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General Discussion / Re: Touring after Chemotherapy
« on: April 10, 2021, 06:34:43 pm »
Good luck to  you. It will be hard but doable. The fact is regardless of chemo we lose half of our conditioning every two weeks off the bike.

Routes / St Mary to Baab to Browning
« on: April 07, 2021, 12:23:35 pm »
Anyone have experience with  Mt 464 highway?
I'm not trying to save miles but here is an alternative
Scenery and safe roads are the factors to consider. I'll have had plenty of mountains and forests.

Gear Talk / Re: Kickstand love it or leave it?
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:35:41 am »
The cool thing about panniers is that if the bike falls over or laid down intentionally, no damage to the bike!

Routes / Re: Northern Tier through Montana
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:33:11 am »
I guess I'll carry a copy of an email I got from the supervising ranger that confirms the policy. In most state parks, it is a staff person in a gate house that we deal with not a host so that is different.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier through Montana
« on: April 03, 2021, 08:15:52 pm »
It is going to be tough this year for sure, especially for the campgrounds that don't have reservable sites such as the USFS sites. No private campground has ever said to use only the website and have been very cordial over the phone. A couple of campgrounds aren't answering the phone yet. I'm on a 12 day tour and dates are not flexible.  Montana state parks do not turn away cyclists even if campground is full. Wisconsin and Michigan are the same and we've had to remind the staff of this fact more than once.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier through Montana
« on: April 02, 2021, 01:09:25 pm »
It is not true that all campgrounds east of GTSR are full. Use the telephone! I just made reservations in St Mary at two campgrounds.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier 2015 Map 7
« on: March 15, 2021, 12:02:58 pm »
A great route it is and entirely within the Driftless Area. Once you leave the Mississippi Valley it gets hilly! The term "driftless" indicates a lack of glacial drift, the material left behind by retreating continental glaciers.
Perot State Park is a great place to camp along the Great River State Trail. Good food in Trempealeau at the Trempealeau Hotel Fantastic food coop in La Crosse I was on the board 40 years ago when it was 1/10 the size.  For fun continue on the Wisconsin side and take the ferrry at Cassvile. You call it by pushing a button if it happens to be on the Iowa side. $2.00. Holds only a few cars-or tractors. It looks larger than the last time I toured through there.
Another good reason to continue on the Wisconsin side is the two state parks for camping: Wyalusing where the Wisconsin River enters the Mississippi at Prairie du Chien, and Nelson Dewy near Cassville.
You'll love the ride along the Mississippi and welcome to Wisconsin!

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless tires -enligthen me.
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:26:06 pm »
Raleigh was initially surprised at how popular the International was. No surprise really: Reynolds 531, great components (Campy I think).
I'm heading out for a ride now on an updated 1978 Super Course. Rides as nice as my Waterford, but don't tell Richard Schwinn I said that.

General Discussion / Re: how steep is the grade of the Golden Gate Bridge
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:21:06 pm »
Grade depends of which direction of course. Here it is

General Discussion / Re: Cooking on a van supported tour
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:16:18 pm »
Always (most always) pasta but vary the toppings. Pesto is good, doesn't need to be heated. Add tofu or chicken for protein.
Stroganoff, sort of: essential is the sour cream with egg noodles. Other ingredients can be varied: different vegetables, usually mushrooms, meat for those who want. A must on our tours.
Rice & beans with chipotle and tomatoes, sausage ( we found a potato sausage that was tasty)
Coconut milk with curry and variety of veg and/or meats, over rice or noodles
Goulash, sort of: egg noodles, cans of diced tomatoes, hamburger, onion and lots  of paprika

Gear Talk / Re: Tubesl tires -enligthen me.
« on: February 06, 2021, 04:18:14 pm »
This may be more than  you asked for. The simple generalized answer is: fewer flats as long as it is maintained well; lower psi which is more comfortable.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 04:15:04 pm »
"Thanks - didn't mean to imply using a carbon frame for a cross country - just asking about the tubeless."
I apologize for taking us off course with an editorial comment that in my cycling circle would have brought a big laugh.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:20:06 pm »
The dark side would be carbon frames but that is another subject altogether.
I intend to tour on tubeless Compass tires this year after loving them on local rides last year. 45 psi @ 35 mm and oh so comfy, more rubber on the road for safety and just as fast as any other tire.

General Discussion / Re: Rain Jacket? Yes. Rain pants?
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:13:21 pm »
I have found that the  standard leggings which are tight and not baggy, repel water and keep me warm down to the low 50's, so no rain pants if the tour is unlikely to get that low.

General Discussion / Re: Getting to your start with all your stuff
« on: January 28, 2021, 01:24:21 pm »
If there is a group of us, i.e., not me alone, one or two cars are driven by the retired guys with all the bikes and gear while the working folks fly a few days later. This assumes a loop tour of course.

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