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Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 01:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 605
Posted By stevepusser

Man, the Lake Tahoe area is great! Several State...

Man, the Lake Tahoe area is great! Several State Parks with hike and bike sites on the California side: Grover Hot Springs, DL Bliss, Donner Memorial, and many other camping options, too. Lots of...
Forum: Touring
03-14-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,344
Posted By stevepusser

Is it both ways, or just those traveling from...

Is it both ways, or just those traveling from Europe? (Including the isolated Iceland, yet not England, for unknown reasons. Cynics might think that Iceland has no golf resorts.)
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,344
Posted By stevepusser

The nearest dollar stores are going to be in...

The nearest dollar stores are going to be in Alpine, along with some sizable supermarkets.

Pine Valley has a pretty good market, just not the cheapest around.
Forum: Touring
03-12-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,344
Posted By stevepusser

The Sierra Nevada range is actually quite a ways...

The Sierra Nevada range is actually quite a ways north of San Diego County--you're now in the Peninsular Ranges that extend all the way down Baja. The rocks and overall shape of the ranges are...
Forum: Touring
03-07-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,344
Posted By stevepusser

Well, if you go due north a few miles from...

Well, if you go due north a few miles from Ocotillo, you hit the Coyote Mountains, where my field geology class from San Diego State did some mapping in '79. We just drove out and camped in the side...
Forum: Touring
03-05-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,344
Posted By stevepusser

Have you made a decision yet about which route...

Have you made a decision yet about which route through the mountains? Having done them all, 5-6% Banner Grade up to Julian is probably the one I'd do, though you can take an even longer and less...
Forum: Touring
02-27-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,344
Posted By stevepusser

The frontage roads along I-8 in the Imperial...

The frontage roads along I-8 in the Imperial Valley are often in very bad condition, with wide cracks every meter or so, since the vast majority of traffic is on the interstate, and the frontage...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,344
Posted By stevepusser

Further west along I-8, the mobile home park in...

Further west along I-8, the mobile home park in Ocotillo allows cyclists to stay overnight in the rec room for an optional donation, the last time I checked the ACA route. There is also an option to...
Forum: Touring
02-22-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,344
Posted By stevepusser

After you cross the Imperial Sand Dunes west of...

After you cross the Imperial Sand Dunes west of Yuma in CA, I-8 crosses over the All-American Canal shortly before Holtville. There is an artesian hot well there with a pool and BLM undeveloped...
Forum: Touring
02-07-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,028
Posted By stevepusser

The State Park only occupies a portion of the...

The State Park only occupies a portion of the higher parts of Palomar, the rest is National Forest or private inholdings. It still has some nice conifer forest, unlike the Cuyamacas that lost almost...
Forum: Touring
02-06-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,072
Posted By stevepusser

Yes, inland northern California can be quite hot...

Yes, inland northern California can be quite hot in summer, but for the most part, it's a very dry heat once you get away from the irrigated low valleys. You can combine Amtrak with their Thru buses...
Forum: Touring
02-06-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,028
Posted By stevepusser

Cycling is allowed on paved roads in Palomar...

Cycling is allowed on paved roads in Palomar Park. Trails are not open to bikes. At one time, I camped in an isolated, almost never used hike and bike site there at Doane Valley on a fourth of July...
Forum: Touring
02-06-20, 10:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,028
Posted By stevepusser

There are private campgrounds and resorts in the...

There are private campgrounds and resorts in the area that i am sure would let you park there, especially if you spend the first and last nights there...such as at the foot of Palomar Mountain, Lake...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 09:51 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,072
Posted By stevepusser

How important a factor is the amount of climbing?...

How important a factor is the amount of climbing?

How much heat can you take?
Forum: Touring
12-19-19, 09:25 PM
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 04:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,631
Posted By stevepusser

Just make sure you can handle hills that climb at...

Just make sure you can handle hills that climb at 5-6% grades for up to ten miles without a break, or have a bailout plan.

The east side of the Sierra also has some nice rides--you could stay in...
Forum: Touring
12-14-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,631
Posted By stevepusser

The YARTS Bus also takes the 120 over the Sierra...

The YARTS Bus also takes the 120 over the Sierra Crest, so another option for one not into that much climbing and thin air is to take it to Tioga Pass and then ride back down into the valley--it's...
Forum: Touring
12-12-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,631
Posted By stevepusser

Most of the route from LA to San Diego has bike...

Most of the route from LA to San Diego has bike lanes, and the freeway has wide shoulders. Much of the route through the base does not have shoulders, and several riders were hit, one being killed,...
Forum: Touring
12-11-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,631
Posted By stevepusser

I think you mean the ascent out of the valley,...

I think you mean the ascent out of the valley, since that's by far the big biggest climb of the day. I hope you are comfortable slowly climbing back up through that tunnel while cars race by.
Forum: Touring
11-19-19, 11:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,498
Posted By stevepusser

The ACA did set up some discount rates for...

The ACA did set up some discount rates for members at certain nice RV parks along their routes, but the inland Oregon and California State Parks very often have dedicated hiker-biker sites, not just...
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By stevepusser

Besides the alternative route that skips Crater...

Besides the alternative route that skips Crater Lake, you can also skirt Lassen Park to the east to avoid a lot of climbing, though that misses some of the best scenery of the trip, IMO. There are...
Forum: Touring
10-14-19, 11:25 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,013
Posted By stevepusser

51 mph on the east side of Carson Pass between...

51 mph on the east side of Carson Pass between Sorenson's and Woodfords. Done that descent on several tours and usually could hit at least 50 where it was straight for what seemed a mile.

50 on...
Forum: Touring
09-14-19, 04:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,036
Posted By stevepusser

No wild fruit? I love eating blackberries during...

No wild fruit? I love eating blackberries during rest stops when they're in season.
Forum: Touring
08-04-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By stevepusser

Golden and bald eagle talons are both black,...

Golden and bald eagle talons are both black, slimmer than your thing, and are translucent toward the ends if held up to the sun. You've got a tusk. Which I approve of heartily, no need to kill...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,075
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: 1,917
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: 2,075
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: 1,361
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: 1,907
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: 1,769
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: 1,361
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: 3,734
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: 1,645
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: 1,594
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: 5,281
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: 1,117
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: 212
Views: 12,132
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: 212
Views: 12,132
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: 5,495
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: 2,247
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: 5,281
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: 58
Views: 4,709
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: 212
Views: 12,132
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: 212
Views: 12,132
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: 212
Views: 12,132
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: 212
Views: 12,132
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: 1,207
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: 3,023
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: 54
Views: 66,265
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: 901
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...
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