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General Discussion / Re: Washington, D.C. To Portland Maine.
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:28:51 am »
I am starting to plan to ride my bike to Maine from Washington, D.C. in May. I am trying to find people who have done this route before.

Do you mean Adventure Cycling's Atlantic Coast route?

General Discussion / Re: Question About Minimum Stay Requirements
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:49:35 pm »
Thanks, everyone, for your feedback! We're heading up to the Adirondack and Green Mountain loops.

As an aside, if you are on that part of the GM loop, I recommend Brighton State Park outside of Island Pond, VT. There are groceries and at least one place to eat in Island Pond. Stayed there during ACA's Green Mountains Loop tour in 2010. Lake Carmi was also decent, but there was not much around. IIRC, you would have to go off route a bit to Enosburg Falls to get food, etc.

General Discussion / Re: Traveling the Transam Supported by RV
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:23:09 am »
In case no one has mentioned this, many Walmarts allow RV camping in their parking lots. Obviously not ideal, but if you are in a bind it might be useful information.

Routes / Re: Rt. 2 across North Dakota
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:14:03 am »
Thanks for the info. on Noxon to Clark Fork. I'll make a note on my map.

I would have to dig out my old map to confirm, but I think it was this:

Routes / Re: ROUT HELP! Chicago, IL to Hilliard, OH
« on: February 02, 2015, 03:56:38 pm »
If you can drop south to Ashkum, IL you could pick up ACA's Northern Tier route to Monroeville, IN and then slice diagonally SE to Hilliard. There is an air conditioned community building in Monroeville, where cyclists can stay for free if it's not being used for a function.

When is this trip planned for? The reason I ask is that you say you are newcomers and are planning between 105 and 125 miles/day. That could be trying in the height of summer. When I did the Northern Tier with a group of people there were days over 100 degrees in IL and IN with very high humidity. That was around the end of July. Topped out at 107 in Huntingdon, IN. The low in Fletcher Lake, IN was 85 with incredibly high humidity and no breeze. To top it off, there was very little in the way of shade. Rode most of that stretch without my helmet. A couple of days some of us started out before sunrise to get in as many miles as possible before the sun burned off the morning fog and began roasting us.

As for restocking supplies, that likely won't be needed. There was never any real trouble finding food each day so there was no need to carry multiple days worth of food.

Routes / Re: Rt. 2 across North Dakota
« on: February 02, 2015, 03:01:00 pm »
Bull River Campground (U.S.F.S.) just before the junction of MT 200 and MT 56 was nice.

Assuming it still goes that way, I recommend following the official Northern Tier route on the south side of the river between just beyond Noxom and Clark Fork, ID rather than staying on MT 200. Nice and quiet back there. There was some packed dirt both times I rode it, but nothing bumpy or technical. From Google Maps, it looks like the old truss bridge across the river into Clark Fork has been turned into a bike/ped path. That river crossing was one of my favorite little gems of the Northern Tier. I can still see the giant Osprey nest atop the old bridge.

General Discussion / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« on: February 02, 2015, 01:40:41 pm »
For auto rentals, you might try Enterprise Car Rental. I have seen cargo vans of theirs and they rent minivans and SUVs.

I'll let people more experienced with the route give better detail, but I am pretty sure that some of the route is not accessible by automobile while other portions are.

Routes / Re: Trans american--western express
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:06:02 am »
You could have snow and/or icy roads in the east in March, especially if you are talking early March. For example, the average nightly low for Berea, KY for all of March is about 32F. Or it could be unseasonably warm. As they say about March, in comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.

General Discussion / Re: folders
« on: January 28, 2015, 04:52:33 pm »
    • They can be really noodley with the tall masts for seat post and stem.

    That's how I feel about my Friday New World Tourist, which I bought when I had to commute via train and bike to a different state. The thought was that if I ended needing a ride part of the way home I could fold it to fit in a co-worker's trunk. I cannot imagine riding it with weight on it, but it clearly works for some people. In fact, in Glacier N.P. I crossed paths with ACA's North Star tour on its way to Alaska. One participant was riding a NWT.

    I have also never felt all that comfortable descending on it. Fortunately, my commute was mostly flat so that wasn't a big issue.

