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Routes / Re: West to East - Indiana and Ohio
« on: January 30, 2017, 01:38:56 pm »
Pennsylvania Bike Route V passes through the Brush Valley east of Penn State University. The Brush Valley is home to numerous Amish farm. You are more likely to see people out and about in buggies on the weekends. Route V ends at the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, which sets you up for New York (assuming you mean New York City). If you find yourself going near Vienna, Ohio, I have a nice route from there that takes you to Route V in Emlenton, PA and incorporates about 23 miles of pretty rail-trail along the Allegheny River.

If there is snow on the side of road there very well could be ice in the road.

I am calling troll on this one.

General Discussion / Re: THE NORTHERN TIER
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:32:51 am »
You are more likely to have access to Logan Pass if you start in the east as long as you don't end up there in late September. They often close the pass at some fixed date regardless of weather so they can perform road work without interference.

Raccoons and other rodents will give you far more trouble than bears. You will be lucky to even see a bear. The dreaded chipmunk or squirrel, however, may chew through your tent mesh to get at food inside. Been there. Done that. During my tour last September a darn raccoon literally grabbed one of my panniers off a picnic table bench and started dragging it away. I was camping in New Jersey bear country so all my food, etc., was stored in a building. My guess is that the pannier still carried the scent of some strong smelling bagels I had been carrying earlier in the day. Fortunately, I heard what was going on and was able to get out of my tent and scare him off.

Routes / Re: Looking for a multi-day wine/beer/bike trip in Pacific NW
« on: January 26, 2017, 11:15:09 am »
If you are cool with large, organized tours, Cycle Oregon's 30th anniversary is this year. The route they are doing is close to what they did for their 20th, which I was there for. Don't know about breweries/wineries, but the route is spectacular and includes an option to ride up to and around Crater Lake. It also includes the incredibly pretty Aufderhide Highway and McKenzie Pass. Appears one night will be spent just outside Cottage Grove. If you are a movie fan, Cottage Grove is the town where the homecoming parade scene of "Animal House" was filmed. The ride has a travelling beer and wine garden.

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General Discussion / Re: THE NORTHERN TIER
« on: January 26, 2017, 11:00:22 am »
Which direction and what is your planned start date? Glacier N.P. and (I suspect) the North Cascades Highway have been getting a lot of snow this winter. If you start west to east in late May you may encounter some snowy conditions, and Logan Pass in Glacier may not yet be open when you arrive. It's something you don't want to miss, and the work around is a long climb that simply doesn't compare scenery-wise.

Routes / Re: Can I Cycle the Sierra Cascades route in March?
« on: January 25, 2017, 01:14:09 pm »

I am planning on riding all the way across the country. After Utah, I would like to see Lizard Head Pass..... That will be in the middle of April....
The average nightly low for Telluride through all of April is 22. Clayton Campground, south of the pass, doesn't open until early May. Matterhorn, north of the pass, doesn't open until mid-May. I suspect the same is true of Sunshine Campground.

I camped at Matterhorn riding south from Telluride after I got caught in a thunderstorm climbing Lizard Head and was borderline hypothermic. Did I mention that was in mid-July?

Bring your long underwear and some warm mittens! Happy trails!

Manville is sort of out of the way. Check out what Google Maps bike directions returns from Sandy Hook to Florham Park. It uses the Henry Hudson Bikeway and crosses the Raritan on SR 35. Not going to be the most scenic if routes. Early morning on a weekend would likely be the best time.

Have you looked at U.S. 202 heading north on Google Street View? There are several sections (e.g, Darlington and Oakland areas) where the road is narrow and has little or no shoulder.

One question I have is what constitutes a paved shoulder? In other words, does there need to be some minimum width to the right of the white line to qualify as a shoulder?

And what does "highway" mean? Any road? Any state numbered highway? Something else? I keep thinking about things like two-lane Interstate frontage roads with no shoulders. Prohibiting riding on such roads would likely drive cyclist onto the Interstate.

If you live along a "highway" (whatever that definition encompasses) with no shoulder outside a municipality, how could leave your house on foot?

He might want to read this, and not just because that handsome devil next to the dog is me :):

Routes / Re: Tour de SRAM USA 2017- unique cross-country route
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:11:44 am »
125 miles/day average? Makes my head hurt thinking about it.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: January 17, 2017, 04:46:14 pm »
Nope, don't think I hit Staggers.

We had a short day that day so a few of our group of twelve went for some late morning/early afternoon beers. It's where the local color was hanging at the time. I would post a photo from my time there but it would violate forum guidelines. And that's all I've got to say about that. ;)

The next day the heat wave broke and we moved on into Ohio. I think I may still have my "I *heart" Monroeville" sticker somewhere at home.

Gear Talk / Re: Camp Stove
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:33:28 am »
but I'm always worried about leaks.

Leaks from what? The pump. If so, I would simply replace it or at least do some maintenance on it. It's is pretty old.

These days, I have been using the Optimus Nova) (not the Nova + version) over my MSR Dragonfly, although I will take the latter with me on shorter trips where I need to carry less gear. (The Dragonfly is a but bulkier.) The Nova has a great, metal pump that is very sturdy. However, my cooking is more elaborate that that of many others, so stove likes those may be overkill for you.

32 oz. White Gas or Crown Camp Fuel cans can be hard to find in places. As noted, you can simply donate what you don't use. I did that in WY, when I had to buy a gallon of Coleman Fuel. Left what I didn't need at the campground for other cyclists riding the TransAm. I have, however, found the smaller cans. REI seems to always have them, and I remember finding them in independent sporting goods stores in Whitefish, MT, Winthrop, WA and Montrose, CO. There is even a store in downtown Philadelphia that stocks them during the spring/summer season.

Back in 2000 I spent 7 weeks touring Andalucía with a burner for a Gaz canisters. Didn't like it at all. The canisters didn't last long for my type of cooking.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:12:25 am »
+++++++ for Monroeville!

You talkin' Monroeville, IN? If so, out group Northern Tier tour stayed in the community center back in '99. The AC was quite a relief as we had been experiencing temps in the upper 90s to low 100s.

Did you have a beer at Staggers?

Routes / Re: Solo Trip Across America
« on: January 15, 2017, 09:16:02 am »
I was in the Black Hills two years ago. If you to go through Devil's Tower and make your way to Spearfish, SD, this is how i got to Hill City:

(Ignore the frist couple of miles and head straight to U.S. 14 Atl. I had to make a run to a store for something.) Spearfish is a wonderful town with a great public campground.

As noted, you can continue on the Mickelson Trail from Hill City to Crazy Horse and back. The trail literally passes under the roads that leads to the monument, and you can see it from the trail.

From Hilly to City to Mt. Rushmore, you can take U.S. 385 to SD 244, but that's busy. I recommend this route instead:
That back road to Keystone is very pretty and lightly travelled. If you leave a while before the historic train from Hill City to Keystone you can wait for it to pass by. The train crosses that road several times.

Routes / Re: Deception Pass State Park, Washington
« on: January 11, 2017, 02:11:05 pm »
I didn't see any signs restricting bicycles, so I decided to ride like hell.  I got about 50 yards before a pickup truck with a loudspeaker pulled up behind me and told me to get off the road.

Wow! Was it a police officer or some other official? I rode it back in '99 and '00. Probably less development back then, and both times were weekdays in late May, so the busy tourist season hadn't started, and outside of "rush hour."

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