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Routes / Re: Weather concerns for fall cross country?
« on: August 26, 2016, 01:46:48 pm »
Here is a neat site that shows, among other things, sunrise and sunset times:

BTW...I think Jamawani meant the C&O and GAP trail, not ACA.

General Discussion / Sometimes it Pays to Make a Call
« on: August 24, 2016, 04:19:59 pm »
Is this day and age of intricate web sites and apps, a good old phone call can still make all the difference.

I have been planning a September tour from Brattleboro, VT to my home in Philly, hooking up with ACA's Atlantic Coast route in N. Canaan, CT. Because of the way desired mileages were working out, being able to camp at Lone Oak, a bit east of N. Canaan, was a lynch pin. I checked their web site. It showed only a few expensive ($60+), full-hook up sites available on a Sunday. I checked some other dates and also found no available tent sites. At first I was simply going to suck it up and reserve an RV site, but the lack of availability on a Sunday (and on other random weekdays) after school was back in session seemed odd to me, so I decided to give them a call. Turns out there are several tent sites available. With the campground map in front of me, the woman with whom I was speaking identified sites that are close to the restrooms and showers and reserved one for me. She also gave me some great news: The place charges cyclist only $20/night, and I didn't need to pay or supply a credit card number until I arrived in case I cancel the trip.

I actually stayed at Lone Oak 17 years ago while riding home after finishing ACA's unsupported Northern Tier tour. The place is more like a resort where you sleep in a tent or RV more than it is a campground. I remember paying about $28 for a site back then and thinking that, for that price, I was going to take full advantage of the hot tub. Guess they didn't have a cyclists discount back then.

Incidentally, I will be using Amtrak's new roll-on bike service on the Vermonter. Assuming nothing gets in the way of this trip, I will report back on how it goes.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier in Minnesota: which loop?
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:47:12 am »
"If you're looking for a tour of 500 miles or less, the two sections when purchased together create a great loop route."

Thanks. The wheels in my head are spinning rapidly regarding next summer.

General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: August 23, 2016, 11:08:52 am »
Thanks for all of this information mate it's much appreciated. Do people sell there trans am maps after their trips?

There is a classifieds section on this forum.

This person is selling nearly the entire set if TA maps:

Gear Talk / Re: Fixing panniers
« on: August 18, 2016, 01:11:27 pm »
Tenacious Tape may be worth trying.

I was going to suggest duck tape (or is it duct tape),  but this looks far superior.  Maybe we should all have some tenacious tape in our kits.

If it looks like duck tape and quacks like duck tape....

Seriously, that does look interesting. During my June tour I noticed a tiny hole in the outside pocket of one of my Ortlieb Bike Packer panniers. Might slap a piece of this on the inside to cover it.

Routes / Re: Western express to transAm
« on: August 12, 2016, 01:37:01 pm »
I live in Philly and have done two cross-state tours to home.

The first was from Pittsburgh via the GAP trail to Cumberland, MD then mostly U.S. 220 to Bedford, PA where I picked up PA Bike Route S. Took that all the way to Lancaster County where I modified the route to get me home in a nicer fashion. I also cut out a big climb out of Betzwood, PA by riding the section of the abandoned PA Turnpike, which is an unofficial bike trail and was used as one of the filming locations for the film "The Road" starring Viggo Mortensen. . I highly recommend it as long as you have a good light and are not afraid of the dark. There are two long tunnels (the longer being over 1 mile) with no lights. The second tunnel heading east has a crown closer to the east portal, which means for much of the distance you literally cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. The nice thing is that you can still see the median striping inside the tunnels so you can use that as a guide.

The second trip started from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport near Vienna, OH. Made my own, nice route to Franklin, PA where I picked up the scenic, paved (except for maybe 3/4 of a mile) Allegheny River Trail for about 25 miles to Emlenton, PA. From there, I followed PA Bike Route V all the way to Rupert/Bloomsburg and then headed south via my own route, which included the abandoned town of Centralia. Depending where you might want to go in NJ, you could stay on Bike Route V all the way to the end at Portland, PA and cross the river there into Columbia, NJ via the pedestrian/bike bridge.

Overall, the PA portion of the latter trip was nicer (and more challenging) than the former. Both routes had pretty well-spaced camping (There is free, trail-side camping with Adirondack shelters in Franklin, PA, right along the river. Saw two bald eagles in the morning.) and access to good grocery sources along the way, although in many instances I hard to carry groceries for some miles as there were no stores close to my camping locations. Let me know if you would like detail on one or both of the routes.

Routes / Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« on: August 12, 2016, 08:22:54 am »
Go to Google Maps and search "campgrounds near [name of town]". Zoom out if you don't get any results.

Be prepared for cold, and possibly wet, weather in mid-September. When I did the Northern Tier we had some nights in the 40s and cold rain one day. Frost a little further west in Boonville. That was in mid-August.

General Discussion / Re: Finishing ride in NYC, looking for a route
« on: August 12, 2016, 08:07:47 am »
If you want to eventually visit Manhattan keep in mind that the only way to ride there is via Fort Lee, NJ and the G.W. Bridge. But there are plenty of public transit options, including ferries from various NJ cities.

I am in Philly. When do you plan to be in these parts?

Routes / Re: creating a route visual
« on: August 08, 2016, 09:45:09 am »
Map your route on something

General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: August 07, 2016, 03:21:31 pm »
The maps contain extremely useful services information.

Gear Talk / Re: Davidson Titanium Road Bike
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:22:58 am » has some solutions for attaching racks to frames without traditional attachment points.

Gear Talk / Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« on: August 03, 2016, 03:37:52 pm »
Out of curiosity, have you gotten a weight on the LHT? My ex-GF is 5' even and has a non-disc, 42cm LHT, 2011 vintage. I would be surprised to learn it weighs 28-30 lbs. (8-10 lbs. more than the Terry).

Routes / Re: TA Town List, W2E
« on: August 02, 2016, 09:36:44 am »
When I have seen something significant I have said something. By significant I mean things like the closing or opening of a campground or the closing of the only grocery store around. If it's the closure of something like a restaurant in a town or city that has alternatives, I usually don't.

If I will be camping somewhere with few services around, a practice that I like to follow is to shop for groceries in a place where there are more services and then carry to my destination. This worked extremely well one day on the Great Parks South route. The map showed a store close to my destination, but I shopped in a larger town maybe 10 miles away in case the other place closed early or wasn't open that day. When I rode past the store closest to the campground I saw that it had burned to the ground. A worker at the campground told me the fire had happened only a few week prior. Two years ago, while riding part of the Trans Am, I shopped at the good grocery store in Darby, MT and carried for some 18 miles in case the store at the Sula campground was not open when I arrived. Sure enough, I arrived two minutes after closing time, and the place was locked up tight.

General Discussion / Re: Bike selection help
« on: August 01, 2016, 04:06:51 pm »

Routes / Re: TA Town List, W2E
« on: August 01, 2016, 11:30:58 am »
I did the TA a few years back and was negatively amazed by how many errors the newly updated maps incl their freshly downloaded addendums had:

1. Closed grocery stores
2. Closed roads

... and when talking to the locals these closures were not new at all but have been in effect for years at worst.

I learnt a great deal about the erros by talking to other cyclist going in the other direction.

So did you report your observations to ACA?

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