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Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 06:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 370
Posted By mev

I haven't used them but was on a trip where they...

I haven't used them but was on a trip where they were used and in that scenario, generally worked well for individuals.
The scenario was on a 2013 supported ride across Africa (TDA). It was a...
Forum: Touring
04-02-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,102
Posted By mev

Yes, interesting. I think it is also context...

Yes, interesting. I think it is also context dependent on how much power are you burning where - and what are your opportunities for recharging.

In general, my largest need is my bike computer if...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,683
Posted By mev

Only one weekend in March as a camping weekend. ...

Only one weekend in March as a camping weekend.



Cancelled my other March trips and Easter Hill Country ride is also cancelled. I set up to organize a ride for 50th anniversary of Earth Day...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 02:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,035
Posted By mev

While a head net would be better than nothing,...

While a head net would be better than nothing, seems like it is better when mostly moving around than as a good solution overnight in a tarp.

Some bugs seem to find the smallest of gaps or bite...
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,102
Posted By mev

I got one prior to my 18-month trip across the...

I got one prior to my 18-month trip across the Americas. I used it to charge battery packs that then get used to charge my cycle computer - particularly in a few gaps of multiple days with no charge...
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,035
Posted By mev

No, not an SOL bivy, but I do have a regular...

No, not an SOL bivy, but I do have a regular bivy. I haven't really end up using it much. I get more condensation and it is a bit more claustrophobic to get all the way in. If I was either in an...
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,035
Posted By mev

No problems. Onida is a small town of ~650...

No problems. Onida is a small town of ~650 people. I came to the hotel and learned they were full. The next town with a likely hotel was another 30 miles away. I had both time and energy to do...
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 02:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,035
Posted By mev

My "just in case" alternative is a tube tent. It...

My "just in case" alternative is a tube tent. It is light and compact and with a pad/sleeping bag not too much to carry when I mostly expect to find indoor lodging, but want flexibility to go without...
Forum: Touring
03-29-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 577
Posted By mev

Welcome back. I am curious where "kville" is...

Welcome back.

I am curious where "kville" is at? I've cycled through Kerrville, TX and Kernville, CA but not sure if it is these or some place in Lebanon County, PA with your location.
Forum: Touring
03-27-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 477
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, I did a similar but...

For what it is worth, I did a similar but different route a bit ago: Bicycle Tour; Las Vegas by way of Death Valley (http://www.mvermeulen.com/vegas/index.htm)

I was coming from San Jose so...
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By mev

By the way, one thing if you aren't aware is the...

By the way, one thing if you aren't aware is the siesta hours between 1pm-5pm when many things are closed - I found this to be much more prevalent in north western bits of Argentina e.g. around Salta...
Forum: Touring
03-21-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By mev

Short answer: if you are able my suggestion would...

Short answer: if you are able my suggestion would be to bring a spare tire, perhaps a fold-able version - particularly if you are looking for a more durable tire such as a schwalbe tire.

Longer...
03-20-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,409
Posted By mev

Texas State parks are mostly open, but visitor...

Texas State parks are mostly open, but visitor center type things closed and using self-pay in other instances. A more complete map of closures/notices - https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/parks-map...
03-19-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,409
Posted By mev

This has certainly evolved since the thread was...

This has certainly evolved since the thread was posted. I normally use the travel.state.gov site to understand what travel advisories might be in place. The US State Department lists countries from...
03-09-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,409
Posted By mev

I am taking a wait and see approach to my summer...

I am taking a wait and see approach to my summer trip. Something in my dreams has been a two week exploration of the island of Timor. For example, starting in Dili, Timor-Leste to Kupang, East...
Forum: Touring
03-07-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By mev

Toques off for those winter commuting in colder...

Toques off for those winter commuting in colder places like Montreal.

It doesn't count as much in places like Austin where we have shorter daylight but freezing temperatures are more the exception...
Forum: Touring
03-06-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,633
Posted By mev

A little hard to see, but beyond the sign is a...

