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Routes / Re: UK Rider. Any Advice through Wyoming NP's?
« on: June 18, 2012, 04:34:26 am »
It will be the most scenic riding of your entire trip.
There are hiker/biker campsites at Jenny Lake - plus a camp store nearby.
Dornan's Grill at Moose has a spectacular upstairs deck with views.
Beer, pizza, pasta - etc.  Groceries, beer/wine, bike shop.

There are also hiker/biker campsites at nearly every campground in Yellowstone.
The huge, parking lot campgrounds - Grant, Bridge Bay - have pay showers and stores.
(Also Canyon has these services - but it is pleasant with a nice hiker/biker)
I camp at smaller campgrounds and use the facilities at the larger one.
Strongly rec a long loop in Yellowstone - Grant, Lake, Hayden Valley, Canyon, Norris.
Ride super early and late to avoid traffic.

Best - J

PS - I've lived in Wyoming for 20+ years including Jackson.

Photos - Teton Loop & Hayden Valley

Routes / Re: transamerica MT to OR weather conditions
« on: June 15, 2012, 04:26:01 pm »
If you provide greater context and info -
Then others can help you more.

Actually, if you are willing to do more of the Lewis & Clark -
(And be flexible with stops)
You could ride from Missoula out to the coast.

The Columbia Basin is drier and warmer in Mar/Apr.
The tricky part is getting over Lolo Pass and down to Orofino -
But if you are starting in Missoula, you can pick the best day.

Once you get to Hood River, you should expect rain and temps in the 50s/60s.
Esp. with headwinds, you will likely be very chilled.
Motels / Couchsurfing might be a good idea -
Also, many parks/campgrounds will likely still be closed.

By staying on the Columbia River, you will have little chance of snow.
The L&C routes you on US 30 - I prefer Oregon Hwy 202
Or north of the river on Wash Hwy 4. (very scenic)

Routes / Re: transamerica MT to OR weather conditions
« on: June 15, 2012, 01:06:46 pm »
Indyfabz -

This is a classic example of a post that doesn't deserve a reply - certainly not the kind of thoughtful replies you offer.  First, it's a one-sentence, no-info statement. Second, there is plenty of info out there easily available from, wunderground, and NOAA.  I doubt that she even Googled "Missoula" - which has a temp chart.

Not only heat - but headwinds.
Prevailing winds in southern Utah/southern Nev are southwesterly.
Also, Google miles are usually car miles on the Interstate.

If you want to do a cutoff to Calif -

Consider Jackson to Ontario, Oregon across Idaho -
Via Rexburg, Arco, Stanley, Emmett - it is very nice.
The Sawtooths are fabulous -

From Ontario you can take US 20 to Burns then cut down to Lakeview.
US 395 is stunningly remote with huge cliffs at Lake Abert

Then continue on US 395 to Alturas and cut down to Lassen Peak N.P.
If you choose to head down to Chico and Colusa -
You can cut over on Hwy 20 to Fort Bragg on the coast -
Then head down Hwy 1 on the to the Golden Gate Bridge.

(Hwy 299 out to the coast has heavy traffic - Hwy 36 is brutal.)

Then hop on Amtrak.
Or, if you have time - continue on down the coast.

PS - Are your pix from a REAL photo booth -
Or did you photoshop it to look like a photo booth?
They are hard to find anymore in the U.S.

My brother and sister-in-law live in east Louisville and I have zigged over to Louisville on a few cross-country trips.  It isn't for the timid.  Kentucky has very poor planning and funding for growth - what this means is that former country roads have been overwhelmed with traffic in the suburban areas - rarely do they have any shoulders whatsoever - just yellow line and weeds.  Don't even think of riding on US 31E, Bardstown Road.  Also, Fort Knox occupies a lot of real estate southwest of Louisville - forcing you either onto US 31W - pure insanity!! - or on a long detour.  An option is to cross over into Indiana and wind down to the Brandenburg bridge.

To be perfectly honest, why ride into Louisville if you don't have to.  If you are visiting friends, find a place to leave your bike (or take it with you if they have room) and have them come pick you up.  There's nothing morally wrong about it.  Off the TransAm - Kentucky isn't particularly bike friendly.  Anyone older than 12 who doesn't drive is suspect.  I guess that may upset some Kentuckians, but I say that after many miles of riding experience in Kentucky - - and knowing places far better.

General Discussion / Re: Share how you got $ & time off to tour
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:14:47 pm »
As my father used to say,
"The best way to make money - - is to make money."

General Discussion / Snow Closes Roads in Yellowstone / Grand Teton
« on: May 26, 2012, 02:18:39 am »
A number of roads in Yellowstone have been closed due to a spring snowstorm.
Up to a foot of snow is expected in higher elevations by Monday - with high winds.
These are, at best, nasty conditions - and can be dangerous for the unprepared.

At present - Old Faithful to West Thumb on the TA is closed.
Also, Canyon to Tower, the East Entrance, and Beartooth Pass.

Further south on the TA - Togwotee Pass is snowpacked and dangerous.

Many other roads at higher elevation in WY, MT, and ID are also impacted.

Routes / Re: Gibson Pass or Lost trail Pass?
« on: May 20, 2012, 07:46:16 pm »
Speaking of Gibbons - - -
Does the cafe in Gibbonsville, Idaho still make pie to die for?

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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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