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Pacific Northwest / bicycle friendly accomodation in Portland
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:39:26 am »
Last piece of a large jigsaw for September 2015
Can anyone recommend
1) Cycle friendly accommodation in Portland where 12 of us can stay 2 nights after flying in from the UK and 1 night before leaving (I need to leave bike bags there)
2) A provider of transport for 12 people and 12 wrapped bikes from and too the airport in Portland in above accommodation

   Thanks in advance
      Neil

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 12, 2014, 03:40:00 pm »


Because Portland is the most accessible place to get to from other places, especially from overseas. There is a small airport in Astoria, but I can imagine the logistics/cost of getting twelve people and their bikes there from the UK would be prohibitive. (And they would probably have to take a connecting flight from Portland or Seattle anyway.)


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Yes above sums it up
This is a tour of Oregon not just the coast
I cycled the west coast 19 years ago and the section Vancouver to Astoria isn't as nice as the section we are doing. We did it on a tandem and my wife remembers the traffic.
The route is on the other post I've posted on this subforum for NW.

I do have a little sympathy with airlines. Bikes are tough to handle, X-ray etc so don't mind a small extra charge. I would far prefer they are flown than banned, but please don't hijack this post discussing costings
   
   Thanks again
      Neil

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:39:08 pm »
Looks like we'll have to fly to Portland as Virgin Atlantic are stopping flights to Vancover this summer.
  Thanks for everyones help
       Neil

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Pacific Northwest / Three week tour of Oregon - How does this route look?
« on: October 08, 2014, 08:06:35 pm »
Hi
Following on from the transport question here's the route
It was put together via a request to Cycle Oregon
The coastal part is as they say in the UK a 'no brainer' I'm more interested in the return inland section, thoughts? I'm especially interested in views and in that I don't mean endless trees.

Thoughts?

Day   Start   Finish       Miles   Lunch   Lodging   Notes
1   Portland   Vernonia        50   Banks   Coastal Mt Sport Haus Via Banks-Vernonia Trail
2   Vernonia   Astoria        61   Mist/Jewell Many Options   
3   Astoria   Garibaldi        59   Cannon Beach Several Options Via Oregon Coast Route
4   Garibaldi   Lincoln City   54   Pacific City Many Options   Via Oregon Coast Route
5   Rest Day in Lincoln City      Many Options   
6   Lincoln City Yachats        50   Newport   Several Options   Via Oregon Coast Route
7   Yachats   Reedsport        47   Florence   Several Options   Via Oregon Coast Route
8   Reedsport   Sutherlin         61   Elkton   Many Options   
9   Sutherlin   Cottage Grove 54   Drain   Village Green   
10   Rest Day in Cottage Grove      Village Green   Row River Trail
11   Cottage Grove Oakridge   60   Limited Options   Challenging climbing day
12   Oakridge   Belknap Springs   68   Belkanp Spr Resort (only)   Aufderheide Drive - challenging climbing day
13   Belknap Springs   Sisters   40   Dee Wright Obsv.   Many Options   McKenzie Scenic Pass
14   Rest Day in Sisters            Many Options   
15   Sisters   Madras         50   Terrebonne   Many Options   Via back roads
16   Madras   Maupin         67   Kah-Nee-Tah   Imperial River   Via Warm Springs Indian Reservation
17   Maupin   The Dalles      52   Dufur    Many Options   Via Deschutes River Road
18   The Dalles Cascade Locks 52   Hood River Several Options   Stretch on freeway
19   Cascade Locks Portland  50   Troutdale      Via Hist. Col Rver Hwy/Multnomah Falls

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General Discussion / Re: brooks saddle break-in how long
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:53:24 pm »
3 bikes, 3 B17's, all broken in within 100 miles and I wear shorts, no padding. Use the Brooks proofer just before cycling to soften it. However I had a titanium railed narrow saddle from a friend, awful, fortunately he took it back. B17's are worth every penny, then again I'm biased as from England!!

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Pacific Northwest / Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 04, 2014, 09:22:41 am »
Hi
Attracted by Oregon, 12 of us are coming in September 2015 for a 19 day tour around Oregon from the UK.
We intend to start and finish from Portland.
The issue I have is getting the bikes too and from Portland from the United Kingdom
There are several options
1) Fly to Portland, however United charge an eye watering $200 dollars each way to transport the bikes.
2) Fly to Vancover with Virgin airlines who carry bikes free and then drive the bikes to Portland and back again. in effect I have a budget of less than $4800 dollars to do this for a 7 hour trip each way.

