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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route, not much coast
« on: February 28, 2011, 10:02:18 am »
We plan to ride from Key West, Florida to Maine by tandem starting in April.  Looking at the ACA maps, it appears that we'll have to bring camping equipment although we plan to avoid camping whenever possible..  Will we have to include cooking equipment, or can we plan on finding restaurants and convenience stores? 

I can get you some of the way.  From Lancaster County, PA up to Lambertville, NJ you won't have much/any trouble finding places to eat and get snacks and drinks.  Indoor lodging should be pretty easy if you plan your days right, although you may have to go off route a bit.  There is a Best Western in New Hope, PA and the Lambertville Station Inn in Lambertville, PA.  Heading north from L'Ville, there is an inn in Stockton, NJ.  These places are not cheap.  Expect a minimum of $100/night during the week and possibly over $200 on weekends   There are also some B&Bs/inns north of New Hope, PA, but I think they are mostly on the PA side of the river.  These places are VERY expensive.  For example, the Black Bass Hotel, across the river from Bull's Island Recreation Area will cost you about $200/night during the week.  More on the weekends.  Advance reservations might also be needed as sometimes these places are used for weddings.  Personally, I would avoid the PA side of the river as PA 32 is twisty, narrow and can have heavy traffic at times.  There is food in Frenchtown and Mildord, NJ.  There are motels and places to eat in the Philipsburg, NJ/Easton, PA area.  These should be cheaper.  Just off route in Delaware Water Gap, PA there is the Pocono Inn.  Don’t think there is much between there and Pt. Jervis, NY area.  The Cornucopia Inn and Restaurant in Godeffroy, outside of Pt. Jervis, should be relatively inexpensive, and I am sure there are places in Middletown, NY.

Routes / Re: east coast tour route planning questions
« on: February 28, 2011, 09:29:56 am »
The Henry Hudosn Trail is 58 miles?  I always understood it to be about 23, including the unfinished gaps.  Also note that a section is closed due to remediation of a Superfund site.  It's scheduled to reopen in April of this year, but you know how those things can go.

What's your planned route from Cedar Creek to Cape May?

Routes / Re: Best Route - Philadelphia to Missoula
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:48:38 am »
United or Delta.  I am flying the former to Missoula in June to start a tour.   ;D

Have you considered taking AC's Atlantic Coast Route south to meet up with the Trans Am route?  I believe they intersect in or around Richmond, VA.  The section from Conshohocken to Richmond is 387 miles.  At 65 miles/day, that's six days.  Certainly faster than taking the Atlantic Coast route north to Maine to pick up the Northern Tier.  Besides, the Northern Tier doesn't pass through Missoula.  You would likely head south from Whitefish.  It's about 2-3 days from there to Missoula.

The Trans Am spur from Lolo, MT takes you right into Missoula.  Think it's about 12 miles.

General Discussion / Re: Coming soon to a theater near you...?
« on: February 24, 2011, 03:26:07 pm »
A local club sponsored several screenings during a weekend this winter.  The filmaker was there and gave a short introduction.  There was a reception afterwards, which I did not attend.

General Discussion / Re: Most interesting stretch and why?
« on: February 23, 2011, 02:38:29 pm »
I love weather, so I believe that going through some different storms will add some very memorable times to my trip. STORMS!!

If the hail starts (had it in MT) or you see a funnel cloud forming (like we did in MN), think about seeking shelter.  You can get messed up.

One day that stands out from a total experience persepctive is my 117 mile day from Goddefroy, NY to New Hope, PA the day after hurricane Floyd.  It was a beautiful day.  Sunshine and not a cloud.  I was expected at a friend’s house in Valley Forge on a certain day and lost a day while I taking refuge from the storm.  Through the Delaware Water Gap I had to slide my bike under two downed trees and walk across a swollen stream that brought water up to mid-calf.  Sticks and tree limbs littered most of the route.  I had ridden in New Jersey countless times, but never in that part of the state nor in the part of Pennsylvania I later passed through.  It was nice to see new areas, and the scenery was quite different from what I had expected.  The entire time I was moved by a sense of urgency due to the long distance I needed to cover.

As I was cresting a hill a young boy came off his porch and asked me for the time.  I did not have a watch, but my computer had a clock.  My face must have expressed curiosity at his question because he volunteered that the power was still out from the storm and none of the clocks in his house was functioning.  (Cell phones were not common back then.)  About 10 miles away from my intended destination, I picked up a stromboli and a bottle of wine for what I thought would be my last night of camping on a journey that had started in Seattle, had taken me to Bar Harbor, ME and was now taking me home to Philadelphia.  But when I got to the state park it was closed.  The camping area, which was down by the river, was flooded out.  I pled with a ranger to let me pitch my tent in the picnic area, which was on high ground, but he would not let me.  I was exhausted at that point, but I had to continue on.  After downing part of the stromboli I rode another 10 miles to a motel, finishing the day in total darkness.  Not exactly how I envisioned things going, but an epic experience just the same.

Routes / Re: Setting out from New York City.....Good idea or not?
« on: February 22, 2011, 01:31:53 pm »
Thanks indyfabz. i haven't ordered the Atlantic maps yet, so will check that route out when I get them. Not too sure I want to meet a bear though!

