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However, before the middle of July, the weather is a crap shoot and the chances of it being clear enough to see the mountains are about 1 in 3 or less.
I do need to say, however, that not insulting these particular prisoners isn't exactly my first priority in life: the people confined in this institution are genuinely the worst of the worst (mass murderers, terrorists, one gentleman who was credibly accused of over a thousand counts of child molestation, and even the CFO of Enron), and I personally do not see a single reason why I should feel guilty about entertaining myself at their expense.
The Cascade trail is an almost level crushed rock rail-trail with a firm surface. I haven't ridden it yet this year, but last fall it was in good shape. That said, the South Skagit Highway isn't a bad road to ride on--decent paving and not too much traffic. The west end of the Cascade Trail is on the east side of Sedro Woolley, about a quarter mile east of Hwy 9; look for the Country Store on the south side of Hwy 20--the trail starts behind the gas station next to it. The east end of the trail is just north of Hwy 20 in Concrete.
- In Florence CO, the TransAmerica Trail route passed by the ADX Florence supermax prison. I read the http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/flm/index.jsp document on visiting procedures and didn't find anything which restricts visits from "friends," or any restriction on who is considered a "friend." So, I could pick some random prisoner who isn't anywhere close to their maximum of five visits a month and schedule a visit.
The route starts on the wet, west side of the Cascade mountains. Currently, there is about 10' of snow still on the ground over Washington Pass, although the road is OK. The east side of the mountains is desert dry. Daytime highs of 90 degrees are common at the end of june, but remember that you still have several mountain passes to get over, so it will be cold at 6,000' in the mornings and evenings. I strongly recommend good rain gear for the first few days ride--hypothermia is a real issue in these parts in this time of year.
My modified Northern Tier route for credit card tour:....
Does anyone know how available cannister fuel is on the ACA great parks route? Or how long a cannister (or a bottle of gas) lasts?
3.- At the end of this trip, other friend and me are travelling to the Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado, following the ACA routes. We hope to arrive to Pueblo or Poncha Springs, and will comeback to Salt Lake City Airport on August 21th. In Pueblo or Poncha Springs we probably will take a bus (Greyhound?) for to return to the airport, it's possible to take a bus with bycicle? will we need bike's box?