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General Discussion / Re: Bikes into Newport News Airport
« Last post by Rabbit on Today at 04:51:24 am »
Thanks all, the airports at which I would be entering the US are either Charlotte Douglas or Philadelphia International, both on American Airlines. The timings look best for the Philadelphia link - as it's a 1005 flight from Heathrow, arriving Newport News at 1709. As someone said most flights from London go to Washington Dulles but then there is a three hour drive to Yorktown which I don't fancy very much. I did look at the Wisconsin Airlines website but there was nothing there about taking a bike to Newport News. I may have to ring them.
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General Discussion / Bikes into Newport News Airport
« Last post by briwasson on September 28, 2016, 11:59:11 pm »
I assume David is flying into Philadelphia if he's coming from England on American Airlines. There is an airport in Norfolk (ORF) and also in Newport News (PHF). If flying into ORF, which is a (somewhat) bigger airport, you will have to get yourself across a long bridge-tunnel that doesn't allow bikes. You could hire a cab or Uber. PHF is easier because it's on the "correct" side of the water and you don't have to worry about the bridge. I've flown in-out of ORF in the past when I lived in Virginia Beach, and at the time they flew small regional jets. You can check what planes they are flying in the various routes pretty easily online and then check to see what their cargo hold sizes are. They should be able to fit your bike.
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General Discussion / Re: Bikes into Newport News Airport
« Last post by John Nelson on September 28, 2016, 11:45:46 pm »
I flew into Newport News, but I shipped my bike via FedEx to a church in Yorktown. The pastor's wife picked me up and took me to the church. If you fly with your bike, it's a quick ride into Yorktown. Flights to Newport News use fairly small planes with limited cargo room, so they can't guarantee they'll have room for your bike.
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Routes / Re: Road 395 south in USA?
« Last post by jamawani on September 28, 2016, 09:57:51 pm »
US 395 is very, very remote in Oregon and northern California.
And cold in winter.

I got snowed in near Susanville, California on Memorial Day.
Averages for December at Burns, Oregon -
Hi - 35F; Lo - 14F; Precip - 1.5 inches; Snow - 10.2 inches
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General Discussion / Re: Bikes into Newport News Airport
« Last post by hon_cho on September 28, 2016, 08:45:56 pm »
Which airport will you be entering the USA?   Dulles (IAD) or Baltimore-Washington (BWI) are the closest international airports to Norfolk and the tidewater region.  According to Google maps,  the cycling route(s)between the airport and Yorktown are 75-90 miles.  It's only about 40 miles by car but that's because you can't bicycle through the tunnels.   It's likely that there are other cyclists who have landed at Norfolk and will share their experience and suggestion but you may send me a message via ACA and I'll try to help you sort through the specifics of the area even though I'm in Virginia much closer to Washington DC.   

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General Discussion / Bikes into Newport News Airport
« Last post by Rabbit on September 28, 2016, 02:18:54 pm »
Hi all, I'm planning to fly into Newport News airport from London Heathrow in May to start the Trans Am route. I've looked at several posts about getting to Yorktown to start the trip - and Newport looks very close. My question is this - has anyone had experience of using that airport either from the UK or US and will the bike be ok on the connecting flight? American Airlines provide the flight in from the UK - and then I switch to either Air Wisconsin or PSA depending on which connecting flight I take. I'm assuming the bike will be ok all the way through but not sure. Also is there much accommodation - motels etc - close to Newport News that I can use to overnight and get the bike and gear together for the start of the ride. Any help appreciated! Thanks,

David
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Routes / Re: Road 395 south in USA?
« Last post by mathieu on September 28, 2016, 12:57:11 pm »
I guess much depends on the timeline : when - where?

If you get to Banff early October, you can probably finish US-395 by mid-November. From the Canadian border to Hesperia is about 1300 mi/2000 km:  should be possible in 20-25 days.
US-395 runs through Carson City (4800 ft), which is close to Lake Tahoe (6200 ft) but at significantly lower elevation, which probably makes a lot of difference. US-395 gets to a maximum elevation of 8000 ft south of Carson City, near Yosemite. If that part would be snowed in, or threatened, you could switch over to US-95 near Reno. US-95 gets to a maximum elevation of 6000 ft between Reno and Las Vegas.
You could also follow US-95 from the Canadian border to the Mexican border (1500 mi/2450 km). Most of it in Idaho/Oregon/Nevada is between 4000-5000 ft. See https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16875974

Just my two cents of advice to a fellow Dutch cyclist.
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Routes / Re: Road 395 south in USA?
« Last post by zzzz on September 28, 2016, 11:12:41 am »
I have spent some limited time on 395 from where 89 intersects it south of Tahoe to where you turn off for Tioga Pass into Yosemite (Lee Vining), maybe a 100 miles. It's a very nice stretch, pretty flat with the Sierras immediately to your right, but I can't speak to the balance of it. I also saw on Wikipedia that Lee Vining gets an average of 93" of snow a winter and it's around 1300 miles south of where you are now (route figured as 95 south out of Banff to 2 to 395 in Spokane). You know what kind of milage/ pace you can keep and weather you can make that in a month.

I went over to "Crazy Guy on a Bike" and typed 395 into their journal's search function and it came back with an even 100 pages of hits. You can sift thru that and probably find some good info.

Pete
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Routes / Re: Road 395 south in USA?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on September 27, 2016, 08:58:22 pm »
Fools rush in...

I'm totally ignorant of this road, but since nobody else has responded, here's a few thoughts.  Playing around with gurgle maps, I noticed a "Starr Sno-Park" south of John Day.  Further south 395 goes close to Lake Tahoe, also known as home to a bunch of ski areas.

It might be a better idea to work your way over to the coast and run the risk of some winter storms.
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Classifieds / New pair of Shower Pass shoe covers, size medium
« Last post by PacificNorthwestRider92 on September 27, 2016, 08:27:57 pm »
I have a pair of unused Shower Pass show covers, size medium.

I purchased them for my cross country tour this summer. Tried them on at REI but made the mistake of trying them on over my regular shoes and not my biking shoes. They didn't fit over my biking shoes so I mailed them home.

They retail for $30 to $40

Asking $20 OBO + shipping

Feel free to make me an offer

Located in Portland, Oregon
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