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General Discussion / Re: What "riding buddies" do you take on tour?
« on: January 18, 2022, 07:23:23 pm »

This is Marvin.  We found him face down in the road in Alexandria, MN.  We took him home, helped him get off drugs and gave him a job.  He still wants to ray-gun entire states, but we've hidden his weapon.

Gear Talk / Re: The shoe dilemma
« on: January 18, 2022, 07:13:13 pm »
I've always used double-cleat SPDs and a good brand of walkable, cleated cycling shoes.  One pair of footwear for me.  This works well for my situation, which is: flat feet requiring good arch support, only doing short walks (<3 miles) off-bike, and feet that get cold easily in cooler/cold weather. 

I've heard the claim that sandals with the right socks work in cold weather, but for my feet, long limbs and crappy circulation, I really doubt they would work.  To people who don't have a problem keeping extremeties warm, I'll say thanks but your advice is not useful for me.

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2022, 01:44:31 pm »
I’m finally making the opportunity for an epic tour.  The longest tour I’ve taken to date is three weeks. This year, I’m on the Trans Am Westward AC tour.  I have almost all my gear and mods done, and Amtrak reservations to Williamsburg an home from Eugene.  I have yet to make a jersey, reinforce my rack, get a footprint for my Quarter Dome tent, and build a front wheel.

General Discussion / Re: Water?
« on: December 30, 2021, 06:11:47 pm »
Many of the places where bathrooms are available can also give you water: government buildings, police stations, libraries, schools.  Churches too, if someone happens to be there on weekdays.

General Discussion / Re: Donate to ACA for free when using Amazon
« on: December 29, 2021, 07:06:31 pm »
Ok, re-login on Smile, go down a level or two, go sideways once, now I found it and the search works.  JFC.

General Discussion / Re: Donate to ACA for free when using Amazon
« on: December 29, 2021, 06:51:02 pm »
Maybe I need to step away from this for a few minutes.  John, I’m not mad at you, I’m mad at Amazon.

I’d love to change my charity, but I can’t find the list. The details page hotlink just takes me to the public home page with no obvious link to Smile.  If I go through my login, the search only shows a couple hundred charities, and I can’t find AC with the search.

When I tested software for a living, at least I knew where to send the problem ticket.

General Discussion / Re: coffee coffee
« on: December 27, 2021, 12:41:31 pm »
Is coffee addictive ??  ;-)

Yes, mild physical addiction, but withdrawal for most people causes little more than a headache and only lasts a day or so.  My problem is, I still work on a self-indulgence model. And being a diabetic, coffee gives me a self-indulgence that’s zero carb.  Now if I can get my digestion to tolerate more than one cup a day…

Coffee seems to work well for a lot of recovering alcoholics.  Lesser of two evils, for sure.

Caffeine is a trigger for many migraine sufferers.  Beware.

General Discussion / Re: Maps Provided
« on: December 20, 2021, 01:12:19 pm »
Paper can be good for many other uses.  Paper sandwich bags make decent improvised gloves on a cool ride.

General Discussion / Maps Provided
« on: December 17, 2021, 04:42:30 pm »
I’m registered for a self supported AC tour next year.  In the “Before You Go” information, it says that maps are provided to the rider.  Are we given the choice of paper or digital maps?  I’m very much a paper map guy…

I’ve only taken one short AC tour, which was a new route so they gave us copied hardcopy maps.  I’m wondering what they do on an epic tour with an established map set.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Claypool Tunnel, Old US 60
« on: December 15, 2021, 07:04:39 pm »
I just took a look on Google Maps.  Too bad about the dangerous tunnel, the scenery on US 60 is stunning.

General Discussion / Re: The more expensive tires are the least expensive.
« on: December 10, 2021, 07:44:38 am »
On bikes that go on tour or are ridden a lot locally, I don’t skimp on tires or braking.  They last longer and work better.  Same holds true on my motor vehicle.

Food Talk / Re: Best Foods for Training
« on: November 28, 2021, 08:02:04 pm »
I just looked up the Renegade Diet.  Looks like another fad diet with no scientific basis.  Even if it works, its focus seems to be on building bulky muscle.  OP just needs a balanced diet and muscle training, meaning some strength training and a lot of endurance training.

Any info source with something to sell, in this case a book, is not an unbiased source.

General Discussion / Re: Finding accommodation
« on: November 28, 2021, 07:42:46 pm »
Re. Motels, we used to reserve tomorrow night’s room each morning. So before departing on Tuesday, we’d call to reserve Wednesday night’s room. We’d reserve two days ahead for bigger cities and holiday weekends.

General Discussion / Re: coffee coffee
« on: November 26, 2021, 06:16:13 pm »
If you want to carry cream with you, Mr. Canalagator, get the little, single serving plastic cups some restaurants use.  Yo have to carry the empties, but those weigh very little.  They keep without refrigeration.  I drink my coffee back, but I've used the coffee creamers to enrich couscous.

Years ago I looked for them, and other single-serve items like mayo, with little success.  Few merchants carried these things, and those who did had them in far larger quantities than I cared to buy, e.g. boxes of a hundreds, or a thousand mayo packets.  On a quick look, it seems that situation hasn’t changed.  If I could buy twenty or thirty, I would go that route.

General Discussion / Re: New Executive Director
« on: November 20, 2021, 10:40:26 pm »
The circumstances of any one person's job change might bear on the nature of the organization, but we also must respect that something there might not be anyone else's business.  The important thing is this: they stated that the strategic direction of the organization would not change.  I'd let it go at that.

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