Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


 

Messages - John Nettles

Pages: 1 ... 15 16 [17] 18 19 ... 30
241
Routes / Re: Suitability mapping?
« on: November 06, 2011, 01:40:45 am »
The mapping varies considerable by state.
Federal highway legislation for the past 20 years has required multi-modal planning.
That means that states have included bicycle/pedestrian use in their DOTs.
(Sometimes that is 10% a a single person's job description - FWIW)

The results reflect as much.
Oregon's bike map is super - has been since well before the federal mandate.
Arizona's is iffy - their criteria for traffic volume is too high.
Also, states often only consider state highways -
when county roads are nearby which are far preferable.

Caveat emptor.
(Except that the maps are usually free)

What federal mandate?  Oklahoma (where I live) does not have a suitability map and the DOT refuses to produce one even if the grunt work is done by volunteers.



242
Routes / Re: biking Belize
« on: October 20, 2011, 04:07:54 pm »
Go over to CrazyGuy and search on Belize.  Several have toured through Belize and most have camped.

Have a great tour!

243
Routes / Re: How to reach Yorktown (Transcontinental) by airplane??
« on: September 20, 2011, 02:05:24 pm »
From Dulles, go to Reston, VA (about 5 miles) and get on the W&OD bike path (paved) west to Purcellville.  From there, take back roads to Front Royal.  Avoid US-50 as it is pretty busy.

244
Routes / Re: Western Express - Nevada & Utah
« on: August 31, 2011, 06:42:16 pm »
(Nobody in the A.C.A. forums has done this A.C.A. route? :-[)
[/quote]

While I have done many ACA routes, I have not done this one.  You will find that many more touring cyclists use CrazyGuy.  It seems that people new to touring come here first and then migrate to CrazyGuy for some reason.

245
Routes / Re: Western Express - Nevada & Utah
« on: August 31, 2011, 04:31:26 pm »
I would suggest you go over to CrazyGuyOnABike and review this list of journals which go on all or part of the Western Express http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/categories/?o=1r4vFZo&category_id=201&doctype=journal.  You will probably have your question answered.

246
Routes / Re: San Diego to Portland
« on: August 27, 2011, 02:18:23 pm »
Sorry for late reply.  I too have done the south to north following the ACA route but back in 1987 so can't comment as to US-1 now.

However, I too would HIGHLY recommend going north to south.  When I did it, it was due to ignorance that I went that direction.  I enjoyed the route but numerous days were very tough.  Mind you, I was 23 at the time and a very strong rider.  Also, I noticed is that I had to continually cross over to the west side (south bound) of the road to get a better view.

You don't say how much time is left on your visa but be sure to ride the Monterrey to San Luis Obispo (or reverse) section.  It is a fantastic section.  You could easily hop Amtrak from San Diego to Salinas (near Monterrey) for as low as $65.

No matter what you do, have a great time!

247
Routes / Re: Addenda Confusion
« on: August 25, 2011, 07:55:39 pm »
No matter what, you need to take the addendum with a grain of salt.  I have sent in 6 service changes (motel closed, campground closed, and four stores opening or closing) on their little update postcards in the past 3 years but only 2 have appeared.  I even called on one after not seeing it the following month but it still took another 4 months to appear so it may not have been my notice that caused the appearance.

I love and recommend the maps but in my case at least, the addendum (and ACA's follow up) were severely lacking at times.

248
I am like you in that I did the official route.

However, after doing a bit of quick research, I noticed that Phil's route has up to 10 times the traffic according to the Missouri Bike Federation map http://mobikefed.org/files/d10trafficcount.pdf.  You need to enlarge the map a lot to see the numbers.

While MO-32 has a nice shoulder and fairly nice sight lines, it does have traffic averages of over 4,300 to 7,300 cars per day compared to 412 to 786 per day (on narrower more-curvy no-shoulder roads) on the official route.  I love ferries and think Phil's route is a possible alternative but would probably recommend sticking to the original route due to significantly lower traffic counts.  I would rather deal with 16 cars an hour passing me (on average) than 152 even with a shoulder.  

Just my two cents.

249
What is interesting is, if my memory is correct, the TransAm actually did this route or at least crossed at St. Genevieve decades ago.  I wonder why they changed it.

