Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
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Always tour on puncture resistant tires. Schwable Marathon Dureme maybe, or others in the Marathon line. I like Maxxis Overdrives, but Schwable sets the standards for durability, rideability, and puncture resistance. I have found the Overdrives to be reasonably puncture resistent, light, easy on/off. Last 2/3 as long as a similar Marathon, or about 5000 miles. $30.
You should find a restaurant of sorts in nearly every town in Eastern Oregon. Supermarket deli's will be scarce. V-8 is your backup for vegetables to balance carbs. Snicker bars a cheap source of quick energy.
Winds could be from anywhere at anytime of course. No problem with them when I rode through NE Oregon. No punctures either. I thoroughly enjoyed my crossing of Oregon.
The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me