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Gear Talk / Re: Front rack
« on: August 05, 2011, 01:41:33 pm »
her is a pic of my T-1000 with a Nitto large front rack that i am very happy with
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1r4vFZo&page_id=99850&v=4a

I love my Nitto Big front rack. I put my sleeping bag on the front platform.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Seattle to Northern Tier
« on: August 04, 2011, 04:53:55 pm »
I have friends who have crossed the country from Seattle and they rode US 2 to Sand point Idaho & then picked up the northern tier. You only have 1 mtn. pass instead of 5. The sections of US 2 I have ridden have nice wide shoulders and the traffic is not all that bad.

And miss SR 20 across the Cascades? And Sherman Pass? *Gasp!*

For reasons that I won't go into, we strayed from the NT route and instead took U.S. 2 between Newtown and Sandpoint in '99. I ride in big city and suburban sprawl traffic all the time and I was pretty darn scared, as was everyone else in our group. Minimal shoulder in places and fast traffic, including trucks. When we got to our host's house in town and told her what we had done, she said we were nuts. When I passed that way the next year, I made sure to "stay on the path." Besides, the old U.S. 95 bridge across the lake is a cool ride. Saw a mother turkey with chicks in tow on the path leading to it.

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General Discussion / Re: If you fly, how do you transport your bike?
« on: August 04, 2011, 09:53:20 am »
In case this isn't addressed in older posts, if there are airline options check with each before you book.  Southwest and Frontier have relatively low bike charges.  I think they are both $50.  Delta, on the other hand, was charging something like $200 the last I checked. United/Continental, which we flew to MT last month, charges $100.

We just shipped UPS from Philadelphia to Missoula, MT and back.  Two bikes and a box with a B.O.B. trailer, stove, fuel bottle and racks inside was about $200 ground each way with $1,200 insurance on each bike and about $600 in insurance for the trailer and racks. Any local Seattle bike shop should be able to pack (for a fee) and ship the bike for your son. Note that if you fly with a stove and/or fuel bottle you risk having them confiscated. I would consider shipping any such items home (without fuel, of course).

As an aside, if your son has the time and you are eventually going to Boston, he can take Amtrak. Empire Builder from Seattle to Chicago and then the Lakeshore Limited to Boston.  The Seattle-Chicago route is especially nice. Transporting a bike via Amtrak is easy and inexpensive. It has been addressed several times in this forum.

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General Discussion / Re: What to do with your stuff on days off??
« on: August 04, 2011, 09:32:06 am »
Completely forgot that I did once have something stolen from my tent.  Took a day off just north of Hyde Park, NY.  Rode into town to take a tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion and buy groceries. When I retunred to the campground and opened my tent, I found that a squirrel had gnawed through the mesh and scarffed down some of the bread I had stupidly left inside.

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General Discussion / Re: What to do with your stuff on days off??
« on: August 04, 2011, 09:22:12 am »
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or does everything come with you all the time?


indyfabz,

Where did you camp in Darby?  

I did a short hop from Jackson, MT to Darby, which included the climb up Chief Joseph Pass and the crazy descent.  I camped at an RV park in Darby that had a grassy area for tents.  ESPN was in town for a national logging competition, which was set up across the street.  The cyclists got to hear the post competition concert for free.  At midnight the warm breeze caressed our skin as we listened to the last lonely twangs of country music waft across the valley.

Traveler's Rest.  Sounds like the same place you stayed. The grass is nice, but the  place needs a picnic table. Cooking a full meal on the ground is a pain.

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Routes / Re: Seeking advice on East to West US transit
« on: August 02, 2011, 09:47:59 am »
Last month we spent 2 1/2 days on the TransAm heading west to east (Missoula, MT to the bottom of the east slope of Big Hole Pass) and then another night in Twin Bridges, MT, which is also on the TransAm.  In that short period, we talked to 8 people that I can remember who were riding east to west and saw at least four others fully loaded who were riding east to west.

Back in '00 I did the section between Missoula and Fairplay, CO before turning south to Cortez, CO.  Same thing.  Met several people riding it E-W.  I likely would have met more but it was a little early (mid-June) to encounter E-W riders as far west as MT.

I think it would be a cool way to show up at a reunion.  Imagine the bragging rights.

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General Discussion / Re: Camping after Labor Day - Northern Tier
« on: August 02, 2011, 09:22:40 am »
I would especially check any state facilities in the Adirondaks.

If it fits with your schedule, check out the cyclist facility in Monroeville, IN.  Nice place.

Another interesting place was this place:

http://brownbarncampground.com/index.html

It was pretty chilly at night in August. The owner lest us sleep upstairs in the barn.

Other suggestions are the Raibow Hostel in Niagara Falls, ON:

http://www.hostels.com/hostels/niagara-falls/hi-niagara-falls-rainbow-hostel/3858

and this place just east of Dunkirk, NY, which has a nice view of the lake:

http://sheridanbaypark.com/

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: August 01, 2011, 09:35:47 am »
What if I carried a very light load and had packets sent to one of the hotels/motels I will visit along the route with top-ups of toiletries, kit etc?

