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Routes / Re: Using Beartooth Highway as a connector
« on: May 18, 2012, 02:13:21 pm »
In most places in the Intermountain West (except on urban expressways) it is legal to ride on Interstate shoulders - just not that pleasant.  I-90 between Bozeman and Livingston has a service road most of the way - chock-a-block against the interstate.  You do have to ride a couple of miles on the interstate.  One problem with interstate riding, even if technically legal, is when they are repaving.  Obviously, repaving takes place in summer.  And the most common way of doing it is to combine both direction onto one side.  Then it DOES become way dangerous to ride on the interstate.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Continental Divide Tour
« on: May 05, 2012, 01:38:42 pm »
South to north is, in many ways, better.
Temps, rain & snow, mud conditions.
However, you should not leave before June 1.
A winter's worth of snow takes a long time to melt out.

None of the dirt roads are that technical -
Although there can be long distances between services - esp in Wyoming.
The caliche can become impassable in NM in late July/August.
The mud can be brutal in Montana in June.

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Routes / Re: Route Advise Needed: Across Wyoming
« on: May 05, 2012, 01:10:18 pm »
Ghastly -
Not very scenic, pretty heavy traffic, headwinds.

Actually, you should head NW on NEB 2 out of Crawford up to SD -
Then zig to Hot Springs and get on the Mickelson Trail all the way to Lead.
(Personally, I'd skip Mount Rushmore and the crowds.)
The Black Hills will be a welcome, cool relief.
From Lead take Spearfish Canyon/US 14A to Spearfish and Bell Fourche -
Then take SD 34, WY 24 over to Devils Tower - super nice ride and stunning vistas.

From Devils Tower you can cut down to Moorcroft and Gillette to Buffalo.
It's the difference between a cardboard cutout of Elvis and the real thing.

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You can always head south from Yellowstone to Grand Teton -
Then either cross Teton Pass (steep) or ride the Snake River Canyon into Idaho.
From there you can cross over to Arco, Challis, and Stanley.

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Routes / Re: Montana route info...
« on: May 05, 2012, 12:13:00 pm »
I've ridden both US 287 and CR 435 from Augusta years ago.
US 287 has very little traffic - CR 435 almost none.
Both have expansive views of the Front Range - CR 435 a bit closer.
With the views comes the risk of wind - can be brutal.
Bean Lake - a MT Fishing Access Site has nice camping / primitive.
There's a bar/store at the xing of US 287 and MT 200.
Wolf Creek is very recreation friendly.

Oops! The gravel section was fine - usually a track to follow without much gravel.
However, gravel roads vary considerably from year to year.
The worst for cyclists is heavy, fresh gravel.

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Routes / Re: Route Advise Needed: Across Wyoming
« on: May 05, 2012, 11:57:17 am »
Burlington - yes.  Arlington is in southern Wyoming.
It's a small LDS community - very friendly.
Small store, cafe, grassy park with sprinklers - caution.
Camping here is good - because -
The ride into COdy can be against a stiff wind.
Best to do it in the morning when wind is low.

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Routes / Re: Route Advise Needed: Across Wyoming
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:08:45 pm »
Nothing is a variable term.
I live in Buffalo and can give you more detail.

US 16 is far preferable to riding I-90 - albeit about 33 miles longer.
Services are available at the Spotted Horse bar - all you really need including camping.
Then Arvada is at the Powder River a mile off the road - with bar and camping, if nec.
Leiter is further down the road with water and food if the restaurant is open - - iffy.
Next is Clearmont - a small town with store - you can beg to camp in the park.
Finally there is U Cross - the Art Foundation is open to public with restrooms, water.

My suggestion is to camp at Clearmont -
Then ride in the morning with the sun illuminating the snow-capped Bighorn Mountains.

Climbing the Bighorns is not for wusses.
Although the elevation gain between Buffalo and Powder River pass is 5000 feet -
The actual climbing is more like 7500 feet because of 7 ridges.
The Bighorns do have the most spectacular wildflowers in the West in late June/early July.
Plan to spend a night up top - but plan to be chilly.
Then Tensleep Canyon is eye-popping.

