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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 23, 2015, 01:49:58 pm »
Are you sure the train is actually cheaper?  I have often found flying to be cheaper, so don't rule it out without checking.

If you left on Tuesday, July 16 from Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight to Seattle, the one way adult fare is $115, and from Seattle to Mount Vernon on the morning of Thursday July 18 it's $22. This doesn't include bike fees or the lodging fee for being in Seattle overnight.
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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 23, 2015, 01:45:55 pm »
No Amtrak to Victoria - need to get there by ferry. Several options exist and I think others can speak to that. There is a ferry from Seattle but my recollection is that it is $$$. You could take the Amtrak Cascade to Vancouver from Seattle and then take BC Ferries to Victoria - if you're coming up the coast via the Starlight that means an overnight in Seattle. I'm sure there might be some other options.

You can do that, but getting a bike between downtown Vancouver and the ferry terminal in Tsawassen is a major pain in the you know what. I've done it many a time, and I've tried the gamut of options, none of them are easy, fast, or convenient. Unless you want to check out Vancouver (and it is a city worth checking out), the easier ferry option via Amtrak would be this:
  • Take Coast Starlight from unknown city in California to Seattle, overnight in Seattle
  • The next morning, take the Amtrak Cascades to Mt. Vernon
  • Ride 20 miles west to Anacortes
  • Hop on the Washington State Ferry to Sidney, BC
  • Ride the 20 miles south on the Galloping Goose Trail to Victoria

Of course, since you're now on an island, you'll need to take a ferry from Victoria to start the coast route. Then you'll use the Black Ball/Coho ferry to get to Port Angeles, WA.

My tip: If you are going to make the point of starting the trip to Victoria, budget in the extra time to explore the San Juan (US) and/or Gulf (Canada) Islands up there. Worth it! There is also some nice exploring to do around Victoria.
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California / Pacific Coast Section 4 question: Why take Los Berros detour?
« Last post by Blue Continental on April 23, 2015, 11:02:55 am »
I'm about to take the trip down south again and have a question regarding the directions provided on the map for section 4. The last time I went down this way and got to Oceano I couldn't figure out why the map directed riders to take a left on Los Berros road and take a roundabout detour to get back onto Cabrillo Hwy. It seemed to me at the time to be needlessly circuitous.

It seems to me that you could either go south on Halcyon road before hitting Valley Road, or just make a right at Valley and continue on Cabrillo Hwy.

Has anyone tried doing this instead?

Also, have there been any drastic or minor changes to this map since 2011? I'm wondering if I need to purchase a new one.

Thanks!

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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by staehpj1 on April 23, 2015, 06:59:10 am »
We don't have the money to fly so I was wondering if anyone knows of a bus that goes up that far or if you can take a train with a tandem.
Are you sure the train is actually cheaper?  I have often found flying to be cheaper, so don't rule it out without checking.  Be sure to check on the airlines bike in baggage policies though as they vary widely in price.  I try to fly Southwest for their more reasonable baggage and bicycle policies, buy they don't fly to Vancouver.

Shipping the bike using something like www.bikeflights.com might work for you with whatever mode of transit you use to get there.
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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless?
« Last post by Huli on April 23, 2015, 06:08:24 am »
I rode the GDMBR with DT Swiss non-tubeless rims, the Stan's tubeless kit, and Continental Race King 2.2 ProTection tires. The weather was extremely hot in Montana, and perhaps I didn't have enough sealant, especially because I was losing some on the rim-tire connection, so I ran out of sealant on one wheel and had to pump up the tire several times a day. Eventually put in a tube until I got a bike shop to add sealant. I had mailed my small bottle of sealant home, which would have solved my problem.
No flats, and I really like the ride (and weight savings.)
Definitely bring a tube and some patches though. I also had the Park Tool TB-2 tubeless tire patch.

The sealant issue is a worry of mine, not sure if I want to carry that AND a tube, or just put in tubes and carry just one tube.

Always have the TB-2 kit... required!
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Routes / Re: Latest date to leave - TransAm East to West (2016)
« Last post by 100th monkey on April 23, 2015, 05:27:30 am »
Thanks John :)  Maybe I should plan for making up time if I need to on the downhills!  (Kidding, honest). 

Averages are really helpful for me, our climate is so different I really don't have much idea what to expect.  I've just discovered the Washington Parks loops, I figure weather might be even more of a factor there.  Over here cyclones (hurricanes) are the unpredictable factor, so I guess I'm swapping that for potential snowstorms.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a weather service website with reliable seasonal information?  Or as reliable as weather ever is.

This is my Big Adventure, so I hope it's as awesomely fun as you guys make it sound  ;D
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Routes / Re: Latest date to leave - TransAm East to West (2016)
« Last post by John Nelson on April 23, 2015, 05:14:40 am »
11-12 weeks is plenty. 10 is usually enough, and it's rare to take more than 13. Except for Kansas and eastern Colorado, there are no "flat sections."

Weather is unpredictable and vastly different from one year to the next. There are "averages," but no "normal." A lot of luck is involved, more needed at some times of year than others.

You'll have a ball!
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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by cgarch on April 22, 2015, 07:53:34 pm »
No Amtrak to Victoria - need to get there by ferry. Several options exist and I think others can speak to that. There is a ferry from Seattle but my recollection is that it is $$$. You could take the Amtrak Cascade to Vancouver from Seattle and then take BC Ferries to Victoria - if you're coming up the coast via the Starlight that means an overnight in Seattle. I'm sure there might be some other options.
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Gear Talk / Re: Lights that will attach to the light mounting holes on racks
« Last post by OldDogBC on April 22, 2015, 07:39:56 pm »
Good Evening All,

Late follow-up to this thread (specifically the front mount for a headlight). I tinkered together a drop mount for my NR 750. The idea came from Ortlieb's utility mount that works with their handlebar bag mount. Their mount wasn't long enough to use in the "drop" position and I did not want anything extending above the bar bag. I used some 1/2" carbon fiber tubing, a couple of pieces of old ski pole, a few fittings, epoxy, and viola! I also used the clip portion of the NiteRider helmet mount. Overall the mount is lighter than the NiteRider handlebar mount and it has held up well through about 500 miles of test riding. The light is reachable while riding and is a good height to throw an effective light pattern down the road. Looking forward to my tour! Hopefully the picture link will work.

http://www.olddogroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/DSC_7688.jpg

Todd
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Routes / Re: Getting bikes to Canada from California
« Last post by sarahbeard on April 22, 2015, 07:04:55 pm »
Thanks everyone!!

So it sounds like the best way to get up there is Amtrak? Does it go all the way to Victoria (I think this is where we start).  We aren't set on a tandem so if it makes more sense we would do singles.
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