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Also, I have to imagine that, west of Newport, Le Clerc Rd. on the north side of the river has less traffic than SR 20. Rode it twice and ecnountered almost no traffic. Street View also suggests Le Clerc is more scenic than SR 20. You can take Le Clerc to the bridge that crosses over to Ione, then head south a short distance on SR 31 to pick up SR 20. If you start out on one and want to switch, there is a bridge across the river at Usk.I agree. Le Clerc Road is wonderful cycling (well, okay, there is one place on the reservation with some mean dogs, but other than that, it's fantastic in all respects). Once you cross the river south of Ione, stop at that little museum in Tiger for some ice cream. You'll need some nourishment for the upcoming climbs.
Jamawani is weary.I sympathize with you. It's a lot of work to craft a length explanation for somebody who is likely not coming back to read it.
Kalach has one posting.
Mr Nelson, I'm just curious what tires you use for just for reference.I was referring to the Vredestein Volante TriComp as my $40/3000-mile tire (actually, it's MSRP of $50 and often on sale for $30), and the Schwalbe Marathon XR (no longer made) as my $70/8000-mile tire.
I'd say that carrying a spare is unnecessary unless you will be touring somewhere really remote.I did the entire TransAm starting out with relatively new Schwalbe Marathon XR tires, did not carry a spare, and had no problems (I didn't even have a single flat in 4600 miles). I started out the Northern Tier with the same set of worn XR tires, this time I did carry a spare, and I needed it as both XRs failed along the way (as I expected them too). So I agree that if you start out with a new tire that will most likely go the distance you have in mind, you don't need to carry a spare. But I've read about enough problems due to bead separation or hitting a large piece of sharp metal that carrying a spare is not that bad of an idea anyway. I carried one spare and when I had to use that one, I had my spare spare at home mailed to me.
Not the best idea.I'm guessing that what jamawani is referring to is that a March start in the West will almost certainly be blocked by snow unless you start in San Diego.
Given that the Adventure Cycling maps' "field of view" is so narrow, I guess it's a good idea to carry a state map as well.If you ever plan to go off-route (or are forced off route by a closed road), or if you're just curious about where the hell you are in the world, then a state map is good. But it's not really necessary. Sometimes a cyclist going the other way would give me a state map for the state he had just left and I was about to enter.
I can't start this until June as the " going to the sun " road is closed until 21 June.I agree that waiting for GTTS Road to open is a great idea. Your trip would be missing something special if you cannot do it. However, I must warn you that it doesn't have a fixed opening date as you have implied. The NPS has announced that the earliest possible opening date in 2014 is June 20. Over the last 14 years, GTTS road has been open by June 21 exactly half of those years, 7 times. Only two of those 14 years, however, has the opening been past June 28. In 2011, it didn't open until July 13.
I'd have been happy to stay on U.S. 2 and skip the washboard gravel.A bit off topic, but I didn't find that short section of gravel to be any problem at all, and the particular section of US 2 that you miss is much worse for cycling than the rest of US 2 that you rode on.