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General Discussion / Re: Bears in Canada?
« Last post by DarrenBnYYC on Today at 12:19:51 pm »
When I reach the Rockies I will take my precautions because I KNOW there are bears for sure - I have seen them several times. To me it is a mental stress to set up camp earlier, finding a tree for hanging food, finding a bear container, assesing the situation of wind direction, looking for rivers and streams, observing all kinds of distance rules etc etc (usually only applies for wild/stealth camping).
If you are starting in Vancouver, I would not wait until you hit the Rockies to start being cautious about bears. Once you reach hope and start up Hwy 3, you are in black bear country - in fact, there is a good chance you will see a black bear near the highway before you reach Allison Pass in Manning Park (i.e. day 1 while travelling hwy 3). Except for perhaps the Okanagan Valley, that entire route to the Rockies is through black bear country, and I would be cautious if you wild camp almost anywhere in BC.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for thermometers?
« Last post by canalligators on Today at 12:04:26 pm »
What are you going to use the information for?  Noting it in your journal?  Check if the roads are in danger of freezing?

I used to carry a zipper pull thermometer.  Then on one trip a few years ago, I realized that I hadn't been carrying it for several years.  I hadn't missed it.  I choose to go minimal, go light.
Routes / Re: Transamerica route question
« Last post by canalligators on Today at 11:54:12 am »
That's easily twice as many clothes as you need. And really, no jeans. Lightweight nylon pants look just as formal.

We've used zip-off nylon pants.  That gives you flexibility in your off-bike clothing.
Visit the web pages for the bridges, and Adventure Cycling's online information.  These sites are kept up-to-date.

I suggest that you try simple web searches first, then if your questions aren't answered, consult the forum.
Classifieds / Re: FOR SALE Atlantic Coast Route Map Set
« Last post by Ty Dawley on Today at 11:50:19 am »
No problem. Thanks.
Classifieds / Re: Many maps for sale
« Last post by Ty Dawley on Today at 11:44:57 am »
No problem. Will go out in the mail today. Was trying to make it easier for you :)

General Discussion / Re: Eating the Transam Trail
« Last post by Gif4445 on Today at 10:07:23 am »
If you don't want to be carrying the cooking gear and extra food ALL the time, you could use a bounce box.  Send your gear ahead of you to a post office to pick up before services get scarce.  When you get out of those areas, send the gear ahead again, or back home if you won't need it again.  I used such on my last tour for clothing items that I thought would not be needed (forecast included terrible headwinds and I wanted to be as light as possible).  It's a little bit of a pain, in that small town PO's probably won't be open on weekends and many close by 4-4:30.   But it is a viable option.
General Discussion / Re: Hire of touring bike in Seattle
« Last post by DaveB on Today at 09:12:54 am »
I wonder if a renter could work it out to pick up the bike at REI in Seattle and drop it off at REI in........  (I'm thinking out loud here, I haven't actually called REI).
I'd definitely call REI about that possibility but I seriously doubt they'd do it or they very likely would want a significant drop-off charge.  One way rentals of automobiles are difficult to find and usually expensive and I expect for bikes it will be even harder to arrange.   
Routes / Hawaii Big Island Saddle Rd conditions
« Last post by Bclayden on Today at 09:10:21 am »
I rarely see mention of Hawai'i riding routes on this forum but I frequent the Big Island which is popular with touring cyclists so thought this info might be helpful to someone:

The most direct route from Hilo (east side of island) to Kona (west side) is via Saddle Rd/Rte 200..a 65 mile bisect of the island which climbs to 6700' along the way. A unique cycling experience to say the least.

Saddle Rd has been under a realignment project for several years and is nearly complete but at the moment, between miles 8-12, it's an active construction site with gravel, mud, one-way traffic, heavy machinery, and more gravel and mud. Passable on 700x24 tires but just barely. If not for Gatorskins I would have walked it due to threat of puncture from the sharp lava gravel road base.  Otherwise all good on Saddle Rd.

This was March 25, 2017.  Project appears to be another couple of months from completion. 

Anyway, maybe this info will help someone. 
General Discussion / Re: Bears in Canada?
« Last post by geegee on Today at 08:25:41 am »
I like enjoy this type of touring: Flat, small grades and able to chew up a lot of miles. I also enjoy the desert and great plains. Easy to plan for reaching the next town because there is no steep mountain pass in between that will suck all energy out of you.

Highway 17 along Lake Superior is a roller coaster, with pretty steep grades (10+%). Highway 11 which veers farther north through Hearst and Kapuskasing is a flatter alternative with less traffic. The Canadian Shield geology is mostly extremely tough granite which makes road building expensive and difficult, so they tended to do minimal grading on the old highways. If you come across road construction where they're flattening or straightening there's a lot of dynamite involved. So many rivers and lakes though, if you have a filter you'll never be short of water.

But on the roads in Ontario and Quebec I have no idea what the real situation is: Do I need to take Rocky Mountain like precautions already there?

In the Rockies the valleys are very limiting, so that the roads and railways share the same tight corridors as wildlife. Northern Ontario and Quebec are wide open wilderness where wildlife can roam freely with fewer obstacles. I find the likelihood of seeng wildlife much higher in the Rockies and almost a guarantee, whereas you can do a long drive on the main highways here and not see a large wild animal. I've lived 35 years in Ontario and done a lot of wilderness camping, and I've only seen bear along the road maybe 3 times.
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