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Rocky Mountain / Re: Ride Idaho 2012 announced
« on: February 26, 2012, 10:36:41 am »
A few days ago, Cycle Oregon sold out two thousand seats in less than 12 hours.
Did you miss your chance to sign up? Bummer!
Come join me on Ride Idaho.

Try over 2,200 (they overbook based on historic cancellation rates) in about 40 minutes. We are on the right coast and stayed up until midnight to register.  We both got in. Even the wait list is closed.

Routes / Re: Libby to Kalispell on Rt #2 OK to ride?
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:16:59 pm »
If you have your heart set on Kalispell, I would take U.S. 93 to Whitefish....

I have to take that back after checking something.  Heading south, I took U.S. 93 out of Whitefish a little ways to pick up some fuel and and then cut over to U.S. 2. It was busy, but there was a wide shoulder.

Routes / Re: Libby to Kalispell on Rt #2 OK to ride?
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:22:18 pm »
Who has ridden Rt # 2 from Libby to Kalispell and how was traffic and shoulder? We'd be doing it in 2nd week June.

And from Kalispell to West Glacier?  Route?  Conditions?  I note that Google Map Bike has some options from Kalispell to Columbia Falls that are off #2. From Columbia Falls to West Glacier seems to be primarily on #2. Shoulder w/o rumble strip?

If you are trying to get from Libby to W. Glacier, why not simply follow Adventure Cycling's  Northern Tier route?  MT 37 along the shore of Lake Koocanusa if fabulous. From Eureka, the NT route avoids U.S. 93 where possible. I have done Eureka to Whitefish three times. The last time was in '09. Only heavily traffic sections were in Whitefish and Eureka, although I have heard stories to the contrary.  I believe Glacier Cyclery in Whitefish can give you a nice route into Columbia Falls that uses quiet, non-highway roads.

The route into Glacier debated above is N. Fork Rd. from Columbia Falls to Blankenship Rd. to Belton Stage Rd. You can stay on Belton Stage to U.S. 2 or make a right onto Lake 5 Rd. to U.S. 2. Either way, it's only a few miles on U.S. 2 to W. Glacier. Shoulder all the way.

There is an unpaved section. I think it's about 6-7 miles.  I did it east to west in late June of '09 and it wasn't bad. (Also went W-E in '99 in mid-June and it wasn't bad.) 37c tires with a full load and no suspension both times. Timing may be a factor affecting the condition of the unpaved surface. A guy who led backcountry backpack trips in Glacier told me that it gets more washboardy as the summer progresses. It's very nice and quiet back there except for maybe a few outfitter trucks pulling trailer for rafts.

I also took U.S. 2 from Columbia Falls all the way to W. Glacier and lived to tell about it. When I hit it there was not much traffic. As noted, there is a shoulderless stretch before Hunrgy Horse. I would not want to do it when there is heavy traffic. I was simply feeling lazy  that day.

If you have your heart set on Kalispell, I would take U.S. 93 to Whitefish and then smaller roads (E.g., Edgewood Dr.) to the Columbia Falls area over U.S. 2 to Columbia Falls. Try to stay off U.S. 2/MT 40. Rode that stretch in '09 to get from Columbia Falls to a hotel on U.S. 93 at the end of our trip. Not fun. U.S. 2 in Columbia Falls was also not fun. Lots and lots of truck traffic.

General Discussion / Re: Cost - WE to TA
« on: February 17, 2012, 03:03:13 pm »
bail bonds

Good call  ;D thats the one that COULD an issue..  :D

Sleeping in remote "rough" areas is my specialty.  Thanks John.

They don't necessarily have to be rough or remote areas to be free. You can often find city/town parks to camp in for free. Some even have hot showers or access thereto (i.e., at the city pool). One advantagre of being in town is that it usually puts you close to food sources and other services such as the library for internet access.

General Discussion / Re: Which sunscreen?
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:23:30 pm »
These contains the same "very toxic and harmful" active ingredients all effective sun screens do.

Well skin cancer isn't exactly the best thing that ever happened to me either.  If I were younger I would take the  risk of the "very toxic and harmful" over the more probable skin cancer. Every year I have the pleasure of donating some skin because I did not use sun screen.

And plastic surgery hasn't been a real joy either.

I think you missed what DaveB was saying, which is that the alleged "very toxic and harmful" ingreedients the OP says are in common sun screen at not toxic and harmful at all.

Routes / Re: east coast to st louis via motels?
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:16:32 pm »
I'm pretty sure any of the national routes like US 30 would work well too.

I would definitely not ride U.S. 30 west from Philadelphia into Montgomery, Chester, Lancaster Counties and into York, PA. Lots of traffic. A little ways east of Lancaster it becomes a limited aceess, divided highway. Most sections in the immediately Philadelphia suburbs have no shoulder.

General Discussion / Re: Must have iPhone apps
« on: February 15, 2012, 10:04:54 am »
All that for AC's Van supported TransAm, or has that changed?

General Discussion / Re: Blatant Anti-Cyclist Comic in Today's Paper
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:39:49 am »
I'm so glad I don't live in a big city.

The flip side is that during much of the year I can do on a bike or on foot what so many people have to use cars for. Get to and from work. Go shopping. Go out to dinner and a movie. My car is 17 years old.  It has just over 104,000 miles on it. And for much of it's life it was shared between two people. I primarily use it to drive to day rides thatr start outsiide the city. Still gets 30 mpg on the highway, which is mostly where it is driven. I cannot remember the last time I bought gas. Sometimes I forget where it's parked.

