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Routes / Re: Route Choice
« on: May 19, 2017, 04:18:11 pm »
BTW...Crews look like they are making good progress clearing the west side of GTS. Photos on the park's Flickr page show them up to the Big Bend a few days ago. Some cool shots, including one showing the Visitor Center and ready room at Logan Pass. buried. When I rode up on June 17th, 2000 it was wet, cold and windy. A ranger invited me inside the ready room, where there was a fire burning. She also let me bum some newspaper from their stash to line my clothing for the cold descent back to Sprague Creek.

Routes / Re: Route Choice
« on: May 19, 2017, 01:23:21 pm »
Did the entire NT once and western part (to Glacier) a second time. Also did the GPS from Whitefish down to Missoula and then the TA to Fairplay, CO on the east side of Hoosier. Plenty of other experience on the TA between Missoula and Ennis, MT.

Unless you really don't want to do the more mountainous terrain of the TA, I'd let scenery be the driving factor. The NT east of Cut Bank through MT and ND has a lot of open ranch/farm land. You might get bored after a while. (Note that I have not done the NT re-route through eastern MT and ND that was made necessary due to oil truck traffic.) We did stay in some city facilities in Chester, Harlem and Culbertson, MT, but I think that third town is no longer on the route. And that was in '99. Don't know what the state of things are now.

Pretty sure you will meet more people on the TA. Over the last few year I have spent a few days on the TA between Missoula and as far south as Ennis in late June and encountered numerous people each time. I wouldn't call any portions of that stretch remote. And I don't remember anything really remote besides the stretch between Lander and Rawlins, WY. Sure. Between Sula and Wisdom, MT there is only one commercial establishment, but there is an improved highway rest area at the top of Lost Trail Pass with bathrooms and water, a U.S.F.S. campground (May Pole) with water heading down MT 43 to Wisdom and a battlefield site with water and bathrooms about 10 miles outside of Wisdom. Wisdom to Dillon became a little more remote with the closing of the hot springs lodge in Jackson, MT, but there is a café in Jackson that is open for lunch and dinner and it's not that great of a distance that making it to Dillon is going to abnormally difficult due to lack of services.

If I were in your shoes, I would start in Whitefish and head east into Glacier N.P. for a couple of days, using one of them to ride up and back down the west side of Going to the Sun. (Sprague Creek Campground is within walking distance of Lake McDonald Lodge and has several hiker/biker tent pads in the infield. Avalanche Campground is another options.) Then I would double back and head to Missoula using the GPN route to pick up the TA.

I am planning to arrive in Whitefish on June 26th and Glacier on June 27th during a loop tour out of Missoula and ride GTS on the 28th. The day after that I will be heading to Bigfork (Wayfarer's S.P. has new hiker/biker sites. So does Whitefish Lake S.P.) and then somewhere in the Lake Alva or Seeley Lake area on MT 83 before returning to Missoula on July 1st.

Routes / Re: Chicago to NY Maps?
« on: May 18, 2017, 08:13:04 am »
Shown in the new cyclosource.  Says available in May.  Now almost halfway through May and can't find the maps or GPS data available anywhere on the site.  When is this new route going to be available?
The maps are now available. Check the home page.

General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 16, 2017, 06:36:49 am »
I'd wait until after Labor Day. Camping is scarcer in the northeast. You will have less competition after the holiday. I started my trip from Brattleboro the Saturday after Labor Day. Seemed like the perfect time weather and crowd-wise, and there was still plenty of day light.

General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 15, 2017, 04:40:16 pm »

BTW...When in the fall? New England and even northern NJ can have some cold nights starting pretty early. I have done the Black Bear Century a couple of times. It's held in mid October and uses part of the Atlantic Coast route in NJ and PA. One year it was sub-freezing at registration in Delaware Water Gap, PA.

Also, try to stay at Worthington State Forest on Old Mine Rd. in NJ. It's a gem. The place can fill up even on fall weekends, and to make "official" weekend reservations you need to book both Saturday and Sunday. However, if you call the campground directly you can reserve a space for people arriving by foot, bike or paddling, or so the super there told me. if you can snag a regular site, Nos. 12 and 11 are great. Near the bathrooms, showers and camp sink and direct water access. Downside is that you will need to store your food, etc., in one of the bathrooms as the only bear boxes are in the group sites. (Yes. There are bears in that part of the world.)

