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Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By mev

Yes. While not preferred, we get roads like...

Yes.

While not preferred, we get roads like that around Austin as well. Generally cases not too far from an urban center but where population has expanded and roads are still closer to how they...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 581
Posted By mev

Thanks for sharing. Watched it last night. ...

Thanks for sharing. Watched it last night.

One thing I like about bicycle touring is how it can help get me a connection to geography, people and history of a region. I think their film did a...
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 579
Posted By mev

How frequently do the trains go from Chicago to...

How frequently do the trains go from Chicago to Milwaukee? If multiple per day, I'd just take what they give you and if something is late, then you'll bump to the next train anyways.

Last time I...
Forum: Touring
03-28-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,435
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, my Portland to Portland...

For what it is worth, my Portland to Portland ride was 3610 miles. The tail end gives stopping points and distances - Across the USA in '92 (http://mvermeulen.org/bicycle.crossusa.php)

That was...
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,268
Posted By mev

It might be stretching your parameters but...

It might be stretching your parameters but potentially some of the Natchez Trace comes to mind, e.g. say from Nashville TN to Jackson, MS or perhaps Tupelo.
Here is how this things stack up:
> Four...
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,435
Posted By mev

Agreed. I think you can make a variety of...

Agreed. I think you can make a variety of different routes work pretty well, and depends a bit on where you want to travel.

I've gone across three times and once across Canada:
-- 1992:...
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 06:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,719
Posted By mev

It depends. The amount of public lands...

It depends.

The amount of public lands varies between countries as well as between states/provinces/oblasts/... I generally avoid camping on private property without permission - and typically try...
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,497
Posted By mev

In photo below, my bear canister is inside a red...

In photo below, my bear canister is inside a red stuff sack up front, and then attached with shock cords to the rack....
Forum: Touring
03-11-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,637
Posted By mev

WHO has a paper format for a yellow fever card...

WHO has a paper format for a yellow fever card that looks like the following and is used by countries at points of admission....
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,495
Posted By mev

Worst stretch of mosquitoes, horseflies, biting...

Worst stretch of mosquitoes, horseflies, biting flies, etc. I've encountered was in the West Siberian plain, between the Ural Mountains and Lake Baikal. Essentially five weeks where except for large...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By mev

By the way, your via points may not be too far...

By the way, your via points may not be too far off the RAAM route - Race Resources (http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/race-resources.html)
RAAM racers cycle through the night with support vehicles...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By mev

I haven't ridden all of it specifically, but...

I haven't ridden all of it specifically, but looking at the map as well as an observation that you need to be fairly direct... gives me the following inputs:

1. The initial section between San...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,081
Posted By mev

My first crossing of the US was 29 years ago. I...

My first crossing of the US was 29 years ago. I still have some similarities of using a blend of both paper maps and electronics to plan out the route.

Back in 1991/1992 I used a MS-DOS program...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,350
Posted By mev

I don't know because I haven't tried. If I were...

I don't know because I haven't tried. If I were looking now, I would be tempted to try Craigslist "gigs" listings, e.g. here is what I see right now in Austin area. Bunch of things to weed through...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,350
Posted By mev

My longest tour was 18-months. I've crossed six...

My longest tour was 18-months. I've crossed six continents on bicycle. However, I do it with a fair amount of planning.

Not the same planning as for a short trip where I might have a good guess of...
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,493
Posted By mev

Notion of downtime depends on duration of the...

Notion of downtime depends on duration of the trip.

For a short duration of a week or less, I'll typically ride most every day. I bring a kindle and get caught up on reading and podcasts. If I...
03-01-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 304
Posted By mev

20 years since I last owned an automobile

On February 28, 2001 I dropped car keys under the floor mat for a friend to retrieve. Next morning, I cycled away on a one year bicycle tour that brought me across the USA, one lap around the...
Forum: Touring
02-24-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 975
Posted By mev

> However, I'm not sure that the rental places...

