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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:40:26 am »
We started the Northern Tier in Seattle and joined the route in Rockport. We had a beautiful ride via Darrington, Arlington, and Snohomish. From Snohomish north you are on a great trail called the Centennial Trail.

Zoe

I believe that route takes you on 530. As noted above, that route was closed by a fatal slide. Did you do this route recently (i.e. after the slide)?

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Routes / Re: Kentucky and Virginia trans am shortcuts
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:19:23 pm »
Oh yikes, maybe it isn't such a good idea then. Did the sections you saw without good shoulders still look like busy sections?

Yes. Several of them did look busy.

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Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:17:56 pm »
FYI...If you are planning to ride Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park, sounds like you will have to do so before 9/22. According to the park's web site, acceleration of the road rehab project will result in part of the road being closed as of 7 a.m. on that date.

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Routes / Re: Seeking Advice for a Cross Country Route
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:07:24 pm »
I liked much of the MT section of the TA, at least the part from Missoula to Ennis. It's even nicer if you take the Gibbons Pass and Old Darby Rd. unpaved alternatives. I did not like Yellowstone due to the crowds. I have done some of the route in OR, as well. McKenzie Pass, with its lava rock top and observatory, is terrific.

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General Discussion / Re: Great divide route
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:58:51 am »
Polaris is sort of in the middle of nowhere. Closest "real" town is Dillon, MT. Butte might have more transportation options. The portion of Section 1 between Wise River and Polaris is quite pretty. 27 miles of net elevation gain, but it is paved. I rode it north for a second time this past June. Between Elkhorn Hot Springs and Wise River I saw several participants in the the divide race.

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Routes / Re: Kentucky and Virginia trans am shortcuts
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:15:39 am »
I just took a quick look using Goggle Street View. There appeared to be many sections of 460 with little or no shoulder.

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Routes / Re: Seeking Advice for a Cross Country Route
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:01:10 am »
I think January and February rules out the TA unless you enjoy riding in snow and ice and cold temperatures. That time frame would also likely put you out west too early weather-wise unless you are traveling at a snail's pace. Don't think you want to ride through MT in March or April. I was just there in mid-June and experienced a brief bit of wet snow at elevation. A few days before I arrived several inches of wet snow fell on one pass. A local told me she had a hard go of it in her car. And Yellowstone would be pretty darn cold. Nights in the teens or below cold. Same may be true for March unless you are talking the end of March and there is an abnormally warm and dry winter. Unless I am mistaken, most E-W riders start the TA in May.

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Routes / Re: Seeking Advice for a Cross Country Route
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:01:47 am »
Defining "late winter" and "early spring" and providing an idea of any expected timeframe heading west might produce more helpful responses.

Also, you wrote that you are planning to bike back in the fall but also write that you can "leave as early [as] late winter....". That has me confused.

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Gear Talk / Re: From the road: least used gear, most appreciated gear
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:27:20 am »
The issue at Rockwood is the surrounding terrain. Very steep hills on both sides, so the sound resonates. There are also a couple of grade crossings in town. By law, the trains have to blow their horns unless what is known as a "quiet zone" has been established. That video was taken from across the river. That horn is probably around 93 db., possibly more. It was really loud, and I work in the rail biz. Thankfully, traffic decreased later that night, but it started up again early. I had a long day the next day so I got up at 5 a.m. By 5:45 three trains had come through.

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Gear Talk / Re: From the road: least used gear, most appreciated gear
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:15:54 am »
Among the items I wish I'd had would be ear plugs. I was at a town called Arlington OR camped out at the marina with a RR crossing a hundred feet away and interstate 84 fifty feet beyond that.

I feel your pain. From one night on the GAP last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eBa1j8F0dk

This was not an isolated occurrence. Turn up your computer's volume to get the realistic effect.

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Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« on: August 08, 2014, 07:49:41 am »
Did the Bon Ton Roulet last month.

Well, well. so did I.  Great week wasn't it?  And I also saw the same trike but I believe I saw a couple of others too.

It was. I did the event once before--in 2006. I was hesitant about going back after that experience. It was a pleasant surprise to find the event run much better. The food was better. The road markings were better. The overall support was better. The overnight locations were better. Re: that one, we started in Auburn in '06. The bleak school where we stayed was a short distance from the beautiful park we stayed at this year. We met a couple who lives near Youngstown. It just so happens that I had been planning a tour from the Youngstown area to Philly. The place where I drop off the one way rental car is 2 miles from the couple's house. I will likely stay with them the night before I start riding.

The one trike I saw was ridden buy a guy who obviously loved to show it off. He would ride it short distances in camp. I even saw him ride from his tent to the porta potties.

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Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:21:12 am »
Did the Bon Ton Roulet last month. There was one trike. While it had a large rear wheel centered behind the chair, the two front wheels were small. The rider definitely sat noticeably lower than most riders I have seen on two-wheel recumbents, incuding the Bachetta one participant was riding.

I would at least get a tall flag for riding in traffic. Also note that you may encunter issues with rumble strips on some shoulders depending on the placement of the strips and the width of the shoulder.

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General Discussion / Re: Cardboard Box for Bike as Checked Baggage
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:45:18 pm »
I am pretty sure I have fewer bike mechanic skills than most people here and even I was able to reinstall my (and my GF's) RDs when we went to Italy last year. Mine required only the most minor of shifting adjustments after reinstallation.

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General Discussion / Re: Fighting off boredom?
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:20:42 pm »
Not to push the point too far and be accused of retrogrouchery but tens of thousands of folks road much further and longer than you're planning without any electronics (or disk brakes) at all. A paperback and a notebook/pencil can keep you company for a long time and you can trade the book with another adventurer along the way.[/quote]

+1. I read "Flowers for Algernon" while touring for 9 days last month--something I had wanted to read for a whole. Nice to have relaxation time to do so. I also found that checking and sending email using the computer at a town library seemed like a chore. When touring, I like to leave behind as many routine things as I can.

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General Discussion / Re: Big Bend Loop II, Van - Nov 2-10, 2014
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:12:43 pm »
Having done an ACA supported trip (Cycle Vermont), what Pat wrote. I went with someone and we rode together. Sometimes we would end up riding with others. You can ride at your own pace. When you finish each day depends on many factors. The daily routes were mostly hilly, but I never felt like we were finishing too late in the day for comfort. I take a lot of photos and we often stopped to see the sights, use the library and get our own lunches so we often finished later than most people.

Last month I crossed paths with ACA's Cycle Montana at one day's lunch stop. Small groups of people came in together. Some people came in alone. Some people stopped for a short while. Some lingered longer. It seemed like most people left lunch in small groups. I don't know whether those groups stayed together on the road because the lunch stop was my overnight stop.

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