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General Discussion / Re: Trans-America Camping Options
« on: February 15, 2017, 07:49:00 am »
I just tried this method for my location (where I live), Juneau, Alaska, and it identified all the campgrounds I am aware of in this area.
There are a number of advantages of using the camping identified on the ACA maps. The two I find most valuable are: (1) they list places to camp that aren't campgrounds, and thus would never be identified by Google, and are mostly free,

Definitely. City parks are a good example. In this case, the OP is concerned with the lack of camping along sections of an ACA route, so I thought I would propose an option.

Routes / Re: How to get home. Anacortes to NJ
« on: February 14, 2017, 06:47:22 am »
I did the reverse when starting tours from Seattle up to the Northern Tier. Took the Bremmerton ferry from town up through Deception Pass to join the route between Anacortes and Bay View. Wasn't bad at all. Fort Worden in Pt. Townsend is a great place to camp. Also stayed at Kitsap Memorial S.P. Find a LBS in town, have it box your bike and have it shipped home from there via bikeflights.

I got out there via Amtrak, but that is when you only had to take one train from NYC though Philly to Chicago and then one from CHI to Seattle. It's more complicated now since they got rid of the Broadway Limited that went from NYC to CHI. The NYC to Pittsburgh service, where you hook up with the Capitol Limited to CHI doesn't have a baggage car.

General Discussion / Re: Trans-America Camping Options
« on: February 10, 2017, 01:42:59 pm »
IIRC, the maps only list off route camping options that are with about 3 or so miles from the route. If you want to locate camping further away, you can also try Google Maps. Pick a town along a stretch where there is a lack of camping and search Google Maps for "Campgrounds near [name of town]". If nothing shows up, zoom out. I use this method often when planning trips. On at least one occasion I found a nice, private campground that is just a little too far off the Atlantic Coast route to be included on the map. There is one shown that is about 1.5 miles off route, but the one I found was about 3 or so miles off route.

Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« on: February 10, 2017, 01:34:44 pm »
Not sure what you mean by the upper three routes, but assuming you mean the TransAm, Lewis & Clark and the Northern Tier, I think the L&C, using the option through Lincoln to Great Falls, and the Northern Tier, will have less climbing than the TransAm. The thing with the Northern Tier, though, is that if you leave from Astoria you climb the North Cascades Highway around the third or fourth day. Here is the profile from the last camping spot on the west slope to the summit of the second pass:

Then you basically have a mountain pass each of the next three days. After that, it's relatively tame until Glacier National Park, although the stretch between Libby, MT and Rexford/Eureka, MT is pretty tough (I am planning to ride it again this summer) due to lots of ups and downs along the lake:

If you make the foray in Alberta after St. Mary, MT, which I highly recommend, you have a hard, hilly day to get to Waterton Village (great place for a rest day). After that, you have no more mountains, but Magrath, AB back to Cut Bank, MT was tough because of the distance, lack of services and wind.

Philly representin' again! Good luck.
BTW...What's your route out of town and across PA, assuming you are crossing PA?
Thanks! Taking ACA's soon to be finished Philly to to Chicago route across PA

Is that the route that uses some or all of PA Bike Route V and/or their Atlantic Coast route? If so, send me a PM if you want some detailed information, especially if your friend will be camping. I am familiar with a good portion or Route V (Hickory Run/White Haven area and between Rupert/Bloomsburg and Emlenton) and know the Atlantic Coast section between Philly and Delaware Water Gap like the back of my hand.

Gear Talk / Re: 30 Day Tour Packing List? Hotel every 5 days'ish!
« on: February 09, 2017, 10:39:43 am »
If all you are going to have in the way of bags is two rear panniers and a bar bag, you might consider Ortlieb Bike Packers instead. Compared to the rollers, they are easier to open and close in the event you need to quickly access things like foul weather gear. They are just as waterproof as the rollers unless you do something like submerge them.

Routes / Re: What's with Google Maps
« on: February 09, 2017, 10:28:20 am »
Real view is dragging the little guy from the lower right conner to a spot on the route and it shows a current picture of that spot. It puts you at a close up ground level view.

