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Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« Last post by JMilyko on October 29, 2014, 06:52:30 pm »
Thanks OldDogBC. I recently had contact with the California State Park and they had further information.

The San Onofre BLUFFS Campground in San Onofre SB is closed Oct 1-May 15. However, there is a campground 1.5 mi. off route at San Mateo Campground year around. This is also part of the San Onofre SB. We will clarify this in an addenda and at next reprint of the map.

Routes / Re: Best Recommended Routes
« Last post by santiago11 on October 29, 2014, 06:31:18 pm »
Hello Mr. Nettles,

I want to thank you very much for your quick response on the routes and insights on the weather, that is something we will most definitely look at. If we do an average of approximately 60 miles per day how much time do you predict it can take? (Considering all the stops you suggested! :D)

Thank again!
Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« Last post by OldDogBC on October 29, 2014, 05:06:21 pm »
Jenn, John, et all,

I rode through San Onofre State Beach this morning and confirmed that the campground is closed for the season. You can still ride through without paying any day use fees.

Routes / Re: Best Recommended Routes
« Last post by John Nettles on October 29, 2014, 03:49:01 pm »
Since it appears this might be your first tour, I would suggest taking the ACA routes.  You can take the Florida Connector to the Atlantic Coast to the TransAm.  Hang a left and go to Missoula.  Connect to the Great Parks North to Glacier National Park then onto the Northern Tier to Anacortes.  If you have time, do a tour around the San Juan islands.  Do the Pacific Coast or the Sierra Cascades (tougher) to where you connect with the Western Express (not going to San Diego).  Connect up with the Grand Canyon Connector (be sure to see Zion & Bryce NPs while in the area) to the Southern Tier.  Once you get to Pensacola, stay near the coast (off the Southern Tier) using Florida's many rail trails when available back to Tampa. 

One thing to seriously look into is the timing.  You are going quite far between Tampa and Seattle and then looping back and you want to be sure you do not get stuck in winter weather somewhere.  You did not say how many miles a day you would do (50-55 miles per day on AVERAGE is reasonable) so difficult to gauge your start date based on late fall weather.  You will need to get a good idea as to your starting date so you are not snowed on in Washington.  Be sure to buffer about 2 weeks in case of a early winter storm.

Enjoy the ride!

Routes / Best Recommended Routes
« Last post by santiago11 on October 29, 2014, 03:08:47 pm »
Hey All,

A friend and I are going on a cross country bike trip next year and we are starting to plan things out from now. We are kind of new to the whole idea but we're ecstatic on the thought of the adventure that is ahead of us. We are planing on going from Tampa Florida to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming then to Seattle Washington then to San Diego California and then to the Grand Canyon in Arizona and then back to Tampa. We want to do this through a fully-loaded bicycle touring method (Bringing a tent, light cooking ware etc.)

We were curious to what specific routes you guys might recommend us to go on in our trip (the more scenic the better)? Also if there is any advise concerning anything you guys might think off please do not hesitate on sharing it!

Thank you all.
General Discussion / Re: GDMRB 2015 Casual Ride!
« Last post by Harry1987 on October 29, 2014, 01:28:35 pm »

Can you message me your email address to discuss this further!
General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by Greyghost on October 29, 2014, 11:49:39 am »
Thanks for all the comments and information.

Kind Regards,

-Peter Greyghost
General Discussion / Re: GDMRB 2015 Casual Ride!
« Last post by JamesLBFerguson on October 29, 2014, 04:34:22 am »
Hi all

I am planning this too!

I will be coming from europe, so I believe I'm only allowed 3 months in total in the US, so I need to leave spare time to get from/to airports.

Lets stay in touch - would love some company!

Routes / Re: Amsterdam to Paris Route?
« Last post by Gauvain on October 28, 2014, 03:59:28 pm »
I live in the Netherlands and cycle a lot. Last summer we (me and my girlfriend) cycled from Utrecht (30K) from Amsterdam to the south off France. Passed Paris, using this route On this page ( you'll find more European routes. It's in Dutch, but it will give you a nice peek see in what Europe had to offer.

By the way: the first part of the route was lovely, we weren't the biggelt fans off Belgium and the North off France. We started to love the route again when we we passend Paris
General Discussion / Re: BMW 1200GS Motorcycle:
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 28, 2014, 06:58:58 am »
Just did a quick check and see that the ACA described the GDMBR as:
"The big, bad granddaddy of epic mountain bike routes. 2,700 miles of primarily jeep roads (with a dash of pavement and singletrack)"
That sounds like what the GS and KLR were designed for.
If that's a good description and the single track is both a "dash" and not too tightly wooded or hemmed in by rock walls, then the 1200GS is a suitable machine.

Also, it has been said that there are a few places where motorcycles are not allowed on the route and will need to detour.  It seems to me as if the places where they have to detour are likely to be the single track sections any way.  Plus it is less of a big deal to motor through a few miles (or a few hundred for that matter) of road detour for than to pedal through it.
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