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Forum: Touring
05-20-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 720
Posted By axolotl

The hell I can't!:) While I haven't toured...

The hell I can't!:)

While I haven't toured around the Veloroute des Bleuets, I have been on parts of it next to Lac St. Jean and I thought the scenery was disappointing. Maybe the north side is...
Forum: Touring
05-20-22, 10:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 966
Posted By axolotl

That is a fun article with one minor error, and 2...

That is a fun article with one minor error, and 2 glaring omissions. The minor error is attributing cayenne pepper to Africa. All chile pepper species are endemic to the Americas, though now...
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 720
Posted By axolotl

Here's one for Le P'tit Train du Nord, a...

Here's one for Le P'tit Train du Nord, a wonderful rail-trail which starts just north of Montreal:

https://ptittraindunord.com/en/
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 966
Posted By axolotl

That 1st photo looks like the biosphere area. ...

That 1st photo looks like the biosphere area. Further north in Puebla state, the landscape was flatter and the desert flora was more diverse.

There's a road from Zacatecas to San Luis Potosi...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 966
Posted By axolotl

I'm curious if the "biiiiiiiiig open plain areas...

I'm curious if the "biiiiiiiiig open plain areas in central Mexico" were in Puebla state? I recall that there are some pretty desert landscapes south of the city of Puebla on the way to Oaxaca....
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 01:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 966
Posted By axolotl

I don't recall a photography museum there. I was...

I don't recall a photography museum there. I was there about 6 years ago. The zocalo was mostly closed off due to construction.

Were you touring in Hidalgo? It's pretty mountainous. I wasn't...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 966
Posted By axolotl

I think that the pasty was a perfect food for...

I think that the pasty was a perfect food for miners to carry with them into the mines for their lunch, since I'm guessing they didn't exit the mine until their shift was over. Pasties are compact,...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 966
Posted By axolotl

By far, the tastiest pasties I ever had were in...

By far, the tastiest pasties I ever had were in Hidalgo state in Mexico. Miners from Cornwall came to Hidalgo in the 19th century. There are lots of pasty shops in Hidalgo state. (It's spelled...
Forum: Touring
05-04-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,181
Posted By axolotl

You sound like an extremely strong cyclist,...

You sound like an extremely strong cyclist, rebayona. I toured in Colombia in early 2019. I flew into Medellin and biked from a small town south of Medellin to Armenia (the town in Colombia, not...
Forum: Touring
05-01-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,723
Posted By axolotl

I've toured on Corsica and detailed my experience...

I've toured on Corsica and detailed my experience in post #10. Except for the east coast, the coastal roads in Corsica are not flat. Except for the east coast, the traffic levels were light (in...
Forum: Touring
04-29-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Posted By axolotl

Consumer Cellular uses either the AT&T network or...

Consumer Cellular uses either the AT&T network or T-Mobile network. Your SIM card determines which network your phone will use as a CC customer. Consumer Cellular phones will only work outside of the...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,723
Posted By axolotl

The OP asked "which planning system do you...

The OP asked "which planning system do you trust?" in the context of a tour in France. The key word there is "planning", and for me at least, the big picture of a paper map is vastly superior for...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 433
Posted By axolotl

I've only toured on the western part of Hwy 12,...

I've only toured on the western part of Hwy 12, but have driven a car on more of it. It's certainly doable between Panguitch and Boulder. There are services and water available periodically. I...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,723
Posted By axolotl

I'm not convinced there is more info overall on...

I'm not convinced there is more info overall on electronic maps, especially for planning purposes. You can't get the big picture and lay of the land on a phone or even a laptop. Paper maps like...
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,723
Posted By axolotl

What "planning system" do I trust? Detailed paper...

What "planning system" do I trust? Detailed paper maps, which are readily available for all of France including Corsica. My favorites are IGN (Institut Geographique National), but Michelin are...
Forum: Touring
04-12-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 869
Posted By axolotl

I've been a member for many years. I've mostly...

I've been a member for many years. I've mostly hosted, but I've stayed with hosts a handful of times. All of my experiences have been very good, and several have been outstanding. The "feedback"...
Forum: Touring
04-01-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 402
Posted By axolotl

I think it's possible but not simple. There are...

