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Forum: Touring
11-20-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By mev

We were with a large group, but saw other...

We were with a large group, but saw other cyclists every day or two. Sometimes multiple in a day.

I was on my own further north in Argentina and didn't have difficulties finding wild camping. ...
Forum: Touring
11-18-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,505
Posted By mev

My travoy overall is pretty stable. Two wheels...

My travoy overall is pretty stable. Two wheels and single access point. The center of gravity on the trailer is still lower.

I have three trailers, that I used for different purposes:
-- My...
Forum: Touring
11-17-19, 04:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By mev

A few weather-related notes: 1. The...

A few weather-related notes:

1. The Carretera Austral is considerably wetter than the Argentinian side. Prior to going I'd read multiple cycling blogs including some of people complaining of...
Forum: Touring
11-15-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By mev

One additional thing while I think about it... ...

One additional thing while I think about it...

5. If you have a smart phone or tablet, get a copy of iOverlander as well as MAPs.ME. You will find some larger gaps in cell service itself. ...
Forum: Touring
11-15-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By mev

I traveled between Bariloche and Ushuaia in 2017...

I traveled between Bariloche and Ushuaia in 2017 as part of a longer ride (documented at scc2ush.com). After Puerto Montt it was a supported ride. However, a few general thoughts from my trip:
...
Forum: Touring
11-13-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,409
Posted By mev

Tough to know 100% but suspect it would have been...

Tough to know 100% but suspect it would have been very difficult to see something even if you knew what you were looking for...

Reason I say this is when I looked at the break, the cross section...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,270
Posted By mev

I've found some regional differences. I've found...

I've found some regional differences. I've found more general campgrounds further west. Some are private, many are public - and seems more likely that they have general "sites" that can be occupied...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,409
Posted By mev

I didn't start out on that trip carrying a spare...

I didn't start out on that trip carrying a spare wheel. It was more a mix of circumstances:
1) My rim cracked when I was cycling on the Alaska Highway near mile marker 500. Prior to internet being...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,409
Posted By mev

Hub ratcheting happened I believe due to two...

Hub ratcheting happened I believe due to two causes: (1) the internal mechanism getting fouled enough that the pawls didn't bounce back, but instead stayed depressed and (2) the springs breaking and...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,409
Posted By mev

Not sure why the emphasis on "field repairable",...

Not sure why the emphasis on "field repairable", since if necessary I've walked or hitched a ride to a point where I could get things fixed from there.

A few examples in reverse chronology of when...
Forum: Touring
11-10-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,599
Posted By mev

I bought a bucket of Mountain House prior to...

I bought a bucket of Mountain House prior to setting off from Prudhoe Bay. It is 240 miles of almost entirely gravel from there to Coldfoot Roadhouse and another 240+ miles from there to Fairbanks....
Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,880
Posted By mev

I don't explicitly train, but I'm on my bike most...

I don't explicitly train, but I'm on my bike most every day. Prior to a long tour in 2001, I sold my car and haven't gotten around to buying one again. I'm also taking shorter trips through the...
Forum: Touring
10-30-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 987
Posted By mev

You are probably better at knowing your abilities...

You are probably better at knowing your abilities than a bunch of us random people on the internet. However, a few thoughts:

1. For someone who has confidence: "I know I can get 100 miles in", it...
Forum: Touring
10-30-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 960
Posted By mev

I cycled across Russia in 2007 and in the process...

I cycled across Russia in 2007 and in the process spent five months traveling between St Petersburg and Vladivostok. That brought me through and past a lot of smaller rural places.

Towards the end...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 960
Posted By mev

Yes. Central and South America...

Yes.





Central and South America are rather big places with a lot of variety. I used the same approach I have on other tours:
1. If locals drink from the taps, I typically do too.
2. I...
Forum: Touring
10-27-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 445
Posted By mev

Cool. I spent two rest days in Los Barriles at...

Cool. I spent two rest days in Los Barriles at end of 2016. I stayed with a former boss and friend who has a house in Los Barriles. After visiting, I went back to La Paz to take the ferry and...
Forum: Touring
10-26-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 743
Posted By mev

Not all rain is the same... Cold rain brings...

