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Over the years, I've tried everything I can think of to lower the packing weight of the stuff I carry. Right now, I'm down to 35-45lbs. Is there a way to get lighter? (short of not shaving or not packing any soap, I'm unsure of where to cut next.
+1 on Brandon Gap. On my cross-country ride, I walked only two passes: Sonora in the Sierras and Brandon Gap. It is a pleasant walk though <grin>.
I live in Vermont and ride most of the Green Mountains Loop routes from time to time. You will not regret the lower gear, even without the full load on your steed.
Anyone know if the train from Boston to Chicago accommodates bikes, either as walk on or checked baggage? Has anyone traveled with their bikes on Amtrak before? Just curious if it would be best to bring it with me on the train or to ship it home. I've tried calling Amtrak but the automated response was very annoying/difficult to get through. Any info would be a great help. Thanks
Brandon Pass, a typical pass was a 12% grade for 4 miles.
My general recollections of Pennsylvania road riding is that the shoulders are narrow or nonexistent, the lanes are narrow, and the natives drive 20 MPH over the posted limit.
one does have a triple crank for climbing.
There are plenty of tour companies but if you want to do your own thing, the best way to start is with a Michelin regional map, they highlight all the scenic routes.
We had one hell of a day in Wyoming when the headwinds picked up -- 50 mph by one local's estimate.