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Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 950
Posted By jamawani

Hostels were never quite as popular in the U.S....

Hostels were never quite as popular in the U.S. as they are in Europe.
But in the 1970s and 1980s American Youth Hostels (AYH) had more than 100, maybe 200.
I've long ago thrown out my guidebook,...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,441
Posted By jamawani

Je dois dire, aussi - la France. The French...

Je dois dire, aussi - la France.

The French country lanes are picture book - day after day.
Plus, French drivers are very courteous towards cyclists.
Little villages nicely spaced for lunch and...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,744
Posted By jamawani

I view it as a question of access. Many in...

I view it as a question of access.

Many in the cycling argue for safe access on roadways for bicyclists.
There are frequent discussions about hiker/biker campsites or a "No turn-away" policy in...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,744
Posted By jamawani

Touring, Health Insurance, and Tough Questions

The possibility of illness or injury on a longer bike tour has been discussed often.
It is even more germane now with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
When touring internationally, many...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,282
Posted By jamawani

But you live in a civilized country.

But you live in a civilized country.
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,282
Posted By jamawani

Hello ??? Are you aware that a growing...

Hello ???

Are you aware that a growing number of states are reinstituting a 14 day quarantine?
For some states there is a list of restricted states, other states have a blanket quarantine.

I...
Forum: Touring
06-26-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,612
Posted By jamawani

Mike - A number of states that had reopened parks...

Mike - A number of states that had reopened parks are shutting them back down.
Also,, stores, motels, and restaurants may face new limitations.
It's just impossible to say where things will be 2 -...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 05:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,790
Posted By jamawani

Mr. Fabz - For years I have tried to tell...

Mr. Fabz -

For years I have tried to tell folks about June in the Northern Rockies.
I have x-c skied on fresh, deep snow many years in June.
People from Peoria and Pittsburgh have a hard time...
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By jamawani

June 15 - Madiison - Oct 18 June 17 - Grant...

June 15 - Madiison - Oct 18
June 17 - Grant Village - Sept 13
June 17 - Bridge Bay - Sept 7
June 19 - Canyon - Sept 20
July 1 - All others - late Sept to mid Oct
(Tower & Fishing Bridge closed...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,612
Posted By jamawani

Mike - There are many, many challenges -...

Mike -

There are many, many challenges - over and beyond the Covid-19 risk
On that issue - what would you do if you got seriously sick in Peoria?
How would you get back home? Not on a plane or...
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,420
Posted By jamawani

That's why there are tents.

That's why there are tents.
Forum: Touring
05-21-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,726
Posted By jamawani

For a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s the...

For a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s the Ste. Genevieve ferry was not operating.
I suspect that they switched the route then.

Even when the ferry resumed - it was hit-or-miss for a while....
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,726
Posted By jamawani

In St. Louis, you should always take the historic...

In St. Louis, you should always take the historic Eads Bridge if you are biking X-USA.
The supports are underneath with no superstructure - so you have a panoramic view of the Arch and the city.
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,726
Posted By jamawani

There is the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge - which...

There is the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge -
which is a low-slung, combined railroad bridge.
Ugly as sin.
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,726
Posted By jamawani

Best Bridge Across the Mississippi

(Because there really needs to be a fresh thread.)

My vote for the best bridge across the Mississippi is the Centennial Bridge between Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa.
3 reasons -
1....
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By jamawani

Great story!

Great story!
Forum: Touring
04-30-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By jamawani

It seems it is not a technical issue from my end....

It seems it is not a technical issue from my end.
Thanks, everybody.
I checked to see if I could pull this thread - don't see how to do it.
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By jamawani

No. Neither my chromebook nor my laptop will...

No.
Neither my chromebook nor my laptop will load CGOAB even after clearing browsing.
Interestingly enough, my phone didn't work either - using my Wifi.
But when I switched off the Wifi, it did...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By jamawani

Crazyguy

Is CGOAB offline right now?
Hasn't loaded for two days.
Thanks.
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 05:56 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,753
Posted By jamawani

US 36? Why? When there are far better...

US 36?

Why? When there are far better choices.
You haven't said, but I'm guessing you are going between Denver and K.C. metros.
I did grad work in Lawrence and live in Wyoming.
I know the...
Forum: Touring
04-20-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,753
Posted By jamawani

Dear Walt, You doesn't tell us much about you. ...

Dear Walt,
You doesn't tell us much about you.
And you doesn't check back in.
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 03:31 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,753
Posted By jamawani

Back in 1987, halfway through my first X-USA trip...

Back in 1987, halfway through my first X-USA trip in Nebraska
I saw a guy pedaling westbound on a three speed, wearing oxford shoes, and with plastic kiddy panniers.
He only had a tarp and asked to...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 706
Posted By jamawani

I generally avoid cities because - a) I don't...

I generally avoid cities because -
a) I don't go touring to breath exhaust fumes.
b) Unfamiliar cities are a pain in the tail feathers to ride in.
c) Unless you get Warm Showers or CouchSurfing,...
Forum: Touring
04-14-20, 03:40 PM
03-12-20, 03:59 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,373
Posted By jamawani

Indy - Mid-June can be a smidgen early some...

Indy -
Mid-June can be a smidgen early some years. Especially at higher elevations.
Last year we had cold/damp weather until late June in northern Wyoming.
Bring along warm clothes just in case....
Forum: Touring
03-10-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By jamawani

Right.

Right.
Forum: Touring
03-09-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By jamawani

Couple of things - - Low-traffic roads usually...

Couple of things - -
Low-traffic roads usually do not imply a great deal of accommodations.
The really sweet low-traffic roads have considerable distances between services.

Also - -
What time...
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By jamawani

You could do the Southern TIer - but it is the...

You could do the Southern TIer - but it is the least scenic of any of the ACA cross-country routes.
My first X-USA was from Astoria, Oregon to North Carolina - starting Sept. 1.

Fall trips are...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 11:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 582
Posted By jamawani

About shipping your bikes - - Yes, it can be...

About shipping your bikes - -
Yes, it can be challenging.

1. More than once I have tossed my bike and gear into the back of my pick-up -
Driven to where I wanted to start, And asked around for a...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 04:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 582
Posted By jamawani

Matt - You are new here and offer no info...

Matt -

You are new here and offer no info about yourself.
Would this be your first tour?
Are you just out of college or newly retired?
Do you have much experience in the remote West?
Or have...
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,132
Posted By jamawani

Booking ahead removes a great deal of serendipity...

Booking ahead removes a great deal of serendipity - one of the joys of cycle touring.
It may make more sense on the first night or last night - but for Tuesday night??
Yes, there's the possibility...
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,691
Posted By jamawani

The corn growing ...

The corn growing ...
Forum: Touring
01-06-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,427
Posted By jamawani

Northern Idaho - kinda driving distance. Trail...

Northern Idaho - kinda driving distance.
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes - paved, excellent for inexperienced riders.
Then Trail of the Hiawathas - packed gravel - to make a loop.
Forum: Touring
12-27-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By jamawani

But riding from the Golden Gate Bridge to the...

But riding from the Golden Gate Bridge to the ferry terminal is so nice.
And then the ferry ride simply can't be beat.
Not to mention the Carquinez Scenic Drive - which is bike/ped only in the...
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,073
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: 895
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: 4,362
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: 3,481
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: 639
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: 639
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: 2,671
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: 2,671
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: 2,671
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: 2,671
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: 2,671
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: 2,671
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: 2,671
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: 325
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: 1,344
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: 2,679
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...
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