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General Discussion / Re: Bike Rack Reviews
« on: January 13, 2010, 08:44:31 am »
I just re-joined AC after being away for too many years, so I haven't seen the Dec/Jan 2010 AC issue yet but until then this web site has all the info on racks I think I'll need.  Check it out.  BTW - what is LHT?

If you don't receive the Dec/Jan 2010 issue due to when you rejoined, keep an eye on the Adventure Cyclist page Eventually there will be highlights from the issue posted there. If that article doesn't show up there, be sure to look for it in the publications archive


PS LHT is a Long Haul Trucker, the touring bike made by Surly.

Routes / Re: Need route from Pensilvania to meet up with Atlantic coast
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:46:05 pm »

Check out the routes Pennsylvania has mapped out.

I hope this helps.


Kathy (and all other interested in this route!),

I just heard from Kathy and Roger Cox who orignally did this trip. Here is the information they sent me. I hope it helps you to plan your trip. It would be great to get a trip report from you if you do it.

Here is the route description of our 800 mile Salmon Basin mountain bike tour loop we did in August 2001:
We left our vehicle in Salmon ID at a commercial campground, rode south a few miles on Hwy 93, took FR21 up Williams Cr, down Panther Cr.*  on FR55 to the Salmon River where we crossed it.  Headed upstream on FR30, past Shoup, then a steep climb up Spring Creek FR38 to the ridge and Montana line.  Continued NW along ridge on FR44*  and down the West Fork of the Bitterroot on FR91 past Painted Rocks Reservoir.  If you want to resupply near Conner, you can continue downhill, otherwise, we turned west and headed back towards Idaho and Nez Perce Pass on FR468.
 We continued west across Idaho on the Magruder Corridor (FR468) with the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness to the north and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to the south.  This is a beautiful, rugged, remote area, and expect to see maybe only 20 vehicles each day as you travel. When we reached the ranger station at Red River, we detoured up FR234 for some soaking and restaurant food at Red River Hot Springs*.  Inquire locally to make sure it is open.  Back at the ranger station, we continued west on FR22 until it joined ID SR14, where we rode west on pavement toward Grangeville.  Just before Grangeville, we took the Mt Idaho Grade Rd into town, for resupply.
Our original plan was to take FR221 south from Grangeville all the way to Riggins, but we were forced off it and detoured down Slate Creek to Hwy95 because of forest fire activity. After Riggins, we went east along the main Salmon River, turning south up the Seven Fingers Rd, FR 246, bound for Burgdorf Hot Springs*, and on to McCall.  From McCall we took the Lick Creek Rd to the S. Fork of the Salmon, and then headed upstream on FR674/FR474* to Warm Lake (store, restaurants).  We continued east on FR579 (Deadwood River, Deer Creek, Elk Creek, Fir Creek) to Cape Horn Pass, where the road changes to FR198 before joining ID SR21 into Stanley*.  When we got to Stanley, we were running out of time, so we took paved ID SR75 to Challis* and then Hwy 93 back to Salmon.  (We had hoped to ride the dirt from Sunbeam to Challis on FR70, the Custer Motorway, and did this section in the summer of 2009 as part of a more recent trip.)  North of Challis, the Morgan Creek and Panther Creek roads would keep you off of Hwy93.
*The asterisks note a hot springs nearby that we soaked in, some commercial, some wild ones on forest land, check a hot springs guidebook or ask locals – half the fun is discovering these for yourself.  To plan this trip we used Nat. Forest maps and the DeLorme Gazeteer for ID and MT. We encourage other cyclists to try this route or some variation, we found this ride to be truly memorable!


Routes / Re: Into Boston
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:15:39 pm »

oh and Jennifer guess who hasn't studied that section yet, slowly working my way north using ACA maps and Google Earth.  Next time will read all the literature before posting 

No problem. Things aren't always as clear as we'd like them to be so I find it's worth checking in. Let me know if you have any other questions.


Routes / MOVED: TransAmerica trail
« on: January 06, 2010, 07:50:54 am »

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade Route
« on: January 05, 2010, 04:05:50 pm »
No worries, Tony. I'm glad I made sense to you.


Routes / Re: Into Boston
« on: January 05, 2010, 04:05:09 pm »
Hi Tony,

Is there a reason you don't want to use the Boston Spur available on the Atlantic Coast Route, Section 1 ( ride to/from the train station? I think the Boston North Station is only about a half mile from the route. Or maybe I don't completely understand your question.


Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade Route
« on: January 05, 2010, 01:46:14 pm »
Apologies for jumping in like this but can someone tell me where the Sierra Cascades are? Kinda got the idea it might be  close to the Atlantic coast routes and could spice it up a bit.  Or am I being an ignorant Brit about USA geography.  Tried looking on Google Earth but nothing comes up.

Thanks Tony

Sorry if this disappoints you Tony, however, Sierra Cascades refers to the Cascade Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, along the western perimeter of the US (though inland, not coastal US). You can get a better idea if you download our Route Network Map ( and see generally where the route is located.

I hope this helps.


Pacific Northwest / Re: Spokane to Kennewick
« on: January 05, 2010, 09:29:06 am »

In your planning process, you might also want to check out the maps that Washington state produces. I believe they show traffic counts and maybe shoulder widths of the main roads. You can download them from the WA DOT site,

Good luck and have fun,

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade Route
« on: January 05, 2010, 09:12:16 am »
Hi all,

Just back from a few days off. The current target date for the Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route maps to be available for purchase is the first week of April. This project is our main priority right now. I am working on a webpage with more information about the route. I will post here to let you know when that is up.

Regarding Bil Paul's book, though the route is based on a lot of his routing, it is not always the same. As far as I know, Bil is not planning to update/reprint the book.


Hi Kathy,

If they email me, I hope they say "Salmon River" in the subject line, so I won't think it is junk mail and delete it.

I believe they will email me the info and I'll post it here for you.

I'm guessing that the Salmon River they refer to is the one in Idaho.  So I'm beginning to gather some data in that area.
Do you know?  Is that the right state?

Yes, I understand that the area they rode was in Idaho.

Somehow I didn't seem to get the email that I expected from the forum pgm that would let me know someone had replied.
Should I still expect such an email or has the forum changed.

Did you click on Notify at the top right of the thread/discussion? I think you have to do that in order to receive an email telling you there has been activity in your discussion.

I hope this helps.


I want to hit yellowstone and/or tetons if a lack of snow allows it (yellowstone plows its roads in April, does that mean they are bike-able in May?) 

Everything you need to know about cycling through Yellowstone in the spring can be found at the National Park Service website below:

I hope that helps.


Pacific Northwest / Re: Greetings
« on: December 22, 2009, 07:56:43 am »
Hi mugs,

Welcome to bicycle touring! Have you seen this article on our site specifically about ultra light bicycle touring?

There is also a link in the upper right corner for a review of ultra light gear. Check it out, too.

For planning your Idaho adventure, you might want to check the Idaho Department of Transportation website. They have some resources there including a map that shows shoulder widths that you can use as a guide.

Good luck and have fun!


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