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I got word from a company who runs the shuttle I'm taking to Banff from Calgary that some GD riders took the same route towards Radian HS... (though I don't know if they took TCH1 or 1A, but from your response, I presume TCH1.  TCH1 is open to passenger vehicles to get out of Banff towards Radian from what I've read and what 511 reports...

I will check the cyclist thing at some point...

Jay

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Maybe if all the SoBo GD riders bring a gallon of water from Banff/Canmore/Calgary, we can help with the arid landscape in NM.. :)

Seriously, hope all the residents and animals of the affected areas in Banff and Gila NF stay safe!

Jay

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"***New*** The Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) is open from Lake Louise to just west of Baker Creek.
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that is from Banff NP's facebook page and looks like a nice alternative to TCH1 north out of Calgary.... Except I know where Lake Louise is but I am not familiar with Baker Creek...   Does anybody know whether we can utilize 1A versus TCH1 to get to 93 towards Radian HS?

Jay

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Thanks Nathan, I'm aware of the washed out bridges and the closed trail.  It appears that the reroute for Great Divide riders is to head up Highway 1 towards Jasper but then pick up 93 towards Radian Hot Springs and follow that down towards Elko and pick up the GD route there....   

As of right now, that is the plan...

Jay

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As a member of a group planning a July 7th departure, we're interested in conditions and alternatives at least I've been investigating picking up the route in Sparwood, B.C. via a route from Banff to Calgary which is somewhere around 221miles but don't know the route conditions in Calgary or TransHighway1 between Banff and Calgary.  According to what I've read, buses with a permit are allowed to go to Banff/Canmore/Calgary but I presume biking from Banff might not be allowed.  If we can't take the road detour, I certainly am not familiar enough with the area to know if there are actual off-road alternatives to the Spray River and other trails that are washed out.

But worst case scenario, does anybody know the conditions of TransCanada#1 to Rt 22 to rt 3 through Crowsnest Pass??? 

Is there a better route? 

Jay

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New England / Re: Border Crossings - Ontario/NY
« on: June 14, 2013, 03:57:16 pm »
I've only crossed into canada at Rouses Point, NY by lake champlain... but can you look at google satellite to actually see? I would think that there must be some bike friendly way w/o grates or so if that is indeed an issue cause I wonder if pedestrians would have to go through that too...   You could always contact the border station and ask...

Jay

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Routes / Re: Cape May, NJ Ferry
« on: May 13, 2013, 04:32:06 pm »
I only used the ferry to visit my father's house in Lewes, He lived like 6 miles from the ferry terminal so I would park in Cape May and just bike to his house...  A lot cheaper than taking your car... 

A lot of monmouth county is pretty tough on bikes, especially a lot of sections of Rt 35...  two lane roads with little or no shoulder...

Jay

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Routes / Re: Cape May, NJ Ferry
« on: May 10, 2013, 03:57:31 pm »
I've taken the ferry before, it's nice, it was like $6 when I took it around 5ish years ago. Not sure what it is now. check the schedule though as they have different schedules during the offseason so not sure what kind of schedule they are on now...     On nice days, you can see dolphins and stuff.. 

Jay

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Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway--Will my bike be ok?
« on: April 30, 2013, 02:38:49 pm »
You might be going slower than a wider tire when the pavement ends but I bet you'd be OK.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Rack mounted tail lights
« on: April 11, 2013, 04:50:49 pm »
I just bought a 50cent angle bracket and mounted that with a spare bolt/nut to my top shelf of my OMM rear rack and then used any standard red blinky (cateye I think is mine but most red blinkies would work, you just have to look at how they mount to the mount)...   The cateye I use is a ribbed circular that I just took another spare bolt and nut and mounted the light to my angle bracket, thereby not using the mount that came with the cateye but it works great and is cheap and light.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaving Creme
« on: April 05, 2013, 04:38:39 pm »
YMMV = Your mileage may vary

I've never tried to brush my teeth with Dr Bronners either but it says so on the container which is funny to read when bored.   When used as soap, I tend to water it down as per the directions a bit as it does seem to dry my skin.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaving Creme
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:01:39 am »
Has anybody tried Dr Bronners...  You can wash your hair, use it as soap, brush your teeth, wash dishes. I bet it can be used to shave too..

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:59:59 am »
Certainly looks pretty but not sure if I would want anything close to 77lbs on it. One weld and the thing would fail. 

Having said that, depending on your needs, tubus, Old Man Mountain, certainly would make more/better functional racks I think.

Jay

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GPS Discussion / Re: Announcement about Fred Hiltz
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:08:13 pm »
Very sorry to hear about this. My thoughts are certainly with Fred and his family and friends. I certainly enjoyed reading Fred's insightful posts and recommendations here on this forums.  He was certainly a real asset to the members here and for bike touring in general. I will certainly miss reading his posts. 

Jay

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Rt 9 through Pittsfield can be not so nice, I can tell you a much better way from Rt 20 to Dalton that bypasses the crazy Rt 9/Rt 8 intersection which is messy at rush hour..

Jay

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