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General Discussion / totally new
« on: July 24, 2004, 11:26:26 am »
Welcome, Kiki. One great place to start is the How To Department right here at Adventure Cycling. Look for the link on the home page.

Do write back with any special questions that are not answered there. You will get answers, if not consensus.


General Discussion / loaded touring weight
« on: March 22, 2004, 10:27:35 am »
Hi Peter. My bike (a standard four-pannier configuration) weighs 75 pounds ready to go for road touring, that is, with food and 3 water bottles on board.


General Discussion / Detailed supply list
« on: November 01, 2003, 10:35:18 am »
Hi Kevin. Google "bicycle across equipment list" (without the quotation marks) and stand back. Don't expect much consensus.


General Discussion / Lewis and Clark Trail
« on: October 25, 2003, 02:02:33 pm »
Hi Darius. I did a van-supported 12-day loop from Great Falls - Helena - Salmon - Hamilton - Missoula - Great Falls in late June 2003, 90% on the ACA route. Only 3 of the days were real mountain riding, the rest in valleys with views of the mountains. Can't blame the Captains for taking the rivers where they could, I guess!

The highlights for me were Lemhi Pass and Gibbons Pass. Both are unpaved but were fine in dry weather on a touring bike with 28mm tires. Gibbons Pass is a worthwhile alternate to US-93 near Sula MT--less steep, much better views, and NO traffic. We rode it downhill, met one Forest Service pickup in 17 miles, and didn't pedal at all for 2 hours at a casual pace with many photo stops. Toward the bottom we joked about the surprising finding that those footrests on the bikes could move. The next day we returned to Lost Trail pass and did Gibbons again--it was that good.

Some photos are in two albums, Best of Lewis and Clark and More Lewis and Clark, at
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Traffic on the valley routes was moderate on the through state highways, but shoulders were adequate except for 5 miles north of Helena, which was being rebuilt as we passed. Traffic was light where the route found local roads. All in all, about what one would expect.

None of our loop was boring. I love the open spaces as well as the mountains. The L & C Interpretive Center in Great Falls is worth a stop even if, like me, you are not much of a museum-goer. There are interesting diversions almost every day along the way. And be sure to look in at the ACA headquarters in Missoula to meet the folks who make all this possible, check your email, and see some neat biking stuff.

Do it!


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