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Forum: Touring
08-08-16, 03:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 509
Posted By RedandBlack

Fear and Loathing on the Great Divide

A short musing on anxiety and depression on a solo expedition.

https://redandblackhorizons.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/fear-and-loathing-on-the-great-divide/
Forum: Touring
05-31-16, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,204
Posted By RedandBlack

I use wordpress. I have no problem with CCOAB. ...

I use wordpress. I have no problem with CCOAB. I just have a "as the inspiration strikes" kind of writing style as opposed to a day-to-day travel log.
Forum: Touring
05-08-16, 04:46 PM
Replies: 1,486
Views: 248,191
Posted By RedandBlack

It's an REI Dash 2. I like it. Two...

It's an REI Dash 2. I like it. Two Doors/vestibules, 3.5 lbs with footprint and extra stacks. I speak more in depth about the tent here ...
Forum: Touring
05-05-16, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,486
Views: 248,191
Posted By RedandBlack

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.78110679...

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.781106792023900.1073741838.730736803727566&type=3

My first two days of my first tour. From snowy mountains to the desert.
Forum: Touring
04-30-16, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 581
Posted By RedandBlack

Thank You Bike Forums!

I would like to take a minute to thank all of you on Bike Forums for your help and advice. Tomorrow morning I'll be leaving on a self-supported, solo bike tour and I wouldn't have been able to do it...
Forum: Touring
04-20-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,229
Posted By RedandBlack

I'm biking the West until I get tired. The basic...

I'm biking the West until I get tired. The basic plan is the ACA Grand Canyon Connector to the Western Express to the Great Divide to the Northern Tier to the Sierra Cascade. I'm doing it for the...
Forum: Touring
04-19-16, 11:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,940
Posted By RedandBlack

"When was your last failure?" Pours a tall...

"When was your last failure?"

Pours a tall glass of bourbon, "Let me tell you something about my life..."



Oh, bike failure. Never mind. Never have had a flat. Maybe a warped rim that...
Forum: Touring
04-19-16, 11:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,229
Posted By RedandBlack

I would be interested. I'm doing something...

I would be interested. I'm doing something similar in order to plan for the long term and see where I can make cuts and still be comfortable. However, Day by Day may be little too much work with...
Forum: Touring
04-19-16, 06:59 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,728
Posted By RedandBlack

I have a "dumb" flip phone. I stays charged for...

I have a "dumb" flip phone. I stays charged for two weeks, is water/shook proof, and doesn't have roaming charges so I think I'll stick with that.
Forum: Touring
04-19-16, 05:41 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,728
Posted By RedandBlack

Good to know I'm not the only one. Everyone...

Good to know I'm not the only one. Everyone looks at me like I'm crazy for not having a smart phone let alone touring without one. Some of the Western Express and Great Divide will probably be...
Forum: Touring
04-19-16, 03:17 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,728
Posted By RedandBlack

Touring Without a Smart Phone

I'll be going on a self-supported tour and was looking to upgrade to a smart phone for the trip. However, after looking at my options such technology and their data plans are out of my price range. ...
Forum: Touring
04-18-16, 07:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,164
Posted By RedandBlack

No matter what you want to have some sort of...

No matter what you want to have some sort of battery system to go with your solar panel. I've heard many people say that phones will stop charging if there is a disruption in power (such as going...
Forum: Touring
04-12-16, 01:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,754
Posted By RedandBlack

I've been using Gorilla tape and it's pretty damn...

I've been using Gorilla tape and it's pretty damn strong, sticky, and heat resistant. So far I've used it to make a pot cozy and an electronics cozy (padded mylar case).
Forum: Touring
04-08-16, 10:59 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,699
Posted By RedandBlack

LHT from my research.

LHT from my research.
Forum: Touring
04-07-16, 01:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,889
Posted By RedandBlack

I'm not sure about button down. I have Minus 33...

I'm not sure about button down. I have Minus 33 170 gm Merino Wool t-shirts for my setup. I would have preferred the IceBreaker 200 gm for the durability, but they were out of my price range. The...
Forum: Touring
04-07-16, 01:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,143
Posted By RedandBlack

I've seen them and they look interesting. In my...

I've seen them and they look interesting. In my opinion, you should tie it up high just like any other bear bag. The kevlar is just an added bonus/level of security.
Forum: Touring
04-07-16, 10:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 689
Posted By RedandBlack

How experienced are you with biking long...

