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General Discussion / Transamerica - East-to-West: How late in the season to go?
« Last post by wa61105 on February 13, 2016, 01:19:35 pm »
Looking at doing the TA coat-to-coast starting in N. Carolina and Ending up in Seattle, Wa.  Plan to merge onto the Trans-America route for most of the ride, and average 70-80 miles/day (total 4400 miles).
How late in  the season can I leave, or better yet, by when should I plan to be in Missoula to ride the rest to the Pacific coast?  I prefer not to be riding in winter type weather (snow/sleet), although I know you can never rule out snow in the Rockies in September.. 
Thanks for any advise on the topic!
General Discussion / Re: Dogs n' bears
« Last post by etsisk on February 13, 2016, 01:09:50 pm »

This has worked for me exactly as advertised. Dunno about against bears, though. I'd want to try a controlled experiment first to make sure it didn't sound like prey to them. But for dogs it's top notch.
General Discussion / State Park Camping
« Last post by johnlemk on February 13, 2016, 11:59:59 am »
I am told that Michigan state parks must give you a spot to camp if you arrive on foot or on a bike, even if they are full. Does anyone know if other states have similar rules?

We are planning a circumnavigation of the lower 48 states beginning from our home in Michigan, and going to Maine, Florida, southern California, Washington state, then returning to Michigan, to begin in July of this year. Knowing the rules of different states would help in our planning.
Routes / Re: question on section of Southern Tier in CA
« Last post by John Nettles on February 13, 2016, 08:09:54 am »
I do not know about CA-94 beyond Otay Lakes Rd.  However, I would definitely exit CA-94 as it really was not a pleasant ride. That bad section was only about 15-16 miles but it really was miserable.  It does include one noteworthy climb too which luckily had a shoulder.  I was really surprised as the research showed it "should" be OK but it was not.  Definitely wear bright clothing on that day.  Maybe we hit it on a bad day.
Routes / Re: question on section of Southern Tier in CA
« Last post by Scott8147 on February 13, 2016, 07:44:26 am »
Thanks again John.   From where Otay Lakes Rd turns off Ca 94,which route do you think is easier and safer:  Otay Lakes Rd from CA 94 down toward Chula Vista or continuing on CA 94 through Jamul, Spring Valley, etc?    Thanks for all your help on this.  I knew this would be my most difficult section to plan as I know nothing about the area.  Thanks also for the heads up on the RV Park.  I would have never even looked at that.
I know Yorktown is the start of the Transam but have you considered setting out from DC? It will give you a lot more options in terms of where you can stay, somewhere to have your bike shipped to etc. Newport News is probably the nearest airport and it is a pain to get to and from with a bike. I found Yorktown itself to be more of tourist destination for history buffs without very much in the way of cyclist services...
General Discussion / Re: Juneau - Seattle
« Last post by Jambi on February 13, 2016, 05:46:54 am »
The Northern Tier seems to have a big consensus. Anyone cycled BC much? I was hoping to check out Whistler for some downhill as well to be honest..

Not sure of your experience level, how you tour, and how much of North American you have done already.

I've done a couple of big tours (Transam, Pacific Coast) so know the day to day issues with touring but BC is really drawing me in...
General Discussion / Re: Touring TN.
« Last post by Pat Lamb on February 13, 2016, 01:34:53 am »
Most of 64 has been widened, I think.  There might be a few stretches where the shoulders aren't all there, or clean, but that's always a risk you take.  Last time I was up there, the section around Fayetteville still had some 2-lane, but they may have finished it by now.

Going over the south end of the Cumberland Plateau will be a problem, since 64 merges with I-24 from Decherd up the mountain, and coming down from Monteagle.  Double-plus ungood.  Take 41 to Sewanee, instead.  East of Winchester it's 2-3 lanes up the mountain to Sewanee, then I think it's still two lanes to Monteagle. 

You could take 41 down to Jasper, then over the "new blue bridge" to Haletown.  I'd recommend, instead, taking the TN 156 back road from Sewanee down to South Pittsburgh.  You could get on the racetrack-without-shoulders from South Pittsburgh to Kimball, after you get to Jasper the traffic approaches sane across the river.  Instead, cross the Tennessee River on the bridge in South Pittsburgh and go up past Nickjack on 156 to Haletown. 

From there you can take 41/64 up to Wauhatchie, or (better) cut south and climb the hill up to Wildwood, GA, and then follow 11 and Wauhatchie Pike towards Browns Ferry Rd, where you'll follow 64/41/11 over the foot of Lookout Mountain into Chattanooga.
Routes / Re: question on section of Southern Tier in CA
« Last post by John Nettles on February 12, 2016, 10:24:51 pm »
Fine overall.  Typical city traffic.  Some streets have a parallel bike path that is NOT paved but is rideable.  Chula Vista was a little hilly (70 miles day for us as we came from Jacumba Hot Springs) but not bad at all.  The RV park on Otay Lakes Rd. does have cabins/trailers by the night if you need to stop there.   John
Routes / Re: question on section of Southern Tier in CA
« Last post by Scott8147 on February 12, 2016, 09:39:16 pm »
That's very helpful, John.  Fortunately I will be traveling westbound.  So how is the section after Otay Lakes Rd?  (Between there and San Diego)
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