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Routes / Re: Columbia Gorge Bridges - Portland to Walla Walla
« Last post by JDFlood on September 12, 2014, 12:24:32 pm »
Thank you!... I actually think I planned on crossing that one...I'll recheck my route.

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General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 12, 2014, 05:59:51 am »
Why not leave as late as you can in April and do the entire TransAm east to west. Then if you'd like you can ride back down the pacific coast.

With your proposed route you'd be riding the least scenic part of the pacific coast, picking up the less than stellar scenery on the Southern Tier, and then missing the best part of the TransAm. Just my thoughts. Let's see what others have to say...

Especially since the OP apparently lives in the west, that is very good advice in my opinion.

You would probably have decent weather other than some rain in the east.  You could arrange the long distance (air?) travel ahead of time.  That works out easier because it is much easier to know the date you will start than the date you will finish.  An open ended schedule is a big plus IMO.  Set schedules (and budgets for that matter) can suck a lot of the joy out of a tour.

I also like starting out at the far end of a tour and riding toward home.  That way you are automatically more committed from the start since you have no good options for bailing on the tour and by the time you are anywhere near home you are very road hardened and in the groove.  Seeing family and friends again is a nice motivation to finish and if you are lucky friends and family can meet you at the end of the tour.  We had family and friends meet us and throw a nice picnic at the finish of the TA.  We were joined on the ride for the last half day or so by family members.  It was a wonderful reunion.

Also, I agree on the relative merits of the various sections expressed by Miller.

I'd advise seriously considering the early start in the East.
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General Discussion / Re: General Advice- TransAm Route
« Last post by Miller on September 11, 2014, 10:57:38 pm »
Why not leave as late as you can in April and do the entire TransAm east to west. Then if you'd like you can ride back down the pacific coast.

With your proposed route you'd be riding the least scenic part of the pacific coast, picking up the less than stellar scenery on the Southern Tier, and then missing the best part of the TransAm. Just my thoughts. Let's see what others have to say...
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GPS Discussion / Re: PN-60
« Last post by kdc19561954 on September 11, 2014, 12:49:52 am »
Thanks Pat

Think I will give it a try my self.
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GPS Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« Last post by kdc19561954 on September 11, 2014, 12:41:22 am »
Well I do have the Garmin Edge Touring and the Garmin 810 but the Touring is the best for touring you can up date it and it does up date the maps as well it is very easy to use and so is the Garmin 810 I like both of them a lot.
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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Great Divide, Section 3, Maps A&B – 2014
« Last post by mthompson on September 10, 2014, 05:24:34 pm »
Thanks for that info Nicolai!   

We got another report that the construction area of SR 71/Sage Creek Rd. is nearly impassable if it has rained.  So consider taking the reroute if it has been wet.
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I confirm the road is open, and it seems it will remain that way. Construction continues though.
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Classifieds / Re: Surly Krampus or ECR Large
« Last post by fellowtraveler on September 10, 2014, 09:51:22 am »
There was a fellow on Mid-West Velo Swap or Fat Bike Trader, both Facebook groups, selling a large ECR cheap.  $1450 I believe.  He was in Iowa.  You might check it out.
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The Lamine River bridge on SR 41 between Lamine and Boonville MO is being replaced during Spring/Summer 2014. In the meantime a (EB) detour exists by leaving SR 41 about 5 mi NW of Lamine and following CR K, CR M and other frontage roads along the I-70 corridor to rejoin the route on Santa Fe Trail west of Boonville. For WB riders, simply reverse directions. These roads have all been confirmed as being viable options for biking based on the MO DOT bike route maps, though cyclists may experience higher traffic flows because of the bridge closure.

Google Maps link for detour: http://goo.gl/maps/4YxDj
Bridge replacement project website: http://www.modot.org/central/major_projects/cooper.htm
MO DOT bike route maps: http://www.modot.org/othertransportation/bike_ped/Bike-PedProgram--RoadandRouteInfo.htm

Nathan Taylor
GIS Specialist/Cartographer
Adventure Cycling Association
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