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Forum: Touring
09-24-22, 09:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 274
Posted By gauvins

We've been there, a few years ago, with the kids....

We've been there, a few years ago, with the kids. Pleasant. Not much in terms of suggestion...

I remember taking the Confederation bridge (shuttle, not allowed to ride), visiting a site dedicated...
Forum: Touring
09-21-22, 07:05 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

Tourist in MSN clarifications: (1) I am not...

Tourist in MSN clarifications:

(1) I am not considering a rtw trip in the foreseeable future because Russia and Xinjiang are, how to put it, problematic. I am seriously considering Ladakh and, one...
Forum: Touring
09-20-22, 05:24 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

:) I didn't know that you could get minute...

:)

I didn't know that you could get minute quantities of fuel at the pump. I recall some gas stations *not* selling in quantities of less than $5. Which is why I was asking.


hmmm... not sure...
Forum: Touring
09-20-22, 01:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

tcs Thanks for your comment WRT to gasoline. Made...

tcs Thanks for your comment WRT to gasoline. Made me read more about the canister disposal problem.

Could you expand a bit? (1) Do you refill your fuel bottle -- say, 1 quart -- at the pump? Do...
Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

Tourist in MSN Thanks for the link. Instructive....

Tourist in MSN Thanks for the link. Instructive. I was assuming that canisters where somewhat like aluminium cans.
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

I mentioned in the OP that alcohol is preferred...

I mentioned in the OP that alcohol is preferred by some, precisely because of the apparent recycling problem. So I agree with you, up to a point, WRT the recycling argument.

Now, to be honest, I...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 04:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 507
Posted By gauvins

Interesting. I don't recall ever having to carry...

Interesting. I don't recall ever having to carry my bike through escalators. The typical train station is at street level (entrance, access to platforms, trains). Otherwise I'd think that all...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

[update] I've looked at solid, liquid and...

[update]

I've looked at solid, liquid and gaseous fuels, considering (1) availability, (2) energy, (3) cost and (4) convenience. A book-length report would be needed to discuss everything in depth...
Forum: Touring
09-16-22, 09:29 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

Tourist in MSN You mean an adapter to use a...

Tourist in MSN You mean an adapter to use a butane cartridge (larger, but similar to what is often used to refill lighters) with a remote canister stove, right? Have you tried adapters (such as this...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 507
Posted By gauvins

I've travelled with my bike on French trains...

I've travelled with my bike on French trains quite a few times. To the best of my knowledge:

1. There are TGVs with specific places for bikes. When you book on their app (ouigo), you check a box...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 09:15 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

Yup. And not obvious what to do (ex refill an...

Yup. And not obvious what to do (ex refill an "official" fuel bottle, strap on top of the other stuff; do you discard excess fuel, how, etc.).

The more info I get, the more I think that, in...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

This is also something I'll eventually try. Read...

This is also something I'll eventually try. Read somewhere that it burns yellow (cooler, some soot) but works ok.
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

I merely boil water. for tea, coffee, oatmeal,...

I merely boil water. for tea, coffee, oatmeal, ramen and dried chili.

Really appreciate your observation WRT hand sanitizer, which has perhaps become the most widely available fuel :) Have you...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

Yes, not much fun although I assume that you've...

Yes, not much fun although I assume that you've been able to eat from convenience stores -- which is what we tended to do in Japan



My current thinking is to rely on a canister stove while...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,919
Posted By gauvins

Stove stories

I usually travel solo with a solid fuel system, and canister when with my family. Now considering a solo trip where fuel availability is a matter of concern. After researching the question quite...
Forum: Touring
09-10-22, 09:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 374
Posted By gauvins

​​​​​Not obvious. ThermaRest writes that...

