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This is my first post here so not sure how it works. We are meeting in Portland to start Transam. Looking for bike friendly accomodation (motel/hotel/guest house) to spend a few days sorting ourselves out as we are flying in from Australia and UK. anyone have any suggestions/past experience of where we might stay or look for accomodation Big RodWe stayed at the the TravelLodge which I think was on 82nd. It was nice and they were accommodating.
1.- Are there "Camping Gas" in America? Camping gas is a kind of stove, very popular in Spain.
You can also take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) which is a regional train system, from San Francisco (it does go to the airport) across the bay - this is very easy and cheap, and the bike can go on the train (except during rush hour). It costs just a few dollars to cross the bay. You don't need a reservation, you buy the ticket at the station. Here's the web site to learn more: www.bart.govI have ridden the ferry and the Bart train and both were pretty easy to deal with even for us clueless out of towners. We did not have our bikes along but in both cases saw others who did.
You can also get a ferry boat ride across the bay, but I've never done that - I think the adventure cycling route recommends that, but I would just take BART, it's so easy, and the trains run very frequently.
Occasionally you find a place where you can stay free (ACA maps tend to indicate them).Depending on where you will be you can probably stay for free more than occasionally. On the TA we stayed free about half the time and quite often paid less than $10 when we did pay (over a 73 day period). Last Spring I never paid for a site on my 10 day tour, but did stay in $40 motel rooms several times.
"Do most people tour with kickstands?"
An extra pound or two just isn't worth it to me.
The click stand is about 75 grams. That would be less than 3 oz.
However, after the costs of my flight and buying the gear I'll need I'd like to keep my travelling expenses below $50 a day. Does that sound do-able including perhaps a camp site with showers? On that topic, how much do US campsites cost on average for cyclists.I don't know how frugal you are or how resourceful at finding sites to camp, but $50 per days sounds like a lot of money to me. I don't think I ever approached that even when I included several motel stays on my 10 day tour last spring and ate a lot or restaurant meals.
Great subject line from the Arlo Guthrie song, BTW! ("City of New Orleans")I wondered if the OP had that song in mind.
The inland winds while variable will still be likely to favor northbound riders. As has been said the coast definitely favors southbound riders.specifically will we expect far less wind north on Cascades and a more enjoyable trip DOWN the pacific coast as opposed to the other way around?
Definitely. Do not plan to go north on the Pacific Coast in the summer/early fall. The winds inland will be variable, on the coast, not so much--just fairly steadily, and at times very strongly, from the north.