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Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 361
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: 29
Views: 966
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: 1,411
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: 1,690
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: 952
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: 874
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: 873
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: 874
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: 864
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: 873
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: 873
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: 872
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: 864
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: 2,201
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: 2,201
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: 5,321
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: 5,321
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: 5,321
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: 5,321
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: 5,321
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: 5,321
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: 5,321
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: 6,665
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: 1,507
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: 1,115
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: 914
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: 914
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: 4,392
Posted By mev

CGOAB journal describing our trip:...

CGOAB journal describing our trip: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/georgetown2paramaribo
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 07:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,507
Posted By mev

I did a quick experiment with Amtrak web site. I...

I did a quick experiment with Amtrak web site. I put in Kansas City to Albuquerque for Saturday, August 17th. On the first screen that has the fare ($120), there is also a symbol for the number of...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,392
Posted By mev

Bugs are minimal. Of course some of the...

Bugs are minimal. Of course some of the mosquitoes can carry some nasty things, so a bit paranoid even seeing a few. Two night the hotel rooms had mosquito nets, two others I used my own mosquito net...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,392
Posted By mev

Short follow-up as we reached Paramaribo: 1....

Short follow-up as we reached Paramaribo:

1. Yes it was hot & humid. Overnight temperatures around 75F with nearly 100% humidity. Daytime highs around 90F plus or minus a degree or two. I would...
Forum: Touring
08-04-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,971
Posted By mev

Start planning your next trip ;) It sounds...

Start planning your next trip ;)

It sounds like 35 days was long enough to get into a different rhythm of daily living. I don't get that on a week-long trip and hence one thing I've enjoyed about...
Forum: Touring
07-26-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,091
Posted By mev

My uneducated guess: - In US, boxes...

My uneducated guess:

- In US, boxes typically get sold by airlines, not airports. I've been able to get a box from different airline than one I fly with. I am doubtful that Frontier, Southwest or...
Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,968
Posted By mev

Depends on time of year, but I would second...

Depends on time of year, but

I would second the idea of the Netherlands - and many places away from the more populated western parts, e.g. Friesland and islands in the north, parts of eastern...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,303
Posted By mev

Nice photos and thank you for posting. It looks...

Nice photos and thank you for posting. It looks like a small chunk of your Eureka/Seeley Lake route was GDMBR but also a majority was other small roads mixed with the main routes. How had you...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,488
Posted By mev

It depends. Some trips I end up out/back...

It depends.

Some trips I end up out/back with the same rack. Other trips, I've bought a rack and drove it home - or donated a rack at my destination. Sometimes the cost of a ~$50 Walmart rack...
Forum: Touring
07-11-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,488
Posted By mev

Most of the time, I've just put the bike on the...

Most of the time, I've just put the bike on the back of a rental car and not had much difficulty.

The one time I did have issues was in the photo below. We had cycled from Fairbanks to Prudhoe...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By mev

This wouldn't be a difficult route. Looking more...

This wouldn't be a difficult route. Looking more closely, it looks like there are frontage roads and parallel roads along a good portion, so one wouldn't be on I-15 for all of it.
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By mev

I expect it would be possible and allowed in MT. ...

I expect it would be possible and allowed in MT. In my experience, these roads aren't inherently bad (wide shoulders, high speed traffic, not many exit/entrances), but I wouldn't do them for...
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By mev

From Whitehall, the first 9 miles were MT 69/MT...

From Whitehall, the first 9 miles were MT 69/MT 2. After that, I turned onto MT 359 for 15 miles to US 287.
By the way, between Whitehall and Boulder, MT 69 is paved (but longer) than the more...
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By mev

I don't have the "best" route, but for what it is...

I don't have the "best" route, but for what it is worth:
- In travels between Helena and Old Faithful, I avoided US 287 between Helena/Three Forks because of the following report (and one other):...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,292
Posted By mev

One of my favorite camping spots. Looking one...

One of my favorite camping spots. Looking one direction:
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/533x400/img_1104_47decb03f47849aee9ec5bac00fc596fc928b544.jpg
From the same spot, a...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,537
Posted By mev

A few related thoughts on recording trips,...

A few related thoughts on recording trips, memoirs, blogs, etc - getting a little afield from tablets per se...

* Length of the trip also matters. I've kept a web page/blog for most of my trips...
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,998
Posted By mev

I ride at load weights similar to the OP. On...

I ride at load weights similar to the OP. On trip through South America, I used a mix of Marathon Plus, Marathon Supreme and Marathon Mondial.

A few disconnected thoughts:
- I haven't noticed...
Forum: Touring
06-30-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,537
Posted By mev

I expect this one to be a bit of personal...

I expect this one to be a bit of personal preference.

If you think about:
- laptop
- kindle
- tablet
- phone
- camera
- GPS
They all can have some levels of overlapping uses and areas where...
Forum: Touring
06-28-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,438
Posted By mev

I have been fortunate not to have a bike stolen...

I have been fortunate not to have a bike stolen on tour. I did have a (stupidly unlocked) bike stolen outside a grocery store in Fort Collins, CO when I lived there.

I have been on tours with a...
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,122
Posted By mev

Mid-August.

Mid-August.
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,122
Posted By mev

The hostels were somewhat different. Hilda...

The hostels were somewhat different.

Hilda Creek was a remote (unattended) hostel. There was a combination lock on the door and we received the combo with our reservation. I went down to a nearby...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,122
Posted By mev

In 2016, I rode Jasper to Banff in three days:...

In 2016, I rode Jasper to Banff in three days: Banff, Icefields Parkway - A bicycle ride across the Americas (http://www.scc2ush.com/2016/08/17/banff-icefields-parkway/) I stayed at Hilda Creek...
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,617
Posted By mev

How much do you look at your GPS and how long do...

How much do you look at your GPS and how long do you currently have it on? Given your "run out of batteries" comment, is this much of the time?

I expect your Garmin GPS might be more battery...
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