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Thanks for posting Lucas. I remember staying at the armory in Williston on the NT.  One of my vet assistants moved there last year with her husband -  $80K/year not bad for a 20-something kid from Yuma with the country's highest unemployment rate (30.3%).  If our leaders were smart, they'd let the oilfields  turn this recession around and get us out of the middle east as a bonus.     

Routes / Re: Transam Motels around Jeffrey City, Wy?
« on: November 15, 2013, 04:36:22 pm »
Follow mathieu's link to Monk King Bird Pottery or friend them on Facebook for contact info. Be sure to call Byron & reserve the trailer if you're coming during TransAm's busy season as there's no other place to stay in Jeffrey City without camping equipment. I've also heard the church is no longer available. You can always call the pastor & ask, he's very nice. In a journal on CrazyGuy, two girls stayed in this room at the church in June 2012 without needing sleeping bags:

There's a guy in Muddy Gap who rents out 2 hunting trailers, his phone # is on the back of the Adventure Cycling map (I can look it up & let you know if you need it). Muddy Gap is another 24 miles past Jeffrey City going W to E, or 44 miles past Rawlins going E to W. Good to know cuz this is a really windy stretch of Wyoming and the road from Rawlins to Jeffrey City has potholes & heavy trailer truck traffic. So you may not make it as far as you planned on those days.

We rode W to E without camping equiment averaging a wimpy 43 miles daily & documented all lodging contact & cost info at:

General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier For Non Campers
« on: November 09, 2013, 07:05:47 pm »
Can't hurt to sign up but WarmShowers is least likely to turn up members in the remote areas where there aren't any motels.

Another thought on carrying a tent & sleeping bag just in case. If you discover a place where lodging will be too far between, buy cheap ones, Goodwill if you can, (maybe just bags & pray for no rain), in the town before & leave behind at campground with "free to good home" sign.

General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier For Non Campers
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:59:43 pm »
Another place to look for accommodations is Craigslist - people rent out vacation cottages. trailers in RV parks, or even rooms in their homes. I was able to find Craigslist lodging in a few tight spots on our credit card TransAm last year.  With reservations for the western half made well in advance, we pulled off no camping averaging 43 miles per day. Don't know if you could motel the Northern Tier without doing century days, it's been too long ago since I've ridden it.

Routes / Re: Best way to build a route from scratch?
« on: October 26, 2013, 03:08:17 pm »
<<  And why do you have to bike into Atlanta??  Urban riding can be the pits. >>

Actually, there is an outstanding PAVED bicycle path ~ 150 miles long from Anniston, Alabama into the Atlanta 'burb of Smyrna. Google Chief Ladiga Trail (Alabama) & Silver Comet Trail (Georgia).

Routes / Re: ACA North Star 2014
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:11:42 am »
Oooh, the ride to Hyder I still remember to this day because on the little dogleg in, you ride closer to a glacier than anywhere on the route. I remember a sign saying instead of "Caution, Falling Rock!" something like "Caution, Falling Glacier!" and we all rode like hell by it as fast as possible. The other thing Hyder NOW has is a famous "grizzly bear viewing area" that my snowbird clients show me pictures of. You can stand on a bridge & literally watch grizz fishing.

We stayed in a hostel in Banff and camped at Lake Louise along the way to Jasper, where elk walked around town.  It was the most wildlife rich stretch of the trip other than the park service bus tour thru Denali.

Half of us alleviated the drudgery of weeks of wilderness by detouring along the (paved!) Alaska Highway to Whitehorse - we were not about to miss the capital of the Yukon!  Added plus: bartering veterinary work for bike repair  :)

Great idea to think about setting aside time to rent a car in Fairbanks and DRIVE to Inuvik. My only regret of the trip was nobody even realized the Arctic Circle was a possible til we came to the turnoff & met people going that way. Miles and miles of opportunity to find a polar bear shaped Yukon license plate.

And yeah, after Denali, people did their own thing.

An *extra* to consider is flying from Anchorage to Juneau to catch the Alaska Marine Highway to Bellingham - you can ride from there to the Seattle airport. They let you pitch tents on deck so you don't have to pay extra for a cabin. Though not a *real* cruise,  a park ranger gives talks & points out sights along the way. Takes 3 days and worth every penny of the (now) $379.

I kept my ACA North Star booklet (we didn't have an actual map) & will RV the route in a few years. At the time - pre Robin Williams - I kept thinking that "RV" would make a great horror flick   :-\


Routes / Re: ACA North Star 2014
« on: October 19, 2013, 08:59:37 am »
Any idea why they now put you on a train from Denali to Anchorage? Hope not due the '89 group's mutiny.  On both my ACA trips, the leader took up with a participant  >> extra drama    :D   

Routes / Re: ACA North Star 2014
« on: October 18, 2013, 07:59:39 pm »
 8)  Wow, they brought the North Star back!! Went in 1989 - best trip ever, even with all the gravel & rain. Hurry, hurry, it says one trip is full with waiting list and second trip is "almost full."   

