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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route Changes?
« on: April 26, 2011, 01:45:06 pm »
The route from New Hope, PA to Conshocken might be different depending on the age of your map.  I suggested a route a while back and I think it was adopted. (Judging from the addenda, it appears that it was.)  If it was, I just did it Sunday and it is all open.

General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps
« on: April 26, 2011, 10:02:49 am »
Necessary?  No.  Convenient?  Yes.  Names, locations and contact information for most services along the route.  They also contain directions to campgrounds, etc., that are off route.  The ones for the mountainous areas have general altitude profiles.  If I were doing one of their long routes I would spring for them for convenience sake.

And they make good chest insulators on those long, chilly descents.

General Discussion / Re: Camelbak / Water Bladder
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:20:53 am »
I sweat profusely but wrote off Camelbacks for some time because I didn't think one would be comfortable for me.  I finally got one while touring in southenr Spain where the sun was intense and finding water in rural areas was sometimes difficult, especially on Sunday.  Turns out that I don't mind a small one.  It's probably two water bottles worth.  I pair that with two standard watter bottles.  I don't think I would like anything larger on my back.  I certainly would not want to carry gear that way.

I also find it handy when the water source at the campground is somewhat of a walk from my site.  To keep it for getting nasty, I only use it for water.  Any other type of liquid goes in a bottle.

The concrns Cgarch mentions are legitimate ones.  I too once left my Camelback after taking off a jacket I had put on during a ferry ride.  Fortunately, I had only gone a few flat miles before I realized it.

Routes / For Those Planning N. Tier West to East
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:55:51 am »
While WADOT won't make a prediction right now, it sounds like there is a good chance SR 20 through the North Cascades won't be open for at least another six weeks.

You can follow the progress and sign up for email updates here:

Plowing of Going to the Sun Road in Glacier N.P. has been hampered by recent snow storms.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier - Without going into Canada
« on: April 19, 2011, 10:49:00 am »
And in Montana at Glacier NP there is a non-Canada option "Marias Alternate". My 2008 copy of the NT shows that option. You can avoid Canada if you desire and still be following NT maps.

IMO, that's like going to Brooklyn Heights and not taking a walk on the promenade.  In '09 we were forced to ride Marias east to west because Logan Pass was still closed.  West to east is a long slog up to Marias.  The shoulder leaves something to be desired and there can be some traffic.  It's not particularly scenic in its own right, and certainly nothing compared to Going to the Sun Road.  There are also very few services between W. Glacier & E. Glacier.  Aside from the Isaak Walton Inn, I remeber passing only one or two restaurants and one campground.  The manager at the later was nice enough to let us bum some water.

If you are dead set on skipping Alberta, I highly recommend at least doing Going to the Sun to St. Mary.  From there, there are a couple of ways to get to Cut Bank wihout going into Candada.  In '09, we took U.S. 89 south from St. Mary to MT 49 (Looking Glass Hill Rd.) to East Glacier, where there is a hostel, a motel, camping and food.  There, you can pick up U.S. 2 east through Browning.  This route gives you the option of a side trip into the Two Medicine part of Glacier N.P.  And the views, especially from Looking Glass, are pretty amazing.  It’s my understanding that Starr School Rd. from U.S. 89 to Browning is easier but not nearly as scenic.  Finally, you could just stay on U.S. 89 south from St. Mary to Browning.  You can see all this on Google Maps.

Here are some photos from our ’09 trip to/from Whitefish into B.C. and AB:

The final 26 are from the west side of Going to the Sun up to Logan Pass.  The 7 before them are from between St. Mary and E. Glacier.  The grazing deer to the general store are from Waterton Village to St. Mary via Chief Mountain.

This may all be an academic exercise depending on when you get to W. Glacier.  They just had another big snowfall the other day.  Plowing of Going to the Sun is going very slowly.  I would be surprised if the road opens by the middle of June.  You may be forced to go over Marias.

While it was some time ago, I did the entire NT (’99) and the portion from Anacortes (actually started in Seattle) to Glacier the following year.  Send me a private message if you have any specific questions I may be able to help you with.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier - Without going into Canada
« on: April 18, 2011, 09:32:06 am »
And unless things have changed, the NT also goes into Canada at the Chief Mountain border crossing, where you can take a short detour to Waterton Village.  Although the ride from St. Mary, MT to Waterton is no piece of cake terrain-wise once you turn off U.S. 89 and onto Chief Mountain Highway, it's very scenic.  Waterton Village is a great place for a day off.  The village campsite along the shores of the lake is quite nice.  And there are some nice hikes you can do.  You then go back out of the park and head east to McGrath, which is home to at least one Hutterite colony.  From there, you turn south and cross back into the U.S. at Del Bonito and then onto Cut Bank.  McGrath to Cut Bank is a lonely ride.  If I recall, it's something like 70 miles.  The only service was a small store just before the Del Bonito border crossing.

Niagara Falls is also an interesting visit if you have never been there.

