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Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,177
Posted By jamawani

There are plenty of nice people who run and who...

There are plenty of nice people who run and who stay at RV parks - - -
But they usually are not that pleasant for tent camping and can be expensive.
For me they are the choice of last resort -...
Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 657
Posted By jamawani

Raybo is right. Cold & wet. North - Napa - is...

Raybo is right. Cold & wet.
North - Napa - is wetter than south - San Juan Bautista.
Coastal - Santa Cruz is wetter than Inland - Rio Vista.

You don't even want to consider up north, Ukiah....
Forum: Touring
11-03-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,243
Posted By jamawani

In the West you can have chilled water all day -...

In the West you can have chilled water all day - - cheap, easily.
A wet sock not only provides evaporative cooling, but blocks the sun.
My experience is that water is up to 40 degrees cooler - i.e....
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,797
Posted By jamawani

Nevada has airport runway downhill stretches in...

Nevada has airport runway downhill stretches in lots of places with very little traffic.
With my Trek 8000 Aluminum frame - I probably topped 45 mph loaded down.
It was rock solid, 26", used 1.95...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By jamawani

P.S. It is a deceptive 70 today and may be 75...

P.S. It is a deceptive 70 today and may be 75 tomorrow.
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 03:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By jamawani

Dangerous Blizzard in N. Rockies

Anyone out there in the Northern Rockies -
On the TransAm, the Northern Tier, the Lewis & Clark
And especially anyone still on the GDMBR -

A brutal early blizzard will hit Wed in the northwest,...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,155
Posted By jamawani

Well, well, well. 5th CS guest since I got...

Well, well, well.

5th CS guest since I got back from my bike tour in late August.
5th time I am debating whether to holler out, "Time to get up!"
5th time I explained clearly in writing before...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,155
Posted By jamawani

Yeah, but Sheldon is soooooo compulsive, no?

Yeah, but Sheldon is soooooo compulsive, no?
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,155
Posted By jamawani

TJ - I used to do both but bagged WarmShowers...

TJ - I used to do both but bagged WarmShowers after a difficult encounter with the website owner.
A guy was coming thru and when I Googled him there were news articles reporting
he had pled a...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,155
Posted By jamawani

I hear you Raybo. But if I have to bark out...

I hear you Raybo.
But if I have to bark out orders like a drill sergeant,
and have a 17-page contract like a Hollywood pre-nup,
then I'm not so sure I want to host.
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,155
Posted By jamawani

Raybo - I think that "This is my office." ...

Raybo -

I think that "This is my office."
And "I need to start working at 8:00."
Is pretty darn direct info.

Some people and most dogs have selective hearing.
Or maybe it's - Some dogs and...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,155
Posted By jamawani

I work largely from my home. And the office is...

I work largely from my home.
And the office is also the spare bedroom with a double futon.

I tell people that the guest room is my office.
And I tell them that I need to get started by 8:00....
Forum: Touring
10-04-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,155
Posted By jamawani

Disappointed with WarmShowers and CouchSurfing

Don't know if I have ever stayed with WS or CS hosts.
But I have hosted quite a few people at my home over the past few years.

What disappoints me is how unthinking some of my guests have been....
Forum: Touring
10-04-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By jamawani

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Jama at Cedar Breaks
I have done both. Multiple times.

Fact is, you...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 05:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,080
Posted By jamawani

Nearly all state departments of transportation...

Nearly all state departments of transportation have traffic volume information online.
It is usually referred to as AADT - average annual daily traffic.
Some states now have interactive map apps.
...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,326
Posted By jamawani

Ah, Monsieur Staehpj, Le Greyhound is a...

Ah, Monsieur Staehpj,

Le Greyhound is a rather fearsome beast.

I have had a few encounters and seek to avoid the dog if at all possible.
As one of our co-conspirators here says, "Riding the...
Forum: Touring
06-18-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,657
Posted By jamawani

Loud obscenities directed upwards to the Weather...

