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Routes / Re: Washington State Route 9 from Canada to Seattle area
« on: June 28, 2012, 05:07:15 am »
How is WA Rt. 9 in terms of having shoulders?

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Routes / Washington State Route 9 from Canada to Seattle area
« on: June 27, 2012, 03:23:48 pm »
I'm starting my Pacific Coast tour in Lynden, Washington (after going up to Canada border and back).  My plan is to use the ACA maps for most of the tour, but was wondering if Washington State Route 9 would be a good biking route.  I need to pass though Federal Way at some point so I thought maybe staying inland might be a good idea.  Also I've ridden in the Whidbey Island area before so I know what that is like.

Does anyone have any experience riding Washington State Route 9, and can provide any pros/cons to this route vs the ACA route in this area?

Also, it looks like I may be able to use the Centenniel Trail in the Snohomish area (which seems to parallel WA Rt. 9).  Any comments about that?

Any other ideas, routes, comments or suggestions are welcome.

Thanks,
Gary.

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Routes / Start date suggestions for Pacific Coast (north to south)
« on: February 19, 2012, 12:08:43 pm »
I am planning on riding the ACA Pacific Coast route later this summer.  From what I've read it is best to ride north to south due to prevailing winds in the summer.  Do these winds usually last through September? (wasn't sure if the ACA comment about winds was for meteorlogical summer through Labor Day or actual summer through Sept. 21st)

I've also read that tourist traffic on the route is higher in the summer (no real surprise).  I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to start earlier than the Labor Day weekend to get to California coast just after Labor Day?  Or would it be better just to wait until after Labor Day to start the whole trip?

Any comments on start dates from those who have ridden this route will be appreciated (and if you have links to any blogs or journals those would be appreciated too).

Thanks,
Gary.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier-ish
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:19:33 pm »
If you have any plans to veer off the ACA maps in Wisconsin, see the web site for some very good bicycle maps for Wisconsin.

https://www.bfw.org/store/index.php?storecategory_id=306

I used their "Northern Section" map this past summer when I took a more northerly route from Dalbo, MN to Conover, WI, to shorten my ACA Northern Tier route this past summer.

Gary.

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Routes / Re: Route 464 (Duck Lake Road) from Babb to Browning, Montana
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:07:20 pm »
Just thought that I would update this to answer my own question since I did take this route this past summer.

I asked several locals and park rangers in the area and they all agreed that Duck Lake Road was the better and safer route for biking from Babb to Browning, Montana.  While there aren't any services on this route, there is also very little traffic.  Several people mentioned how terrible Rt. 89 was with narrow shoulders and many curves without good sight lines.  Duck Lake Road had great sight lines so you and the traffic could see each other a long ways off.

This route also provided me with a great introduction to the Big Sky of Montana and a nice view of the Rockies disappearing behind me.  There are some climbs and descents on this route, but it's nothing compared to Going-to-the-Sun Road.

I liked this route so much that I think Adventure Cycling should offer this as an option for those who want to visit the Many Glacier area but do not want to venture up into Canada when riding the Northern Tier route.

Gary
scarcellagv@yahoo.com

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Routes / Route 464 (Duck Lake Road) from Babb to Browning, Montana
« on: April 18, 2009, 08:38:44 pm »
I'm planning my summer bike trip via the Northern Tier route (west to east).  I am planning on going through Glacier National Park, but due to time constraints I won't be able to take the loop up to Waterton in Canada.  I am planning to stay at Many Glacier campground after riding on Going-to-the-Sun Road.   

After leaving Many Glacier, I need to get to Browning to pick up Route 2 and head east.The typical route I've read about is taking Route 89 to Browning.  I've also read a journal where they took a short cut via Starr School Road bypassing Kiowa.

Here's my main question.  Route 464 (Duck Lake Road), off Route 89 just south of Babb seems to be a shorter and less hilly way to get to Browning.  Do you have any knowledge of this road and whether it would be a good alternative for biking?

Thanks,
Gary
scarcellagv@yahoo.com

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Routes / Key West, Florida
« on: January 25, 2004, 05:22:42 pm »
Does anyone know why the Adventure Cycling East Coast route ends in Fort Meyers, Florida and doesn't go any further south?  I'd like to keep going to Key West and would welcome any suggestions for bike routes and maps that are available.  Do you have to work you way back to the Atlantic coast or is there a way to get there staying on the Gulf coast?  Any pros/cons to either way?  My tentative plans would put me in Fort Meyers in late September or early October.


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