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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.

Routes / Re: Vermont to Maine thoughts?
« on: January 26, 2012, 11:05:24 pm »
I did a southern VT, NH ME trip that ended at Wells ME. It was at the end of a xc trip so we did it efficiently   in 3 days. Manchester VT using US #11 to Georges Mill NH;  to Rochester NH; to Wells Beach.

General Discussion / Re: New York State cycling Maps
« on: January 24, 2012, 09:17:47 pm »

I live in and pedal Western NY....great rural roads...many with shoulders...scenery...yes  there are hills...great campgrounds..

Where are you trying to get to/go?

Routes / Re: Southern MN through Southern SD
« on: May 04, 2011, 08:56:07 pm »
Hi L-Bunny,  I did southern SD and southern MN in 08. I grew up in Jackson MN and our route was south of I90 the entire way. The Root River Trail in the SE corner of MN was great; Spam Museum in Austin a must stop; and small rural towns with County roads with little traffic. Our route is blogged at:
Read days 35-46. Most may consider the route less than spectacular because it is a " rural plains culture trip". We were traveling west to east and those 2 states ( and 2 days in Iowa) were our last vestiges of the "west" (live in NY now)
If you want more details than the blog has let me know.
Jim K

Routes / Re: Route Planning: Off the Lake Erie Connector
« on: April 19, 2011, 10:46:27 pm »
Be sure to ignore the signs at the Sparta-Elroy tunnels that tell you not to ride in them. It's a thrill ..but do keep a headlamp on so no one else runs into you.  Just keep your eye on that needle of light at the other end.  I had no trouble with the surface with 28's. We rode the Root River Trails on the Minn side and they were nice, but that would not get you north.

General Discussion / Re: The Adirondack Park Loop ride
« on: April 18, 2011, 10:22:45 pm »
What month are you planning to do the "ADK loop"? May and early June is "black fly" season. Mid-June to late Sept. should be the best weeks. If camping check NYS Parks for their season and availability. It is a beautiful place to visit.
Jim (Finger Lakes area)

Routes / Re: Northern Tier - Without going into Canada
« on: April 18, 2011, 06:01:39 pm »
I was WRONG as noted that the NT does not cross into Canada at Buffalo...It does. The Canadian side is quite nice if you want to invest the time and $$ to get your passport/card.

BUT you "don't have to do that" if you don't want to.

As noted you can pick up the "Erie Canal Towpath" from the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and stay in the US the entire time. ( not well marked at the onset but with a bit of study you can get through the initial confusion. I have the Buffalo to Tonawanda route info if you need it)

And in Montana at Glacier NP there is a non-Canada option "Marias Alternate". My 2008 copy of the NT shows that option. You can avoid Canada if you desire and still be following NT maps.

Sorry for adding to your confusion. I used the ACA Erie Connector route through Michigan and Canada to the Peace Bridge and then was back on ACA NT for NY. Many ways to do it as you will learn from the ACA folks.

Jim K

Routes / Re: Northern Tier - Without going into Canada
« on: April 17, 2011, 09:57:59 pm »
Mike..if u follow the ACA "NT" route as it is described you would not go into Canada. When you get to Buffalo you will be on a north-northeast route from Ohio/Erie PA area. From Buffalo you will go east along the Erie Canal Towpath. 

General Discussion / Re: Need advice from you! (the pros)
« on: April 17, 2011, 09:38:26 pm » have a great sense of humor....keep that and you'll have a great time on your trek. Not taking your "tool bag" with you on your first outing was the best test of your ability to  bend with the wind. Good work.

Three weeks ago a father and 17 yr old son were killed by a drunk driver at 9AM on Sunday on "River Road" in Wilmington NC. The road has a bike lane and I am certain is part of the ACA route from the Southport Ferry at Fort Fisher and then through Wilmington.  I ride that route 12x yr when I visit my daughter.

General Discussion / Re: finishing
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:23:01 pm »
John Nelson's reply "to live in the moment" resonates with me as well. I rarely thought about how far I came or what was left. I was excited to wake up and start tomorrow every day. With 3700 miles down and 300 to go I finally started to anticipate the destination. Enjoy your moments.

Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520
« on: June 09, 2010, 10:18:09 pm »
I was new to touring after 15 years of using a Trek 7000 mtb mostly as a road bike. Bought the 520 4 years ago and went coast to coast in 08. For me the bike is perfect. I am 6'2 and 210. I had to replace the rear wheel due to rim cracks at the spoke heads but the other components have been fine. It has been ridden just 8K so far so still a young bike. Ideally you could test drive both popular bikes for a week, but the reality is you will be lucky to get a 2-4 hour test ride.  Buy from an experienced shop where the staff ride to work daily.
They should mount the bike and you on their "fit" station and check you and it out for proper fit.
There is no one "best" bike out there. The 520 is among the "best" group.
Have fun with the decision.....and all the miles.

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