Loud obscenities directed upwards to the Weather Goddess.
Forum: Touring
06-18-19, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,475
Posted By jamawani

You have a number or considerations: 1....

You have a number or considerations:

1. Where to cross the Columbia River
2. Where to cross the Cascades

Not as easy as it seems.

There are great crossings over the Columbia at Wenatchee,...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,342
Posted By jamawani

Although I have lived in Wyoming and elsewhere in...

Although I have lived in Wyoming and elsewhere in the West for the past 30 years, my Southern roots go back 350 years.
Before I move out west, I biked all over the South and did a 2008 tour across...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,463
Posted By jamawani

Oh, honey chile - I would jus' daaaah - if...

Oh, honey chile -

I would jus' daaaah - if found mah self in 94 degree weather.
Mah collards an' cornbread come out mighty fine at high altitude.
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,463
Posted By jamawani

Memorial Day Snow in Wyoming

For years I have tried to warn folks from London and Atlanta and Sidney that May touring in the Rockies is risky.
This week, the mountains of Wyoming are getting FEET of snow. Heavy, wet, brutal...
Forum: Touring
05-10-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 979
Posted By jamawani

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Lake Josephine at Many Glacier
KayCee -

You don't mention where you...
Forum: Touring
05-09-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By jamawani

There are two ways to connect US 40 and US 6 in...

There are two ways to connect US 40 and US 6 in eastern/central Utah.

From Duchesne:

1) US 191 south to Kyune Pass Road to US 6 to Spanish Fork

US 191 is very remote with a high divide...
Forum: Touring
05-03-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 944
Posted By jamawani

Live in Wyoming, toured San Juans multiple times....

Live in Wyoming, toured San Juans multiple times.
Engineer, Cinnamon, Stony, Ophir Passes - other high country.
One trip in mid-September - - truly gorgeous.
But cold. (And I'm from Wyoming, don't...
Forum: Touring
04-30-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,172
Posted By jamawani

Big, big storms in May in the Great Plains. ...

Big, big storms in May in the Great Plains.
Just ask Dorothy.
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 06:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,233
Posted By jamawani

Das tut mir leid. Mein herzlichstes Beileid. ...

Das tut mir leid.
Mein herzlichstes Beileid.

John
Forum: Touring
04-27-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,660
Posted By jamawani

Oh, let's be real. When I am soaking wet,...

Oh, let's be real.

When I am soaking wet, drenched like a wet dog - and finally make it to a c-store -
And somebody says, "Little bit wet out today, eh?" -
It is a miracle that I am not up on...
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,233
Posted By jamawani

I feel similarly. When I saw that they didn't...

I feel similarly.
When I saw that they didn't even have his name right or where he was from, I posted here and at two other sites.

Unfortunately, the only news item that went out identified the...
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,660
Posted By jamawani

Tot ziens!

Tot ziens!
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 04:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,660
Posted By jamawani

I have the power to bring rain wherever I tour. ...

I have the power to bring rain wherever I tour.
I am going to change careers to "rainmaker".
Sorry to hear.
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 04:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,233
Posted By jamawani

Thanks, Bent.

Thanks, Bent.
Forum: Touring
04-15-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,233
Posted By jamawani

Touring Cyclist, Johann Astner, Killed

On Monday, April 8, Johann Astner was hit while riding and killed just north of Portales, NM.
New Mexico State Police initially released erroneous information about his nationality.
At present,...
Forum: Touring
04-12-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,430
Posted By jamawani

Hello Yellow Velo

Hello
Yellow
Velo
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,135
Posted By jamawani

Please do not cook in or near your tent. You...

Please do not cook in or near your tent.
You will not starve if you eat granola bars and bananas.

Yes, I camp in bear country regularly.
But raccoons are more of a problem almost everywhere.
If...
Forum: Touring
04-08-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Posted By jamawani

No, no, no, no. There is a BIG difference...