A little hard to see, but beyond the sign is a pullout with a circular concrete wall. Inside is untreated water. These pullouts appear every half mile on the climb. One or two were missing water...
Forum: Touring
03-05-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,633
Posted By mev

I cycled up I-8 on my trip. There is ~3000 ft of...

I cycled up I-8 on my trip. There is ~3000 ft of elevation gain over 10 miles but then fine. There is a shoulder for most of it, except for two bridges with ~30cm of shoulder - so I looked carefully...
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,633
Posted By mev

A curiosity question: Do you have a particular...

A curiosity question: Do you have a particular time frame in mind for your travels or is it pretty much open-ended? Similar question as far as places you may visit.

Mostly comparing notes with...
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 04:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By mev

Silver City NM is my proxy for one of the higher...

Silver City NM is my proxy for one of the higher elevation places on the Southern Tier. You can see the weather here -...
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By mev

Two months is quite a bit of time, so if you have...

Two months is quite a bit of time, so if you have all that time I'd consider the Southern Tier from San Diego to St Augustine.

If you have less time or are going slower, a few general suggestions...
Forum: Touring
02-27-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,390
Posted By mev

Marathon Plus 700x35 has served me well on my...

Marathon Plus 700x35 has served me well on my 2007 & 2004 model 520s. I am a heavier rider and more so when fully loaded. I will also ride gravel roads as well as pavemen. I've also used Marathon XR...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,338
Posted By mev

I didn't have a maple leaf, but when I bicycled...

I didn't have a maple leaf, but when I bicycled around Australia, I was surprised on several occasions to have people guess I was Canadian. I found it amusing.

Someone then explained, if you had...
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,005
Posted By mev

It depends. I sometimes book things and...

It depends.

I sometimes book things and sometimes don't. Factors affecting my choice:
- Duration of the trip. An overnight weekend, I'll typically have a reservation. An extended trip, I won't....
Forum: Touring
02-23-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By mev

I had 26 x 1.75 inch tires. Others also had...

I had 26 x 1.75 inch tires. Others also had narrower tires. For the most part a mixture of paved and good gravel road. There were sections with rutted potholes that were more obnoxious but those...
Forum: Touring
02-22-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By mev

I cycled the Carretera Austral in December 2017...

I cycled the Carretera Austral in December 2017 as part of a supported ride - scc2ush.com
It was a great ride, spectacular scenery, interesting rugged places and reasonable riding. They are pretty...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,338
Posted By mev

I am a native Dutch speaker. I have what I...

I am a native Dutch speaker.

I have what I call my "fake German" - that mostly consists of trying a mixture of the few German words I know, Dutch words with German accents and English words with...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,338
Posted By mev

Everyone seems to learn language a bit...

Everyone seems to learn language a bit differently. Depending on length of my trip (including a year in Latin America and five months in Russia, two months in China), as well as what level of...
Forum: Touring
02-20-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,633
Posted By mev

Road construction and narrow bridges are...

Road construction and narrow bridges are definitely a hazard to watch out for - and why I'm still wary of interstates in general. That and shredded truck tires that emit tiny wires and increase...
Forum: Touring
02-19-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By mev

After this discussion, I bought this as a used...

After this discussion, I bought this as a used book online. It took a while to reach me since the seller was in the UK.

I haven't read it yet, but can confirm they flew from Nairobi to Khartoum. ...
Forum: Touring
02-16-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,633
Posted By mev

Have you seen much in the way of debris on the...

Have you seen much in the way of debris on the shoulders of I-8? Shredded tires or those nasty little wires?

This past Christmas I cycled from Tucson to El Paso and the year before from El Paso...
Forum: Touring
02-16-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By mev

I had that situation a few years ago camping at a...

I had that situation a few years ago camping at a local state park.

It rained. A lot. Reports were that the nearby town received ~5" of rain - and back in Austin the east side received ~10"+...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,295
Posted By mev

I don't listen. I have a mirror most of the time,...