Not all rain is the same...

Cold rain brings with it need to keep warm, avoid hypothermia. Growing up in CO, I used to experience more cold mountain rainshowers - but now in other parts of the...
Forum: Touring
10-25-19, 05:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 699
Posted By mev

Depends a bit where I go... For most Western...

Depends a bit where I go...

For most Western States, outside urban areas, state-level paper maps are a reasonable choice (1). Entering the most urban areas, I'll let the paper map give me the...
Forum: Touring
10-23-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 715
Posted By mev

I don't know. More than 10km ;) I've gone...

I don't know. More than 10km ;)

I've gone through a succession of touring bikes and also retired some:
- Lotus Odyssey '82; my college touring bike. Effectively retired in '92 when I bought a...
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By mev

It doesn't quite match your long plane ride...

It doesn't quite match your long plane ride criteria, but I've taken two trips with Spice Roads. One to Thailand/Cambodia (over Christmas) and one to the Mekong Delta (over Thanksgiving). The company...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,117
Posted By mev

Found myself in a similar position. I have a 2007...

Found myself in a similar position. I have a 2007 model Trek 520 and a 2004 model Trek 520.

I don't have an inherent need to get a new bicycle, but prior to my extended 2016 trip, I took a look at...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 585
Posted By mev

If you haven't found it yet, there is a Facebook...

If you haven't found it yet, there is a Facebook Group "Bike Touring Americas: Alaska to Patagonia"

Participants in the group include a number of people also currently on tour. So I found it...
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 585
Posted By mev

+1 In 2016, I set off from Prudhoe Bay for...

+1

In 2016, I set off from Prudhoe Bay for what would become an 18-month, 27000km bicycle trip to Ushuaia (scc2ush.com). Some general comments:
1. I would second placing a posting in adventure...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,810
Posted By mev

Grew up in Colorado so did a lot of camping,...

Grew up in Colorado so did a lot of camping, backpacking and hiking as a kid. Went to college in (urban) Boston without owning a car. A bicycle was an ideal vehicle for a college student to get out...
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,596
Posted By mev

Here is what I do. It depends a bit on the...

Here is what I do. It depends a bit on the specific weather forecast, e.g.
* if it says "40% chance of thundershowers, 0.1 inch accumulation", then I just go and hope for the best.
* if it says,...
Forum: Touring
09-08-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,893
Posted By mev

In hindsight it was funny, but a bit annoying at...

In hindsight it was funny, but a bit annoying at the time...

I was cycling in Peru, climbing up to altitude on my way to Puno. At end of the day, I found myself near 4000m and close to a toll...
Forum: Touring
09-06-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,034
Posted By mev

For me it is a bit different for a short ride vs....

For me it is a bit different for a short ride vs. a more extended tour of multiple weeks or months.

For that more extended tour, prior to leaving:
- I will create a rough distance/time "budget". ...
Forum: Touring
09-06-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 923
Posted By mev

I realize what was said was in jest, and in part...

I realize what was said was in jest, and in part reference to current politics.

However, I do think the map makes it a bit easier to see what looks like occasional inconsistencies in travel...
Forum: Touring
09-06-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 938
Posted By mev

I've done this twice on tour. First time was...

I've done this twice on tour.

First time was in Western China where October overnight temperatures were cooler than I anticipated. In Turpan, I bought a lightweight Chinese sleeping bag as an...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 923
Posted By mev

I read the US travel advisories and take into...

I read the US travel advisories and take into account the 1-4 ratings. Seems like this map is mostly those ratings on a country-by-country basis - except for Mexico.

I also like the UK Foreign...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 894
Posted By mev

Or perhaps a mask like this one that a fellow...

Or perhaps a mask like this one that a fellow rider used in some of the more smoggy areas in coal region of China...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 938
Posted By mev

One additional suggestion. Post a question in...

One additional suggestion. Post a question in Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forums for particular countries of the following format:

(Uzbekistan): Where can I find outdoor stores in Tashkent to buy...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 938
Posted By mev

I think this one depends a lot on where you are...

