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Messages - nthabiseng

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Routes / Re: southern tier route
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:10:13 pm »
Hm, I guess it depends on what kind of rider you are; I could never make Ocotillo in one day.  But once you get as far as Jacumba the miles go fast.  There is a place to tent there, but if there is still daylight left you could probably make it all the way.  I can't remember how long it took us to get to Ocotillo once we got down the I-8 grade.  I do remember there is nothing but desert.  And maybe if you are going when the days are longer than ours in Feb, that would help.

Routes / Re: southern tier route
« on: February 19, 2012, 06:50:57 pm »
Les, we did that route exactly one year ago.  You can check what I wrote about the climb in our journal.
We had been very worried about the climb, but it ended up being not as hard as I had imagined.  We did break it up into 2 days as you will read.  We wanted to spend the morning in San Diego, so left mid day for Lakeside where we had a Warmshowers host.  So it was really the next day to Pine Valley that was the real challenge.  As I recall, I didn't use my granny gear for most, if not all, of the climb.  I like hills, and for me it was the perfect grade, though long.  You will have much harder climbs later on!

I hope my journal helps, please let me know if you have other questions, but make it soon as I'll be leaving on another adventure in a couple of weeks. 

General Discussion / Key West bike shops for receiving shipped bikes
« on: February 17, 2012, 09:16:45 am »
We are shipping our 2 bikes to Key West in a couple of weeks to begin a tour.  It's too expensive to carry them with us on our flight.  There are 2 bike shops in Key West who have said they will accept our bikes; one charges so much for receiving and storing them that it would be cheaper to have them build them.  Does anyone have experience with a shop there?  We'd rather build the bikes ourselves, but if they do a decent job it would make sense to have them do it.  Better yet, if anyone out there lives in Key West, I'd love to chat with you.  Thanks!

General Discussion / Re: Woman riding by herself
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:37:26 pm »
As a 60 year old woman, I wouldn't hesitate to tour alone.  I haven't done so yet, having only toured with my husband.  But if he ever decided he didn't want to go with me, I wouldn't worry about it for one second.  Go, and enjoy!!

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Mirror
« on: December 15, 2011, 07:27:23 pm »
I won't ride without a mirror, especially on roads that are new to me.  On my drop bars I like the bar end mirror; it swivels to allow me to set it perfectly for seeing the road behind me.  Can't recall the brand.  But like everyone else said, it's personal...but I think an important accessory.

Routes / Re: Milwaukee, WI to Jasper NP
« on: November 27, 2011, 03:57:11 pm »
And if you are in Milwaukee and would like to chat face-to-face with someone who has gone x-country and used many ACA maps, we live in town and love to talk about bike trips :)  There is so much to share!

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Re-route through Texas
« on: November 20, 2011, 02:38:29 pm »
If you are referring to security along the border, you shouldn't be concerned.  We stayed on the route and saw only tons of border patrol, no problems.  And that's what I have heard from others.  Enjoy!

Routes / Re: Number of Cycle Tourists on the Southern Tier?
« on: November 16, 2011, 12:35:02 pm »
When you check out my journal,look at the 'by the numbers' page near the end.  I think I put something there about number of cyclists we met...

Routes / Re: Number of Cycle Tourists on the Southern Tier?
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:26:48 pm »
That's the exact time we left San Diego this year, and I haven't gone back to take an actual count, but I'd have to say it's not very often, especially if you mean people going in the same direction.  Then again we used warmshowers half the nights, so we might have missed cyclists already at a campground.  Feel free to check out our journal and you might get some feel for the number of cyclists we encountered.  And btw, I thought that timing was almost perfect, just a tad too early for Emory Pass.

Classifieds / Re: Southern Tier map set required in uk
« on: October 25, 2011, 04:17:15 pm »
Hi, I do have the ST map set, but not sure how much it would cost to ship to UK?  If you would pay shipping plus $5, that would be great.  Let me know. Marti

General Discussion / Re: Southern tier start time
« on: October 23, 2011, 08:54:13 pm »
We left San Diego Feb 13 this year and had great weather, but it was too snowy to follow the ST to Silver City and Emory Pass; we had to skip it.  So, if you want to do the Pass, I would suggest leaving a bit later than we did, maybe end of Feb/early March.
Good luck,

Routes / Re: Southern Tier favorite section? Advice needed!
« on: October 22, 2011, 07:25:31 pm »
I loved west TX!

Routes / Re: Southern Tier- Route Safety/Hazards
« on: October 22, 2011, 07:24:04 pm »
My husband was using the Bontragers that came on his new Trek 520.  Both front and back gave him lots of problems, if not complete flats, then slow leaks.  Changing a tire occasionally is ok, but we were stopping once or twice a day; that got old fast!

Routes / Re: Southern Tier- Route Safety/Hazards
« on: October 20, 2011, 05:21:36 pm »
I used Schwalbe Marathon Plus.  And yes, my husband had many tire problems until he switched to the same tires in TX.  Yes, putting a liner in your trailer tires sounds like a good idea.

I tried to put info in the journal that might be useful to future ST riders, so do hope it helps.

Good luck,

Routes / Re: Southern Tier- Route Safety/Hazards
« on: October 19, 2011, 05:59:36 pm »
My groom (though of many years) and I rode the Southern Tier at that exact same time this year, self supported with some camping.  Absolutely no safety issues.  Timing was perfect, though we left San Diego Feb 12 and did have to skip the part of the route through Emory Pass since there was snow.  Otherwise perfect weather.  I rode Schwalbe Marathons, no flats.  I would strongly advise getting them.  If interested, check out our journal at

Good luck and enjoy.

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