I don't listen. I have a mirror most of the time, exceptions being cases where I lost my mirror or if I'm suddenly in country where driving is on the left and I find less useful for my left-mounted...
Forum: Touring
02-06-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 423
Posted By mev

Impressive, particularly what would have been hot...

Impressive, particularly what would have been hot cycling in Sudan.
I am confused a bit by the map since Cairo to Port Sudan would have been closer to 2500km. Did she also bicycle across Libya?
Forum: Touring
02-01-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,864
Posted By mev

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Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,864
Posted By mev

Thanks for the Tassie comparison. I've been...

Thanks for the Tassie comparison. I've been there bicycle touring twice. Once a four-week loop in 2001 and before that eight days in 1998. There were a mixture of more remote bits in the west as...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,542
Posted By mev

Haven't done a lot of routes I would describe as...

Haven't done a lot of routes I would describe as bikepacking. However, two things I did notice:
- Starting the GDMBR I noticed I was more susceptible to heel strikes knocking off the panniers. I...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,542
Posted By mev

Gradual acclimatization does seem to help. I grew...

Gradual acclimatization does seem to help. I grew up in CO where I lived around 1600m and would then go hiking/cycling in the mountains. Did not have a huge amount of difficulty with elevation, but...
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 259
Posted By mev

India is a big place with a lot of variety. I...

India is a big place with a lot of variety. I haven't been where you are likely going - but have taken longer trips in both the south (Tamil Nadu, Kerela, Andra Pradesh, Karnataka) and the north...
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,864
Posted By mev

Do you enjoy touring in Tassie? Some suggestions...

Do you enjoy touring in Tassie? Some suggestions in similar vein:

The "edges" of North America have often been my favorites.
- On the Alaska Panhandle, taking the ferry to Haines and then...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,542
Posted By mev

Too constrained. There are a lot of interesting...

Too constrained. There are a lot of interesting places to tour in this world that aren't all on paved roads......
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By mev

Several general thoughts here: 1. Past...

Several general thoughts here:
1. Past accounts. The site crazyguyonabike.com has many journals and one can look up by country. So this is a good place to look for recent travels.
2. Visas....
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 05:38 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,542
Posted By mev

Yes, 48-spoke wheels on the Trek 520 and 40-spoke...

Yes, 48-spoke wheels on the Trek 520 and 40-spoke wheels on the Trek 4500 mountain bike.
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,542
Posted By mev

I think this notion of trying to find a...

I think this notion of trying to find a black/white on bikepacking (e.g. panniers or no panniers) is a bit silly

I do see bikepacking as having a tendency to have more rugged routes, to have...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,208
Posted By mev

I have wheeled a single bike down the street...

I have wheeled a single bike down the street using a standard hand truck without too much difficulty.

For example, when I got to Panama City, I had a bike shop box my bicycle for travel. I then...
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By mev

Interesting find. A few comments: - This trip...

Interesting find. A few comments:
- This trip was done in the late 1980s. Road in Africa have improved significantly since then.
- The route map between Nairobi and Khartoum shows a straight...
Forum: Touring
01-18-20, 05:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 271
Posted By mev

How are you getting to Mongolia? Most...

How are you getting to Mongolia?

Most likely, bring your bike along. For example, if you are taking the train, then it is possible to take them on Trans-Siberian railroad (not every train, not...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,492
Posted By mev

A few things to note: 1. The pinned comment...

A few things to note:
1. The pinned comment with this video on YouTube tells us the shelter was built on private property. So this isn't a case of someone going onto public lands, building a shelter...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,213
Posted By mev

Good that you find riding with another...

Good that you find riding with another reassuring.

My past experience suggests it hasn't been as much of a concern for me on several accounts:
- My experience with mechanical breakdowns has been...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,451
Posted By mev

I carried one for at least seven years prior to...

I carried one for at least seven years prior to handing to another cyclist to use in 2017. It came in a little capsule with instructions and at the time we needed it, we looked up the instructions...
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