​​​​​Not obvious. ThermaRest writes that delamination is generally attributed to a manufacturing defect (https://www.thermarest.com/blog/backpacking-gear-care-proactive-tips/) and that they'll...
Forum: Touring
09-09-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,315
Posted By gauvins

elcruxio hmmm.... this incredible video from...

elcruxio hmmm.... this incredible video from Iohan Gueoguiev (rest in peace) appeared on my recommendation list yesterday. AFAIK he's not published his packing list but I'd say that he rides with 50L...
Forum: Touring
09-08-22, 07:30 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,315
Posted By gauvins

elcruxio I am not criticising -- they are at one...

elcruxio I am not criticising -- they are at one end of the spectrum (more than 100L). My months long kit fits inside 25L and I met trans-am bikepackers carrying less than that.

This being said,...
Forum: Touring
09-07-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,315
Posted By gauvins

For those who have difficulty imagining...

For those who have difficulty imagining overpacking, this interesting video appeared on my feed. Enough gear to fill two Ortlieb front panniers, two back rollers, one 49L dry bag, a large handlebar...
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 03:03 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,315
Posted By gauvins

I met a thru hiker this past summer who was...

I met a thru hiker this past summer who was nearing the end of a south>north CDT thru hike. He's had to get snowshoes and ice picks in Colorado. Might have been quite warm, but still considerable...
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 312
Posted By gauvins

Interesting. Same thing happened to me (Neo Air...

Interesting. Same thing happened to me (Neo Air xLite) -- not a puncture but more and more busted baffles. I've purchased a Z-Lite...
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,315
Posted By gauvins

I carry something like 19kg (40#) including 2...

I carry something like 19kg (40#) including 2 front Ortlieb panniers (I no longer need back panniers).

As others have said, reducing the weight is an iterative process (i.e. figure out what you...
Forum: Touring
09-03-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Posted By gauvins

Makes sense. I have a nano vest (probably not...

Makes sense. I have a nano vest (probably not enough warmth) and paid a visit to our local Patagonia store to take a look at the micro jacket. As it happens, they were at regular price whereas some...
Forum: Touring
09-02-22, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Posted By gauvins

Totally agree, and this is more or less my...

Totally agree, and this is more or less my current kit. However I am considering a trip where temperatures will drop below freezing, perhaps as low as 15F, so I'll very probably bring a down mid...
Forum: Touring
09-02-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Posted By gauvins

mdarnton Thanks for the info. In to OP I was...

mdarnton Thanks for the info. In to OP I was writing about the Timmerman, but less expensive alternatives (such as Decathlon or even Patagonia if snatched on sale) are perhaps a better decision. This...
Forum: Touring
09-02-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Posted By gauvins

Thoughts about warm mid layers

What are you looking for when considering warm mid layers (i.e. comfortable in sub-freezing temperatures, say around -10C (10F)).

I was reading excellent comments on Timmerman's down sweaters...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 08:36 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Just watched it -- blew my mind. Thanks

Just watched it -- blew my mind. Thanks
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By gauvins

Depends on the alternative. I actually compute...

Depends on the alternative. I actually compute the time differential vs potential time wasted if the closed road is impassable.

Happened to be this summer. Tried my luck and was able to get...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 01:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

I am not estimating yet. Simply gathering...

I am not estimating yet. Simply gathering information.

I agree that riding/hiking comparably high locations would be useful. Mt Evans (4260M) makes sense. One tour operator mentions previous...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 01:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

I think the highest has been 2200M or do. I...

I think the highest has been 2200M or do.

I wear an Enduro that captures breathing pace (and would have been able to measure oxygen saturation but I never activated that feature.)

My usual...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Agree that altitude must be considered. Gear...

Agree that altitude must be considered. Gear weight doesn't worry me too much - not many people around to make fun of me if I have to walk :)
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Well, turns out this was a tour organized by the...

Well, turns out this was a tour organized by the Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI). I inquired to them today.

Funny that it gave you the impression that the ride is extreme. It had the...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the link. Will certainly watch. ...

Thanks for the link. Will certainly watch.

This is another good one insert. Puzzling thing about these videos is how frequently road surface goes from smooth tarmac to dismal (and what proportion...
Forum: Touring
08-30-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 637
Posted By gauvins

Layering is a good idea. Personally I'd rather...

