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General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a tour beginning in Chicago
« Last post by indyfabz on February 20, 2017, 09:06:33 am »
Seems to me that your plans are limited by rental availability. I have never come across a car rental agency that allows you to rent one way between any two points of your choosing. Sounds like you need to identify locations within your range where you can rent one way back close to home. I would start with higher population density areas first, since they are probably more likely to have one way rentals available. FWIW, I have decent luck with one way rental from Avis.
Routes / Re: Getting Across South Dakota
« Last post by indyfabz on February 20, 2017, 08:54:45 am »
What's the traffic situation in ND? A friend of mine recently rode the L&C route and didn't find bad traffic conditions. Also, due to the drop in oil prices, the oil-related traffic has decreased somewhat.

Also, got to agree about Going to the Sun based on snow totals so far. I was planning to be in the park around June 24th but will likely scrap it absent a major, early thaw. The Marias Pass alternative (U.S. 2 from W. Glacier) simply doesn't compare.
General Discussion / Re: Shipping Bike Box Trans AM
« Last post by staehpj1 on February 20, 2017, 07:09:28 am »
Hi there, I am riding the Trans Am starting on May 1st. I'll be flying in from England to Washington Dulles. I was thinking of using a hard case bike box for the flight over and then shipping the empty box across from VA to Astoria when I arrive so it would be available for the return journey. My question is - does anyone know if there are storage facilities or bike shops that would store a bike box for 3 months while I'm cycling across country, obviously going from East to West.  Many thanks,

My suggestion is to just email a few shops that are conveniently located for your needs.  A warmshowers host may be willing to help or maybe even someone here on this forum or on bikeforums.  I often see posts on BF from a guy who works at a bike shop in Astoria (FietsBob).  He can probably advise about Astoria generally and the shop he works at specifically.  Maybe look him up?

All that said, I'd just use a cardboard box, discard it, and pick up a new one at the end.
Routes / Re: Getting Across South Dakota
« Last post by jamawani on February 20, 2017, 03:14:43 am »
PS - I was looking at your other posts. The Sawtooths will be cold. And snowed in.
I've biked across Idaho a number of times via the Sawtooths.
Here is one route from Ontario, OR to Teton Pass.

The stretch on ID 55 is narrow and busy - esp. on weekends.
The little burg of Howe - which used to have cafes and a camping area - burned down a few years back.
From Howe, you can swing thru Dubois and Island Park if you want to head straight to Yellowstone. But.

Here is the WY DOT bike map of Wyoming -

The Northern Route from Yellowstone thru Cody and Buffalo to Devils Tower is quite nice.
(Except that I would take Nowood Road directly from Manderson to Tensleep.)
Wildflowers in the Bighorns will probably peak in late June rather than mid June this year.
Routes / Re: Getting Across South Dakota
« Last post by jamawani on February 20, 2017, 02:59:36 am »
That suggests to me - a Wyoming boy - that you will be riding across the West from mid-May to mid-June.
You know we are having a kicker of a winter this year, right?
Since you mentioned ACA routes - I am almost certain Going to the Sun Road in Glacier will not be open yet.
Also, roads may be late opening in Yellowstone, too - - 200% of normal snow depth - - and normal is a lot.
Most services in Yellowstone do not open until after Memorial Day and may after mid-June.

Just sayin' - ya know?

Here is the SD DOT Traffic Count Map:
I've biked US 12, US 14, SD 34, and SD 44.

Do you want to dip into the Black Hills a bit from Spearfish? Spearfish Canyon is really sweet.

None of the roads in SD are terrible - traffic is generally light and there are pretty good shoulders on primary routes.
That said, US 14 has the most traffic and US 12 near Aberdeen is pretty darn busy.
But there are plenty of lightly-traveled highways to choose from.
There is a great combo of SD 34 and county roads from Pierre to Huron.
And the eastern counties do have some very empty, paved county roads.
And SD 44 is a straight shot south of I-90 that lets you visit Badlands N.P.

West of the Missouri, anything other than the county seat is often almost a ghost town.
I've biked on the rez in SD and I am a white boy - but things are definitely not good.
US 212 traverses the Cheyenne River Res., one of the poorest reservations in the U.S.
There is no excuse for Wounded Knee and much else - but a solo non-native cyclist assumes some risk.
I have seen horrible, fatal wrecks on the rez. I have seen wasted people driving.
I have always been treated well on the rez - but it is tough.

Hope that helps.
Routes / Best 10 days;
« Last post by Craig65 on February 19, 2017, 09:25:47 pm »
Hi, Im after some advice. Im planning on a trip to USA this coming June / July (from NZ) with the view of riding a section of the Great Divide. Thoughts on the best section, looking at 500- 700 miles, or  7-10 days riding. Logistics will play a part...or is there a better option? Thank you, Craig
Routes / Getting Across South Dakota
« Last post by bbarrettx on February 19, 2017, 08:04:30 pm »
I'm mapping out a XC tour for this summer staying to the north. Using AC routes most of the way but I'm going to avoid ND because of the traffic situation. Based on preliminary research on traffic counts it looks like I'll be riding route 212 most of the way across the state. My other options appear to be 34 or a combination of 34 and 14. I'll be riding east and coming out of WY into the Belle Fourche area, likely around mid June. If anyone has insights on these roads that would be awesome. Thanks!
Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« Last post by on February 19, 2017, 07:09:02 pm »
Oh no, the weekend is over and now I have more I want to research that you've sent to me.  Smile.
We are flying to Portland on June 14.  My husband will meet us 10-14 days later with a camper, so we'll be with our panniers for the first bit.
We'll need to decide what will be shortest once we near Michigan.....maybe going directly east from Sault St. Marie? Or cutting down and not going thru the UP (perhaps we could see that another year).
I'll look thru your latest notes.  Thank you again!!
Gear Talk / Re: Sources for Ultra Violent Protective Clothing
« Last post by DaveB on February 19, 2017, 05:58:07 pm »
When I saw the title of this thread my first thought was to recommend a suit of armor.  :D
General Discussion / Cross Country Ride Planning has begun!
« Last post by taketimeforlife on February 19, 2017, 05:07:41 pm »
Hi Everyone,
So grateful for this group! I am planning a cross country ride this summer taking Route 66 starting in Calif. to about Oklahoma. My final destination is North Carolina so that I can attend my son's ceremony when he completes his basic training for the US Army. His training is in Fort Jackson, SC but I want to conclude my ride in NC. Any suggestions on routes from OK to SC?

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