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  • #16
    I think 10 year visa means that for the next 10 years you can travel to us - not that you can stay in us for 10 years. I think you should carefully check how long you can stay.

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    • #17
      Read the book Continental Quest. Look on Face book at Push Across America. Look up the Midnight Sun Ultra Marathon. You can get hold of the people that did all these and ask them questions.
      I would take a racing chair or hand bike. If for just the down hills. A regular chair will shake the front wheels very bad at the speeds you will get to down hill.
      Take a bunch of tubes for your tires. One of the biggest problems when my son pedaled his bike across the US was flat tires from little pieces of wire that come out of the radial tires.
      If you want to pull a cart. I made one out of plastic pipe and two bike wheels that I use to pull my son in behind my racer. Use all the same size tires to lessen the tubes you have to take with you.
      You need to leave right now from California if you are taking 9 months. Arizona is already hot.
      I've done Rt 66 in a car. It is a bunch of different roads that wander from Calif to Chicago. It does not exist in Texas and is the Interstate 40 in Oklahoma. There are many web sites and books about it.
      You need to have a compensator on your chair/bike. A device that keeps the chair going straight on roads with a crown or when the wind blows in your right ear for days. If not you will push most of the time with just one arm.
      Good luck.

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      • #18
        Mr. bald is right on the money. The wind blows almost constantly across most of the central states. Either it's in your face or blowing hard against one side or the other.

        Driving across Kansas towards Colorado, my first time crossing the US, thought that something went wrong with the steering on my pick-up truck. Vehicle was pulling hard to the left for hours, so I pulled into a Ford garage and asked what might be wrong. Mechanic walked around to the back of my truck, looked at my Pennsylvania licence plate and smiled.
        It's the wind, he said and I felt like a fool. But hey, there's always the first time for everyone. Always was good for a laugh.
        Good luck with your trip.
        C 5/6 Comp.
        No Tri's or hand function.

        Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

        Teddy Roosevelt

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        • #19
          Originally posted by baldfatdad View Post
          Read the book Continental Quest. Look on Face book at Push Across America. Look up the Midnight Sun Ultra Marathon. You can get hold of the people that did all these and ask them questions.
          I would take a racing chair or hand bike. If for just the down hills. A regular chair will shake the front wheels very bad at the speeds you will get to down hill.
          Take a bunch of tubes for your tires. One of the biggest problems when my son pedaled his bike across the US was flat tires from little pieces of wire that come out of the radial tires.
          If you want to pull a cart. I made one out of plastic pipe and two bike wheels that I use to pull my son in behind my racer. Use all the same size tires to lessen the tubes you have to take with you.
          You need to leave right now from California if you are taking 9 months. Arizona is already hot.
          I've done Rt 66 in a car. It is a bunch of different roads that wander from Calif to Chicago. It does not exist in Texas and is the Interstate 40 in Oklahoma. There are many web sites and books about it.
          You need to have a compensator on your chair/bike. A device that keeps the chair going straight on roads with a crown or when the wind blows in your right ear for days. If not you will push most of the time with just one arm.
          Good luck.
          How. this is truly helpful.
          I've searched and only see compensator for racing chair. i know there's one for wheelchair so people with one hand can push a chair too. you think you can give me some reference? i'm currently using tilite tr.

          should look into used handcycle too i guess.
          walking is OVER-RATED!!!

          Broken in August 14th, 2003. T9-L1 complete.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by nia adha View Post
            How. this is truly helpful.
            I've searched and only see compensator for racing chair. i know there's one for wheelchair so people with one hand can push a chair too. you think you can give me some reference? i'm currently using tilite tr.

            should look into used handcycle too i guess.
            Mike Box of Box wheelchairs makes a great chair for trekking on any type of surface and will hold up under strong winds. Here is a link to it: https://www.facebook.com/boxwheelcha...type=3&theater

            I think the suggestion about having a vehicle trail after you is a good idea. Just for repairs alone, I believe it would be invaluable. Also, you could switch out wheelchairs when the terrain requires it.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by nia adha View Post
              How. this is truly helpful.
              I've searched and only see compensator for racing chair. i know there's one for wheelchair so people with one hand can push a chair too. you think you can give me some reference? i'm currently using tilite tr.

              should look into used handcycle too i guess.
              It is helpful, because I don't want you trying to push across the US and failing and I don't want you to injure yourself pushing a chair for 9 months with one arm.

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              • #22
                How about this:
                http://ridekick.com

                Might solve the trailer issue (if you are travelling light!), as well as providing a bit of assistance....
                Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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                • #23
                  US VISA: Validity Period v. Period of Stay

                  Originally posted by nia adha View Post
                  I am indeed Malaysian. My 1st time I had a 2 year VISA, expired on 2014. But when I go again in 2014, they grant me with 10 year VISA, til 2024. Both of my partners also had this 10 year VISA, probably we're not first time in the country. That's why we're doing this! hope that clears things up.
                  First of all, let me applaud you for even contemplating such a trip. It would be difficult enough for an AB person. Just to clarify your US VISA status, the 10 year VISA's granted to you and your partners are likely B1/B2 visitor VISA's., with a 10-year period is known as a validity period, during which you are generally allowed to freely enter/leave the US (obviously assuming good conduct).

                  Your VISA also explicitly grants a "Period of Stay," the maximum continuous period that you are allowed to stay within the US; with a B1 VISA, that period of stay is generally 3 months, while with a B2, the period of stay is generally 6 months. Beyond the initial period of stay, you will have to apply for an extension.

                  I hope that helps you better prepare for you travels within the US.

                  -Keith

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by kleonin View Post
                    First of all, let me applaud you for even contemplating such a trip. It would be difficult enough for an AB person. Just to clarify your US VISA status, the 10 year VISA's granted to you and your partners are likely B1/B2 visitor VISA's., with a 10-year period is known as a validity period, during which you are generally allowed to freely enter/leave the US (obviously assuming good conduct).

                    Your VISA also explicitly grants a "Period of Stay," the maximum continuous period that you are allowed to stay within the US; with a B1 VISA, that period of stay is generally 3 months, while with a B2, the period of stay is generally 6 months. Beyond the initial period of stay, you will have to apply for an extension.

                    I hope that helps you better prepare for you travels within the US.

                    -Keith
                    Just for fun...

                    "What Happens if I Have Already Overstayed My Visa?Overstaying your visa can be very serious. If you overstay your visa for 180 days or more (but less than one year), when you depart the U.S. you will be barred from reentering the U.S. for three years. If you overstay your visa for one year or more, when you depart the U.S. you will be barred from reentering the U.S. for ten years.
                    However, if you overstayed your visa for less than 180 days, leaving the U.S. will not trigger any bars to your reentry. But keep in mind that the next time you try to enter the U.S., the border officer will be able to see that you overstayed your visa on your previous stay. Border officers always have the discretion to not allow you U.S. entry. If you overstayed by only a few days or a couple of weeks, the officer will probably let you in. But if you overstayed for several months or close to 180 days, it is likely the officer will think you plan to overstay again, and will not let you in."


                    I'm firmly of the view that asking forgiveness is easier than permission. Life's too short to spend your time following the letter of every silly law.

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                    • #25
                      Wow that will be a great experience. May want to include a solar charger for your phone. Once you get started keep people updated and I am sure people along the way would be happy to let you stay with them for a few days to catch up on laundry and sleep. I would take more shirts less blue jeans.

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