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Routes / Re: Cross-US Trail-Based Route - Feedback Please!
« on: April 19, 2015, 02:04:55 pm »
A nice route west from Council Bluffs is to follow the Platte River to Kearney, NE, where the Oregon Trail route joins the river and follow the Oregon Trail to Portland, OR.

One thing to note if you follow the Columbia westward to the Pacific through the Columbia Gorge: The wind blows predominately from the west in the summer, creating quite a fierce headwind if you're heading westward.

Some challenges on your proposed route:
Journals from riders on the John Wayne/Ironhorse Trail state that much of it is loose ballast.

I got the impression that the OP will be heading west on the Iron Horse from Ellensburg WA to Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass. This is the well-maintained gravel section of the trail, and people regularly ride it on road bikes. The section of the John Wayne east of the Columbia River to the Idaho state line is the unimproved section that has loose ballast and closed trestles.

Routes / Re: Alternative to TransAm for OR to KS
« on: April 13, 2015, 05:46:47 pm »
Are you totally set on riding back? You could do TransAm then Pacific Coast route from Astoria to the Bay Area, then fly/train back to KS.

Routes / Re: Alternative to TransAm for OR to KS
« on: April 13, 2015, 02:01:30 pm »
60 days seems like a tight timeframe for going from KS to OR and back again, but I don't know how many miles a day you average.

If it were me, I'd get all the maps you need in advance, but at the very least get the maps you'll need up until getting to ACA headquarters in Missoula.

Routes / Re: Alternative to TransAm for OR to KS
« on: April 13, 2015, 01:39:42 pm »
What's your timeframe?

From Astoria, going south along the Pacific Coast is nice. But if you intend on biking back to Kansas, unfortunately that means you'd be heading east across the deserts in the middle of summer. What about heading north from Astoria into Washington to ride the Northern Tier, then head back to Kansas via Great Parks to TransAm? Or you could do the Lewis and Clark route that starts in Astoria? That would bring you at least to Kansas City.

Routes / Re: Minnesota to West Coast route options?
« on: April 07, 2015, 08:50:02 pm »
Going into Canada and back to the U.S. is entertaining if for no other reason than to see the different levels of security at the border crosssing. The Canadian officials are friendly Dudley Do-Right, down-home people. The U.S. officials are stern, all business.

I've crossed the border several times, and don't feel it's as cut and dry as Canadian Customs "good", US Customs "bad". I've had good and bad experiences with both. And while it may seem that you'll have a better shot of a "good" interaction at a small, out-of-the-way border crossing, sometimes you'll get that bored, humorless officer on a power trip.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: April 02, 2015, 07:55:24 pm »
You could get the official ODOT map, which shows highways and roads, posted routes, mileage, interstate exit numbers, rest areas, cities, towns, counties, State and Federal lands, water features, parks, campgrounds, airports, lighthouses, fish hatcheries, winter recreation areas, and historic/national trails.

Here's a link to ODOT bike maps:

To note: The print copies of the statewide bike map are currently out of print, and should be back in stock by summer. And they no longer print the Columbia Gorge map. But you can look at the PDFs online.

General Discussion / Re: Pac Coast Ride
« on: March 31, 2015, 10:48:06 pm »
1) I'd like to make it a week long trip.  I was thinking of starting in Crescent City and ending in San Fran (412 mi).  I average without gear around 18.5mph and ride 100 miles a week.  Based on that is this trip doable in 5-6 days time?

As John says, six days is doable, but seven would be better. If I were to do it in five, I'd start at Arcata/Eureka. You'd miss Redwood National Park, but be less stressed for time. (And to note: Redwood NP isn't the only place you'll see big redwoods en route!)

And as will be noted, you definitely will go a bit slower with gear.

2) Best way to get gear from Atlanta, GA over to starting point.  I'd like to bring my own bike.  Is it better to ship it or fly it out?

Are you planning on flying into Portland (PDX?) If so, how do you plan on getting to Crescent City?

