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Routes / Re: Columbia Gorge Bridges - Portland to Walla Walla
« on: September 09, 2014, 02:05:10 pm »
The Hood River Bridge is strictly off-limits to bicycles. All the other crossings are open to cyclists, as far as I know. The freeway bridges should have a bike path on them, like I-82/Umatilla Bridge.

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General Discussion / Re: Can scooters ride the routes?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:33:52 pm »
I can't think of anywhere I I have been on an AC routes where you couldn't go with a non-motorized scooter.

The only places I can think of would be the few places an ACA route uses an Interstate or freeway, like the Lewis and Clark route in the Columbia River Gorge or the Northern Tier re-route through North Dakota (is it ND?). As far as I know, scooters can't ride them because they're not fast enough to be on the through lanes of the freeway, yet can't ride the shoulder because it's a motorized vehicle.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:13:54 pm »
Let no one run away with the idea that the alternative is easy. I did manage to get from Kelso to Camas without going on I5 by attempting to follow old 99. It involved a very hard climb and a lot of time. Some gent who lives in Kelso sent me a PM saying I couldn't have chosen a worse route, I should have gone down I5.

Oh, believe me, I know. I went up that hill the first time I biked between Olympia and Portland in '08. I threw up. Since then, I've used I-5 between Woodland and Kalama. I normally take try to stay off the freeway if I can, but this is one place I make an exception.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 28, 2014, 11:42:36 pm »
Have a look at this page in Crazyguyonabike. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2616
Washington most certainly does not allow cyclists on  the interstates except where an alternative  route does not exist

The whole "except where an alternative route does not exist" isn't really true anymore, especially in Washington State. This idea may have lifted prohibitions on bicycles on Interstates way back when. But when you look at the actual prohibitions on cycling on Interstates and other highways in Washington, you see that you can ride on I-5 or I-90 for great distances. With a few exceptions, the prohibitions are in urban areas where there are many on/off ramps and sometimes stretches of highway with no shoulder.

Take a look:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/closed.htm
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=101129574208460913813.00046426e0691fbccc526&ll=47.256864,-120.574951&spn=4.600584,9.887695&z=7&dg=feature


For example, you can ride the shoulder of I-5 for the approx. 100 miles between Olympia and Salmon Creek (outside of Vancouver, Wash.) without having to get off the Interstate. And I know for sure there are "alternative routes" that parallel I-5 here (Old 99, for one), yet you can still legally ride the shoulder of I-5 if you want.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:29:24 pm »
Yeah, riding on an Interstate's shoulder is no guarantee of safety. Someone just got killed on I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon while riding the shoulder:
http://bikeportland.org/2014/08/27/fatal-collision-highlights-gap-historic-columbia-river-highway-state-trail-110428

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Routes / Re: Prince Edward Island
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:04:53 am »
A friend of mine toured PEI several years ago and wrote a report on his blog:
http://prairievoyageur.wordpress.com/category/bicycle-trips/prince-edward-island/

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Routes / Re: ACA Green Mtns Route in early Oct?
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:02:17 am »
Yeah, if I was going to credit card tour this route, I'd be more concerned about accommodations than the weather. Now would be the time to make hotel bookings.

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General Discussion / Re: Help me decide on this last minute tour.
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:47:56 pm »
I also agree that Glacier is beautiful. But another thing to keep in mind is a lot of service close right after Labor Day, so you want to do your homework before leaving on what's open, what's not. (For example, the free buses that go up and down Going to the Sun stop on Labor Day, not that you would necessarily need it for a bike tour...)

And they plan on doing some major construction this year on Going to the Sun Road starting in mid-September, which may close the road. The alternate route, US 2, isn't bad, but nowhere near as spectacular.

I can't speak about your other choices, though.

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General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 20, 2014, 05:13:56 pm »
You can also try sprinkling some baking soda on just-dried clothes from the dryer and putting it back on for 20 minutes. I haven't tried it, but it's listed on the box of baking soda.

I also soak my clothes for 20-30 minutes to help get all the funk out.

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General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 19, 2014, 03:27:11 pm »
Baking soda works wonders.

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General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:40:59 pm »
We checked out a Trangia stove that's available here.  Runs on some kind of spirits not gas. Didn't like it anyway as with all the acompanying pots - aluminum - luck! - and whatnot it looked very bulky.

Hey, don't knock the Trangia stormcooker sets until you try them. They live up to their "stormcooker" name. I've used them in quite windy conditions and they perform well, better than most other stoves. And that "spirits" is alcohol, as pointed out earlier in the thread.

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General Discussion / Re: Washington Hiker/Biker Campsites?
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:23:06 pm »
We've only been to the NPS Olympic campground at Fairholm (or Fairholme) once (2009) but it did have specific HB sites [down a rather steep trail]. Nice too.

I went to Fairholm in 2010 and don't remember a hiker/biker, at least the Park staff didn't say anything about it. And the campground was full, so they set us up in a not-so-great spot near a service road.

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...had made the assumption the campsites that had been mentioned catered mainly to cyclists, run by cyclists etc.  So they're just your standard campgrounds ...

I think the problem you're going to run into if you want to use campgrounds as the base to work is the ones that are more catering to cyclists/hiker-biker sites, while usually cheaper than $40-50 a night, are pretty rustic and don't have that many services. If you're going to be looking at things like a reliable source of power and wi-fi for your laptop, you'll have to look more at those campgrounds that cater more to the RV set. And those ones are going to be more expensive.

I've heard of a few people who have done work on tour on places like the Pacific Coast. What they normally would do is stay at the hiker/biker sites, then find an adequate cafe in a town and then plunk themselves down on the laptop for several hours.

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General Discussion / Re: [California] SF to SD Biking Trip
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:52:28 pm »
Let's see that is about 110 miles a day.

I don't understand your math here. Using bike directions on google maps, the distance from San Francisco to San Diego is about 620 miles. It'll probably be slightly longer, so it might be more safe to say 700 miles. And the OP has 14 days (two weeks) to do it. Doing the math, I get 50 miles a day, which is pretty manageable for many people touring.

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General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« on: July 12, 2014, 12:14:53 pm »
There is apparently a kind of 'spirit' fuel available in bottles but I'm not sure what exactly 'spirit' fuel is or if it would work in an MSR. 

Spirit fuel is alcohol, just like some alcoholic beverages are known as "spirits". So no, it won't work in an MSR. But it will work in a Trangia stove, which should be popular and available in Finland. (Trangia is a Swedish brand.)

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