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Good Morning Jimbo,

As part of a coast to coast ride, I'll be crossing Wisconsin west to east from the LaCrosse area and catching the ferry. I'm working on routing and was wondering if you had suggestions of what worked for you? And I am looking forward to that ferry ride across Lake Michigan!

General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« Last post by OldDogBC on Today at 10:32:53 am »
Hi John and all,

I'm leaving Newport Beach, CA on May 18th and ending in Bar Harbor, ME. Shooting for early August "dip in the Atlantic". I was considering identical alternatives to your return options and like the idea of flying back out of Boston (after a really good seafood dinner of course). If you beat me to the bike shop in Bar Harbor you'll have to update us on how the process worked for you.


Actually - -

The large loop from West Thumb to Lake to Canyon to Norris to Madison westbound -
Or from Madison to Norris to Canyon to Lake to West Thumb eastbound -
Is so much better, anyway.

From West Thumb to Lake there are a long stretches where you are riding right along Yellowstone Lake.
(Plus, if you do the short Gull Point loop, you can have a very private time out on the point.)
From Lake to Canyon is the American Serengeti - with herds of buffalo in Hayden Valley.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is stunning - but missed by almost all TA riders.
Norris Basin is one of the best geyser areas - esp. in the evening if camping at Norris.
The ride along Gibbon River is quite pleasant - the road recently widened.
If you want to take in Old Faithful, you can always ride up from Madison Jct.

The stretch from Old Faithful to West Thumb is one of the worst to ride in Yellowstone.
Narrow, heavy traffic, and two passes with a dip and curve that gobbles up your downhill.
It's 30 extra miles doing the full loop - 60 if you add the Old Faithful leg.
That's 1/2 day for the loop - - 1 full day for the loop plus Old Faithful.
If you bike across the entire U.S. of A. - what's a half day?

Yellowstone traffic can be moderate-plus, even heavy at times.
The worst is at Old Faithful right after the geyser goes off and everybody leaves.
(That's why they have a ridiculous cloverleaf interchange in the park there.)
You can get the best riding in by leaving super early when roads are almost empty.
Plus, early riding affords you the best chance to see wildlife.
Also, since all campgrounds on the loop have hiker/biker campsites,
you can ride in the evening and enjoy hiking in the middle of the day.
General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« Last post by raceboy on April 17, 2015, 10:39:20 pm »
When I toured from Santa Cruz back home to West L.A., I found a great rate and rented a car big enough to chuck my bike in the back and drive up there. hat's an option you might want to investigate. Since I only needed the car one day it wound up being cheaper than taking the train.
General Discussion / Re: New York to San Francisco Ride
« Last post by Mike Bosomworth on April 17, 2015, 09:25:28 pm »
In Marion, Virginia, tonight. Both B&B in Sugar Grove and Troutdale are closed, so opted for a motel in Marion. It's near a Walmart so have been able to get fuel for my stove so I now have the option to camp. The weather has been a real mixed bag, but at least it has not rained today!
General Discussion / Re: New York to San Francisco Ride
« Last post by swimdean on April 17, 2015, 07:59:28 pm »
Looks like you'll be ahead of me. I'm a few days until I pick up TransAm in Illinois. Safe riding

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Gear Talk / Re: Ultralight Panniers?
« Last post by PAFARMBOY on April 17, 2015, 07:14:17 pm »
Thanks for the feedback.  Esp the dry-lites first hand experience.  Love how the internet has allowed home-grown cottage industry to fill the niches that are out there.  Never herd of porcelainrocket before.  Decided to go with two zero zpacks and try to adapt the straps to serve as the tie downs.  I'll let you know how it turns out. 
Classifieds / Schwalbe Marathon Touring Tires for sale
« Last post by prudy on April 17, 2015, 05:10:06 pm »
I have some lightly used Schwalbe Marathon Touring Tires: all have tread, some more than others.  Mostly 700 x 35 mm.  I am getting rid of them b/c I started riding 28 mm tires on my wheels.   I would like $20 each plus shipping for the tires, they retail for like $50-60 each. 
Routes / Re: TA Route from Astoria to Guilford, CT
« Last post by Dreux on April 17, 2015, 03:55:28 pm »
Indyfabz - Thank you for the suggested route via Route V. This certainly seems like an excellent option to head back to CT .... limited traffic and signage.  I'll order the UGRR sections as well as the Route V maps and have them as an option. While on my adventure, if okay with you, I may reach out to you for your guidance on camping and food options as I get closer to PA.

Thanks again,

Routes / Re: TA Route from Astoria to Guilford, CT
« Last post by indyfabz on April 17, 2015, 03:25:38 pm »
I neglected to mention that the PA bike routes are signed, which makes navigating easier. The signage for Route V was pretty good, although there are a few areas where the placement of signs is inconsistent. There should be more signs along certain parts, and sometimes there are more frequent signs when they are not really needed. An example of the latter is heading east from Raymond Winter State Park towards Lewisburg. There are frequent signs along the forested stretch even though there are no roads to turn off on.
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