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Forum: Touring
12-03-23, 08:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,746
Posted By John N

Or it may be that he has banned so many people...

Or it may be that he has banned so many people that he lost significant income from that. Unfortunately, the site has become less and less relevant in the last few years. Though I truly wish him the...
Forum: Touring
04-10-23, 08:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By John N

To answer your question, yes, you can and in fact...

To answer your question, yes, you can and in fact you might see an improvement in bike stability if you have had "shimmy" issues. It could make it worse too. Just experiment and keep and eye out for...
Forum: Touring
04-07-23, 08:35 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,170
Posted By John N

Yes, I have and would again just show-up in LA,...

Yes, I have and would again just show-up in LA, NYC, and other major metro areas as they do not have 100% occupancy and there are a TON more options to stay.

However, you still have not said what...
Forum: Touring
04-05-23, 06:04 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,170
Posted By John N

I generally agree with what you say but what...

I generally agree with what you say but what would you do if you find yourself after a long day in the saddle that are in the middle of the Icefields, no campground has space, other campers/Rangers...
Forum: Touring
03-21-23, 12:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,609
Posted By John N

I love the ingenuity and capitalism of non "first...

I love the ingenuity and capitalism of non "first world" countries. In the USA, the government would shut down the road and spend $100 million and 3 years to replace the road all while the entire...
Forum: Touring
02-14-23, 08:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,527
Posted By John N

Mev, I REALLY like the Wind Rose website you...

Mev, I REALLY like the Wind Rose website you posted. Thanks!
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 883
Posted By John N

Right but then there is an annual "Program" Fee...

Right but then there is an annual "Program" Fee of $35 so unless you plan to use it each year, it is wasted. Plus, they are sticklers for making sure you cancel (not just suspend) or you WILL be...
Forum: Touring
11-25-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,163
Posted By John N

If you want a cool and very relaxed crossing into...

If you want a cool and very relaxed crossing into Mexico, cross here: https://goo.gl/maps/an1tv8rwV2chKHaw7 . It is a hand-pulled ferry crossing with very little traffic and a small border town so...
Forum: Touring
11-02-22, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By John N

No worries. We all do it :)

No worries. We all do it :)
Forum: Touring
11-02-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By John N

As mentioned in my original post, I have...

As mentioned in my original post, I have contacted the bus company but have not heard anything from them. I tried calling once but was on the old "music hold" for 20 minutes so hung up as it is an...
Forum: Touring
08-23-22, 08:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,345
Posted By John N

Actually, I just recently had the bike recovered....

Actually, I just recently had the bike recovered. Here are the details. https://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=17206.0

Tailwinds, John
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,362
Posted By John N

I have tried several and for the cost/benefit, I...

I have tried several and for the cost/benefit, I am a strong proponent of the cheap shower caps. A pack of 3 cost $1, they last for about 12 hours of riding and months of overnight protection, and...
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 06:24 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,122
Posted By John N

I would strongly consider an electric cargo bike....

I would strongly consider an electric cargo bike. Look into what dogs need as the pavement will wear them down quickly. Where do you plan to camp each night? The southeast is not that welcoming to...
Forum: Touring
03-27-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,463
Posted By John N

Nope, at least not before calling them and asking...

Nope, at least not before calling them and asking them what to do about the free tent. Called the sin of omission, James 4:17. Had to point it out due to the nature of this thread ;).
Forum: Touring
03-23-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,165
Posted By John N

Thanks for the response. So if I understand you...

Thanks for the response. So if I understand you correctly, you have nothing new to offer on how to safely transport a bike on an airline other other than say airlines will mangle your bikes. While I...
Forum: Touring
03-23-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,165
Posted By John N

We get it; airlines can damage bikes during...

We get it; airlines can damage bikes during transport. Since you seem to have a very rigid point of view about what not to do, what/how would you suggest packing a bike IF a bike box of any type is...
Forum: Touring
03-19-22, 04:47 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,200
Posted By John N

I got banned with no warning for simply clicking...

I got banned with no warning for simply clicking "Agree" to this sentence "People increasingly avoid the forums because a troll constantly injects political conspiracy theories no matter what topic...
Forum: Touring
03-01-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,603
Posted By John N

When we rode the GAP, we dropped the bikes in...

When we rode the GAP, we dropped the bikes in Pittsburgh at a hotel near a rental car place, rented a car, then drove our car and the rental car to Cumberland where we dropped our car at the...
Forum: Touring
02-23-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,463
Posted By John N

Why? Because the book is the Bible? Most of the...

Why? Because the book is the Bible? Most of the suggestions are the same as if it were any other book you could buy on your tour at the local bookstore. Granted, the OP is only concerned about a...
Forum: Touring
02-22-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,245
Posted By John N

Thanks. At this point I am leaning toward bikes...

Thanks. At this point I am leaning toward bikes that can handle both 700c and 650b. That way I can have narrow "paved" tires and wider "unpaved" tires depending on the tour. While I would guess...
Forum: Touring
02-22-22, 08:32 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,463
Posted By John N

I would suggest get any bible you want and then...

I would suggest get any bible you want and then take an old (or new) stuff sack and take it to a local seamstress and have them make you a custom fitted bag. I have had bags made that cost about $15...
Forum: Touring
02-18-22, 01:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,245
Posted By John N

Thanks for the info. I am leaning toward a bike...

Thanks for the info. I am leaning toward a bike that has capability for both 650 & 700 with the 700s being for all paved tours and the 650s for mix surface tours.
Forum: Touring
02-04-22, 08:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,653
Posted By John N

Pete, My wife basically makes me take the 2nd...

