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General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by DaveB on September 24, 2014, 06:04:58 pm »
And another insidious danger is the debris on the side of the road.  You must be very vigilant about this and constantly be scanning the shoulder ahead.
That isn't limited to the Interstates and any road with a shoulder has debris and litter on it.  The auto traffic blows anything on the travel lane over to the shoulder.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by indyfabz on September 24, 2014, 03:46:25 pm »
I would not want to ride an interstate during rush hour in Jacksonville, FL or NYC.

I think what some people might not fully understand is that not all Interstate Highways are designed the same. As I noted above, portions of the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95), for example, are "walled off." If there were a disabled vehicle blocking the shoulder, your only option would be to enter into the travel lane. No lifting your bike over the guard rail and walking through some grass to get back on the shoulder. Good luck with that one.

And what happens when construction activity eliminates the shoulder? I recently drone some of very busy I-80 through PA into NE Ohio to start a tour. There were two stretches where construction required a lane shift and shoulder closure. In one such location, there was only one narrow lane of traffic. I felt unnerved sandwiched between semis and I was driving an SUV. Then there is the PA Turnpike (I-76) and the Northeast Extension thereof (I-476), with their shoulderless tunnels.
Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« Last post by indyfabz on September 24, 2014, 03:30:00 pm »
Something else occurred to me. If I recall correctly, the NYC spur of the Atlantic Coast Route passes through or near Somerville, NJ. You could take New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line to Somerville and pick up the route there. (The same line serves High Bridge, which I mentioned earlier. However, it only goes out that far on weekdays.) While some midday service leaves from Penn Station in Manhattan, most of the Raritan Valley Line trains originate in Newark, NJ. You can get to Newark from Manhattan easily using the PATH train from the World Trade Center station, where there is an elevator to take you down from street level. There are some restriction on when you can take a bike on a NJT train. I think the same is true for PATH. If you want to take a train out of the city, I can give you links to the rules.
Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« Last post by PeteJack on September 24, 2014, 02:16:59 pm »
I urge you to use ACA maps as much as possible. They are like Sustrans maps only better because: they list eating places and accommodation, are more compact and worse because: they are completely misleading as to the severity of climbs, the contours on ACA maps are pretty vague. Usually the climbs are much less severe than ACA maps indicate. Sometimes the profile provided makes a route look like the side of a house in actual fact you are still waiting for the steep bit to start when you get to the top. Do make sure you check the addenda to the maps before you set off. On the Sierra Cascades route I ended up riding 30 miles for breakfast because a cafe shown on the map was closed, the addenda said so but I hadn't read them.
General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« Last post by johnsondasw on September 24, 2014, 01:14:46 pm »
  The major danger on Interstates is at the entrance/exit ramps and cyclists have to be very aware at these points.

And another insidious danger is the debris on the side of the road.  You must be very vigilant about this and constantly be scanning the shoulder ahead.  We have all seen large pieces of lumber, chunks of angle iron, car fenders. etc etc.  Hitting these kinds of items could easily result in catastrophic accidents for cyclists.  Also, not cool to suddenly hit the start of rumble strips that you did not see coming!  Those buggers could throw you.
Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Route 66 (Part 2) - Flagstaff to Santa Monica
« Last post by DMGingrich on September 24, 2014, 01:07:34 pm »
We are starting our final Route 66 segment on Monday, Sept 29 from Flagstaff to Santa Monica.  (3 of us riding unsupported, averaging 50 miles/day.)
I can send you our cue sheet and route notes for the route.  Since it is an Excel sheet, I can't attach it to this post.
I will only have email access until Friday - if you have any questions.  Or again after October 13, after our ride.
We camp - except for a couple motels where there isn't a camping option (Ludlow Motel and Wigwam Motel in Rialto).  We'll be camping near the truckstop in Fenner - bushwacking since there is nothing in the Mojave. 

According to McJerry, the longest original Route 66 section is closed between Fenner and Ludlow - due to washout because of the historic high rains in the Mojave.  We'll check it out in a week...  Might be passable by bicycles.  The SAG could meet you at Amboy.

Dave Gingrich ( - Wilmington, DE
New England / Boston to Providence
« Last post by milestonerides on September 24, 2014, 12:41:38 pm »
I'm joining a group of friends on an unsupported bike tour from Boston area to Providence, RI over the Columbus Day holiday weekend. Does anybody have any suggestions where to find the best location or route to see fall foliage?  I'm from Los Angeles and have never experienced anything like this before so I'm excited to go. 
Gear Talk / Re: WoMo Designs Gadget Mounts
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on September 24, 2014, 12:31:27 pm »
I have a Garmin Oregon. I don't see how this device will hold the Garmin. The web site doesn't say which Garmin models it supports. The Oregon comes with a plastic platform one can strap to the handle bars. The Garmin slides in. Occasionally, on a bumpy road, it can also slide out. So I use a lanyard as a backup. Let us know your experience with this.
Gear Talk / WoMo Designs Gadget Mounts
« Last post by milestonerides on September 24, 2014, 12:18:51 pm »
I was at Interbike last week and met the owners of WoMo design who makes gadget mounts for dual devices like for a Garmin and GoPro.  Have anybody purchased something like this for their touring use?  I'm going to get a sample unit for a review but was wondering if anyone else has experience.  Thanks.
Bicycle Route 66 / Route 66 (Part 2) - Flagstaff to Santa Monica
« Last post by jfinchgo on September 24, 2014, 11:39:54 am »
Having completed Part 1 (see our blog at, we are getting ready to complete the route beginning late October (around the 25th) with an estimated completion date of Nov. 2nd.  For this segment, we will have a SAG vehicle, so we will have a few more options re: accommodations (still can't convince my wife to camp).  One of those options will be to drive the segment from Needles, CA to Barstow, CA since its 150 miles with virtually no accommodations (although I understand there is a place to stay in Ludlow).

I would love to hear from anyone who has cycled through the LA area, particularly from San Bernardino to Santa Monica, with suggestions on a good route to take through the metro LA area, or where we might find maps/routes that are bicycle friendly.

If you're considering Route 66 as a bicycle adventure, we can highly recommend it.  Our trip from Flagstaff to Chicago was full of great places and fabulous people.

Thanks in advance,

Jeff & Ellen
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