No, no, no, no.

There is a BIG difference between jackalopes and antalabbits.
Jackalopes are crosses between male jack rabbits and female antelopes and are extremely dangerous.
Antalabbbits are...
Forum: Touring
04-07-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Posted By jamawani

Antalabbits are harmless.

Antalabbits are harmless.
Forum: Touring
03-19-19, 05:33 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,925
Posted By jamawani

Dangers from Jackalopes?

I will be cycling in the West this summer and hear that jackalopes can be quite dangerous.
Has anyone had any bad experiences with them?
Is bear spray effective against them or is there jackalope...
Forum: Touring
03-17-19, 09:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,943
Posted By jamawani

Just sayin' - - - ...

Just sayin' - - -

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Very few trees
Forum: Touring
03-17-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 572
Posted By jamawani

Change of Plans

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Sonora Pass in late May Don't count on getting across Tioga Pass this year...
Forum: Touring
03-17-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,188
Posted By jamawani

Please be aware that there is already significant...

Please be aware that there is already significant flooding along the middle Missouri River.
The Missouri Basin has a near-record snowpack with spring rains still to come.
There may be long closures...
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,578
Posted By jamawani

Mercy - Based on your posted journals at...

Mercy -

Based on your posted journals at CGOAB, I have done much longer, much more remote touring.
I hardly think it accurate to suggest that I shouldn't leave my house.
I simply prefer quieter...
Forum: Touring
03-05-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,578
Posted By jamawani

Sigh - - I wish I were permitted my own opinion...

Sigh - -
I wish I were permitted my own opinion here.

I think Highway 17 in the San Luis Valley is a terrible route choice.
It has practically no shoulders, traffic going well over the speed...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,578
Posted By jamawani

Cyccommute has argued with practically everything...

Cyccommute has argued with practically everything I have ever posted here.
Simply put - I have 100,000 of riding - much of it in the West.
My routings are not for everyone - and certainly not for...
Forum: Touring
02-24-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,626
Posted By jamawani

Nor would I wish to talk someone out of a...

Nor would I wish to talk someone out of a perfectly good routing option.

But, unless Denver is a fixed point on their route, then Fort Collins is not 60 miles out of their way.
Especially if they...
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,626
Posted By jamawani

CC - I agree with you that riding on the...

CC -

I agree with you that riding on the interstate shoulders is pretty safe.
(Although with the growth in texting I am increasingly careful - even on the shoulder.)
Also, one needs to vigilant...
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 912
Posted By jamawani

According to 473 touring cyclists' testimonies - ...

According to 473 touring cyclists' testimonies -
A set of Arkel Grand Touring with racks is 97.33 lbs.
(Actually rear - 6.6; front - 5.4; handlebar - 3.0 = 15 lbs plus racks)

I suspect most...
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 912
Posted By jamawani

I have always toured with panniers, but have...

I have always toured with panniers, but have frequently toured with others using trailers/bobs.
It really is a matter of personal choice.

As a pannier guy, I am jealous of a few aspects of...
Forum: Touring
02-22-19, 10:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,626
Posted By jamawani

Fort Collins has a metro population of 200,000...

Fort Collins has a metro population of 200,000 with a paved bike trail from east to west.
Denver has a metro population of 3 million; OK trails from Brighton, but tough from Bennett.

Highway 14...
Forum: Touring
02-22-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,626
Posted By jamawani

And US 50 is hardly the "Loneliest Road" even...

And US 50 is hardly the "Loneliest Road" even though it has that title.
US 6 south of US 50 is far emptier. 168 miles between services.
US 50 has traffic counts of 600 daily vehicles in eastern...
Forum: Touring
02-20-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,626
Posted By jamawani

Looks as though you are new around here. ...

Looks as though you are new around here.

Unless you have a really big reason to cycle through Denver,
You should consider crossing the Rockies west of Fort Collins. (60 miles north of Denver)
...
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