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Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By axolotl

I toured in Israel unsupported in the previous...

I toured in Israel unsupported in the previous century, so I don't know how useful my comments will be. I would urge you to look up weather data for the country. The climate is similar to the...
Forum: Touring
08-06-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,577
Posted By axolotl

I don't think there are any Hosteling...

I don't think there are any Hosteling International hostels in Mexico. Guidebooks like Lonely Planet as well as many individuals often refer to places which offer inexpensive shared accommodations...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 611
Posted By axolotl

I had been wanting to ride the Pine Creek Trail...

I had been wanting to ride the Pine Creek Trail for a long time, and I finally rode it last September. Lovely trail with excellent scenery and a nice surface. I know that the area is often referred...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,727
Posted By axolotl

Even that article doesn't claim there have been...

Even that article doesn't claim there have been any confirmed sightings of water moccasins in MD. Deep Creek Lake sounds esp. dubious given the harsh winters in that far western corner of MD. It's...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,727
Posted By axolotl

Water moccasins are not found in MD. There are...

Water moccasins are not found in MD. There are venomous copperheads (which can swim) but it's more likely he saw one of the species of water snake. I've seen quite a few snakes both in and out of...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,623
Posted By axolotl

For me, France, hands down. France has a superb...

For me, France, hands down. France has a superb network of minor secondary roads with minimal traffic. Also quite a few canal trails. There are extremely varied landscapes and a greater choice of...
Forum: Touring
07-09-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,749
Posted By axolotl

What I wrote is quite clear. If you have...

What I wrote is quite clear. If you have anything specific to address in what I wrote, cite it, rather than offering another pointless generalization about the US which has nothing to do with what I...
Forum: Touring
07-09-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,749
Posted By axolotl

The map is extremely misleading. Furthermore, you...

The map is extremely misleading. Furthermore, you should have provided attribution. Why is it any more difficult to create a graphic with data by Canadian municipality than American counties? A...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By axolotl

There's a French-language forum with a bike...

There's a French-language forum with a bike touring section and another section just for travel in France, where you could ask and probably get precise information:

https://voyageforum.com/
Forum: Touring
06-26-20, 05:27 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,727
Posted By axolotl

When did you check, because yesterday, the NPS...

When did you check, because yesterday, the NPS website said:

"Water Fountains and Wells - well pumps are beginning to open, but may not be available in all areas."

Since you can't fly out of CR...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,727
Posted By axolotl

I only do searches in these forums using the...

I only do searches in these forums using the "Advanced Search" option.

Search->Advanced Search->Keyword(s): "C&O" (select: Search Titles Only) search in "Touring" forum only: Voila, 127...
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,884
Posted By axolotl

When I was making a purchase in a shop, a...

When I was making a purchase in a shop, a certified bike mechanic offered to check the tension on a wheel I had just built using spoke plucking, as I always had. I did a fine job, he said. So don't...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,884
Posted By axolotl

You don't need expensive tools to build a wheel. ...

You don't need expensive tools to build a wheel. I find the lacing part the most difficult but mainly because it's a bit cumbersome at the beginning. I find the tensioning part easy and fun. To a...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 916
Posted By axolotl

Quebecois French is markedly different from...

Quebecois French is markedly different from European French. The pronunciation is substantially different, many words have a different meaning in Quebec than they do in France, and there are a fair...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,782
Posted By axolotl

Is Kansas really as flat as a pancake? Scientists...

Is Kansas really as flat as a pancake? Scientists have studied that important question:

https://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume9/v9i3/kansas.php
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 741
Posted By axolotl

It depends on the city. I'm used to urban riding...

It depends on the city. I'm used to urban riding so I'm not predisposed to avoiding cities on my bike. I love to bike in some cities including Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, & DC. One city which I...
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By axolotl

Why not look at websites of Argentine bike shops...

Why not look at websites of Argentine bike shops to get an idea of what's available in the country? Here's a tire page from one online shop in Argentina:
...
03-15-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,580
Posted By axolotl

To be clear, Spain & Italy have banned...

To be clear, Spain & Italy have banned recreational cycling due to the coronavirus outbreak and the resultant current restrictions in both countries on freedom of movement.
...
03-15-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,580
Posted By axolotl

Border crossings between Canada & the USA are not...

Border crossings between Canada & the USA are not closed at this time. But BC health officials are urging British Columbians to not travel internationally including the USA because of the...
Forum: Touring
03-14-20, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By axolotl

BoltBus goes from NY to Boston. You don't have...

BoltBus goes from NY to Boston. You don't have to dismantle your bike. When I took BoltBus (on a different route), passengers with bikes loaded and unloaded their own bikes. It was very simple.
03-12-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,580
Posted By axolotl

"Government-controlled healthcare"? That sounds...

"Government-controlled healthcare"? That sounds like a political statement to me. There are numerous countries with "government-controlled healthcare" which are probably among the most trustworthy...
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By axolotl

I wouldn't make any non-refundable travel...

I wouldn't make any non-refundable travel reservations for the time-being until it becomes clearer to what extent the corona virus will affect travel in upcoming months.
Forum: Touring
03-07-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,934
Posted By axolotl

My French is fluent, but I find Quebecois French...

My French is fluent, but I find Quebecois French and some African French much harder to understand than European French. It's true, however, that the French language has a "liason" between words...
Forum: Touring
03-06-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By axolotl

The OP wrote: "In any event, comments/critiques...

The OP wrote: "In any event, comments/critiques welcome".

If my post makes folks, including the OP, think twice about the wisdom of spending lots of time creating long videos which few people will...
Forum: Touring
03-06-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By axolotl

Frankly, I don't understand this obsession with...

