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Forum: Touring
12-17-13, 12:03 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,634
Posted By Gus Riley

The following statement is straight out of my...

The following statement is straight out of my trip journal while on the TransAm tour in 2012.
Kelty Grand Mesa 2. I found it at a good price. I've tested it in some very severe conditions...
Forum: Touring
11-15-13, 12:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,233
Posted By Gus Riley

This Jandd is exactly the one I have on my 26"...

This Jandd is exactly the one I have on my 26" wheeled LHT (non-disc). It served me very well on my TransAm trip in 2012. I had no problems at all with it.
Forum: Touring
11-06-13, 06:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,042
Posted By Gus Riley

the John Wayne Pioneer Trail might be out of your...

the John Wayne Pioneer Trail might be out of your way a bit. I rode the western part of it going to Seattle. It was very well kept, in great shape and totally enjoyable to ride. I heard the...
Forum: Touring
10-16-13, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 646
Posted By Gus Riley

Alpe d'Huez is on my "Bucket list".

Alpe d'Huez is on my "Bucket list".
Forum: Touring
10-12-13, 08:27 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,107
Posted By Gus Riley

Kool Stops

I didn't read through all the comments, but I do own a LHT without disc brakes. I thought the stock brakes were a little weak...nothing serious but because my trip included a very steep and crooked...
Forum: Touring
10-10-13, 07:44 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,840
Posted By Gus Riley

Togwotee Pass

Climbing East to West over Togwotee Pass.
Forum: Touring
05-25-13, 05:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 863
Posted By Gus Riley

Isn't that between Pittsburg and Girard, Kansas?

Isn't that between Pittsburg and Girard, Kansas?
Forum: Touring
04-30-13, 09:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 827
Posted By Gus Riley

You might consider staying in the historic area...

You might consider staying in the historic area of Yorktown at the Grace Episcopal Church hostel. It should be listed on the back of you TransAm map (assuming you are using the ACA route maps). ...
Forum: Touring
04-29-13, 07:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 827
Posted By Gus Riley

It is a relatively longish, and not so straight...

It is a relatively longish, and not so straight forward ride from Norfolk IAP to the Scotland Ferry which puts you into Jamestown. You might want to call out to the airport and inquire about a van...
Forum: Touring
04-29-13, 07:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 827
Posted By Gus Riley

My experience was that not all Walmarts carried...

My experience was that not all Walmarts carried the fuel on the TransAm... Hit or miss. When you come across one that does, buy three.
Forum: Touring
02-20-13, 11:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By Gus Riley

Have a wonderful tour! I did it this past...

Have a wonderful tour! I did it this past summer... it is a fantastic trip! Are you on the ACA group ride? I toured solo.
My Ireland trip is still in the idea stage, but could be realized...
Forum: Touring
02-18-13, 08:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By Gus Riley

Thanks antokelly. our trip is way out in the...

Thanks antokelly. our trip is way out in the future at this point. It is little more than an idea...but so was my TransAm trip way back in the past. So, I am not sure where to where. I'd like to...
Forum: Touring
02-18-13, 10:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By Gus Riley

Watson, I see you are located in Ireland...are...

Watson, I see you are located in Ireland...are you currently a WS host? We're looking to tour on our tandem in Ireland sometime in the future.
Forum: Touring
02-13-13, 09:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By Gus Riley

They are all along the TransAm route. Once in...

They are all along the TransAm route. Once in the WS site you can click on the ACA trail route option, it will show the TransAm (and the other ACA routes). When you see a host along the route,...
Forum: Touring
02-07-13, 08:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By Gus Riley

I rode the TransAm this past summer. I stayed at...

I rode the TransAm this past summer. I stayed at 22 Warmshowers Hosts' homes. I know this because I sent all of them Christmas cards this year...I was surprised by the number I had been hosted by! ...
Forum: Touring
02-03-13, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,007
Posted By Gus Riley

Thanks for the info, I'll put it in our data...

Thanks for the info, I'll put it in our data banks for future use. We're planning a self contained tandem ride on it in late spring. We're not sure if we are going just one way, or and out and back...
Forum: Touring
02-02-13, 07:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,518
Posted By Gus Riley

This may not be what you're looking for, but...

This may not be what you're looking for, but www.crazyguyonabike.com is used by many touring bicylists. Simple to use, and viewed by many.
Forum: Touring
01-30-13, 02:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,277
Posted By Gus Riley

I used a blue plastic tarp which I cut to fit. ...