As noted above, it's called "Street View." Note that Street View is not available for every road. (I doubt "flying view", which I suspect is part of Google Earth, is either.) When you are in Goggle Maps, simply click on the little orange person icon without dragging it. Roads for which Street View is available will become highlighted. Then you can drag the orange icon to a spot. I have found that sometimes it bounces back to his spot. If that happens, highlight the roads again by clicking on the icon and then click on the portion of the highlighted road you want to view.

You know that Street View is also available on Ride With GPS. For example, here is one day I have planned for a tour in June:

You can see the same orange person icon in the lower, right corner. Note that clicking on him in RWGPS doesn't work like in Google Maps. You have to drag the icon into the field and drop him down at a point on a highlighted road. In the example above, you can see that a short portion of the route (between ~mile 13 and mile 19) is not highlighted when you drag the icon into the field. That's because the road is an unpaved pass that was, for whatever reason, skipped by the Google vehicle that takes the footage for Street View.

Routes / Re: Hi Everyone! First Timer Cross Country Rider - ROUTES NEEDED
« on: February 08, 2017, 01:57:52 pm »
Where, exactly, are you planning to start from around April 1?

Routes / Re: What's with Google Maps
« on: February 08, 2017, 01:54:35 pm »
Normally I use Ride-with-GPS but I heard I could get a "real view" at different spots on the route and also a 'flying" view. Thought I'd try it but no luck.

In answer to your question, no. Drag to change works just fine for me.

But what do you mean by "real view" and "flying view" re: RWGPS?

General Discussion / Re: Lions and tigers and bears oh my!!!
« on: February 08, 2017, 01:48:22 pm »
but I'd avoid getting it on synthetics if possible.

Yeah. I had some helmet damage from DEET. Some leaked in a storage box in my basement and got on an old helmet that I didn't use anymore. Also in the box were some RCA stereo cables. Dissolved the cables' plastic coating.

General Discussion / Re: Training program recommendations
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:44:53 am »
Terry Men's Liberator Gel for me.

General Discussion / Re: Training program recommendations
« on: February 03, 2017, 08:32:27 am »
I'd probably up the mileage some as the start draws closer. But more importantly, you should work up to being able to tolerate long days in the saddle. 130 miles/week could 5 rides of less than 30 miles/week or it could be two 65 mile rides/week. Being able to do the latter would be more helpful, especially if they are back to back rides.

And get used to hills. The NT smacks you in the face early. Assuming you are camping, you will have this climb around day 3:

If you will be staying indoors, the day will be even longer and feature more climbing in the "foothills" between Newhalem and the above, which starts at Colonial Creek Campground, the last development before Washington Pass.

Gear Talk / Re: 30 Day Tour Packing List? Hotel every 5 days'ish!
« on: February 02, 2017, 03:30:34 pm »
Pack for climate conditions you are likely to encounter, not the number of days.

As for food, during road tours I don't recall ever having to carry food for more than the day and a little something for the next day's breakfast. Personally, I like to plan most of my overnight stays in locations that have a food source, or at least one close to the destinations. When that's not possible or when I want to stay at a place with no food source near by or close on the way, I will try to come up with dinner and breakfast ideas that are relatively light weight.

Philly representin' again! Good luck.
BTW...What's your route out of town and across PA, assuming you are crossing PA?

Routes / Re: Pros and Cons of Northern Tier vs. Lewis and Clark in Pac NW
« on: February 02, 2017, 02:49:59 pm »
Just did a rough calculation of my Northern Tier experience. Backing out the days from Seattle (where we started) to Bay View (just east of Anacortes) we reached Fargo in 34 days. That included rest days in Winthrop, WA, Sandpoint, ID, Glacier N.P. (waiting for Logan Pass to open) Glasgow, MT and Minot, ND. We did do the Alberta portion, which added some days because, including a short day because of the way the mileages worked out heading back into the states. It also included some needlessly short days on the Montana Highline. So I too think a little over 30 days is possible.

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