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Routes / Re: Options for crossing the plains from New Roads, LA to Taos, NM
« on: February 09, 2016, 04:15:05 pm »
Google Maps can fail, especially in the western U.S. It may pick roads that are not paved and even roads that are not really roads. For example, I played around with it while planning last year's tour of the Black Hills in SD. It routed me on one "road" that was actually viewable on Street View up to a point. The thing deteriorated into a narrow, uneven, gravel track that was overgrown with grass in places and had a hump in the middle. It's my guess that the Street View car decided to turn back once conditions got too rough. Make sure you vet any suggested route carefully.

General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:09:43 am »
On the NT route there is also a motel or two a bit east of Marblemount, WA. From there to Winthrop (where there are several indoor lodging options) would be the hardest day. Tonasket, WA Republic, WA, Colville, WA, Ione, WA, Sand Point, ID, Libby, MT, Eureka, MT and Whitefish, MT all have indoor lodging.

Gear Talk / Re: One Bike to Do It All
« on: February 05, 2016, 07:22:07 am »
I think you will find the LHT ill suited for faster rides rides, unless your definition of a faster ride is relatively slow.

General Discussion / Re: Montana Road Cycling Routes?
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:43:12 am »
If you find yourself in MSO, we used this place when we did a loop tour from there:

They seemed very MTB oriented. They may be able to give you some hints.

BTW...For road rides...While not a loop, if you find yourself in Wise River I am partial to the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway. You could do the 25+ climb up to the top, which is a bit south of Crystal Park and then turn around and come back. There is a stunning alpine meadow section. ACA is using it again on its Cycle Montana tour. No services except in Wise River, but there are a couple of U.S.F.S. campgrounds, including the 4th of July picnic area and campground, that have water. Also, MT 43 east of Wise River to where it ends in Divide is a nice ride through a canyon. For more miles, take the I-15 frontage road from Melrose (another fly fishing-oriented town with a decent restaurant and a motel/campground) to MT 43, then head west to Wise River for the climb and then reverse.

FYI...On another forum some people reported mixed success with on line registration. At least one person had to try more than once before successfully registering. Another person reported nothing happening when he tried to register. You might have to give it more than one try if it doesn't work the first time.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier questions
« on: February 02, 2016, 09:47:34 am »
There wasn't much room on 1804 when we did it in '99. I also remember some big rollers heading east from Williston. If traffic is as bad as they say it is, and I have no reason to doubt it is, I would definitely avoid that road.

BTW...I work in the rail biz. We are still getting Bakken crude trains moving through Philadelphia and a regular basis. You often see them a BNSF locomotive in the lead. Long way from home.

Gear Talk / Re: Elephant NFE build up.. components, suggestions please!
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:29:30 pm »
Have you seen the February edition of "Adventure Cyclist?" It contains a review of a built up NFE and included the parts list. Looks quite nice.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier questions
« on: February 01, 2016, 09:45:53 am » in Glasgow.

Is Gordon's Warehouse Grocery still around? We had a rest day in Glasgow on the day of its customer appreciation BBQ.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier questions
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:13:33 am »
The "new" route through eastern MT and ND drops down from U.S. 2 at Wolf Point, MT. It would be nice to know that places like Chester, Harlem and Wolf Point still allow camping in their city parks. Harlem was particularly nice since camping was right next to the city pool.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier questions
« on: January 31, 2016, 09:13:50 am »
I did the entire NT in '99. We did the Canada portion and came back into the U.S. at Cut Bank, where there were (and still are) places to camp. We then stayed in the city park in Chester. Other places we camped were Malta (private), Harlem (city park next to the pool), Glasgow (private just east of town), Wolf Point (city park). You can camp behind a c-store in Havre. We were going to stay there but the grass was infested with mosquitoes, and the lawn where you camp is next to the railroad fueling pad, so we got a motel room the the Duck Inn. Are you sure you are reading the maps correctly? I am using Google Maps and finding several camping options along the route, at least up to where the route changed a few years ago.

The prevailing winds were west to east, so I am glad were were going that way. On the way to Malta I was able to sustain 32.5 mph for several miles thanks to the wind. I eventually got to far into the red zone and had to drop back to 28 mph.

General Discussion / Re: camping on city parks
« on: January 28, 2016, 02:08:05 pm »
Is there really such a blanket requirement for all city parks? I have twice stayed at the Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, MT, which is on the Trans Am. Where you pitch your tent is technically part of a city park. Never got any heat for not contacting the police despite pilling in while park workers were present mowing the lawn and collecting trash. Not sure they even have a local police force in that town.

BTW...It can sometimes be beneficial to let the police know you are there. They may do drive buys to make sure you are safe. When our ACA group tour of the Northern Tier stayed in the Harlem, MT city park, the police left the outer most door of the municipal building unlocked so we could access the rest rooms.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: NYC to Ohio and beyond
« on: January 25, 2016, 10:03:38 am »
Not sure who you are referencing - but here is the Penna Bike route across the north-central part of the state.
It is clickable and each section has a strip map.

Do you know is there's a text version, that is, a turn-by-turn description of the route?

There is not. I printed out each map section for the portion I rode, mapped each planned day using RideWithGPS and then made my own cue sheets. Even with going off route to reach campgrounds, some of them were very short.  For example, the one for my 71 mile day from Shippenville to north of Woodland has 15 turns, and 5 of those were due to the fact that I started and ended at campgrounds a bit off route. I used the cue sheets to have a general idea of where the next turn was, but I was relying mostly on the signage, which I found to be very good.

General Discussion / Re: Google Maps: Change road colors?
« on: January 25, 2016, 08:43:32 am »
Not for nothin', and assuming your planned route is the E-W blue, but you would be better off taking PA 234 from east of Caldedonia State Park towards York unless you really want to visit Gettysburg. The battlefield is neat to ride through, but the town itself is choked with traffic. Also, you really don't want to be on U.S. 30 east of Lancaster. I can get you to Philly via a much nicer and much safer route. Let me know.

Routes / Re: Transamerica: West to East, are the passes open in May?
« on: January 25, 2016, 08:21:40 am »
E-W you might even be able to get away with starting in mid-April or so. On the other hand, it could be on the wet side. I have off from work on Good Friday and have taken many three day tours from home in Philadelphia during Easter weekend. Doesn't look like that's going to happen this year though because Easter is in March.

Also keep in mind that Memorial Day weekend (May 27th to May 30th this year) is the unofficial start of summer. You may need reservations depending on where you are, and many private campgrounds require multi-day stays during that weekend.

Routes / Re: Transamerica: West to East, are the passes open in May?
« on: January 22, 2016, 02:03:35 pm »
Craig Pass in Yellowstone does not open until May 21....
We know someone who can get him a special permit. ;)

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