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March 2024: Bridges between Pearlington and White Kitchen can easily be passed. Just did it yesterday westwards.
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Routes / Re: GDMBR - cycling west side Spray Lakes Reservoir (Kananaskis Country)
« Last post by ray b on March 28, 2024, 07:46:02 pm »
The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route was rerouted in 2017 to no longer use Spray Lakes West Rd. due to a wildlife closure.

...for what it's worth, my avatar photo is heading south on Spray Lakes West Rd.
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General Discussion / Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Last post by davidbonn on March 28, 2024, 03:04:59 pm »
Everyone is different and everyone has a different risk tolerance.  And we all make different choices on where to stay and where to stop trip by trip.

All of those things go into a calculation about what risks you are willing to take.  There isn't a general right or clearly wrong answer.

There is also a big difference between "fear" and reasonable cognizance of risk.
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General Discussion / Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Last post by froze on March 28, 2024, 10:47:46 am »
I'm not going to tell you that I never lock my bikes up, even at a campground!  But I use a lightweight cable lock.  One night in downpouring rain, I was asleep, when I woke up due to hearing whispering, yeah, even in downpouring rain pounding on my tent and all over outside, my brain picks out a sound that shouldn't be there, in this case, two guys whispering, I then peeked out of the tent to see one of the guys walk over to the bike that I locked to the bench, and he then whispered to the other guy that it was locked, and they walked away.  My tent was the only tent in the primitive campsite area, they had to come down from a non-primitive area, why were they walking around at 2 am in a heavy downpour?  Obviously, they were thinking that the noise of the rain would disguise their presence, and had I not locked it, and not woken up, which most people would have never woken up, I would have woken up that morning to a missing bike.

Going into a small store or a fast food place where I can see the bike I'm not too concerned, but if I decide to leave the bike and go fishing or walking some trails where I can't see the bike for hours, or at night at a campground, sorry, call me paranoid, but I'll lock it.  I can't guarantee that my brain will always wake me like that, so far it always has, but I'm not going to trust that to happen all the time.  So while I did wake up during that incident, I was glad I locked it.  This event occurred when I was 68 years old, 2 years ago, those two guys were late teens to middle 20s, I may have had extensive martial arts training, but that was a long time ago, and now I'm older, and two younger stronger more energetic guys maybe with knives or even a gun could be a challenge that I would rather avoid if possible, so by me locking the bike it prevented that confrontation.
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General Discussion / Re: Overseas medical and crash insurance
« Last post by DannyRich on March 28, 2024, 08:02:33 am »
Hey, thanks for the heads up on overseas medical and crash insurance! It's always good to do your research, especially on forums like CrazyGuyonabike.com. And hey, for those international travels, checking out sundaysinsurance.co.uk could be a game-changer for finding reasonable coverage.
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General Discussion / Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Last post by BikeliciousBabe on March 28, 2024, 07:54:51 am »
So much fear.  Sad.

Most fear is induced by our media.  I read a news report that said: "Chinese invasion of Taiwan is imminent"!  Then you read the article and they looking at 7 small navy vessels and 8 aircraft as their reasoning for an imminent invasion.  China would need about 80 times more ships, and 250 times more aircraft before an imminent invasion would be plausible.  That's just one of many examples of our media, and our government are trying to fill us with fear at everything we see and hear.  So this fear filters down into our everyday lives and we become paranoid about everything.

Yep. I am very active on Bikeforums.net.  Whenever the issue of theft comes up, those afraid of the "Angle Grinder Army", as I like to refer to this mythical collective, are often the most vocal.  What I find particularly interesting are thigns like this:  Someone will write that they use a relatively light cable lock to prevent opportunistic theft while they do something like op into a c-store for a snack and nature break.  You're pretty sure to get a response from someone referencing a YouTube video of someone in NYC defeating a much heavier lock with some sort of power tool.  Am you really going to worry about theft when you do something like lean your bike up against the wall of the Wheat & Thistle in Harrison, MT and run insie for a few minutes to make a purchase?

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.7028267,-111.7868659,3a,30y,100.66h,90.13t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sMmmQ2KqPOD-_c_2HBLZgMw!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3DMmmQ2KqPOD-_c_2HBLZgMw%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D185.89316%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192?entry=ttu

If I am alone at a campground in a relatively sparsely populated area a mile from the nearest public road, I am going to take a shower without worrying about leaving my bike unlocked and out of my sight.
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General Discussion / Re: Best Tips for Cooking on the Road
« Last post by froze on March 26, 2024, 10:21:23 pm »
So much fear.  Sad.

Most fear is induced by our media.  I read a news report that said: "Chinese invasion of Taiwan is imminent"!  Then you read the article and they looking at 7 small navy vessels and 8 aircraft as their reasoning for an imminent invasion.  China would need about 80 times more ships, and 250 times more aircraft before an imminent invasion would be plausible.  That's just one of many examples of our media, and our government are trying to fill us with fear at everything we see and hear.  So this fear filters down into our everyday lives and we become paranoid about everything.
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Food Talk / Re: Thailand food
« Last post by Jocycleph on March 26, 2024, 10:01:14 pm »
While not as refined, if you carry a small non stick frying pan even the solo traveler can improvise a decent stir fry for one.

If you can hit a grocery store with a salad bar or can get a little snack packet of veggies you have a great starting point.  Add some chicken or salmon from a retort pouch or even summer sausage for protein.

Sauces?  You can sort of improvise this if you are lazy by finding an asian-themed packet of salad dressing from that salad bar.  Or you can find various powdered sauce mixes for about $2.  You'll probably need to add some sugar (get packets of sugar from the coffee service at a mini mart) and soy sauce -- probably from the deli section at a grocery store.

Try improvising this at home first before trying it on the road.

That’s a clever approach to stir-frying on the go! It’s great to hear how you can still enjoy a taste of Thai cuisine, even when traveling. The idea of using a salad bar for fresh veggies and a simple sauce mix is resourceful. I’ll definitely keep your tips in mind for my next trip. Thanks for sharing, @davidbonn!
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Thanks all !
-Mark
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Pacific Coast Big Sur status
« Last post by Babbitt on March 26, 2024, 01:12:11 pm »
Thank you, that is quite the detour.
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