I think it's possible but not simple. There are non-Thalys trains from Lille to Amsterdam. BTW, Lille is a nice town and worth a visit. I think that the Belgian train site may be easier to use in...
Forum: Touring
03-23-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,357
Posted By axolotl

I biked the route (but from south to north)...

I biked the route (but from south to north) suggested by Jamawani across Crow's Nest pass, then Going to the Sun Road, Missoula, and I think the same route you have planned between Yellowstone and...
Forum: Touring
03-19-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,068
Posted By axolotl

I had no idea that CGOAB had forums until...

I had no idea that CGOAB had forums until somebody posted something here about them a year or so ago. I have never posted anything on CGOAB, nor have I ever registered on that site. After reading...
Forum: Touring
03-01-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,866
Posted By axolotl

OP, if you're a warmshowers member, you could try...

OP, if you're a warmshowers member, you could try contacting members in the Pittsburgh area and ask if you could park at their home. I once received a request like that and a group of 4 cyclists left...
Forum: Touring
02-02-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,043
Posted By axolotl

How's your Spanish? Here's a list of some...

How's your Spanish? Here's a list of some recommened biking routes in Spain. You can use google translate or something similar if needed:...
Forum: Touring
01-23-22, 07:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 993
Posted By axolotl

In DC along the Potomac, there's a bike path...

In DC along the Potomac, there's a bike path sidewalk that's a continuation of the Rock Creek bike path going down river after the intersection of Rock Creek Pkwy & Virginia Ave. It goes right along...
Forum: Touring
01-23-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 993
Posted By axolotl

There are a lot of great trails in the DC area....

There are a lot of great trails in the DC area. On the Virginia side of the river, the paved Mount Vernon trail goes all the way to Mount Vernon, passing thru "Old Town" Alexandria. The paved W&OD...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,122
Posted By axolotl

I've been riding on Schwalbe Marathons for years...

I've been riding on Schwalbe Marathons for years and have found them to be superior to all other tires I used previously. I haven't noticed any traction issues under wet conditions. FWIW, I'm a...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,459
Posted By axolotl

To successfully pack a Bike Friday into a...

To successfully pack a Bike Friday into a suitcase so that it both fits and is protected, it has to be packed in a specific way. My 2 NWTs, produced almost 2 decades apart, each pack slightly...
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,459
Posted By axolotl

I have no problems getting my old NWT into the...

I have no problems getting my old NWT into the <62" Carlton suitcase. The very 1st time may have seemed a little bit daunting, but I can do it in my sleep now. I packed it in the suitcase and flew...
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 04:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,459
Posted By axolotl

Most BF models including the NWT are custom made....

Most BF models including the NWT are custom made.

I have a 22 year old NWT and I ordered it with a 62" suitcase made by Carlton. My frame size is about 51cm/20". I don't have a model name for...
Forum: Touring
12-16-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,425
Posted By axolotl

I toured in Scotland, mostly the west coast, in...

I toured in Scotland, mostly the west coast, in the first half of June many years ago. The narrow one-lane roads with passing pullouts for cars were not a problem because traffic was light and...
Forum: Touring
12-09-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,158
Posted By axolotl

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/2009_0602mexico_spain0053_23ce04a57a16212d4b95c6775d88a87a9fcd07c9.jpg...
Forum: Touring
12-09-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,158
Posted By axolotl

I wasn't camping myself, but I met a couple of...

I wasn't camping myself, but I met a couple of other cyclists who complained that many campgrounds weren't open yet for the season. This was in late May and I met them near the coast, which means it...
Forum: Touring
12-07-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 740
Posted By axolotl

There might be, but I've never seen a bike shop...

There might be, but I've never seen a bike shop there which rented touring bikes. Bike touring is not a popular activity among Mexicans, in my experience. Mexico City does have a shared bike...
Forum: Touring
12-07-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,158
Posted By axolotl

I've toured in northern Spain, though not...

I've toured in northern Spain, though not specifically the Camino, which doesn't interest me. Northern Spain has few flat roads, and that includes coastal areas. Also, northwestern Spain in...
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,263
Posted By axolotl

The OP is not limited to my top gear. A Bike...

