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General Discussion / Re: Pannier Discussion
« on: June 27, 2016, 07:27:27 am »
The only panniers I have ever seen with aluminum stiffeners are my Robert Beckman panniers I bought in '99. I understand he's back in business, but I don't know what he's using these days, and you may need a second mortgage on your home to afford his stuff. I am pretty hard on stuff and my current Ortlieb Packer (Sport and Back) panniers have performed well over the last five years.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier Alternate
« on: June 27, 2016, 07:18:54 am »
Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'm guessing that the fracking ban in NY State could mean less heavy vehicles than PA. Looks like we'll find our way to Ithaca and continue southeast to the headwaters of the Delaware River.

Got back from touring in MT yesterday and just saw this....

Reaching the shore in north and central NJ can be tricky in places. Send me a private message if you might be interested in passing through Philly and heading to the S. Jersey shore. A few years ago I did a nice trip from Warren, OH to my home in Philly, and I ride to the S. Jersey shore fairly frequently.  One convenient aspect of ending at the S. Jersey shore is that you can then ride to Atlantic City and take the train (with your bikes) back to Philly for transportation options back home. Also, the route down the Delaware from Port Jervis, NY to Lambertville, NJ is really nice. From there, it's easy to get to Philly.

General Discussion / Re: Getting the bike to Banff for the GDR?
« on: June 12, 2016, 07:02:25 am »
GDR ? German Democratik Republic ? If is yes, it was yesterday. What do you mean?

Gesendet von meinem GT-N8000 mit Tapatalk

He's talking about the Great Divide [Mountain Bike] Route, hence the mention of two cities in Canada.

OP: You can check, which is a discount bike shipping service that primarily uses FedEx. Just shipped my large LHT, racks, stove and empty fuel bottle from Philly to Missoula for $64, including $1,600 in insurance. However, because you are talking Canada, it my be more economical to fly the bikes.

While I had been riding for sport for a little over 20 years, I rode a fully loaded touring bike a grand total of one time (65 miles) before I headed out west to start my first tour, which was the entire Northern Tier. Then I rode home to Philly from Maine. Just get plenty of saddle time between now and then and you should be fine. While I didn't have the opportunity to do so, you have plenty of times to take shorter tours to become accustom to touring, which involves much more than just riding the bike.

I agree that riding home, or towards, home makes things easier logistically. It was fun to end my trip at my front door.

TransAm over the Atlantic Coast, if only because the Atlantic Coast starting in June means you stand a good chance of having hot, humid conditions for much (if not most) of the trip. You are also bound to run into many other cyclist on the TransAm. I am heading to Missoula on Tuesday for an eleven day loop tour. With one detour aside, I will be on the TransAm route for about four and a half days. When I was out that way two years ago I encountered well over a dozen people doing the TransAm or Lewis & Clark routes  (they overlap for a bit) in only three and a half days on the TransAm route.

^^This. And please convince your partner not to freak out if she doesn't hear from you for a couple of days. That happened a few years back with someone. I don't recall the exact details, but a family member of a young person who was riding across the country did just that. She started a thread on at least one forum (possibly this one) saying the kid was missing and asking if anyone had seen him. He was fine. IIRC, he accidentally left his phone on, the battery died and he couldn't get it charged for a few days. Whatever the exact details, he was never in any trouble. He simply couldn't get in touch.

Off the top of my head:

I would think indoor lodging would not be a rarity.

Not to hijack the thread, but I was (mistakenly) under the impression that one could get shuttled through the Mt. Carmel tunnel by the NPS. In looking up the matter I came across the this from 2014:


I have ridden through a 5,300', unlit tunnel while riding the abandoned portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that is now an unofficial bike trail. Even with a very bright headlamp it was easy to become a bit disoriented. I followed the advice of someone and tracked the highway median stripe, which was still visible decades after the road was abandoned. Most of these people had NO lights. The two who did had only little flashers.

Routes / Re: Portion of the NT Between Bismarck,ND and Dickinson,ND
« on: May 28, 2016, 06:21:37 am »
If you look at Google Maps Street View, 139 turns to dirt/gravel at the junction with 87. Pavement picks up again by the time it crosses 86.

General Discussion / Re: How to figure average miles per day
« on: May 24, 2016, 01:39:18 pm »
Mostly I am asked my origin, destination and how long (in days) it will take. If mileage comes up, it's usually total mileage for the trip.

Between Concrete and S-W, S. Skagit Rd. is really nice. Also, the Cascade Trail runs along the north side of WA 20 between those towns, but I don't know anything about its condition. Further west. Rockport-Cascade Rd. between Marblemount and just south of Rockport is a quiet alternative to WA 20.

Routes / Re: Hwy 2 from Spokane to Newport, WA
« on: May 19, 2016, 10:03:33 am »
Duh. Massive brain flatulence on my part.

The Keith Valley Rd. bridge has been repaired. The road is open to traffic.

Routes / Re: Hwy 2 from Spokane to Newport, WA
« on: May 18, 2016, 01:47:45 pm »
It was good, but not the right thing to eat during a long day.

In any event, you have me confused...I thought you were heading west to the Roosville border crossing in British Columbia. Sandpoint is east of Newport.

Routes / Re: A Loop Through the Black Hills
« on: May 17, 2016, 11:06:14 am »
From Hot Springs to Wind Cave N.P. I think you are stuck with U.S. 385. Once I got out of town there was very little traffic on that road. It probably picked up a bit as more tourists started heading towards the park. From what I read, the loops is best done in the early morning or evening. If you have the time, the Mammoth dig site in Hot Springs is worth the price od admission. You can ride there from the center of town.

If you want to save miles from Custer to Mt. Rushmore, get off U.S. 16A east of Custer and take SD 87 to S. Playhouse Rd. That will take you back to U.S. 16A and will still allow you to ride the switchbacky/pig tail part of U.S. 16A (Iron Mountain Rd.)

Once you get to SD 244 in Keystone (a horribly tacky town), the climb to Mt. Rushmore is short, but boy is it steep in place. Ride With GPS shows nearly 600' of climbing in 1.6 miles with a ruling grade of over 10%. Facing the entrance, there are bike racks on the right. Watch out for flailing selfie sticks.

Here is the map for the Needles Highway loop I did during one of my non-move days in Custer:

Some spectacular views. As you can see from the profile, you want to go clockwise unless you are a masochist.

Routes / Re: Hwy 2 from Spokane to Newport, WA
« on: May 17, 2016, 10:32:24 am »
The first time I ever ate chicken fried steak and biscuits and gravy was in Newport, WA during a century from Ione to Sandpoint. Seemed like a good idea at the time. ;)

BTW...Assume you are following the ACA route to Roosville. Definitely take Le Clerc Rd. rather than WA 20. Really nice back there.

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