Does anyone have any suggestions please and if this includes a reliable contact/company or someone would like to do this with a large van then please let me know

   Thankyou
      Neil Wheadon

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Routes / Re: Detailed maps
« on: October 05, 2012, 12:11:28 pm »
Thanks
The links are very useful - thankyou
This links to the 'When's the best time to tour Yellowstone' discussion posted a few months ago
I bring groups of British Cyclists to sample the delights of America on a regular basis and for 2013 was specifically looking for a map to include Jackson, Bozeman, Gardner, Livingston, Cooke City and Cody as well as Yellowstone and the Tetons

  Neil

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Routes / Detailed maps
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:52:35 am »
Hi
Can anyone recommend a detailed map for cycling the Yellowstone area, New England, Colorado and California? (Yes they are a long way apart and so separate recommendations are needed!!)
In England we have 1:50.000 scale maps covering the whole country that are very good, but it's a smaller place.
I can find maps with a 1:750.000 scale and have cut up a Rand McNally in the past, but are there better ones out there?

   Thankyou
     Neil

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Routes / Re: Barcelona to Amsterdam
« on: September 24, 2012, 01:28:35 pm »
To be honest this is a new one on me, European winds are traditionally westerleys. Being a continent different to America our wind and weather patterns are far less set, so I'd not plan a tour on wind alone. Your idea of following the sun is far more sensible
   Cheers
     Neil

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Routes / Re: Outter Banks direction of travel
« on: September 24, 2012, 01:25:17 pm »
South to North
Major reason is that you are closer to the sea, so can admire the views much easier, rather than looking across a carriageway. We did this as a  route from South Carolina to Quebec 15 years ago and that was with the prevailing wind.
Sorry to confuse
   Neil ;)

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Routes / Re: When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: August 01, 2012, 05:30:30 am »
Thanks
This tour is for CTC holidays. The Cyclists Touring Club is almost the equivalent of Adventure Cycling and CTC holidays offer about the same number of tours as Adventure Cycling and led by volunteers. We do get a number of Americans on these tours and I'm welcoming a cyclist from Oregon to Slovenia this September
I'm not averse to camping, in fact I tandemmed for 7 months around America with a tent 15 years ago. In this case however people like fixed accommodation so that's what I am offering.
Thankyou very much for the suggestion of a route, I'll have a look at it. Personally if I had 17 days it would be Montana or Norway.
  Thanks again
     Neil

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Routes / Re: When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: July 20, 2012, 07:41:12 pm »
OK
You have 18 days
Start Jackson Hole
50 miles a day (about) 60 at an absolute push, but not consistently
4 rest days
12-13 cycling days
Need to find accomodation at the end of each day in fixed accomodation
Suggested route?
   
   Neil

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Routes / Re: When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: July 20, 2012, 02:51:13 pm »
PS
It's June or September, I'm not coming in July or August due to cost and traffic  8)

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I'd start in Cork and head west along the coast.
There are 2 peninsulas below the Ring of Kerry and I'd do both of these.
The Ring of Kerry is full of traffic, don't do the Northern part as it's dull and full of traffic, there is a road that cuts inland through the mountains and is very pretty, this will take you to Killarney.

I wrote 2 guidebooks 10 years ago for Harper Collins on this area of Ireland and it is beautiful and in 6 weeks in Irelabnd have had one wet day - luck of the Irish

You might be able to find it, otherwise Cicerone have written a book last year and they publish good guide books

    Cheers
       Neil

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Routes / Re: When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: July 20, 2012, 02:37:29 pm »
Thanks
To put a bit more detail in

1) We will be staying in motels/cabins.
We can't camp due to weight restrictions on planes and frankly people don't want to do that

2) I've chosen Billings as it's close and we can do a flight from the UK with one change. A direct would be ideal

3) In Colorado last year I did use transportation out of the airport but this is problamatic. In Colorado it was a nightmare. I was picked up at Boulder with 13 others. The driver was 90 minutes late arriving and he didn't know the way and there was traffic, we very nearly missed the flight back to London.

4) The route I'm looking at is
Billings-Red Lodge-Powell-Cody-Grant Village (with a stop in the middle) - stay 3 nights - West Yellowstone-Ennis-Bozeman-Livington-Gardner- rest day - Silver gate - Red Lodge - Billings

However with comment above, maybe risk transport from airport to Red Lodge and hope I get the same great service as did in New England 3 years ago.

Yes the English fry in the heat but Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are English!!
   
   Cheers
      Neil

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