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Forum: Touring
07-31-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 523
Posted By jamawani

May I suggest a few classic films? "East of...

May I suggest a few classic films?

"East of Eden" with James Dean
"West Side Story" with Natalie Wood
"North by Northwest" with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint
"South Pacific" with music by...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,450
Posted By jamawani

I'm so glad Dan Burden was in Missoula and not...

I'm so glad Dan Burden was in Missoula and not Austin, Texas or Athens, Ohio.
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,450
Posted By jamawani

Are you 20, 40, 60 or 80? Do you have much...

Are you 20, 40, 60 or 80?
Do you have much touring experience?
Because it is way different riding a bike with 50 lbs of gear.

It sounds as though you have little experience in the West....
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,463
Posted By jamawani

Amtrak trains are frequently ,,,, frequently...

Amtrak trains are frequently ,,,, frequently late.
Also, summer timetables may involve arrival/departure time changes.
Forum: Touring
03-23-21, 12:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,979
Posted By jamawani

NWC - Glad to hear you are going to ride...

NWC -
Glad to hear you are going to ride X-USA, but you don't give us much to go on.
I doubt you are 19, but are you 45? 65? 85? It makes a difference.
Also, how much riding/touring experience do...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,257
Posted By jamawani

I use both. The mapping info available online...

I use both.
The mapping info available online is amazing.

The one thing about paper maps I love is to spread one out on the table and look at the big picture.
It's hard visualizing the big...
Forum: Touring
02-24-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,044
Posted By jamawani

SFG - Not entirely clear about some things. ...

SFG -

Not entirely clear about some things.
I'm guessing that if your daughter starts in mid May, you'd ride in late April/early May.
Also, the "68" in your username is probably not your...
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,425
Posted By jamawani

Well, here's one person who isn't on the Ortlieb...

Well, here's one person who isn't on the Ortlieb bandwagon.
And I have 35 years touring experience.
Although, I will admit that many people swear by them.

I prefer panniers with multiple pockets...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 02:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,418
Posted By jamawani

I disagreed with the entire premise of Bike Route...

I disagreed with the entire premise of Bike Route 66 - - precisely for the reasons you mentioned & more.
The US Highway 66 of song and lore hasn't existed for 50 years.
US 66, more than most US...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,418
Posted By jamawani

Rich - Welcome to the touring forums. I've done...

Rich - Welcome to the touring forums.
I've done routing for many years and can share some general ideas on routes.

ACA routes - especially the well-established ones like the Trans Am and Northern...
12-12-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 16,005
Posted By jamawani

A note about Nevada rumble strips - I have...

A note about Nevada rumble strips -

I have been in touch with Nevada DOT for many years about the design of their rumble strips.
Not only are they deeply cut, but they are continuous - without...
Forum: Touring
11-06-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 554
Posted By jamawani

Morton, Washington - A perfect town to camp in

Just wondering - -

Has anyone else camped at Backstrom Park in Morton, Washington?
The tent sites are right on the Tilton River, $15, hot showers.
The little town has a range of services right...
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,217
Posted By jamawani

Hostels were never quite as popular in the U.S....

Hostels were never quite as popular in the U.S. as they are in Europe.
But in the 1970s and 1980s American Youth Hostels (AYH) had more than 100, maybe 200.
I've long ago thrown out my guidebook,...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,324
Posted By jamawani

I view it as a question of access. Many in...

I view it as a question of access.

Many in the cycling argue for safe access on roadways for bicyclists.
There are frequent discussions about hiker/biker campsites or a "No turn-away" policy in...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,324
Posted By jamawani

Touring, Health Insurance, and Tough Questions

The possibility of illness or injury on a longer bike tour has been discussed often.
It is even more germane now with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
When touring internationally, many...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,165
Posted By jamawani

But you live in a civilized country.

But you live in a civilized country.
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,165
Posted By jamawani

Hello ??? Are you aware that a growing...

Hello ???

Are you aware that a growing number of states are reinstituting a 14 day quarantine?
For some states there is a list of restricted states, other states have a blanket quarantine.

I...
Forum: Touring
06-26-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,985
Posted By jamawani

Mike - A number of states that had reopened parks...

Mike - A number of states that had reopened parks are shutting them back down.
Also,, stores, motels, and restaurants may face new limitations.
It's just impossible to say where things will be 2 -...
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By jamawani

June 15 - Madiison - Oct 18 June 17 - Grant...

June 15 - Madiison - Oct 18
June 17 - Grant Village - Sept 13
June 17 - Bridge Bay - Sept 7
June 19 - Canyon - Sept 20
July 1 - All others - late Sept to mid Oct
(Tower & Fishing Bridge closed...
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,303
Posted By jamawani

That's why there are tents.