How experienced are you with biking long distances? 83 miles a day, three days in a row is pretty ambitious for a first shakedown ride. I did a little over 55 miles there and back with a rest day...
Forum: Touring
04-02-16, 12:20 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 34,715
Posted By RedandBlack

Very nice upgrades everyone. People always say...

Very nice upgrades everyone. People always say that the LHT is built with base level parts to encourage customization. So far for mine I have upgraded to a B 17 and will be getting a new seat post...
Forum: Touring
04-02-16, 10:55 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 34,715
Posted By RedandBlack

513084 This is Eleuthero, my '14 LHT. Yours...

513084

This is Eleuthero, my '14 LHT. Yours is a beaut. It's hard to go wrong with black on black.
Forum: Touring
03-30-16, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,212
Posted By RedandBlack

512537 This is Eleuthero, my 14' LHT.

512537

This is Eleuthero, my 14' LHT.
Forum: Touring
03-25-16, 10:46 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,354
Posted By RedandBlack

That's why this city is going to be so hard to...

That's why this city is going to be so hard to leave. It's hard to beat the big city attitude with the Mid-West manners.

Then again, some people don't want to be approached. The other night I ...
Forum: Touring
03-25-16, 05:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,228
Posted By RedandBlack

:popcorn

:popcorn
Forum: Touring
03-24-16, 11:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,228
Posted By RedandBlack

I got my 26" x 2" Mondials for about $95 for the...

I got my 26" x 2" Mondials for about $95 for the pair.

wiggle.com | Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Evo DD MTB City Tyre | MTB Road Tires...
Forum: Touring
03-23-16, 11:39 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,354
Posted By RedandBlack

See, I'm the opposite. If **** goes wrong I at...

See, I'm the opposite. If **** goes wrong I at least want the option to dive towards safety. I have this horrible mental image of me not remembering how to unclip them and going over a cliff with a...
Forum: Touring
03-23-16, 11:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 962
Posted By RedandBlack

I'll be using the NT to connect the GD and SC......

I'll be using the NT to connect the GD and SC... so Montana, Idaho, and Washington.



The S to N in hiking the PCT and AT is mostly because you're racing Winter since it takes about 6 months to...
Forum: Touring
03-23-16, 10:48 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,354
Posted By RedandBlack

I tried to strike a balance with my choices of...

I tried to strike a balance with my choices of clothing. For shorts I have Zoic Black Market mountain bike shorts. Since they're made for biking they should be comfortable for longer days and best...
Forum: Touring
03-23-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 962
Posted By RedandBlack

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but I wanted to...

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but I wanted to get the opinion of others. The short sections I'm doing on the Grand Canyon Connector and Northern Tier probably don't require maps. However, it...
Forum: Touring
03-21-16, 02:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 962
Posted By RedandBlack

Navigating the Great Divide S to N

This summer I'll be taking the ACA Western Express to the GD and then pedaling North. I'll be using mostly paper maps and hand written directions aided by a simple bike computer for this trip. I'll...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 936
Posted By RedandBlack

Welcome to the forum! For overnighter's with...

Welcome to the forum! For overnighter's with 10-20 lbs of gear you don't need anything super fancy of heavy duty. Some modified road or mountain bikes would suffice. There are a lot of options in...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 05:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,882
Posted By RedandBlack

After watching your video I started exploring...

After watching your video I started exploring your blog. Real cool ****. Crazy... but cool :) . I'm guessing you bring something else if you're in an area without a lot of trees. One plus of this...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 12:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,882
Posted By RedandBlack

Great Video. What sleeping setup was that? ...

Great Video. What sleeping setup was that? Never seen it before.
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 12:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,632
Posted By RedandBlack

Nice build. I was planning to do something...

Nice build. I was planning to do something similar, but decided against it since I know nothing about bikes and didn't have a lot of build time. Sometimes the best bikes are the cheap ones built...
Forum: Touring
03-19-16, 12:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,210
Posted By RedandBlack

Thanks for the replies everyone. Two bolt post...

Thanks for the replies everyone. Two bolt post it is.
Forum: Touring
03-17-16, 02:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,210
Posted By RedandBlack

Thank you so much for your replies everyone. ...

