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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Last post by MattRuscigno on August 25, 2015, 01:34:56 am »
Thank you for the reply. Yes, it's always a toss up and some sort of sacrifice. I don't mind a little traffic or slightly less scenery for a small portion if it'll save me a few hours of riding.
Routes / Re: Biking in Yellowstone
« Last post by lkcavanagh on August 25, 2015, 12:10:10 am »
Left the park the other day. I felt pretty safe most of the time, especially on the improved roads in the southern parts.

Quick suggestions for others following this post:

1. Always put a car btwn you and the bison. A ranger suggested this and of course it makes sense to do and we would flag down a car and let them know our plan and they would go nice and slow with us.

And, take the "drives" along the main road. They always connect back and are always super pretty and usually RVs aren't allowed so there is less big traffic!.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Last post by 2Trikes on August 24, 2015, 11:01:22 pm »
For a TransAm/Western Express ride starting May 1 from Yorktown to San Francisco, I would greatly appreciate what you think is a practical lower temperature rating for a sleeping bag.  I plan to mostly camp along the way.
Many thanks/Ceud taing,
Lachlan, Scotland

Great question Lachlan!

We are wondering the same but for a July 1(ish), 2016 start from Portland to Astoria, then to Yorktown. Based on some other threads here, I am thinking a 32 degree bag. I sleep just a bit warmer than my wife, but I also have very cold feet.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for Long Sleeved Jerseys & Tights for Sun Protection
« Last post by 2Trikes on August 24, 2015, 10:53:35 pm »
Thanks Ron!

Are you recommending the 200gm Icebreaker products? I live in Central Florida (aka - hot, humid), and I am finding it hard to believe this could work, but I may have to try it out.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Direction
« Last post by Colleenann61 on August 24, 2015, 07:28:52 pm »
This is probably too late, but I did IHSMBR clockwise starting in McCall the first two weeks of July. Everyone I met was going CCW (I saw cyclists everyday). They all said I was the first cyclist they had seen. Even when I met the same people on the other side, they still said they hadn't seen anyone else going clockwise. Except for the climb up Bald Mountain (then down into Idaho City). I think the climbs were easier going clockwise (particularly Deadwood Summit).
Routes / Re: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 24, 2015, 06:21:17 pm »
I recommend that you take Hwy 95 south from Las Vegas.  It will run into ACA's Route 66.  This will take you into LA.  You could take I-15 but it would be a very noisy ride with lots of truck tire debris that will likely result in flats.
FWIW, I actually like riding the interstate when in the desert.  Some hate it though, so YMMV.
Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 24, 2015, 06:17:55 pm »
The ST is fairly direct already, but there are places where you can go shorter.  Typically you will miss things that Adventure Cycling thought were worthwhile though.

My suggestion is to play it by ear as you go.  That is what I did.  I think that I was in a better position to know where I might want to shortcut and where I would be happier following the AC route that way.

My preference was to use the interstate a good bit more than was suggested and to also go a bit more direct in some other places as well.  I thought at the time that if doing it again, I'd stay with US 90 a lot more, possibly even using it for it's full length.
Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Last post by aggie on August 24, 2015, 05:14:11 pm »
There are "shorter" routes than what is mapped by ACA.  However you must bear in mind traffic, shoulders (or lack thereof) and available services.  For instance you could ride from El Paso, TX to Tuscon, AZ and then over to San Diego.  Unless you ride on the interstate where permitted that aren't that many services and there aren't that many other roads available.  When I've followed the ACA routes I always know how far I have to ride to the next place I can get food and/or water. 
Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« Last post by MattRuscigno on August 24, 2015, 03:36:13 pm »
Bumping this topic because I have similar questions- specifically on the SD-Austin segments. From a quick glance looks like a lot of up and down? Thoughts from anyone who has ridden it? Thank you.
Routes / Re: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
« Last post by MattRuscigno on August 24, 2015, 03:29:54 pm »
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