With respect to everyday items, why not just buy what you need along the way when you run out of something? That way you won't get to a place and have a package of stuff you don't happen to need at the moment and have to toss stuff or send it ahead. It's not as if you are going to be in the middle of nowhere for long periods of time.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Seattle to Northern Tier
« on: July 31, 2011, 03:09:33 pm »
See this recent discussion:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=9428.0

I took the ferry to Bremerton and then followed AC's Pacific Coast Route to the intersection of the Northern Tier twice. Not an inordinate amount of twists and turns, a couple of nice ferry rides and some nice places to stay along the way.

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General Discussion / Re: What would this be called?...
« on: July 31, 2011, 02:58:06 pm »
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."--W. Shakespear

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General Discussion / Re: What to do with your stuff on days off??
« on: July 29, 2011, 11:38:18 am »
I really don't worry much about the bike or gear unless I am in a more populated place or camping in a place that the public can easily access.  For example, last month, during a nine-day trip in MT, our camp in Darby (a small town) was visible from the sidewalk. When we walked into town during the evening, we put our panniers and trailer bag out of sight underneath the tent fly and locked our bikes together behind a cabin so they were out of sight.  Things like pots and the stove we hid behind the tent so they were not readily visible to a passer by.  Did the same the next morning when we went into town for breakfast. In that case, however, we saw a jittery, red-faced guy walking really fast on a path that would take him right past the campground. I instantly thought "meth-head." We stopped and followed him at a distance until we were pretty sure he had other plans. A while later, we saw him outside the cafe smoking.  He then came inside for coffee and was talking to the locals. We figured he must have been on a mission to get a pack of cigarettes from the store that was a block beyond our campground.

Someone did once try to steal my stove in Dubois, WY.  I left it visible outside my tent when I went to use the campground’s laundry facility. There was a road along side the tent camping area and only a low, meager fence separated the two. Two teens drove by, stopped and started eyeing up the stove. After about 30 sec., I jumped out of the car.  I was lucky that I was outside the laundry room reading and saw what was going on. I jumped up and started walking very quickly towards my tent. The kid jumped back in the car and the two sped off. By creating an easy opportunity for petty theft, I was asking for trouble.

Several times during our recent trip we left our campsite unattended without locking up our bikes or taking any steps to hide our gear. And in a few places, both of us went inside stores, restaurants, etc. without locking up the bikes. The chance of theft simply seemed to remote to worry about.  In the relatively high crime city of Butte, however, we kept an eye on our bikes when we went inside a café to use the computer.

Of course, I always take valuables like my money, card and ID with me. That takes no effort. And I try to position the bike in a place visible to me when I go inside to eat, shop, etc. In the end, what precautions you take in each situation will be driven by an assessment of your surroundings and your personal tolerance for risk.

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: July 28, 2011, 10:10:03 am »
Your direction (west to east or east to west) will likely affect your start date decision.

West-east too early and you might have to deal with snow, cold termperatures and closed passed. You may also mind yourself in the midwest and east during hotest portion of the summer. This summer it has routinely been 90-100+ degrees (F) with killer humidity up and down the mid-Atlantic region, which the TransAm passes through.

Personally, if I had the opportunity, I would go east to west starting in early to mid-May because I do not do well in extreme heat and humidity. I was on a portion of the TransAm route (heading east) a month ago (June 30th-July 2nd and then again on July 4th.) I met several people heading west who had started in mid to late-May. They said the timing worked out well.

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: ACA Allegheny Mountain Loop
« on: July 27, 2011, 02:24:23 pm »
See this relatively recent thread for some first-hand experiences and an additional resource in the last post:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=8937.0


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Routes / Re: Seattle to Anacortes, Pacific Coast
« on: July 26, 2011, 10:47:13 am »
The camping in Bay View sucked, too.  The hiker/bike site no longer exists -- it got replaced by $85/night cabins.  The ranger was still nice enough to gave me the hiker/biker rate at a regular campsite.  But the campground was inundated with screaming kids everywhere, the drive-in tent sites were jammed so close together there was no privacy, and smoke from all the campfires made breathing difficult.  There were stereos blasting, and car alarms went off every minute.  Camping there really made me sad.

But the view of the refinery is priceless.  :)  Seriously...That's quite the opposite of what I experienced the two times I stayed there. It was pretty empty.  But both times I was there in late May, before the tourist season was in full swing.

Agree about the hike-biker sites at Kitsap.  They don't offer any sun, which would be a plus in hotter areas. If I remember correctly, the hiker/biker sites at Ft. Worden are also among the trees.

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General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 26, 2011, 10:36:19 am »
I use a Terry Liberator Y Gel saddle (Liberator X for women) and wouldn't even consider anything else. I haven't had a sore butt since I got mine many years ago. Also, I've never met anyone, male or female, who has one who isn't totally delighted with theirs. They are exteremely durable - last forever. Go to: http://www.terrybicycles.com/ and click on Endurance Saddles.

+1.  My LHT with my Terry Liberator was stolen.  I replaced the bike but not the saddle since the stock saddle, which is different from the previous LHT stock saddle, felt o.k. on relatrively short rides. Then I went on a 9-day tour at the end of June.  After a few days I was sorely (pun intended) missing my Liberator.

If you can get one from REI, you can return it if you don't like it.

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