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Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 573
Posted By mev

One resource I will mention are some of the state...

One resource I will mention are some of the state bicycling maps. These will vary from state to state, but ones I prefer have both information about traffic volume and road shoulders. As an example...
Forum: Touring
10-08-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By mev

Center turn lane - no. Right turn lanes. It...

Center turn lane - no.

Right turn lanes. It is something I constantly encounter going along and adjust in a few ways. It is also a place I find myself watching my mirror closely.
- If it is a...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,767
Posted By mev

What is the denominator for this "one in a...

What is the denominator for this "one in a million" claim? Is it:
- one in a million people
- one in a million bikes
- one in a million miles
or something else in a million? Assume numerator is...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,771
Posted By mev

Visiting Argentina in 2017, I found getting money...

Visiting Argentina in 2017, I found getting money from ATMs more obnoxious. Here are notes I wrote in my journal:

Argentinian ATMs are not my favorite. There is a maximum limit of 2000 Pesos (a...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,767
Posted By mev

I have broken two frames on tour. The breaks and...

I have broken two frames on tour. The breaks and circumstances are as follows.

The first break happened in 2001 near Shark Bay in Western Australia. A little hard to see but that line you see is...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,771
Posted By mev

I stayed in the same motel when I visited in...

I stayed in the same motel when I visited in September 2016. It wasn't fancy, but was fine for my needs, particularly getting out of a strong wind that sprung up overnight....
Forum: Touring
09-26-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,771
Posted By mev

I find it to be fairly common, though not always...

I find it to be fairly common, though not always disclosed.

In the US, I've found it doesn't happen at the small Mom & Pop motels, but in last few months I was in a Days Inn in Fort Stockton, TX;...
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,771
Posted By mev

I wouldn't carry all that sum in cash, but...

I wouldn't carry all that sum in cash, but instead expect to mostly rely on debit/credit cards.

I've had three occasions touring where my I had difficulty getting cash from a card, but those are...
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 842
Posted By mev

How much flexibility do you have to delay the...

How much flexibility do you have to delay the exact choices of where you stay each day - until you are on the trip; or adjust afterwards?

You will have some constraints like how many days you are...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,436
Posted By mev

I am also someone who uses a CamelBak more often...

I am also someone who uses a CamelBak more often than not. It does give me an excuse to drink frequently than I would from bottles and overseas is not a bad spot to put some key valuables on my...
Forum: Touring
08-25-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,954
Posted By mev

Short answer: No. Longer description: The level...

Short answer: No.
Longer description: The level of planning and knowledge typically matches the length of a trip.

If I go on a day trip or short overnight, I pretty much know where I am headed...
Forum: Touring
08-23-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,447
Posted By mev

Repeating some of what is said here but: 1. I...

Repeating some of what is said here but:
1. I keep vitals such as passport, money and usb with key documents on my person.
2. If I stop somewhere along the way and duck into a grocery store, gas...
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 809
Posted By mev

I did the Atlantic Coast quite a few years ago,...

I did the Atlantic Coast quite a few years ago, from Key West to Halifax.

i went south to north for two reasons: (1) there seemed to be slightly more prevailing winds from S to N than the other...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,842
Posted By mev

In 2016 there was a French bakery roughly midway...

In 2016 there was a French bakery roughly midway between Beaver Lodge and Destruction Bay. I think they had a small camping area and a few cabins to rent but otherwise not much around for 90km. It...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By mev

I realized I could do cookless after a trip on...

I realized I could do cookless after a trip on the Dempster Highway when I had brought a lot of dried fruit, peanut butter, crackers, etc.

I had a stove and pots and pans with me, but in some...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,205
Posted By mev

Pretty much every time, TSA leaves behind a...

Pretty much every time, TSA leaves behind a notification inside the box that they have checked the box.

I've used fairly large boxes with minimal unpacking e.g. pedals and seat off, wheels still...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,654
Posted By mev

Agreed. My approach to this outside US and...

