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General Discussion / Re: northern tier - how to start in bar harbor
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:45:16 pm »
I recommend both Canadian portions of the route if it's not too much trouble crossing the border. Niagara Falls, ON was fun. We stayed two nights at the Rainbow Hostel in the old downtown area of the city and took a guided bus tour to places many tourists who come for the falls don't visit. Out west, the towne campsite of Waterton Village, AB is along the lake with a dramatic view of the mountains. It's another nice place for a day off. There is a popular boat ride/hike combination you can take if you like. The route back into Montana via Chief Mountain Highway is very nice, albeit difficult.

General Discussion / Re: Philly to FL...anyone interested?
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:34:12 pm »
Absolutely!  I'm leaving Hazleton PA on Sunday.  When were you planning on leaving?

What route are you taking? Note that Sunday is the final day of the final fall foliage weekend in Jim Thorpe. Be careful if you pass through there. Traffic can get crazy around the center of town, although this Sunday is supposed to be chilly and windy, so the crowds might not be as bad as usual. Thinking about going up Saturday to ride the Lehigh Gorge Trail.

It just occurred to me that you could follow PA Bike Route V from Hazleton to Delaware Water Gap to pick up the Adventure Cycling Route, which is a nice, relatively easy way to head south. The sections between Belvedere, NJ and Philipsburg, NJ and between Carpentersville and Lambertville, NJ are quite nice. The guy who owns the campground in Upper Black Eddy, PA, just off route at Milford, NJ, charges cyclists only $15. Let me know if want any info re: that area. I have ridden from DWG to Philly a couple of times and have done Belvedere to Frenchtown and Lambertville many more times.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:39:22 am »
I have a pair of Shimano MT-33L touring shoes. Bought them around 2011. Tour and commute with them. Thousands of miles in all sorts of conditions. The soles and uppers show little wear.  Descent to walk in, and they have laces, which I like. They have been discontinued, but you can still find some on eBay and Amazon.

General Discussion / Re: northern tier - how to start in bar harbor
« on: October 08, 2014, 11:14:32 am »
Hertz rents oner way from Boston Logan Airport to Hancock County Airport, which is between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor. I priced a mid-sized SUV for May 19th and got a total rate of about $175 not including any coverages you might want. The next size up, which you might need for two people and two bikes and gear, up was about $250. This is based on age 25 or older. If there is no public transit from the airport, you could drop your gear, drive to the airport with the bikes and then ride back to Bar Harbor. Distance is about 22 miles.

The closest Avis gets to Bar Harbor is Bangor, ME.

General Discussion / Re: 29er tubeless tires for Great Divide
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:40:43 am »
When you're in the backcountry you need total reliability and easily field-repairable gear.

Stans tubless rims are compatible with regular clinchers. It's pretty easy to put a tube in a tubeless tire that won't seal properly on its own, boot the tubless tire, and replace the tubless tire with a clincher if need be.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:58:13 am »
These would take some research, but could be fine routes - especially the second one, which is on my radar.

Note that the former private drawbridge that carried U.S. 9 across Great Egg Inlet is no more. You either have to go way inland to NJ 50/U.S. 40 in Mays Landing or get back to the coast proper at somewhere like Ocean City, which is preferable to the bike-unfriendly Atlantic City. There is a bike path that runs from the Pleasantville area to Somers Point. With the rebuild of the 9th St. causeway (NJ 52), you can now bicycle that route into Ocean City. The better route, however, is to take NJ 152 from the north end of Somers Point towards Margate, make a right at the light after the first bridge and then take the bridge into the north end of Ocean City. That's the route the 7,000+ participant MS City to Shore ride takes. It's better because to access NJ 52 you have to navigate a busy area at the south end of Somers Point.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:43:11 pm »
But 100 miles a day in March is really difficult because of the limited daylight available.

Good point that slipped my mind. On March 31, 2015, sunrise in NYC will be at 6:42. Sunset at 7:20. Seems like a lot of time, but to make the most of it you would have to ride at dawn and dusk, which are dangerous times. Also, you are talking about riding through some areas with heavy traffic, like NYC/N. Jersey and King of Prussia/Philly suburbs, during the busiest times of the day. Traffic and lights in urban/developed suburban areas will slow progress.

Routes / Re: contemplating riding TransAm in many questions!
« on: September 29, 2014, 08:33:51 am »
Why does cooking seem like a big hassle if traveling solo?

With the right equipment, you can prepare a nice meal in 25 min. I also find cooking relaxing. Here are a couple of easy meals from a trip last year:

Food Talk / Re: Food budgeting help
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:24:04 pm »
I ended up not keeing track of anything, but dinner estimate goes like this:

$0.90 for pasta (half a 12 oz. bag of Whacky Mac)
$3.00 or so for the protein, such as pre-cooked chicken sausage, raw chicken or canned shrimp
$3.00 for a bunch of asparagus
$0.75 for a red onion

I broght my own garlic and olive oil from home. One day I made due with two cans of Beef-A-Roni for dinner. I had ridden in a cold rain for over 60 miles and was too tired to cook something more elaborate. Another day I had to carry food from nearly the beginning so I simply got two cans of canellini beans to go with the pasta. Actually quite tasty when you saute several cloves of garlic and then add the beans, some of the water from the cans and some olive oil, let it stew for a while and then season with salt and pepper.

