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Routes / Re: Southern Tier - Oct 2012 Questions about maps and route
« on: October 19, 2011, 11:03:24 am »
Where it might get cold and snowy is Silver City and Emory Pass in New Mexico.  You can avoid that area by taking Interstate 10 from Las Cruces to Lordsburg, then heading over to Safford, Arizona.  There is another highway that you can take to avoid being on the interstate the entire way, but the highway isn't terrible.

Routes / Re: Natchez Trace Maps
« on: October 16, 2011, 09:38:21 pm »
If you are interested in buying any books, I have two that I would sell at a very reasonable price.
'Bicycling the Natchez Trace', by Glen Wanner (1997)
'Traveling the Trace: a complete tour guide to the historic Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez', by Cathy and Vernon Summerlin (1995)

Let me know if you have any interest.


Gear Talk / Re: Headlight Recommendations for use w/ handlebar bag
« on: October 13, 2011, 08:15:01 pm »
I use my cygolite milion on my helmet.  I actually like it there rather than on my bike; I can aim the light where I need it.  It comes with both handlebar and helmet mounting kits.

Routes / Re: How early to start Lewis & Clark?
« on: September 12, 2011, 07:32:31 pm »
Can't answer your question about timing, but I do have ACA maps section 1-5 that I can send; I only ask for shipping payment.  They are from 2002; we only used section 1 and part of 2.  They are old but addenda are available....

Routes / Re: Lake Michigan Circuit
« on: June 19, 2011, 10:30:41 pm »
I did this ride several years ago and used an old version of this book:

Have fun; it's a great ride.  Make sure to stop and have fun at Sleeping Bear Dunes!

Classifieds / FS: ShowersPass hyrbrid zip-off pants, men's XL
« on: June 04, 2011, 05:19:44 pm »
Almost new, worn twice for less than 8 hours.
Selling because lost weight & they no longer fit. My fortunate weight loss could be your gain.
See pant description and sizing at .
No returns, shipping to continental US included.  $60
Contact for more info or to make an offer.

Routes / Re: Border Safety concerns on Southern Tier
« on: May 24, 2011, 11:32:30 am »
Yea, we had a few people question our sanity when we told them of our plans to cycle the ST. But they weren't cyclists...So anyway, we just did the ST, Feb to April, and had absolutely no trouble near the borders.  We were as careful there as we are in general, and I expect you will be fine too.  Be cautious, but not scared.

General Discussion / Re: Panniers: locking them up...
« on: May 19, 2011, 10:13:17 pm »
We just finished a tour on the ST with Ortliebs. We did buy and use the thin wire cables.  It depended on where we were as to whether or not we locked the panniers to the bikes.  We would take our valuables with us; everything in the panniers could be replaced, though it would have been a real bummer.  We never had a problem, and probably never really needed to lock it all up, but it sure gave us peace of mind.  You can get the cables from Wayne at   Good luck...

Routes / Re: Direction and departure month on Southern Tier in winter
« on: January 05, 2011, 12:59:38 pm »
Hi, yes, I am journaling on Crazy Guy:

Good luck on your trip too!

Routes / Re: Direction and departure month on Southern Tier in winter
« on: January 04, 2011, 11:56:11 am »
Just want to say thanks to all who helped us make our decision.  We are now set to depart CA in early Feb.  Really looking forward to the ride!

Routes / Re: Accommodations
« on: May 24, 2010, 07:22:14 pm »
couchsurfing is a terrific org to join, as well as warmshowers.  Both are hosting sites, and though it's nice to reciprocate it's not necessary.  I have used CS several times, both as a host and as a guest, and never been disappointed or unsafe.  That's not to say it can't happen, but if you are diligent about reading profiles and checking references/verifications/vouching you should be fine.  Just can't let your guard down and decide to stay with someone who doesn't look "right".   Though I've been a member of warmshowers for years I haven't had the opportunity to use it yet, but will.  On CS you can join cycling/geographic groups to whom you can post a desire for a place to stay.
Good luck.

Routes / Re: Natchez Trace?
« on: April 25, 2010, 01:42:27 pm »
I also rode the Trace north to south several years ago, during the summer.  Didn't find the heat repressive.  It was an enjoyable ride; the parkway makes cycling a joy instead of dealing with speeding traffic.  It didn't quite have the 'wow' factor of some other rides I've done, but still glad I did it.

General Discussion / Re: Invitation to join
« on: February 28, 2010, 03:12:03 pm »
Hi Mucknort,
I am a member of both WSL and Couchsurfing.  You can join the group "cyclists who host" in CS so that you are connected to touring cyclists.  We hosted a cross country cyclist last year thru CS; there is overlap with WSL which CS is aware of; there is another group for that.  I plan to use both when cycling x-country later this year.  If you come thru Milwaukee, you're welcome here--as long as your profile looks ok  :)

Routes / Re: Direction and departure month on Southern Tier in winter
« on: February 28, 2010, 03:05:00 pm »
Thanks to you both.  Your arguments are valid ones.  But I am still undecided.  As I sit here looking out my window at the snow on the ground (I'm in Wisconsin) I recall the primary reason we chose cycling the ST in the winter.  Having always wanted to cycle x-country, we also really want to escape another WI winter.  We actually enjoy summer here and are reluctant to be gone for the entire season, therefore the call to the ST.  We are in our late 50's (I'll turn 60 during this ride) and have done some distance cycling.  Beginning in San Diego sounds best in late Jan/early Feb, which means we'll be stuck here--yuk--until then.  So as I am mulling this over, I keep coming back to starting in FL in December, which means we'd be gone for the worst 3 months of WI winter, and could even extend by visiting relatives in CA.  So....does this make any sense?  If we leave FL in mid to late Dec, we could delay our arrival in west TX til mid to late Feb.  Would that be late enough to escape the worst of desert winter?  I do realize the prevailing winds are W to E, but aren't those more unpredictable than the temperature?  And we will have time to sit out a day or more if the winds are brutal.  Is it OK in the Southeast in Dec/Jan, weatherwise?  Again, thanks for any input.  Just to note, we do plan right now to stick to the ACA ST maps.

Routes / Direction and departure month on Southern Tier in winter
« on: February 27, 2010, 05:18:12 pm »
Please advise with your experience on using the ST in winter.  I am trying to decide which direction to go and what month is best to begin.  We can leave as early as Dec and plan to take about 3 months, but want to be finished by end of April. I don't mind some days of head wind, but don't want to fight it every day.  Also prefer not to freeze; we plan to camp when we can't find warmshowers or couchsurfing hosts.   Thanks!

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