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General Discussion / Re: North Nevada & Utah in summer
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:45:28 pm »
I am taking the ACA route from Pueblo, CO to San Francisco, CA around June, July. Will I also run into crazy heat?
Yes, you'll run into some pretty hot weather. But it's manageable if you carry enough water. Ride early in the day. Pay attention to where the services are ahead of you.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 20, 2013, 05:50:40 pm »
I think if you work in a 100-person company, they can more easily adapt to your absence than if you work in a 3-person outfit. It also helps to have skills that cannot be replaced in a second, yet not skills such that they can't do without you for any length of time. It's great to have a job you love with the pay you deserve that gives you the flexibility you desire, but not everybody can have it all I suppose. Would we be willing to take a less interesting job with less pay in order to have the free time we want? Tough question.

Gear Talk / Re: Shaving Creme
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:33:07 pm »
I am one of those who has to shave more often then most.
You have to shave? On my first tour, I sent my plastic disposable razor home because it wasn't worth the 16 grams. On subsequent tours, I stop shaving a few weeks before the tour starts.

Classifieds / Re: Saris Bones Three Bike Rack - $100 (Boulder, CO)
« on: March 17, 2013, 10:11:13 pm »
If the link above to craigslist doesn't work (as it did not for me), try this one:

Routes / Re: Any Wyoming riders out there?
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:32:31 pm »
I rode part of your route in 2011, in the other direction.

There is only one place to stop between Kemmerer and Farson, a gas station with an attached convenience store. Carry plenty of water. The last 30 miles into Farson on Highway 28 are delightful and you'll probably see some antelope. There's a great general store in Farson with excellent ice cream, one small restaurant and a gas station, but nothing else. You'll probably have to deviate a bit off route to Eden to find some place to stay. I was camping so I slept behind the general store.

Lander to Farson was perhaps the hardest day I've ever had on a bike. The climb out of Lander was never-ending, and the wind was against me all day. But you're going the other direction, so it will be delightful. There is only one place to get water between the two cities, at a highway rest stop. Carry plenty of water again. The final miles into Lander are relentless rolling hills. You'll find everything you could possibly want in Lander.

General Discussion / Re: Memorial Charity Ride for Fallen Marine Buddy
« on: March 17, 2013, 02:52:53 pm »
I plan on making the ride with a support vehicle and having supply pickup spots pre-planned throughout the route. ... I'll have around 126 days to complete the ride, which doesn't include the days off.
A couple of things stood out for me. Why are you planning supply pickup spots if you have a support vehicle (or even if you didn't)? Can't you just buy what you need wherever you are? What sort of supplies are you going to have sent to you?

126 days (not counting days off) to do 4400 miles is a very leisurely pace, probably more than you need even if you are taking it easy and stopping to visit a lot of hospitals.

I suggest you specify exactly what percentage of the sponsorship money will support your trip and what percentage goes to the charity.

Have a great time!

General Discussion / Re: What should I name my trip?
« on: March 16, 2013, 06:34:55 pm »
Have business cards printed up and you won't need to send people to Google and Twitter.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:39:07 pm »
I agree that if you are buying a new bike for touring, your best bet is to buy a touring bike. A touring bike has more than a dozen distinct features that make it more suitable for touring than other bikes, and some of those features may not even be evident to you until your third week on the road. Admittedly these features come at a cost of some weight, which may make you go one MPH more slowly. And you'll never be able to keep up with your friends on their weekly club ride on a touring bike. But if you look for a bike that will do everything well, you'll never buy a bike at all, or you'll have a bike that will do nothing well.

It's a different story if you're willing to go ultralight. But once you cross the line, the weight multiplies. Heavier gear requires better racks and better panniers, which are heavier, which then requires a stronger bike, which is yet again heavier.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:12:41 pm »
Another popular thing to wonder about is how those couples who have been traveling for the last 10 years finance it. It's a mystery.

Routes / Re: Northern Route oil and gas activity
« on: March 14, 2013, 01:40:58 pm »
Yes, Dickinson did seem a bit congested. But I just passed through there. I had no trouble camping in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Hebron. There were only 47 miles of interstate--the rest on sleepy little backroads.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:20:26 pm »
When is the 20% Members sale?
They don't have a schedule. The used to do a "20% off any one item" sale four times a year like clockwork, once in each season. Lately they've been mixing it up a bit, so you don't really know what to expect. From 3/6 to 3/18, they have a deal where if you spend $100, you get a $20 bonus card. They did the same thing in December. These promotions may be the substitute for the 20% off one item sale they used to have. They've also been having a lot of targeted sales, which are good only for one particular category of merchandise (e.g., winter clothing, or REI-branded merchandise). Unfortunately, the last time they had their once-predictable "20% off one item" sale was October of 2012 (before that, April 2012 and May 2012).

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:56:33 pm »
I would order it in advance.
It's never too early to order. When I ordered my touring bike, it took 6 months to come in. But I ordered in June when the current year models were already sold out. If you order now, the current year models will likely still be available. The longer you wait, however, the greater the risk that the wait might be very long or you may have to settle for your second choice. Touring bikes are made in limited numbers because of limited demand.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 12, 2013, 10:52:22 pm »
Surely if you've worked somewhere for 24 years, they'd give you a summer off if you asked. You've earned it.

But your idea of starting with shorter trips is good. You'd want to do that anyway. But keep dreaming. You may not need to postpone your dream for six years. I take my long tours by taking time off without pay from my job.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Question
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:49:39 pm »
And teachers with summers off.
Yes indeed, there are a lot of teachers out there in the summer. And a lot of people I meet ask me if I'm a teacher.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:42:47 pm »
Ortlieb's hold up well and are very waterproof if closed properly. They are one of the top brands. No pannier is critter-proof, but these are pretty good. I wouldn't leave any pannier sitting overnight outside on the ground in critter country, especially if it contained food. I usually keep my food in odor bags inside my panniers and have never had a problem. Of course I hang the pannier in bear country.

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