Layering is a good idea. Personally I'd rather put a cheap blanket *under* a 900-fill down to keep loft to a maximum, hence a quilt.

Frozen water : not trivial. I believe that I'll have to learn...
Forum: Touring
08-30-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 637
Posted By gauvins

Sub freezing nights, let's say 2 weeks. Sub...

Sub freezing nights, let's say 2 weeks. Sub freezing days, just a few days.
A few places serving food. I'd say a week of autonomy would do. Not clear wrt water. Plan might be to go ahead and fold if...
Forum: Touring
08-30-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 637
Posted By gauvins

Well, the question was deliberately vague (and...

Well, the question was deliberately vague (and with inadvertent typo)... because as Tourist in MSN indicates, things are different if we are talking about an uninterrupted RTW including a long frigid...
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the info. There's no firm plan...

Thanks for the info.

There's no firm plan for me at this time -- my typical approach is to ensure feasibility first, and then desirability. A possible scenario would be to fly into Leh, visit the...
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 10:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 637
Posted By gauvins

I don't remember the last time I've zipped my...

I don't remember the last time I've zipped my bag... and don't understand the logic of wanting to sleep on compressed down (i.e. w/o effective insulation). Am I missing something?
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 637
Posted By gauvins

Winter touring (clod weather)

I am starting to think about the possibility of touring in relatively cold weather. Nothing extreme but below freezing at night, around freezing during the day with the risk of exceptionally cold...
Forum: Touring
08-27-22, 06:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 727
Posted By gauvins

We've spent a month touring Yellowstone/Grand...

We've spent a month touring Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. My wife and I in a Big Agnes tiger wall and my daughter in a Zpacks duplex.

1. The Big Agnes suffered from condensation even more than the...
Forum: Touring
08-27-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

mev Thanks for the info. WRT road surface,...

mev Thanks for the info.

WRT road surface, yup, looks like one should expect a mixture of new tarmac, awful tarmac and dirt. I'd tend to bet on good tarmac at the moment, that'll degrade over...
Forum: Touring
08-27-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Well, wishful until it gets done. There could be...

Well, wishful until it gets done. There could be an opportunity in 2024.

I'll look into it fairly seriously. In the meantime I'll read about and scrape bits of info.
Forum: Touring
08-27-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

[Update] The situation in Russia, Western...

[Update]

The situation in Russia, Western China and Pakistan is such that Karakoram/Pamir highways have limited appeal for the time being (and foreseeable future).

Umling La, though, has...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 10:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Was it worth it or do you wish you'd taken a...

Was it worth it or do you wish you'd taken a different route?
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

May I ask why a road morph? (I've purchased a...

May I ask why a road morph? (I've purchased a mountain morph and will hunt o-rings this winter to repair my road morph)
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

WRT Pakistan and China, canadian advisories list...

WRT Pakistan and China, canadian advisories list both destination as places where you have to "exercise a high level of caution". There is a section devoted to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Interesting anecdote. Three observations: (1) I...

Interesting anecdote. Three observations: (1) I tend to be conservative, carrying spares for some critical components. (spare tire and tubes - obviously; spare chain; redundant cables and battery...
Forum: Touring
08-25-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Thanks for the data point. Yup. The...

Thanks for the data point.

Yup. The situation appears to be fluid. From what I understand, China has invested massively in a modern version of the silk road. This has a limited impact on the...
Forum: Touring
08-25-22, 05:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Hmmm highest has probably been 4000M - a rather...

Hmmm highest has probably been 4000M - a rather short walk starting from the Aconcagua's viewpoint on the road between Mendoza and Santiago. No problem whatsoever, but frankly no exertion either...
...
Forum: Touring
08-25-22, 08:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 997
Posted By gauvins

Karakoram / Pamir / Umling La

At this time, this is purely armchair touring. Yet... I am semi-seriously considering a RTW trip, probably over a few years (fly to/from endpoints). America and Europe are no brainers, Asia is more...
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