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Routes / Re: I90 into Missoula
« Last post by datatrident on Today at 10:37:39 am »
Fantastic information indyfabz, thank you so much!

Routes / Re: I90 into Missoula
« Last post by indyfabz on Today at 10:33:38 am »
Fine. You don't have to be on it for long. Get off at the first exit west of Rock Creek Rd. and then follow the parallel roads to the north of I-90. IIRC, there is even some bike trail/rideable sidwalk. Keep goingf past the post office and golf course and then you will evetually cross under I-90 and end up on E. Broadway. This is basically what we did to ACA's headquarters:

Rock Creek Rd. is a wonderful ride. Did it from the Jct. with MT 348 in 2011. If you want a commercial campground, there is a nice one right by the creek just before you reach I-90. No groceries near, but the restaurant is good.

I think we stayed in site No. 14.

Maybe 10 miles before you get there, you will pass Trout Bum, which is an outiftter and real estate agency. They have good coffee (including espresso). They also sell energy bars if you need a snack.

Just a bit of a warning: I see you plan to ride Skalkaho. This past June I rode the entire length, from MT 1 to Hamilton. Up from Hamilton, it's a long slog, and once you hit the dirt it can get steep, bumpy and rocky in places. The descent down to Rock Creek Rd. is a nicer surface and is actually paved for a decent stretch in the middle. Dirt ends just before Gem Mountain.

The Gem Mountain c-store shown on your map had very limited snacks and drinks, including bottled water (no drinkable tap water), and a few nukeable sandwiches. It's not really a store per se. They just sell stuff out of the office. If you have an hour or so to kill, I recommend buying a bucket of dirt and panning for sapphires. Make sure you have bug spray.

Once you turn left onto Rock Creek Rd., you will pass The Ranch at Rock Creek, which is an exclusive, all-inclusive resort where cabins go for over $5K/night. Doesn't seem like the place to pop in for a snack. Trout Bum, mentioned above, will be the next source for snacks. I think or more of the campgrounds shown on your map have water.

There is a really seedy bar at the I-90 interchange which is home to the "Testicle Festival." If they serve food, they were no longer serving it when we walked there for some take-out beer. Even if they had been serving food, I would have only eaten there if I had been starving. Treat yourself to a steak and salad bar if you stay at Ekstroms Stage. It's going to be a long day if you come from Hamilton.
Routes / I90 into Missoula
« Last post by datatrident on December 21, 2014, 04:01:46 pm »
Good day all,

A group of us are biking a route next summer that is a combination of ACA's Lewis and Clark and Tour Divide. One week of riding from Jackson Hole to Missoula.

The last day of riding we want to divert a bit and head up Rock Creek Rd before finishing in Missoula. How is I90 west from Clinton?

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by PeteJack on December 21, 2014, 02:44:24 pm »
I met a guy in Kentucky who'd rode from LA on a Schwinn he'd found in a ditch. his front tire had a bulge the size of a tangerine. When I mentioned it to him he said it had been like that for a month!
Routes / Re: Southern Tier in North Florida
« Last post by Westinghouse on December 21, 2014, 02:26:08 pm »
I changed my mind about highway 20. In fact, if you hit it at the right time, there are quite a few places to eat well enough. WhenI did it before I must have had the bad luck to get to places when they were closed. I used 20 again weeks ago. Restaurants and stores were up and running. It is faster and easier than 90. 90 is much hilllier but more interesting.
General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« Last post by Westinghouse on December 21, 2014, 02:20:11 pm »
Patching the inside of the tire caused the balooning to disappear. Just did 450 miles of hills and some head winds. It looks normal. The weather is sunny, cool and clear. The west winds are kicking in and I am 120 miles east of El Paso. Have been four days in Van Horn. This wind is going to seriously set back progress. I will need my Java Monster and ee energy shots to fight this. It is uphill going west out of Van Horn. There are some long downslopes too. One thing is for sure. With this wind it will not be a same day ride 120 miles into El Paso like it was the last time.
Gear Talk / Re: How this forum works
« Last post by on December 20, 2014, 02:36:35 pm »
Thanks jsieber, I try it.

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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« Last post by aggie on December 20, 2014, 01:41:07 pm »
I have both the BOB and the Burley Nomad.  On the BOB the "speed limit" (25 mph) is posted on a decal near the wheel.  On the Nomad the speed limit is listed in the owners manual.  It states"... a maximum of 15 mph (24 km/h) on smooth roads and 5 mph (8km/h) or less when turning or on uneven roads."   So on this two wheeled trailer there is a "speed limit" and it is less than the BOB. 

I've exceeded 40 mph going downhill with the BOB with not problems and I've done several tours with the BOB with no problems.  For around town errands I prefer the Nomad because of its weight limit.  Not sure if I'll use the Nomad for a tour.

I prefer to use a trailer for tours.  It is a matter of personal preference.  Like most things people will have their own opinions as to which option works best for them.   
General Discussion / Anyone done the Wisconsin Adventure Trail?
« Last post by swduncan on December 20, 2014, 08:57:04 am »
Has anyone done the Wisconsin Adventure Trail? It was originally mapped out for dual sport motorcycle riders, but I was wondering how it would be on a bicycle.


General Discussion / Tis The Season
« Last post by Adventure Cycle on December 20, 2014, 12:34:37 am »
Seasons Greetings.
 A passive term.
 Please join in celebrating past accomplishment as well as planning future endeavors.
 To the future endeavors I speak.
 Tis The Season to plan for the next
 This is a time of great danger
 "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim to high & falling short: rather but in setting our aim to low and achieving our mark".
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