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Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 617
Posted By mev

Nice photos and thank you for posting. It looks...

Nice photos and thank you for posting. It looks like a small chunk of your Eureka/Seeley Lake route was GDMBR but also a majority was other small roads mixed with the main routes. How had you...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 736
Posted By mev

It depends. Some trips I end up out/back...

It depends.

Some trips I end up out/back with the same rack. Other trips, I've bought a rack and drove it home - or donated a rack at my destination. Sometimes the cost of a ~$50 Walmart rack...
Forum: Touring
07-11-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 736
Posted By mev

Most of the time, I've just put the bike on the...

Most of the time, I've just put the bike on the back of a rental car and not had much difficulty.

The one time I did have issues was in the photo below. We had cycled from Fairbanks to Prudhoe...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 743
Posted By mev

This wouldn't be a difficult route. Looking more...

This wouldn't be a difficult route. Looking more closely, it looks like there are frontage roads and parallel roads along a good portion, so one wouldn't be on I-15 for all of it.
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 743
Posted By mev

I expect it would be possible and allowed in MT. ...

I expect it would be possible and allowed in MT. In my experience, these roads aren't inherently bad (wide shoulders, high speed traffic, not many exit/entrances), but I wouldn't do them for...
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 743
Posted By mev

From Whitehall, the first 9 miles were MT 69/MT...

From Whitehall, the first 9 miles were MT 69/MT 2. After that, I turned onto MT 359 for 15 miles to US 287.
By the way, between Whitehall and Boulder, MT 69 is paved (but longer) than the more...
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 743
Posted By mev

I don't have the "best" route, but for what it is...

I don't have the "best" route, but for what it is worth:
- In travels between Helena and Old Faithful, I avoided US 287 between Helena/Three Forks because of the following report (and one other):...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 934
Posted By mev

One of my favorite camping spots. Looking one...

One of my favorite camping spots. Looking one direction:
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/533x400/img_1104_47decb03f47849aee9ec5bac00fc596fc928b544.jpg
From the same spot, a...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,964
Posted By mev

A few related thoughts on recording trips,...

A few related thoughts on recording trips, memoirs, blogs, etc - getting a little afield from tablets per se...

* Length of the trip also matters. I've kept a web page/blog for most of my trips...
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,408
Posted By mev

I ride at load weights similar to the OP. On...

I ride at load weights similar to the OP. On trip through South America, I used a mix of Marathon Plus, Marathon Supreme and Marathon Mondial.

A few disconnected thoughts:
- I haven't noticed...
Forum: Touring
06-30-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,964
Posted By mev

I expect this one to be a bit of personal...

I expect this one to be a bit of personal preference.

If you think about:
- laptop
- kindle
- tablet
- phone
- camera
- GPS
They all can have some levels of overlapping uses and areas where...
Forum: Touring
06-28-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,869
Posted By mev

I have been fortunate not to have a bike stolen...

I have been fortunate not to have a bike stolen on tour. I did have a (stupidly unlocked) bike stolen outside a grocery store in Fort Collins, CO when I lived there.

I have been on tours with a...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,874
Posted By mev

Mid-August.

Mid-August.
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,874
Posted By mev

The hostels were somewhat different. Hilda...

The hostels were somewhat different.

Hilda Creek was a remote (unattended) hostel. There was a combination lock on the door and we received the combo with our reservation. I went down to a nearby...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,874
Posted By mev

In 2016, I rode Jasper to Banff in three days:...

In 2016, I rode Jasper to Banff in three days: Banff, Icefields Parkway - A bicycle ride across the Americas (http://www.scc2ush.com/2016/08/17/banff-icefields-parkway/) I stayed at Hilda Creek...
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,900
Posted By mev

How much do you look at your GPS and how long do...

How much do you look at your GPS and how long do you currently have it on? Given your "run out of batteries" comment, is this much of the time?

I expect your Garmin GPS might be more battery...
Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,931
Posted By mev

Each train will be a little different. Last year...

