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General Discussion / Re: Crash number 6.
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:14:16 am »
My question though - and not to provoke a huge thread - is to ask if that might be you.

I had the same thought. I cycle in all sorts of traffic, including major urban traffic, and am general very defensive. The two bike-car collisions I have been involved in could have been avoided had I been more defensive. In the particular circumstance described in the OP, if I see someone coming out of a side road I assume they don't see me unless I can see that they have looked my way. Even then, I tend to assume they will pull out anyway. Perhaps the real pattern is not being defensive enough.

Routes / Re: Minnesota to West Coast route options?
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:40:13 pm »
Going to the Sun is a must-do. The alternative (U.S. over Marias Pass) doesn't even come close to comparing.)

I also recommend doing the part into Alberta and heading slightly off route to Waterton Village for a day off if you have time. Unless there has been a flurry of development I don't know about, there is one small town (Del Bonita) between Cut Bank and Magrath, AB. There was one little store in Del Bonita when I rode south/east in '99. You can still see it on Google Maps Street view at the intersection of Rtes. 501 & 62. Lonely but neat ride. The towne campsite in Waterton Village is in a dramatic setting. (Reservations suggested.)

Routes / Re: Maryland to Maine route? (Breast Cancer Awareness Ride)
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:25:07 pm »
Well then NYC (at least) might present a problem. The only way to ride into the city from NJ is via the George Washington Bridge, which is way up north. The Atlantic Coast route has a spur to Summit, where you catch a train. On the weekdays there are bike restrictions during rush hours. You may not board a New Jersey Transit commuter train with a bike if that train terminates in Hoboken or Newark, NJ or Penn Station in Manhattan before 10 a.m. The PATH train from Newark to Hoboken or Manhattan also has rush hour restrictions. There are similar restrictions during the evening rush coming out of those locations, though I cannot remember the exact times. Not sure about the ferries from Hoboken, etc. And that's not to mention the rush hour traffic. My local club does an annual ride to Brooklyn via Hoboken, ferry to Manhattan and then the Brooklyn Bridge. I have done it 15 times. It's always the Sunday before Labor Day, when traffic is relatively light. I cannot imagine riding in the area of NJ immediately west from Manhattan during a weekday, especially during rush hour. NJ is the most densely populated state in the country. The Newark area is the most densely populated part of NJ.

I don't mean to sound discouraging, but I think the idea of rolling into Manhattan in the morning, doing whatever it is you plan to do there and then making an escape under acceptable riding conditions might be a bit of s stretch, at least on a weekday.

Yet another NYC issue is that the NYC spur is an out and back from Lambertville, NJ, so unless you come up with your own way to get back on route, you are going to end up heading south back to L'Ville only to then turn north again to go up river. Cutting over can be done on some nice roads (e.g., Somerville to Frenchtown) if you are prepared to accept some climbing.

Tracing the route north of the spur that takes you into Philly in my head, I am having a hard time locating any motels on route until you get to New Hope, Pa, although there may be some close to the route. (The one place in New Hope that I am thinking of is actually off route a bit on U.S. 202. There is the Lambertville Station in Lambertville, across the river form New Hope. There are also some B&Bs in L'Ville. They are all pretty pricey. The Station is probably the cheapest and would likely run at least $150/night in the summer.) Again, though, tackling that stretch during an evening rush would probably not be that pleasant in places.

Routes / Re: Minnesota to West Coast route options?
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:19:22 am »
I like indyfabz's suggestion. Just remember that Going To The Sun Road will close September 20, so plan to get there by then.

Thanks for brining that up. When I posted my response I had not checked the park's web site to see if there is going to be a drop-dead closing date for construction again this year.

I agree that 9/20 probably won't be a problem. If there is time pressure he could always skip Canada and head straight to St. Mary from Cut Bank, MT via U.S. 2, Starr School Rd. and U.S. 89.

