We did over 500 serious miles together. The only downside to them seemed to be that the tires wore quicker than 700Cs
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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 wantLet 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.
I cast my vote for the vicinity of Jeffrey CityJeffrey City was (is?) so memorably godawful and anything improving that would spoil it. I think a book could be written of Jeffrey City stories. I've no recollection of a church there but I did stay in the dismal motel before it closed, incredibly expensive, $70+, for a freezing room, broke TV and a leaking toilet.
You should ride the Yakima river canyon road from Ellenburg to Yakima awesome scenery a little hilly but well worth it+1
Whatever you do don't take the derailer off as it's a bitch getting it back on.+1 I spent a whole day in the YMCA in Bergen trying to get mine back on without changing the adjustment. In the end I loosened the shifter cable to give me enough slack to mount the beast, then I had to redo the adjustment. Which is a major pain without a bike stand or a mate to hold up the back wheel.
I did Anacortes to Fargo... and most of the time had a tail wind. I assume you realize you'll be riding into the wind most of the time? Better exercise I suppose.Last year I did Fargo to Anacortes and had tail winds all the way. I'd been told several times I was going the wrong direction for the winds. The wind direction is a toss up I suppose