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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: NYC to Ohio and beyond
« on: January 19, 2016, 10:19:08 am »
I know enough back roads in Morris County to get me west of the congested areas, and then will pick up Rte 46 to Columbia and start Pennsylvania Route V there.
That's good because that's one area I am have no clue about. I have ridden U.S. 46 from east of Belvidere to Columbia. That was maybe four years ago. The shoulder was a bit banged up in places with some gravel, but I wouldn't call it horrible. If you want something more scenic but also somewhat hillier, cross the river at Belvidere and ride up the PA side to Portland.

BTW...I found a decent, cheap campground during my Pt. Jervis to Philly ride back in October:

The tent sites are only $10/person and are off in a wooded part of the campground. The area is not close to the bath house, but there are porta-potties close by that were clean. The place is about 4 miles west of the center of Portland with about 450' of climbing. From there, it easy to get back onto PA 611 without backtracking into town. You simply make a left out of the campground onto Laurel Hill Rd./T-734 and take that past the intersection with Turkey Ridge Rd. then bear right onto National Park Dr., which will take you down to PA 611, where you make a left. A relatively short portion of Laurel Hill and/or National Park Dr. is unpaved, but it's not bad.

Also, the market in Portland is open again. I didn't realize that carried groceries all the way from Port Jervis. It looked pretty nice. There is also a deli/bagel place that is relatively new.

Let me know if you want to see the route maps for the portion of Route V that I did.

General Discussion / Re: Montana Road Cycling Routes?
« on: January 18, 2016, 02:03:12 pm »
I've tried in with luck in the SW part of the state (Wisdom, Anaconda, Ennis, Twin Bridges, Dillon). I keep coming up with loops on paved roads that are in the 110 to 120 range. Hopefully someone with more intimate knowledge will chime in.

BTW...Are you planning to fish Rock Creek at all? I did Rock Creek Rd. (mostly unpaved) as part of Missoula loop tour in 2011 and really loved it.  Later that fall I discovered that a local guy I sometimes ride and hike with has fished it. Have plans to ride the road again this June.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: NYC to Ohio and beyond
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:29:14 am »
Thanks for the link.  I think it will be helpful.  Do you know if there's a similar bicycle network in Ohio?  It would be nice if Ohio had just picked up the end of Pennsylvania's Route V and continued west.  I'll need a way of getting from the end of Pennsylvania's Route V to the Underground Railroad route near Akron.  I prefer to not have to go north to Erie PA just to head south toward Sandusky.

Let me know if you decide on Route V. In 2014 I rode it W-E between Emlenton and Catawissa/Bloomsburg, camping and cooking. Route V is well signed. I am a low-tech guy so I also made up cue sheets, especially since I had to go off route a short distance in a few places to find camping. I started at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, took my own route to Franklin, PA and then picked up the Allegheny River Trail, which is quite nice (and paved), to Emlenton to join Route V. The section of the route between the start and Franklin was nice with little traffic until Franklin. Right outside of Franklin there is free riverside camping (first-come, first served) along the trail that has tent pads and two, small Adirondack Shelters. No water, but there are porta-potties, and it's a quick ride into the center of town for groceries. Saw a pair of young bald eagles in the morning.

The airport is not that far from Akron. Google Maps bike directions returns a route of 53 miles to downtown Akron with very little climbing. It goes past a state park (West Branch) that has camping.

Where in N. Jersey are you planning on starting? One option is to take the train to Port Jervis, ride through the Delaware Water Gap N.R.A. and hook up with Route V in Milford, PA.

Update: Just checked my RWGPS files. I have maps for each day from Warren to Bloomsburg that include the off route sections to campgrounds. They are, of course, made for the opposite direction, but they still show where the camping is and the elevation profiles. (In my memory I have a few other campgrounds I passed.)

No, I have done all my touring solo, but  I have never been lonely. I enjoy the freedom and independence.

+1. While  have never crossed the country alone I have done two seven-week tours alone, including one in a foreign country (Spain). Never felt lonely. It's not like you don't meet, talk to and even ride with people along the way. For example, while riding part of the TrasnAm route I caught up to a Mennonite couple who were riding a tandem across the country. We did some riding together and stayed in the same places five nights before our routes diverged in CO. My first tour was a x-country trip with a dozen other people. The next two were the ones mentioned above. All things considered, I preferred to solo trips over the group trip. I also got way more free stuff from people who felt sorry for me. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Dogs n' bears
« on: January 16, 2016, 11:30:29 am »
NJ = 8729 square miles
#bears = 3500
Square miles / bear = 2.5

and you won't see a bear in most of the populated eastern part of the state.

No wonder I've seen so many in NJ!

Yep. Just heard that NJ has the highest concentration of bears/sq. mile of all states. They are mostly in the central and northern parts of the state, but over the last few years there have been several that have made their way south to areas like Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township. There have been two attacks in the last year or so. One was fatal.. The other was within the last couple of months. A scout leader entered a cave and disturbed a hibernating bear.  The fatal attack involved a group of hikers who didn't appear to be that savvy. At one point they were taking photos of the animal, which possibly egged it on. They then split up. One was later found dead.

General Discussion / Re: Dogs n' bears
« on: January 13, 2016, 01:47:07 pm »
Have no experience with bears but pretty sure they wouldn't run around looking for their ball.

All the ones I have seen while riding have done their best to avoid contact.
Saw this little guy in NJ back in June. He was by the side of the road and took off into the wood when he saw us coming.

