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Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,263
Posted By stevepusser

Too bad--I always loved the hike and bike...

Too bad--I always loved the hike and bike campsites at Grover Hot Springs State Park, a few miles west of Markleeville, when I passed by on a tour, but they don't have any cabins at that particular...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,189
Posted By stevepusser

Just don't get dehydrated and have to be...

Just don't get dehydrated and have to be airlifted out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf67PSdpwMU

I'd need some time to unwind after that rescue. Needs "you spin me right round baby" soundtrack...
Forum: Touring
06-04-19, 11:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,263
Posted By stevepusser

Are you motelling or camping? Whereabouts are...

Are you motelling or camping?
Whereabouts are you planning to stay the night? Those are some long, mountainous days at altitude, with a lot of scenery and interesting stops, so take three days if...
Forum: Touring
05-02-19, 11:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,127
Posted By stevepusser

The National Park and State Park campgrounds in...

The National Park and State Park campgrounds in the Tahoe and Lassens area are equipped with steel bear boxes. The Tahoe area is not at all completely chic and overpriced, and does have several State...
Forum: Touring
04-30-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,046
Posted By stevepusser

The W to E winds are likely to be strongest in...

The W to E winds are likely to be strongest in the spring...summer is when the SW US High builds up and can suppress those winds. If you're doing Donner Pass over the Sierra, that should be open, but...
Forum: Touring
04-27-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,209
Posted By stevepusser

The San Clemente State Beach hike and bike site,...

The San Clemente State Beach hike and bike site, when they had it, had lots of skunks at night instead of raccoons, along with resident transients abusing the system. I would be sitting at the picnic...
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,127
Posted By stevepusser

Once you get into the middle part of the USA,...

Once you get into the middle part of the USA, most small towns will happily let you camp in the city park. Following an ACA route will really help you out here. Then in the West, there are many...
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,510
Posted By stevepusser

Actually, those hairs deter predators. Odds are...

Actually, those hairs deter predators. Odds are that's one of the nasties where the hairs break off in your skin and can cause a lot of pain and inflammation. ...
04-19-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,156
Posted By stevepusser

154 over the San Marcos Pass can be avoided by...

154 over the San Marcos Pass can be avoided by climbing up the old Stagecoach Rd from the east end of Cachuma to the summit, then riding a short distance on the summit on 154 (has shoulder here) to...
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 906
Posted By stevepusser

The ACA route also follows the coast through La...

The ACA route also follows the coast through La Jolla, which has bike lanes for the most part, except those aren't on the streets right along the water, which are the coolest. If you're tired or...
Forum: Touring
03-30-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,588
Posted By stevepusser

Watched the drunk video. The people at the store...

Watched the drunk video. The people at the store where he was disturbing the peace gave him many warnings. In vino, veritas.
I suppose the cops in Northern California have had it up to here with...
Forum: Touring
03-27-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 800
Posted By stevepusser

You could luck out and have some calm days in the...

You could luck out and have some calm days in the desert, but remain flexible and make plans for other locations if you see a bad forecast. The Paso Robles area has a lot of great rides, plus many...
Forum: Touring
03-27-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,105
Posted By stevepusser

I can attest that they love it.

I can attest that they love it.
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,105
Posted By stevepusser

I thought he used the big red arrow to fend off...

I thought he used the big red arrow to fend off the beasts.

FWIW, I saw the female yote a couple weeks ago for the first time in a month, and she was definitely going to have pups any day. She...
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 04:12 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,161
Posted By stevepusser

Maybe Harris hawks, which can hunt in packs. ...

Maybe Harris hawks, which can hunt in packs.

They do it because of the dangers presented by boojums and snarks. This thread also seems to have snarks.
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,643
Posted By stevepusser

I know the kea parrots in NZ are infamous for...

I know the kea parrots in NZ are infamous for tearing apart rubber bits on cars like wipers and weatherstripping on houses, so have to wonder how much danger unattended bikes face, especially...
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 03:59 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,588
Posted By stevepusser

I watched a couple of the latest videos, since he...

I watched a couple of the latest videos, since he was passing through the area of central California where I grew up (and walked across the muddy Santa Maria River bed instead of being able to find...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,776
Posted By stevepusser

Have done it quite a few times in Southern...

Have done it quite a few times in Southern California campgrounds when there was no chance of rain, but in a hammock to keep away from the ants and other creepy-crawlies. Sometime would use...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,105
Posted By stevepusser

The coyotes that would go on the night walks with...

