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Routes / Re: Riding South through Camp update please.
« on: February 21, 2012, 04:50:09 pm »
I live in San Diego and as a rule, you can almost always bicycle through Camp Pendleton.  You need an id; a driver's license is enough.  Every once in a while, they will close Camp Pendleton to bicyclists for various reasons.  In that case you have to take the shoulder of I-5 for about seven miles. I have done it once, and hope I never have to do it again.  Lots of traffic zooming by as 70 mph; however, it is possible and you can do it safely if you take precautions.

General Discussion / Re: Southern tier start time
« on: October 26, 2011, 12:03:16 am »
You could also start in mid September.  Things tend to be getting cooler in the CA desert (although that didn't happen this year) and you would arrive before the snows in the AZ and NM mountains. 

Routes / Re: Best food on ACA Pacific Coast?
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:11:46 pm »
Otis Cafe in Otis, Oregon.  It's right on the ACA route.  Cute little dinner, good desserts. 

Also dont miss the bakery in Tomales,CA about a half day past Bodega Bay.  Fabulous food.

Of course, the Tilamooke Cheese factory.  Get the ice cream.  It's worth standing in line for.

Routes / Re: Sourhern Tier Route-Travelling from UK- Help
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:05:54 pm »
Hit the send button too soon.  I live in San Diego, let me know if you need a place to stay.  Send me message.  You could stay with us for a day or two to adjust to the time change.  Send me a "Message" if you are intersted.

Routes / Re: Sourhern Tier Route-Travelling from UK- Help
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:03:12 pm »
I think that British Airlines has just started a non-stop flight from Heathrow to San Diego. I don't know the cost, but it sure would be convenient if you are traveling from London.

General Discussion / Re: Rain gear on self contained long distance touring?
« on: September 23, 2011, 07:59:03 pm »
I think it partly depends on the route and the time of year.  If you are crossing the Rockies and Cascades almost any time, I would take rain gear (rain jacket, some time of glove liners, and pants).  It's not the rain that is the problem, but trying to stay warm in the rain when the temperatures are in the 50's or you are going down a long grade.  If you were doing the Southern Tier, I think that rain gear to keep you warm is probably not needed as much.  I just spend three weeks cycling in British Columbia this summer, and it rainged about 17 days out of 21.  I was grateful to have rain gear along.  Also, for the first time, I brought along poly-pro pants to put on when I got to the campground. Really helped me stay warm after changing out of wet clothes, and alos helps a couple of very cold nights in the tent when I was in Bannf.  Could not have stayed warm without the extra gear.

Routes / Looking for recommendation for bicycle store in Mobile
« on: May 04, 2011, 11:30:35 pm »
I will be starting the Underground Railroad adventure in a few weeks.  I am looking for recommendations for a bicycle store that I can ship my bicyce to and have it re-assembled. The ACA map has four bike stores listed: Pathworks Bicycles, Cadence 120 Bicycle Works, Bicycles of Mobile, and Spoke N Trail.  Has anyone used any of these bike stores to assemble their bike.  Any thoughts/recommendations?  Thanks

General Discussion / Re: Working on a bike tour.
« on: April 06, 2011, 11:17:10 pm »
Try Cycle America (  They advertise of bike tour staff on their website.

Routes / Re: Bicycling from Lewiston Idaho to Boise
« on: July 31, 2010, 12:15:54 pm »

We have been back from our trip a few weeks now and wanted to get back to you.  We had a great ride from Lewiston to Boise.  We followed the Lewis and Clark route until Kooskia, and then actually the Trans-Am route (although didn't know it at the time) until New Meadows when we got on 55.  55 was fine.  There are some areas where there are no shoulders.  And it especially got a little tense between Cascade and Smith's Ferry where the road goes through a canyon and there is absolutely no shoulder.  But the scenery is wonderful, the small towns are fun and everyone was friendly.  There were a couple of good climbs, one in McCall and the second after Horseshoe Bend.  Would definitely recommend this route.  Dave

Routes / Re: Portland to SF, along HWY 101/1, NO camping??
« on: July 31, 2010, 12:05:41 pm »
I have bicycled twice down the Oregon coast. The reason that everyone camps along the Oregon Coast is that (1) it is SO cheap for hike-biker sites at the Oregon State campgrounds--$5 including shower, (2) the campgrounds are well-maintained and you generally meet other cyclists, and (3) many times you have great ocean views.  However, there are plenty of motels/hotels down the coast. I don't know how full they are during the tourist season, but every town of any size has a motel.  Good luck.

Routes / Bicycling from Lewiston Idaho to Boise
« on: June 15, 2010, 01:43:25 am »
I will be touring from Lewiston to Boise in a week or so (after starting in Portland).  Can anyone tell me about the route, taking 95 out of Lewiston and then taking 55 south to Boise.  Is there much traffic? How is the scenery?  Is there camping along the way? Any reason I shouldn't take this route?  Would appreicate any help you can give me.

Routes / Re: Riding out of LA or San Diego in July
« on: June 15, 2010, 01:37:48 am »
I have to agree with valygrl.  I live in San Diego and although the weather is nice hear on the coast, it is unbearably hot in the desert.  This time of year the daily temps are well over 100 degrees F.  It would be a much nicer ride to start in Portland or Seattle.

Routes / Re: portland to SF realistic time frame and advice needed
« on: November 03, 2009, 12:36:38 am »
I have bicycled the Oregon and northern California coasts several times, the latest was this past summer.  For maps I definintely recommend the combination of the ACA maps and the Kirkendall book (Bicycling the Pacific Coast, available at  They complement each other very well.  The state campgrounds on the Oregon Coast are awesome.  They have hiker-biker sites, and you don't need reservations.  They were $4/night and showers were free.  This fall California raised their prices to $10/night (I think).  In California campgrounds, you'll need quarters for showers, generally two quarters are adequate.  As mentioned in a previous post, private campgrounds are much more expenisive (think $20-$30)...I usually do that route in fourteen days.  That gives you some time to take some hikes, visit lighthouses, and simply get off your bike and enjoy the scenery.

Routes / Re: San Diego County area tour?
« on: November 03, 2009, 12:23:55 am »
Valygrl is right.  Although I've never been on the AYH Christmas-New Year's ride, I have heard many great things about it.  (I live in San Diego).  However, if you were planning to come before Christmas, San Diego offers lots of choices--from riding up the coast to San Clemente to crossing the mountains all the way to Palm Springs to riding down to the border and everything in between.  You could easily fashion a ride on your own.  If you want, please send me an email, and I would be happy to help you plan a trip. Would you be going self-contained?  Camping? Hotels?  My email address is: dfege at aol dot com.

Routes / Re: Maps other than ACA -
« on: November 02, 2009, 11:06:45 pm »
For maps that show sufficient details for bicycling, I find that the "Gazetteer" printed for each state by Delorme is a lifesaver.  You can order the Gazetteer on line from Amazon.  I don't take the entire Gazatteer with me, but I take only the pages that I think I will need (literally destroying the Gazatteer). I find that other maps, like State Highway maps. simply don't show enough of the sideroads.  In addition, the Gazatteer shows the topography.  Each State's Gazatteer costs some money, but I have found nothing better, other thatn ACA maps.  They also list campgrounds in the state.

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