Routes / Re: Maryland to Maine route? (Breast Cancer Awareness Ride)
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:11:27 am »
You mentioned the East Coast Route

Atlantic Coast Route.

You planning to motel it? Not much camping in Philly, NYC and Boston. If so, expect to cough up some large coin. And I would not recommend coming through Philly during the end of September, when the Pope is scheduled to visit. I live a few blocks were he will say mass and I am trying figure out where to go to escape that scene.

Routes / Re: Maryland to Maine route? (Breast Cancer Awareness Ride)
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:45:27 am »
Philly is a "necessary evil"? Hmpfffh.

Have you ever BEEN there?   ;)

Aside from 4 high school terms in MA and 3 years in professional school in PGH, I have been here all my 50 years. The city is FAR easier to get into from the Atlantic Coast route than is NYC. In fact, you can reach the Rocky Statue from the route with only about 1 mile of on-street riding. Both CHOP, HUP, U of P and Drexel are easy rides from there. Make sure to make arrangements. They are not the sort of places you can just pop into unannounced.

Good luck.

Routes / Re: Minnesota to West Coast route options?
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:28:05 am »
Northern Tier Route and then down the Pacific Coast route?

General Discussion / Re: New York to San Francisco Ride
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:05:28 am »
Which sections of the Atlantic Coast Route are you planning to ride, and are you planning on camping? I ask because it may be a bit early in the season for some campgrounds.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: April 04, 2015, 10:40:38 am »
Or you could head S/SSE from Portland and cross the center of the state to Nyssa. 2002 Cycle Oregon went from border to border (Nyssa to Florence) without any interstate riding.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: April 03, 2015, 09:02:59 pm »
"Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything."--Charles Kuralt

The Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, MT on the L&C route. A must-stay.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Boise
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:49:30 am »
You could get the official ODOT map, which shows highways and roads, posted routes, mileage, interstate exit numbers, rest areas, cities, towns, counties, State and Federal lands, water features, parks, campgrounds, airports, lighthouses, fish hatcheries, winter recreation areas, and historic/national trails.

General Discussion / Re: Pac Coast Ride
« on: April 01, 2015, 02:26:16 pm »
Anyone use for shipping their bike? Good, bad?  Seems like I can ship from shop to shop for about $60 each way.

Used them last year to ship from Philly to Missoula and back. Had a very good experience. The only issue that might crop up depending on timing is printing out the return shipping label. If you are not sure you will have access to a computer and printer, you might email customer service first to see if they can email you labels for both shipping dates before you start your trip. Their customer service was very responsive when I had a few questions before purchasing. In my case, I had access to a computer and printer (public library) when I finished my loop tour in Missoula. If your shipping date is a few days after you purchase, they email you the label about 20 min. after completing the purchase.

As noted in another thread on bike shipping, it might be wise to make a service appointment if you plan to have a local shop pack your bike for you.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:01:35 am »
It helps to get on the shop's schedule, especially if it is a busy shop. (During one loop from/to Missoula, we told the shop when we would be returning but the employee neglected to put us on the schedule. We had to wait nearly five days for boxing and shipping home.) I realize that can be a little difficult to do if you don't know when you will finish, but the closer you get to the destination the better idea you will have of your arrival. Then you can call the shop and give them some lead time, maybe even building in a day just to be safe. With the prevalence of phones, it's easy to keep in touch if things change.

As for shipping time, that I mentioned above quoted me 4 days from Philly to Missoula. Shipping took 4 days. The return shipping was delayed for some reason. Can't remember the exact cause. It may have been flooding or a labor dispute.

But ultimately, a second (or third) bike is always helpful.

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« on: April 01, 2015, 07:04:03 am »
The above advice is sound. If you have the time and access to a computer with a printer, you might save a few $$ on shipping the bike home using

One option for flying out of Boston is to ride back to Brunskwick and take Amtrak. You can roll your bike on at that station. (Reservation required.)

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