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One question I have is what constitutes a paved shoulder? In other words, does there need to be some minimum width to the right of the white line to qualify as a shoulder?

And what does "highway" mean? Any road? Any state numbered highway? Something else? I keep thinking about things like two-lane Interstate frontage roads with no shoulders. Prohibiting riding on such roads would likely drive cyclist onto the Interstate.

If you live along a "highway" (whatever that definition encompasses) with no shoulder outside a municipality, how could leave your house on foot?

He might want to read this, and not just because that handsome devil next to the dog is me :):

Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:11:44 am »
125 miles/day average? Makes my head hurt thinking about it.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: January 17, 2017, 04:46:14 pm »
Nope, don't think I hit Staggers.

We had a short day that day so a few of our group of twelve went for some late morning/early afternoon beers. It's where the local color was hanging at the time. I would post a photo from my time there but it would violate forum guidelines. And that's all I've got to say about that. ;)

The next day the heat wave broke and we moved on into Ohio. I think I may still have my "I *heart" Monroeville" sticker somewhere at home.

Gear Talk / Re: Camp Stove
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:33:28 am »
but I'm always worried about leaks.

Leaks from what? The pump. If so, I would simply replace it or at least do some maintenance on it. It's is pretty old.

These days, I have been using the Optimus Nova) (not the Nova + version) over my MSR Dragonfly, although I will take the latter with me on shorter trips where I need to carry less gear. (The Dragonfly is a but bulkier.) The Nova has a great, metal pump that is very sturdy. However, my cooking is more elaborate that that of many others, so stove likes those may be overkill for you.

32 oz. White Gas or Crown Camp Fuel cans can be hard to find in places. As noted, you can simply donate what you don't use. I did that in WY, when I had to buy a gallon of Coleman Fuel. Left what I didn't need at the campground for other cyclists riding the TransAm. I have, however, found the smaller cans. REI seems to always have them, and I remember finding them in independent sporting goods stores in Whitefish, MT, Winthrop, WA and Montrose, CO. There is even a store in downtown Philadelphia that stocks them during the spring/summer season.

Back in 2000 I spent 7 weeks touring Andalucía with a burner for a Gaz canisters. Didn't like it at all. The canisters didn't last long for my type of cooking.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:12:25 am »
+++++++ for Monroeville!

You talkin' Monroeville, IN? If so, out group Northern Tier tour stayed in the community center back in '99. The AC was quite a relief as we had been experiencing temps in the upper 90s to low 100s.

Did you have a beer at Staggers?

Routes / Re: Solo Trip Across America
« on: January 15, 2017, 09:16:02 am »
I was in the Black Hills two years ago. If you to go through Devil's Tower and make your way to Spearfish, SD, this is how i got to Hill City:

(Ignore the frist couple of miles and head straight to U.S. 14 Atl. I had to make a run to a store for something.) Spearfish is a wonderful town with a great public campground.

As noted, you can continue on the Mickelson Trail from Hill City to Crazy Horse and back. The trail literally passes under the roads that leads to the monument, and you can see it from the trail.

From Hilly to City to Mt. Rushmore, you can take U.S. 385 to SD 244, but that's busy. I recommend this route instead:
That back road to Keystone is very pretty and lightly travelled. If you leave a while before the historic train from Hill City to Keystone you can wait for it to pass by. The train crosses that road several times.

Routes / Re: Deception Pass State Park, Washington
« on: January 11, 2017, 02:11:05 pm »
I didn't see any signs restricting bicycles, so I decided to ride like hell.  I got about 50 yards before a pickup truck with a loudspeaker pulled up behind me and told me to get off the road.

Wow! Was it a police officer or some other official? I rode it back in '99 and '00. Probably less development back then, and both times were weekdays in late May, so the busy tourist season hadn't started, and outside of "rush hour."

Routes / Re: Deception Pass State Park, Washington
« on: January 11, 2017, 08:17:49 am »
The bridge can also be very busy, and there is no shoulder.

And I have always wondered about this warning on the park's web site:

"Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island periodically fly over the campground while engaged in local training. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for campers. At various times during the day and night, the aviators may engage in Field Carrier Landing Practice for imminent operations aboard aircraft carriers. The park and naval station have been neighbors since 1942, and park staff stays in regular contact with officials at NAS Whidbey Island. We will do our best to notify campers of anticipated Field Carrier Landing Practice periods. Although State Parks cannot be responsible for the jet noise, we do share visitor concerns with our representatives of Naval Air Station Whidbey."

