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Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 05:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,387
Posted By axolotl

You've made 577 posts, of which a whopping 346...

You've made 577 posts, of which a whopping 346 were new threads you've started. You usually never reply to questions or posts in your threads. You start new discussions about the same things,...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By axolotl

I don't see why you couldn't tour on it. It's...

I don't see why you couldn't tour on it. It's essentially a hybrid with moustache handlebars. Be aware, however, that it only has a double crankset, so you won't have a super-low gear. I've never...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,664
Posted By axolotl

I've never noticed that "hotel water" tastes any...

I've never noticed that "hotel water" tastes any different from tap water anywhere else in a town, or that it tastes "horrible" simply becomes it comes out of a tap in a hotel. The entire premise of...
Forum: Touring
07-14-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,514
Posted By axolotl

Sign at a trailhead in Kenai Fjords National Park...

Sign at a trailhead in Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Note the language after "IF A BEAR ATTACKS"

...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 05:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,673
Posted By axolotl

Since this poll is in the "Touring" forum, you're...

Since this poll is in the "Touring" forum, you're likely to get more people who say they commute on their touring bike than if you ask in the "Commuting" forum, what type of bike people use for their...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,156
Posted By axolotl

As to where to start, I'd say route planning and...

As to where to start, I'd say route planning and looking up weather data to pick the optimal time to begin. Included with route planning is checking elevation profiles. You live in a pretty flat...
Forum: Touring
06-17-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,001
Posted By axolotl

I toured in Denmark in June many years ago. I...

I toured in Denmark in June many years ago. I rode in a big counter-clockwise circle, crossing the border from Germany, and arriving back in Germany on the west coast island of Sylt by ferry from a...
Forum: Touring
04-30-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By axolotl

One other tip. I suggest that you substitute...

One other tip. I suggest that you substitute Lopez Island for Orcas Island, especially since you say you haven't biked in a year. Lopez is much less mountainous and has less traffic than Orcas. I...
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,889
Posted By axolotl

My Bike Friday NWT on top of Mont Ventoux,...

My Bike Friday NWT on top of Mont Ventoux, France, and in Sukhothai, Thailand.
...
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,889
Posted By axolotl

There are plenty of old threads detailing the...

There are plenty of old threads detailing the many virtues of a Bike Friday. I got my 1st Bike Friday New World Tourist (NWT) 21 years ago, and got a newer NWT Lite (lighter frame for lighter...
Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 858
Posted By axolotl

It's easy to put together your own touring route....

It's easy to put together your own touring route. France is blessed with 2 great map sources, IGN (Institut Geographique National) & Michelin. My own preference is for the IGN 1:100,000 series, but...
Forum: Touring
12-20-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,437
Posted By axolotl

Stay home. In case you haven't heard, there's a...

Stay home. In case you haven't heard, there's a pandemic happening at this time. California currently has a stay at home order in most of the state. Many states require visitors to quarantine for...
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,990
Posted By axolotl

I always buy paper maps, but I now supplement...

I always buy paper maps, but I now supplement them with maps.me downloads and google maps. I was touring last year in Colombia, and I spent several hours on my first day getting difficult to obtain...
Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 684
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
06-26-20, 05:27 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,324
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: 8,324
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...
03-15-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 14,359
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.
...
Forum: Touring
03-14-20, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 669
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.
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
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
03-06-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 974
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
02-24-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,474
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
10-25-19, 04:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 376
Posted By axolotl

FlippinFlags, last year you asked a bunch of...

FlippinFlags, last year you asked a bunch of questions about touring in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, & later, the Philippines. A lot of your questions had to do with cheap/free accommodations and...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,345
Posted By axolotl

On the bottom of that ridiculous link are the...

On the bottom of that ridiculous link are the words:

"This information was gathered as part of a (non-scientific) poll carried out on the Bicycle Touring and Bikepacking Facebook page. ...
Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,381
Posted By axolotl

I've toured extensively in southwestern France...

I've toured extensively in southwestern France and northern Spain. I haven't done the Camino because it has no interest for me, but I've found myself unwittingly along various Camino routes at times....
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,345
Posted By axolotl

It's inevitable. Virtually every time that...

It's inevitable. Virtually every time that someone comes here and mentions biking in Latin America and particularly in Mexico, folks who have never biked in Latin America feel compelled to issue...
Forum: Touring
09-02-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,145
Posted By axolotl

What exactly are you afraid of? I loaded my own...

What exactly are you afraid of? I loaded my own bike twice on BoltBuses, and removed my own bike twice. Easy, quick, & free. Miraculously, the bus didn't flip over and my bike survived unscathed.
Forum: Touring
09-02-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,145
Posted By axolotl

Punctuation is a good thing. Try it. What...

Punctuation is a good thing. Try it.

What exactly are you afraid of? I've toured a lot on my expensive bike. That's why I bought my expensive bike. It's gone on buses in several countries in Latin...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,681
Posted By axolotl

When I was 25, I quit my job and went on an...

When I was 25, I quit my job and went on an open-ended tour that ultimately lasted 14 months and took me to 3 continents. 6 of those months in the middle were mostly not touring. I didn't own a...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,420
Posted By axolotl

I don't think the OP ever said anything about...

I don't think the OP ever said anything about wanting to emigrate from the USA or desiring to work.

Also, "as close to the equator as possible" isn't a good plan, either, given what the OP wrote....
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,755
Posted By axolotl

Besides the fact that the OP is especially...

Besides the fact that the OP is especially seeking paved trails preferably in the Midwest and that some in Minnesota & Ohio have been suggested, even if the OP were to choose the GAP, Frostburg would...
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,089
Posted By axolotl

Not sure what to tell you, since I already wrote...

Not sure what to tell you, since I already wrote that that region has uninspiring scenery. I would urge you to stick to minor roads as much as possible. France has an excellent network of them....
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,420
Posted By axolotl

Please leave your religious beliefs out of this....

Please leave your religious beliefs out of this. This is a bike touring forum.
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,089
Posted By axolotl

The first thing you need to know is that the SNCF...

The first thing you need to know is that the SNCF (French national railroad) has made it much more difficult in the past few years to take bikes on trains, especially the TGV trains. Therefore don't...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,454
Posted By axolotl

chrisx, you asked about Nicaragua just 7 months...

chrisx, you asked about Nicaragua just 7 months ago: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1159440-nicaragua-bike-tour-2.html
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,119
Posted By axolotl

Telling touring cyclists to "Be scared" of the...

Telling touring cyclists to "Be scared" of the GAP Trail is asinine. You are trolling, IMO.
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,119
Posted By axolotl

I rode Pittsburgh->Cumberland and I didn't find...

I rode Pittsburgh->Cumberland and I didn't find the gentle railroad-grade uphill grueling at all. I wouldn't want prospective riders to be scared off by that description.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-01-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,170
Posted By axolotl

My NWT atop Mont Ventoux in France. ...

My NWT atop Mont Ventoux in France.
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Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 06:59 AM
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