Each train will be a little different. Last year it was:
1. Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited from Austin to El Paso. I then bicycled back from El Paso.
2. Bicycled from Abilene to Minot. I then took...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,869
Posted By mev

Dating myself here, but I recall first following...

Dating myself here, but I recall first following newsgroups just prior to the great renaming in late 80s. I forget the exact name but net.bicycle??? became rec.bicycles.rides. In this era prior to...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,264
Posted By mev

Those mosquito borne diseases don't sound like...

Those mosquito borne diseases don't sound like fun. As best I understand from CDC sites, chika, dengue, zika and malaria all have some presence. I haven't decided yet whether to take malaria pills...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,264
Posted By mev

I haven't tried silk but sounds like something to...

I haven't tried silk but sounds like something to try.

This trip won't include Venezuela - though Colombia was one of my favorite countries. Pending how this trip goes, I could see Venezuela being...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,051
Posted By mev

I second the notion that OP is closest to the...

I second the notion that OP is closest to the situation and best able to assess what specifically to do. Torrential downpours can be dangerous for visibility and lightning even more so. One can also...
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,264
Posted By mev

Past experience with Central America in March and...

Past experience with Central America in March and Colombia in April was Colombia did feel more humid starting out at least. I was pretty focused on getting to the Andes so either it got slightly...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,264
Posted By mev

My classic (smelly) green shirt has been retired...

My classic (smelly) green shirt has been retired after seams started giving out. Looking for a loose-fitting replacement though not sure if better to have cotton or synthetic. In any case I expect...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,264
Posted By mev

High humidity

Any thoughts or tips on traveling (cycling/camping) in high humidity, other than perhaps avoid hottest times of the day?

I have a trip planned to visit Suriname and Guyana. Looking the climate it...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,242
Posted By mev

Mostly followed Southern Tier routes until LA or...

Mostly followed Southern Tier routes until LA or so where I switched a bit more to following US 90 closer to the coast. I've also made a few other trips through parts of the south. I made my...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By mev

Bike Travel Weekend is next weekend. I made my...

Bike Travel Weekend is next weekend. I made my TX State Park reservations and listed my trip on Adventure Cycling site.

It still takes some getting used to - but in Central TX, the best time to...
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,060
Posted By mev

AMD Like some other companies, AMD has a...

AMD

Like some other companies, AMD has a leave policy. Some type of leave have job guarantees, e.g. maternity or medical. Others do not including "personal leave" of up to six months.

Three...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,060
Posted By mev

Single, no kids. I live below my means, not...

Single, no kids.

I live below my means, not too different than I did as a college student, except in college I owned a car. I sold the car in 2001, went touring for a year and haven't quite bought...
Forum: Touring
05-08-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By mev

Photo from the UT/NV state line looking east ...

Photo from the UT/NV state line looking east
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x533/dsc_0363_0948ad43d64b68653416ec40027e51f7dc42a31a.jpg
In addition to watching water, keep...
Forum: Touring
05-07-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By mev

I've cycled across that stretch twice. Journals...

I've cycled across that stretch twice. Journals below:
US 50 Nevada: Bicycling Reno to Salt Lake City, via US 50, "the Loneliest Road" (http://mvermeulen.com/nevada/index.htm)
US 40 Utah: Salt Lake...
Forum: Touring
04-30-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,441
Posted By mev

I grew up in Northern Colorado, not far from the...

I grew up in Northern Colorado, not far from the eastern plains. One the of aspects that intrigued me for a while was how the Great Plains were settled and the role water played in that.

In areas...
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,441
Posted By mev

Interesting. My experiences: - Weather; I...

Interesting. My experiences:
- Weather; I started in July in Abilene and it was hot in TX. It wasn't particularly hot in my April/December cycling. If you were going to ride all in one go, I'd...
Forum: Touring
04-27-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,441
Posted By mev

Finished my US Route 83 riding: Here is the...

Finished my US Route 83 riding:

Here is the journal from Brownsville to Abilene: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=21577
Here is the preceding journal from Abilene to Minot:...
Forum: Touring
04-23-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 483
Posted By mev

My experiences are quite a few years ago but...

