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by Ptolemy
20 Feb 2011, 5:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

And I'm sure you did it in nine----In your dreams.
by Ptolemy
13 Feb 2011, 5:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

The southern tier from east coastal Florida to San Diego is around 3000 miles.
by Ptolemy
9 Feb 2011, 6:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dedicated to touring ??
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: Dedicated to touring ??

If outdoor gear shops do not cater to cyclists only, there may be a good reason for it. Perhaps appealing to a wider market is the key in some places. I have completed many very long bicycle tours. I really like it. However, I don't really know anyone else who does what I do.


All bike shops where I am from are simply bike shops, and that's all. For quality dedicated outdoors equipment suitable for serious cycling I would have to order through the internet or travel to a distant city. Wal Mart and K Mart and Target are useful options for some things, but these stores are very limited where the needs of the long-distance bicycling tourist are the matter.
by Ptolemy
5 Feb 2011, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

The ST is something over 3000 miles. I did it in the winter of 2009-10 in 54-days with 43 days of actual cycling. Temperatures in west Texas
broke record lows that had held since 1977. I laid back in a motel in Van Horn when that kind of weather hit. For the most part though, the temps were actually quite comfortable, and invigorating. I get better mileage in cool-cold weather than is summer. I did a summer crossing of the ST in temps of 98-110 Farenheit. I was drinking three gallons of liquids daily. My mileage went down as the sun beat me down.I am a cyclist. I am a teacher. I am a writer.
by Ptolemy
1 Feb 2011, 10:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

The southern tier of the USA is a great winter ride.
by Ptolemy
21 Jan 2011, 11:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

"English Rose." OK. Got it. Flexible? Yes. Got it.
by Ptolemy
21 Jan 2011, 6:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

Well, I am complete stranger, so it's not surprising there are no interested parties. I cycled all over England, Scotland, and Wales in the drought summer of 1984. It was the first or second best tour I have ever been on, that one. Actually, I am quite harmless and something of a bore. I just like cycling, and next time I cross the US I'd like to have a lady friend to tour with. I may be an arrogant &X#*%$#, but I have my good points too.
by Ptolemy
20 Jan 2011, 7:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

Hi Big Jim. Thanks for bumping up my post. You wouldn't happen to know of any women who would like to cycle across the USA with an arrogant [rude word removed], would you?
by Ptolemy
18 Jan 2011, 8:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

I did the pacific coast bicycle route. It's really great for cycling. It's quite hilly, but the fantastic scenery and clean air, the inexpensive hiker-biker campgrounds, and the places to see more than compensate for the difficulty. It goes through Washington, Oregon, and California.
by Ptolemy
15 Jan 2011, 6:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

It looks like my post is slipping and nobody is answering, not that I expect some woman to just jump at this. In fact, I don't really expect results. However, cycling across the US southern tier in winter is a very great ride. Summer is way way too hot. I've done it, but it's too hot.
by Ptolemy
13 Jan 2011, 6:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

OK. Thanks for the advice. A tandem? No. Too expensive. I have a bike.
Saddle soreness. Irrelevant to the post.
by Ptolemy
11 Jan 2011, 9:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

From August 8, 1994 to November 9, 1994 I cycled France, Germany, Czech, Poland, Ukraine, Moldavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, and the east coast of the United States---4,500 miles.

From December 7, 2009 to January 30, 2010 I cycle from southeast coastal Florida to the west coast of California.

Still looking for a British rose for a transcontinental cycling tour in the USA east to west in the winter of 2011-12.
by Ptolemy
7 Jan 2011, 12:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Partner Transcon USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Cycling Partner Transcon USA

Well, no expressions of interest so far which is not surprising. I like long-distance cycling and camping.
by Ptolemy
6 Jan 2011, 6:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent pegs
Replies: 33
Views: 2328

Re: Tent pegs

Lightweight aluminum pegs from Wally World are cheap, strong, and do the job perfectly well. I really love a really long tour every so often.
by Ptolemy
6 Jan 2011, 6:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ultralight wild camping across western Europe
Replies: 33
Views: 4332

Re: Ultralight wild camping across western Europe

Well, yes, the date. I will have to start reading the fine print. That one is probably over and done. But how could anyone travel that light. A spare tube and necessary tools for punctures and such would be a couple of pounds. Then you have a ground pad, and even a light tarp would be a pound. Then there are clothes, beverages, snacks, pegs for setting up the tarp / tent, etc. Fifteen to twenty pounds might be more like it, I think.

I can cross the continental USA's southern tier of states in winter with about thirty pounds of gear. I have done it a number of times already.