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Lucas; great report. Thanks for taking the time to be so detailed.

I just completed ( 8/8) (W to E) modified TA. On the issue of ACA maps and trying to follow changes. What I wish ACA had was an 800# only for map changes. (low-tech non-smart phone owner)  I could easily call in a change at that "spot". Sending in a report later...less likely.
Eastern KY...if we initiated conversations we found the local people friendly, but not "out-going". We experienced incredibly patient and courteous drivers in KY, especially given Eastern KY roads. One of the scarier moments I had was a NY car ( my home state). We pulled over for  large trucks in Eastern KY and got waves and toots. But 90% of the coal trucks were heading west the days we were there. We had far less dog events than you and the only one that required action ( failed) was in western VA. (He bit my pannier)
We were told by locals that most cyclist on the TA are East to West. We were riding at the hottest time of the year. I have done a modified 4000 mile NT West to East from mid Aug to mid Oct and weather was an issue for one week. On my recent 6 week ( 2500 mile) modified TA starting on the NT to Glacier the first of June with cold rain for most of two weeks; followed by high winds in MT and then heat in KY and VA the weather dominated my ride for 4 of the 6 weeks. I would agree with you that
the NT is a more comfortable ( perhaps more boring) trip. Starting the TA in the East May 1st or a week earlier would be my suggestion as well.

Snow ( 6" plus) in the forecast for this week at Washington Pass.

General Discussion / Re: Bike shipping / Lesson learned?
« on: May 21, 2012, 09:13:28 pm »
I shipped Fed Ex via BikeFlight today..NY to OR and the "road-bike" box calculator was $69 but I had a LBS free box that is laid on it's side to be packed and therefore larger in some dimensions and it came to $89 for 50 lbs. Five day ground.

Nathan; In 08 I did some of the route  you are considering. I was slightly south of I90 in MN (took 18 across southern SD) took the Root River Trail in SE MN and ended up in Lacrosse. Nice bike trail from there to Sparta and then Elroy with fun tunnels. Took county/rural roads from there to Manitiowoc and in MI picked up the Erie Connector..( much shorter using Erie)
Nice riding on the Canadian side of Lake Erie. Used Erie Canal Towpath for most of NY. It is flat which is quicker than the hills south and north of I90; perhaps not as scenic as rolling up and down the hills of the Finger Lakes ( where I live).
If you are interested I can share the roads we used in WI if you contact me thru the message board.
You have lots of options to consider. Enjoy your ride.

Here is the latest from a GNP Ranger:

There are restrictions in two areas along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. You
will actually need to be up to Logan Pass by 11:00 am if you are starting
from the west side. For safety and to ease congestion, restrictions are in
effect on sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, from June 15 through Labor
•     From Apgar Campground to Sprague Creek Campground bicycles are
prohibited, both directions, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
•     From Logan Creek to Logan Pass east-bound (uphill) bicycle traffic is
prohibited between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Start early! It takes about 45 minutes to ride from Sprague Creek to Logan
Creek and about three hours from Logan Creek to Logan Pass. When you come
back down from Logan Pass, the section between Sprague Creek and Apgar will
be completely closed to bicycle traffic, regardless of direction.  Thanks
so much for checking with us ahead of time.  We look forward to seeing you
this summer!

I can't find "Logan Creek" on the Park Map but it is somewhere east of McDonald Lodge and perhaps close to where the real climb begins going west to east.

We hope to do an up and back down from the west side around June 16 IF IF the weather and construction cooperates. Odds are probably not in our favor.

Last year the fine for getting caught in the no bike zone was $125.


Routes / Libby to Kalispell on Rt #2 OK to ride?
« on: February 18, 2012, 09:49:38 pm »
Who has ridden Rt # 2 from Libby to Kalispell and how was traffic and shoulder? We'd be doing it in 2nd week June.

