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Routes / Re: Сredit card touring in Europe
« on: March 25, 2024, 04:38:38 pm »
Hi,
If you like Italy, you could go near Venice ciclovia ville venete (https://www.venetoinside.com/it/news-e-curiosita/le-ville-venete-in-bici-i-piu-suggestivi-itinerari-cicloturistici), beautiful also the Treviso-Ostiglia (https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pista_ciclabile_Treviso-Ostiglia), if you could get to Tonale Pass you could do the ciclovia dell'Oglio, in 2019 the most beautiful in Italy. You start from 1884 m and go down to 100 m, only one strong hill of 1 km MAGNIFICENT!!! Fantastic views.

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General Discussion / Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« on: March 21, 2024, 08:58:24 am »
Coastal pacific western states have the right idea about the camping, and where else in the contiguous USA will you find similar to that? Nowhere I know.

Exactly!!! The only such place was in Italy on the Via Francigena where Catholic church sites offer lodging for 20-25 Euros for a bed and a shower... And in Italy we eat even better than in North America  :D

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General Discussion / Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« on: March 20, 2024, 06:06:00 pm »
Hi,
My wife and I have done the Southern Tier on two different occasions during 2022 and 2023 and have slept in hotels approximately 30 times and camped about 20 times.
Is camping cheaper? It depends. In Navarra, we had to pay $85 for a despicable spot, near Tonto Basin they offered us to pitch our tent near the chemical toilets or go near a stream where a guy came out of a trailer with a gun at his side; in another RV Park, the tent spot was where dogs were walked. Another case, in the desert, the tent spot at a campsite was in tall grass, and we don't like rattlesnakes.
On the other hand, some hotel rooms have bedbugs.
So, budget aside, I would say you should evaluate each day where to sleep.
If you want to write to me privately, I can give you the addresses of the tour.
If it were the Pacific Coast, I would tell you immediately that camping spots are very inexpensive!

PS for @fcoulter: Sanderson, TX - Comstock, TX 90 miles without hotel...

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General Discussion / Re: Health + Accident Insurance
« on: March 20, 2024, 05:57:00 pm »
Hi,
I don't know if this website, https://www.protrip-world.com/, is only for EU citizens, but you can try submitting..

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Routes / Re: From Virginia Beach to New York
« on: March 08, 2024, 11:49:55 am »
Thank you John,

Yesterday we got our ticket to FLL. The airline lobby strikes again. A week ago Air Transat direct flight 380 CAD and Air Canada 333 CAD. Yesterday Air Transat 680 CAD and Air Canada 323 unfortunately stopover in Montreal, hoping the bikes don't have problems.
Anyway, off we go!

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Routes / Re: From Virginia Beach to New York
« on: March 05, 2024, 05:07:42 pm »
Grazie John,

I plan the itinerary and hope in two days to buy the airplane ticket to Fort Lauderdale. Airlines are crazy two weeks ago Air Transat from Quebec City was 350 CAD today 680 CAD. No comment

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Routes / From Virginia Beach to New York
« on: March 05, 2024, 04:12:47 pm »
Hello,
I am planning the East Coast from Key West to NYC to Montréal. From NYC to Montréal we will follow Empire State Trail, from Key West to Virginia Beach we would like to stay always on the coast, but arrived at Chesapeake Bay we don't have idea. We have already done the Delaware by RV, we have already visited Washington DC but a bike photo at the Capitol would not be bad  :D , what route do you suggest between Virginia Beach to NYC?

Thanks for the suggestions.

PS: The advice to take the train or a car in that part is also accepted....

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General Discussion / Re: The famous bicycle
« on: March 05, 2024, 03:43:34 pm »
Very nice!
A few years ago I read this great quote from a cyclist, Matt Pierle : A touring bike is like a flying carpet. It's a magical form of transportation that opens eyes and doors to both new horizons and new friendships.

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Hello,
My suggestion. I've been traveling for 40 years, I love photography and writing, for the past two years I've been exclusively traveling by bike with my wife. We use to make videos for family and friends. During the journey, we write just a blog (https://vivereviaggiando.ca).
Applications: I've met people who use Polarsteps (https://www.polarsteps.com/) and it's very good. I don’t use it because I have a blog.
Camera: My wife uses a Sony cigarette pack size (DSC-HX80 - 18x), I prefer a bridge camera (Lumix FZ1000 - 16x) however, is big and heavy. Of course, I've met professional photographers traveling with DSLRs and two lenses.
Cell phone: I just got the Samsung S23 Ultra with a 10x lens, but a good camera is different.
Video: The top is GoPro.
Drone: Amazing images, but you have to carry it in your backpack, stop, assemble it, and fly it. I don’t make video for job, so for me too much time lost.
Computer: If I were to leave for a year, I will take it. For a shorter trip only if I accept adding another 1-2 kg in the bags.
Video editing: We edit it when we are relaxing at home with PC software.
Remeber the dogs: Don’t forget. A marine horn and a dog repellent (https://spisafety.com/Items/0/0000000000002133/Dog_Halt_Repellent_Spray/se/Repellents) . The US dogs are very aggressive and free to bite your calfs.

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General Discussion / Re: Advice on likely my last bike
« on: February 12, 2024, 06:08:44 pm »
Hello,
I 63, my wife 55 and we have been using Bridge Club for 2.5 years. We have done 15,000 km and are happy.

Wheels 700x40 with Schwalbe Marathon Plus for asphalt routes (Pacific Coast, San Lorenzo River, Milan-Rome, Alps) 12,000 km never a puncture.
Wheels 27.5x2.3 with Teravail for mixed routes and mostly dirt (Carretera Austral and Tierra del Fuego). 2,500 km one puncture. :-X >:(

Defect of the Bridge Club is that if you want 700c wheels you can't put on "wide" tires.

Butterfly handlebars

Today, if I will chage, I would buy Surly Ogre with Rohloff or Tumbleweed Prospector with Rohloff

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General Discussion / Re: Help for ideas wanted
« on: February 10, 2024, 06:20:48 pm »
Thank you David

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General Discussion / Re: Help for ideas wanted
« on: February 09, 2024, 10:41:46 am »
@John

I think that for us is the better choice, only one flight, start with flat roads and we can go back home by bicycle.
If you want to send me your routes, it's perfect. Do you want my email in private?

@davidbonn
Good suggestion (and I prefer the West coast to the East coast), but if we stay in the East the logistics is easier for us.

@John
In your first answer, you wrote: The central highlands of Mexico is good too temp wise.
What do you Americans think about safety in Mexico outside Baja California?

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General Discussion / Re: Help for ideas wanted
« on: February 09, 2024, 09:16:58 am »
@John Nettles
 :-[

Last night my wife suggested: Flight to Miami, to ride until Key West, ferry to Fort Meyers then North until home. A bike photo in Washington DC and NYC would be cool. From NY to Montreal there is the Empire State Trail.
What do you say to that? Do you know the route?

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General Discussion / Re: Help for ideas wanted
« on: February 08, 2024, 06:45:15 pm »
And what do you think about El paso - Calgary? The great divide South - North but only paved.

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General Discussion / Re: Help for ideas wanted
« on: February 08, 2024, 05:41:55 pm »
The best is between 65F and 85F, but last year I rode the Souther Tier and the Carretera Austral with some day over 100F

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