I am sure many people don't equate bears with the state of New Jersey, but in 2010 the state its first hunt five years.  Chances of a sighting are still low.  The chances of a close encounter even lower.  But they do exist.  Last year there was an 800+ lb. black bear killed across the river in PA.  That same bear had once been tagged at Walpack Bend, which is in the Delaware Water Gap Nat'l Recreation Area.  The point of mentioning bears was to give you an idea of how relatively unpspoiled the area is.

General Discussion / Re: Cue sheet assistance
« on: February 22, 2011, 10:19:49 am »
How about making paper cue sheets in a type size that suits you?  It will be somewhat labor intensive in areas where there are numerous turns.  In others areas, there will be so few turns that you might get a week or two out of one 8.5x11 sheet of paper.  Buy a cue sheet holder (or make one out of a strip of velocro and an office binder clip), attach it to your bars and you're good to go.

If you PM me with your email address, I can give you an example in Word of a cue sheet for one of the club rides I lead.  The form has columns for leg distance, total distance and for a description of the cue.  You could use it to make your own.

Routes / Re: Setting out from New York City.....Good idea or not?
« on: February 22, 2011, 10:09:50 am »
If you are talking about Adventure Cycling's Atlantic Coast route proper, another option is to cycle the bike trail along the Hudson to the Midtown dock for the New York Waterways ferry and take that to Hoboken, NJ, home town of Frank Sinatra and the birthplace of baseball.  (Note that if you go on the weekends, the ferry lets you off at the north end of town.  During the week, the ferry sails directly to the historic train station.  It's an easy ride between the two.)  From Hoboken, you can get a train to Port Jervis, NY, which is on the Alantic Coast Route.  It's a relatively long (roughly 2.5 hrs.) but beautiful ride.  Check New Jersey Transit's web site for schedules and rules about when you can take a bike.

One advantage of starting in Port Jervis is that you get to cycle through the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where you might see a bear.  From Port Jervis to Lambertville, NJ the route parallels the Delaware River, partially in NJ and partially in PA.  It's quite pleasant.  If you wish, you can take a shaded, well-surfaced bike path for the last 20 or so miles, from Frenchtown, NJ to Lambertville.  And there are two very nice places to camp along this stretch--Worthington State Forest, just across the river from Delaware Water Gap, PA and Bull's Island Recreation Area (reservations recommended on weekends), which is along the bike trail about 8 miles north of Lambertville, NJ.

General Discussion / Re: 12th Cyclist Killed In Tampa
« on: February 18, 2011, 10:51:09 am »
 All it takes is one person not watching where he's going.[/quote]

Including a cyclist.  When I learned that an old friend who I had lost touch with had been hit by a pickup and killed while riding home from work I immediately assumed it was the drivers fault.  I later learned it was not.

There is a guy from my area who was riding in TX years ago.  I believe he was on the ST route.  He saw his motel on the other side of the road and tuned left without looking right into the path of a semi.  Total brain fart.  Fortunately, he lived, but he was pretty banged up.

General Discussion / Re: Traveling This Year? too
« on: February 18, 2011, 10:43:15 am »
NT east to Grand Rapids, MN.

Where you can visit the Judy Garland Museum.  When we were there in '99 they had a nice city park for camping, although the showers had mold.

Did you hear about the theft of the ruby slippers in 2009?

Me?  I am only doing an 8 day loop out of Missoula.  Looking forward to the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway and later the Skalkaho Highway, where we may stop to pan for saphires.

General Discussion / Re: Bicycle Stereo
« on: February 15, 2011, 09:43:08 am »
I think for a solo trip music will be one of the things that stops me from going mad after being subjected to nothing but my own thoughts all day long.

Nothing?  No bird calls?  No wind through the trees?  No rush of the river.  No sound of your own voice singing?

General Discussion / Re: Think SPRING!
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:23:09 am »
Supposed to hit 60 here in Philly by the end of next week!

General Discussion / Re: Compact carbs? Do they exist?
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:19:05 am »
Perpetuem by Hammer Nutrition.  You can mix it to varying strengths.

General Discussion / Re: Luxuries
« on: February 08, 2011, 10:19:49 am »
I now carry a small santoku knife instead of the Swiss Army knife I used to tour with.  Got tired of slicing with such a small blade.  I also take a small, thin cutting board so I don't have to use my plate.  Good coffee and french press mug.  Corkscrew, as I try to have wine every night.

General Discussion / Re: On-line Bike Touring game
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:53:39 am »
"I have never heard of bike touring as a weight loss method and most of the input I've read suggests that most bike tourists do not lose weight on tour."

I lost only about 5 lbs. (out of about 195) on two tours of about 7 weeks each.  During my X-Country+ tour that lasted over 3 months, I actually gained weight at one point.  I went west to east on the Northern Tier.  While in the mountainous/more hilly areas out west, I was scarffing down a lot of calories.  Once I hit the more forgiving terrain of the plains and midwest, I was still eating like I was in the mountains, but I wasn't working as hard.  I was with a group.  For various reasons (e.g., lack of suitable groceries), we ened up "eating out" a tad more.  That certainly helped with the weight gain, especially when we had very few choices other than fried/greasy food.  Even the fish was deep fried.

I certainly would not want to be losing a lot of weight while on tour.

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