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I have the socks and they are fantastic, if that helps.
General Discussion / Best Cycling Routes in Arizona/New Mexico?
« Last post by gderita on Today at 12:04:08 am »
I`m planning a tour for the spring, ideally riding SF to LA in late March/Early April, then heading east into the southwest. My questions:

1) Are the miles from LA to Phoenix worth doing, or would it be permissible to take a train/bus?

 2) I`m curious what routes others have taken that are worthwhile, not necessarily following the ACA routes. I`ll be riding a bike that likes mixed terrain, and will be self-reliant with camping gear etc for the whole trip. Looking to maximize scenic routes, historic/geological landmarks, trail, and interesting towns.

Depending on when I get to LA, I`ll have about 14 days in mid-April exploring the best of Arizona & New Mexico (open to occasional bus/train to make it work from a timing perspective) before ultimately continuing east.

Any inputs on route ideas (or general feasibility of this plan!) are welcome- thanks for sharing your wisdom.



General Discussion / Re: From NY to Florida. From Florida to California and beck no NY&
« Last post by Loader on January 18, 2018, 08:15:34 pm »
And this isn't Russia...

Thank God!

I, too, had no problems during cycling or motorcycle travel on the United States.

But my former son-in-law was robbed when he stopped to rest in a park in Texas.

Sometimes I have an idea to take a revolver with me to the road, which I bought in Alaska, in the hope of defending myself from the bears. ;D

I have the permit of the State of NY to conceal the carrying of weapons, but, unfortunately, far from all the rest of the states respect this permission.
General Discussion / Re: Use the "Mark Read" button, people!
« Last post by staehpj1 on January 18, 2018, 05:36:44 pm »
Thanks.  That sounds like the right approach to me.  It isn't always clear who is or isn't a troll, so it seems better to let us have the option of adding those who we wish to ignore to an ignore list without the need for banning folks.

Folks who spam the boards are another matter, but you guys have generally done a good job of removing them and their posts.
General Discussion / Re: Use the "Mark Read" button, people!
« Last post by Molly88 on January 18, 2018, 05:33:49 pm »
A disappointing response. I'll be surprised if many new folks stick around after wading through the foolishness. Oh well....
Routes / Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Last post by Ty Dawley on January 18, 2018, 04:20:34 pm »
We are leaving from the east side of the Cascades, so no worries about getting over.  :)

I am very curious about the Wyoming/SD route, and will look into it.  Since this is my first long distance, long duration tour, I am leaning towards taking a tried and true route this time, because I'm not confident in my abilities to carve a route out.     But I do really appreciate the info.  Wildflowers are high on the priority, too!
Thank you both for the input!

If you go back to the link I provided you I also did a SD/WY route mostly. The "bump" you see on there from Madison CG in Yellowstone back to West Yellowstone and down through Idaho into Wyoming via Teton Pass from the west was due to a nasty storm in Yellowstone. I rode around it to stay on a schedule I had.
Therefore how I went from 20lbs to 8lbs of gear.

This is possible if you are going on a short trip.

Or for a trip with a "credit card", when you stay in hotels or motels for the night and eat in restaurants.

I want to make my trip as cheap as possible with the maximum comfort that I can afford.

Well, if it's too hard, I'll just throw it out on the road. :'(

I rode from Keystone, SD to Portland, ME (a distance of 4,000 miles the way I traveled) with 8lbs of gear while only staying in 3 hotels and rarely ever eating out.

So it's totally possible to do it on a long tour without a credit card.

Whatever makes you comfortable though.

And this isn't Russia... No one has ever bothered me on any of my tours. It seems like a silly thing to worry about.
General Discussion / Re: Use the "Mark Read" button, people!
« Last post by jsieber on January 18, 2018, 03:56:05 pm »
I apologize for the delay in responding to this thread and for the slow response to the general recent behavior on the forums.

I think that we do need to keep in mind that each participant is coming from a different place and is not necessarily here to cause trouble or waste others time. The purpose of this forum is to create a community where we can share knowledge an inspiration about bicycle touring. My hope is that everyone can follow the golden rule of treating others how they would like to be treated and not have to resort to banning participants. If you are not interested in a specific topic or the posts from a specific user please move on to content where you feel you can contribute to the community.

That being said, if you go to your forum profile from the menu at the top of the screen there will be an additional menu to Modify your profile where there is an option for Buddies/Ignore list. From there you can add users that you wish to ignore. Adding users to the ignore list will allow you to carry on in the forums without having to read their posts.

I ask all members of this forum to keep this a place that welcomes all members new and old and helps to inspire people to travel by bicycle. It takes effort from each of us to get along and keep this from becoming like many other places on the internet. 

General Discussion / Re: Tourist stickers
« Last post by Nyimbo on January 18, 2018, 03:13:36 pm »
Thats cool!  Never thought of the pins before  8)
General Discussion / Re: Use the "Mark Read" button, people!
« Last post by Nyimbo on January 18, 2018, 03:07:22 pm »
Last week I spent some time looking for a way to block a certain specific poster's threads or posts from my feed but didn't find any way to do so.  I did see and decide to use the "Mark Read" button as you mentioned in the post  because it seems the best option.  What I wondered at the time is, when marking the posts read does it just look to the moderator as if I have read all of the offending posts, because I wanted the moderator to see that I was not reading them.  I doubt that it does.

I'm still a bit sad that I have to stop and look at original poster or last person to post every time I open the forums.  Instead of just jumping in and reading all the new posts.   :o
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