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Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: May 21, 2015, 11:01:11 am »
Sandals are light, small, and multi-purpose.  Take a shower in them (oh, and avoid leather for this purpose and for general water and rain tolerance).  Set up the tent in them.  Heck, I even did a white-water rafting trip in them.  Get a pair that are easily adjustable, put on warm wool socks, and you can go hike for a few miles.

+1. My extremities tend to feel cold and a pair of warm, wool socks and sandals works for me. They don't have to break the bank. For the last two years I have been using a cheap pair of Dexters I got on sale from PayLess for under $30. They are extremely light and flatten out nicely, even at size 12.  I wouldn't take them in the shower, though. For that I carry a pair of cheap flip flops. Those sit under the chords that strap the tent to the rear rack so they take up no pannier space.

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast ride
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:52:06 am »
Details, including an explanation of how the maps go both ways:

In the example used, you can see the bi-directional narratives, eastbound and westbound in that particular example.

Gear Talk / Re: How heavy is your touring bike (unloaded)?
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:42:56 am »
My Surly LHT is heavy even without racks. It's also 60cm, which means a larger frame, more stem and more bars than smaller rides. I also put a heavier, more adjustable seat post on it. Saddle is a Terry Liberator Gel, which isn't the lightest thing out there.

Routes / Re: North Eastern routes...
« on: May 17, 2015, 11:19:33 am »
There is a fairly popular, supported event in the Finger Lakes region called the Bon Ton Roulet.

General Discussion / Re: Should I pack an Air Pillow
« on: May 15, 2015, 09:37:37 am »
I took a Sea to Summit pillow on my tour last year. Best gear addition I've ever made. Infinitely better than clothes in a stuff sack that I previously used.

+1. I was a die hard "clothes in the stuff sack" person. Pillows were for people who belonged in motels.  ;) My GF wanted a pillow so I got her a Cocoon air pillow. While we had some fun trips together, she never really took to unsupported touring, which freed up the pillow for my solo trips. Gave it a try and really like the pillow thing.

Here is the route from where you would turn off the ACA route after descending Big Hole Pass:

It ends right at the driveway/path on the left that leads to the Bike Camp. Follow the path closest to the river and you will see the enclosed shelter.

The Google Maps overlay for the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway is a bit odd as it sometimes shows two different roads. I think it does because part of the road was relocated, possibly when it was paved around 2008. Just follow the pavement. On the way up you will pass the Grasshopper Inn on the left, which may or may not be open for business. If you take the dirt road to the right for a short stretch you will come to Ma's Country Store. You can almost see it from the main road. The place was surprisingly well stocked when I popped in in 2011. Didn't need to stop there last year. The sign reads "If you forgot it, Ma's got it."

There is no pass sign at the summit. When you reach the first cattle guard and share the road sign you will know you are basically at the top. There are some developed U.S.F.S. campgrounds on the north slope of the highway. 4th of July Campground has drinking water if you need to fill up. I think at least one other does. The location of Divide Bridge Campground is shown in MT 43, but the icon for the Wise River Mercantile way wrong. The store is in the center of town, just east of the Wise River Club, which is the bar/restaurant on MT 43.

32c might do it as long as the tires are not cheap. I rode 37c.

