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General Discussion / Realistic time requirements
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:11:11 am »
I've got it in my head that I want to ride from the west coast to my home in St. Paul MN this summer. I'am thinking of flying to Seattle WA. Riding out to Cape Disapointment st. park, dip my wheels in the Pacific ocean and ride home in about thirty days. My route would be the lewis and clark, I 90 to Miles City and US 12 through Baker MT. Cross the Missouri at Mobridge SD. Am I in a state of personal delusion? The hwy miles between Seattle and Minneapolis are upwards of 1600. I've done bike trips out to Garrison ND and back by various routes with total miles over 1800, granted it was kind of flat.

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Starting at St.Joseph MN just west of St. Cloud is the Woebegon trail. At Salk Center it becomes the Lakes Area trail which will take you to Fergus Falls. I highly recommend the viking cafe in downtown Fergus Falls, Couldn't eat it all!

May the wind at your back always smell like home.
                  MORG

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Gear Talk / Camelback stopper
« on: July 08, 2008, 09:32:33 pm »
Does anybody know of a good lubricant for the screw in stopper for a camelback hydration system? I have a heck of a time getting it open sometimes.  Thanks!

May the wind at your back always smell like home.
                  MORG

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Gear Talk / AMTRAK, V.S. BOB trailers
« on: March 14, 2008, 06:41:40 pm »
 Hi Guys. I have some questions about traveling on Amtrak with bob trailers and specifically the CELLO system. I've so far had good luck with shipping my BOB trailer on amtrak in a large cordura duffle bag. I take the wheel, fender, off and reverse the fork. I put a shipping block in the dropouts. The resulting package with some gear added fits under the 36 inch length and under 50 lbs, the bike goes in to one of their boxes. So far I've had pretty good luck with this except for the time amtrak lost my bike for two days. As well as the possibility that amtrak won't have a bike box at the station for me to use.(and won't reserve or obtain one for me). It seems that it's up to the baggage supervisor at the time whether or not it's okay to ship the trailer this way. When I tell them it's a bike trailer, they'll say it has to be in a case, ie. box, carton, etc. I point out to them that it fits under the criteria and has no sharp points or pokes and is easy to pick up move around, so far, they have accepted it. I fear some day I'll get a baggage guy with a "tude" and get screwed. On the Katy trail there is a train you can take out or back but they won't allow trailers.(they have reserved racks for 3 bikes) Does any one know of problems with amtrak baggage concerning the Cello system? Also with the cello system, will the use of the BOB 28 fork fit it?   Thanks  MORG

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Routes / Hwy 2 between Towner and Rugby west bound.
« on: August 22, 2008, 07:45:28 pm »
To all on the northern tier who are headed west bound, avoid US Hwy 2 in North Dakota, between Rugby and Towner. I was headed east on that hwy and the two foot shoulder was a nightmare as there was a row of pylons preventing cars and trucks from moving over for me. I was able to drop down to the gravel shoulder to let large vehicles pass, but there is about a three to four inch difference between the concrete and the gravel. The east bound side has no shoulder to escape to. They are re-doing the west bound lanes and both east and west are taking up the east bound side of the highway until further notice. It might be possible to travel west on parts of the west bound side using the remnants of the west bound shoulder but you'll be dodging heavy equipment and belly dumps. I dont know if there is more construction on that route. I went east from Granville to Rugby after spending the night at Velva, and continuing to Rollette.

May the wind at your back always smell like home.
                  MORG

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General Discussion / Then came "Johnson"?
« on: April 24, 2008, 01:01:47 pm »
For some time now I've been wondering if it would ever be cool to have a TV series based loosely on the "then came bronson" series. With the upsurge of babyboomers out riding across the country, would there be interesting stories and situations that would hold an audience. One episode could be running into the ragbrai ride and the absolute crazy, zany, whacked out experience of that.

May the wind at your back always smell like home.
                  MORG

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