Anyone know if it's really a big concern?

Routes / Re: Place to finish WB Northern Tier ride
« on: January 10, 2017, 02:46:50 pm »
An alternative, albeit likely a hiller one, is to head west to Columbia, NJ and cross the Delaware via the ped/bike bridge into Portland, PA, which is the eastern terminus of signed PA Bike Route V:

Follow Route V to Emlenton PA (map #5) and then take the paved Allegheny River/Samuel Justus Trail all the way to Oil City, PA. From there, work your way up to Erie, where you can get on the Northern Tier eastbound in Niagara Falls, ON if you wish.

A few years ago I did a trip across PA starting in Vienna, OH. Made my way to Franklin, PA and took the ART south to Emlenton and then Route V as far east as Catawissa (map #21), before heading south. The trail is very nice and, except for maybe .5 miles, paved. The state also did a pretty good job with Route V. I found plenty of well-spaced camping and other services along the way. In Portland, PA, there is a private campground a bit of a climb above town. If you are willing to climb some more to save some $$, there is a second campground higher up the hill that charges only $10 for tent sites. Further west along Route V there is camping at Hickory Run State Park and in the town of White Haven (good grocery store and pizza places there) to the west of Hickory Run. From either, I believe it's easy enough to make the Catawissa/Bloomsburg area, where there is yet more camping, in one day.

While it's not the definitive source, I asked for Google Maps bike directions from Florham Park to Columbia, NJ. One option is returned was a 58 mile route that picks up the Paulinskill Valley Trail from a few miles west of Newtown to almost Columbia. Have never ridden the trail, but hear it's nice, albeit unpaved. The paved alternative between Newtown and Columbia is NJ 94. It has traffic in places depending on the day and time, but there is a good shoulder. I have ridden the entire stretch from Blairstown to Columbia and would not hesitate to do so again.

Let me know if you decide on this option. I have details regarding where I camped and shopped for groceries for dinner, etc.

Routes / Re: Place to finish WB Northern Tier ride
« on: January 10, 2017, 10:03:05 am »
Starting here in north-central NJ, I was contemplating where to start my journey.  I wanted to start at the Atlantic Ocean, but what counts as "The Ocean".    I settled on Sandy Hook.  From there, it's ocean as far as you can see (3400 miles to Portugal).

I live in Philly and ride in NJ often. Either from home into S. Jersey or west central Jersey (Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex Counties). Have you come up with your route west from Sandy Hook? If so, I would like to see it. I am woefully ignorant concerning good routes across that part of the state and am always looking to expand my knowledge base.

And where do you intend to hook up with the Northern Tier?

Routes / Re: Place to finish WB Northern Tier ride
« on: January 09, 2017, 02:47:37 pm »
Take a few more days and ride south along the Pacific Coast route from where it intersects with the Northern Tier and then take a short ferry ride to Seattle. That's what I did, only in reverse when I did the NT west to east and then part of the NT the following year.

Along the way, camp at Fort Worden State Park:

It's a former military base where "An Officer and a Gentleman" was filmed. Really nice place with a beach. The campground apparently fills up fast, but I believe they still have some hiker/biker spots.

My first night out from Seattle I stayed at Kitsap Memorial State Park.

Both times I stayed at Fort Worden then took the ferry from Port Townsend to Fort Casey then rode on to Bay View to camp.

General Discussion / Re: Finishing my TransAm ride - Where to Start
« on: January 06, 2017, 01:38:46 pm »
What jamawani said, if only for the reason of easy transportation of bike and body to the start.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier vs. TransAm
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:45:02 am »
The timeframe is doable for a first timer, but I think it wise to have either an open ended schedule with some extra time built in or a flexible end point.  On a coast to coast trip the flexible end point may not make sense so allowing some extra time is more important.

The starting and ending dates included in the OP are the ones listed for the supported NT tour described in the link in my post above. As I read the ride description, there is a rigid itinerary that must be adhered to.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier vs. TransAm
« on: January 03, 2017, 04:10:12 pm »
Here appears to be the skinny:

While you can do you own self contained tour, the ride organizers offer various ACA routes (including the GDMRB) as supported camping tours, although it sounds like you are responsible for most of you meals.

OP: Since you indicated a specific start date, it sounds like you are planning to do one of the supported trips. I hope you realize that the Northern Tier and TransAm routes start in different locations on different days.

Also, the TransAm route appears to follow the Western Express portion, which will send you through the Nevada desert near the end of July.

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