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General Discussion / Re: GDR in Montana
« on: May 20, 2014, 06:44:49 am »
Thanks. Wanted to ride it south in '11 but a ranger at Sula told us it was closed so we kept on U.S. 93. About 3 miles later she chased us down in her pickup and told us she had been mistaken. We had gotten a late start waiting for the library in Darby to open so we decided not to give up the 3 miles we had just taken.

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General Discussion / Re: GDR in Montana
« on: May 19, 2014, 08:35:08 pm »
Thanks. Will be heading south to Wisdom. I think I will be o.k. Surface looks a lot like Melrose-Twin Bridges Rd., which I have done with standard levers.

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Washington DC to Pittsburgh shuttle
« on: May 19, 2014, 04:27:06 pm »
Does anyone have any suggestions about finding someone to shuttle four people and bicycles from Washington DC to Pittsburgh?

From the official GAP web site:

http://www.atatrail.org/pv/shuttleservices.cfm

There are several service providers that provide shuttle service for people and bikes between D.C. and PGH.

Or you could take the train as there is checked baggage service in D.C. and PGH.

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General Discussion / Re: GDR in Montana
« on: May 19, 2014, 02:15:03 pm »
There's even more snow in Montana -
Lot's of high elevation areas have 200% of normal.

Generally, I use a 1000-foot rule for the Rocky Mtn states.
What's 10,000 ft in NM, is 9000 in CO, 8000 in WY, and 7000 in MT.

Zoinks! I am hoping to ride Gibbons Pass on 6/21. That's just a stone's throw south of 7,000'. Then Skalkaho Pass (7,200'+) on 6/27. Let's hope things have metled enough by then.

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FWIW, I did a group tour from Seattle up to the Northern Tier thence to Bar Harbor, ME. The strongest participant in the group rode a full suspension MTB towing a B.O.B. with a lot of weight.

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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades camping reservations
« on: May 18, 2014, 07:07:54 am »
National Park rules and facilities vary by park and even by specific campground.  Check each official park web site and you will likely find the answer to your question.

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General Discussion / Re: Lewis and Clark and TransAmerica West East
« on: May 14, 2014, 08:05:19 am »
When do you anticipate being in the Missoula area? I will be heading east on the TA for a couple of days, but not until June 20th. Probably too late to for you. If not, I will happily allow your chef to cook me dinner.  ;D

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I have the bike shop assemble and get ready... saving money is obviously not why I do it this way.

I have done the same. The bike is tuned and ready for me to ride out of the shop. When the tour is over, I ride back to the shop and hand back the bike, provide shipping instructions and go for a beer or whatever. To me, the convenience is worth the extra $.

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Gear Talk / Re: Advice on a Bicycle for Trip to France
« on: May 13, 2014, 09:47:48 am »
If money is tight then I would stick with the Bike Friday. A loaded down bike on tour is a different animal from a racing bike. You ride it differently, it feels differently. I actually like a loaded bike. Your young, a few extra pounds aren't going to make a lot of difference. I haven't tried the case as trailer. You could always store the trailer and just use panniers. Picking out a tour bike is much easier after you have done some touring.
I'm beginning to think this is the best solution if money is tight and the model Bike Friday you have is suitable for racks and panniers.  I've ridden a Bike Friday a modest amount (my son-in-law has one) and, while it's initial handling is different from a 700c wheel bike, you get used to it pretty quickly.  After that, it's just another bike and only seems strange when you look down.

+1. For several years I did a bike-train-bike commute on a Friday New World Tourist. It was actually geared too low for my relatively flat commute. Many years ago I spent a week off and on touring with a couple riding a Friday tandem pulling the suitcae trailer you describe. Don't recall the model, but it had drop bars. Whatever model it was, they managed to drop me for a bit climbing Hoosier Pass from Breckenridge, CO and had no problem on the descent to Fairplay, where we went our separate ways.

As for airline bike charges, last year U.S. Airways from Philly to Venice was supposed set me back $200 each way. Fortunately, the rent-a-agent who helped me with the kiosk check in didn't realize one of my checked pieces was a bike (or didn;t know there was an extra charge) so I only paid $100 for it as my second checked bag (the first was free). But they got their $200 for the flight home.

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I alway ship UPS or FEDEX store to store, you get business rates that way. I haven't done in a while but it used to be cheap.

