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General Discussion / Re: Application for keeping a journal
« Last post by canalligators on February 22, 2017, 10:21:04 am »
All good points.  But I will plug hand writing and transcribing when you get home.  That would depend on how fast you type, I guess; last time I tested myself, I was at 50+ wpm.  I can transcribe and edit the text in a couple of evenings, then spend another evening or two uploading the photos.
General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« Last post by canalligators on February 22, 2017, 10:15:52 am »
We did the Northern Tier in sections, each about the length of time that you have available.  The NT mostly parallels Amtrak's Empire Builder.  We are in NY, so we flew to Seattle, then returned from Shelby MT by train.  Next year we took the train to Shelby and rode to Fargo, returning by train.  Next segment was Fargo to Winona, then Winona to Chicago, these last two were shorter.  I'd recommend a shorter westerly segment, maybe ride Anacortes to Whitefish or Glacier.

See my article on Amtrak, with user input, here:

Remember to include transit time in your available time windows.  It can add a day or more each way if you use the trains.

For the other approach, I'm sure you could make a loop using Wisconsin rail trails.  Or get the BikeFed maps and figure out your own loop.  Illinois and Minnesota bike maps are pretty good too. 
Routes / Re: Best 10 days;
« Last post by CMajernik on February 22, 2017, 10:12:41 am »
The Whitefish Bike Retreat may offer shuttles. You'd have to check with them. A link to the Great Divide shuttle list is on the web page under the Logistics tab.
Routes / Re: Best 10 days;
« Last post by indyfabz on February 22, 2017, 09:45:45 am »
If you decide to start in Montana, as mentioned, you can fly into Kalispell (airport code FCA). There may still be a shuttle service to take you to the Canadian border at Roosville. I know there was one that could take bikes when I did a backcountry backpack tour in Glacier National Park back in 2003. If you cannot find one, I would check with Glacier Cyclery, a great bike shop in Whitefish, which is not that far from FCA. Alternatively, and to save money (a shuttle could be expensive), you could ride from Whitefish to Eureka. It's only about 60 miles via paved roads. Camping is available in the city park, and there is a large grocery store in town where you could stock up on supplies. From there, you could ride the short distance to the start of the route near Roosville the next day.
Routes / Re: Best 10 days;
« Last post by Craig65 on February 22, 2017, 03:17:11 am »
I'm doing similar, but in race simulation mode.  10 days, 1000 miles.  Banff to Lima/Yellowstone area.

Use to help plan.  You can move the point A and B markers up and down the route.

Banff to Helena is 622
Banff to Butte is 686
Both should have flights to Denver and other large airports to get you back home.  But, might have smaller airplanes, so getting the bike onto them, could be a problem.  Missoula and Bozeman are both not far away from either town (120 miles?).  Both of those cities have good flights.

I'd suggest Banff to Seeley Lake, then ride to Missoula and visit Adventure Cycling headquarters.  Great city to visit and a nice way to end the trip.

Thanks for the link, too much fun!

Routes / Re: Best 10 days;
« Last post by Craig65 on February 22, 2017, 02:48:51 am »
Thanks Carla...found this endorsement of Montana
Gear Talk / Re: Klymit vs. Therma-Rest sleeping pads
« Last post by tex232 on February 22, 2017, 12:02:13 am »
I've only tried the kylmit model that has all the openings. Compacts very small, but as a side sleeper I found it very  uncomfortable. And now that I use a down quilt instead of a bag, need to use a decent full pad anyway!

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Last post by opus on February 21, 2017, 05:04:14 pm »
Major damage to Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge
Routes / Re: Hi Everyone! First Timer Cross Country Rider - ROUTES NEEDED
« Last post by Slowroll on February 21, 2017, 04:48:54 pm »
HI Sarah!
Great minds think alike and all that lol - I actually purchased a BOB Yak28 trailer for exactly that reason. I'd rather go a little slower, but be able to be more comfy while camping, so I'm making that conscious decision to deal with the trailer, and keep the bike packed somewhat light and still have my good gear. I'm still running my commuter panniers and a handlebar bag, and I plan to use them for the stuff I want access too during the day. If you are interested in a BOB YAK I have a friend who is actually looking to sell one cheap - he lives in CT though so there may be some shipping costs to consider.

I've never heard of the touring pro site - thank you for that! I'll check it out later tonight for sure. I am super excited to hear about your story - are you blogging it? It's really nice to hear I'm not the only one, since everyone I've told so far - which is a very small circle at the moment - seems to think I've lost my marbles lol.
Routes / Re: Getting Across South Dakota
« Last post by jamawani on February 21, 2017, 04:33:58 pm »
Agreed - there's not much quiet riding left in western ND - so why do it?
Anyhoo, the title of the thread is "Getting across South Dakota".

Between SD and Neb (and Marmarth) there are thousands of empty miles in the western Plains.
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