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Canada / Re: Bike transport by train
« on: December 08, 2016, 11:40:57 am »
I did a trip using Via rail this past summer with a recumbent trike.  It involved taking the train from Toronto to Quebec city(actually Saite-Foy).  It had a train change in Montreal.  I did have to use a train with baggage car and train stations with Checked Baggage service.  In Montreal I didn't have to deal with the bike or checked bags during the layover.  The time it took on the train was near what it would of taken to drive and I didn't need to rent a car/U-haul to transport the trike one way as I rode the bike back home.  Cost was less than rental/drive even with business class from Toronto to Montreal, only economy class or sleeper class avail from Montreal to Quebec City on trains with baggage cars.  I am looking at using the train for next years trip, I just have to figure out where to go.

Jeff

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier Alternate
« on: June 20, 2016, 06:48:49 pm »
A slightly longer route but flatter would be to follow the Erie Canal to Albany and then follow the Hudson River south.  The finger lakes area is often very hilly with steep inclines, especially around Ithaca.

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Routes / Re: Crossing the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge on a Bicycle
« on: June 01, 2016, 03:10:22 pm »
As a cyclist crossing with cars you wait in line with the cars.  The only exception is if you have a NEXUS card and there is a NEXUS lane.

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Routes / Re: Crossing the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge on a Bicycle
« on: June 01, 2016, 10:46:56 am »
This past Sunday, 5/30, I returned from Canada on the Lewiston-Queenston bridge and it is exactly as described, except I would change the wording about the orange cones to the road to the right of the currency exchange in the picture.  Into Canada, use the lane with the least traffic until the end of the bridge on the Canadian side.  The right lane is for trucks, buses and cars with NEXUS,  bikers with NEXUS cards can use this lane when open, I used it several times already this year.  There is currently on NEXUS lane into the US on this bridge.

Jeff

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Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 22, 2016, 01:11:05 pm »
On 2 wheel recumbents I always use the take a look glasses mounted version. very adjustable and stable, when I tried handle bar mounted ones they vibrated so much that I could not see anything.  On 3 wheel recumbents (greenspeed or trident trikes) I use handle bar mounted ones with curved mirrors, Things are closer than they appear.

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Underground Railroad / Re: Niagara Falls to Columbus, OH
« on: September 21, 2015, 02:17:17 pm »
I rode the route from Lewiston, NY (north of Buffalo) to Astubula, OH on my way to DC this summer, using the western reserve rail trail towards Pittsburg).  Most of the time the lake is not visible from the route. 

Jeff

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The ACA route does take you thru Canada, from the Lewiston Queenston Bridge to the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.  There are a couple of ways to avoid this.  I skipped the Canadian part this weekend.  If you don't have a passport already I would suggest avoiding.

To avoid Canada and still see the Niagara Falls follow the ACA route until the intersection of Military rd and Upper Mountain RD, just before the on ramp to Canada.

Make a right on Military Rd.  Take to end and make a left on Rt 104
Stay on RT 104 past Niagara University, enter the Devils hole parking lot on Right go over curb and cross over pedistrian bridge.  Keep river on right and this path past the george Trail keyosk, you will pass another pedistrian bridge but instead of taking the main path to the end, take the one to the right, it goes down under the rainbow bridge, keeping the river on the right you will find a path that will take you to Buffalo Ave at I-190, the path ends here.  An option is to cross over Grand Island, you will need to use Google maps to map this as I have never ridden on the Island.  Or make a right on Buffalo ave.  Take this to river road at a 4 way stop, it has a Overpass just after the stop. Make a right on river road.  a couple of miles down river road you will see a park on the right and a bike path will be on the right.  Take the bike path.  This will take you to tonawanda creek, Take the bridge directly in front of you using the side walk, just after the bridge, take a right on the path and then a left at the river.  Take this path all the way around to buffalo.  take a left on Hertel ave and then a right on Niagara St.  Stay on Niagara Street and follow the detour (signed for bicyclists)  It will take you past the entrance to the Peace Bridge and will meet up with the ACA route.

Any further question please ask.