> However, I'm not sure that the rental places have a bike rack option.
A basic trunk mounted bike rack may not be too difficult or expensive to find. I've occasionally done this when the price of...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,045
Posted By mev

The Mass Pike is I-90 also shown here:...

The Mass Pike is I-90 also shown here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_90. I think on average, E-W interstates are numbered with even numbers with higher numbers further north.

US 90 is...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,045
Posted By mev

Just a compass and a bike? I would worry...

Just a compass and a bike?

I would worry more about being cited for indecent exposure (*) and not having anything to put air in my tires if they went flat than I would about getting lost or how...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,541
Posted By mev

What time of year would you go? That is going to...

What time of year would you go? That is going to affect where it is most comfortable and when. For a number of the states, you are barely in the corners, so I would mostly just get out and ride most...
Forum: Touring
02-18-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,556
Posted By mev

I'll agree with your first general statement but...

I'll agree with your first general statement but also bite on your provocation :)

I don't really use the bicycle mirror in way that you describe, e.g. only checking when you want to change...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,151
Posted By mev

In some of the western US states, there isn't...

In some of the western US states, there isn't always an easy alternative, e.g. took the following photo getting onto the shoulder of I-25 a little ways north of Socorro. I have cycled on interstates...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,151
Posted By mev

I am an ACA life member. I've used their...

I am an ACA life member.

I've used their maps on selected parts of routes, but also made my own variations. I would say they are worthwhile both as a starting point and a relatively low hassle way...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,556
Posted By mev

I have typically heard of such arrangements for...

I have typically heard of such arrangements for ultra-endurance athletes who cycle through the night - and only at those night-time hours.

As others have mentioned and you seem inclined to use...
Forum: Touring
02-15-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,704
Posted By mev

This story gives some additional aerials:...

This story gives some additional aerials: https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/infrastructure/536760-section-of-californias-famous-highway-1-falls
Forum: Touring
02-14-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,552
Posted By mev

There is a similar but different precedent when...

There is a similar but different precedent when it comes to Yellow Fever.

Yellow Fever is spread by mosquitoes and found in tropical areas of South America and Africa. WHO has created a standard...
Forum: Touring
02-13-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,664
Posted By mev

I've long described Kansas or Nebraska as best...

I've long described Kansas or Nebraska as best being seen either in excess of 100mph or at about 10mph.

When you drive across, you get the worst of both worlds. Often one ends up on the interstate...
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,556
Posted By mev

I am heavier than average and also pretty...

I am heavier than average and also pretty cautious. So I probably overstress some of my equipment - with a heavier load. In the case of brakes, being more cautious meant that I wore down caliper...
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,556
Posted By mev

I followed their trip pretty closely and then did...

I followed their trip pretty closely and then did my own 18-month journey with the same endpoints (Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia).

From their accounts as well as my own experiences with some expedition...
Forum: Touring
02-02-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,694
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, here is my journal for...

For what it is worth, here is my journal for trying to follow the Lincoln Highway across Iowa and stopping at Cedar Rapids: http://www.mvermeulen.org/lincoln/index.php

The Lincoln Highway in parts...
Forum: Touring
02-01-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,552
Posted By mev

Skookum, certainly understandable and hope...

Skookum, certainly understandable and hope vaccine rollout in Canada exceeds these expectations.

Look forward to the pandemic subsiding overall and chance to travel through Canada again.
Forum: Touring
02-01-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,556
Posted By mev

That was posted almost 10 years ago. I think...

That was posted almost 10 years ago. I think Nancy kept her site open for a few years after end of their trip and then dropped it.

As far as expedition in remote corners of the world, there are...
Forum: Touring
02-01-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,552
Posted By mev

That would also be my sense. I am looking at...

That would also be my sense.

I am looking at a week long trip through New Mexico the first week of May. A loop through both Rio Grande Valley and more sparsely populated areas further east. These...
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,356
Posted By mev

My guess is distance isn't the right metric to...

My guess is distance isn't the right metric to use here. Rather, I suspect number of turns or other complexity makes more sense.