I suggest Nowood Valley to Manderson, then Basin, Arlington, Cody

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Routes / Re: Astoria to Portland non-ACA Route
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:56:42 pm »
Have done a range of routes from Astoria east - -
(Did my grad research on thed Lower Columbia)

1st x-USA trip was on US 30 - - bleah!

OR 202 is way nicer - there are sufficient facilities -
Been a while - but the traffic was almost nonexistent after you get out of the Astoria area.
Vernonia is about 60 miles from Astoria and has great camping and bike-oriented facilities.

For my money, WA 4 across the river is the ticket.
It means riding across the Astoria bridge - woo-hoo!
(Or getting a shuttle if you aren't ready for that.)

I like Cape Disappointment way more than Fort Stevens.
The coastline at CD is rugged - at FS it's a sand spit.

Then the ride along the Columbia River is spectacular in places.
I would suggest riding down to Chinook (a bit busy)
Then up to Naselle - then east to Skamokawa and Cathlamet.
There's a back road thru Columbia Wildlife Refuge right on the river.

Skamokawa and Cathlamet are both wonderful Lower Columbia fishing communities -
Beautiful campground on the river at Skamokawa -
Marina at Cathlamet which permits camping on riverbank.

If you are heading east on the L & C - you can stay on the north side -
And skirt the northern suburbs of Vancouver, WA.
WA 4 does get a little busy at 8 and 4 with little shoulder heading into Longview.

Or you can take the Cathlamet ferry - a nice feeling -
And either do US 30 - or climb up OR 47 to Vernonia.

You really can't beat Skamokawa and Cathlamet -
To give the start of your trip a nice feeling.

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Routes / Re: TransAmerica from DC, but I need to go east first.
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:44:00 pm »
Sorry, I don't consider a shuttle that charges nearly $100 for two cyclists to be a "shuttle" - especially when the toll is $4 for a car - and that only in the eastbound direction.  So, technically, if two riders were doing a loop that required crossing the Bay Bridge in both direction - it would be almost $200.  For a car it would be $4.

There's a serious problem here.

Not to mention that if requires a couple of days riding and shuttling as the person above did on Crazyguy.  There really is no easy way to get from DC out to Lewes/Rehoboth.  As I said earlier, the most convenient route - although counter intuitive - to to fly into Philly - take Jersey Transit to Cape May - then the Ferry over to Lewes.  Relatively easy, direct, adn scenic.

Not to mention that a ferry ride is always a good start to a x-country trip.

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Routes / Re: N. Colorado Rt. 9/Hwy 9?
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:18:59 pm »
If you are heading south from Walden on Colo 125
You can simply turn south from US 40 at Parshall -
And skip Kremmling altogether.

Don't know how much dirt you are willing to do - if any.
Unfortunately. for mountain Coloradoans -
The closer you are to Denver - the more you are treated as a backyard.

Since you have a big jog in the Rockies in south central Wyoming -
Which corresponds to the Great Divide basin - you have a number of choices.
I tend to ride further west in the Colorado Rockies.

There is an excellent ride from Glenwood Springs to Gunnison via Crested Butte.
(You can opt either for McClure Pass - longer - or Schofield Pass - more remote.)
(Or from Carbondale over Independence Pass to Buena Vista.)
Instead of heading east from Jackson to Rawlins -
You head south thru Pinedale to Rock Springs and Meeker.

Another possibility from Maybell is -
Steamboat, Toponas, Eagle, Leadville

If you are willing to do a couple of 20-mile dirt sections -
Your route options increase geometrically.
I haven't riden Colo 9 in years for the good reasons above.
US 24 south of Leadville has great views, but heavy traffic.
(Some sections still have no shoulders.)

Here's one of my trips - -
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=26411&v=Of

And the Colorado DOT traffic volume website - -
http://apps.coloradodot.info/dataaccess/Traffic/index.cfm?fuseaction=TrafficMain&MenuType=Traffic

But Colo 9  - - - nah.