Routes / Re: Going To The Sun Road...after 4 PM
« on: June 24, 2013, 08:02:47 am »
Also if you didn't know, you can always put your bike on the free park shuttle bus going up or down either side.

Don, last year my Don & I were riding in San Diego & came across the Blind Stokers doing a 3-day ride. They were so nice to us on our plain two bikes, I'd call or email someone there & pick their brain:

General Discussion / Re: Advice on Heading South in Winter
« on: November 20, 2012, 10:51:49 am »
I thought of hitching a ride with a snowbird too when I read this. Just noticed this in the "classified: companions" section of CGOAB. They're not leaving Minnesota til January but maybe they know somebody:

General Discussion / Re: The TransAmerican for a beginner?
« on: October 11, 2012, 02:32:32 pm »
Hi Cat. We started the TransAm Aug 1 from Florence, OR & motelled it all the way to Kansas (where my husband fell and broke his collarbone and sagged us in an RV the rest of the way).

So it can be done, but you have to plan VERY carefully unless you're capable of 100+ mile days. You can use my journal as a template, our days averaged 43 miles and the longest one was 80 miles in Kansas. (We combined two 40 mile days because we wanted to get ahead of a storm and keep motel reservations that we already had). Reserving motels in key spots is your biggest challenge, start by figuring out what date you'll be in Grant Village, Yellowstone, and get those reservations online first.
Reserve a few days, then you can cancel 48 hours in adance with no penalty once you've narrowed it
down to the one night you need. Average motel cost was $85 for the first half into Pueblo, CO. I
haven't done the figures past there yet, but motels got cheaper in the midwest.

Other spots on my route that are key for reservations are:
McKenzie Bridge, OR (Caddisfly Resort was booked in Feb, there are other cabins but $$$)
Jeffrey City, WY (Byron has just the one trailer that he *rents* out for donations)

Consider splitting the day from White Bird to Lowell into two days: White Bird to Grangeville, Grangeville to Lowell. The *hill* out of White Bird is a bit€# and even a very strong cyclist we rode with (wisely) stopped in Grangeville.

A lot of western towns have only one lodging but everybody is cool about reservations when you tell them you're bicycling. They're not gonna charge you if something happens and you don't make it as long as you call. My advice would be to make reservations for the western half months in advance like I did. I used the ACA maps, which show where the mountains are, to decide where to stay. A 30 mile day up a mountain pass is more strenuous than 60 miles on the flats, so pay attention to that! I was very careful not to end a long day with a mountain pass either. Better to start the following day with that mountain pass.

Past Pueblo, lodging isn't hard to get. Do call ahead and reserve a day or two in advance so you don't get skunked, but it doesn't have to be months / weeks in advance like some of the western towns.

The western half of the TransAm is safe for a woman. People are used to seeing cyclists. There will be plenty of other cyclists out there and you may be able to cut expenses by sharing motel rooms. There aren't many hostels along the way, you may hit one every 10 days or so. Sometimes you need sleeping bags for hostels so you'd have to decide if you want to carry one just to use a few times.

The standard American motel room is two beds and it's often the same cost for a room for one vs. a room for two people. The first half, I was with my husband, so one bed. Oftentimes, however, the motels gave us a room with two beds because there was more room for the bikes and the cost was the same. The second half, we added my sister, so three people and always rooms with two beds. Some rooms were ~ $10 more for the three of us, but many were the same cost as with two people.

All the prices and contact info for the lodgings is in my journal:

Routes / Re: Crossing Missouri - Use Katy Trial?
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:29:29 am »
Well thanks for that timely heads up, Some Guy. We're riding cross country, headed to Clinton today, riding Clinton to Sedalia Monday. Itinerary: Clinton: M Star, Sedalia : Hotel Bothwell, Boonville: Isle of Capri, Jefferson City: Baymont. Advice / suggestions welcome and one question:

We're getting off at the 364 bridge. It looks like the 364 bridge is between Weldon Spring & St. Charles, around Harvester. Can we actually exit the KATY at the 364 bridge or do we have to get off at Weldon Spring & find our way to it?

Thanks & really looking forward to this section of our trip!

Routes / Re: Linking TransAm (W>E) to Katy Trail back to TransAm
« on: August 30, 2012, 04:48:34 pm »
Apparently there's a Walmart distribution center in Harrisonville, hence the heavy truck traffic. Best to route around it.

Routes / Re: Linking TransAm (W>E) to Katy Trail back to TransAm
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:09:40 pm »
<< Leave TransAm @ Rush Center (actually we stay in LaCrosse, KS overnite) > Great Bend > Lyons > McPherson > Hillsboro > Strong City > Lebo > Garnett > La Cygne > Butler, MO > Clinton, MO >>

DH just reconoitered this route in the RV and it's a go. He said many of the roads are shoulderless & some have rumblestrips but they're low traffic.

The one issue is there's a bridge out on H going from Butler to Clinton. Therefore:
Leave Butler on H,
Then BB 3 miles south to 52,
7-8 miles on 52 to Appleton,
Then north on KK for 5 miles back to H,
Then 7-8 miles on K to 18,
Then 16 miles on 18 into Clinton

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