+1. However, with fuel costs these days, it has gotten more expensive. Size also matters. My bike is on the large side. 60cm LHT. Shipping it has cost more than shipping my GF's 42cm bike. Still, I have never paid more than what most major airlnes charge except for Southwest and maybe Frontier. Sounds like you would end up with a relatively small pack size.

Note that I have always been told that the safe play is to allow close to 10 days for UPS ground if the distance is substantial. I have twice shipped from Philly to two different cites in western MT. Transit times have been about 7-8 days. Finally, if you are going to have your bike reassembled by a shop, it's probably a good idea to make an aoopintment sooner rather than at the last minute.

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Here is a link to the signed PA bike routes:

http://www.pahighways.com/other/bicyclepa.html

Within each inidivudla route you can click on each segment to get detail.

Unfortunately, the maps don't show mileages or the locations of campgrounds, but you can work around that. In planning trips using Routes S and V, I first mapped them out using an on line proogram (Bikely, MapMyRide, etc.). Once I had the mileages, I searched Google Maps for campgrounds in areas that I thought would be reasonable riding distances each day. You can do this by picking a town and, in Google Maps, searching "campgrounds near [name of town]" Zooming out will expand the search results. Also, where you see a PA state park on the map, you can check the park's web page to see if it offers camping.

One option from Buffalo is to head SW to Erie. From there, it's not too far to PA Route Y, which goes along the northern tier of the state. While it may be out of the way, you could then pick up Route G south and then Route S in Bedford, PA. Route S will take you through Columbia, PA and Lancatser, not too far from Lititz. I found a decent amount of camping on Route S east of Bedford, inlcuding two very nice state parks--Cowan's Gap and Caledonia. One you get to Cowan's Gap, the route east is not all that hilly. Going this way also gives you the opportunity to ride a portion of the abandoned section of the PA Turnpike east from Breezewood. It's a neat ride of about 8.5 miles. Completely car-free. It's got a post-apocalyptic feel to it, which is why it was used in the film "The Road," starring Vigo Mortensen. I saw to walkers when I rode it one weekeday afternoon. The road surface is a little choppy in places, but I had no problem on 32c tires with a full load. The only caveat is that there are two unlit tunnels. Heading east, the first one is about 3,800' in length. The second is about a mile and has a crown closer to the eatsrn portal, which means you literally cannot see the light at the end until you get closer to it. A good light is a must. My 120 lumen head lamp was fine. Surprisingly, there was almost no debris inside the tunnels. You can still see the median stripes so you can just follow them. When you reach the end of the rideable section, not long after the eastern portal of the second tunnel, one left and a short hill climb puts you back on Route S. Going this was avoids a sttep climb out of Brezewood.

Don't know what you plan on averaging a day, but from Bedford you could stay at Cowan's Gap then E. Berlin (campground maybe 3.5 miles off route) and then easily make it Lititz on the third day.

Send me a PM if you would like more info about the Route S option and the turnpike.

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Gear Talk / Re: Saddle Suggestion other than Brooks
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:41:02 am »
Saddles are very personal. What works for one person may not work for another. With that said, I have only toured with a Terry Men's Liberator saddle. If you buy one from REI and don't like it, you can get a full refund within one year.

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Routes / Re: Route Check
« on: May 08, 2014, 08:17:02 am »
As noted, that is not a route showing roads you have picked.

When is the trip supposed to begin?

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Routes / Re: Portland to Sun Valley, ID
« on: May 02, 2014, 04:50:20 pm »
If you go with Shannon's suggestion, there is a private campground on U.S. 93 a few miles east/south of the center of Hamilton, MT, one in Darby and one in Sula. Between Darby and Sula there are a couple of U.S.F.S. campgrounds. I recommend taking the Old Darby Rd. alternaitve between Hamilton and Darby if you have tires suited for gravel/dirt. Very pretty back there.

One correction, however. You would leave the TransAm at Lost Trail Pass. If you were to make the left onto MT 43 and continue the 3 miles to Chief Jopseph Pass you would be in MT and headed down towards Wisdom.

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PS Any MUST see's or MUST NOT do's please feel free to let us know.

May have mentioned this before...Since you will be on the NT, Waterton Village in Alberta (nice place for a rest day) and Glacier National Park.

Taken from the town campsite at Waterton:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/3675812975/in/set-72157620763740044

Taken on Going to the Sun:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davez2007/3675839141/in/set-72157620763740044

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