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    Where would you park your car?

    Have you ever driven to the start of a tour and if so, where did you leave your vehicle?

    I was going to fly to Reno but decided it would actually be easier just to drive plus I would get to see a few sights on the way. I plan on being on the road for about 3 weeks and I am trying to determine ahead of time where a good place would be to leave a vehicle. If all else fails, I will call a bike shop or REI.

    I also thought about developing a spreadsheet of contacts just for this type of scenario. i.e., I live in BC and if someone needed to park on my street or have a bike shipped here or use my bike stand to get their bike set up, they would be more than welcome. I suppose if a person lived at the start/finish of one of the tier routes, they could get inundated. Good idea/bad idea?

    Thanks.

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    I have two suggestions.

    First, check couchsurfing.com for someone who lives in Reno (they may even offer you a place to stay!).

    Second, most hotels near airports will let you leave your car in their lot if you spend the night in the hotel and pay a nominal fee. So, if you are going to spend the night in a hotel, ask them.

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    Three weeks is a longer than I would normally leave a car, but in similar situations I've used airport parking, hotels I stayed at and personal contacts.

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    Twice I've let people from crazyguyonabike.com park in my driveway - you could try posting over there to ask for help.

    P.S., also try the regional forum here
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    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
    Twice I've let people from crazyguyonabike.com park in my driveway - you could try posting over there to ask for help.

    P.S., also try the regional forum here
    I have always had folks offer help when I ask on the various touring forums. If that failed I would ask around town at bike shops, a place that you stayed at, whatever... Also if none of that pans out, consider starting in a small town nearby. In smaller towns, I would ask police dept, sheriff's office, fire houses, churches, etc.

    Also check out warmshowers.com.

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    If there's a long-term lot such as at the airport or a ferry terminal, that would work. Also, talk to some of the churches.
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    If it were only a week or 10 days, what I'd do is to find a quiet residential area and park on the street. It wouldn't be unusual for a vehicle to be parked somewhere, and not go anywhere, for that length of time. When I lived in Edmonton during the week a couple years ago, I'd park my car outside the house where I was renting a room on Monday, and wouldn't touch it again till Friday ... no problem at all.

    3 weeks might be a bit long for something like that. The neighbours might start questioning why this vehicle is there. I think if I were leaving my car somewhere for that length of time, I'd inquire at churches.

    Whatever you do, don't ask to park in a bicycle shop's parking lot. From my experience, most bicycle shops don't have a whole lot of parking available, and what what they've got free for customer use.

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    All good suggestions above!

    The High Sierra bike shop is also home of the local cycling club, I bet they could help you out. http://highsierracycling.com/storelocator/

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    You could talk to a local wrecker companies about putting it into their storage. Not sure what they would charge you, but its worth a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    If it were only a week or 10 days, what I'd do is to find a quiet residential area and park on the street. It wouldn't be unusual for a vehicle to be parked somewhere, and not go anywhere, for that length of time. When I lived in Edmonton during the week a couple years ago, I'd park my car outside the house where I was renting a room on Monday, and wouldn't touch it again till Friday ... no problem at all.

    3 weeks might be a bit long for something like that. The neighbours might start questioning why this vehicle is there. I think if I were leaving my car somewhere for that length of time, I'd inquire at churches.

    Whatever you do, don't ask to park in a bicycle shop's parking lot. From my experience, most bicycle shops don't have a whole lot of parking available, and what what they've got free for customer use.
    I'd be careful with this one. A couple of times I've had cars parked on the street that I didn't use much. Suddenly a "move or be towed" paper appeared on the windshield. I was able to move them and avoid the tow (and the impound fees.) If I was off on a bike ride......

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    I've read about people staying in a motel before leaving on a loop tour and asking the motel people if they could leave the car there. In the stories I've read they always said yes. I met a guy from B.C. who said he drove to Portland, Oregon, and left his car at the "cop shop" (I love B. C. slang!) He was going to take a bus back and pick it up at the end of the tour.

    During my spring break I'm planning a tour around Saint George, Utah. I checked the long-term parking at the airport there. It's free! That's what I'm going to do.

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    We left our car in a free public lot behind the visitors center in Radium, BC last year for two weeks. We contacted them by email and they suggested it. I'm sure Reno has a visitor center maybe they can help you out.

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    almost all cities have places on the outskirts of town that store RV's. They generally charge 30-50 dollars a month. Usually have fences, lights and most have an on-site residence for security.

    Check yellowpages.com for "RV Storage" for the city you plan to go
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    Crazyguyonabike is the logical place to look for this. I have stored my car with members of this excellent organization and have hosted as well. Just email a few of the folks in the area you are interested in and wait to be amazed by the hospitality offered - from car storage to a place to sleep and some invaluable local information. The local cyclists will give you the best routes and "must sees".

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    I have used a U-Haul Rental shop....fenced, lit, safe-it was $40 for a month. Only when all free possibilities were exhausted - but there was something about peace-of-mind.

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    I've left my car parked at B&Bs and campgrounds.

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    Thanks for the excellent ideas. I will probably post at CGOAB and see what happens first. It is nice to meet a local like-minded biker and get pointed in the right direction.

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    When we take a car to the 'start' we just leave it there in a real parking space (that is, not parked illegally),
    or if that's not an option we've even left it at the side of a mountain (off the road) in the Pyrenees, with a note saying we'd be back in a month.

    Generally we tend to not overthink the risks, mostly (like 99.9% of the time) everything is OK.
    And I feel the .1% of the time that there actually IS a problem won't be easily (or at all) lowered.
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