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Cool, thanks for the update...

Duty calls, in that I'm interested in catching a concert in Louisville on the 15th of July - Clutch (some bands - well, maybe one - are worth risk.)  But, still, I'm still hashing out the details.

Appreciate you taken the time to respond,



this is awesome, thank you so much for posting,


Connecting ACA Routes / Trans AM Kentucky - off-route to Louisville
« on: June 07, 2012, 09:15:49 am »
Curious is anyone has any suggestions on best to head to Louisville from the mapped Trans-AM Section for Kentucky.  It looks close enough to just find a road and have at it, but it someone has a road in mind that's better than another, I'd be interested to know,



Classifieds / SOLD: Old Man Mountain Rack Set: Front and Rear
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:09:27 pm »
I am selling my OMM (old man mountain) racks as a set - both front and rear:

Front:  Sherpa (700c/29er): comes with mounts to attached to front hub - INCLUDES extra-long skewer.  I am including L-shaped brackets that allow "extenders" to attached to Canti-mounts

Rear:  Sherpa (700c/29er):  This is a the latest/newest version of the Sherpa.  I have had it about 2 months, as a result of a warranty replacement for my previous Sherpa.  The new version is wider, a tad longer, with larger diameter tubing.  BADASS!!!.  The rack will come with two attachment options:  1) To mount to hub (extra-long skewer NOT included) 2) Shorter mounts that attached to rack-mounts on frame. (options shown in photo)

I am the original owner on both:  They've been used, but not abused.  All bolts have been replaced as of three months ago.  Extenders on rear rack are less than 3 weeks old.

$120.00 plus shipping gives you the set.  PM me with any questions

General Discussion / Re: Is the ST Near Mexico Safe?
« on: May 09, 2012, 12:11:17 pm »
I'm going to ask a very basic question

What's the goal of the original post?

Gear Talk / Re: Old Touring Bicycles
« on: March 23, 2012, 04:18:55 pm »
One of my most favorite possession - EVER - was a 1986 Dave Scott Centurion, which was more than capable of takign me 6000+ miles (Southern Tier, and 75% of the Atlantic and Pacfic Coast.) The addition of Old Man Mountain Racks front and back quickly turned it into a full-on Single-speed touring bicycle.

Take Paddleboy's advice to heart; and, too, have the bike looked-over completely.  Something "new" isn't necessary better - something "old" isn't necessary worse.


Routes / Re: Southern Tier- Route Safety/Hazards
« on: December 25, 2011, 07:49:29 pm »
Saying "go and don't worry.." is the best advice I can give.

      Safety concerns are minimal at best.  Tires?  Marathon pluses ALL DAY LONG.  Heavy slow and absolutely amazing.  I uses them on the ST and had no issues - rode everywhere and anywhere.  True riding about 80 miles each day I'd sometimes convince myself that the weight/etc was too much...  Still, flatless is not something to take "lightly."

Regarding the two questions, the answers would be yes and yes...

Only I guess it just depends on why - maybe specific to question 2 - you'd be thinking about not taking a tent.  Granted, the climates' a little dryer in/around CA and AZ where I didn't use a tent, but that's hardly the case as you move further east.

As for Emory Pass - if your decision to "pass" on that portion is in part because of weather (and no tent) I would say buy a tent for EP then send it back home if you still think you won't need it.  The trek up/over Emory Pass is amazing - times 100,000,000...  I met more than a few people heading east when I was in AZ who decided (before getting there) that it was "too high, too far... too this, too that..."  (mind you, based only on ACA's elevation descriptions...) Yet, funny - they asked me 50 questions about what it was like.... 

A "tent" isn't the only option.  It took a little while, but I've finally gotten more than comfortable in a bivy sac - something you might want to look into.


Routes / Re: Southern Tier in 36 days?
« on: November 22, 2011, 03:09:56 pm »
yes, it's doable - even singlespeed... :o

There are several - well depending on how you see it - portions of the ST that allow for a comfortable, more than doable 100-plus days.  I averaged about 96 , with lay over days, and finished in 45.  At no point did I feel like I was missing anything or going too fast, or was too rushed at one point or another.  It's an adventure, which means a 1000 different things to 10,000 people.

If you go 1 mile, or 100 per day - just make sure you go and ENJOY it.


Routes / Re: Southern Tier Re-route through Texas
« on: November 20, 2011, 03:53:08 pm »

It would be well worth your time to search the forums on this topic - it's been asked and addressed more than once.  There are some interesting opinions, but I think you'll find that no one is going to suggest you avoid the border or any other part of the route as formally mapped by ACA.


General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier transam ride
« on: August 14, 2011, 02:40:54 pm »
I left from the east coast at the end of September, which put in me in higher elevation - N Mexico - in late October.  The weather was perfect.  A few colder evenings in western Az/east CA, but overall it seemed like a perfect time to leave.  You'll have to contend with humidity in the southern states at least until October - maybe evening November, but the air temps will be fine.

Enjoy yourself.


General Discussion / Re: Your top 5 things to take on tour
« on: July 15, 2011, 01:22:29 pm »
light my fire spork....

seriously, beyond a bike, and maybe a bag or two for cross-country travel, the spork is the best thing I've ever purchased (for bike touring or otherwise...)

Routes / Re: Southern Tier East to West beginning in September
« on: June 07, 2011, 09:01:50 am »
I did the ST - east to west - starting on  September 29, 2009.  Amazing weather:  it's a mixture of everything: humid(ish) in the gulf area and cooler in the mountains.  As for snow, it's hard to say.  The week after I went over Emory pass - early november, it snowed.  It can get cold in the mountains almost any time of the year.

But, no question.

September is a perfect time to leave.


Routes / Re: Border Safety concerns on Southern Tier
« on: May 29, 2011, 01:45:24 pm »
I wouldn't highlight the area in and around el paso as anything beyond what the entire route represents:  a chance to see the country and provide yourself a sense of adventure. Being safe and careful everywhere is important:  my experience in el paso and the ride to it from van horn was amazing - the ride, the people the food.  Plus, in my case, heading west, I could celebrate el paso as having just finished riding across Texas.  So el paso is very special to me for that alone.

Man, what would Twain think...

One of the fondest moments of the southern tier was the ferry ride over the Mississippi.  The firm handshake from the ferry's skipper and feeling like I had really crossed into the West are something I won't forget.

Anyway, thanks for the update,


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