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Offline DC CYCLE 82

Any words of wisdom for 2019 TransAm Solo Rider?
« on: March 25, 2019, 09:23:42 pm »
Howdy! I am new to the forum and live and work in DC. I decided on a solo TransAm ride May/June 2019.

I have road biked for 14 years (I started after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail) and have cycled the C&O, 12-century rides and countless 50+ mile days.

A set of maps, a general plan, solid equipment, flexibility and a sense of humor. What else is required to experience the TransAm?

I am looking for advice, whether comical, existential or practical, especially from previous solo TransAm riders.

Also, has anyone ever lassoed a telescoping fishing rod onto their bike on a long-distance ride to fish streams and lakes along the route?

Offline John Nettles

Re: Any words of wisdom for 2019 TransAm Solo Rider?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 09:27:36 pm »
Your third sentence about covers about all you need.  If you are flexible and have a sense of humor, that can conquer a multitude of issues.

While I have not fished, I know others have taken a pole.  However, be careful of each states' fishing regs and whether a license is needed.

Tailwinds, John

Offline John Nelson

Re: Any words of wisdom for 2019 TransAm Solo Rider?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 11:56:43 pm »
Take only half the stuff you are currently planning to.

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Any words of wisdom for 2019 TransAm Solo Rider?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2019, 06:18:51 am »
Yeah. Fishing regs. (e.g., where you can fish for what and what type of lures/bait) you can use, etc.,) can get involved.

Ride early in Yellowstone/Teton.

Stay at the Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, MT.

If you start in early to mid-May you will likely run into a lot of people.

If you order pancakes, make sure you ask how big they are. Some places serve "horse blankets."

Get a Road Morph G pump and good rain gear.

Talk to the locals.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Any words of wisdom for 2019 TransAm Solo Rider?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2019, 09:33:04 am »
Ride early in Yellowstone/Teton.

Stay at the Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, MT.

+1 to both of these. 

There's often a stiff afternoon headwind from Twin Bridges to Dillon, and it'll kick your butt.  Relax in Twin Bridges, get up early, and beat the headwind the next day.

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If you order pancakes, make sure you ask how big they are. Some places serve "horse blankets."

Then order them and enjoy them anyways!  :)

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Get a Road Morph G pump and good rain gear.

Talk to the locals.

All good advice.

One more thing: make sure you budget for a few extra days so you can dodge the worst conditions or enjoy what you find on the road, and budget for a few extra nights in motels for the same reason.

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Any words of wisdom for 2019 TransAm Solo Rider?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2019, 10:19:42 am »

There's often a stiff afternoon headwind from Twin Bridges to Dillon, and it'll kick your butt.  Relax in Twin Bridges, get up early, and beat the headwind the next day.


Forgot all about that aspect. The times I have stayed there I came the back way from Melrose. When there last, in 2016, I had a rest day and headed towards Dillon in the afternoon to see Beaverhead Rock. Didn't take much more than half the time to get back to Twin Bridges than it took me to get to the rock.

Also, there is a dozen or so miles of MT 41 that has no shoulder. Best to get an early start.

Offline BikePacker

Re: Any words of wisdom for 2019 TransAm Solo Rider?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2019, 07:44:38 pm »
In my humble view, you are all set ... think of the TransAm as simply doing the C&O over and again (cept you gotta REALLY ! watch out for car/truck traffic - however, you already know that from your other rides as well :- ).
- Wishing you a great adventure.

Offline Smudgy

Re: Any words of wisdom for 2019 TransAm Solo Rider?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2019, 10:39:46 pm »
The usual stuff. Eat when you're hungry. Drink when you're thirsty. Rest when you're tired. Listen to your body.
Ride early in the morning. Seek shade midday. Carry extra water. Wear clean shorts. Take lots of pictures. Stop and talk to people.
Start with new tires. Carry an extra tube, patch kit, gear cable, brake cable. It could be a long way to the next bike shop.
Pack your stuff in plastic so it's waterproof, otherwise in a heavy rain water will find a way in.
Learn to enjoy the long uphills, there is a reward at the top. Don't try to "beat down" a strong head wind by struggling against it. You will tire long before it does. Just gear down a little. You'll still get there, it will just take a little longer. And when that wind switches around behind you it's gonna feel so good.   
Please don't "stealth camp". Trespassing makes us all look bad. But, I'm not your mother and it's your trip.
Did I leave anything out? Have an adventure, you're gonna remember it the rest of your life as one of the coolest things you ever did.
Go for it! I hope to see you on the road somewhere!