Frankly, I don't understand this obsession with taking videos of everything, nor with putting everything online. If there were truly something interesting to see, maybe take a photo or two. But I...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,181
Posted By axolotl

It wasn't that everything was booked. Rather,...

It wasn't that everything was booked. Rather, almost no accommodations existed in the center of Cumberland. It's been a depressed town for decades. But it looks like that now there are a couple...
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,181
Posted By axolotl

A friend & I biked the GAP & C&O from Pittsburgh...

A friend & I biked the GAP & C&O from Pittsburgh to DC. We only made a reservation for our first night in Pittsburgh. Our trip was late June/early July. We didn't have any problems finding a room,...
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,049
Posted By axolotl

Yes, you can take bikes on Metro. They got rid...

Yes, you can take bikes on Metro. They got rid of the rushhour restrictions on taking bikes on Metro. Each of you will need to buy a reusable "SmarTrip" card for $2, plus whatever value you'll need...
Forum: Touring
02-23-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 464
Posted By axolotl

I toured in Chile, mostly in the gorgeous lake &...

I toured in Chile, mostly in the gorgeous lake & volcano region just north of the Carretera Austral. It would have been a lot more difficult had I not spoken at least some Spanish. I've been to 8...
Forum: Touring
02-23-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,934
Posted By axolotl

There are quite a few similar websites for...

There are quite a few similar websites for finding language partners. I used another one many years ago to find Spanish & French speakers. I eventually met a native Spanish speaker who was as...
Forum: Touring
02-23-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 464
Posted By axolotl

Punta Arenas airport

Punta Arenas airport
Forum: Touring
02-23-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,049
Posted By axolotl

While I agree with Alan that it would be...

While I agree with Alan that it would be preferable to arrive in the Washington area at DCA airport versus IAD (Dulles), there are few nonstop flights from LAX or SFO (your most likely ports of entry...
Forum: Touring
02-22-20, 03:45 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,934
Posted By axolotl

Even when China's economy becomes the largest in...

Even when China's economy becomes the largest in the world, English will remain the "world language" for the foreseeable future for several reasons. The biggest is that English has an alphabet, an...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,934
Posted By axolotl

If you continue down the Danube into Hungary,...

If you continue down the Danube into Hungary, make sure you bring along this phrasebook:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grA5XmBRC6g
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,934
Posted By axolotl

Not sure why you'd spend a few minutes on...

Not sure why you'd spend a few minutes on Duolingo, then come to this site and complain about it.

BTW, there are many different types of beer, and specific language pertaining to ordering beer in...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,934
Posted By axolotl

What did you expect to learn after just one day?...

What did you expect to learn after just one day? Language learning takes time and effort. It's also very rewarding.
Forum: Touring
02-17-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By axolotl

How about a written trip report? BTW, I toured...

How about a written trip report? BTW, I toured on the Big Island with a couple of friends and none of us had a flat tire.
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,179
Posted By axolotl

Riding on a non-paved surface will always take...

Riding on a non-paved surface will always take more effort than riding on pavement. If there was recent significant rainfall, the GAP surface will be softer and the pedaling effort required will be...
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By axolotl

Your airfare figures don't sound correct. Are...

Your airfare figures don't sound correct. Are you sure you're searching for an open-jaw ticket, as opposed to two one-way tickets? Usually an open-jaw ticket, which is flying to one city but...
Forum: Touring
01-15-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By axolotl

There have been other threads about this,...

There have been other threads about this, including one not too long ago. Try the Search function.
Forum: Touring
01-15-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,346
Posted By axolotl

There are a bunch of things to address in this...

There are a bunch of things to address in this thread. I've toured twice in NZ, both trips took place many years ago. My 1st tour was from mid-November to mid-December. The 2nd tour was late...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By axolotl

I'm surprised to see that Decathlon has opened...

I'm surprised to see that Decathlon has opened stores in the USA. I've been to their stores in France. Years ago I bought a couple of nice cycling jackets there but I haven't seen much of interest...
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By axolotl

I'm curious to see where you end up riding in...

I'm curious to see where you end up riding in Colombia. I toured there in early 2019, like you, on a Bike Friday. I was riding mostly in the zona cafetera south of Medellin. It was beautiful but very...
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,740
Posted By axolotl

I've walked across that footbridge, and I've also...

I've walked across that footbridge, and I've also biked from Harpers Ferry into Maryland on route 340. Biking on that part of 340 was awful. It's a high-speed road. There was a very narrow...
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By axolotl

Michelin & IGN (Institut Geographique National)...

Michelin & IGN (Institut Geographique National) both publish excellent maps for all of France. Touring Club Italiano has good 1:200,000 maps of Italy. Michelin publishes maps of Spain, but the...
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By axolotl

If you're trying to get home from Union Station,...

If you're trying to get home from Union Station, after you get to Glenmont on Metro, both Metrobuses and RideOn buses have bike racks in the front of the bus.
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 986
Posted By axolotl

Surely there must be somewhere in Canada or...

Surely there must be somewhere in Canada or Guatemala that is nice.
Forum: Touring
11-26-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 684
Posted By axolotl

I have a couple of unrelated comments about your...

I have a couple of unrelated comments about your plans. First, I've toured in the northern half of Spain. Occasionally, my own route coincided or overlapped with a Camino route, though I had no...
Forum: Touring
11-22-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,315
Posted By axolotl

No

No
Forum: Touring
11-17-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,173
Posted By axolotl

I didn't bike the Carretera Austral, but I did...

I didn't bike the Carretera Austral, but I did tour in December in Chile & Argentina beginning in Puerto Montt, then over to Bariloche, then gradually going north and west in a zigzag route (mostly...
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