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Routes / Re: TransAmerica from DC, but I need to go east first.
« on: April 07, 2012, 08:02:01 pm »
Ya know - -
You could ride from Point Lookout, Maryland to Cape Lookout, Oregon??

Here's an image of Point Lookout -
http://dailyholiday.yakohl.com/pop.php?pid=1066
(I don't think cruises out to Smith Island start until after Memorial Day.)

Then St. Mary's City is the oldest colonial settlement in Maryland -
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bb/St_Marys_City_Historic_District_Dove_Jul_09.JPG/800px-St_Marys_City_Historic_District_Dove_Jul_09.JPG
Gives you a nice colonial/Eastern feel for the trip's start.
And a lot easier to access.

J

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Routes / Re: TransAmerica from DC, but I need to go east first.
« on: April 07, 2012, 02:16:05 am »
First - getting east is problematic.

Since you will be flying cross-country you will either be getting in rather late or early if you take the "Red Eye".  The most direct Atlantic access from DC is via a 5 hour Greyhound ride with connections to Ocean City, MD.
If you insist on getting to Rehoboth/Lewes - then you can take Greyhound or Amtrak to Wilmington -
then take DART busses with two connections to Rehoboth.  7 hours, iffy bike carriage.
Of you can take Amtrak to Philly, 2 different NJ Transit routes to Cape May, and the ferry to Lewes.
6-7 hours, but Amtrak tricky with bikes.

Given the time and the cost, it may be cheaper and better to reschedule your flight into Philly.
Taking on a one-way shuttle from DC to PHL is super expensive right now.
Finally, there is the possibility of one-way car rental or limo - - probably pricey.

There really isn't a good way to get from DC out to the Atlantic.
You will probably have to make some compromises - - time/cost.
(Plus, you can't bike across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and there is no shuttle)
One close-in alternative is Point Lookout - near St. Mary's City - state park.
There's a Maryland Transit Commuter bus that runs out from DC.

Juan

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Routes / Re: Status of detour around Williston ND aera?
« on: March 09, 2012, 12:22:59 pm »
No, it bypasses Fort Mandan - which is outside of Washburn, not Bismarck.
It's about 40 miles north via the old L & C Route.
Both the NT and the L & C should include the segment Stanton to Washburn.

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General Discussion / Re: Affordable/free camping idea
« on: March 07, 2012, 04:17:24 pm »
Yes, I did check guests' Warmshower pages.
But when the director said it wasn't their job to do anything
about someone with a recent sexual assault conviction -
That's where I take exception.

He accused me of being a witch hunter.
I said I didn't want anyone who did that to frat pledges in my home -
And when informed about the probablity of such a conviction -
Warmshowers should at the very least inquire.

I agree, no system is perfect -
But when the desire to be counter-counter culture -
Trumps common safety and prudence -
That's when I get off the bus.

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General Discussion / Re: Affordable/free camping idea
« on: March 07, 2012, 03:06:16 am »
PS - Although most USFS maps are not available online - California forests are.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/forestvisitormaps/

Click on one and then click a section.
You can see the grid, the roads - paved & unpaved, the developed sites, and the land ownership.

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General Discussion / Re: Affordable/free camping idea
« on: March 07, 2012, 03:00:55 am »
Generally, you can camp anywhere on USFS or BLM land as long as you are 1/2 to 1 mile from a developed area.  More than once I have found a lovely campsite just down the road a piece - much quieter - and I have the water pump and picnic tables only 1/2 mile away.  There are a few exceptions - in forests surrounding ski towns like Jackson and Aspen there are camping restrictions - otherwise the entire forest becomes an outhouse for hipsters chillin' out in the party towns.  It is unfortunate, but abuse of the resource led to the ban.

Most of the time the managing agency will NOT let you stay in group campsites unless all other campsites are full and there is no one using the group campsite.  Usually it's the ranger's call.

BTW - Many of the same camping options apply to Crown Lands in Canada.

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