Agreed.

My approach to this outside US and particularly on extended travels has been:
1. In general, if the locals drink the water, I will also drink the water. For example, when traveling across...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,393
Posted By mev

I had that happen once as well as a near miss or...

I had that happen once as well as a near miss or two.

The time it happened I was flying from Portland Oregon to Bangalore via Seattle and Frankfort. The international flights on Lufthansa let me...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,122
Posted By mev

As far as averages go, I like to use...

As far as averages go, I like to use weatherspark.com which also gives 75% and 90% percentile bands for temperatures. In general, I look more at the 90% percentile band and make sure I am set for...
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,393
Posted By mev

My first trip across the US, I started in...

My first trip across the US, I started in Astoria. For that trip, I flew into Portland, rented a car and dropped it off in Astoria.
I have also cycled both directions between Eugene/Florence and...
Forum: Touring
07-12-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,511
Posted By mev

...and then there is the following sign I found...

...and then there is the following sign I found on the Dalton Highway cycling past Joy, AK....
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,511
Posted By mev

I've bought bear spray once, and would consider...

I've bought bear spray once, and would consider it on an off-road trip - where there is greater chance of coming around a corner and startling both a bear and myself. However, generally wouldn't if...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,647
Posted By mev

Pretty much all my bikes have been used for...

Pretty much all my bikes have been used for touring and for commuting. The one I commute on most often is a Trek 4500 mountain bike that went from British Columbia to tip of South America as well as...
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,122
Posted By mev

I remember ~2 inches of snow on a backpacking...

I remember ~2 inches of snow on a backpacking trip in Colorado in August. At high elevations you can get this even in summer. However, by September you start to get into shoulder season. Storms...
Forum: Touring
06-22-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,076
Posted By mev

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How often are the turns?
For much of my touring, I won't have much in the way of...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 661
Posted By mev

On my 2016 trip, I had Adventure Cycling send the...

On my 2016 trip, I had Adventure Cycling send the last two Southern Tier maps to Socorro, NM "General Delivery" once I figured I was going to parallel that route for a while. I still had a set from...
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,261
Posted By mev

Seems reasonable. I have had up to 3 flats...

Seems reasonable.

I have had up to 3 flats in a day while touring and once on San Diego Christmas Ride had 6 flats. Cycling TDA across Africa the record for one of my fellow cyclists was 11 flats...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,715
Posted By mev

It is cooler along the coast, than brief bits...

It is cooler along the coast, than brief bits where you are inland. The ocean currents keep things cool, but also moderate against large temperature swings.

Using Fort Bragg as a proxy for climate...
Forum: Touring
06-10-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,715
Posted By mev

Your counterparts in Alberta call them Texas...

Your counterparts in Alberta call them Texas Gates or Passage Rouleaux. In the US, I typically see the term cattle grates....
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,715
Posted By mev

The parts I enjoyed most were between Astoria and...

The parts I enjoyed most were between Astoria and Pismo Beach, California.

So immediately south of San Francisco is interesting. I didn't enjoy areas leading into and south of Santa Barbara as...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,715
Posted By mev

Eugene can work fine. There is a reasonable...

Eugene can work fine. There is a reasonable airport and route 126 from there to the coast worked fine when I did it (by now a long time ago, 1998).

That year I was living in San Jose and did the...
Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,379
Posted By mev

One summer I worked from Bangalore India and...

One summer I worked from Bangalore India and ended up one weekend with a local cycling group on a weekend trip they made. There were about 35 participants, though I think I was the only one that...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,379
Posted By mev

9 hour train ride Cleveland to Chicago 6 hour...

9 hour train ride Cleveland to Chicago
6 hour train ride to Chicago to Cincinnati

add a layover to make it a 24-hour journey of ~600 miles when the more direct distance is ~250 miles. Include...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,379
Posted By mev

I'm curious why renting isn't feasible, since...

