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Routes / Re: Eastbound from Washington/Oregon
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:00:38 pm »
Today the 18th we are in Newport. Thanks so much for the helpful advice. We actually have a reservation at Lake McDonald lodge and will be sightseeing Glacier by bus. Not too keen on the steep accents and the possible traffic and road conditions so after Lake McDonald we are going to visit Missoula and then head east over the Continental Divide from there.  by the way I thought Rainy and Washington counted as one pass so that the fifth pass was the 3300 ft  at Beaver Lodge after Colville.  Anyway we are very happy with the trip so far. Eric

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Routes / Re: Eastbound from Washington/Oregon
« on: June 16, 2013, 11:12:34 pm »
Just an update, we did choose the northern tier and left and Anacortes  June 6th. Today, June 16 we are at the top of the last of the five passes, Beaver Lodge.  We are taking a slightly slower pace and look forward to meeting anyone else who is on the route this year. Note, we were very tired of up hills so took a successful detour from just beforeWocanda pass North follow the Kettle River into Canada and back down to Kettle Falls. Downhill 35 miles, missed Sherman Pass.

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Routes / Re: Eastbound from Washington/Oregon
« on: March 02, 2013, 05:16:48 pm »
Thanks all for the advice. We have decided to go the more challenging route. Northern Tier from the coast to Glacier and then down to visit  Missoula. Looking forward to it! Eric

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Routes / Re: Eastbound from Washington/Oregon
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:50:13 pm »
so we are still  deciding which route from the west coast to Missoula. Lewis and Clarke is clearly less challenging physically; but is it a compromise in scenic beauty?  Wouldn't want to discover after the fact that Northern Tier orTrans Am are much better for the scenery. Opinions?

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Routes / Re: Cycling in the U.K.
« on: December 06, 2012, 05:46:28 pm »
My wife and I did a successful seven day tour  from Cambridge to Edinburgh this September. About half of our 450 miles was train and half bicycle. Some train reservations some without. First time the train conductor said "no room for more bicycles" but another train came along shortly.  We basically followed Sustrans  Route 1 north with a number of customizations.   For the first time I used a smart phone (Samsung galaxy note) while bicycling.   Before leaving to plan I made kml  routes on BikeRouteToaster (I see from another post that bikehike.uk.co is similar but better) the kml is downloaded to Google Earth , saved, and then can be uploaded to Google Maps and downloaded to the phone. So we had minimal reliance on paper maps and were able to connect by Wi-Fi or 4G most places. The phone also worked well as we would come into a town we could look up places to stay or eat or even bicycle shops on Google maps. With the abundance of bed-and-breakfast in England we thought we might only make reservations 24 hours ahead, as we knew where we would be close. Turned out places even in September are sometimes booked in advance. phone was also useful sometimes zooming in for detail when we couldn't really figure out the root. The sustrans routes are very well marked. They pick quiet roads and can be somewhat roundabout. Could give you some more detailed route info if you wish. Eric

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Routes / Eastbound from Washington/Oregon
« on: December 06, 2012, 04:30:38 pm »
Planning a cross-country ride starting June 1, 2013, choosing a northern route. Our question: opinions/recommendations starting on the West Coast through Oregon and/or Washington comparing the Northern Tier, Lewis and Clark and Transamerica.
We are husband and wife 59 and 60 years, experienced touring bicyclists but never more than 10 days duration. Usually motels and inns but have done one week also camping. Medium fitness, but know the first few weeks may be tough. Never spent time in the Northwest.
So comparing those three routes balancing factors like safety, difficulty, and scenic potential advice is welcomed.  Which route has closer spaced towns? (coffee and tea stops!)Also, we hope to find places to stay as we go, maybe calling for reservations one or two days in advance -- is it possible that so many people start Transamerica in June that camping and motels may already be booked before we arrive?
Then, once we get to Montana same question about crossing Montana on north middle or southern route?
Last, we have read about the difficulties biking through North Dakota; is anybody using an alternate route up through Canada instead of the Bismarck reroute?
Looking forward to the feedback, Eric and Hilary

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