If you want to take a nice detour from the route with some dirt, consider this: East of Jackson you will cross Big Hole Pass. About 6-7 miles down the other side, you will see a brown and white sign for the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway. Hang a left there. Very nice road that takes you up to nearly 8,000'. Most of the climb is pretty gentle at first. It's really only the last 5 miles that pose a challenge. Then there is some 26 miles of mostly descent to one degree or another. It's a very pretty ride that includes a beautiful mountain meadow zone. The road ends in Wise River, where there is a bar/restaurant and a small but adequate mercantile for groceries. From there, you head east on MT 43 through a cool canyon carved by the Big Hole River. About 9 miles east of Wise River, just before you cross the bridge over the river, there is a gravel road leading to Divide Bridge Campground. (Go past the day-use area to get to the camping area.) IIRC, sites are only $6 or so/night. Good water and pit toilets. You can wash off in the river. The next day, continue east on MT 43 a few miles until you get to the frontage road for I-15 and hang a right towards Melrose. You can have breakfast at the Hitching Post in town. There is also a motel and campground there. On the south end of Melrose you will see a sign for a left turn to Twin Bridges. That's Melrose-Twin Bridges County Road (a/k/a/ Melrose Bench Road.) Twenty-three or so lonely dirt miles later you will hit pavement again just outside Twin Bridges. After you cross the river, make a right at the T to get to the center of town. If you see three steer (which is likely) you will likely see more steer than motor vehicles. You will also encounter some good ups and downs, and some portions of the road can be rough. Jackson to Divide Bridge may seem like a long way, especially with two passes, but it's not as hard as the mileage suggests. Once you get to the summit, the way into Wise River doesn't require a whole lot of effort. And Wise River to Divide Bridge is a net elevation loss. If you have the sort of tailwind I had the first time I did that stretch, it will go by in a flash. Divide Bridge to Twin Bridges is short (only about 35 miles), but it would give you a chance to rest up at the Bike Camp, which is very relaxing, and check email at the library.

IMO, this route is more interesting than staying on the official route. It also avoids a stretch of road between Dillon and Twin Bridges that has no shoulder and some truck traffic. The downsides are that you miss the town of Dillion, which has many services, and you miss Beaverhead Rock, which is a significant Lewis & Clark related monument.

Based on that, and assuming it is accurate, I would agree that a full-sized bike that has been dismantled and bagged is allowed. Seems that "folded away" includes "dismantled."

"You can take bicycles on board an ICE train as long as they are folded away in a bike bag.
If you’d like to take a bike that doesn’t fold away, you may want to consider the luggage courier service. Your bike will be delivered to your destination for a charge of (currently) €25.80."
that the bike must also fold, like a Bike Friday, Dahon, S&S coupled frame or similar?  If it requires a true folding bike, just having the bag won't be enough.

I read it to mean you need a folder.

Like the Big Hole Option through Jackson and Twin Bridges on Section 5. Don't do the Gibbons Pass Alternative unless you have sturdy, wide tires and like narrow, bumpy roads, which is what you will encounter on the west slope. The descent of the east slope is mostly smooth dirt with some gravel, but the west slope is rough. The scenery is worth it (and the climb is shorter than U.S. 93/MT 43) as long as you have the right equipment. Free camping in Wisdom. Good restaurant/bar (The Crossings at Fetty's) and a small grocery store that closes relatively early. Around 6 p.m. believe. Further on, the hot springs resort in Jackson has camping on nice grass and you fee includes use of the hot springs pool.

Huh? Clear questions elicit more responses.

As for ICE, see this:

"You can take bicycles on board an ICE train as long as they are folded away in a bike bag.
If you’d like to take a bike that doesn’t fold away, you may want to consider the luggage courier service. Your bike will be delivered to your destination for a charge of (currently) €25.80."

I'd also thought of getting some waterproof pannier covers, but some experienced tourers I spoke with told me that when they've tried that, if they went through a significant downpour, water would either eventually seep onto/into the bags anyway, or would get in when they removed the covers, so I took their advice and didn't go that route.

I have heard tales of such people, but to me they remain illusive as the Yeti. Toured about 11,000 miles with by Robert Beckman Designs (former partner of Bruce Gordon) non-waterproof panniers with rain covers. Never experienced those problems. My first tour with them was the Northern Tier route, where it is known to rain a bit. I am particularly mystified about water getting in when you remove the covers. When you remove the covers, the panniers are still closed, so I don't see how water would get in simply from the act of removing the covers.

My Big Agnes SL 2 is free standing and weighs 3.25 lbs.

Routes / Re: Tran-american bike tour
« on: May 05, 2015, 08:45:48 am »
but personally I wouldn't bother with the ritual again.

+1. I actually didn't bother with the ritual at all, although some of us did jump in the water at Bar Harbor, ME.

If you want to dip, I would avoid finishing in S. Jersey for the reason noted above. Lots of sand to traverse at many of the beaches in that part of the world if you truly want to dip in the ocean as opposed to one of the back bays.

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