BTW, your link only went to the main page of CG, not your specific route.

250
Classifieds / Re: for sale tamdem ibis
« on: June 06, 2011, 02:11:28 pm »
It makes me think it's stolen.  Obviously there is something major about it the person advertising it doesn't know about tandems, and I'm not sure I want to point it out and help them sell a stolen bike.  And one particular misspelling there makes me think they are totally unfamiliar with the bike world.

I thought it interesting that I got the same ad here in Tulsa on the local Craigslist.  I agree it sounds a bit fishy.

251
If you are willing to leave in the L&C in Onawa, IA, you can go west to Norfolk and connect with the Cowboy Trail in Nebraska.  From the end, you can take US-20 west until you connect with US-26 in Douglas, WY.  Take US-26 west until you connect up with the TransAm between Lander and Dubois.

The Cowboy Trail is a rail trail (chat or finely crushed gravel surface) that parallels US-20 most of the way so if you do not like the trail, you can hope onto the pavement.  The traffic counts on US-20 east of Atkinson, NE are a tad high but US-20 has pretty decent shoulders.

If you need/want to still go through South Dakota, be sure to go through the Custer State Park area and also to ride the Mickelson Trail in western SD.  The problem with going through SD is that you will have to dip back south on US-26 to get to the Tetons first as described above.  If you come in from the north via Yellowstone first you will have to head south and then double back unless you do not want to head north toward Missoula.  If the latter, there is a route that goes from Jackson and reconnects to the TransAm in John Day, Oregon.

Hope you have an enjoyable ride!

252
It appears you are not afraid to ride the gravel roads.  That is great as your route can be more direct at times, much quieter, etc.

You don't say how much experience you have.  It somewhat sounds like you are riding hard-tails.  Be sure to have strong enough racks, do not use "seat post" racks as they are pretty useless.

If you like off road riding, you might consider riding the Mickelson from Hot Springs up to Keystone (or Deadwood), then ride forest service roads down to Hot Springs and ride south to Edgemont on the return trip if you want to avoid 385.  The area around Custer is really nice to ride.

Sounds like a pretty nice trip!

253
Routes / Re: Bannack State Park
« on: March 24, 2011, 10:40:35 am »
While I can't comment directly on Bannack SP as I have not been there, I also agree that Dillon is a nice town.

Also, you might edit your question since this is on the TransAm & Great Divide routes, not the Northern Tier route.

<< I too had a weird "Session time out while posting, please ty to resubmit your message" message that I have not seen before. >>

254
Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Ultimate Surly LHT
« on: March 13, 2011, 05:11:38 pm »
OK...a few things are gone, but I've pulled some parts from the original build and am offering the following bundle for $850, shipped to the lower 48:

Frame/Fork:
.........
 purchased new in 2009 (May), 50cm, professionally blasted & powder coated by Streetwerkz (Columbus, Ohio)
Whirly triple crankset.

So you could argue that I'm not unloading this stuff at rock-bottom prices, but I am selling gear that's in very good-to-excellent condition at a fair price.

$850 for everything. And, shipping is included in the price (for shipping to the lower 48).

For the others considering what he has to offer, I just thought I would let you know I have bought a few things from him and they have all been in excellent condition and ships quickly.  Since this isn't eBay with its feedback, I thought I would post this so everyone knows he is on the up and up.

John

255
Routes / Re: Florida Loop
« on: March 10, 2011, 01:34:20 pm »
I rode the Tamiami way back in '87.  Then, it was very quiet.  I rode from Naples to Homestead in one day but I was a very strong rider back then.  I remember the "scenery" was basically the same mile after mile after mile but it seems to be much more developed now than it was (there was NOTHING back then).  Looking at the Florida Traffic counts, it is tolerable at 3,000 vehicles per day with narrow shoulders but not ideal.  Google satellite shows a fairly steady flow of cars so it does not appear to be a "rush hour" traffic pattern.

All in all, the TT is doable but definitely a more "miles than smiles" route.

Quite honestly, I would just ride back up the keys or take a bus down to Key West and ride back slowly to Fort Myers and enjoy the Keys.

Whatever you do, I wish you an enjoyable trip!

Pages: 1 ... 15 16 [17] 18 19 ... 30