I used a blue plastic tarp which I cut to fit. It worked very well. The most crucial time was while camping at the Knott County Historical Society in Hindman, KY I chose to stay in the tent that...
Forum: Touring
01-27-13, 02:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,523
Posted By Gus Riley

I purchased a cheap disposable "Safety razor" at...

I purchased a cheap disposable "Safety razor" at a Walmart...I shaved probably every 4th day or so. I just soaped up real good with a bar of soap. I had no problems. My razor usually lasted about...
Forum: Touring
01-21-13, 05:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,971
Posted By Gus Riley

Over an 85 day period my average cost ended up...

Over an 85 day period my average cost ended up being $42.00 per day. I was living quite comfy at that amount.
Forum: Touring
01-20-13, 11:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,971
Posted By Gus Riley

This past summer I spent 85 days away from home. ...

This past summer I spent 85 days away from home. I toured the TransAm (E-W), I pedaled for 70 days, I had eight rest days (3 of those in Pasco, WA). When I got to my destination I hung around for...
Forum: Touring
01-15-13, 07:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,274
Posted By Gus Riley

This probably won't work in the mountains of...

This probably won't work in the mountains of Kentucky along the TransAm...we saw a few owners just tell us..."It ain't my dog!" Even though clearly the dog came from their yards. If needed our...
Forum: Touring
01-15-13, 07:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,274
Posted By Gus Riley

This is sometimes the case in the eastern...

This is sometimes the case in the eastern mountains of Kentucky.

My dog dazer worked about half the time...seemed if a dog was already in chase my dazer didn't work too well, but, if I caught...
Forum: Touring
01-03-13, 02:23 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,901
Posted By Gus Riley

2012 saw me do the TransAm... We are looking to...

2012 saw me do the TransAm... We are looking to tour the Katy Trail in the spring...then maybe RABRAI or one of the Wisconsin rides this summer. No epics this year unfortunately.
Forum: Touring
12-08-12, 09:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,373
Posted By Gus Riley

Love my Flyer...a few century plus rides this...

Love my Flyer...a few century plus rides this past summer on my TransAm tour...my butt was fine...can't say the same for other parts of my body after 128 miles!
11-15-12, 02:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,875
Posted By Gus Riley

Our 13 year old won't be caught dead on our's. ...

Our 13 year old won't be caught dead on our's. Even though she has many miles on it in the past. Social matters are more important now...understandable.
Forum: Touring
11-14-12, 04:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,079
Posted By Gus Riley

Great ride for you Dave!! Yeah, you got me! ...

Great ride for you Dave!! Yeah, you got me! Daniel is doing ok, I haven't seen him in quite some time now. I am busy back in the world of the working...hoping to do another ride in the...
Forum: Touring
11-13-12, 08:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,079
Posted By Gus Riley

54cm, 26" LHT, 80 pounds with gear and...

54cm, 26" LHT, 80 pounds with gear and water...4,080 miles over a 70 day period (TransAm) this summer. She feels much better loaded!
Forum: Touring
11-12-12, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4,337
Views: 2,012,969
Posted By Gus Riley

At Hoosier Pass...headed toward Breckenridge and...

At Hoosier Pass...headed toward Breckenridge and beyond. Summer 2012
Forum: Touring
11-12-12, 01:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,839
Posted By Gus Riley

When setting up my tent, I don't think I was...

When setting up my tent, I don't think I was thinking that day! :rolleyes: ...and this was hours after my near miss with a grizzly! Dumb! (My TransAm 2012, E-W)
Forum: Touring
11-12-12, 01:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,839
Posted By Gus Riley

During my ride toward Yellowstone from Grand...

During my ride toward Yellowstone from Grand Tetons NP I had a bit of a close call with a Grizzly. He was on the road and so was I. I had a little comfort knowing that this might work... luckily I...
Forum: Touring
11-08-12, 10:24 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,205
Posted By Gus Riley

I have used CGOAB to chronicle three tour...

I have used CGOAB to chronicle three tour journals so far. I have used CGOAB for research and entertainment for many years. It has proved invaluable in my trip planning; one of the very best...
Forum: Touring
10-29-12, 04:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,660
Posted By Gus Riley

A Grizzly Bear while riding in the Grand Tetons...

A Grizzly Bear while riding in the Grand Tetons National Park on my TransAm summer of 2012.
Forum: Touring
10-28-12, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4,337
Views: 2,012,969
Posted By Gus Riley

Hey Wilson!! I rubbed elbows with you a bit in...

