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Routes / Great Divide MTB Route options?
« on: April 03, 2015, 12:06:22 pm »
Hey, Riders:

Doing some dreaming and scheming about the GDMBR.  I know my plans are a bit whacked, but they are not without precedent.  My wife and I are thinking about attempting the GDMBR on recumbent trikes.  It has been done this way once before--see Heidi's blog on Crazyguyonabike--so we know it's possible.  Our particular wrinkle will be taking our faithful hound along if he's fit enough, which seems likely.  Our ride is still a full two years away, so this is very preliminary research.

Some background:

In 2012, my wife, our hound, Django, and I pedaled the Great Divide following almost exclusively paved roads.  I tell this sordid tale in my book--Cracking the Spine: http://www.amazon.com/Cracking-Spine-Tricycle-Odyssey-Mountains-ebook/dp/B00LBCHGTO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1405429131&sr=1-1&keywords=cracking+the+spine.

That was a tough trip for sure, but on the times we got off pavement, we had some serious fun.  It was hard, of course, but the virtual absence of traffic and the overwhelming quiet were addictive.  We ended up doing about 30 miles or so of dirt between Bozeman and the Yellowstone River and another stretch of dirt leading to Ute Pass, which I've found is part of the official GDMBR. These went well, and our rigs were not customized for dirt, my wife in particular pedaling a trike with 20" wheels--pretty dang low!  For a bigger dirt adventure we'd upgrade my trike--currently 26" in the rear and 20" in front to a 29X24 config. while my wife's would be 26X24.  We'd use 2+" rubber all around.  The dog trailer is the best available, a Cycletote, which we'd likely upgrade to 26" wheels.

So here's my thinking about the route so far: 

We'd have to use the now alternate south of Sparwood in BC--the "Fernie Alternate" as "The Wall" seems a no go with trikes? Everyone portages, but the trikes couldn't even be pushed up that from what it seems.  We'd be fine on the Fernie route, however.

The next crux comes at Richmond Peak above Rt. 83 in Montana, a section we grew to hate because of the traffic.  Instead of Richmond Peak, which Heidi did successfully, here's an alternate I've mapped using Google, so I'd like some Montana locals or other experienced riders to comment:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7369730

From satellite views, the route seems to follow consistently well developed logging roads.  We'd have to ride SOME of 83, but not much.

The other crux would be Fleecer Ridge.  Again, Heidi rode this somehow, but we'd likely do the simple alternate.

From my reading, it seems like everything else is workable, especially on jacked trikes with fat tires.  If I had my way, I'd go with a suspended two wheeler, but my wife is a confirmed triker, so this is the way we'd do it.  We have insanely low gearing, so I suspect that many stretches that two wheelers push, we'd crawl up steadily on our three wheelers.

Besides the expected--DON"T DO IT, YOU FOOL!--comments, what do you think?  Any other sections that have workarounds we should know about? 

Thanks!

Scott

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Routes / Experiences with the new tunnel s. of Pacifica, CA?
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:44:25 pm »
Hey, Touristas:

It looks like my wife and I will be on the coast again this year, I think the fourth time for both of us.  Oh well, it's lots of good riding and it stays cool.  We'll be riding from the Sonoma coast to San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara.  Has anyone been through the new Devil's Slide tunnel?  I saw a youtube clip, and the bike lane looks wonderful, although I understand that Caltrans did NOTHING with the steep, narrow, shoulderless approach from the north out of Pacifica.  Oh well.  I'm wondering about the south side after the tunnel.  Has Caltrans cleared out the shoulder, or is it still super tight as I saw in the video ?  We'll probably be going through some time in July, maybe early August.

Oh, one more thing:  Any news on the damn chip seal those Caltrans bastards laid down between Ragged Pt. and Cambria?  That used to be one of my favorite stretches--so fast and smooth with the constant tailwinds.  Grrrrr....

Thanks!

