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So I did sections 1 through 4 of the Sierra-Cascades this summer (ending at Lake Isabella), I've ridden the Northern Tier and I've done the Pacific Coaset so I can answer any questions on those routes. The Sierra-Cascades was plenty tough and I wouldn't want to do it for my first tour. It's always hard to judge but the South to North seemed harder to me. For example the climb out of Yosemite in that direction with the extensive traffic would no fun IMO. Going downhill in that section was stressful enough.  I on average did much shorter days than I've done on other tours and even then you crossed a pass or summit nearly every day. Several thousand feet of climbing most days with some days far more then that. All that being said the scenery is pretty much unparalleled. Mountains the whole way, views into real wilderness, riding on narrow forest roads where you'd see one or two cars a day, huge descents into wide valleys, streams, rivers, creeks, seven national parks/monuments, USFS land most of the time and on and on.  I really loved it.

The Washington part of the Northern Tier is the hardest section of the NT but by the time you get there you should be ready for it. You can do five passes in four days if you so chose. This is easier East to West as you'll already be at 2000' or so. Great scenery here as well as you are in the mountains and there is Glacier at one end and North Cascades National Park at the other end. When you reach Anacortes take the time to ride in the San Juan Islands. In fact I recommend riding the islands, ferrying to Sidney BC, riding to Victoria and taking the Coho ferry to Port Angles. Take 112 from Port Angeles instead of 101 around Lake Crescent. Definitely ride around the Olympic Peninsula. If you have the time ride into the Hoh Rainforest and spend a few days there.  The Peninsula is rolling hills and is generally pleasant riding. Be prepared for rain, though it can absolutely not happen.

The Astoria Bridge will be the last thing on your route and while not a great time isn't that big of a deal. 
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Gear Talk / Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
« Last post by PeteJack on September 12, 2014, 07:54:05 pm »
I've just bought a Thule T2 towbar mounted rack and it looks a fine piece of kit. According to the instructions I cannot clamp the front wheel with fenders on. Our front fenders poke out about 4 1/2 inches from the Vee brakes. Do I have to chop off my fenders? or can I get away with clamping right next to the existing fender tip? Is this all CYA from Thule?
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Great Divide, Section 3, Maps A&B – 2014
« Last post by newfydog on September 12, 2014, 06:08:06 pm »
Well, we just rode it an hour ago.  It is open and passable.  The workers were absolutely wonderful.  In spite of a downpour a few days ago, the mud is dry and it is already dusty.  The day before yesterday the mud was so bad in Slater Park we had to carry our bikes-----so much mud the wheels wouldn't roll.

There must be a 100 pieces of equipment on this project.  We were seriously in the way in a few places, and after riding half the construction, some guys in a truck offered us a ride to the end of the contruction zone.  They gave us water, a gatorade from their lunch, and sent us off to Rawlins. 

We're ending this year's ride here and I'll be home in a week and will see if there is a good public detour which does not miss Aspen Alley.  For now, we're off to the bar.

best to all on the trail

newf
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Sierra Cascades / Section 1 / Map 7 / 9/2014
« Last post by cgreene on September 12, 2014, 05:10:36 pm »
Section 1, map 7 - Between Twisp and Carlton, SR 153 is closed due to a mudslide. We had a rider go through there last week and they are not expecting to open anytime soon.

Southbound SB: To get to Carlton-Twisp Road: coming out of Winthrop, take the Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road (as indicated in the map already). Once you hit the T-intersection at SR 20 (still unmarked), take a RIGHT. The Carlton Twisp Road will be a HARD LEFT just a little ways down the road. The traffic is moderate as this is now the main road from Twisp to Carlton.
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Routes / Re: Columbia Gorge Bridges - Portland to Walla Walla
« Last post by JDFlood on September 12, 2014, 12:24:32 pm »
Thank you!... I actually think I planned on crossing that one...I'll recheck my route.

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General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 12, 2014, 05:59:51 am »
Why not leave as late as you can in April and do the entire TransAm east to west. Then if you'd like you can ride back down the pacific coast.

With your proposed route you'd be riding the least scenic part of the pacific coast, picking up the less than stellar scenery on the Southern Tier, and then missing the best part of the TransAm. Just my thoughts. Let's see what others have to say...

Especially since the OP apparently lives in the west, that is very good advice in my opinion.

You would probably have decent weather other than some rain in the east.  You could arrange the long distance (air?) travel ahead of time.  That works out easier because it is much easier to know the date you will start than the date you will finish.  An open ended schedule is a big plus IMO.  Set schedules (and budgets for that matter) can suck a lot of the joy out of a tour.

I also like starting out at the far end of a tour and riding toward home.  That way you are automatically more committed from the start since you have no good options for bailing on the tour and by the time you are anywhere near home you are very road hardened and in the groove.  Seeing family and friends again is a nice motivation to finish and if you are lucky friends and family can meet you at the end of the tour.  We had family and friends meet us and throw a nice picnic at the finish of the TA.  We were joined on the ride for the last half day or so by family members.  It was a wonderful reunion.

Also, I agree on the relative merits of the various sections expressed by Miller.

I'd advise seriously considering the early start in the East.
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General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« Last post by Miller on September 11, 2014, 10:57:38 pm »
Why not leave as late as you can in April and do the entire TransAm east to west. Then if you'd like you can ride back down the pacific coast.

With your proposed route you'd be riding the least scenic part of the pacific coast, picking up the less than stellar scenery on the Southern Tier, and then missing the best part of the TransAm. Just my thoughts. Let's see what others have to say...
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GPS Discussion / Re: PN-60
« Last post by kdc19561954 on September 11, 2014, 12:49:52 am »
Thanks Pat

Think I will give it a try my self.
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GPS Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« Last post by kdc19561954 on September 11, 2014, 12:41:22 am »
Well I do have the Garmin Edge Touring and the Garmin 810 but the Touring is the best for touring you can up date it and it does up date the maps as well it is very easy to use and so is the Garmin 810 I like both of them a lot.
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