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Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 390
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: 432
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: 390
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
10-09-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,585
Posted By axolotl

Since Warmshowers instituted "feedback" for both...

Since Warmshowers instituted "feedback" for both guests & hosts, I have had 100% positive experiences. In fact, I would describe most of my hosting as extremely positive. Most of my experience has...
Forum: Touring
09-02-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,433
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: 1,433
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
09-02-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,122
Posted By axolotl

The "Cycle Around Japan" shows which aired within...

The "Cycle Around Japan" shows which aired within the past 365 days are available for free on the NHK website:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/program/video/cycle/?type=tvEpisode&
Forum: Touring
09-01-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,433
Posted By axolotl

Are you serious? I was careful when I loaded it...

Are you serious? I was careful when I loaded it and unloaded it.

It sounds to me like you're looking for excuses. In that case, it's probably best to stay home. There won't be any damage to...
Forum: Touring
09-01-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,433
Posted By axolotl

No you don't, at least not when I took my bike on...

No you don't, at least not when I took my bike on a BoltBus. I loaded it myself, as did another cyclist on my bus. No box or any other packaging was required.
Forum: Touring
09-01-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,433
Posted By axolotl

It's easy to take a bike on BoltBus which...

It's easy to take a bike on BoltBus which operates between NY & DC, and tickets are a helluva lot cheaper than Amtrak.
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,325
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
08-05-19, 03:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,393
Posted By axolotl

Thanks for the follow-up. How bad are the...

Thanks for the follow-up.

How bad are the bugs? Have you had much rain? How is the road quality?
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 05:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,770
Posted By axolotl

The WWII D-Day beach landings are far from Calais...

The WWII D-Day beach landings are far from Calais and to the southwest. The nearest one to Calais, Sword Beach, is about 350 km away.
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,861
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: 1,818
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: 1,770
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, 04:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,861
Posted By axolotl

Change "God" and "Lord" to "Allah", "The Flying...

Change "God" and "Lord" to "Allah", "The Flying Spaghetti Monster" or, for that matter, "the government" and you probably wouldn't have been OK with it.

Saying "Get over it" is not helpful.
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,123
Posted By axolotl

Why would someone use a strobe on a trail?...

Why would someone use a strobe on a trail? Because they're the most important person in the world, of course. Unfortunately, it's extremely common behavior on popular trails in my area.

BTW, your...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,123
Posted By axolotl

I've commuted on a paved trail with two-way...

I've commuted on a paved trail with two-way traffic, and those front strobe lights are extremely obnoxious and rude to oncoming walkers, runners, and other cyclists. Many cyclists now use them...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,861
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
07-25-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,309
Posted By axolotl

You'd be assuming wrong. Portland has a vibe...

You'd be assuming wrong. Portland has a vibe unlike any other American city I've been to.

In addition to the Japanese garden & rose test garden mentioned by indyfabz, there's a very nice Chinese...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,861
Posted By axolotl

I hosted 2 separate Warmshowers guests who were...

I hosted 2 separate Warmshowers guests who were each "touring" essentially permanently. One of them definitely had some serious mental health issues. I hosted him before Warmshowers had a feedback...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,861
Posted By axolotl

There are lots of places in the world to tour...

There are lots of places in the world to tour when it's winter in the northern hemisphere. I toured in Colombia this past winter, for example, and I've toured many times elsewhere in Latin America,...
Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,969
Posted By axolotl

In France, I can think of several regions which...

In France, I can think of several regions which would meet your criteria. June or September would generally be the best months from a weather, traffic, and crowds standpoint.

The Loire valley...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,738
Posted By axolotl

momsonherbike, the OP didn't write anything about...

momsonherbike, the OP didn't write anything about riding on the W&OD, though the OP might want to consider that. However, you don't get to see Great Falls if you take the W&OD to Leesburg and then...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,770
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
07-12-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,062
Posted By axolotl

I had something similar happen due to a combined...

I had something similar happen due to a combined screwup by Lufthansa, United Airlines, & FedEx. At the time, the home next-door to me was being rented. One day, FedEx left a suitcase by the front...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,062
Posted By axolotl

I've got a funny UPS story unrelated to shipping...

I've got a funny UPS story unrelated to shipping bikes. A few years ago, UPS started to periodically leave boxes of dental supplies on my mom's doorstep. They had been shipped from various...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 923
Posted By axolotl

I've toured several times in Normandy. You wrote...

