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Forum: Touring
09-25-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,085
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: 38
Views: 1,038
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: 38
Views: 1,038
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
09-23-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,085
Posted By John N

If you are strongly a cash-only type person, I...

If you are strongly a cash-only type person, I guess you could have a spouse, relative, good friend, etc. send money to you every two to three weeks. Walmart, Western Union, MoneyGram, and others...
Forum: Touring
09-21-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 788
Posted By John N

Did not say it was representative of most state...

Did not say it was representative of most state parks but the charge for a non-resident is definitely a common occurrence nationwide in my 45+ years of touring. Most charge about $5-$10 difference...
Forum: Touring
09-21-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,038
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
09-21-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 788
Posted By John N

I get (but don't like) why states tax out of...

I get (but don't like) why states tax out of state people more than locals. A lot of places do, state & county. I just think the spread in Mass. is way too much. I would avoid Mass. based on this...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,038
Posted By John N

When I spoke somewhat in depth about the data...

When I spoke somewhat in depth about the data with the Strava marketing team at an international transportation convention about 3 or 4 years ago, they said then the data was updated yearly on a...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,038
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: 38
Views: 1,038
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
09-18-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,038
Posted By John N

Another method

Interesting read. For years, basically ever since I could get a computerized estimated total of miles and elevation, I have used the Climbing Index method. Basically, just take the total elevation...
Forum: Touring
08-18-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,248
Posted By John N

Again, to me RWGPS is just using the crappy data...

Again, to me RWGPS is just using the crappy data that is out there, just like OSM Cycle does. Yes, I wish the data was accuate but if it is their sources that are bad. They are only showing what...
Forum: Touring
08-18-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,248
Posted By John N

I just always cross reference Google's satellite...

I just always cross reference Google's satellite view if in doubt. Except for areas of the country that use a more bluish/black gravel (like the Palouse area of Washington) I can almost always tell...
Forum: Touring
08-18-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,248
Posted By John N

I don't seem to have it the new "feature" on all my routes

I have the free version. I looked at my settings and the "Surfaces" line is missing on some routes. Some of the newest created routes are non-Surfaces but almost all of the older ones are Surfaces....
Forum: Touring
07-30-21, 04:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,048
Posted By John N

This same map can be overlayed on ACA's...

This same map can be overlayed on ACA's interactive map (https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/interactive-network-map/?routecondition) (if needed, click...
Forum: Touring
07-24-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,483
Posted By John N

Due to a medical issue, it is strongly suggested...

Due to a medical issue, it is strongly suggested I do not drink water from any cities with less than 100k people. I am not saying smaller towns can not have safe water, but I don't want to do the...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,090
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
05-29-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 17,912
Posted By John N

Easy. It is just like normal except you have a...

Easy. It is just like normal except you have a thumb screw on the external shifting box. Adds maybe 30 seconds. Shifter cables on the other hand are a bit of a pain to change. More nerve wrecking...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 17,912
Posted By John N

Agree with Tourist

I too have multiple bikes with a variety of drives including traditionally derailleur, Rohloff with chain, and Rohloff with belt. Can't justify a Pinon yet.

If I only did paved touring (not club...
Forum: Touring
05-23-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By John N

Tom, Here are some routes I did about 5...

Tom,

Here are some routes I did about 5 years ago. I re-created the routes on RWGPS based on my notes. Take them for what it is worth. Where specifically are you going in Nebraska? Do you...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,572
Posted By John N

Being from Oklahoma, I will have to give it a...

Being from Oklahoma, I will have to give it a watch.
Forum: Touring
03-31-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,659
Posted By John N

Consider making a ground cloth of Tyvek. It is...

Consider making a ground cloth of Tyvek. It is very light weight and extremely durable. Initially, it will have loud "scrunching" sound but that disappears significantly as it is used.

Tailwinds,...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,422
Posted By John N

Yes it would be possible. One definite way to do...

Yes it would be possible. One definite way to do it without any type of navigation would be to start on the east coast and ALWAYS turn right (or left, just the same direction) whenever possible at...
Forum: Touring
02-18-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,550
Posted By John N

Rich, ACA has an app that you can use on...

Rich,

ACA has an app that you can use on your phone that gives the route and the services shown on the map. I think it is called Bicycle Navigator. It only works with ACA routes which must be...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,782
Posted By John N

I actually think you run a fairly high risk of...

I actually think you run a fairly high risk of having the SAG rear ended at high speed. A slow moving car is not as "noticeable" as bike as a bike is more unusual so it grabs the attention better. ...
Forum: Touring
02-15-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,360
Posted By John N

Agree. Based on the video, it appears you could...