I'm curious why renting isn't feasible, since that would be what I would otherwise suggest, e.g.
- rent a uhaul or other truck sufficiently large to carry bikes and gear.
- rent a 15 passenger van...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,363
Posted By mev

What in the world is your equipment list that...

What in the world is your equipment list that totals 600 pounds? What are you planning on bringing with you that adds up to this much weight?

Are you planning on sleeping in the trailer? If so...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,578
Posted By mev

See the right chainstay as well as the flame...

See the right chainstay as well as the flame marks?
It was cracked and then welded..

The frame itself was part of a bike I bought ~2013, flew to India and used in several summers when I visited...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,578
Posted By mev

I am going to question some of the premise behind...

I am going to question some of the premise behind this. I have done my share of tours and had my set of failures... everything from cracked frames, failed hubs, broken rims, snapped cables, burst...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By mev

By the way, will you be able to get your bike off...

By the way, will you be able to get your bike off in Raton?

Looking at the Amtrak site for bicycle service - https://www.amtrak.com/onboard/bring-your-bicycle-onboard.html The Southwest Chief...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By mev

I drive between Raton and Clayton NM at least...

I drive between Raton and Clayton NM at least once or twice a year as it is between Austin and family in CO.

It is an arid region and at slightly higher elevation so a lot of open ranchland and...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 769
Posted By mev

Here is a Weatherspark comparison with both...

Here is a Weatherspark comparison with both Brownsville and Ciudad Victoria roughly in lowlands: ...
Forum: Touring
05-23-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 799
Posted By mev

As far as the "Yikes" goes, I'll offer a counter...

As far as the "Yikes" goes, I'll offer a counter point...

I grew up in Northern Colorado and was back last year for five weeks including several weekends cycling. I was in Boulder but cycled...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 799
Posted By mev

Are you wanting to spend time in Denver or mostly...

Are you wanting to spend time in Denver or mostly depart from there? Are you wanting to ride from airport or your end destination?

There are multiple possibilities, but here is roughly what I...
Forum: Touring
05-17-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,551
Posted By mev

+1 I don't have much experience with SAG but...

+1

I don't have much experience with SAG but do have some more experience with multiple cyclists who don't always ride together lock-step but meet up through the day. In that context, my...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,804
Posted By mev

Weatherspark can give you a profile of typical...

Weatherspark can give you a profile of typical wind directions. Here for example is Garden City, KS as a proxy:...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,804
Posted By mev

I don't see the uphill as being a big issue,...

I don't see the uphill as being a big issue, however depending on your thoughts of wind - an alternative could be to go north from St Louis to Omaha and take Amtrak back. Don't have to decide right...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,979
Posted By mev

Working brakes are more important than you...

Working brakes are more important than you think...

First tour was in college. Overall plan was to cycle from Boston to tip of Cape Cod and take the ferry back. I was the leader in that I had...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,582
Posted By mev

In the scheme of things, 3500ft isn't much over...

In the scheme of things, 3500ft isn't much over ~1000km between Vancouver/Calgary. Winds can be variable and adjust. I could see doing it either direction but if it were a case of more consistent...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By mev

+1 If you have a choice, getting them with...

+1

If you have a choice, getting them with places printed in more than one language can be helpful, e.g. Chinese or Cyrillic as appropriate. Almost inevitably, my accent and pronunciation is...
Forum: Touring
05-03-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By mev

Roads are probably not the first thing I think of...

Roads are probably not the first thing I think of for an expedition like this.

Instead, I start by looking at larger pieces as a whole, e.g.

1. Which countries enable visa access and for how...
Forum: Touring
04-30-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 982
Posted By mev

Two general inputs to explore: * Cape Cod...

Two general inputs to explore:

* Cape Cod including Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard
* Potentially do a hub/spoke or stay in one spot two nights and then go 20 miles to next spot
My knowledge of Cape...
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