Breakast was often a bagel with maybe some cheese or canned fish, like sardines. I would stop en route for lunch if posible or buy a pre-made sandwich for maybe $3.50-$5.50 to take with me at the start of the day. There were also assorted snacks, like pretzels.

I ate one dinner and one breakfast out.

General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:46:25 pm »
I would not want to ride an interstate during rush hour in Jacksonville, FL or NYC.

I think what some people might not fully understand is that not all Interstate Highways are designed the same. As I noted above, portions of the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95), for example, are "walled off." If there were a disabled vehicle blocking the shoulder, your only option would be to enter into the travel lane. No lifting your bike over the guard rail and walking through some grass to get back on the shoulder. Good luck with that one.

And what happens when construction activity eliminates the shoulder? I recently drone some of very busy I-80 through PA into NE Ohio to start a tour. There were two stretches where construction required a lane shift and shoulder closure. In one such location, there was only one narrow lane of traffic. I felt unnerved sandwiched between semis and I was driving an SUV. Then there is the PA Turnpike (I-76) and the Northeast Extension thereof (I-476), with their shoulderless tunnels.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:30:00 pm »
Something else occurred to me. If I recall correctly, the NYC spur of the Atlantic Coast Route passes through or near Somerville, NJ. You could take New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line to Somerville and pick up the route there. (The same line serves High Bridge, which I mentioned earlier. However, it only goes out that far on weekdays.) While some midday service leaves from Penn Station in Manhattan, most of the Raritan Valley Line trains originate in Newark, NJ. You can get to Newark from Manhattan easily using the PATH train from the World Trade Center station, where there is an elevator to take you down from street level. There are some restriction on when you can take a bike on a NJT train. I think the same is true for PATH. If you want to take a train out of the city, I can give you links to the rules.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:52:15 am »
A couple of things:

1. Have you taken a look at Section 3 of ACA's Atlantic Coast Route?:

Conshohocken is near KoP, and the route goes through D.C. with an option to avoid Baltimore and then on to Richmond. Section 4 continues south and comes somewhat close to VA Beach.

2. The only way to actually ride your bike from NYC to NJ is via the George Washington Bridge, which is up north in Manhattan. All other bridges are off limits to bikes. That can be a very difficult part of the world to navigate by bike if you don't have experience. New Jersey is the most densely populated of the 50 states and northeast New Jersey is the most densely populated part of the state. Making it all the way to KoP in 100 miles seems like it would be tough, but if you have a route mapped out I am willing to look at it.

Fortunately, there are several train options out of NYC. You can easily get as far south as Trenton, NJ via New Jersey Transit. You can also get as far west as High Bridge, NJ. Section 2 of ACA's Atlantic Coast Route has a NYC spur that utilizes a train line between Summit, NJ and NYC. There are also ferry options between Manhattan and places like Hoboken. Without local knowledge and experience, I highly recommend taking some form of Public transportation out of the NYC area.

Every year my local club does a ride from New Hope, PA, which is on ACA's Atlantic Coast Route, to Brooklyn via Manhattan that goes into Hoboken, NJ and reaches Manhattan via a ferry ride across the Hudson River. The ride is held the Sunday before Labor Day. To do during a weekday would be suicide since, among other things, it goes through the Port of Elizabeth & Newark, which is usually non-stop speeding truck traffic. (The Port is empty on Labor Day weekend.) There is a way to take a train beyond that point, however. Still, that would leave you with some miles to get to New Hope.

Finally, March can be iffy depending on the type of winter we have been having. It could be decent or it could snow, especially if you are talking about early March.

Have I confused you enough?

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route - Florida
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:17:44 pm »
Try searching Google Maps for "campgrounds near [insert name of town along route]". I just completed a 500 mile trip across PA with eight nights of camping using this method. Once I had the basic route down, I used this method find camprgounds, making adjustments to the route where necessary.

For example if you do the above for Fort Pierce, FL, which is on the ACA route north of Seven Mile Bridge, you get a number of results. You will need to weed out the mobile home parks and other non-applicable results this method sometimes produces, but overall I think it works rather well.

BTW....If you need any suggestions for the section of the route from the Philadelphia area to Port Jervis, NY, get in touch when the time draws closer. I am very familiar with that portion.

General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:43:53 am »
I had a periodic knocking last year. Turned out I had a crack in my cassette body cover.

Routes / Re: CDT Ride - Anaconda MT area (2-3 day)
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:32:02 am »
Many of the Interstates in that area are not that bad. I have ridden along I-15 south of the BLM camground I mentioned and crossed under I-15 in Melrose. From what I could see, the traffic was very light. There are frontage roads along I-15 heading north from Divide towards Butte, but I don't think they go all the way through, so you have to eventually get on the highway for a stretch. Check it out on Goggle Maps. Even the three miles of I-90 I rode between an interchange west of Butte and the exit for MT 1 were tolerable.

Will you be staying up by the lake on in Anaconda proper? If the former, note that from Anaconda up to Gerorgetown Lake is about a 10 mile climb. It starts our gradual and gets progressively steeper until you approach Silver Lake, which is a few miles east of Georgetown Lake. However, the climb never gets overly steep for any significant distance, and it's scenic. Both times I rode it, the wind out of the west was the real factor.

Finally, if you find yourself in Butte needing a place to stay, the motor lodge portion of the Hotel Finlen is a good value. It's located in the Uptown section of the city, which has some interesting old buildings.

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