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    Crazyguy is a good way to get new and crazy ideas...

    Crazyguy is a good way to get new and crazy ideas - or take imaginary tours.
    And with the holidays coming up - volunteering at a nearby food pantry or soup kitchen always helps.
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    My late 1980s Trek 8000 Aluminum has more than...

    My late 1980s Trek 8000 Aluminum has more than 100,000 miles on it.
    Looks like they made them until about 2011. (Mine was U.S. built.)

    It is a mountain bike frame - I modified mine with drop...
  3. People probably think I'm nutz when they see me...

    People probably think I'm nutz when they see me taking photos of traffic in Yellowstone, but if I don't then I have no "proof". It's really crazy - 3 million people all driving around in bigger and...
  4. I had the advantage of living in a university...

    I had the advantage of living in a university community where the map library had a full collection of 1:250, 1:100, and 7 1/2 minute USGS maps. For my first cross-country tour (out of six) I mapped...
  5. First we found some round rocks and chiseled them...

    First we found some round rocks and chiseled them down.
    Drilling the holes was difficult, but pterodactyl beaks work pretty well.
    Then we used fresh mammoth bones for the frame - they are strong,...
  6. Thread: Wild camping

    by jamawani
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    I have random camped hundreds of nights, maybe...

    I have random camped hundreds of nights, maybe topping 1000. I call it random camping - using a National Forest Service term - rather than stealth camping because I don't ever have to worry about...
  7. Thread: Wild camping

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    Wild camping was what I did back in the 1970s....

    Wild camping was what I did back in the 1970s.
    And trust me - - it was wild.
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    I would posit that touring is not the issue - ...

    I would posit that touring is not the issue -
    But the post-tour letdown.

    Many of us have posted about the "blahs" that hit when a big tour is over.
    Even for shorter tours, you are engaged, you...
  9. Thread: Crazy guy

    by jamawani
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    That Neil Gunton is one crazy guy.

    That Neil Gunton is one crazy guy.
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    Providing information about your age, experience,...

    Providing information about your age, experience, time of year, time frame, etc. does help.
  11. I am from Wyoming - been here for 25 years. My...

    I am from Wyoming - been here for 25 years. My first ride thru Yellowstone was in 1987. They warned me then that cycling in the park was risky - - and it ain't gotten any better. I spent 10 days...
  12. TransAm in Yellowstone CLosed for the Season

    The TransAm route through Yellowstone is closed for construction for the remainder of this year and, likely, for a chunk of 2015 over Craig Pass from Old Faithful to West Thumb. It is possible to...
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    Yes, I have ridden Beartooth Pass in mid-summer...

    Yes, I have ridden Beartooth Pass in mid-summer and frozen my tush off.
    Not to mention that it is beyond killer in gradiant and braking downhill.
    And it got a good chunk of snow this weekend...
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    Based on last year's journal, I would think you...

    Based on last year's journal, I would think you might want to continue on your cross-country ride.
    But, of course, there are no hard-and-fast rules.

    If you got a ride to Billings, you could...
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    I've never had a Brooks saddle - so I wouldn't...

    I've never had a Brooks saddle - so I wouldn't know.
    The idea of "breaking in" an overpriced hoo-hah -
    Then have a sore butt and worrying about the leather getting wet??
    Nah, I just bought gel...
  16. You can bike cross country in that time frame -...

    You can bike cross country in that time frame - And you did say "big tour".
    You don't give us much info - other than that you are from Wisconsin.
    That would suggest that you can handle a few chilly...
  17. Take the bus to Tillamook and give yourself an...

    Take the bus to Tillamook and give yourself an off day then an easy day.
    There is inter-county bus service on the southern Oregon coast.
    Then there is bus service connecting Eureka with the Bay...
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    PS - Do NOT camp on Indian Reservation lands....

    PS - Do NOT camp on Indian Reservation lands.
    You will not be appreciated.
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    The West. Nevada has more than 90% public lands....

    The West. Nevada has more than 90% public lands.

    http://www.astrongnevada.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Map_of_all_U.S._Federal_Land.jpg

    You can camp anywhere more than 1/4 mile from a...
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    Congrats BGR! Glad to hear you had a great tour....

    Congrats BGR!
    Glad to hear you had a great tour.
    It really is liberating.
    Best - - J
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    In addition to heading north, I've taken the...

    In addition to heading north, I've taken the Yellowhead Highway a number of times.
    Although the scenery is not spectacular, it was usually fine.
    Plenty of services at Hazelton, Smithers, Houston,...
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    Most Steinway concert grands have wheels.

    Most Steinway concert grands have wheels.
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    I've biked up to Alaska, the Yukon, and the NWT a...

    I've biked up to Alaska, the Yukon, and the NWT a half-dozen times. I am familiar with all the routes you have mentioned. September can be pretty wet. Since temps are declining it can make for tough...
  24. Paulina Detour in Eastern Oregon during Fire Closure of US 26

    The owner of Kurt's General Store in Paulina is really helpful - -
    Anyone needing info should call - 541-477-3311
    He has contacted to school principal and the gym will be open to cyclists.
    ...
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    PS - The Dalles had 20-40 mph winds yesterday and...

    PS - The Dalles had 20-40 mph winds yesterday and already blowing this morning.
    (Sometimes you can get in the miles early in the morning before the wind picks up.)
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