I've toured several times in Normandy. You wrote "leisurely touring about the Normandie coast". Are you referring to the D-Day beach part of Normandy? There's also the area north and east of Le...
Forum: Touring
07-02-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,054
Posted By axolotl

Thanks. I hadn't heard of this trail. One small...

Thanks. I hadn't heard of this trail. One small correction, however. The website says the trail is 134 km, which equals about 84 miles, not more than 100 miles.
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
Posted By axolotl

I easily found accommodations along Le P'tit...

I easily found accommodations along Le P'tit Train du Nord at the end of the day, but I began riding south from Mont Laurier on Labor Day, so most folks were going home that day. I'm sure July is a...
Forum: Touring
06-23-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,398
Posted By axolotl

I took my bike on BoltBus on the Portland to...

I took my bike on BoltBus on the Portland to Seattle route. Much cheaper than Amtrak with more frequent service. I loaded my bike myself in the large baggage compartment. Mine wasn't the only bike...
Forum: Touring
06-18-19, 05:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,731
Posted By axolotl

You can easily (no box required) take a bike on...

You can easily (no box required) take a bike on some of the bus services between DC & NY. BoltBus does that route, and I had no problem taking my bike on BoltBus on a different route. Tripper Bus...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,225
Posted By axolotl

Si Señor, excape this web ache indeed.

Si Señor, excape this web ache indeed.
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 06:00 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,305
Posted By axolotl

6 years ago, a young black bear ventured into...

6 years ago, a young black bear ventured into Washington, DC. The bear was captured in the Palisades neighborhood, which is adjacent to the C&O Canal. The bear was released in western Montgomery...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,225
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
06-10-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,225
Posted By axolotl

I've toured in CR and found it only so-so for...

I've toured in CR and found it only so-so for touring. It's an extremely mountainous country with some beautiful scenery and national parks. The paved roads were often in surprisingly bad...
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,393
Posted By axolotl

I grew up in the mid-Atlantic area which is very...

I grew up in the mid-Atlantic area which is very humid in the summer. Except for a handful of the very worst summer days in the mid-Atlantic, the heat & humidity in an equatorial region at low...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,393
Posted By axolotl

When a friend & I were touring in Malaysia (the...

When a friend & I were touring in Malaysia (the first tropical country I toured in), we had about 1 hour each morning (7am-8am) when it was truly comfortable to ride. We tried to get on the road by...
Forum: Touring
05-30-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,197
Posted By axolotl

indy, thousands of very satisfied NWT owners,...

indy, thousands of very satisfied NWT owners, including me, disagree. I've toured lots on my NWT and my new NWT Lite. I've gone down (and up!) mountains in North America, South America, Europe, &...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,176
Posted By axolotl

Some hotels rent by the hour, most don't, at...

Some hotels rent by the hour, most don't, at least in the 4 SE Asian countries I've toured in. I stayed in a love hotel once in Laos when nothing else was available. Love hotels are found in many...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,243
Posted By axolotl

My friend & I had already visited Fallingwater...

My friend & I had already visited Fallingwater before we rode the GAP, so we decided to visit another Frank Lloyd Wright house in the area, Kentuck Knob, instead. Google maps says that to get to...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,243
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: 5,243
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: Touring
05-23-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,243
Posted By axolotl

Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater,...

Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater, is a must see, IMO. Make a reservation for a tour.

My friend & I rode the GAP in 3 days on our Bike Fridays, starting in Pittsburgh. No problem....
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 825
Posted By axolotl

Going to the Sun Road, aka Logan Pass, is neither...

Going to the Sun Road, aka Logan Pass, is neither particularly steep nor particularly high. But it is an especially beautiful road. You can find gradient charts using google. I've climbed the pass...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-01-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,374
Posted By axolotl

My NWT atop Mont Ventoux in France. ...

My NWT atop Mont Ventoux in France.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/2010_0611france0104_a34daa12471d7867511a1227a35c57a4fd6819dd.jpg
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,201
Posted By axolotl

It's the dropoff charges that can kill you in...

It's the dropoff charges that can kill you in many one-way rentals.
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,201
Posted By axolotl

Salut, Voici un lien d'un recit de voyage en...

Salut,

Voici un lien d'un recit de voyage en francais et anglais d'un couple Quebecois qui traversaient le nord des Etats-Unis et le sud du Canada a velo (tandem).

2014: Chapitre 2: A travers...
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,845
Posted By axolotl

I believe that schistosomiasis has not crossed...

I believe that schistosomiasis has not crossed the Darien Gap in Panama, and therefore is not (yet) a problem in Central or North America.
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