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General Discussion / Traffic burnout?
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:44:28 pm »
Hey, cyclotourists:  My wife and I recently concluded a Canada (Jasper) to the Mexico border tour of the Rocky Mtns.  We did this on two recumbent trikes with our dog, Django.  It was a very strenuous but rewarding trip: Divide by Three http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/DividebyThree.  To be honest, however, after riding coast to coast in 2007 and now border to border, in addition to many other tours up to three weeks in length, I feel fed up in dealing with cars.  It's not that I ride in mortal fear of my life all the time.  I'm just sick and tired of the noise, the lack of consideration, and, to be honest, at least some of the risk from bad/aggressive/inattentive drivers.  Do others here lose the motivation to get out there for these reasons?  I'm still going to ride, but in the West, with so few road options, it seems all the traffic gets funneled onto a few roads, routes that cyclists must follow, too.  My experience back east and in the Midwest was much more pleasant than western states in many/most cases because of the different roads available.  Of the western states I've toured, New Mexico is the best with generally very light traffic.  Unfortunately for my touring, I live in California.  The best touring here is in the desert in winter--very quiet and enjoyable.  Thoughts on burnout?

Cheers and ride safely.

Scott

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Routes / az: show low to globe on rt. 60?
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:30:43 pm »
Anyone ridden this? There is no way we can make it in a day.  We are on tour now--in NM--and working our way west.  Looking for options other than the ACA route through Safford, etc.  For the 60 rt., what are camping and water options? I understand that the Payson-- Phoenix run is crazy w/traffic.  Any help would be great!

Thanks.

Scott

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Hey, Bikers:  My wife and I are about to launch on a trip down the Rocky Mtns,--four months' worth!  Anyway, I've neglected to get reservations for the biking portion of the trip.  If we land at a campsite, will they simply turn us away?  Often going to the next campground isn't an option for cyclists.  I had the whole notion of hiker/biker in my head so didn't make reservations--not that many (any) would be available for this time of year.  Also, there's the whole question of trying to be a little loose with our planning, which is nice.  I realize there are constrictions in the parks, however!

Please shoot me some advice and experiences ASAP!  We leave the day after tomorrow--Tue. 7th, just when a nice,  fat storm is due.  Oh, joy.

Thanks again.

Scott

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Routes / Arizona 288 --Globe-Young Hwy?
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:04:14 pm »
Hey, riders:  Coming up close to the start of a big tour and still working on some options.  We're thinking about possibly bypassing the Phoenix area all together as we work our way from Silver City, NM, to our home in CA.  From Globe, AZ, I found Hwy 288.  Does anyone know about this road for cycling?  Paved?  Water sources?  I can see that we won't have any supplies, so will have to leave Globe well stocked.  If we did this route, we'd pick up the Magollan Rim Rd. and follow that across to 87 and 260.  I've pedaled that stretch before.  Any advice/experiences greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Scott

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Routes / Montana route info...
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:27:11 am »
Hey, Cyclists:  My wife and I are in the planning phases for a mostly paved Rocky Mtn. tour starting in Aug. from Jasper, Alberta.  At times, I'm planning on taking some mixed surface routes (ex. Cottonwood Pass and Ute Pass in Co.).  Another option I'm exploring is a mixed surface route between Augusta and Hwy 15--old state hwy 434. Google Street View shows pavement south of Rt. 200, so I'm wondering about the section between Augusta and Rt. 200, which appears to be dirt/gravel.  Google doesn't covered that section except the very north-most tail out of Augusta.  We'll probably hit this mid-August, give or take.

Opinions, info., experiences?

Thanks!

Scott

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Routes / N. Colorado Rt. 9/Hwy 9?
« on: April 12, 2012, 10:36:30 pm »
Hey, Riders:  Well, the big planning is on for our major Rocky Mtn. tour this summer/fall.  We'll be starting in Jasper, AB, in early August.  I've read some less-than-flattering comments about Rt. 9.  We'll be hitting in Sept.  Thoughts?  Alternatives?  In general, we're following the divide, heading to Salida.

Thanks!

