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Routes / Re: Cherry Springs State Park, Pa
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:41:18 am »
When I get the chance I'll send you a PM with the map links and some notes about food, etc., sources.

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Routes / Re: Cherry Springs State Park, Pa
« on: February 23, 2017, 04:13:34 pm »
HBG up the east side of the river has some dicey sections, including one on busy U.S. 322 that's actually part of a PA signed bike route.

I have Ride With GPS maps from a tour I did from OH to Philly back in 2014. Going west, you'd take the SRT to Mont Clare/Phoenixville and then head into Lancaster County. Next day would be Red Run Campground in LanCo to near Heggins, PA (camping up a decent climb east of town). Then to Bloomsburg (camping in Rupert, just outside of Bloomsburg) via Ashland and the infamous Centralia. West from there to Danville. Lots of climbing in places, especially in Schuykill County.

I also have mapped out a route that I have yet to ride that links Danville to the Pine Creek Trail in Jersey Shore, PA that is part of a cross-PA ride I have been toying with. You could jump off Pine Creek in Waterville and take PA 44 up to the park. Probably a hell of a climb and likely few or no services between the Jersey Shore area and the park.

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Routes / Re: Cherry Springs State Park, Pa
« on: February 23, 2017, 02:52:24 pm »
I am in Philly. Sounds neat. What's the complete route you are referring to?

I have never done Pine Creek, but know several of people who have. They say it's a nice ride, although services along the way are relatively infrequent. You also need a permit to camp at one of the trail-side campsites.

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Routes / Re: Getting Across South Dakota
« on: February 23, 2017, 10:25:02 am »
Spearfish, SD has the nicest municipal park campground on the planet, and the ride up the canyon and thence to Cheyenne Junction is lovely, as is Nemo Rd.

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Routes / Re: Best 10 days;
« on: February 22, 2017, 09:45:45 am »
If you decide to start in Montana, as mentioned, you can fly into Kalispell (airport code FCA). There may still be a shuttle service to take you to the Canadian border at Roosville. I know there was one that could take bikes when I did a backcountry backpack tour in Glacier National Park back in 2003. If you cannot find one, I would check with Glacier Cyclery, a great bike shop in Whitefish, which is not that far from FCA. Alternatively, and to save money (a shuttle could be expensive), you could ride from Whitefish to Eureka. It's only about 60 miles via paved roads. Camping is available in the city park, and there is a large grocery store in town where you could stock up on supplies. From there, you could ride the short distance to the start of the route near Roosville the next day.

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General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« on: February 21, 2017, 03:46:45 pm »
Here are the Amtrak rules:

https://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard

In brief, there are three options:

1. Carry on, where you literally bring your own bike on board and store it in a designed location. Limited availability on certain routes.

2. Trainside Checked Service, where you hand your unboxed bike over to a baggage handler who stows it in a special rack in the baggage car. Available between "select stations". I understand this to mean that, with a few exceptions noted, it's only available between that offer checked baggage service.

3. Checked Baggage Service, where the bike is boxed and checked like any other piece of checked luggage. Available only between stations with checked baggage service.

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Routes / Re: Getting Across South Dakota
« on: February 21, 2017, 09:49:58 am »
As for the Lewis and Clark route across Western North Dakota, if the person rode the current route which uses a mix of I-94 and nearby frontage roads, he probably did not encounter widespread heavy traffic.

Yes. That's what he rode. I saw reports from another couple who rode it last year. No problemos. Made me wonder if the OP is looking at an old set of maps.

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General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« on: February 20, 2017, 04:11:20 pm »
The NT through Iowa and southeast MN hugs the Misssissippi Valley, which is quite scenic. And you could make it to a place like La Crosse or St Paul where you could hop on Amtrak back to Union Station in Chicago.
That is along the lines of what I was thinking. Or maybe as far as Fargo, ND, where one-way rentals might be available.

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Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Needs Advice
« on: February 20, 2017, 12:41:34 pm »
In the question and answer portion of the web site on this bike, the question was asked if the 250 pound rating was rider and gear and the answer came back from REI as rider and gear.

I have $5 to a donut that the limit is a "lawyer limit" because the bike is marketed as an off road bike. Reminds me of the time I spoke with a Conti rep at Interbike years ago. He confessed that the max. PSI rating on their tires were much lower than what they could safely handle as a result of concerns from their lawyers.

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General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« on: February 20, 2017, 09:06:33 am »
Seems to me that your plans are limited by rental availability. I have never come across a car rental agency that allows you to rent one way between any two points of your choosing. Sounds like you need to identify locations within your range where you can rent one way back close to home. I would start with higher population density areas first, since they are probably more likely to have one way rentals available. FWIW, I have decent luck with one way rental from Avis.

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Routes / Re: Getting Across South Dakota
« on: February 20, 2017, 08:54:45 am »
What's the traffic situation in ND? A friend of mine recently rode the L&C route and didn't find bad traffic conditions. Also, due to the drop in oil prices, the oil-related traffic has decreased somewhat.

Also, got to agree about Going to the Sun based on snow totals so far. I was planning to be in the park around June 24th but will likely scrap it absent a major, early thaw. The Marias Pass alternative (U.S. 2 from W. Glacier) simply doesn't compare.

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Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:09:50 am »
Not to interject, but another option from Missoula to Three Forks is through Drummond, Philipsburg, Anaconda, Butte and Whitehall. It requires a few, relatively short stretches on I-90. (One fewer if you can handle a relatively short stretch of tame gravel/dirt.) Highlights include Georgetown Lake, the Pintler Scenic Byway and Pipestone Pass just east of Butte, which is not that difficult west to east. It also goes through a nice canyon area via MT 2 passed Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, which has a campground. There are also several other camping options along the way, including in Philipsburg, which is a neat little town with old time ice cream shop. Butte has a KOA, but it's near I-90. An alternative is the motor lodge portion of the Hotel Finlen in the historic part of Butte. Reserve a room on the first floor and you can roll your bike into the room. Let me know if you want more details.

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General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:51:41 am »
What's your anticipated range for 8 days of riding? Seems like it would be difficult to truly reach/see the west in only 8 days starting from the western 'burbs of Chicago.

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Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Speedhub
« on: February 17, 2017, 02:18:41 pm »
You spin out of something like a 48x12, which with 172.5mm cranks and 700x35c wheel/tire set up would give you a top gear inch of 108.7? At a cadence of 100 that's about 32.5 mph.

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier 2017 Thread
« on: February 17, 2017, 02:09:10 pm »
OP?  Who is that?
In forum lingo, "OP" stands for "original poster". I.e., the person who started this thread. (It can also stand for "original post," depending on the context of the comment.

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