The coyotes that would go on the night walks with me really did not like raccoons. Once on the high school grounds, I passed a tree, and something started rustling in the branches. A raccoon...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,105
Posted By stevepusser

I believe it's a general rule in biology that the...

I believe it's a general rule in biology that the same species' body sizes tend to be larger in areas with longer and harsher winters, in order to conserve body heat.
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 11:49 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,105
Posted By stevepusser

Baboon troops are infamous for breaking into...

Baboon troops are infamous for breaking into houses and cars in South Africa. A tent would be just a big gift-wrapped present to them.
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,105
Posted By stevepusser

Yes, they know you're there. I've heard that the...

Yes, they know you're there. I've heard that the native Americans, who called them "song dogs", had a saying--"A man went into the woods.
The rabbit heard him.
The eagle saw him.
The bear smelled...
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 11:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 787
Posted By stevepusser

You can also cut inland through Santa Maria and...

You can also cut inland through Santa Maria and Foxen Cyn Rd to stay at the hiker-biker site at Lake Cachuma, then take Stagecoach Rd and Old San Marcos Pass Rd to avoid the busy and narrow Hwy 154,...
Forum: Touring
11-29-18, 05:22 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,872
Posted By stevepusser

There's no way you can keep any moisture in a...

There's no way you can keep any moisture in a cotton shirt in Death Valley in July for very long. I did a trip in August heading north from Redding, CA where the temperature was 108 F in the shade...
Forum: Touring
11-23-18, 03:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 48,862
Posted By stevepusser

On a tour in a rather remote section of Northern...

On a tour in a rather remote section of Northern California, I found that dry spray-on sunblock worked really well to get rid of an annoying chain squeak.
Forum: Touring
11-21-18, 08:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 580
Posted By stevepusser

Are you looking to include San Francisco in the...

Are you looking to include San Francisco in the ride, or are more open to crossing Nevada and California on a more northerly route to stay out of the Central Valley and end up near Eureka?

You'd...
Forum: Touring
10-20-18, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 539
Posted By stevepusser

If you were planning to camp overnight at Doheny...

If you were planning to camp overnight at Doheny State Beach's hike 'n' bike site at Dana Landing, it's now been removed permanently, apparently because of problems with transients, leaving the site...
Forum: Touring
10-15-18, 08:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 615
Posted By stevepusser

Don't worry about Yellowstone; it shows no signs...

Don't worry about Yellowstone; it shows no signs of an impeding eruption at all, despite all the fear mongering. Its last minor eruption was 70,000 years ago, comparing with a few hundred years ago...
Forum: Touring
10-13-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 615
Posted By stevepusser

I'd rate the Big Sur problems at a lot lower...

I'd rate the Big Sur problems at a lot lower level. That area has slides and washouts with every extra-rainy winter.

Now if you had visited the San Andreas fault on the alternate ACA inland route...
Forum: Touring
09-06-18, 02:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 744
Posted By stevepusser

I'd recommend staying at the Ocean Beach...

I'd recommend staying at the Ocean Beach Hostel--that's very convenient to the start point: https://www.hiusa.org/hostels/california/san-diego/point-loma

If you really really want an inexpensive...
Forum: Touring
07-23-18, 04:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,049
Posted By stevepusser

You could also take the ACA Southern Tier to...

You could also take the ACA Southern Tier to Buckman Springs, and then head south to 94, and then back west to the Tecate turnoff...it's longer and has more climbing, but avoids the narrow and busy...
Forum: Touring
07-23-18, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 887
Posted By stevepusser

It's not a National Park, but the Lake Tahoe area...

It's not a National Park, but the Lake Tahoe area is high enough to escape the summer heat, has numerous campgrounds (some with hike 'n' bike sites, such as Donner Memorial, DL Bliss, Grover Hot...
Forum: Touring
07-18-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,316
Posted By stevepusser

You could just start from LA instead of San...

You could just start from LA instead of San Diego, or take Amtrak to SD from LA if flying direct doesn't work out. I don't know about the transportation options in Florida. Are you camping or...
Forum: Touring
06-02-18, 04:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 880
Posted By stevepusser

In southern California in the summer (beach...

In southern California in the summer (beach campgrounds and inland valleys), where rain is almost unheard of that time of year, I could get by with a backpacking hammock and one or two $2 fleece...
Forum: Touring
04-19-18, 08:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,831
Posted By stevepusser

Best thing is to try an overnighter to see how...