Routes / Re: Adirondack Loop
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:50:11 am »
I have the map, albeit an old version. There is one loop, with a tail to/from Niskauyna in the south and spur to the Burlington, VT ferry at Port Kent to the north.

Glancing at the map, there appears to be a good amount of camping. It seems will spaced but you really need to perform a detailed analysis to know for sure. There is also a profile for the route showing the route's elevation profile so you can get a feel for which direction involves the steepest and longest climbing. (If you purchase the map, pay close attention to the instruction on how to read it. It's not always left to right. Same with the profile.)

Routes / Re: New improved route NY/CT border to Northern Maine
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:25:38 pm »
There is a plowed cornfield on Mill Village Rd. that you can camp in, but only for the weekend of D2R2. A year at Deerfield Academy will set you back more than $50K these days. While there is a huge expanse of athletic fields down by the river at the end of Albany Rd., I don't think they would appreciate "squatters." :)

For a cool stealth camping experience, you could make a right off 5/10 onto Pine Nook Rd. across from Memorial St. and make the short climb up to the old cemetery. (You can see it on "Google Maps.") There are some very old graves there and a stately, old oak tree. At the time I was there, the school had ski facilities farther up Pine Nook Rd. I worked trail crew every fall getting things ready for ski season. On the way back to school we'd stop and check in on the coloring of the old oak. Quintessential New England thing to do.  Senior year several of us would often sneak out of our dorm and make our way up to the cemetery wall that abuts the rail line and party while waiting for the north and southbound Montrealer trains to pass. O.k. Enough reminiscing.

My 30th reunion was in 2013. I was going to ride there from my home in Philly but the GF wanted to go to a cycling camp in Italy with some friends. If I ride up for my 35th in 2018 I will keep your route in mind.

Routes / Re: New improved route NY/CT border to Northern Maine
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:40:28 am »
Not to quibble, but at S. Deerfield, MA I would get off of U.S. 5/MA 10 and take Mill Village Rd. to Old Main St. to take a spin down Albany Rd. through the heart of the campus of Deerfield Academy, see the old brick church, the Deerfield Inn and the historic houses on Old Main St. north of the school. But I was a four year "Deerfield Boy" (class of '83) so I am a bit prejudiced. I have been back twice in the last 4 or 5 years for D2R2, which is a mostly dirt randonee ride in MA and VT that starts from a field on Mill Village Rd. Highly recommend it if that's your sort of thing. You can even camp in the field the weekend, and they feed you quite well.

Routes / Re: Western NY to NYC and the Atlantic route
« on: December 30, 2015, 10:05:25 am »
The only way you can bike across the Hudson into NYC is via the GW Bridge.

If you are crossing from New Jersey. There are other options pedaling across the Hudson River coming from Illinois.

You cannot bike across the Hudson into NYC via any other bridge but the GW. You bike across the Hudson in NY state via other bridges and then ride south into NYC. I believe the next available bridge would be Bear Mountain (U.S. 6).

General Discussion / Re: Riding Amtrak from Washington DC to Cumberland MD
« on: December 29, 2015, 01:51:04 pm »
Have you read this?:

The Capitol Limited offers what Amtrak calls "Walk-On Bicycle Service." As the web site explains:

"Loading and Securing Your Bike

"Passengers must be able to fully handle their bicycle in order to carry it on the train and stow in the rack. As such you must be able to lift your bicycle to shoulder height. Passengers are responsible for supplying their own cords and locking devices. All large seat/saddlebags, handlebar bags and panniers must be removed from your bicycle, consolidated and either checked or carried with you on to the train."

The advice in Bri's second paragraph is good advice.

Routes / Re: Western NY to NYC and the Atlantic route
« on: December 29, 2015, 01:42:34 pm »
The only way you can bike across the Hudson into NYC is via the GW Bridge.

General Discussion / Re: First cross country tour-Help a guy out
« on: December 18, 2015, 09:45:58 am »
I like to use 4 bags even if not full, as it balances out the load and I don't have to worry about speed wobbles. Most 2 bag tourists cram too much weight onto the rear of the bike, destroying handling. I like to put some weighty stuff in front to stabilize everything.
Good Luck
+1. And as John N notes, you have additional capacity for those situations where you might need to pack extra water and food. During a tour across PA last year I had to carry lunch, dinner and breakfast food as well as snacks because there was nothing on route to my destination and nothing for about 15 miles the next morning.

At 215 lbs. riding a 60cm LHT, the additional weight of a front rack and two Sport Packers panniers is a very small percentage increase. It's even smaller when you factor in the weight of everything else.

General Discussion / Re: Cycling Partners
« on: December 18, 2015, 09:39:11 am »
But I'm certain there will be others I will come across once on the route, so I will be there come the grand depart.

I know last year a good number of participants ended being very close to each other in MT. I saw about a dozen riders on the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway between Polaris and Wise River (most were in the town of Wise River itself) while touring western MT. They weren't in contention since the first rider had already reached Antelope Wells. Still, I could never do what they were doing. The people in town looked a bit haggard. A large storm had come through earlier in the day. I actually got rained, hailed and even snowed on coming down from the summit. And now they were facing a 25 mile climb, albeit a paved one. Fortunately, there are several campground along that stretch, and its Forest Service land so they could disperse camp if they desired.

Routes / Re: Marietta, Ohio to Crystal River, Fl
« on: December 15, 2015, 02:32:14 pm »
Finally, have no idea what "21,000 foot delta H." means.

I believe it's the amount of climbing measured in feet.

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