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Routes / Re: Alternative to TransAm for OR to KS
« Last post by Roman on April 13, 2015, 05:15:22 pm »
Yes 60 days is a bit tighter than I'd like. I'm moderately athletic so I'm hoping to be averaging 80+ miles a day but that's just on paper for now. I have my TransAm maps but I'll start looking for some deals on the others. I contacted ACA about a route and they recommended the Western Express but warned about the deserts in August and even moderate heat while climbing the Basin and Range.
Routes / Re: Alternative to TransAm for OR to KS
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 13, 2015, 02:01:30 pm »
60 days seems like a tight timeframe for going from KS to OR and back again, but I don't know how many miles a day you average.

If it were me, I'd get all the maps you need in advance, but at the very least get the maps you'll need up until getting to ACA headquarters in Missoula.
Routes / Re: Alternative to TransAm for OR to KS
« Last post by Roman on April 13, 2015, 01:57:28 pm »
My time frame is about 60 days ideally as I have school exams in July but I can extend an extra 2 weeks if needed. Yeah the deserts in summer have me a little worried. I was in northern Utah last june and the weather was very mild but I don't know if that goes for Nevada. I hadn't thought of hitting the Northern Tier or Lewis and Clark! I'll definitely look into them. Should I get maps now or could I buy them at the ACA headquarters?
Routes / Re: Alternative to TransAm for OR to KS
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 13, 2015, 01:39:42 pm »
What's your timeframe?

From Astoria, going south along the Pacific Coast is nice. But if you intend on biking back to Kansas, unfortunately that means you'd be heading east across the deserts in the middle of summer. What about heading north from Astoria into Washington to ride the Northern Tier, then head back to Kansas via Great Parks to TransAm? Or you could do the Lewis and Clark route that starts in Astoria? That would bring you at least to Kansas City.
Routes / Alternative to TransAm for OR to KS
« Last post by Roman on April 13, 2015, 01:10:27 pm »
Hello Everyone,

I'm going to be riding the TransAm from Alexander KS to Astoria OR this May. Once I get there I plan on riding back. I feel like it might be a little disheartening (maybe not??) to turn around and do the same route back home. I was looking on googlemaps at heading from Astoria into Eugene, then to Northeast California, then head east eventually to Cheyenne where I have family.

The only major problem so far is that I get the feeling that google may not keep track of distances and their connection to food/water locations. More than once their route had me going through the deserts of Nevada with towns more than two days ride apart. I can carry about two gallons of water but I'm not out to prove anything and I'd like to make it home.

Does anyone know of a reliable route? I'm open to completely rerouting my way home as long as it's proven and takes about the same time to get back.

Routes / Re: Bakken Oil Field Influence
« Last post by CMajernik on April 13, 2015, 10:11:15 am »
The Bakken oil field stretches north into Saskatchewan almost to Regina. If you google "Bakken oil field map" you can see where it's located. It looks like Hwy. 1 across the province would avoid most of the traffic.
General Discussion / Re: USA visa at Canadian border.
« Last post by Mark Manley on April 13, 2015, 04:14:25 am »
I looked into this a couple of years ago and the bad news seems to be that once you enter any US territory your 3 months starts and will keep on running until you leave North America, that is the US, Canada and Mexico, only then can you return and ask for another 3 months.
You can apply for a full tourist visa in the UK before leaving but your period of entry will still be at the discretion of the immigration officer, do not expect them to be understanding of your trip and if you have no home in the UK, job or return ticket they will not let you in at all, make sure all that is in order.
International / Western Australia
« Last post by RonK on April 12, 2015, 11:06:52 pm »
Start here. Aushiker is in Perth and can likely answer your questions.

 Coops is living in NZ now I think but is a font of knowledge about bush cycling in Oz.

The Great Northern Highway would be a boring ride (it's a boring drive) with long diversions need to see anything if interest. There are long stretches of up to 400kms without any services at all so you need to have water carrying capacity. And temperatures are extreme in summer. 
International / Western Australia
« Last post by obinja on April 12, 2015, 01:56:31 pm »
Anybody have any info or experience cycling Perth to Broome?
Gear Talk / Re: Trek 970 vs salsa Fargo
« Last post by Jerry on April 12, 2015, 05:12:30 am »
Well, took the advice.

Went to a great shop across the lake (Champlain), spent two hours riding different bikes.. The folks in the store were absolutely patient.

Walked out with a Surly Ogre!! It's a tank of a bike, but I think it is going to be absolutely perfect for what I have in mind..

Again, thanks for the input..
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