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Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,390
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: 1,508
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: 1,508
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: 32
Views: 1,362
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: 1,508
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: 1,508
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: 1,508
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: 1,136
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: 568
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: 7,365
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: 7,365
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: 779
Posted By mev

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

Photo from the UT/NV state line looking east
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In addition to watching water, keep...
Forum: Touring
05-07-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 779
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: 42
Views: 3,996
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: 42
Views: 3,996
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: 42
Views: 3,996
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: 472
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: 2,525
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: 911
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: 4,029
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: 1,115
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: 1,115
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: 1,850
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: 846
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: 925
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: 906
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: 906
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: 906
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: 3,588
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: 3,588
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: 3,588
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: 1,293
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: 568
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...
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By mev

I have developed packing lists for my longest...

I have developed packing lists for my longest trips and typically look at these for a subset for local trips. I've found the largest differences in the range of one-night to one-week and fewer in the...
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, on my commuting setup I...

For what it is worth, on my commuting setup I have two 700 lumen Cygolite lights.

Part of my route is a narrow road without side roads and sometimes speeding traffic. On that stretch of road, I'll...
Forum: Touring
03-17-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 506
Posted By mev

By occupation, one things I've done is manage...

By occupation, one things I've done is manage software projects. One of multiple similarities I've found between that role and bicycle touring is something project management calls "risk planning"....
Forum: Touring
03-10-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,644
Posted By mev

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,352
Posted By mev

One useful pointer: - The Colorado Bicycling...

One useful pointer:
- The Colorado Bicycling Map showing rough traffic counts and shoulders: https://www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/information-for-bicyclists/colorado-bicycling-maps

For...
Forum: Touring
03-05-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 870
Posted By mev

Good to see this in OR. After having lived...

Good to see this in OR.

After having lived in Portland for a few years, I am reminded of the contrast here in Central TX. There are four state parks within 50 miles of me and I enjoy taking a...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,776
Posted By mev

Sometimes when I am on a trip that I expect to be...

Sometimes when I am on a trip that I expect to be mostly motels - I will still sometimes bring a tube tent as a backup option. It is fairly lightweight, gives me more room than a bivy but still keeps...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,352
Posted By mev

If for some reason you were not going via...

If for some reason you were not going via Yellowstone but stayed further east, I can also note I did the following route between Great Falls and Laramie WY which I also found reasonable:

Great...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,352
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, I took the following route...

For what it is worth, I took the following route going the other direction in 2016:
Yellowstone - Togwotee Pass - Dubois; reasonable cycling
Dubois - Lander; not a huge amount of traffic, otherwise...
Forum: Touring
02-26-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Posted By mev

Count me suspicious when someone starts a thread...

Count me suspicious when someone starts a thread about something generic like "touring gear" and then magically produces a somewhat obscure URL a few posts later. It makes me wonder whether there is...
Forum: Touring
02-22-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By mev

I crossed in late July / early August 2017 and...

I crossed in late July / early August 2017 and stayed mostly on larger roads so can't help you with offroad aspects as much.

However, a few thoughts:
* It is an arid region with a large day/night...
Forum: Touring
02-22-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 746
Posted By mev

Nothing wrong with using a trailer in these...

Nothing wrong with using a trailer in these circumstances.

I do most of my longer touring with panniers, but have three trailers (and don't own an automobile). The issues will depend a bit on the...
Forum: Touring
02-20-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,318
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, you have quite a few paved...

For what it is worth, you have quite a few paved passes over the continental divide in addition to following the I-70 corridor all the way.

Roughly speaking in Northern Colorado these include:...
Forum: Touring
02-14-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,704
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, replacing in the field is...

For what it is worth, replacing in the field is actually not real high on my list. I'll put more emphasis on getting good bombproof wheels in the first place.

The problem I've had with replacing...
Forum: Touring
02-14-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By mev

1. One of these choices is a self-supported ride,...

1. One of these choices is a self-supported ride, the other three are supported tours. Those are a bit different, so I'd probably also decided depending on the type of the trip.

2. I use...
Forum: Touring
02-13-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 811
Posted By mev

When it comes to highways, I have found US 281 to...

When it comes to highways, I have found US 281 to be ok for cycling. It is a large two/four lane US highway but seems to either have shoulders or places where it is four lanes and traffic moves over....
Forum: Touring
02-08-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 906
Posted By mev

From the website...

From the website (https://www.rideacrosswisconsin.com/ride-overview/) it looks like a 225 mile route which is done either in one day, or in two days of 135 miles + 90 miles. Also looks like a...
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