Routes / Re: Salt Lake City to New Jersey
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:21:51 am »
Next May, as in 2018?

Was in Short Hills on Christmas and cycle between New Hope, PA and Brooklyn via Hoboken, NJ every year. Traffic in that part of NJ can be no fun. Take a look at this map:

That blue line through Pennsylvania is part of a new route. The maps should be available this week. As you will see, it goes through Summit, which is close to Short Hills. I have ridden much of the route through PA. It's not bad at all, although you will have some hills. There is just no avoiding it.

General Discussion / Re: Atlantic Coast Route
« on: May 13, 2017, 02:27:31 pm »
In the northeast and New England, it will depend on the particular weather pattern you encounter, so there is no way to predict what you will face. I just did the portion between Canaan, CT and Conshohocken, PA in September. Warm, humid system from the south produced headwinds for several days. (I actually started in Brattleboro, VT and had headwinds both days to CT, too.) That cleared out and I had a great tailwind through the Delaware Water Gap N.R.A. and down the river to Milford, NJ. I would be more concerned with the hills. I remember thinking that I was glad I was descending into the Hudson River Valley heading south rather than climbing north/east out of it. You will have hills in both directions, but I just remember that stretch feeling like a long way down.

Routes / Re: Current aerial shots of Tioga Pass snow removal.
« on: May 13, 2017, 08:27:37 am »
Clearing GTS in Glacier. They seem to be making good progress.

Unless conditions have changed since '00, I would not take U.S. 2 between Newport and U.S. 95. Little or no shoulder in places and traffic, including trucks. Old Priest and Dufort Rds., on the south side of the river, were much quieter. Then take U.S. 95 for a few miles into Sagle. In Sagle, make a right on Sagle Rd. You will instantly come to a bike path that takes you into Sandpoint via the old highway bridge across the lake. You can see this all on Google Maps.

Never ridden ID 41, but from Google Maps Street View it appears to lack a shoulder in many places and seems to carry a fair amount of traffic. If you do take it, there is a minor road from just north of Spirit Lake (Spirit Lake Cutoff Rd.) that takes you off ID 41 up to Dufort Rd. mentioned above. Again, this is available on Street View.

General Discussion / Re: internal hubs
« on: May 12, 2017, 06:39:48 am »
Only you will be able to determine whether your proposed setup will have low enough gears for you. BTW...While Hoosier is the "cima coppi" (highest peak) of the Trans Am, it's by no means the steepest climb. Grades in the east will be higher. You will also likely have harder climbs out west, especially if you stay in Breckenridge the night before Hoosier. (You didn't specify a direction.) Breckenridge sits at 9,600'. That leaves only about 1,900' of climbing. In contrast, Togwotee Pass from Moran, WY is some 3,200' of climbing.

Routes / Re: Should I change my route?
« on: May 11, 2017, 04:11:01 pm »
As I wrote in response to your recent thread on Bikefourms, "yes."

Routes / Re: Central-Southern IL/IN Week Long Trip Suggestions
« on: May 11, 2017, 02:15:31 pm »
Have you looked at the Underground Railroad and Northern Tier routes? Both appear to pass within that drive time south and north (respectively) of TH.

General Discussion / Re: Arriving by Amtrak
« on: May 11, 2017, 02:06:15 pm »
"You rode your bicycle, alone, from Sacramento to Salt Lake City?" Cop was skeptical...Then I showed him my epic farmer tan.
Heh. I will have to remember that one in the event I find myself in similar circumstances. I have actually had women laugh at my farmer tan while on the beach shirtless and wearing swim trunks that were shorter than my cycling shorts.

Routes / Re: Chicago to NY Maps?
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:55:11 pm »
Told you so.  ;D

Routes / Re: Recommendation needed for Long Island/ NY
« on: May 10, 2017, 07:32:47 am »
A buddy of mine talked to someone in PA who helped develop the PA bike routes. He said the reason they stuck with highways under state jurisdiction wherever they could was because it eliminated the need to get permission from individual townships to post route signs. From my relatively limited experience, that worked out o.k. in many places. In other places, not so much. I can think of one place in particular where you end up on a busy state highway when there is a gorgeous, valley alternative that passes by Amish farms.

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