    With that said, for 40-50 miles unloaded, something like a Friday might work for the OP. Maybe something geared higher with drop bars might be better than the NWT.

    General Discussion / Re: Washington, DC to Atlanta, GA
    « on: January 26, 2015, 01:53:47 pm »
    The Atlantic Coast route has a D.C. connection and passes through Statesboro, GA. A quick check of Google Maps bike directions shows that Statesboro to Atlanta is about 200 miles.

    Once you get a general route idea you can search for campgrounds and/or motels using Google Maps. For example, for the first day, pick a point that's about a day's ride (based on what you think you can handle mileage-wise) from D.C. and, in Google maps, search for "campgrounds near [name of town]." If nothing comes up, pan out to widen the search area. Check any state parks which may show on the search results to see if they have camping. You can do the same with restaurants and grocery stores.
    Fine tune your route based on services you locate. I find this method works pretty well.

    Thank you for the response. Will I be able to input such a customized route into an 800 series or touring series bike mounted Garmin? I'm not sure if you have any experience with those and how to go about that? Can a customized route be uploaded to the Garmin through website?

    Sorry. I use the "Garmin" I was born with and paper maps and/or cue sheets.

    General Discussion / Re: Can I rent or buy a bike?
    « on: January 19, 2015, 10:56:31 am »
    It doesn't seem to make sense to pay for shipping NY to Florida when it close to exceeds the value of the bike.

    Another shipping option is

    The philanthropy issue aside, buying a bike and donating after the tour seems to make little economic sense.

    U.S. 283 south from U.S. 24 would take you to WaKeeny. If you were to get on U.S. 40 at that point you would be on I-70 since they are combined in that area. (U.S. 40 joins I-70 further west at Oakley.) There is Old Rte. 40 east from WaKeeney that turns into SR 147 and then E. 10th through Ellis before turning back into Old Rte. 40. into Hays. It continues east of Hays, roughly paralleling U.S. 40/I-70. East of Hays you can see the road on Google Street View. At Ellsworth it appears to be renamed Avenue J/SR 140 to Salina, where it becomes E. Old Rte. 40 and then Old Rte. 40 again. Google suggests it goes as far as Junction City. From what you can see on Street View, it appears to be mostly a narrow road with no shoulder but light traffic.

    Routes / Re: Cycling through Zion National Park
    « on: January 14, 2015, 10:57:45 am »

    If you run your cursor along the red line on the map it will coordinate your location with the profile at the bottom and give you grade information. According to the map, there are some really nasty grades on those spikes before mile 20. The ruling grade appears to be 28.5%, and there are other sjort stretches where grade is 20% or higher. But it's all very short.

    Having been through the tunnel a couple times I don't recall anything like a 20% let alone 28% grade in the tunnels.

    Those spikes are not in the tunnel. As I noted, the map I created is for a much longer stretch.

    I'm working on alternative routing in case this proves to be a problem. This would put me on country roads through small towns, but in Pennsylvania and Maryland instead of Kentucky and Missouri.

    If you are not set on starting in D.C. or can get yourself up to it, you might consider signed PA Bike Route S to get around the C&0:

    Heading west, Route S joins the GAP at Rockwood, PA. However, you can take U.S. 220 from Bedford, PA to Cumberland, MD if you want to pick up the GAP from the beginning. I did the reverse when I rode from PGH to Philly in 2013. I picked up U.S. 220 north of Cumberland by following smaller roads out of town. The road has a decent shoulder and traffic was not that heavy on a Monday afternoon. Let me know if you want the exact routing between Bedford and Cumberland. Personally, I found the portion of the GAP between Rockwood and Cumberland to be the most interesting so I wouldn't miss that portion if possible.

    Also, if you pick up Route S anywhere east of Hustontown, PA and have a strong from light or headlamp you can take an easy detour from the route and ride a stretch of the abandoned portion of the PA Turnpike. Very neat ride (It was used in the filming of "The Road" starring Viggo Mortensen), but there are two long tunnels that are not lit, hence the need for a good light. At the western end of the rideable portion you will find yourself back on Route S at Breezewood, PA.

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