Scott

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Routes / A great little tour
« on: April 06, 2012, 10:54:46 pm »
Hey, Riders: I just completed a wonderful little tour with my wife, Jodi, and our faithful hound, Django.  Here's a link to a short write up with lots of pics and map and link to detailed info. related to the map.  If you are in the central California coast region and want to do a great, wonderful, can't recommend-it-enough ride, this is the one.  Bloody hot in summer, however.  Spring and Fall optimal.  Bring a taste for great scenery, empty roads, and excellent wine.

A perfect little tour:http://scott-waylandadventures.blogspot.com/

Cheers!

Scott

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Routes / Montana 83 riding conditions?
« on: January 30, 2012, 10:58:46 am »
Ahoy, riders:  After doing some "street view" research on our Rocky Mtn. tour, it's sad to see the great shoulders of so many Canadian rds. give way to the narrow B.S. of so many US highways.  Arrrrgh.  Anyway, we'd like to go through Glacier, but then we are presented with some options.  What is the best way for a cyclist to get from Glacier to Missoula?  Looking at the map, Rt. 83 seems a natural choice, scenic, and it has campgrounds; however, it doesn't seem to have ANY shoulder to speak of.  Advice, opinions, experience?

Thanks!

Scott

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Routes / Another Great Parks North Ques...
« on: January 28, 2012, 04:41:12 pm »
My wife and I are planning a big Rocky Mtn. tour this year, Jasper to Silver City, NM, then home to Cali.  On the northern portion of the road, we were thinking of going out of the Canadian Rockies past Canmore, getting to the east side, and heading down to Glacier Park that way.  What do you think of this in comparison to the ACA version through Fernie et al?  Oh, we'll be starting early-ish August.

Thanks!

Scott

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Routes / Critique my NE CA/SW OR Loop!
« on: January 11, 2012, 07:27:30 pm »
Hey, Riders:  I'm thinking of doing this loop as a tour with a gang of young (and not-so young but tough!) riders late this spring (prob. early June).  Some of it I'm familiar with (395), but a lot of it is a mystery to me.  Hwy 139 into Oregon looks pretty good on Google maps ground view, i.e. shoulder!  And I can't  imagine there's a lot of traffic.  Hwy 140 east out of Klamath Falls is a bit more uncertain: Doesn't appear to be much/any shoulder.   Anyone ride in this area?  Comments?  It looks like some great country, and I like the idea of a monster loop.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/892029

Thanks.

Scott

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General Discussion / Update on Lolo Pass trucking nightmare?
« on: July 04, 2011, 06:15:48 pm »
Just wondering what the latest was on the &^$#%&^%*$* Canadian energy company that was planning on taking those gigantic loads over Lolo Pass for a year or so.  It sounded absolutely terrible.

Cheers,

Scott

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Routes / Southern Tier: Apache Trail vs. through Superior?
« on: June 25, 2011, 02:30:03 pm »
Ahoy, Arizona bike tourists:  Doing some thinking about our big tour next year.  What do you think about taking Apache Trail?  I know it's dirt.  I've only driven it once many years ago.  I assume NO water?  How good/bad is the road?  I remember it was exceedingly beautiful.  We'd be riding east to west in November.

Thanks.

Scott

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Routes / Hwy 60 bypass between Superior and Apache Junct.?
« on: February 17, 2011, 10:24:58 am »
I've been reading that a stretch of Hwy 60 east of Phoenix is not good, specifically between Apache Junct. and Superior.  I found an article on Crazyguyonabike that discusses a paved/dirt option to much of it.  I've posted a question to her guest book, but no response.  Any forum users know that area?  I looked at Google maps and found that it should be possible to take E. Happy Camp to E. Hewitt Station Rd. and eventually to Queen Valley.  Any intel on these roads?  Decently graded dirt?  Constant sand? My wife and I will be going through that area in 2012 on loaded recumbent trikes.  Dirt roads are okay so long as they are not too rough or sandy.

Thanks!

Scott

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