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My experience with shipping my bike via airlines hasn't been good. The only way I would ship my bike via airlines or any of my gear if it's a direct flight, hard for them to lose. I would NEVER ship it Delta, they charge $200 each way.  More times than not the bike comes late which delays my trip.

If I were you, I would box it myself & ship it UPS?Fedex to a hotel in the city in which I was starting & find a bike shop in the town I was ending & either have them tear it down & box it or, get a box from them & you box it. To me it's worth the extra money for the bike shop to ship it home when you are finish. I could tell you stories that will make you cry.
Scott

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Routes / Re: Fort Knox,KY restricted?
« on: March 22, 2016, 09:54:20 am »
To my knowledge U.S.60/U.S. 31W are public hwy. that can be taken 24/7. Those roads don't go into the base. You are taking your life in your own hands if you ride 31W to Louisville. 31W is also called Dixie Hwy. a.k.a. Dixie Dieway. You might contact somebody from the Louisville Bicycle Club. They might be able to find you a safer way to get to downtown Louisville. I don't know that part of town.
Scott

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Routes / Re: Lexignton, KY to Asheville, NC - how to develop a route?
« on: February 15, 2016, 09:28:54 am »
Welcome to Big Blue Country, anyway, you are about 40 miles from Berea which you can catch the TransAm route through Ky. which will take you to VA. From there you're on your own.
Good Luck
Scott

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Routes / Re: Adirondack Loop
« on: January 08, 2016, 06:04:27 am »
There could be, I assumed there was 1.

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Routes / Adirondack Loop
« on: January 05, 2016, 11:14:25 am »
Planning a 10 day bike trip in 2016. Looking at the Adirondack Loop. Any thoughts on which way to go?(clock/counter clock wise)  We would like to ride 40-55 miles/day. Are there campgrounds each day that fit into this mileage range? Any other helpful info. would be greats
Thanks
Scott

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Routes / Re: Great Parks North - Canadian Camping
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:55:41 pm »
We started our trip end of June into July 2010 from Edmonton, Alberta,  rode to Jasper & took the Icefields Parkway.
We had no problem getting a campsite except around July 1. I think that's Canada Day, I think it's a version
of the U.S. 4th of July. Other than that no problems. We ended our trip in Kalispell, Mt.
May the wind be at your back.
Scott

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Routes / Missoula, Mt. to Bear Tooth Hwy.
« on: July 23, 2015, 07:44:46 pm »
I am trying to come up with a Plan B since the fires in Glacier are happening. We are thinking to start in Missoula & go to Red Lodge & climb Beartooth Hwy. into Yellowstone. Anybody know a route that will keep me off the Interstate?
Thanks for any help.
Scott

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Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Touring Bike
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:11:42 pm »
Thanks for the info. I have 26" wheels, 26x32 is my lowest gear. Would it be best to go with a 22" in the front?

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Gear Talk / Gearing for Touring Bike
« on: June 18, 2015, 01:59:50 pm »
Looking for some insight from the experts. i have a 32 tooth rear cassette on the back of my touring bike. i am not that strong of a climber. I used this gearing in Canada on the Iceberg Parkway & had a hard time. The climbs with the elevation got me. Is it worth the expense to move up to a different cassette, if so to what, or do i need to just suck it up? This year i will be looping around Montana so there will me plenty of hills.
Any help will be great.
Thanks
Scott

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Routes / Hwy. 49 from St. Mary, Mt.
« on: March 02, 2015, 05:59:52 pm »
We are planning to do 2 loops throughout Montana. Loop 1 is from Whitefish to Going
to the Sun Rd. to St. Mary. From St. Mary to East Glacier. Is there anybody out there
that can give me some insight on Hwy 49 to East Glacier. It would be much appreciated.
Thanks
Scott

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Routes / Missoula to Ovando, G-town Lake, Wisdom
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:21:18 am »
This is probably one of the few places that I haven't ridden in Montana. Starting in Missoula to
Ovando, to Georgetown Lake, Anconda, Wisdom.  I have the route we would
like to take.  We would like to keep our mileage to 50-60'day. Can anybody help me with services such
 as grocery, campgrounds, road surface,  etc.?
 
Thanks for any help.
Scott

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Routes / Re: Fairbanks -> Anchorage or Anchorage -> Fairbanks?
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:42:56 pm »
I did a trip in Alaska about 6 or 7 yrs. ago. what we did was fly into anchorage, train to whistler (I think), ferry to valdez. we went by were the valdez went aground. we started our trip in valdez, rode up to Fairbanks, took a couple of days off. went to denali for a couple of days. took a tour on a camp bus & saw lots of wildlife. mosqtoes were horrible. at the time road construction was going on north of anchorage. in hind sight I would of stop in telketna (sp) & trained into anchorage. it was a great trip & would do it again. I think the trip was about 650 miles. I was effected a little by the daylight. good thing about this is if you get behind in your schedule you can ride at 2 a.m. I would use lights just to be visible.
have a good trip
scott

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Routes / Re: East To West Montana
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:34:33 am »
I rode from Billings to Highway 200 then east to N.D., Minn., Blah Blah.
Once we got on Hiway 200 it was a rollercoaster ride ( up & down) until east Mt., then flatten out.
We dealt with headwinds most of the way, of course. Towns are spaced apart but not where you can't
get water. I remember passing a one room school house that was still in use. I made this trip quite awhile
a go. The name of the town (wide spot in the road) was Spring  something. the lady let us camp behind her store. That evening we sat on her front porch eat our supper & drink beer.

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Routes / frontage road from billings to livingston
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:25:26 am »
I've been planning multiple trips for 2014. Can anybody help getting from Billings to Livingston, Mt. without getting on I-90. How's the scenery? will be coming from Red Lodge, Mt.
Thanks for any help.
Scott

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Routes / Re: Missoula to Glacier?
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:00:40 am »
It's been a few years since I've been to Glacier. I've been to most of the national parks, Glacier is my fav. Unless things have changed, there are restrictions on bikes if you're going up the west side on Going to the Sun Road. You have to be at the top of Logan's Pass by 11 a.m. & can't get back on until 4 p.m. The east side there are no restrictions. If I were doing it again I would going up on the west side & go down on the east. The reason, the west side the road is rough, east side is good. I wasn't able to "let it go" down the west side because of the rough road.  Again, it's been 5 or 6 years since I've been there, things may have changed.
Have a groovy trip.
Scott

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