Thank you so much for your replies everyone. Turns out I'm just an idiot and the seat tilt is adjustable. I tilted it forward and it instantly felt like a new bike. Towards to end of 20 miles it...
Forum: Touring
03-14-16, 04:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,210
Posted By RedandBlack

Seat Post Questions

I have a '14 LHT and I've been having some seating problems. I upgraded to a B17 and that helped reduce some of the pain from long rides. However, I still have trouble leaning forward to reach my...
Forum: Touring
03-03-16, 06:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,992
Posted By RedandBlack

You can use the ACA Route 66 route to connect the...

You can use the ACA Route 66 route to connect the Trans Am to the Northern Tier and then cut across NY using Trail Link routes ( Bike Trails, Walking Trails & Trail Maps | TrailLink...
Forum: Touring
02-27-16, 01:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 852
Posted By RedandBlack

Yikes. Don't know where to start with this one. ...

Yikes. Don't know where to start with this one. I'm planning my first Solo tour so I don't know anything about supported group tours or touring with children with disabilities. However, I try me...
Forum: Touring
02-20-16, 06:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,469
Posted By RedandBlack

Chicagoland has a surprising amount of bike...

Chicagoland has a surprising amount of bike trails. For long distance the ACA Route 66 comes to mind. In the city itself there is an amazing lake side path. As for the suburbs, you can bounce from...
Forum: Touring
02-14-16, 06:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,116
Posted By RedandBlack

I was debating the durability of lighter tents...

I was debating the durability of lighter tents myself. I finally bit the bullet and went with the REI Dash 2. It's on clearance for $199 ( REI Dash 2 Tent - REI.com...
Forum: Touring
02-10-16, 12:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By RedandBlack

You beat me to the punch.

You beat me to the punch.
Forum: Touring
02-10-16, 12:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,208
Posted By RedandBlack

I'm not sure if this is a joke or not, but since...

I'm not sure if this is a joke or not, but since a life may be at stake I will bite...

Something does not need to be air tight for suffocation to occur. Oxygen just needs to be consumed and...
Forum: Touring
02-08-16, 11:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,208
Posted By RedandBlack

Now I'm confused. I thought you were going cut...

Now I'm confused. I thought you were going cut off the excess, fold it in half, and prop it up with some poles.

503569

Are you planning to put your sleeping bag inside and then zip it up?!? ...
Forum: Touring
02-08-16, 07:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,208
Posted By RedandBlack

It seems like the material would hold up to rain...

It seems like the material would hold up to rain with the right pole/guy line construction. The only two problems I see are the transparent material and the lack of a mesh screen. Since you can see...
Forum: Touring
02-08-16, 05:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,054
Posted By RedandBlack

I'm not sure, I'll have to test that out. I did...

I'm not sure, I'll have to test that out. I did some new research on it and it gets mixed reviews. A lot of people say that it only works briefly or not at all. I've only used it a few times and...
Forum: Touring
02-01-16, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By RedandBlack

Thanks for the tips everyone. I'm going to try a...

Thanks for the tips everyone. I'm going to try a few and see which ones work for me.
Forum: Touring
02-01-16, 09:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,694
Posted By RedandBlack

Welcome to the forum! FYI, you can quote...

Welcome to the forum! FYI, you can quote multiple people in a single post by hitting the "+ icon and then hitting the "Reply With Quote icon on the last post you are quoting. The reason you would...
Forum: Touring
01-30-16, 11:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,054
Posted By RedandBlack

I have a Allpowers 23,000 MaH solar panel/battery...

I have a Allpowers 23,000 MaH solar panel/battery bank Robot Check (http://www.amazon.com/ALLPOWERS-23000mAh-Blackberry-Bluetooth-Compatible/dp/B009C5Z0IG) . It can be charged either by the sun or a...
Forum: Touring
01-28-16, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By RedandBlack

Creating Custom Map

So in previous threads I learned to import GPX ACA maps into google maps and and layer them with nearby cities and National Parks. Now I would like to create a custom map showing the route I plan on...
Forum: Touring
01-28-16, 08:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,385
Posted By RedandBlack

For food it's whatever I can find at grocery...

For food it's whatever I can find at grocery stores along the way. I plan on cooking most of the time and probably won't do freeze dried prepared meals due to budget restraints. For a storage...
Forum: Touring
01-28-16, 02:48 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 16,380
Posted By RedandBlack

Holy ****, getting a chipmunk stuck in my front...

Holy ****, getting a chipmunk stuck in my front fenderis now my goal for this upcoming tour!
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