You can ship a bike via Amtrak Package Express for maybe $75-100 one way. You can have it shipped from Atlanta to Union Station in Portland, then back from either Oakland/Jack London or Emeryville in the Bay Area.

3) Camping on the coast, good idea?  It sounds nice, but am I going to be fighting crowds of people to get a good spot?  Better to reserve a camp site or just wing it?

Great idea! The crowds don't come out until after Memorial Day, and many of the places you would camp on the route have specific hiker/biker sites.

4) In regards to the above ^, bivy sack and a ENO hammock enough to get by?  Probably a rain tarp too?

You probably won't go hurting for trees, but it's wise to have a non-hammock backup, esp. if you run into any hammock prohibitions. If your hammock doesn't have a rain fly, get one.

5) Outside of regular riding clothes and tools, any essential gear that you think is crucial?  I was going to bring a JetBoil with for coffee and food, rain gear, and a book.

Rain gear!

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: March 31, 2015, 10:33:02 pm »
Yeah, construction can be an issue. A better way to find out more info is check out the ODOT District Map, find the districts you'll pass through, and contact the specific district(s).

And Oregon TripCheck will show all current construction activities and what they entail, along with other road issues:

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: March 31, 2015, 06:55:59 pm »
Louis, it is legal to bike on I-84 in NE Oregon. The only freeway restrictions in Oregon are in the Portland metro area and in Medford in SW Oregon.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: March 31, 2015, 05:05:00 pm »
This is a better source for info:

I-84 is open to bicycles it's entire length in Oregon east of the Portland metro area (Troutdale.)

General Discussion / Re: Getting from Seattle to Anacortes
« on: March 20, 2015, 11:06:06 pm »
There's a few ways you can do it:

From SeaTac to Mt Vernon:
  • Take the light rail from SeaTac to downtown Seattle. From there take Amtrak out of King St Station to Mt. Vernon. (Two Amtrak trains daily)
  • Or in downtown Seattle, take the Sound Transit 510/512 express bus from 4th and Jackson to Everett Station, then hop on Skagit Transit 90X bus to Mt Vernon station.

From Mt Vernon to Anacortes:
  • Ride the 20 miles to Anacortes. If you are adverse to back-tracking on the same route you came, you can choose a southerly route that heads through La Conner, a cool li'l town. This way wouldbe more like 30 miles.
  • Take Skagit Transit bus 40X to March's Point, then transfer to the 410 State Ferry bus.

Please note that the 40X bus does not run on Sundays.

Routes / Re: Starting Transam in Yorktown, nearest train station?
« on: March 18, 2015, 02:29:47 pm »
The ACA starts often starts and ends routes in small places that have no air or rail service. If you start in Yorktown, you'll probably have a similar problem ending in Florence or Astoria.

No problem ending in Astoria. The NW Point bus has two round-trips between Astoria and Portland (Amtrak and Greyhound stations), and they accept unboxed bixes in the cargo hold.

General Discussion / Re: Roll on service for Amtrak long haul routes
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:45:17 pm »
I'd like to think that they would allow for the loading/unloading of unboxed bikes at unstaffed (no baggage service) stations. And it's not like Amtrak can't do it: Cascades corridor service (Eugene-Portland-Seattle-Vancouver) has the bike storage in the baggage car, and there are a few unstaffed stations (Olympia-Lacey, Mt. Vernon). And when I've had to load/unload a bike at those stations, the conductor or other train employee opens the baggage door and takes care of it.

Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:25:20 pm »
And here's where to find the Oregon state park camping:
TIP: Click "hiker biker campsites" from the column on the left.

Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:04:29 pm »
Not sure about Oregon parks, but California parks have had multiple years of budget cuts. I would suspect that many are not open yet in March - especially those further north and on the coast.

Oregon's parks haven't suffered the same budget woes that have befallen California, or Washington state for that matter. And as far as I know, all the Oregon coastal camping parks are open all year round. The only parks that close for winter (west of Cascades) are inland, and these typically open mid-March.

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