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General Discussion / Re: Pannier Discussion
« Last post by indyfabz on June 27, 2016, 07:27:27 am »
The only panniers I have ever seen with aluminum stiffeners are my Robert Beckman panniers I bought in '99. I understand he's back in business, but I don't know what he's using these days, and you may need a second mortgage on your home to afford his stuff. I am pretty hard on stuff and my current Ortlieb Packer (Sport and Back) panniers have performed well over the last five years.
Routes / Re: Northern Tier Alternate
« Last post by indyfabz on June 27, 2016, 07:18:54 am »
Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'm guessing that the fracking ban in NY State could mean less heavy vehicles than PA. Looks like we'll find our way to Ithaca and continue southeast to the headwaters of the Delaware River.

Got back from touring in MT yesterday and just saw this....

Reaching the shore in north and central NJ can be tricky in places. Send me a private message if you might be interested in passing through Philly and heading to the S. Jersey shore. A few years ago I did a nice trip from Warren, OH to my home in Philly, and I ride to the S. Jersey shore fairly frequently.  One convenient aspect of ending at the S. Jersey shore is that you can then ride to Atlantic City and take the train (with your bikes) back to Philly for transportation options back home. Also, the route down the Delaware from Port Jervis, NY to Lambertville, NJ is really nice. From there, it's easy to get to Philly.
Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Walden, CO to Boulder, CO
« Last post by John Nelson on June 26, 2016, 08:37:25 pm »
Trail Ridge Road, although spectacular (I just rode it last week), can be dangerously windy on top. Some days, it's hard to stay on the road for about eight miles. If you go that way, don't take US 36 to Estes Park. Colorado 7 is longer but safer. Start up Trail Ridge Road as early as you can to reduce the traffic.

If you want, you can still go through Ward (to Colorado 72 to Colorado 7), but you should take Lee Hill road to Left Hand Canyon to avoid the construction. But that route has some pretty steep sections that would be difficult on a fully-loaded touring bike.

Colorado 125 over Willow Creek Pass is a very nice cycling road.

I still, however, recommend Poudre Canyon instead.
Gear Talk / Re: One Bike to Do It All
« Last post by hirundo on June 26, 2016, 08:13:29 pm »
After years of cycle touring, commuting, randonneuring, and noodling around, I can suggest an authoritative voice on do-it-all bikes. Read the blog Off the Beaten Path, by Jan Heine.
A belated thanks for the rack bag. Shipped promptly and arrived quickly, in exactly the conditions stated (new with tags). Thanks!!
Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Walden, CO to Boulder, CO
« Last post by jamawani on June 26, 2016, 10:37:26 am »
Highway 14 through the Poudre River Canyon has the least traffic of the trans-mountain routes and is spectacular.
You do have to thread your way down the Front Range - but much of it can be trails or wide shouldered roads - as John says above.

If you take Highway 14, you can also access the Never Summer Mountains via the Michigan Ditch Service Road just west of Cameron Pass.
(Although dirt, since it follows an irrigation canal, it is nearly level.)
Stunning country and a fraction of the numbers at Rocky Mountain N.P.

I'm not seeing any campgrounds between Montreal and Quebec City on the Route Verte.  Does anybody know what the options are?
Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Walden, CO to Boulder, CO
« Last post by tsteven4 on June 26, 2016, 08:55:46 am »
My favorite would be 125 through Rand, a short bit of highway 40, then highway 34 through Grand Lake to Estes Park.  This is Trail Ridge Road, which peaks at 12183 feet but is not very steep.  From Estes Park you could stay high on hwy 7/72 and drop down any of numerous canyons, or you could take 36.  Be aware that a favorite, Left Hand Canyon, has lots of road repair taking place this year.  Highway 7 dropping down south st vrain would be a good choice.  36 is significantly busier but would be the easiest.  Most of this is on adventure cycling routes.

Some photos from Trail Ridge are here
That day was the best day of our ride from Seattle to Boulder.
Routes / Re: Where to start
« Last post by staehpj1 on June 26, 2016, 07:16:57 am »
If I recall correctly you can catch the Astoria bus from the airport. The OR coast is perhaps the most scenic part of the TA so if you have time I'd start in Astoria and you might consider riding down to Florence instead of cutting across to the Corvallis area. When the weather is nice you generally get great tail winds out of the north along the coast so maybe another reason to continue down to Florence.
The ride from Astoria to Florence is indeed very nice, I wouldn't categorize it as the most scenic of the trip though.

When I did the TA we started in Newport so we could ride a bit of the coast.  Since there were three of us and the bus had rack space for only two bikes we rented an SUV to get there from Portland.  We flew in late rode to a motel, rented a car and did a day of sightseeing by car in the Portland area before driving to a Yurt in Beverly Beach State park, and then dropped the car off in Newport in the morning where we started our ride.

If I was to go again and if I wasn't in a hurry I might do as bbarrettx suggested or I might follow the ACA Astoria route.
PM Sent for the rear bags.

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