General Discussion / Re: Fishing across the continental US
« on: April 15, 2011, 10:21:32 am »
But look, it's really not that much weight/space.  My rod weighs 3.5 ounces and breaks down into four 1.5 foot sections.  I could strap that to my top tube if I want, but will probably nest it in the pump pocket between the tent roll tube and main bag of my Arkel GT 54 pannier.  That's such a great pocket.  The reel is just a bit bigger than my fist and weighs 7.1 ounces.  Tackle is negligible too--everything I need can fit in a small, flat plastic box.  We're bringing cooking stuff anyway.

That doesn't sound like much weight or space in the overall scheme of things.  If my girlfriend were to sneak a pound and a half of stones into my gear I doubt I would notice the difference.  When I crossed the county I carried many pounds of camera equipment and film.  it was something I was passionate about and I was not going to make the trip without it.  Sounds like you feel that way about fishing.

Come back and tell us about the big one that got away.

Gear Talk / Re: BOB skewers--do they break?
« on: April 13, 2011, 10:20:45 am »
Crossed the country with 3 people pulling trailers.  No breakage.  My girlfriend's trailer has about 700 loaded miles on it and all is well.

General Discussion / Re: Touring
« on: April 12, 2011, 11:39:11 am »
Start by going very light. He carries 4 panniers and all the stuff. You take only a large seat pack large enough to carry a jacket, food, and your wallet. Do not separate. By you not even having a rack and rear panniers, you will save about 6 pounds. He is your sag wagon. This arrangement will only work if you are willing to go light. Here is an idea for the seat pack I am talking about from Carosel Design Works

The tent, two sleeping bags, two sleeping pads, the cooking gear, all his clothes and other stuff and all her clothes and other stuff save a jacket?  That sounds like a mighty tall order from a capacity standpoint alone.

Routes / Re: quebec city to nyc via boston?
« on: April 11, 2011, 02:10:31 pm »
This might help fill in the gaps:

I am sure you can search the site for trips between Boston & NYC.

General Discussion / Re: Free Camping in Europe??
« on: April 11, 2011, 01:58:24 pm »
Unless the law has changed, Andalucia (and possibly all of Spain) allows free camping with some restrictions.  According to "The Rough Guide to Andalucia," no camping is allowed in urban areas, areas prohibited for military or touristic reasons (which excludes most tourist beaches), or within 1 km of an official campground."  The book says it's polite to ask in any event.

Sweden has a very liberal camping law:

General Discussion / Re: Touring
« on: April 11, 2011, 11:33:20 am »
We distributed the weight so that he carried the tent and most of the cooking gear and more of the food, but he was still faster.  If there is a big size difference between the people it exaggerates the difference when you add weight.  An extra 20 pounds on him was like an extra 10 pounds on me (yes he weighed 2ce as much as me, and it wasn't fat, he was a big fit guy).  So don't be surprised if he carries almost everything, and he's still faster.  It's kind of to be expected.

I am 6'2", about 208 when I am at my fighting weight.  My girlfriend, who I tour with, is 5', 105 sopping wet.  The above is what we experience.  When loaded, I often can ride faster than she does even though I carry the heavy stuff, including a 3P tent and virtually all of the cooking/eating gear.  On road rides, she's waiting for me at the top of the long hills.

I am happy to slow down or at least stop and wait from time to time if she falls behind.  It helps that I am the one taking most of the photos.  And she will wait for me if I fall behind because, for example, I had to shed a layer.  Definitely take care of your own needs when you need to.

Someone posted something like this on Bikeforums recently:  You must really love someone if you are willing to ride 5 mph fast or slower that usual to stay with them.  You must really hate someone if you are willing to ride 5 mph fast or slower than usual to get away from them.

Routes / Re: My own Great Debate
« on: April 04, 2011, 01:45:11 pm »
No problem.  Richmond to Yorktown is about 70 miles.  If you don't feel like doing the extra miles, no one will be able to give you crap.

One description of a portion of the WE:

"The Western Express route through Nevada is Highway 50 from Carson City until it turns into route 487 turning to Baker, NV right on the Utah border...It is a desolate trip (no services for 78 miles into Ely and no services for 63 miles out of Ely)...I did the Western Express in 2001 and when they say Highway 50 is the loneliest Highway in America, they tend to mean it..."

General Discussion / Re: Mistakes and Attitude while on the road.
« on: April 04, 2011, 01:32:39 pm »
I have trouble with 40 miles of rolling hills in Hunterdon Co. NJ (max 600 - 800 feet climbs).

Anyone out ehre been in this place before?

I ride in Hunterdon County several times a year. ;D  Try training on Sweet Hollow Rd.  Or to test how well that granny gear works on Fox Farm Rd. that parallels SR 183.

If you want some cue sheets for rides from Bull's Island, L'Ville and Frenchtown, send me a PM with your email address.

Routes / Re: Places to camp just west of Eugene, OR?
« on: April 04, 2011, 01:17:17 pm »
If you are willing to stay at a non-h/b spot, there appears to be several campground/RV parks in and around Eugene.  Go to Google maps, type in "eugene orgeon campgrounds."  While several of them are RV oriented, they might do in a pinch.  West of the Eugene, in Junction City, is Richardson Couny Park:

Not cheap, but close and in the direction you want to go.  And there is a private campground right near by,

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