And from Kalispell to West Glacier?  Route?  Conditions?  I note that Google Map Bike has some options from Kalispell to Columbia Falls that are off #2. From Columbia Falls to West Glacier seems to be primarily on #2. Shoulder w/o rumble strip?


Routes / Re: Bighorns
« on: February 14, 2012, 09:28:11 pm »
I don't think you can go wrong with either 14 or 16. Have driven both several times and pedaled 14 ( not loaded) in mid Sept. ( too late for flowers but they were taking the cattle and sheep off the highlands and that was cool to see) Almost no traffic, but schools were in session. Loved the eastbound downhill on 14....wheeeeeee + great views. Big Horns are a treasure. You will want to go back.

Routes / Re: Eastbound route through South Dakota, Minnesota
« on: February 10, 2012, 07:04:42 pm »
We did leave the Badlands and headed east; used # 44 through most of SD; hit a bit of Iowa; Southern MN into Lacrosse WI and then ENE to Manitowoc WI to catch the Ferry to Ludington MI and from there Lakes Connector into Canada; NY VT ME.

You can get the details here:

Be sure to stop in Interior and Scenic.  I never found that route through southern SD boring. Corn and soybean fields in MN for a day or two did get boring, but that led us to the Spam Museum in Albert Lea MN..a must stop for a chuckle.

Enjoy your ride no matter the route and contact me if you have questions.

Routes / Re: New York - Buffalo to Albany Options
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:35:42 pm »
Opps..half of my msg was not posted. "Google" the Erie Canal Towpath closings and you may find a link to a closing dated  Sept. 11.  There was a section closed near the eastern portion and a nea -by road as well, but that was in Sept.  All in all...the Canal Path (including the on road sections) is the quickest route. I rode a touring bike with 700x28 tires and had no issue with the surface, tough it is a little slower than  a paved surface.

Routes / Re: New York - Buffalo to Albany Options
« on: February 02, 2012, 04:49:27 pm »
Lynn..I live south of Rochester and have biked Buffalo to almost Albany on the way to finish a WA to ME trip. We left the Towpath around Johnstown to get to Saratoga Springs and Manchester VT and then east. (Ended at Wells ME)

If time is a constraint you can't beat the Erie Canal Towpath. It is flat and it can be boring at times, but the small towns add their own variety; 1/3  of it is on roads close to/parallel to the Towpath. I am not up to date on any sections closed due to flooding. General info here (

Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Full Set of TransAm Maps (2009, $50)
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:51:28 pm »
Do you still have these maps?

Routes / Re: Montana 83 riding conditions?
« on: January 30, 2012, 09:51:40 pm »
We rode  # 83 in late Aug in 2008 south to #200 and thought it was a great ride.  Our blog reported "light and friendly traffic". Not sure day of the week however. Camped at Holland Lake.

General Discussion / Re: transam
« on: January 30, 2012, 09:41:14 pm »
Hey Webm8;  Your idea to put up a cut and paste list of other peoples blogs that deal with places to stay on the TA is not a bad idea. 

BUT the blog you selected for Berea KY with it's reference to "homoshexules" was very poor judgement, and should I hope have no place on your cut and paste list, nor on the ACA Forum IMO.

Routes / Re: Summer heat on the TA
« on: January 30, 2012, 02:04:16 pm »
Thanks for the 'skeeter' heads up for the west. I was not aware of that.  The "group" is doing NT to Glacier; then south to Missoula to pick up the TA. Not sure which legs I am doing yet, but bug dope will be on my packing list no matter what.

Routes / Summer heat on the TA
« on: January 29, 2012, 01:18:13 pm »
I'll be on the TA  in MO, IL, KY and VA in July-Aug. How bad is it for heat & humidity? ( mosquitoes, gnats ?)

I am used to 80's in western NY and wonder how much I will suffer further south. I notice the "ave" temp for  most of the TA route is 90º, which could mean high 90's are not unusual.  We are primarily camping, but will use motels as needed.

What has been your experience?  Thanks.

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