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QuoteMakes no sense. A spare tire is carried for emergencies. Not normal replacement of a worn out tire.Err quite. <snip>
And this old fool never starts a tour without new tires fore and aft.
Cgarch, thanks for the suggestion, your recommendation may make things easier but I have a few questions. I will have to assemble my bike for the trip from the Seattle station, however I seem to recall the Cascade will allow me to roll it on for the trip to Vancouver. Is this correct? Also how is the neighborhood around the Seattle station. I would probably spend the night at a HiSeattle hostel.
I have taken the Amtrak twice and both times the experience was miserable. In addition to dirty bathrooms and surly workers, the train was hours late both times. The first time, it was so late I had to whole additional night there and then had to fight for a place on the train the next day! The next time, we were over 8 hours late getting into Seattle from LA and they lied to us the whole way about how we'd be there "almost on time" etc etc. Never again for me.
The shoulder east of Fallon varies in width. In some places you have a good shoulder but it other places not so much. Nevada DOT has put rumble strips on the shoulder is some areas that make riding on the shoulder impossible. However there isn't a great deal of traffic east of Fallon. The traffic is sparse enough and the road visibility good enough that nearly everyone will give you plenty of space. I've found the truckers to be very considerate about passing in the opposite lane. I don't use a mirror. You'll see a few RV's but not too many.I just drove this route on 28 Dec 2011 on our way out to Colorado and my spousal unit and I were specifically checking the road for riding conditions for a future trip. Nevada DOT has pretty much ruined the entire shoulder with rumble strips from Fallon to near Eureka. There just isn't enough shoulder to be able to ride it unless you can ride really straight in a 12 inch wide path. Traffic seems heavier east of Fallon to about Middlegate. Riding on the road is going to be your choice and just have to keep an eye out for the large vehicles coming up from behind. Of course there are stretches where there just is no shoulder. I don't understand why NDOT thinks a rumble strip needs to be 12 inches wide. 3-4 inches ought to be plenty and that would almost leave a manageable shoulder.
The route I took in Washington wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't my favorite. They guy in the thread above departed from the AC route in Southern Washington and his route looked nicer to me. I didn't find that there were very many nice non commercial campsites and I tend to avoid commercial campgrounds, especially RV parks. I met some guys from Washington state and when I commented that I would have just as soon started in Astoria Oregon, their comment was, "We live in Washington and drive to Astoria to start".