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Check out the Atlantic Coastal Route, which goes across the new "Walkway on the Hudson" bridge but used to go across the Mid-Hudson Bridge, between Lloyd, NY and Poughkeepsie. Then moseyed north towards Rhinebeck before turning east towards Millerton, NY.    You could certainly use the Atlantic Coastal Route to get from Red Hook which isn't far from Rhinebeck towards Great Barrington.   If you don't want to go south and then east, you could certainly use google to find a good route east, the roads once you get north of Poughkeepsie will get a lot more quieter...    You could simply take 44/55 towards Amenia, NY and hop on the Harlem Valley Railtrail north to Millerton and then use SR22 towards Hillsdale since there is a section on unfinished trail between Copake and Millerton (I think, unless this has changed).   From Hillsdale, you can simply take SR23 past Catamount Ski area into GB.   There is a nice hill to climb but its certainly doable and it's easier than trying to cut through Bash Bish Falls into Mass.   

Going across Dutchess County will be hilly but doable and nice.    Great Barrington downtown, you will find parked cars and 2 lanes in each direction which might have moving traffic at rush hour, but there are backroads to use.   If you have time in GB, check out Soco Creamery for some good ice cream and the big candy store, as well as Baba Louies for good sourdough pizza.  Lots of good places to eat in GB too... 

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: Road bike for touring??
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:49:40 am »
If you plan on using panniers, need to check if there are eyelets on the road bike and also feet clearance on the rear panniers...  There are options if you don't have eyelets but you need to do an inventory first...

I agree that double sided MTB pedals and MTB shoes are generally the way to go, but how comfy are you walking around in road shoes is the issue here...

Jay

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New England / Re: Maps of Central and Western Mass.
« on: August 11, 2013, 03:38:17 pm »
I've ridden to Great Barrington from NJ before (when I lived in NJ) and rode through hillsdale. We simply took Rt 22 and then Rt 23 to get to great barrington. you could go through Bash Bish falls but it is steep and parts are dirt.....


It would be uphill to Great Barrington as you will pass Catamount ski area but certainly doable on a touring bike with low gearing...


Jay

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You might not be allowed to bike to Banff on TCH1 but the shuttle companies will be able to shuttle you and your bike there so if you are dead set on starting in Banff, you still will be able to... 

Jay

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Take a look at your map and as of 7/1/2013 I have word that you can take the Legacy trail (aka vermillion Lakes road) from banff to get to the Bow valley parkway (Rt 1A) to 93SOUTH  (before you get to Lake Louise) and you can literally take 93 all the way to Roosville. This is most of what is on the map as the "Fernie Alternative" although you pick up the Fernie Alternative in Elko BC.  So perhaps this is the "Elko Alternative" :-) 

All those routes are open.   As bikerevolves mentions, there are some spurs to 93 on the Eklo Alternative but you can skip them or not. One of them goes by a campsite as you can see on your map however.   

Jay

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I would say that following Rt 7 to Rutland is perfectly suitable.  Rutland itself is another story but there may be ways around the downtown area and there is a sidewalk but a lot of downtown where Rts 4 and 7 merge is like 4 lanes (2N and 2S) that are heavily trafficed (for VT) and no shoulder with lots of lights and traffic coming in and exiting.   However, there are roads east of it that I think you could ride to avoid a lot of it and there is a sidewalk if you have to.   (or you can go through it at off hours).

Also Rt 7 is kind of iffy between Lenox and Pittsfield, but there is definitely ways around that east of Rt 7.

You could ride 7 through bennington, VT as that is not bad but there are also ways to avoid that too if you want to. 

Jay

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nothing is really good for you, including breathing so might as well enjoy it :D  I sure enjoy long distance touring...

Jay

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Yes, that is what the map indicates, it does have some odd looking spurs that go off 93... 

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/ne/neuf-news.aspx

It looks like we should be able to take the Liberty Trail to Rt 1A all the way to Castle Junction to get to 93S rather than TCH1, as the above link to the google maps shows that section open.

Jay

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Well, by going towards Radian HS, there is no route that I know of to cut back east towards the actual route anyway and we'd pick up the "fernie alternative" in elko, BC. From there, it looks like it is a mixture of pavement and trails as you sort of parallel 93 South.

If looks like you can avoid all trails by taking 93S straight to Roosville and the US border?   

Jay

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Sweet, thanks bikerevolves...   I'm in a group leaving on july 7th... Maybe we can run into you at some point on the trip... good luck to you!

I'm told that the Radium HS route is a lot of the original route before the official Canadian GD map came out..

Jay

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https://www.facebook.com/BanffNP

Banff NP's facebook page is simply awesome with updates, every day, I see about 4-5 updates from them, and most of it is good news!

Jay

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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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