I think this one depends a lot on where you are traveling. For some countries, customs/shipping can either be expensive (e.g. DHL) or navigating the import duties/customs route can be troublesome.
...
Forum: Touring
09-03-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By mev

Do you expect to also tour with this bicycle or...

Do you expect to also tour with this bicycle or is the primary use in getting groceries?

The reason I'm asking is depending on that answer another alternative might be a trailer like a Burley...
Forum: Touring
09-03-19, 06:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 894
Posted By mev

Ride while it is dry and hope for not too much...

Ride while it is dry and hope for not too much rain...

I've done a few longer gravel roads. As far as dust goes, I typically could hold my breath through the worst of the dust as cars/trucks came...
Forum: Touring
08-29-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,281
Posted By mev

+1 agree that further assistance with Greyhound...

+1 agree that further assistance with Greyhound or bus companies would be helpful given the large number of places. Also given Amtrak's ~500 stations it is a smaller number for other than folding...
Forum: Touring
08-27-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,281
Posted By mev

What year was that? I believe after...

What year was that?

I believe after Hurricane Katrina (2005), part of the Sunset Limited Route was discontinued and particularly the pieces between New Orleans and Jacksonville.

I rode roughly...
Forum: Touring
08-25-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,649
Posted By mev

Until documentation is posted, I would be...

Until documentation is posted, I would be cautious in assuming gpsblake is referring to the same person as the CGOAB journal or familyonbikes.org web site.

gpsblake refers to Nancy which is the...
Forum: Touring
08-24-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,649
Posted By mev

I am curious to whom gpsblake is referring. ...

I am curious to whom gpsblake is referring.

Nancy Sarthre Vogel is from Boise. I followed her blog (link above) for three years and also cycled some of the same routes ~5 years later.
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,649
Posted By mev

One suggestion google "rv state residency" you...

One suggestion google "rv state residency" you will find accounts/advice of how a different group of nomadic individuals handle the similar residency issue...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 03:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,649
Posted By mev

Some of these questions are probably cases where...

Some of these questions are probably cases where it might be useful to get a more formal information than from an internet forum. However, I will make a few observations:
1. You aren't the first to...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,649
Posted By mev

An example of some fellow extended travelers I...

An example of some fellow extended travelers I met on the road. El Bicho Latino. A couple left in 2005 (it was 2017 when I met them and when the photo was taken in Oaxaca) and were making a very...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,649
Posted By mev

I had a camping gear. Perhaps the largest number...

I had a camping gear. Perhaps the largest number of nights were in small hotels as the cost wasn't particularly large in many Latin American countries and were reasonable places. However, camped a...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,649
Posted By mev

I have not done it. What I have done in 2016...

I have not done it.

What I have done in 2016 was
- quit my job
- empty my townhouse, put everything in storage and get a management company to rent it out
- go touring for 18 months (Alaska to...
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,931
Posted By mev

I have cycled through bear areas in both the US...

I have cycled through bear areas in both the US and Canada. My experience:

1. In 2016, I bought bear spray in BC a short distance front Banff after seeing multiple "trail closed due to bears"...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,553
Posted By mev

One nice thing Amtrak has done is introduce...

One nice thing Amtrak has done is introduce curbside baggage service on many trains. So in addition to boxing your bike, you can also reserve a bike slot and when the train arrives walk your bike to...
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,140
Posted By mev

I don't know the current answer and I'm sure...

I don't know the current answer and I'm sure someone has something more recent than I have.

Long time ago on my first trip across the US (June 19th, 1992 more precisely), my notes report there was...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By mev

I'll make a counterpoint as more than a few...

I'll make a counterpoint as more than a few months makes it more likely to show up in Oregon in November or later, at which point likely hood of having wet conditions approaching Western Oregon...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By mev

A few general comments: 1. It looks like the...

A few general comments:
1. It looks like the parts between Eureka, NV and Klamath Falls, OR are similar to what I've done going the other direction in May 2013 (Epilogue | A bicycle ride across...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,539
Posted By mev

CGOAB journal describing our trip:...

CGOAB journal describing our trip: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/georgetown2paramaribo
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