Pete,
My wife basically makes me take the 2nd generation of InReach (not the Mini 2) if I am on a remote tour without cell coverage by myself. We made our son (22 at the time I think) take one on...
Forum: Touring
12-27-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,406
Posted By John N

I guess it depends on your definition of...

I guess it depends on your definition of "practical". As I said, a simple Cue Sheet from Chicago to Milwaukee is 1 typed page. To me, that is not impractical.

Regardless, glad you are going to...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 01:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,994
Posted By John N

Years ago (maybe 6), I used an Amtrak bike box on...

Years ago (maybe 6), I used an Amtrak bike box on SWA. I had gone from an Amtrak ride to SWA. The bike had the regular SWA fee, whatever it was at the time. The bike got dumped upside down...
Forum: Touring
11-29-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,108
Posted By John N

Good for you!

Good for you!
Forum: Touring
11-24-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,439
Posted By John N

I saw a Big Agnes tent (a super-light version)...

I saw a Big Agnes tent (a super-light version) and a MSR Hubba Hubba each with a broken pole this summer. To me, I don't think poles are as durable as they used to be as everyone races to the bottom...
Forum: Touring
09-25-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,530
Posted By John N

There are tons of places that you can wire money...

There are tons of places that you can wire money to within probably 50 miles of most any populated place in the USA. Walmarts, Dollar Generals, convenience stores, grocery stores, Walgreens, truck...
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,157
Posted By John N

My point, which may not have come across as...

My point, which may not have come across as friendly as it was meant, was that sometimes we can over analyze stuff too much. I am guilty of it also. Lord, help me when I try to decide to buy a new...
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,157
Posted By John N

KC8, I think you might be over-analyzing...

KC8,

I think you might be over-analyzing this a bit too much. Graphs can look bad when they really are not. This has a CI of 40 (high end of Moderate). The "big climb" you mention at mile 25...
Forum: Touring
09-21-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,157
Posted By John N

[QUOTE=KC8QVO;22237435]John N Ah. Cool. That...

[QUOTE=KC8QVO;22237435]John N Ah. Cool.

That almost sounds like Google-type data collection, but if they are only gathering data off those users that upload data to Strava it would be a...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,157
Posted By John N

To clarify, Strava's Heat Map (and probably the...

To clarify, Strava's Heat Map (and probably the other heat maps too) are the aggregation of all submitted rides (bicycle miles), regardless of the number of riders, i.e. one rider submits the same 5...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,157
Posted By John N

I would think it would work with kilometers and...

I would think it would work with kilometers and meters also but the numbers might have a different range. Since I only deal in miles/feet, that is all I have tried.

While I totally understand your...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,255
Posted By John N

I do a lot of hybrid touring since a lot of my...

I do a lot of hybrid touring since a lot of my touring buddies are older. I just completed a short 8-day trip from Sioux Falls to La Crosse with an 80 year old who prefers indoor accommodations when...
Forum: Touring
02-15-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,383
Posted By John N

What about the KATY Trail? It goes from St....

What about the KATY Trail? It goes from St. Louis to either Clinton, MO, or Kansas City area. From either direction, you could continue on fairly low traffic roads, i.e. continue to Pueblo or...
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,792
Posted By John N

Just seeing who actually reads it :thumb:

Just seeing who actually reads it :thumb:
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,792
Posted By John N

While the recent posts have been nice, I will try...

While the recent posts have been nice, I will try to steer the post back a little towards food tips.

1) If you an egg person on a remote route, consider powdered eggs. Though not as good, they...
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,792
Posted By John N

TCS, I love spices. I used to carry them in...

TCS,

I love spices. I used to carry them in 35mm film canisters but now I just use the midget spice containers if I only need a little but of it, i.e. saffron, but a bigger container if needing...
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,792
Posted By John N

Alan, well get off the busy roads! I usually just...

Alan, well get off the busy roads! I usually just put up some flares and those road barricades. The barricades make great windblocks and you can lean against them. However, I suggest you make quick...
Forum: Touring
11-24-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,821
Posted By John N

On June 11, 2020, I bought the new ACA Parks...

On June 11, 2020, I bought the new ACA Parks Peaks and Prairie map set. Unfortunately, didn't get to go on that tour in late summer as I had hoped. And this is not about me only of course....
Forum: Touring
11-12-20, 12:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,821
Posted By John N

If it 17 pages to get out of NYC, then the cue...

If it 17 pages to get out of NYC, then the cue sheet writers need to clean it up. I can cross the country almost in 17 pages and I have pretty detailed cue sheets. Still I would much rather use a...
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,821
Posted By John N

ACA Discontinuing some Paper Maps

This came in the Adventure Cycling Association's November Newsletter:

"Our mapping department is discontinuing some paper maps, since in the past five years demand has increased for our digital...
Forum: Touring
09-21-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,930
Posted By John N

Why not just call Amtrak? Unless if someone has...

Why not just call Amtrak? Unless if someone has done this in the past few months, Covid may have changed the actual answer.

Tailwinds, John
Forum: Touring
09-06-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,144
Posted By John N

My emergency back up are baby wipes. Not as good...

My emergency back up are baby wipes. Not as good as a nice shower of course but 3-4 wipes (15 for a $1 or so) can get me reasonably clean except the hair. Fairly light, cheap, can find in most...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,353
Posted By John N

Insurance for Bicycle Tours | TravellingTwo:...

Insurance for Bicycle Tours | TravellingTwo: Bicycle Touring Around The World (http://travellingtwo.com/resources/insurance-for-bicycle-tours) is one source. Others have talked about the same thing...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,353
Posted By John N

I would read the fine print entirely and...

I would read the fine print entirely and carefully. There are most likely exclusions and/or limitations. For instance, a lot of policies exclude "extreme sports" and while we may not consider...
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