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youramericanlover

Member since Nov 2009 • Last active May 2022

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  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    What's a bummer about that is this bit might be one of the most beautiful places in the US. Lot of up tho

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Western Oregon is incredible, but SE Oregon, ie 1/4 of the entire state, is boring and grim. Burns was AWFUL 20 years ago

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    I should exempt JB in case he reads this, he is not californian, he just lives there

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    It's probably my Idaho bias but sort of a shame you can't "swing through" - it's only 500 miles to your left! Washing and Oregon coast are beautiful but inside Idaho you get everything, Hells Canyon, Frank Church wilderness, massive desert and Craters of the Moon volcanic landscape - you could even go by Kanye's Ranch! Then could could go wild and do all of Utah, Moab, etc which would also bang. I suppose the main issue is at the bottom of Utah then you'd have the Colorado Rockies on your left which are no joke or the Nevada / New Mexico desert on your right which are so flat and fuckin hot. Also fuck Californians - they treat Idaho the way basic white British people treat Spain.

    Anyway good luck!

  • in General
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    I went OTT listing the systemic problems of housing as a way to put consumer choice into perspective, ie haraguing someone over train vs car is not going to stop the government's unstoppable subsidies for the motor industry nor change private developer's ability to build new homes in greenfield sites away from town centres.

    In essence I don't disagree with you about it, and I am with you (train or cycle only, reduce motor journeys to minimum etc), but (apologies for the pop psychology) but 'consumer choices' are in general just carefully curated end nudges that have v little impact on the environmentally devastating but well established supply chains.

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    Yep all we need to do is reform land law ownership, change foreign investment regulations, alter the money markets so they aren't dependent on mortgages or financial instruments to create liquidity, reform law under home and second home ownership, reform building regulations, reform urban planning processes, redirect financing for council homes and then institute rent cap. So a quick and easy complete restructure of our society

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    Like @fredtc also don't drive so when I want to cycle around the country it's a huge fucking pain in the ass. Uusually you have to book train spaces via the rail franchise's twitter account which is doubly annoying because twitter is cesspit. 2 spaces per train! If you have to change trains that's four fucking reserved spaces for one bike ride and return journey. I have a friend in the transport game and apparently it's been put to National Rail to increase bike spaces on trains for years and years and they consistently decline to implement increased space.

    Driving is bad, and there are often alternatives to doing so, but let's not pretend that the UK offers appropriate, reliable, or in any way reasonable bike accomdation on trains. That people choose cars over trains is not down to laziness but sensibility and flexibilty because the base train offering is inherently inadequate. I work my goddamn ass off to not drive places (helped by the fact I'm legally not allowed). I once had to ask an Audax organiser to keep the start open by 20 minutes once because the first train didn't get there until well past 6. Meaning I had to make an annual event bend its schedule to a shit and corrupt rail franchise. This is to a station less than 40 miles away on the same line as my starting station.

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