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Routes / Sharpsburg-Gettysburg
« on: January 12, 2022, 02:14:24 pm »

I want to ride from Washington DC to Gettysburg, taking in Harpers Ferry and Antietam. C&O Canal path seems like the best option for that. Any suggestions on best ways from Sharpsburg/Antietam to Gettysburg? Thanks!

General Discussion / Re: Donate to ACA for free when using Amazon
« on: January 09, 2022, 02:43:33 pm »
Done. Thanks, John

General Discussion / Re: Solo Trip Cooking Logistics
« on: January 09, 2022, 02:34:32 pm »
Has anyone used Huel? Supposedly you can make as much or as little as you want and they have some appealing flavors = green curry, mac and cheese, etc. Just add hot water. .... I guess

Gear Talk / Re: Solar battery/charger?
« on: January 07, 2022, 04:35:27 pm »
I'm planning the same thing. Good luck.

Gear Talk / Re: Solar battery/charger?
« on: January 07, 2022, 01:52:12 pm »
Has anyone considered a dynamo hub? It could charge a battery pack while you ride.

General Discussion / Re: The best music for touring
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:28:50 am »
Sing. Like nobody's listening.

General Discussion / Re: coffee coffee
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:23:59 am »
Melita makes a lightweight plastic cone, which, equipped with a paper filter, fits onto a mug. Hot water is poured over coffee in the filer and decent coffee drips into the mug. It's lightweight and a good alternative to other methods. In a pinch, Starbucks makes little instant coffee packets called Via. Could be worse.

Gear Talk / Re: Sleeping pads
« on: December 18, 2021, 11:34:48 am »
The leaky mattress has found rest of its own in some landfill. I used. a 3/4 Thermarest for three months in Europe 20 years ago without a hint of leak. Tempted to go look for one of those. Meantime I'll pack some TearAid. Thanks for the comment.

Gear Talk / Sleeping pads
« on: December 18, 2021, 10:54:37 am »
Thought I'd beat this dead horse again ...On a recent trip I was trying out an ultralight Klymit (sp?) pad. As soon as I put my weight on it (215 lb) it went flat and, being too tired to mess with it, I left it that way. I'm looking for a DURABLE, lightweight and packable pad. It doesn't have to be full length (I'm 6'1"). Just looking for a good night's sleep. Won't buy Klymit again. Any ideas?

General Discussion / Re: Senior comeback
« on: July 23, 2018, 07:57:55 am »
the advice came too late. i was almost 800 miles into the trans am when i fell last week in kentucky. broken wrist, broken big toe, lots of road rash. going back to that point in april.

Damn! Hope you heal and make a comeback of your own. We old guys have to persist.

General Discussion / Senior comeback
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:38:22 am »
I'm a 68-year-old, reasonably fit male who is making a return to cycling after a layoff of about 15 years. Health factors and other things I won't elaborate on here forced me to give up cycling, which had included touring in Europe and U.S., mountain biking in Vermont and out West and general, frequent riding of between 30 and 60 miles with 2 or 3 centuries thrown in. So I was doing OK. But now I find I have lost a lot of strength and endurance and want desperately to regain as much as I can. Where I used to look at 70 or 80 miles as a good challenge, 25 to 30 miles is now my ceiling. Are there any others out there with similar circumstances? I would appreciate any advice on how to go about rebuilding strength and endurance (ride, ride, ride, I know) especially for a guy pushing 70. I'd like to get to a  point where I could handle a week-long Erie Canal trip or GAP/C&O ride. Thanks in advance.

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