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Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,183
Posted By mev

I had that happen once as well as a near miss or...

I had that happen once as well as a near miss or two.

The time it happened I was flying from Portland Oregon to Bangalore via Seattle and Frankfort. The international flights on Lufthansa let me...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,091
Posted By mev

As far as averages go, I like to use...

As far as averages go, I like to use weatherspark.com which also gives 75% and 90% percentile bands for temperatures. In general, I look more at the 90% percentile band and make sure I am set for...
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,183
Posted By mev

My first trip across the US, I started in...

My first trip across the US, I started in Astoria. For that trip, I flew into Portland, rented a car and dropped it off in Astoria.
I have also cycled both directions between Eugene/Florence and...
Forum: Touring
07-12-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,017
Posted By mev

...and then there is the following sign I found...

...and then there is the following sign I found on the Dalton Highway cycling past Joy, AK....
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,017
Posted By mev

I've bought bear spray once, and would consider...

I've bought bear spray once, and would consider it on an off-road trip - where there is greater chance of coming around a corner and startling both a bear and myself. However, generally wouldn't if...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 902
Posted By mev

Pretty much all my bikes have been used for...

Pretty much all my bikes have been used for touring and for commuting. The one I commute on most often is a Trek 4500 mountain bike that went from British Columbia to tip of South America as well as...
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,091
Posted By mev

I remember ~2 inches of snow on a backpacking...

I remember ~2 inches of snow on a backpacking trip in Colorado in August. At high elevations you can get this even in summer. However, by September you start to get into shoulder season. Storms...
Forum: Touring
06-22-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,816
Posted By mev

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/651x474/547_1411bc9655dc7a0ffed467e24476953c411598b6.jpg
How often are the turns?
For much of my touring, I won't have much in the way of...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By mev

On my 2016 trip, I had Adventure Cycling send the...

On my 2016 trip, I had Adventure Cycling send the last two Southern Tier maps to Socorro, NM "General Delivery" once I figured I was going to parallel that route for a while. I still had a set from...
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,605
Posted By mev

Seems reasonable. I have had up to 3 flats...

Seems reasonable.

I have had up to 3 flats in a day while touring and once on San Diego Christmas Ride had 6 flats. Cycling TDA across Africa the record for one of my fellow cyclists was 11 flats...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,097
Posted By mev

It is cooler along the coast, than brief bits...

It is cooler along the coast, than brief bits where you are inland. The ocean currents keep things cool, but also moderate against large temperature swings.

Using Fort Bragg as a proxy for climate...
Forum: Touring
06-10-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,097
Posted By mev

Your counterparts in Alberta call them Texas...

Your counterparts in Alberta call them Texas Gates or Passage Rouleaux. In the US, I typically see the term cattle grates....
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,097
Posted By mev

The parts I enjoyed most were between Astoria and...

The parts I enjoyed most were between Astoria and Pismo Beach, California.

So immediately south of San Francisco is interesting. I didn't enjoy areas leading into and south of Santa Barbara as...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,097
Posted By mev

Eugene can work fine. There is a reasonable...

Eugene can work fine. There is a reasonable airport and route 126 from there to the coast worked fine when I did it (by now a long time ago, 1998).

That year I was living in San Jose and did the...
Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 805
Posted By mev

One summer I worked from Bangalore India and...

One summer I worked from Bangalore India and ended up one weekend with a local cycling group on a weekend trip they made. There were about 35 participants, though I think I was the only one that...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 805
Posted By mev

9 hour train ride Cleveland to Chicago 6 hour...

9 hour train ride Cleveland to Chicago
6 hour train ride to Chicago to Cincinnati

add a layover to make it a 24-hour journey of ~600 miles when the more direct distance is ~250 miles. Include...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 805
Posted By mev

I'm curious why renting isn't feasible, since...

I'm curious why renting isn't feasible, since that would be what I would otherwise suggest, e.g.
- rent a uhaul or other truck sufficiently large to carry bikes and gear.
- rent a 15 passenger van...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,002
Posted By mev

What in the world is your equipment list that...

What in the world is your equipment list that totals 600 pounds? What are you planning on bringing with you that adds up to this much weight?

Are you planning on sleeping in the trailer? If so...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,914
Posted By mev

See the right chainstay as well as the flame...

See the right chainstay as well as the flame marks?
It was cracked and then welded..

The frame itself was part of a bike I bought ~2013, flew to India and used in several summers when I visited...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,914
Posted By mev

I am going to question some of the premise behind...

I am going to question some of the premise behind this. I have done my share of tours and had my set of failures... everything from cracked frames, failed hubs, broken rims, snapped cables, burst...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 680
Posted By mev

By the way, will you be able to get your bike off...

By the way, will you be able to get your bike off in Raton?

Looking at the Amtrak site for bicycle service - https://www.amtrak.com/onboard/bring-your-bicycle-onboard.html The Southwest Chief...
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 680
Posted By mev

I drive between Raton and Clayton NM at least...

