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General Discussion / Re: Best Time to Leave
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:59:25 am »
I would definitely try to not miss McKenzie Pass if at all possible.

Something else to keep in mind is that W-E starting June could put you in some very hot and humid areas during the peak of the misery. Then again, maybe that weather suits you.

+1 on the part about the weather in the north. At 60 miles/day, you would find yourself in Cut Bank in early to mid-May, assuming some rest days. Earlier if you average more. No way you will be able to cross Logan Pass in Glacier N.P. on that schedule. In fact, if the road rehab project is still going on then, the pass might not be open until a set date in mid-June, regardless of weather conditions. Even mid-May could be dicey on the Marias Pass alternative, which is not nearly as scenic. The Alberta alternative might also be out of the question as Chief Mountain Highway might not be cleared. These are the highlights of that portion.

I have ridden the western most section of the Northern Tier (Mount Vernon, WA to Glacier N.P.) twice, starting in Seattle in late May, and the short section between Whitefish and Eureka another time. Except for the section between Winthrop, WA and Tonasket, WA, chilly, damp days were the norm. Experienced snow crossing some of the WA mountains in early June. Five years ago I spent a night at Waterton Village, AB, during the third week in June. The cold wind whipping off the lake made being outside pretty unpleasant.

Gear Talk / Re: new Blackburn Outpost Front World Touring Rack
« on: December 05, 2014, 09:34:24 am »
In between the Surly, which does weigh a ton, and this is the Nitto Big front rack. Super-strong with a large platform. However, it's twice the price of the Outpost.

General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« on: November 25, 2014, 08:12:08 am »
Another good one from last year. Hot sausage made in Amish country with red onion, garlic and canned spinach after an 86 mile day that required me to carry groceries for the last 17:

General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:14:24 am »
Slice kielbasa into ½ inch thick pieces or whatever size you like
Brown it in a skillet with oil if you have it.
Add chopped onion and chopped green pepper and saute.
Pour in a can of stewed tomatoes
Simmer covered.
You can add spices if you have them.
Serve it with rice or noodles.

A man after my own stomach. I have made numerous variations of that, although I tend to use Roma tomatoes if available and often use asparagus instead of peppers.

Hard to see, but there is red onions, peppers (orange, I think) and chicken sausage in there. One of the rare occasions I have used jarred sauce:

That is a homemade Polish sausage similar to Keilbasa from a place in Blairstown, NJ:

General Discussion / Re: That go-to meal
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:06:59 am »
Saute 4-5 cloves of fresh garlic in a good amount of olive oil. Add two cans of cannellini beans and some of the water from one of the cans. Mix it well and let simmer for a while. Add some fresh rosemary if you can get it. Makes a sort of stew. Serve over cut pasta like farfalle. Salt and pepper to taste:

I have made this on a couple of tours over the last two years. Not only is it tasty and inexpensive, the beans are the only extra thing I need to carry since I always carry fresh garlic, olive oil and some emergency pasta. Helpful when you have to carry food for more than 35 miles like I did one day during my last trip.

General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:52:20 am »
A ranger at Bay View State Park in WA swore up and down that it was only 8 miles round trip to the grocery store in Burlington and back despite the fact that our map suggested it was 8 miles each way. "I drive it all the time." It was 8 miles each way.

Routes / Re: Co$t of Travel
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:30:01 am »
Taking advantage of free camping is a very good way to cut your daily budget by a significant percentage. I rode across PA in September. Only on the first night was there a free, legal camping option. All but one of the rest of the nights cost me in the low to mid $20s to camp. The one exception was a $34 night, and it was the worst of the private campgrounds.

General Discussion / Re: Useless advice/help
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:18:51 am »
I was riding the early miles of Sklalkaho Road heading towards Hamilton, MT this past June. That part of the road passes through wide open ranch land. I could see rain showers coming from more than a mile away. An old ranch worker came by on a motorcycle and said something like "Looks like you're gonna get wet." Really? But I don't let things like that bother me. He was just trying to be friendly. Reminded me of one of the early scenes from "Animal House." As a fraternity rush party Dorfman walks up to four guys sitting at a table playing cards and says "So. You guys playing cards?"

General Discussion / Re: Tour De KY- Bent-On KY
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:34:47 am »
Some things to think about:

I wouldn't limit it to recumbent bikes as that will limit your market.

You may need permits from municipalities.


A pure race may turn off more people than it attracts.

Accommodations and food?

Who will people be sponsoring? If not set up properly, the donations will not be tax deductible by the donor, which could limit willingness to give money.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:38:35 am »
As far as I know, there is no new bridge that is going to be built to replace the old U.S. 9 bridge, and bikes are not allowed over the GSP bridge. The new causeway from Somers Point into the center of Ocean City (NJ 52) was completed a year or two ago. Bike lanes were added so it's no longer off limits to bikes. One can simply ride that into Ocean City, head south across acroass Corson's Inlest through Strathmere and into Sea Isle City and then head back west to U.S. 9.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:21:44 am »
Then just go down US9 to Cape May.

Except that U.S. 9 across the Great Egg Inlet is off limits to bikes. As I think I have noted before, U.S. 9 now combines with the Garden State Parkway at the south end of Somers Point. The causeway and drawbridge that used to carry U.S. 9 over the inlet is no more. You either have to cross Corson's Inlet from Ocean City to Strathmere or go way inland/out of your way to May's Landing to get across the river.

General Discussion / Re: Touring Bicycle
« on: November 03, 2014, 02:57:44 pm »
You will have to tell me where these 30 mile long climbs in the Rockies are.
Cortez to Lizard Head Pass is about 60 miles of uphill to one degree or another, but certainly nothing like an average of 6%, much less 8%. In fact, unless my math is wrong, a 30 mile climb averaging 8% would giving you over 12,600' of climbing, with an average of 6% giving you about 9,540 of climbing. Isn't the highest road in CO a bit over 13,000'?

And I hear you about those short, steep hills. I rode across PA in September. A couple of days featured seemingly endless 1/4 to 1/2 miles ups and downs, and they were steep. Thanks to some bumpy roads, I often didn't bother to shift on the short descents. Just left it in the granny gear and waited for the bike to slow down while going up the next hill. I actually started to welcome longer, gentler climbs.

Routes / Re: Pacific coast elevations
« on: November 03, 2014, 10:14:40 am »
Get the maps and plot the route on something like Ride With GPS, which will generate a profile. If you map it in shorter segments you will get better profiles.

General Discussion / Re: circumnavigation of the U.S.
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:04:25 pm »
I am sure it's been done. You might seriously consider going counterclockwise if only due to the prevailing winds on the Pacific coast. That subject has been discussed in this forum plenty of times. I met a sister-sister duet on the Northern Tier who had started their trip by heading north along the Pacific coast. They said it was miserable and the wind had put them way behind schedule.

On that same trip I ran into a guy in Bowling Green, OH who was trying to circumnavigate the county using the route you describe, only he was going counterclockwise. The guy was from a suburb of Philadelphia, where I live. After many questions from him, we finally realized that he and I had were on the same club ride to New York City the year before. We had been on the same ferry across the Hudson River and later had dinner with a group of people at a place under the Brooklyn Bridge. I ran into him again at an event the following year. He told me he made it to somewhere on the left coast before packing it in.

Start in the south in early spring and follow spring north up the Atlantic Coast. Hang a left onto the Northern Tier at Damariscotta, ME, get to the west coast by late summer and then head south. Hang another left and cross the south at a time when it will likey not be as hot and humid.

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