I often feel more threatened riding in suburbia and exurbia. Higher speed and impatient people who have to drive everywhere and expect to get around unimpeded. More and more motorists in the city are realizing that it makes no sense to squeeze past me only to be stuck behind the cars in front of me or have to stop at the next corner for a stop sign or red light.

Now if we could just get the police to engage in some meaningful enforcement of the hand-held cell phone ban. If I look, I can see dozens of people violating in during my 1.5 mile walk to work alone. Some people apparently think they are legal if they have the phone on speaker yet are holding it up in front of their faces while they are driving.

Routes / Re: Riding through Pennsylvania
« on: February 10, 2012, 02:23:11 pm »
I have driven from Williamport and on to PA 14 at Trout Creek. You will steadily gain altitude as you head north from Williamport.  PA 14 wasn't in the best shape the last time I was up there about 4 years ago. What shoulder there was was deteriorated and/or covered with gravel in a lot of places. However, traffic was light.

Outside of Williamport, there is a something called the Pine Creek Trail:

It takes you through the "Pennsylvania Grand Canyon." It would take you west of Route J, but I believe at the trail terminus in Ansonia it's relatively easy to get back onto Rte. J. Just take U.S. which is part PA Bike Route Y in that area, east to intersect with Route J. One problem up in that part of the word is the proliferation of truck traffic associated with gas drilling.

I have also driven U.S. 11/15 north from Harrisburg. Expect heavy traffic in places when you are on it, especially in the Selinsgrove/Shamokin Dam area.

Furhter south, U.S. 322/22 is a divided highway. Use Google Street View for that road around Duncannon and see what I mean. Again, I have driven that road. I would never want to bike it. Certainly avoid it during rush hour. It's a main route into Harrisburg.

From where you cross the river at Duncannon, PA 147 on the east side of the river looks infinitely nicer and less travelled. You could cross back over to Shamokin Dam at Sunburry.

General Discussion / Re: NEW BICYCLE QUESTIONS
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:27:46 pm »
Assume you will be taking the Empire Builder. Enjoy the ride. If the train is on schedule it will still be light when you cross Marias Pass and skirt the boundary of Glacier N.P. Sometimes you can see mountain goats from the right side of the train, especially at Goat Lick. Early the next morning, grab a seat in the observation car for the ride through the Cascades, but don't look down if you are afraid of heights. You'll also go through the 7.8 mile Cascade Tunnel. It's longest railroad tunnel in the U.S.

Don't forget a tool to put your pedals back on once you reach Everett.

General Discussion / Re: Blatant Anti-Cyclist Comic in Today's Paper
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:01:38 pm »
Just because a community paints a white strip on the side of a road and calls it a bike lane does not mean I will be using that lane. To often that "lane" is the part of the road that has broken and cracked asphalt, unfilled potholes, rocks, broken glass, leaves, and all sorts of stuff that has been pushed to the side of the road into the "bike lane". A car would move over into another lane when faced with a road conditioin that we face, more often than not, in the bike lane. When a communty paints us into a corner, so to speak, and does not keep the condition of the bike lane to the same level of the vehicle lane, forcing the bicyclist into the vehicle lane, then the community is placing the bicyclist at risk from drivers who are angry because we are not in the bike lane. The "cartoon" reflects that anger, and it is a misplaced anger.

Have you ever seen this?:

It's short. Watch to the end.

General Discussion / Re: Blatant Anti-Cyclist Comic in Today's Paper
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:17:43 am »
Can't wait to see what happens when Pennsylvania's 4" passing law takes effect:

Hope you mean 4', 4" sounds like some of the yahoos around here!

Ooops!  Thanks for picking that up.

BTW...Philly has many one-way streets with parking on both sides. Many of those streets are not particularly wide. My block is one of them. I have to wonder whether a car could give a cyclist 4' when passing on street like mine.

General Discussion / Re: Weather Extremes
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:17:25 pm »
I will say that that first glimpse of the Tetons when descending the west side of Togwotee Pass was awe-inspiring and a special treat for west-bounders. Unfortunately, there was enough of a westerly wind that kept us from experiencing what should have been a nice downhill into the national park. Stunning nonetheless.

While riding W-E I camped at the joint Adventure Cylcing/U.S.F.S. cyclist-only campground located off the road about 4 or so miles up the climb from whatever that town is at the base. It offers an unobstructed view of the range. Amazing. Lot's of wildflowers, too.

General Discussion / Re: Blatant Anti-Cyclist Comic in Today's Paper
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:08:14 pm »
Someone posted the cartoon to our local club's list. As one member noted, we have a lot of bike lanes in Philadelphia that put you in the "door zone." In some cases, you have to ride outside the lane to avoid the zone completely. On some streets, the second lane has been converted to a bike-only lane. Many motorists, especially drivers for FedEx, UP and the like, find these to be most convenient stopping places.

Can't wait to see what happens when Pennsylvania's 4" passing law takes effect:

General Discussion / Re: Weather Extremes
« on: February 06, 2012, 04:06:46 pm »
Assuming you are talking about AC's Trans Am, you could get some really hot and humid weather in KY and VA in late July/early August. MO might be hot and humid as well. If you are not used to high humidity, you might find it very draining, especially if you sweat profusely like I do.

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