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Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« Last post by savagemountain on February 20, 2015, 03:54:46 pm »
Thanks for the suggestion - the photos on google maps look amazing! We are from the UK and have never been so it all looks incredible! That detour sounds like it would be a good idea.

Do you know if you can get good trail maps of Glacier National Park?
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by staehpj1 on February 20, 2015, 12:41:31 pm »
Although I have already purchased my flight to Seattle, it might be worth the lost $$ if the weather is going to be horrible.

You might check your airline's policy on the lost $$$.  You might not have to lose the money.  I have found that at least some airlines, while they won't give a refund on a non-refundable flight, they will give you a credit toward a different flight.  I have had good luck with that a couple years ago when a trip fell through due to family responsibilities.  The Southwest did require me to use the credit within a year of the date of the cancelled flight, if I remember correctly.  I think other airlines typically have a similar policy.
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by Prometheus on February 20, 2015, 12:33:30 pm »
I was just checking one of the Oregon campgrounds and every picture is sunny, so I should have nothing to worry about  :)
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by Prometheus on February 20, 2015, 12:30:35 pm »
Thanks again for all the replies.  Sounds like Oregon will have some great camping.  Thanks for the weblink to the CA parks.

Although I have already purchased my flight to Seattle, it might be worth the lost $$ if the weather is going to be horrible.  I don't mind rain too much (used to live in Olympia, WA), but head winds are not so much fun.  I have considered some optional routes including something along the lines that jamawani suggests.  The most important part of the trip is to finish in San Diego to visit family (and my wife is meeting me there).  I'm in Colorado Springs and thought if I could work over to the Southern Tier route either via the Grand Canyon connector or portions of the Great Divde route, that could work.  I would obviously have to reroute over the passes for the Great Divide (plus I've already ridden all of it through New Mexico), but I think that would be possible.  Good portions of the divide are paved or great dirt roads along that section.  No matter what I decide, thanks for all the information, it is a huge help.
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 20, 2015, 12:25:20 pm »
And here's where to find the Oregon state park camping:
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=visit.dsp_find
TIP: Click "hiker biker campsites" from the column on the left.
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by John Nelson on February 20, 2015, 12:21:04 pm »
The status of California parks is available at http://www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex/. I would pay very close attention to which parks have hiker/biker sites, as that can make a huge cost difference for solo bicycle travelers.
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 20, 2015, 12:04:29 pm »
Not sure about Oregon parks, but California parks have had multiple years of budget cuts. I would suspect that many are not open yet in March - especially those further north and on the coast.

Oregon's parks haven't suffered the same budget woes that have befallen California, or Washington state for that matter. And as far as I know, all the Oregon coastal camping parks are open all year round. The only parks that close for winter (west of Cascades) are inland, and these typically open mid-March.
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Routes / Re: Need to book ahead on Blue Ridge Parkway?
« Last post by Pat Lamb on February 20, 2015, 10:37:48 am »
In general, it's a good idea to book things that are right on the Parkway (Peaks of Otter, Mt. Pisgah) or places very close to the Parkway (Chehola Lodge in Blowing Rock, Little Switzerland).  September is a off season, as you've noted, but it would still be a good idea for the weekends.  Places like Waynesboro, Roanoke, Boone/Blowing Rock, or Asheville have enough motels you can probably find a room (unless there's a home football game at Appalachian State).  There's usually plenty of camping spots, although there can be a lot of weekend traffic and congestion at the picnic areas.

During September, the Floyd area is popular with Virginia Tech students out for the weekend.  If your plans have you there during a home football game, that might draw most of the students and leave extra campsites.

Don't even think about wild camping on the BRP. 
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by jamawani on February 20, 2015, 10:31:16 am »
If you are locked into the date - why not choose a better route?
Like the southwest desert country?

If you start in San Diego, you can ride northwards via Anza-Borrego and Joshua Tree to Mojave National Monument and Death Valley, then perhaps extreme southern Utah, the Grand Canyon, and the Four Corners region to Albuquerque - - and take Amtrak back.

The desert Southwest also has unlimited opportunities for dispersed camping - but also designated sites with facilities. Not sure about Oregon parks, but California parks have had multiple years of budget cuts. I would suspect that many are not open yet in March - especially those further north and on the coast.
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Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« Last post by Iowagriz on February 20, 2015, 10:24:43 am »
I rode some of the Montana section this past summer and was going to originally suggest that you loop back from Lincoln or Helena to ride towards Glacier and catch a ride back into Canada (Calgary).  But then I found this link from a google search of "bus from Calgary to Helena Montana"  Seems like a few options might exist for you.
http://airportshuttleexpress.com/waterton.htm#moose

BTW - if you have never been into Glacier National Park, I'd highly suggest it.  Maybe ride from Banff to Columbia Falls and then detour into Glacier Park and tour that by bike.  They also have a decent bus service to get you and the bikes around as needed.  Then it would be easier to get transport back north.

Enjoy your trip!
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