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Routes / Re: Detailed maps
« on: October 05, 2012, 09:11:28 am »
Thanks
The links are very useful - thankyou
This links to the 'When's the best time to tour Yellowstone' discussion posted a few months ago
I bring groups of British Cyclists to sample the delights of America on a regular basis and for 2013 was specifically looking for a map to include Jackson, Bozeman, Gardner, Livingston, Cooke City and Cody as well as Yellowstone and the Tetons

  Neil

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Routes / Detailed maps
« on: October 04, 2012, 07:52:35 am »
Hi
Can anyone recommend a detailed map for cycling the Yellowstone area, New England, Colorado and California? (Yes they are a long way apart and so separate recommendations are needed!!)
In England we have 1:50.000 scale maps covering the whole country that are very good, but it's a smaller place.
I can find maps with a 1:750.000 scale and have cut up a Rand McNally in the past, but are there better ones out there?

   Thankyou
     Neil

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Routes / Re: Barcelona to Amsterdam
« on: September 24, 2012, 10:28:35 am »
To be honest this is a new one on me, European winds are traditionally westerleys. Being a continent different to America our wind and weather patterns are far less set, so I'd not plan a tour on wind alone. Your idea of following the sun is far more sensible
   Cheers
     Neil

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Routes / Re: Outter Banks direction of travel
« on: September 24, 2012, 10:25:17 am »
South to North
Major reason is that you are closer to the sea, so can admire the views much easier, rather than looking across a carriageway. We did this as a  route from South Carolina to Quebec 15 years ago and that was with the prevailing wind.
Sorry to confuse
   Neil ;)

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Routes / Re: When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:30:30 am »
Thanks
This tour is for CTC holidays. The Cyclists Touring Club is almost the equivalent of Adventure Cycling and CTC holidays offer about the same number of tours as Adventure Cycling and led by volunteers. We do get a number of Americans on these tours and I'm welcoming a cyclist from Oregon to Slovenia this September
I'm not averse to camping, in fact I tandemmed for 7 months around America with a tent 15 years ago. In this case however people like fixed accommodation so that's what I am offering.
Thankyou very much for the suggestion of a route, I'll have a look at it. Personally if I had 17 days it would be Montana or Norway.
  Thanks again
     Neil

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Routes / Re: When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: July 20, 2012, 04:41:12 pm »
OK
You have 18 days
Start Jackson Hole
50 miles a day (about) 60 at an absolute push, but not consistently
4 rest days
12-13 cycling days
Need to find accomodation at the end of each day in fixed accomodation
Suggested route?
   
   Neil

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Routes / Re: When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:51:13 am »
PS
It's June or September, I'm not coming in July or August due to cost and traffic  8)

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I'd start in Cork and head west along the coast.
There are 2 peninsulas below the Ring of Kerry and I'd do both of these.
The Ring of Kerry is full of traffic, don't do the Northern part as it's dull and full of traffic, there is a road that cuts inland through the mountains and is very pretty, this will take you to Killarney.

I wrote 2 guidebooks 10 years ago for Harper Collins on this area of Ireland and it is beautiful and in 6 weeks in Irelabnd have had one wet day - luck of the Irish

You might be able to find it, otherwise Cicerone have written a book last year and they publish good guide books

    Cheers
       Neil

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Routes / Re: When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:37:29 am »
Thanks
To put a bit more detail in

1) We will be staying in motels/cabins.
We can't camp due to weight restrictions on planes and frankly people don't want to do that

2) I've chosen Billings as it's close and we can do a flight from the UK with one change. A direct would be ideal

3) In Colorado last year I did use transportation out of the airport but this is problamatic. In Colorado it was a nightmare. I was picked up at Boulder with 13 others. The driver was 90 minutes late arriving and he didn't know the way and there was traffic, we very nearly missed the flight back to London.

4) The route I'm looking at is
Billings-Red Lodge-Powell-Cody-Grant Village (with a stop in the middle) - stay 3 nights - West Yellowstone-Ennis-Bozeman-Livington-Gardner- rest day - Silver gate - Red Lodge - Billings

However with comment above, maybe risk transport from airport to Red Lodge and hope I get the same great service as did in New England 3 years ago.

Yes the English fry in the heat but Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are English!!
   
   Cheers
      Neil

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Routes / When is the best time to visit Yellowstone
« on: July 20, 2012, 02:26:08 am »
Hi
I'm bringing 11-13 British cyclists to Yellowstone in 2013 and am unsure of the best time
2 choices
1) June, could be rainy
2) September, the recommended time I've read is the week before and after labour day
I intend to tour for 17-18 days, starting in Billings

I've cycled in the States a lot and last visited Yellowstone 15 years ago and it was fabulous

  Any ideas greatfully received
      Neil
(Life member of Adventure Cycling - it's a wonderful organisation)

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