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My two cents: Free camping is always appreciated, but I can understand why the National Park Service would want to start charging something for camping. Still, I think $5 per person for hiker/biker camping is more in line with what I've seen elsewhere, including other National Parks like Glacier.


The biggest change proposed for touring cyclists is for the hiker/biker sites along the path. Currently they are free, NPS is proposing a charge of $20, which would be the same proposed fee as drive-in sites.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Anyone ridden the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in WA?
« on: December 24, 2014, 06:36:17 pm »
Link to a Google Maps overview of this route - basically it's Seattle-Ellensburg-Yakima-Columbia River Gorge-Portland-Centralia-Tacoma-Bremerton-Port Angeles, 980km nominally. Two-and-a-half to three weeks, including a couple of days drinking beer in Portland.

Overall, your route looks decent, though I'm not familiar with the North Bend to Biggs section. One change I would recommend is in the Columbia Gorge. I'd get over to the Oregon side at The Dalles. While this means about 10 miles of freeway riding, you'd get the Historic Columbia River Hwy between Hood River and The Dalles. The Rowena Loops are not to be missed!

Food Talk / Re: vegetarian trek on the transamerica?
« on: December 12, 2014, 11:17:27 pm »
Yeah I should say I've had to turn down offered food which I always feel a bit bad about. Also because of that I never stay with Warm Showers hosts or anything like that.

To note: WarmShowers makes this stuff easier than the random offered meal. You can indicate in your profile that you have dietary restrictions. And when I contact a host, sometimes they ask about dietary restrictions or I let them know what mine are. And I never had any problems! I think a host would prefer to make food for a guest (if they are going to make food) that the guest can actually eat. Remember that it's not always about vegetarianism/veganism, but it can be about food allergies too.

Routes / Re: HWY 75 - Alligator Alley
« on: December 09, 2014, 04:14:34 pm »
That's Interstate 75. Unfortunately, you can't ride on Interstates in Florida, or states east of the Mississippi for the most part.

General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: November 21, 2014, 05:40:20 pm »
I've definitely gotten my share of bad info in the distance/hills/service/etc. department. And I accept the info graciously, then take what has been said with a grain of salt. So it's easy to fall into the trap of all advice given on the road (that isn't from other tourists or cyclists) is bad. But sometimes it can come back and bite you in the posterior.

For example, when I toured the Pacific Coast in 2006, I ended up staying at the Point Reyes Hostel. This is a bit off the main route. When I called the hostel to confirm that I was coming that night, they warned me of the "big hill" between Point Reyes Station (the town, on route) and the hostel about six miles away. "Pshaw", I thought. I had been biking down the coast for two weeks, over many a hill. I made it up and over the Crescent City Hills and Leggett summit, the dreaded two "big hills" on the route (between Astoria and SF), ones they warn you about in "the book". I figured if I made it over all that, the "hill" the hostel staff mention should be a cakewalk, er, roll, right? Probably nothing at all.

Big mistake! That was quite the hill, almost 850 feet in elevation (starting from near sea level), and some of the steepest pitches that I encountered on that tour. I made it up, yes, but there was a section on the return I needed to walk. It was posted at 17% grade!

So I guess what I'm saying is: Don't get too cocky when offered advice from the locals. While a lot of it may be bad, sometimes they are right.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:23:35 pm »
Why do you want to go to Portland? Portland is not on the coast. If you intend to do the coast of Oregon, you really want to get to Astoria.

Because Portland is the most accessible place to get to from other places, especially from overseas. There is a small airport in Astoria, but I can imagine the logistics/cost of getting twelve people and their bikes there from the UK would be prohibitive. (And they would probably have to take a connecting flight from Portland or Seattle anyway.)

There is a bus that runs from Portland to Astoria, the NW Point. It runs from Portland Union Station and Greyhound Station out to the coast. I'd guess getting twelve bikes on one bus trip would still be an issue.

Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:28:11 pm »
Cool. And it's spelled Vancouver.  ;)

Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« on: October 04, 2014, 12:19:33 pm »
The easiest way would be to take the train! Amtrak Cascades has a daily train from Vancouver BC to Portland OR. Tickets will be around $50-80 per person, depending on dates and how far in advance you book. There are spots on the train for ten unboxed bikes. Each spot is $5 and requires an advance reservation. You can also put boxed bikes on the train for $10 each (if you need to buy a box from them, it's an extra $15.),0.pdf

General Discussion / Re: Handlebar Grips
« on: September 23, 2014, 02:24:14 pm »
I know the trend of this discussion thread is moving towards whether the OP has a properly fitted bike, but the main problem the OP is having (at least how I'm interpreting it) is mounting Ergon grips with a twist shifter.

And the solution is pretty simple: get an Ergon grip designed for use with a grip shifter. Something like this, for example:
It's shorter than the standard grip to allow for a twist shifter.

As for fit, sounds like the OP has a hybrid with straight handlebars. So an easy fix (besides new grips) would be to get a more swept-back bar.

General Discussion / Re: Nishki bikes
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:03:21 pm »
Here's the 1987 Nishiki catalog:

The Cresta GT is a true touring bike with cantilever brakes and front/rear rack mounts, though like most touring bikes of that era, it features 27-inch (630 mm) wheels. The Olympic looks to be a mid-range road bike with caliper brakes. If you're thinking of getting a bike for touring, I'd go with the Cresta.

Pacific Northwest / Re: OC&E Trail - South Central Oregon
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:52:04 pm »
I have not traversed the whole trail, or even one small sliver of it. But I believe the whole trail is part of the Oregon Outback route, and from what I heard is that the further it gets from Klamath Falls, the rougher it gets. Check out one of the many numerous ride reports from the Outback, there should be more details there.

Routes / Re: Columbia Gorge Bridges - Portland to Walla Walla
« on: September 09, 2014, 02:05:10 pm »
The Hood River Bridge is strictly off-limits to bicycles. All the other crossings are open to cyclists, as far as I know. The freeway bridges should have a bike path on them, like I-82/Umatilla Bridge.

General Discussion / Re: Can scooters ride the routes?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:33:52 pm »
I can't think of anywhere I I have been on an AC routes where you couldn't go with a non-motorized scooter.

The only places I can think of would be the few places an ACA route uses an Interstate or freeway, like the Lewis and Clark route in the Columbia River Gorge or the Northern Tier re-route through North Dakota (is it ND?). As far as I know, scooters can't ride them because they're not fast enough to be on the through lanes of the freeway, yet can't ride the shoulder because it's a motorized vehicle.

General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:13:54 pm »
Let no one run away with the idea that the alternative is easy. I did manage to get from Kelso to Camas without going on I5 by attempting to follow old 99. It involved a very hard climb and a lot of time. Some gent who lives in Kelso sent me a PM saying I couldn't have chosen a worse route, I should have gone down I5.

Oh, believe me, I know. I went up that hill the first time I biked between Olympia and Portland in '08. I threw up. Since then, I've used I-5 between Woodland and Kalama. I normally take try to stay off the freeway if I can, but this is one place I make an exception.

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