in the other half.  Not sure what the mount is call but it is two separate pieces.  It appeared to securely hold the bikes and they were easy to access.  Not sure Yakima still sells the rear wheel holder but you could do the same thing with their Viper rack.  You may be able to find the discontinued racks on ebay or amazon.

Routes / Trans Alternative route Section 8
« on: October 10, 2015, 02:32:49 pm »
When traveling the Trans Am through central Kansas you may want to consider a slightly different route.  I rode this alternative this summer and I found it to be a good alternative especially since there is very little in Cassoday, KS (Map 95).  Traveling east (Map 93) leave Newton on the mapped route.  After turning on east on E. 1st St. continue about 12 miles to NW. Butler Rd.  Right Turn (South) for about 6 miles to Hwy 198.  Follow Hwy 198 east until your reach SW 10th St (W. Towanda Ave) and continue east into El Dorado.  If you head north 2 blocks you will run into Hwy 54 and this will rejoin the route at Rosalia. 

El Dorado State park is just outside the city with good facilities and there are plenty of other places to stay, eat, and resupply.  This route is low to moderate traffic, it is good road in most places with a wide shoulder and provides more services than the published route.

General Discussion / Re: How much is this bike worth?
« on: September 15, 2015, 12:44:18 pm »
The price seems a little high based on what I paid for my custom made bike (Moots).  It's Ti and I paid significantly less that $9k.  Granted it wasn't painted but it didn't need the paint.  As was mentioned if you add up the full retail cost of each component and an expensive paint job it could approach $9k.  If you sell it you might be able to get $3k-$4k.  Just depends on much someone is willing to pay. 

South / Re: Darrow, LA
« on: September 14, 2015, 10:46:38 am »
The MRT  bicycling guide lists the Bocage Plantation B&B, 39050 Hwy 942, Darrow, La, 225-588-8000  Right across the river from Darrow is Donaldsonville and it appears to have several hotels.  A few miles past Darrow is hwy 70 and you should be able to cross the river.  Google maps shows a narrow shoulder over the bridge however.

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