Agree. Based on the video, it appears you could hike-a-bike through it. However, I am sure if any construction people are there they would not allow it. I actually think it would be cool if...
Forum: Touring
02-15-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,765
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
02-15-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,765
Posted By John N

It depends on the country. My son is one of...

It depends on the country. My son is one of those crab fisherman you see on TV (doing it right now in fact). He works about 6-7 months of the year on and off depending on what is in season. During...
Forum: Touring
02-01-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,464
Posted By John N

Bad link

I can't get the link to open.
Forum: Touring
01-30-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By John N

Interesting bike but to me it is needs more...

Interesting bike but to me it is needs more braze-ons/mounts and as Tourist said, it does not seem it can carry much weight when needed. I love the long stays. My Robert Beckman has really long...
Forum: Touring
01-24-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By John N

Take the "s" out of your https web address as it...

Take the "s" out of your https web address as it will be rejected "because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified." I deleted the "s" and it connected.
01-24-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 215
Posted By John N

Connecting GDMBR to Waterton via Akamina-Kishinena Trail

I posted this over on the Touring Forum but didn't get much response so I thought I would post here as well. This is a long-shot but I figure it is worth trying.

I am looking at doing a...
Forum: Touring
01-24-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By John N

Thanks for the info! Yes, I always plan on about...

Thanks for the info! Yes, I always plan on about 15% rest/makeup/sightseeing days on average. Once I get the route worked out, I will get a more detailed ideas as to how many days to include but...
Forum: Touring
01-23-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By John N

DLB, yes it is the Herbie. The riders I have met...

DLB, yes it is the Herbie. The riders I have met have all said the Herbie keeps the chain very clean and lubricated. About the time I was going to get one, I came across a belt-drive Rohloff...
Forum: Touring
01-23-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By John N

DJB, I have belt drives on some of my bikes so...

DJB, I have belt drives on some of my bikes so really don't worry about that too much. The Thorn has a Rohloff chain drive and I don't use that bike that much but may use it for this trip noted...
Forum: Touring
01-23-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By John N

Connecting GDMBR to Waterton via Akamina-Kishinena Trail

This is a long-shot but I figure it is worth trying here. I am looking at doing a Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, to Mexico tour in 2022, a mix of pavement to singletrack. While I know at least one or two riders...
Forum: Touring
01-10-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,683
Posted By John N

Thanks. By "trails", I mean off-road routing,...

Thanks. By "trails", I mean off-road routing, i.e. rail trail or separate paths for bikes only. I see a lot of the route south of Troy is comprised of trails but no so much north of Troy where, to...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,683
Posted By John N

Papa Tom, so it more of a route than a trail?

Papa Tom, so it more of a route than a trail?
Forum: Touring
12-31-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,112
Posted By John N

I agree with some of the others. If you need to...

I agree with some of the others. If you need to save a few bucks, buy them on eBay. Even new unused ones are sold for 50% off. You have to be a bit patience but it is definitely possible to buy...
Forum: Touring
12-23-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 730
Posted By John N

You might try to see if you can find an old pair...

You might try to see if you can find an old pair of Phil Wood pedals on eBay. They are pretty decent flat pedals but do not have "spikes" (which can be a positive or a negative depending on your...
Forum: Touring
12-11-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,261
Posted By John N

This is what I was thinking about but could not...

This is what I was thinking about but could not remember what it was. I guess I combined the mythical dehydrated water with this one in my mine. Thanks for the memories.
Forum: Touring
12-10-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,261
Posted By John N

OK, but what is the difference. Like you, I like...

OK, but what is the difference. Like you, I like quality but I want to understand what makes it quality. Is it only the stacking system or what.?
Forum: Touring
12-10-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,261
Posted By John N

What is the difference between the Sigg and a...

What is the difference between the Sigg and a Trangia? They seem fairly similar so why not just buy a Trangia if they are less expensive?
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,261
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: 5,261
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
12-04-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,261
Posted By John N

Pete, have you tried their fruits? I have yet...

Pete, have you tried their fruits? I have yet to find a decent freeze dried stawberry or blueberry that did not have a weird taste or texture. Tailwinds, John
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,261
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: 5,261
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
12-03-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,261
Posted By John N

Thanks Raybo

Thanks Raybo
Forum: Touring
12-02-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,261
Posted By John N

Indy, yes of course cutting wet items on a paper...

Indy, yes of course cutting wet items on a paper sack usually doesn't work and yes they are still available in independent grocery stores (usually in small towns) usually if you ask. But they are...
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