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General Discussion / Re: Deciphering AMTRAK
« Last post by TCS on July 27, 2021, 12:48:18 pm »
Because other forms of transportation in America get more subsidies?

That would be a good reason...if only it were true.

America's 7 Class 1 (freight) railroads operate without subsidy.

Pre-COVID, air travelers received subsidies averaging 1.1¢/mile.  Most of this went to small airports under Congress's 'Essential Air Service' vote-buying scheme.

Highways are paid for mostly by user fees in the form of fuel taxes.  Still, if you add in various high-cost 'bridge to nowhere' pork-barrel projects, there's overall around a 1¢/mile general taxpayer subsidy for automobile, intercity bus and heavy truck transportation.

So, Amtrak subsidies were 36 cents per passenger mile pre-COVID.  Amtrak is currently carrying about 0.11% of this country's passenger traffic, and basically 0% of the country's freight.  If Amtrak were totally and completely shut down this afternoon, the impact would not even be able to be measured on next quarter's GDP.

My question stands:  Can someone give me a compelling reason why I should ask the American tax payers to subsidize my adventures?
General Discussion / Canada / U.S. Border
« Last post by jamawani on July 27, 2021, 10:44:11 am »
Many of us were hoping that the Canada / U.S. border would reopen on August 9th.
Although Canada announced it would reopen the border on August 9th,
the U.S. just announced that its border would remained closed until at least Aug. 21st.

Canada will only allow in U.S. citizens/nationals with proof of immunization.
The U.S. still only permits American citizens/nationals already overseas to enter.
So, it appears that vaccinated Americans may be able to travel to Canada and get back
- after Aug. 9th - but there may be restrictions or quarantine, esp. with the Delta variant.
There is also the risk that Canada will not open its border if the U.S. does not reciprocate.

I wouldn't make any plans to bike cross-border in August.
There are still too many variables.

Pic - BC Ferry Queen of the North in the Inside Passage
General Discussion / Re: Tip for safer cycling. Tip for cleaner cycling.
« Last post by John Nelson on July 26, 2021, 10:17:55 pm »
My concern is that if I would be on the crosswalk while on my bike and was hit by a vehicle, would the driver be at fault or could he or more likely, his laweyer, argue that I wasn't reallly a pedestran since I wasn't walking my bke through the crosswalk and therefore, the driver really wasn't at fault. What say you? Just curious.
My guess is that the laws covering that might vary by state or even municipality.

Absolutely, and the laws change all the time. I think the trend is for states to make bicycle use of the crosswalk legal, but there is usually a caveat restricting the speed at which the bicycle can enter the crosswalk.
General Discussion / Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Last post by David W Pratt on July 26, 2021, 07:26:33 pm »
I like couscous because it cooks so fast, saving fuel.  Regular pasta will as well, if you soak it for a few hours before boiling.  I have put it in a ziplock baggie to soak. There is a little store in Burlington called the Euro-Mart that has some Polish (I think) dried beef and pork.  They are better than jerky, and easily keep for a week without refrigeration.  Carrying some of each allows some variation.  I boil some pieces of the meat for a few minutes, then add the couscous and eat it with out draining.  At home I drink coffee, but somehow camping, I drink tea.  Just pour the boiling water through a spoonful of tea in a strainer.  Knocking the strainer out in a fire pit doesn't seem like degrading the campsite much.  Failing a fire pit, just discretely into the bushes.  I use olive oil in a plastic squirt bottle instead of butter.
Bon appetit!
General Discussion / Re: Tip for safer cycling. Tip for cleaner cycling.
« Last post by David W Pratt on July 26, 2021, 07:13:35 pm »
A couple of years ago, as I was finishing up the Erie Canal Towpath and riding into Buffalo to a motel, I used the sidewalk for a few miles to the motel.  The road surface was rough and in about 40 minutes, I did not see any pedestrians.  It was a frontage road situation, with lots of parking lots on the non-road side of the sidewalk.
County Road 16 and Forest Road 270 are now open. Lynx Pass Campground remains closed.
Routes / Re: Brittany, Normandy; idea plea
« Last post by John Nettles on July 26, 2021, 04:56:07 pm »
Unfortunately, I am not able to help that much since this is primarily a website focused on ACA routes.  You might have better luck over on or probably more European based cycling groups.

Tailwinds, John
Routes / Brittany, Normandy; idea plea
« Last post by alkaline on July 26, 2021, 04:15:59 pm »

Want advice on cycling, 3Q21, Brittany/Normandy (including the factory, site visit, "Normandy hubs") WITH rental bikes.

One, rental bike vendors (Nantes, Dinan, Caen, Bayeux, Honfleur, etc.), value delivered. M/ANY (nice) rental tandems (we, two cyclotourists on the value prowl)?

Two, blue print cycling routes (i.e., published, shared, public travel route options from ~Dinan to ~Bayeux (approximate locations).

Three, ACA route map-like navaids (hi-res print preferred) for Brittany and Normandy.

Four, not-to-miss bike shops in Brittany and Normandy (for any reason, fetish, obsession, Louison-Bobet branded but Mercier bikes).

Five, information the on "Normandy" branded hub manufacturer. The factory site (live or dead). Better/worse than visiting the Campagnolo factories?

Six, actual experience summaries on travel routes, not limited to 'road conditions' (widths, surfacing, traffice volumes, topographic profiles, etc.).

Seven, 40-70 miles daily travel on (likely) crummy (rental) road bikes... need racks (F+R) to carry very minimal (hiking GR65) loads.

Eight, public transportation suggestions from NANTES, north, to Brittany and Normandy (to get to a start point, loop, or, out-and-back).

Nine, thank you for your considerable consideration, given message  L E N G T H. Sheesh.

All the Best,
Au revoir,

Yours awheel cycling,
Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / TA Sec06 SR 125 closure - July 2021
« Last post by mmoser on July 26, 2021, 04:07:06 pm »
SR 125 between Walden and Granby, CO has closed a couple of times in the last week due to flooding.   While the route is currently open, it is likely to close again.  A burn scar from a large fire last year makes the area prone to flooding, even after a minor rain.

Watch for current road closures on
Also watch the weather for upcoming rain.

If the road is closed or if rain is likely, you can use this reroute:

Expect heavier traffic on US 40 between the US 40 / SR 134 junction and Kremmling. 
General Discussion / Re: Deciphering AMTRAK
« Last post by adventurepdx on July 26, 2021, 03:10:18 pm »
Can someone give me a compelling reason why I should ask the American tax payers to subsidize my adventures?

Because other forms of transportation in America get more subsidies?

Roads and airports get A LOT of money from American tax payers. Amtrak has been starved from its inception, and if we want better train service and alternatives to just roads and planes, they are going to need more $$.
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