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Food Talk / Re: Food by Mail
« on: May 27, 2014, 10:34:50 am »
10 Clif Bars a day for weeks on end? Just the thought of it makes me want to hurl. Have you tried this before? Do you know if your stomach can handle that much of the same thing?

Pete, I think maybe he's talking about this: It's a very informal "race", but I agree with you that a number of people have done these kind of distances when not in a race. I also agree with you that it's easy to resupply en route. Carrying 10 pounds of Clif Bars to save ten bucks would not be my cup of tea either.

Perhaps what the OP means by GWD is the GDMBR. Or maybe he means an ad hoc route through the Sierra Nevadas.

Now, a few tips about general delivery. Pick a medium-sized town that only has one post office, but a post office with generous open hours. Know what the hours are ahead of time, and Google the location of the post office ahead of time too. Pick a town that you won't risk getting to on one of the days with more limited hours, such as Saturday or Sunday. If you can plan well enough, pick a town that isn't your destination for the day, but rather some place you'll be in the middle of the day (when the post office is more likely to be open--but make sure the post office doesn't close for lunch, which they do in small towns). If you keep to a schedule, general delivery can work very well. Don't put too much faith in expected delivery times, but mail your packages with plenty of time to spare.

Routes / Re: Rainwear for the GDMBR
« on: May 27, 2014, 10:07:02 am »
I've found a jacket hood is awkward under or over helmet.

The hood under the helmet creates so much wind noise that it impairs my hearing. The hood over the helmet pulls up the jacket. Not putting up the hood at all causes the hood to flap around and interfere with my rear-view vision. So I prefer a jacket without a hood, and use a helmet cover if I want to keep the rain off my head.

General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Commuting Infrastructure
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:46:04 pm »
We have hundreds of bicycle bridges in the U.S. Not enough, of course.

General Discussion / Re: My First Tour (Need tips)
« on: May 25, 2014, 01:11:55 pm »
Bobby, I think you made the same mistake I did, and misinterpreted what "3 travel days" means. It apparently does not mean three riding days.

Routes / Re: Virginia
« on: May 25, 2014, 01:08:16 pm »
If I can outrun the dog, which is usually only possible on a downhill, I do so. Otherwise I stop. Most other things you can do from a moving bike are either dangerous or ineffective (at least against some dogs).

Routes / Re: Bozeman to Boulder!
« on: May 24, 2014, 05:42:12 pm »
there are lots of ways down from the peak to peak highway (7/72/119).  recommended choices would include south st vrain (7) or left hand canyon (which has very light traffic).  be aware that the more direct route from estes park to lyons, 36, may still be closed to cyclists for flood repairs, and in any event is very busy.
Left Hand Canyon is normally an extremely popular cycling road, but is pretty torn up now and for the foreseeable future. It's currently more dirt than pavement and will likely still be that way for quite some time. US36 from Estes Park to Lyons is iffy on a good day, but this isn't a good day. It is not only usually closed to cyclists, but often closed to everybody. The construction project on that road is massive and will continue for a long time yet.

The floods of last September drastically changed the cycling landscape in this part of Colorado. It will take years to recover.

Routes / Re: Bozeman to Boulder!
« on: May 23, 2014, 10:58:44 am »
Bozeman isn't far off the TransAm, so if you work your way over to the TransAm (maybe at Ennis), you can take the TransAm to Granby, CO, and then take Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park, CO7 to Lyons, and US36 to Boulder. Yes, there are some RVs in Yellowstone NP and Rocky Mountain NP, but the scenery will make it worth it.

Routes / Re: Virginia
« on: May 22, 2014, 10:30:13 pm »
Good of you to share your experiences. Now I'll share one of mine. If you think the dogs are bad on the TransAm in Virginia, wait until you get to Kentucky--you ain't seen nothing yet! Have fun!! I wish I was there again.

General Discussion / Re: equipment & route
« on: May 21, 2014, 12:10:32 am »
I think you should reconsider too. Riding over Logan Pass was the single most magnificent ride of my life. I might go all the way back to Glacier some day just to do it again.

General Discussion / Re: equipment & route
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:21:33 pm »
May 31 is a reasonable time to start the NT from Seattle, although a week or two later will reduce your chances of wet weather. However, I would adjust my schedule so as to not get to Glacier NP before Going To The Sun Road opens. Depending on the route you take and your daily mileage, it will take you about two weeks to get to Glacier. So, for me personally, I wouldn't leave more than two weeks prior to June 20. Furthermore, if GTTS Road is still closed when you get there but looks to open soon, I'd sit there in Avalanche Campground and wait for it.

One problem with a 15-20 degree bag is that it will be way too warm for a lot of your trip. I would prefer to go with a lighter bag and take a liner and sleep in my warm clothes when necessary. That gives you more latitude. But, as Pete says, it depends on your personal preferences and whether your greatest fear is being too cold or too hot. If you're circumnavigating the U.S., however, you better plan on being both.

It'll take you longer, but you'll make it if you have the time.

Routes / Re: Hi bemidji to denver
« on: May 16, 2014, 06:06:27 pm »
Last time I looked, Bemidji was in Minnesota.

Bemidji to Denver is about 980 miles with the avoid highways option. You said you have 30 days, which is a generous time for 980 miles, but presumably that 30 days also has to cover your route from somewhere in Canada to Bemidji. I'm trying to judge how much room you have for an indirect route (e.g., following some combination of ACA routes). You can get from Bemidji to Pueblo or Boulder on a combination of ACA routes. You might (or might not) have time for that, but it's pretty indirect.

Routes / Re: Hi bemidji to denver
« on: May 16, 2014, 05:22:53 pm »
Give us more guidance before we spend a lot of time giving you a route that you tell us you can't use (happens a lot).

How much time do you have? Are you looking for a direct route? A safe route? A flat route? Do you prefer busy roads with good shoulders or quiet roads with no shoulders? How many miles a day will you be doing?

Go to Google maps and ask for driving directions with the "avoid highways" option. It's a starting point.

Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark and TransAmerica West East
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:27:35 pm »
Posting the same thing in more than one category is against the rules of this forum, and does not increase the visbility of your post. I suggest you delete your duplicate post in "General Discussion" to avoid confusion.

Good luck with your trip. You may encounter some cold and wet weather starting in May, but you should be fine. I'll look for your story on your web site. You might also consider creating a journal on for more visibility. A chef? That's a great luxury.

Gear Talk / Re: Cassette 11x32,34,36? With 50x34 crankset
« on: May 09, 2014, 11:28:55 pm »
Are you referring to the unnamed pass between Ennis and Virginia City? Yes, that's one of many, many tough climbs. But it's a great ride from there all the way down to Twin Bridges.

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