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Forum: Touring 11-10-13, 08:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,578
Posted By msviolin57
Here you go! http://www.derri-air.com/evolve.htm

Here you go! http://www.derri-air.com/evolve.htm
Forum: Touring 11-09-13, 11:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,085
Posted By msviolin57
I remember feeling that way when I was on a tour...

I remember feeling that way when I was on a tour a couple years ago, staying at a KOA one night. As I was leaving, carrying everything I needed on my bike, I passed a huge RV, which towed a car, had...
Forum: Touring 02-01-13, 11:36 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,191
Posted By msviolin57
In the summer of '11, a friend and I rode from...

In the summer of '11, a friend and I rode from Florence, OR to San Francisco. This summer I hope to finish the ride down the coast, ending in the LA area, possibly riding solo!
Forum: Touring 03-24-12, 10:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By msviolin57
I also used a super cat stove (made with a tuna...

I also used a super cat stove (made with a tuna fish can, not a cat food can), and it worked really well.
Forum: Touring 03-19-12, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By msviolin57
Be a teacher. The kids won't let you think of...

Be a teacher. The kids won't let you think of anything else. :-)
Forum: Touring 03-12-12, 10:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,947
Posted By msviolin57
I rode down part of the Pacific Coast last summer...

I rode down part of the Pacific Coast last summer on my first loaded tour, and I averaged close to 10.5 mph. Slow and steady is my motto.

Emphasis on the slow. :-)
Forum: Touring 03-04-12, 08:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,719
Posted By msviolin57
I bought a Big Agnes pad for my bike trip last...

I bought a Big Agnes pad for my bike trip last summer. It's small, fairly easy to inflate, and relatively comfortable. I'd recommend it!
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Forum: Touring 06-28-11, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By msviolin57
Krebs also makes a map for Northern California...

Krebs also makes a map for Northern California that includes information about the coast route as well as the back roads.
Forum: Touring 06-28-11, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By msviolin57
Wow, I'm sorry this happened, but I'm glad you're...

Wow, I'm sorry this happened, but I'm glad you're both okay and healing.

What happened with the driver? Any citations? I hope it wasn't hit and run.
Forum: Touring 06-19-11, 05:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By msviolin57
I've ridden that route. The shoulder on that...

I've ridden that route. The shoulder on that part of Highway 101 varies from quite wide to almost non-existent. I rode it on Memorial Day weekend, and traffic wasn't bad at all. Mostly, you have...
Forum: Touring 06-19-11, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 373
Posted By msviolin57
You should read "Momentum is Your Friend," by Joe...

You should read "Momentum is Your Friend," by Joe Kurmaskie. It's a great story of his cross country cycling trip with his two young sons.
Forum: Touring 06-16-11, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By msviolin57
It looks like the weather will be good for your...

It looks like the weather will be good for your ride (finally!). Have fun!
Forum: Touring 06-13-11, 11:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 356
Posted By msviolin57
Hey, I did that ride in 2008! I can't answer...

Hey, I did that ride in 2008! I can't answer your technical questions, but I can talk about things in general.

I rode a carbon road bike and had no problems at all with it. Most of the riders...
Forum: Touring 06-12-11, 12:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Posted By msviolin57
This is a great little video that shows exactly...

This is a great little video that shows exactly how to prepare your bike for an Amtrak box. http://pathlesspedaled.com/2011/01/video-packing-your-bicycle-for-amtrak/
Forum: Touring 06-12-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 736
Posted By msviolin57
I had a Solio (I also don't remember the model)...

I had a Solio (I also don't remember the model) that I brought along on a bike tour last year in sunny, cloudless Eastern Washington. I strapped it on top of the bag on my rear rack while I rode all...
Forum: Touring 06-11-11, 10:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By msviolin57
Weather in the Pacific Northwest tends to be the...

Weather in the Pacific Northwest tends to be the best in July, August, and September. There will probably be less traffic from vacationers after Labor Day, so that's when I'd go. Enjoy your tour!
Forum: Touring 06-04-11, 04:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 439
Posted By msviolin57
Last weekend, I did a little "test run" of the...

Last weekend, I did a little "test run" of the tour I plan to do this summer, which is ride down the Pacific Coast to at least SF. I figured I'd better try it out for at least a night before the...
Forum: Touring 05-12-11, 11:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,391
Posted By msviolin57
It seems like this bothers only you. I suppose...

It seems like this bothers only you. I suppose you should copyright all your comments before you post them. The rest of us will just keep reading and posting as usual, and if our words are able to...
Forum: Touring 05-12-11, 06:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,391
Posted By msviolin57
I'm also planning my first tour (partly solo,...

I'm also planning my first tour (partly solo, probably), and I never get tired of reading the posts here for information and advice. I'm going to be the most well-prepared newbie tourer out there ....
Forum: Touring 05-02-11, 08:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,763
Posted By msviolin57
Expect rain and expect to be cold. Highs this...

Expect rain and expect to be cold. Highs this time of year on the coast are in the 60s if you're lucky, and lows can get down to the 30s and 40s. I did a ride along the Oregon coast last summer in...
Forum: Touring 05-01-11, 07:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 765
Posted By msviolin57
I think your new plan sounds good. I did a...

I think your new plan sounds good. I did a supported cross-country tour three years ago, and we started out from Seattle in late June, ending in Washington DC in early August. The weather was...
Forum: Touring 04-30-11, 10:10 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 5,628
Posted By msviolin57
Like BigBlueToe, I'm also an elementary school...

Like BigBlueToe, I'm also an elementary school teacher, and I feel the same way about my students taking time off from school for trips. Life is to be experienced, not just read about in a book or...
Forum: Touring 04-28-11, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 395
Posted By msviolin57
I did a cross country ride three years ago, and...

I did a cross country ride three years ago, and hot feet was a complaint of many people, including me, on that ride. I know it's an issue of shoes, fit, feet swelling, outside temperature, etc.
...
Forum: Touring 04-25-11, 08:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 630
Posted By msviolin57
I bought mine new about a year ago (~$1,000), and...

I bought mine new about a year ago (~$1,000), and it feels so good to ride that I haven't even ridden my road bike since then. I'm planning my first big tour this summer with it.
Forum: Touring 03-30-11, 10:16 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,091
Posted By msviolin57
I'm a real touring newbie here. I'm planning my...

I'm a real touring newbie here. I'm planning my first self-supported tour for this summer, going down the Pacific Coast to San Francisco (or further?), coming home by Amtrak.

I've been reading...
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