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Routes / Re: Prince Edward Island
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:04:53 am »
A friend of mine toured PEI several years ago and wrote a report on his blog:

Routes / Re: ACA Green Mtns Route in early Oct?
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:02:17 am »
Yeah, if I was going to credit card tour this route, I'd be more concerned about accommodations than the weather. Now would be the time to make hotel bookings.

General Discussion / Re: Help me decide on this last minute tour.
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:47:56 pm »
I also agree that Glacier is beautiful. But another thing to keep in mind is a lot of service close right after Labor Day, so you want to do your homework before leaving on what's open, what's not. (For example, the free buses that go up and down Going to the Sun stop on Labor Day, not that you would necessarily need it for a bike tour...)

And they plan on doing some major construction this year on Going to the Sun Road starting in mid-September, which may close the road. The alternate route, US 2, isn't bad, but nowhere near as spectacular.

I can't speak about your other choices, though.

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 20, 2014, 05:13:56 pm »
You can also try sprinkling some baking soda on just-dried clothes from the dryer and putting it back on for 20 minutes. I haven't tried it, but it's listed on the box of baking soda.

I also soak my clothes for 20-30 minutes to help get all the funk out.

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 19, 2014, 03:27:11 pm »
Baking soda works wonders.

General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:40:59 pm »
We checked out a Trangia stove that's available here.  Runs on some kind of spirits not gas. Didn't like it anyway as with all the acompanying pots - aluminum - luck! - and whatnot it looked very bulky.

Hey, don't knock the Trangia stormcooker sets until you try them. They live up to their "stormcooker" name. I've used them in quite windy conditions and they perform well, better than most other stoves. And that "spirits" is alcohol, as pointed out earlier in the thread.

General Discussion / Re: Washington Hiker/Biker Campsites?
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:23:06 pm »
We've only been to the NPS Olympic campground at Fairholm (or Fairholme) once (2009) but it did have specific HB sites [down a rather steep trail]. Nice too.

I went to Fairholm in 2010 and don't remember a hiker/biker, at least the Park staff didn't say anything about it. And the campground was full, so they set us up in a not-so-great spot near a service road.

...had made the assumption the campsites that had been mentioned catered mainly to cyclists, run by cyclists etc.  So they're just your standard campgrounds ...

I think the problem you're going to run into if you want to use campgrounds as the base to work is the ones that are more catering to cyclists/hiker-biker sites, while usually cheaper than $40-50 a night, are pretty rustic and don't have that many services. If you're going to be looking at things like a reliable source of power and wi-fi for your laptop, you'll have to look more at those campgrounds that cater more to the RV set. And those ones are going to be more expensive.

I've heard of a few people who have done work on tour on places like the Pacific Coast. What they normally would do is stay at the hiker/biker sites, then find an adequate cafe in a town and then plunk themselves down on the laptop for several hours.

General Discussion / Re: [California] SF to SD Biking Trip
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:52:28 pm »
Let's see that is about 110 miles a day.

I don't understand your math here. Using bike directions on google maps, the distance from San Francisco to San Diego is about 620 miles. It'll probably be slightly longer, so it might be more safe to say 700 miles. And the OP has 14 days (two weeks) to do it. Doing the math, I get 50 miles a day, which is pretty manageable for many people touring.

General Discussion / Re: cooking stoves for bike travel in Europe
« on: July 12, 2014, 12:14:53 pm »
There is apparently a kind of 'spirit' fuel available in bottles but I'm not sure what exactly 'spirit' fuel is or if it would work in an MSR. 

Spirit fuel is alcohol, just like some alcoholic beverages are known as "spirits". So no, it won't work in an MSR. But it will work in a Trangia stove, which should be popular and available in Finland. (Trangia is a Swedish brand.)

General Discussion / Re: Washington Hiker/Biker Campsites?
« on: June 30, 2014, 01:17:07 pm »
I found this link which shows that they're aren't many hiker/biker sites on the Olympic Peninsula route.

Two things here:
First, that map on the link isn't accurate, and it is missing some hiker/biker state parks. For example, it doesn't list Cape Disappointment, the most SW park on the Pacific Coast. And I know for sure there is a hiker/biker site there. It also doesn't list Beacon Rock in the Columbia Gorge.

Secondly, pretty much all the state parks on the coast are located south of the Olympic Peninsula. On the peninsula itself (at least the west side), there is only one state park between Grays Harbor and Port Angeles: Bogachiel. What you're going to be more concerned with here is the other campground operators: Olympic National Park, the Olympic National Forest, and the other operators. Olympic NP doesn't have hiker/biker sites (at least when I rode it 4 years ago), but park rangers managed to find me a camping spot when we ended up at full campgrounds. None of the spots were great, but serviceable.

Great, thanks. I already factored in some time for some detours, which I will certainly use for La Push/Mora and Hoh.

And I would also factor in some time to hike and do other stuff off the bike. The 20 mile ride up the Hoh River Valley is decent enough, but you still need to actually hike a bit in the Hoh Rainforest to make that side trip worthwhile.

I have a bit of a dilemma since the AC route uses 112/113, while Sol Duc and others are accessible from 101.

Sol Duc wouldn't be too much of a detour from 112/113. If I were to ride that area again, I'd do 112/113 vs 101 in that section. While Lake Crescent is pretty, the 10 miles that 101 parallels it is narrow and high-trafficked.

And I have an extra day in my back pocket, is Hurricane Ridge Road worthwhile? I might grab a room in Port Angeles and ride it unloaded.

I haven't done Hurricane Ridge, but I know it's a popular ride!

118 their 2nd edition book, K&S have the out and back detours off 101 to La Push and the Hoh Rain Forest as part of their main route. But in their 4th edition, they no longer have them as overnight stops, but just as side trips. So are they worthwhile overnight stops?

Yes, they are worthwhile stops, at least in my opinion.

If you just stick to the main (US 101) route, you will only pass through Olympic National Park at two places, about 15 miles around Lake Crescent, and about 15 miles around Kalaloch Beach. The rest of the route between the Grays Harbor area and Port Angeles go through a mix of private and state/federal forest lands, with a few small towns. The scenery is ho-hum to okay for most of that part, but nothing spectacular, and you won't see the ocean except for that section around Kalaloch. The spots inside the park are way better and more interesting than what you just see on the main road (excepting the portions 101 goes through the park.) I wouldn't do a tour out that way without factoring in the "side trips" to places like La Push, Hoh, Sol Duc, etc.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Bears on Pacific Coast Ride?
« on: June 24, 2014, 04:44:36 pm »
Raccoons, however, will raid your food supply all the way down if it is not secured.

And sometimes, even if it is secured!  ;)
(If a campsite has a "bear box", use it!)

There may be shops in Vancouver that would probably accept your bike, but before you go down that road, I'd check on shipping costs first. While shipping something like a long-based recumbent via UPS or Fedex is going to be somewhat expensive in the States, when you ship it to another country (even Canada!) it can go into the realm of ridiculously expensive. And that's not including duties that Canada Customs may slap on the box. (That alone may scare some shops off from accepting your bike.)

It might be better to ship to Bellingham and either start the ride there or ride up to Vancouver (one day's ride.)

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