Hey Wilson!! I rubbed elbows with you a bit in Missoula! I also talked with the guys at Angle Lake Cycle in Seattle later on about your trip! Where you at now?
Forum: Touring
10-26-12, 03:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,368
Posted By Gus Riley

As stated above, I started in Yorktown on 1 May...

As stated above, I started in Yorktown on 1 May 2012 but with only one partner and finished 78 days later in Seattle, and solo since Kansas. It was a totally wonderful tour!!
Forum: Touring
10-16-12, 05:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 837
Posted By Gus Riley

My recent experience was East to West. I started...

My recent experience was East to West. I started 1 May. I had four days of headwinds. One of those days was a hefty wind...the rest weren't so tough...one of them was a light headwind day in...
Forum: Touring
10-08-12, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 403
Posted By Gus Riley

I like that...cool! But I am easily amused...

I like that...cool! But I am easily amused...
Forum: Touring
10-06-12, 12:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,153
Posted By Gus Riley

You got me there! Aside from the S&S Couplers I...

You got me there! Aside from the S&S Couplers I drool over it because of its reputation as a great bike at a high price! So materialistic I know. I tour on a LHT just fine...love my Surly...did...
Forum: Touring
10-05-12, 08:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,153
Posted By Gus Riley

I think if the Americano was in my size and I...

I think if the Americano was in my size and I needed a bike and the same choices were tempting me...I would be sorely pressed to go with the Americano! The S&S couplers, and accessories would be the...
10-03-12, 09:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By Gus Riley

Many thanks for the info and link PedalPink. We...

Many thanks for the info and link PedalPink. We live in "rural" Illinois, we are Warmshowers Hosts as well. Even though we live far off the main bicycle routes we have hosted guests too. Like you...
10-02-12, 10:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By Gus Riley

Hosts for Cross Country Tandem Tourists?

I recently completed a TransAm tour on my single. As a result of my tour stories my better-half wants to tour the Southern Tier on our tandem. I think it is a wonderful idea! While on my TransAm I...
Forum: Touring
10-02-12, 08:15 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 20,922
Posted By Gus Riley

Between my two tents, there is a slight weight...

Between my two tents, there is a slight weight difference; the non FSer is lighter. Both are designed for two persons.
Forum: Touring
10-02-12, 10:13 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 20,922
Posted By Gus Riley

Not trying to be too quarrelsome on the subject...

Not trying to be too quarrelsome on the subject of ease of freestanding vs. non-freestanding; "...tying the end points..." is not done nearly as "...quite easily..." as you may think. I have toured...
Forum: Touring
10-02-12, 09:04 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 20,922
Posted By Gus Riley

Yeah, that is my thought too, thinking like a...

Yeah, that is my thought too, thinking like a bear might! :)

A better view of my Kelty Grand Mesa II, and the advantage of a free standing tent are most appreciated!
Forum: Touring
10-01-12, 10:50 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 20,922
Posted By Gus Riley

Camping in Yellowstone during my 2012 TransAm. ...

Camping in Yellowstone during my 2012 TransAm. Probably not the best place to set up my tent.... :rolleyes: I think I was a bit tired and really wasn't thinking, even though I put my food stuffs...
Forum: Touring
10-01-12, 05:24 PM
Forum: Touring
09-30-12, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4,337
Views: 2,012,969
Posted By Gus Riley

Day one of TransAm, day 28 at Alley Spring, MO,...

Day one of TransAm, day 28 at Alley Spring, MO, and last day of tour 78 days later.
Forum: Touring
09-27-12, 12:36 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,373
Posted By Gus Riley

I remove all the panniers and handlebar bag and...

I remove all the panniers and handlebar bag and turn the bike upside down. It really isn't a tough thing to do.
Forum: Touring
09-25-12, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By Gus Riley

Congratulations!! I finished mine on 17 July...E...

Congratulations!! I finished mine on 17 July...E to W solo, and self contained. A most fantastic journey!! I am planning the next tour too...I just do not know when or where yet!
Forum: Touring
09-23-12, 11:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,042
Posted By Gus Riley

I just finished a Yorktown, VA to Seattle, WA...

I just finished a Yorktown, VA to Seattle, WA tour. If you choose to go through Ellensburg and across at Snoqualmie Pass, the John Wayne Trail is most definitely the way to go! The tunnel under the...
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