My experiences are quite a few years ago but included:

Uzhhorod the Hungary/Ukraine border via Kiev, Kursk to Samara Russia in 2006 and Amsterdam to St Petersburg to Vladivostok in 2007.

A few...
Forum: Touring
04-21-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,902
Posted By mev

It may also change with time. In college, I built...

It may also change with time. In college, I built a loft where I slept up top on a cut sheet of plywood, no matress. That wouldn't work now some years later where at least a thermarest matress is on...
Forum: Touring
04-19-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 953
Posted By mev

The following article has an interesting map...

The following article has an interesting map showing some of the regional variation in Dollar General stores...
...
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,261
Posted By mev

A few different things: 1. Some particular...

A few different things:
1. Some particular valuables like a passport or a camera either stay on my person or always go with me in a handlebar bag.
2. If an area is sketchy enough, I might wait...
Forum: Touring
04-15-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,191
Posted By mev

You can always start with the tires you have and...

You can always start with the tires you have and swap only if you start having a lot of issues.

One tire related data point, not just goat heads. In 2013, myself and ~50 others bicycled across...
Forum: Touring
04-15-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,191
Posted By mev

If you live in goat head thorn areas, you are...

If you live in goat head thorn areas, you are already familiar with much of the drill.

When it comes to camping, there are a few things I add to the discipline:
1. As much as possible, I hang out...
Forum: Touring
04-13-19, 03:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,023
Posted By mev

You seem to have put a lot of emphasis on rack...

You seem to have put a lot of emphasis on rack material. More than I would from my touring experiences. I've replaced two racks in lots of miles, but neither were catastrophic failures or things I...
Forum: Touring
04-12-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 879
Posted By mev

This brings back some memories from ~35 years ago...

This brings back some memories from ~35 years ago when I was in college...

We had a four day Columbus Weekend where I decided to cycle from Boston to the northern tip of New Hampshire and back. A...
Forum: Touring
04-05-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 960
Posted By mev

I expect part of the answer may be age related. ...

I expect part of the answer may be age related.

I have always been active and riding my bike anyways, so there hasn't been as much of an explicit "training" phase. The past 18 years I haven't...
Forum: Touring
04-04-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 966
Posted By mev

For curiosity, I checked my maps and my notes for...

For curiosity, I checked my maps and my notes for last times I had cycled through San Diego:
* Adventure Cycling "San Diego C" panel of the Pacific Coast route goes right past the airport using the...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 966
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, I've biked to a few...

For what it is worth, I've biked to a few airports including into San Diego and Houston. I found the San Diego airport to be pretty approachable and easier than IAH where I found myself on sometimes...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 966
Posted By mev

Other people are better about the specific roads...

Other people are better about the specific roads and routes. However, I will mention I've done this route a few times, most recently at the end of 2015 just prior to the "San Diego Christmas ride". ...
Forum: Touring
04-02-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,714
Posted By mev

Yup... Back in 1988 I was cycling with a...

Yup...

Back in 1988 I was cycling with a friend from Boston to Minnesota. All was well until we accidentally threw away her wallet, including ID, at a McDonalds near London, Ontario. We didn't...
Forum: Touring
04-01-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,714
Posted By mev

An additional thing to watch for is "proof of...

An additional thing to watch for is "proof of funds" - https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html (see the "reasons for secondary inspection").

Canada doesn't seem to be as picky...
Forum: Touring
04-01-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,714
Posted By mev

What I find most disappointing about his drunk...

What I find most disappointing about his drunk video is something he relates: (1) he was locked out of his borrowed lodging (2) he said he had been told "stay as long as you want" but then told he...
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,378
Posted By mev

A few questions to think about before my...

A few questions to think about before my suggestions to add to the mix:
1. How comfortable are you bicycling in your local area?, with or without traffic?
2. How comfortable are you bicycling in an...
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By mev

Bike Travel Weekend

Adventure Cycling has posted their Bike Travel Weekend for May 31st to June 2nd. https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/bike-travel-weekend/

As I understand it, the general idea is to...
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