Jeff

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The onramp onto the Lewiston-Queenston bridge to Canada that is on the route.  I don't recommend the signed detour that is marked for cars.  I suggest that at the light of upper Mountain RD and Military Rd, just before the right to Canada (it is closed for all traffic and the road is removed further up.  Make a Right on Military Rd.  Take this to the end and make a left on RT 104.  Pass by the to Canada detour sign and stay on RT 104.  After you pass over the NY Power Authority and Niagara University on your left you will come to Devils hole parking lot and entrance to the Robert Moses parkway.  Enter the parking lot and go over the curb and you will see a pedestrian bridge.  Cross the pedestrian bridge and then keep the river to the right.  There are bike route signs.  Take this to the end and at the stop sign at the end you will turn right to the rainbow bridge to Canada.  I always cross with the cars on this bridge.  After Canadian customs just keep turning right and you will meet up with the route.

Good luck

Jeff

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General Discussion / Re: New York State cycling Maps
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:32:06 am »
Nope you are not crazy, they were not working friday on a laptop.  Route 18 from Lakeside beach state park is a nice route along with rt 31, I took it from as far as albion NY, both were nice with wide sholders.  Please note in Lewiston/Niagara Falls, Military Rd between RT 31 and upper mountain rd is closed and the bicycle friendly ramp to the Lewiston Queenston bridge Canada bound is also closed.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Albany to Northern Tier
« on: May 29, 2015, 12:54:02 pm »
For camping, I recomend the Niagara County Camping Resort, it is just north east of Lockport.  They have a very nice discount for bicyclists.  Please note the onramp to the Lewiston Queenston bridge listed in the Northern Tier Map is currently closed.  Please see below
http://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=13239.0
I second crossing into Canada, and by using the Rainbow bridge, you will still see the Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.

In a couple of hours I will be heading  along the listed detour for a 2-3 day loop of the Niagara Peninsula.

Jeff

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Update:  7/1/15  The onramp to Canada is open.

There is construction on the west bound (to Canada) entrance to the Lewiston Queenston bridge.  It closes the ramp listed in the route.  There is no listed bike detour, the signed detour puts you on the highway further back.  Below is a bikable detour that takes you to the rainbow bridge.

At the light at Military Rd and Upper Mountain Rd,  just before the bridge to Canada, make a right on Military rd.  Take this to the end and make a left on Lewiston Rd rt 104.  Take this past 2 lights, Niagara University will be on your left.  Make a right into the onramp/parking lot for Devils Hole State Park.  To the left you will see a pedistrian overpass over the highway,  Cross the bridge and then keep the river to the right.  Take this Path all the way to the end and then make a right to the Rainbow bridge.  After the customs booths make a right on the first street and then make another right on Hiram St and rejoin the route by making a right on the Niagara Parkway.

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General Discussion / Re: Question About Minimum Stay Requirements
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:22:36 pm »
Usually the Minimum stays are only for reservations, typically with Reserve America(used by most north east states for reservations).  Usually if you show up and there is room you will only pay for 1 night.  I have reserved for 2 days and left after the first day with no problems except for paying for both days.  Vermont requires that you call to make the reservation for 1 night and you must tell them you are doing a bicycle tour, the online reservation system didn't allow for 1 night reservation.

Jeff

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General Discussion / cyclist friendly b&b or inn listing
« on: January 19, 2015, 04:25:36 pm »
Does anyone know of any cyclist friendly lodging lists.  Basically any listing of lodging with secure/off street bicycle parking.  I know of one that mainly cover Canada but nothing for the US.

Currently I am looking for ones in DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Thanks
Jeff

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General Discussion / Re: northern tier - how to start in bar harbor
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:33:35 am »
One detail you might want to check into if you are doing the norther tier route is any documents that you might need to cross into Canada and back into the US near Buffalo, NY as you are from overseas.  I have given directions to avoid going thru Canada on this short section, the Canadian route is shorter than staying in the US and is much nicer scenery but avoids any issues with crossing the border twice in 1 day for overseas travelers.

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General Discussion / Re: trip from georgia to southern ontario
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:33:04 am »
If you use the Underground railroad route, one option is to use the Pelee island ferries to go from Sandusky, OH to Leamington, ON.  There are no bike allowed crossings at the Detroit/Windsor border crossing.

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