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Routes / Re: Minnesota to West Coast route options?
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:19:22 am »
I like indyfabz's suggestion. Just remember that Going To The Sun Road will close September 20, so plan to get there by then.

Thanks for brining that up. When I posted my response I had not checked the park's web site to see if there is going to be a drop-dead closing date for construction again this year.

I agree that 9/20 probably won't be a problem. If there is time pressure he could always skip Canada and head straight to St. Mary from Cut Bank, MT via U.S. 2, Starr School Rd. and U.S. 89.

Routes / Re: Maryland to Maine route? (Breast Cancer Awareness Ride)
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:11:27 am »
You mentioned the East Coast Route

Atlantic Coast Route.

You planning to motel it? Not much camping in Philly, NYC and Boston. If so, expect to cough up some large coin. And I would not recommend coming through Philly during the end of September, when the Pope is scheduled to visit. I live a few blocks were he will say mass and I am trying figure out where to go to escape that scene.

Routes / Re: Maryland to Maine route? (Breast Cancer Awareness Ride)
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:45:27 am »
Philly is a "necessary evil"? Hmpfffh.

Have you ever BEEN there?   ;)

Aside from 4 high school terms in MA and 3 years in professional school in PGH, I have been here all my 50 years. The city is FAR easier to get into from the Atlantic Coast route than is NYC. In fact, you can reach the Rocky Statue from the route with only about 1 mile of on-street riding. Both CHOP, HUP, U of P and Drexel are easy rides from there. Make sure to make arrangements. They are not the sort of places you can just pop into unannounced.

Good luck.

Routes / Re: Minnesota to West Coast route options?
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:28:05 am »
Northern Tier Route and then down the Pacific Coast route?

General Discussion / Re: New York to San Francisco Ride
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:05:28 am »
Which sections of the Atlantic Coast Route are you planning to ride, and are you planning on camping? I ask because it may be a bit early in the season for some campgrounds.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: April 04, 2015, 10:40:38 am »
Or you could head S/SSE from Portland and cross the center of the state to Nyssa. 2002 Cycle Oregon went from border to border (Nyssa to Florence) without any interstate riding.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: April 03, 2015, 09:02:59 pm »
"Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything."--Charles Kuralt

The Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, MT on the L&C route. A must-stay.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:49:30 am »
You could get the official ODOT map, which shows highways and roads, posted routes, mileage, interstate exit numbers, rest areas, cities, towns, counties, State and Federal lands, water features, parks, campgrounds, airports, lighthouses, fish hatcheries, winter recreation areas, and historic/national trails.

General Discussion / Re: Pac Coast Ride
« on: April 01, 2015, 02:26:16 pm »
Anyone use for shipping their bike? Good, bad?  Seems like I can ship from shop to shop for about $60 each way.

Used them last year to ship from Philly to Missoula and back. Had a very good experience. The only issue that might crop up depending on timing is printing out the return shipping label. If you are not sure you will have access to a computer and printer, you might email customer service first to see if they can email you labels for both shipping dates before you start your trip. Their customer service was very responsive when I had a few questions before purchasing. In my case, I had access to a computer and printer (public library) when I finished my loop tour in Missoula. If your shipping date is a few days after you purchase, they email you the label about 20 min. after completing the purchase.

As noted in another thread on bike shipping, it might be wise to make a service appointment if you plan to have a local shop pack your bike for you.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:01:35 am »
It helps to get on the shop's schedule, especially if it is a busy shop. (During one loop from/to Missoula, we told the shop when we would be returning but the employee neglected to put us on the schedule. We had to wait nearly five days for boxing and shipping home.) I realize that can be a little difficult to do if you don't know when you will finish, but the closer you get to the destination the better idea you will have of your arrival. Then you can call the shop and give them some lead time, maybe even building in a day just to be safe. With the prevalence of phones, it's easy to keep in touch if things change.

As for shipping time, that I mentioned above quoted me 4 days from Philly to Missoula. Shipping took 4 days. The return shipping was delayed for some reason. Can't remember the exact cause. It may have been flooding or a labor dispute.

But ultimately, a second (or third) bike is always helpful.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« on: April 01, 2015, 07:04:03 am »
The above advice is sound. If you have the time and access to a computer with a printer, you might save a few $$ on shipping the bike home using

One option for flying out of Boston is to ride back to Brunskwick and take Amtrak. You can roll your bike on at that station. (Reservation required.)

General Discussion / Re: Charging iphone for maps while touring
« on: March 26, 2015, 10:07:20 am »
I think he's planning D.C. to Maine. Charging should not be a problem. In addition to the options mentioned above, many campgrounds, including state parks with modern facilities, have electrical outlets in the bathrooms. Picnic facilities like covered pavilions in campgrounds may also have electrical outlets.

Unless you plan to "wild camp" I don't think charging will be an issue.

$40/day average might be doable if campgrounds are chosen carefully. Camping can be relatively expensive in the northeast. As I mentioned, NJ state parks are a flat $25 for non-residents. The KOA in Cuddebackville, NY, a bit north of Port Jervis, wants $40/night for a non-hookup site. The Jellystone place near New Paltz, NY is $44. A few years ago I stayed at this place, which is on route. They charge $30 but the owner gave me a deal since the place was only half open when I stayed there:

There is a place off route on the NJ side of the river south of Portland, PA that charges $45/night. When I came down from Maine I was shocked to pay nearly $30/night at a place on route near Caanan, CT. That was in '99. They now charge between $40 and $45/night. At that price, I made sure I spent a lot of time in the hot tub.

Then again, the state park a bit north of Poughkeepsie, NY is only $15/night. South of Philadelphia, things can get expensive in places like Lancaster County, but there may be some relative bargains to be had. Unfortunately, I don't have the map for that section.

OP: If the route goes through or near French Creek State Park in PA, I recommend it. IIRC, it's a bit over $20/night. There is not much around in the way of food, but I can show you a grocery source that might be useful.

Routes / Re: Need additional Rider or Riders ASAP.
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:05:18 pm »
The reason we need a minimum of three people is because we are two high school students.

Don't want to get too far off track, but I thought I should mention that some state camping facilities (e.g. , NJ and PA) and even some private ones require at least one person at least 18 years old in a party.

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