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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.

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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

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

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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.
 

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General Discussion / Re: Pac Coast Ride
« on: April 01, 2015, 02:26:16 pm »
Anyone use BikeFlight.com 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.

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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, bikeflights.com 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.

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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 bikeflights.com.

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.)

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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.

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$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:

http://rockviewvalley.com/

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.

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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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Summit station is wheelchair accessible so getting your bike on shouldn't be a problem. Note that you may not take a bike on a NJT train that terminates in Hoboken, Newark or Penn Station before 10 a.m. on a weekday. There are also restrictions on some holidays and days before holidays. Here is the policy:

http://www.njtransit.com/rg/rg_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=BikeProgramTo

IIRC, the lines that serve Summit don't go into NYC but rather Hoboken, NJ. That's o.k. as you can take a nice ferry ride from Hoboken to NYC. But if you get to Hoboken on a weekend there is no ferry from the train station. (Take a moment to admire the wonderful restoration of the 1934 Hoboken station.) You have to ride north through town to the 14th St. ferry dock. Take Frank Sinatra Way. It's a nice ride. You can also pass the bakery that was made famous by the reality show "Cake Boss."

Another option is to take the PATH train from Hoboken to the Word Trade Center stop or whatever they are calling it today. You may have to change PATH trains to do that. WTC is deep underground but there are elevators to get you to street level. PATH has some bicycle time restrictions as well.

In general, I would try to hit that area on a weekend. Less commotion.

Re: My response to your other thread, I have ridden Port Jervis to Philly in three days. Four weeks should be plenty of time unless you stay in places for a long time. Many years ago I meandered down the route from Bar Harbor, ME to Philly, with a detour to New Haven, CT, in about three weeks.  If you think you may have some extra time and want to take a detour in NJ to see a wolf preserve, send me a PM. It wouldn't add any days, only expense (and some climbing). There is a campground next to the preserve and in the morning you can take a tour. Camping is $30 and the tour is $15, but I think you might get a small discount on the cost of the tour if you camp there. When I visited a few years ago the wolves started howling early in the morning.

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Routes / Re: Anchorage to Dawson Creek- Gradients?
« on: March 23, 2015, 10:24:57 am »
If you map the route on ridewithgps.com you will get a good profile. Run the cursor along the profile and it will display grades.

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The only stretch where you might see a bear is in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Worthington State Forest, in New Jersey of all places. While I have never had the pleasure of seeing on during the numerous times I have ridden up there, sightings are relatively frequent. As noted, they usually try to avoid human interaction.

South of Port Jervis, NY camp at the campground at Worthington State Forest. $25/night for non-residents of NJ. At least one of the group sites has a bear locker. Use it if you stay there. The place is nice and along the river. Flush toilets and showers.

There are not any services along the route from Port Jervis to Delaware Water Gap, PA except for water and bathrooms at Old Millbrook Village. When you get to Worthington, you can set up camp and make the relatively easy ride to DWG for supplies and then return to camp. There is no grocery store there, but there is a diner and a convenience store at a gas station. There are also a couple of other places to eat.

South of DWG there is not much in the way of camping except in/around Portland, PA, which is not that far from DWG. The next logical place to camp is Dogwood Haven in Upper Black Eddy, PA, slightly off route from Milford, NJ. The place is a bit dated but the owner is a very nice guy, and it's pretty quiet and surrounded by wood. At least through last year he was offering a discounted rate of $15 for cyclists. That's cheap when you consider that Driftstone on the Delaware, a bit south of Portland, charges some $35. Haven't been there this year so I don't know what he's charging.

I am extremely familiar with this part of the route down to Philly. Send me a private message if you would like more information that you will ever need.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Getting from Seattle to Anacortes
« on: March 21, 2015, 12:44:51 pm »
Get the appropriate map section of ACA's Pacific Coast Route and ride to just east of Anacortes and head east from there. You can camp along the way at Kitsap Memorial Park, Fort Worden State Park and Bay View State Park. That's what I did twice.

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General Discussion / Re: Here we go!
« on: March 20, 2015, 10:28:55 am »
It's snowing like crazy in Philadelphia and D.C. is getting hit, too. Not sure about NYC. But it should be gone by Monday. It's above freezing here so the snow is only sticking to the grass, and its' supposed to be 55 tomorrow. Hoping we turn the corner by Good Friday so I can take a three-day trip.

Enjoy the ride, and make sure to visit the High Line Park and nearby Chelsea Market in NYC.

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