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Hi,

I'm not seeing any campgrounds between Montreal and Quebec City on the Route Verte.  Does anybody know what the options are?
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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
http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/gallery/index.html?albumid=5769994076092330785&si=145
That day was the best day of our ride from Seattle to Boulder.
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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.
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PM Sent for the rear bags.

thx
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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Walden, CO to Boulder, CO
« Last post by John Nelson on June 25, 2016, 10:53:36 pm »
I live in Boulder, and I've done that exact trip on tour. So you could go (almost) the same way I did. I took two days because it's about 140 miles. You can camp overnight at any of numerous places in Poudre Canyon.

There are a lot of turns in the following directions, but many of the turns are easy to find because they occur at places where the road you are on ends. All of these except for getting out of Boulder on the diagonal (very wide shoulder) and 1 mile on US 34 (reasonable shoulder) are sleepy county roads (little to no shoulder).

Head northeast on the diagonal (highway 119) towards Longmont. Turn north on 63rd Street (recently repaved and very smooth now) for five miles until 63rd Street ends at Nelson. Take Nelson 1.5 miles east to 75th Street. Go north 5.5 miles on 75th Street through Hygiene (water available at the market) until it ends at Woodland. Take Woodland 2.5 miles east to where it ends at 95th Street (you cannot take 83rd north now because the bridge is out). Take 95th Street six miles north to where it ends at CR 10 (jogging one block west on Yellowstone after one mile). Take CR 10 one mile west to where it ends at CR 23. Take CR 23 two miles north to CR 12. Take CR 12 west. After 2 miles, it curves north and becomes CR 29. Take CR 29 five miles north to US Highway 34 (you can't take it any farther because the bridge is out). Take US 34 one mile east to CR 27. Take CR 27 five miles north to the tiny town of Masonville (small general store). Turn left at the stop sign onto Buckhorn Road/CR 27. Take this 20 rolling miles north to where it ends at Poudre Canyon Road/CR 14. Turn left (west). Now it's simple, but you have 65 miles of (mostly gentle) uphill. Continue on CR 14 for 72 miles to Walden, going over Cameron Pass (10,276').

There are several campgrounds in Poudre Canyon where you can get water or camp. You can also wild camp in Poudre Canyon, which is what I did. Take reasonable bear precautions.

When you get to Walden, you can shower at the town pool (for a small fee) and camp in the city park (for free). See if you can find the park manager so he will turn off the sprinklers. If you can't, you can sleep in the gazebo in the middle of the park.
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Connecting ACA Routes / Walden, CO to Boulder, CO
« Last post by Nicoleleah on June 25, 2016, 10:00:50 pm »
I am doing the Trans Am but plan on going off route slightly in Colorado from Walden to Boulder.  The three options appear to be Highway 40 (154 miles), poudre canyon Road (136 miles), or highway 230 (182 miles). Does anyone have any suggestions as far as which route I should take? Which has the best shoulders and what does the elevation look like on these routes?
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General Discussion / Re: Do you pack a Spare Tire???
« Last post by RussSeaton on June 25, 2016, 08:48:41 pm »
On longer tours I will carry a spare 700C tire.  A lighter foldable model.  Not a heavy duty one like is on the bike.  On a couple tours I have needed the spare.  For short around home touring I will not carry a spare tire.
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General Discussion / Re: Getting the bike to Banff for the GDR?
« Last post by markleahy on June 25, 2016, 06:43:47 pm »
I like to ship my bike to the hotel. I usually find it in my room when I arrive. Only once did it arrive the next day. Label it [name] guest [date of arrival] [name, address of hotel]
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Routes / Re: Northern Tier - N. Dakota
« Last post by jamawani on June 25, 2016, 02:08:52 pm »
I think Highway 200 is a much nicer crossing of North Dakota.

From Sidney, Montana, you can take Hwy 23/68 to a back entrance of Theodore Roosevelt N.P.
(It involves about 8 miles of unpaved riding)
Then US 85/ Hwy 200 south which has much less traffic because of the drop in oil & gas development and with shoulders.
Then Hwy 200 straight east across the state. This road has fairly low traffic counts and county seats and services scattered along the way.
(The Hwy 1806 option above Halliday is quieter, still.)
It also traverses two of the finest historic/park locations in North Dakota - TRNP and the Mandan-Hidatsa villages.
I believe the latter to be one of the most important sites in the northern Great Plains.
There's Knife River NHS with visible lodge rings and a recreated earth lodge -
And there is the Fort Mandan site near Washburn.

Here's the ND DOT 2014 Traffic Count Map -
https://www.dot.nd.gov/docs/maps/traffic/trafficstate_2014.pdf

Note - Oil & gas traffic in western ND has dropped by about half.

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Routes / Re: Northern Tier - N. Dakota
« Last post by John Nettles on June 25, 2016, 12:31:02 pm »
Also, the average annual daily traffic (AADT) is less than 10,000 vehicles per day.  With 4 lanes of traffic and a full shoulder (granted ruble strips in places), it is not horrible.  Yes, a quiet tree-shaded 500 AADT road with a 3' shoulder meandering along a clear river would be better but none exist in that area.  Unless you are willing to do gravel roads, there is not very many decent alternatives.  Enjoy the ride!
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