I've done BTC twice and Ride the Rockies four times. Most of those...
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,220
Posted By mev

I don't go out of my way, e.g. reflective vest. ...

I don't go out of my way, e.g. reflective vest. However, when I have other choices, I'll pick for a brighter color that stands out. For example, red panniers instead of black; red rain jacket...
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,356
Posted By mev

I don't plan down to turn by turn type...

I don't plan down to turn by turn type directions. Instead, prior to departure, I'll have a rough plan in mind perhaps exploring with Google maps.

Now it is going to vary some by location and...
Forum: Touring
01-27-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,664
Posted By mev

Depends on ones overall risk tolerance and...

Depends on ones overall risk tolerance and factors.

Last October, I took a one-week trip from Austin to Dallas/Fort Worth and rented a car at DFW airport to come back. Cases here were moderately...
Forum: Touring
01-25-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 859
Posted By mev

My info is old, but I did a good portion of the...

My info is old, but I did a good portion of the Yellowhead Highway between Edmonton and Winnipeg as part of a trip across Canada (Fairbanks AK to St John's NF). I also did other parts of Yellowhead...
Forum: Touring
01-24-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Posted By mev

Tuk should be great to visit, I am intrigued on...

Tuk should be great to visit, I am intrigued on the new road.

Dempster (1996): The Dempster Highway (http://mvermeulen.org/yukon/index.php)
Dalton (2005): Dalton Highway...
Forum: Touring
01-24-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Posted By mev

For what it is worth, mention of Rohloff hubs and...

For what it is worth, mention of Rohloff hubs and the Dalton/Dempster Highways have me recall 2016 and my travel on the Dalton that year.

I don't have a Rohloff or direct experience. What I did...
Forum: Touring
01-06-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 967
Posted By mev

2020 certainly took wind out of the sails for...

2020 certainly took wind out of the sails for longer trips. Several smaller ones I am eyeing for 2021 to start:
- Two weekends booked at nearby Texas state parks for March & April. So quick...
Forum: Touring
01-03-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 891
Posted By mev

Nice. I had the 1992 model which I rode on...

Nice.

I had the 1992 model which I rode on two trips across USA (1992, 2001), across Canada (1997), up the Atlantic Coast (1998) and down the Pacific Coast (1998). I think I reached 44 states on...
Forum: Touring
12-20-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,266
Posted By mev

This may not be the best time to travel right now...

This may not be the best time to travel right now with the pandemic.

That aside, low temperatures drop more quickly as you get away from the coast. Here is a comparison between San Diego at sea...
Forum: Touring
12-02-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,910
Posted By mev

Your subject line is rather misleading. ...

Your subject line is rather misleading.

Anyways, here is Stu with his bike cycling through northern Australia....
Forum: Touring
11-30-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,984
Posted By mev

My Trek 520s are older, model years 2004 and 2007...

My Trek 520s are older, model years 2004 and 2007 but still riding strong - so may not be as relevant. I initially rode them "as is" but before my first cross-continent tour, I updated:
- saddle
-...
Forum: Touring
11-26-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,949
Posted By mev

Watch out for Mongolian horsemen:...

Watch out for Mongolian horsemen: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/aug/17/china.world

As far as what I do, "it depends". I do carry a lightweight cable - mostly to make it awkward to wheel...
Forum: Touring
11-21-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,839
Posted By mev

There aren't too many places in the world you...

There aren't too many places in the world you would need two weeks of food... unless you were off-road backpacking or similar.

I've cycled around Australia, across Russia, across South America and...
Forum: Touring
11-15-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,839
Posted By mev

I guess that excludes a lot of Canadian cyclists...

I guess that excludes a lot of Canadian cyclists ;)
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,839
Posted By mev

Not sure why it matters but seems pretty...

Not sure why it matters but seems pretty straightforward to me:
Support is someone else helping along the way. Most common examples is carrying gear or being there to address issues that come up...
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