I drive between Raton and Clayton NM at least once or twice a year as it is between Austin and family in CO.

It is an arid region and at slightly higher elevation so a lot of open ranchland and...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 543
Posted By mev

Here is a Weatherspark comparison with both...

Here is a Weatherspark comparison with both Brownsville and Ciudad Victoria roughly in lowlands: ...
Forum: Touring
05-23-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 685
Posted By mev

As far as the "Yikes" goes, I'll offer a counter...

As far as the "Yikes" goes, I'll offer a counter point...

I grew up in Northern Colorado and was back last year for five weeks including several weekends cycling. I was in Boulder but cycled...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 685
Posted By mev

Are you wanting to spend time in Denver or mostly...

Are you wanting to spend time in Denver or mostly depart from there? Are you wanting to ride from airport or your end destination?

There are multiple possibilities, but here is roughly what I...
Forum: Touring
05-17-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,357
Posted By mev

+1 I don't have much experience with SAG but...

+1

I don't have much experience with SAG but do have some more experience with multiple cyclists who don't always ride together lock-step but meet up through the day. In that context, my...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 991
Posted By mev

Weatherspark can give you a profile of typical...

Weatherspark can give you a profile of typical wind directions. Here for example is Garden City, KS as a proxy:...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 991
Posted By mev

I don't see the uphill as being a big issue,...

I don't see the uphill as being a big issue, however depending on your thoughts of wind - an alternative could be to go north from St Louis to Omaha and take Amtrak back. Don't have to decide right...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,420
Posted By mev

Working brakes are more important than you...

Working brakes are more important than you think...

First tour was in college. Overall plan was to cycle from Boston to tip of Cape Cod and take the ferry back. I was the leader in that I had...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,413
Posted By mev

In the scheme of things, 3500ft isn't much over...

In the scheme of things, 3500ft isn't much over ~1000km between Vancouver/Calgary. Winds can be variable and adjust. I could see doing it either direction but if it were a case of more consistent...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By mev

+1 If you have a choice, getting them with...

+1

If you have a choice, getting them with places printed in more than one language can be helpful, e.g. Chinese or Cyrillic as appropriate. Almost inevitably, my accent and pronunciation is...
Forum: Touring
05-03-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By mev

Roads are probably not the first thing I think of...

Roads are probably not the first thing I think of for an expedition like this.

Instead, I start by looking at larger pieces as a whole, e.g.

1. Which countries enable visa access and for how...
Forum: Touring
04-30-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 944
Posted By mev

Two general inputs to explore: * Cape Cod...

Two general inputs to explore:

* Cape Cod including Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard
* Potentially do a hub/spoke or stay in one spot two nights and then go 20 miles to next spot
My knowledge of Cape...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,912
Posted By mev

For that trip, mosquitoes were not an issue in...

For that trip, mosquitoes were not an issue in first few days. It was too cold. I did have places later in the Dalton and down the Alaska Highway where there were localized areas with a fair number...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,912
Posted By mev

More experience than advice... First day...

More experience than advice...
First day leaving Prudhoe Bay it was just around freezing with a wet precipitation coming down. It wasn't snowing/raining particularly hard and I had following for...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,912
Posted By mev

Not sure I have the best solutions, but here is...

Not sure I have the best solutions, but here is what I've found:

There is a difference between warm rain I've encountered more in the east of the US/Canada and cold rain I've gotten more in the...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,037
Posted By mev

I haven't used RWGPS too much for elevation, but...

I haven't used RWGPS too much for elevation, but every once in a while, I've found Google Maps to have an interesting discontinuity.
For example, can't reproduce it when I try now, but last summer I...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,002
Posted By mev

Same trip but a littler further north on the...

Same trip but a littler further north on the Cassiar Highway. The bear below was munching on vegetation on side of the road. I passed on the other side of the highway. Prior to that, I went to see...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,002
Posted By mev

I remember that incident. My sister-in-law had a...

I remember that incident. My sister-in-law had a motel in West Glacier less than 10 miles from where it happened. I cycled through the area in late August and visited with her. While I hadn't seen...
Forum: Touring
04-20-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,800
Posted By mev

I think we'll just differ on this one. These...

I think we'll just differ on this one.

These sorts of roads are not that uncommon. As an example, following is a photo I took in Baja of the main road headed south. I don't ride in extreme...
Forum: Touring
04-20-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,800
Posted By mev

I also don't have a photo, but recall the same. ...

I also don't have a photo, but recall the same. Looked at my journal and found the following:

"July 5th - This morning I was up early, carefully packed my tent and set off. US 50 had these...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,800
Posted By mev

+1 This definitely is the type of situation...

+1

This definitely is the type of situation I would be monitoring my mirror - as well as looking ahead. I'll ride out of the debris zone on right side of crumbling pavement, but I wouldn't be...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,800
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: 22
Views: 1,425
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: 26
Views: 2,449
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: 1,977
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: 1,657
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: 1,977
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: 47
Views: 4,702
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: 52
Views: 4,002
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....
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