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General Discussion / Re: Busiest ACA or other trail intersection?
« on: August 27, 2014, 11:17:21 am »
I cast my vote for the vicinity of Jeffrey City
Jeffrey City was (is?) so memorably godawful and anything improving that would spoil it. I think a book could be written of Jeffrey City stories. I've no recollection of a church there but I did stay in the dismal motel before it closed, incredibly expensive, $70+, for a freezing room, broke TV and a leaking toilet.

My suggestion was a bit tongue in cheek. Not long before the motel closed, a cyclist reported having mushrooms growing out of his carpet. I stayed there in '00 with a Menonite couple who was crossing the country on a Bike Friday tandem. Only motel I have stayed in that was cash only. I had to lean into the wind while walking up the road to the cafe. Later that evening I sat at the bar and talked with a woman about the town's history and the effect the crash of the uranium market in the early 80s had on the town. A guy who looked to be a ranch hand came into the bar. He was wasted. He bought beer to go and drove off in his pickup.

General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:24:42 am »
On my trip across the US in 2012, I used the interstate highway across North Dakota, the only state which allows cyclist on the interstates, as I understand things.

From this single experience compared to the thousands of miles on back roads, I know for  sure  that cycling on the interstate highways in the US is much safer

I would like to see AdventureCycling take this on as a campaign to get this stupid prohibition lifted right across the US.  If I were a US citizen I would certainly start such a campaign

1. As noted by others, riding Interstates is permitted in many places.

2. You obviously are not familiar with highways such as the New Jersey Turnpike, which is part of I-95, or the Staten Island Expressway, which is I-278.

General Discussion / Re: Busiest ACA or other trail intersection?
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:53:09 pm »
Like any endeavor involving humans, there is the chance, maybe even a likelihood, that poor behaviors of the odd individual can ruin a good thing for the rest of us.

IIRC, something similar happened in or near Jeffrey City within the last few years. As I remember the story, there was a church that was allowing cyclists to spend the night. There was a posted list of rules. Some incident or incidents involving violations of those rules resulted in the church no longer allowing cyclists to stay there.

General Discussion / Re: Busiest ACA or other trail intersection?
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:12:01 am »
You might consider how needed the service is in the location.  That might be more important than volume of bike traffic.

Good point. And with that in mind, I cast my vote for the vicinity of Jeffrey City, WY between Lander and Rawlins, which is a long stretch with not much in between. You can probably get a place dirt cheap there (pun intended). Maybe the now shuttered JC Motel is available.

Routes / Re: ACA Green Mtns Route in early Oct?
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:14:23 am »
You might want to make reservations due to the number of "leaf peepers" that time of year. Also, if you plan on staying in the Burlington areea, note that UVM's homecoming weekend starts 10/10.

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:46:23 pm »
Some fabrics hold onto these chemicals and gases  at a molecular level and nothing you can do will break those bonds.

Funny. Just last evening I pulled a junky old tee from a drawer because I had to do some dirty work around the house. Many years ago, I worked out in the shirt, got it really sweaty, put it in a plastic bag I got from the gym and forgot about it for a while. Despite being washed numerous times since then, it still has a funky odor. It's destined to become my next bike cleaning rag.

I haven't cycled the Grasslands National Park, but a quick look at Google Maps Street View reveals that at least the one main road near and through the park is not paved. It also reveals that roads connecting to the road that is shown on Street View are also unpaved. Don't know if that makes a difference to you. Some people are steadfastly opposed to dirt riding and/or may not have the equipment to handle it. Also, services in that area seem like they may be somewhat limited.

I once rode the route Carla mentions, but in the opposite direction. It's nice. Camped at a state park in Big Fork and then Lake Inez or Lake Alva U.S.F.S. campground (Can't remember which. The one that has water) before heading to Missoula.

If you do go into Canada after Glacier N/P., I highly recommend going to Waterton Village for a rest day if desired. The towne campsite is in a dramatic setting along the shore of the lake. Plenty of services in town, and there is a combination boat ride/hike you can do. Just don't underestimate the difficulty of Chief Mountain Highway, especially if you do that leg the day after Logan Pass. And both times I rode the spur off of PR 5 into Waterton I had a pretty stiff headwind. On the flip side, the tailwind from on PR 5 through Cardston to Magrath was awesome.

Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:29:44 am »
Yeah. I don't see much ACA route map mileage there, except maybe for some Northern Tier mileage. In NY, OH and IN.

The stretch through/near places like Gary and Hammond, IN and south of CHI could be gnarly. Lot's of industrial areas in those parts. I would also expect camping to be an issue.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:40:26 am »
We started the Northern Tier in Seattle and joined the route in Rockport. We had a beautiful ride via Darrington, Arlington, and Snohomish. From Snohomish north you are on a great trail called the Centennial Trail.


I believe that route takes you on 530. As noted above, that route was closed by a fatal slide. Did you do this route recently (i.e. after the slide)?

Routes / Re: Kentucky and Virginia trans am shortcuts
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:19:23 pm »
Oh yikes, maybe it isn't such a good idea then. Did the sections you saw without good shoulders still look like busy sections?

Yes. Several of them did look busy.

Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:17:56 pm »
FYI...If you are planning to ride Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park, sounds like you will have to do so before 9/22. According to the park's web site, acceleration of the road rehab project will result in part of the road being closed as of 7 a.m. on that date.

Routes / Re: Seeking Advice for a Cross Country Route
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:07:24 pm »
I liked much of the MT section of the TA, at least the part from Missoula to Ennis. It's even nicer if you take the Gibbons Pass and Old Darby Rd. unpaved alternatives. I did not like Yellowstone due to the crowds. I have done some of the route in OR, as well. McKenzie Pass, with its lava rock top and observatory, is terrific.

General Discussion / Re: Great divide route
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:58:51 am »
Polaris is sort of in the middle of nowhere. Closest "real" town is Dillon, MT. Butte might have more transportation options. The portion of Section 1 between Wise River and Polaris is quite pretty. 27 miles of net elevation gain, but it is paved. I rode it north for a second time this past June. Between Elkhorn Hot Springs and Wise River I saw several participants in the the divide race.

Routes / Re: Kentucky and Virginia trans am shortcuts
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:15:39 am »
I just took a quick look using Goggle Street View. There appeared to be many sections of 460 with little or no shoulder.

Routes / Re: Seeking Advice for a Cross Country Route
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:01:10 am »
I think January and February rules out the TA unless you enjoy riding in snow and ice and cold temperatures. That time frame would also likely put you out west too early weather-wise unless you are traveling at a snail's pace. Don't think you want to ride through MT in March or April. I was just there in mid-June and experienced a brief bit of wet snow at elevation. A few days before I arrived several inches of wet snow fell on one pass. A local told me she had a hard go of it in her car. And Yellowstone would be pretty darn cold. Nights in the teens or below cold. Same may be true for March unless you are talking the end of March and there is an abnormally warm and dry winter. Unless I am mistaken, most E-W riders start the TA in May.

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