That's why there are tents.
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,610
Posted By jamawani

There is the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge - which...

There is the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge -
which is a low-slung, combined railroad bridge.
Ugly as sin.
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 05:56 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,157
Posted By jamawani

US 36? Why? When there are far better...

US 36?

Why? When there are far better choices.
You haven't said, but I'm guessing you are going between Denver and K.C. metros.
I did grad work in Lawrence and live in Wyoming.
I know the...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 03:31 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,157
Posted By jamawani

Back in 1987, halfway through my first X-USA trip...

Back in 1987, halfway through my first X-USA trip in Nebraska
I saw a guy pedaling westbound on a three speed, wearing oxford shoes, and with plastic kiddy panniers.
He only had a tarp and asked to...
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,712
Posted By jamawani

The corn growing ...

The corn growing ...
Forum: Touring
11-03-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,807
Posted By jamawani

In the West you can have chilled water all day -...

In the West you can have chilled water all day - - cheap, easily.
A wet sock not only provides evaporative cooling, but blocks the sun.
My experience is that water is up to 40 degrees cooler - i.e....
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,319
Posted By jamawani

Nevada has airport runway downhill stretches in...

Nevada has airport runway downhill stretches in lots of places with very little traffic.
With my Trek 8000 Aluminum frame - I probably topped 45 mph loaded down.
It was rock solid, 26", used 1.95...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,254
Posted By jamawani

I hear you Raybo. But if I have to bark out...

I hear you Raybo.
But if I have to bark out orders like a drill sergeant,
and have a 17-page contract like a Hollywood pre-nup,
then I'm not so sure I want to host.
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,254
Posted By jamawani

I work largely from my home. And the office is...

I work largely from my home.
And the office is also the spare bedroom with a double futon.

I tell people that the guest room is my office.
And I tell them that I need to get started by 8:00....
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 05:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,627
Posted By jamawani

Nearly all state departments of transportation...

Nearly all state departments of transportation have traffic volume information online.
It is usually referred to as AADT - average annual daily traffic.
Some states now have interactive map apps.
...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,030
Posted By jamawani

Ah, Monsieur Staehpj, Le Greyhound is a...

Ah, Monsieur Staehpj,

Le Greyhound is a rather fearsome beast.

I have had a few encounters and seek to avoid the dog if at all possible.
As one of our co-conspirators here says, "Riding the...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,731
Posted By jamawani

Memorial Day Snow in Wyoming

For years I have tried to warn folks from London and Atlanta and Sidney that May touring in the Rockies is risky.
This week, the mountains of Wyoming are getting FEET of snow. Heavy, wet, brutal...
Forum: Touring
04-27-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,606
Posted By jamawani

Oh, let's be real. When I am soaking wet,...

Oh, let's be real.

When I am soaking wet, drenched like a wet dog - and finally make it to a c-store -
And somebody says, "Little bit wet out today, eh?" -
It is a miracle that I am not up on...
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,606
Posted By jamawani

Tot ziens!

Tot ziens!
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 04:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,606
Posted By jamawani

I have the power to bring rain wherever I tour. ...

I have the power to bring rain wherever I tour.
I am going to change careers to "rainmaker".
Sorry to hear.
Forum: Touring
04-15-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,942
Posted By jamawani

Touring Cyclist, Johann Astner, Killed

On Monday, April 8, Johann Astner was hit while riding and killed just north of Portales, NM.
New Mexico State Police initially released erroneous information about his nationality.
At present,...
Forum: Touring
05-04-16, 06:50 AM
Replies: 1,526
Views: 266,341
Posted By jamawani

CGOAB rocks. If you want to see good bicycle...

CGOAB rocks.
If you want to see good bicycle touring photos - -
Plus, if you are interested in reading, indeed, reading - -
It is the go-to website.

Kudos to Neil
Forum: Touring
05-04-16, 06:09 AM
Replies: 1,526
Views: 266,341
Posted By jamawani

Neil is absolutely right. If people are going...

Neil is absolutely right.
If people are going to disparage him and Crazyguy - then he has the right to respond.
Neil has made a major contribution to the touring community -
And some people who...
Forum: Touring
04-23-06, 09:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,361
Posted By jamawani

I've done it both ways! (O.K., so arrest me.) ...

I've done it both ways! (O.K., so arrest me.)

I've ridden across the U.S. twice on a touring bike and four times on my Trek 8000 that I converted to touring. And I've been touring on the Trek...
Forum: Touring
03-16-06, 11:23 AM
Replies: 355
Views: 352,763
Posted By jamawani

Chilled Water on Your Tour No need to spend...

Chilled Water on Your Tour

No need to spend $15 for an insulated water bottle that holds half the water.
An old sock works much better and is cheaper.
And if you have two water bottles, you can...
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