Best thing is to try an overnighter to see how your planned load and camp works out, especially if it rains. Its amazing how most people discover items they need or can jettison.

Don't forget: ...
Forum: Touring
04-17-18, 07:18 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,244
Posted By stevepusser

Those kind of localized intense monsoon storms...

Those kind of localized intense monsoon storms don't occur in the West at this time of year. The rain they had in Death Valley was part of a huge regional storm covering basically the whole western...
Forum: Touring
03-25-18, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By stevepusser

At least at San Clemente and San Onofre, the HB...

At least at San Clemente and San Onofre, the HB sites were just on a bit of open ground that they put a table and fire ring onto, not a complete campsite with vehicle parking, much less RV pullthru...
Forum: Touring
03-24-18, 08:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By stevepusser

There are many hiker-biker sites inland from the...

There are many hiker-biker sites inland from the coast in Southern CA; it's just the beach HB sites that turned into de facto homeless camps with the attendant problems that led to the closures of...
Forum: Touring
03-23-18, 01:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By stevepusser

You could always ask politely to share an already...

You could always ask politely to share an already occupied site, say one that has a nice couple in a massive RV. They have the RV, and you set up your little tent outside. Even if you are turned...
Forum: Touring
03-21-18, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,132
Posted By stevepusser

Were you planning to ride the Pacific Coast route...

Were you planning to ride the Pacific Coast route north to Seattle? Nobody has ever had much fun doing that, due to the prevailing strong headwinds. Hwy 1 is also closed through the most spectacular...
Forum: Touring
03-21-18, 06:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,443
Posted By stevepusser

Your criteria seem to be met by a Mediterranean...

Your criteria seem to be met by a Mediterranean climate zone in the Northern Hemisphere, such as the southern half of coastal California.
Forum: Touring
03-16-18, 05:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,343
Posted By stevepusser

Ahh, I see your route also has the Foxen Canyon...

Ahh, I see your route also has the Foxen Canyon route, plus the more direct Nipomo option to Santa Maria. You don't have to do that big jog out of the way to cross the Santa Maria river now, though,...
Forum: Touring
03-14-18, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,343
Posted By stevepusser

If you take the San Marcos Pass route, you could...

If you take the San Marcos Pass route, you could cut inland through the Santa Maria Valley and take Foxen Canyon Road to the Santa Ynez Valley. There are hiker-biker sites at the Lake Cachuma...
Forum: Touring
03-10-18, 06:31 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 9,930
Posted By stevepusser

The little pack of coyotes that hang around the...

The little pack of coyotes that hang around the local park and high school here start howling when they hear dogs, another pack howling, or sirens. They've become used to me, and follow along...
Forum: Touring
09-21-17, 08:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 799
Posted By stevepusser

You are likely to find most of those hiker-biker...

You are likely to find most of those hiker-biker sites empty in the Pacific NW section that time of year. I wish you luck. I've read a few CGOAB journals from intrepid souls that attempted a winter...
Forum: Touring
09-21-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,656
Posted By stevepusser

The county campground at Lake Cachuma on the San...

The county campground at Lake Cachuma on the San Marcos Pass alternative also has hike and bike sites, if anyone else is trying this route. You can avoid narrow busy parts of Hwy 154 over the pass...
Forum: Touring
09-11-17, 06:41 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,656
Posted By stevepusser

You would have to say "no rain" on the day that...

You would have to say "no rain" on the day that the CA central coast and bay area are getting some strong thunderstorms along with high temperatures...but it's just been a freaky summer, weatherwise....
Forum: Touring
09-02-17, 09:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By stevepusser

Even hotter today, at least 106 in downtown SF. ...

Even hotter today, at least 106 in downtown SF. And still 95 F here in Santee at 845 PM.
Forum: Touring
09-01-17, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By stevepusser

Yeah, the western heat wave is now even reaching...

Yeah, the western heat wave is now even reaching the coast, with even San Francisco hitting an almost unheard-of (for them) 100F today, so staying at altitude seems the best escape. Most of the beach...
Forum: Touring
08-29-17, 02:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,656
Posted By stevepusser

Hey, just be positive and spin the forced detour...

Hey, just be positive and spin the forced detour in the best possible light, like the Million Dollar Challenge website does:



Though I admit that I'm not sure what "exclusive" terrain is...will...
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