The OP is not limited to my top gear. A Bike Friday NWT is custom-built for each rider. A customer can get any gearing or components that he or she wants. I got what I wanted. I made some gearing...
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,351
Posted By axolotl

Here are the current travel restrictions and...

Here are the current travel restrictions and rules for visiting Thailand:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/thailand-travel-covid-19/index.html

Arrival procedures:...
Forum: Touring
11-08-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,263
Posted By axolotl

That is not correct. I've got pretty much the...

That is not correct. I've got pretty much the same gearing at the high & low end that I've got on my old Bridgestone touring bike. My newest NWT has 50-39-30 chainrings, with a 11-32 9 speed...
Forum: Touring
11-07-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,263
Posted By axolotl

I put my panniers, handlebar bag, & helmet in a...

I put my panniers, handlebar bag, & helmet in a duffel bag. I've got a duffel bag with wheels, so it's easy to handle.

I converted my BF suitcase to a trailer on one occasion. A friend & I were...
Forum: Touring
11-07-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,351
Posted By axolotl

Northern Thailand is great in January. It's the...

Northern Thailand is great in January. It's the dry season in the north, and northern Thailand is far enough from the equator that it has much more comfortable temperatures from December to February...
Forum: Touring
11-07-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,263
Posted By axolotl

I've toured in that region on a Bike Friday NWT a...

I've toured in that region on a Bike Friday NWT a few times, the last time (4 years ago) with 2 other friends who also rode NWTs. We used panniers and credit card toured on that trip. We left our...
Forum: Touring
11-04-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,535
Posted By axolotl

I biked Le P'tit Train du Nord perhaps 15 years...

I biked Le P'tit Train du Nord perhaps 15 years ago. I parked in the big free parking area at the southern terminus and had reserved a shuttle to take me and my bike to the northern terminus, Mont...
Forum: Touring
10-25-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,456
Posted By axolotl

So, there was nothing at all worthwhile in any of...

So, there was nothing at all worthwhile in any of the 6 other Brooks saddle threads you've started?

https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/1239301-worn-brooks-saddle.html
...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 05:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,746
Posted By axolotl

You've made 577 posts, of which a whopping 346...

You've made 577 posts, of which a whopping 346 were new threads you've started. You usually never reply to questions or posts in your threads. You start new discussions about the same things,...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,464
Posted By axolotl

I don't see why you couldn't tour on it. It's...

I don't see why you couldn't tour on it. It's essentially a hybrid with moustache handlebars. Be aware, however, that it only has a double crankset, so you won't have a super-low gear. I've never...
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By axolotl

If you're a warmshowers member, I suggest you...

If you're a warmshowers member, I suggest you contact someone in warmshowers who lives in the region and ask if you can leave your car there while you tour. There appear to be at least 2 members who...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By axolotl

Few cyclists on this forum use tour operators. ...

Few cyclists on this forum use tour operators. You're more likely to find information about a tour operator on Tripadvisor.

FWIW, I toured on Sri Lanka (self-organized) about 15 years ago. Great...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,468
Posted By axolotl

That would be the Haskell Free Library & Opera...

That would be the Haskell Free Library & Opera House, deliberately built astride the border, partially in Derby Line, VT, and partially in Stanstead, QC. Construction was completed in 1904.
...
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,468
Posted By axolotl

Both the US & Canada will deny entry to each...

Both the US & Canada will deny entry to each other's citizen if they have a drunk driving offense. I hosted a young warmshowers guest from California. He and his half-brother biked up the coast,...
Forum: Touring
08-08-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,468
Posted By axolotl

In the 40 or so countries I've been to, the only...

In the 40 or so countries I've been to, the only border agent I ever had a problem with was a Canadian agent. He interrogated me for half an hour in a small, windowless room. He yelled at me numerous...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,046
Posted By axolotl

Hilarious!

Hilarious!
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,046
Posted By axolotl

I've never noticed that "hotel water" tastes any...

I've never noticed that "hotel water" tastes any different from tap water anywhere else in a town, or that it tastes "horrible" simply becomes it comes out of a tap in a hotel. The entire premise of...
Forum: Touring
07-14-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,823
Posted By axolotl

Sign at a trailhead in Kenai Fjords National Park...

Sign at a trailhead in Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Note the language after "IF A BEAR ATTACKS"

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