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General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by indyfabz on August 27, 2015, 09:13:05 am »
Potential forest fire issues aside, maybe take the train north to Oregon and start on the TransAm route east, although it could still be crispy critter hot in central and eastern, OR. I would suggest the Northern Tier to somewhere like Minneapolis, but the route  passes through the heart of some areas of Washington state that I believe are burning.

Detailing tour travel plans home (e.g., If you have a to be back at a certain location to fly home) might produce more helpful suggestions.
General Discussion / Re: Where next, US?
« Last post by raceboy on August 27, 2015, 12:05:47 am »
I haven't been but the Santa Fe Trail from New Mexico to Missouri interests me. I have ridden in and around Santa Fe, NM and it is pretty nice.
General Discussion / Where next, US?
« Last post by brit2015 on August 26, 2015, 10:41:20 pm »
We have just finished the Pacific Coast Trail, riding 40 to 50 mpd from Seattle to Santa Barbara. We would like to keep cycling but dont know where to go. We would be happy to get a train to the start of another good route. We have up to 10 weeks left on our visa.  We are not great fans of riding for hours on a shoulder while RVs and trucks rattle past us. Our favourite bits of the trip were HW 1 in Northern CA (the narrower, windy bits where traffic was slower) as well as small, rural roads along the Olympic Discovery Trial in WA. We' d really like to see the Grand Canyon and were considering the Connector route, but we fear it will be too punishingly hot, at least for the next few weeks. Our budget, for 2, is $50 per day. Any ideas and experiences gratefully received.
Gear Talk / Re: A folding bike for touring?
« Last post by tomenator on August 26, 2015, 08:57:48 pm »
The Bike Friday company will be the first to admit that their standard frame bike is not really a 'folder' but rather a travel bike - one that breaks down and fits in standard suitcase (aside from their traditional bike they now have a real folder for commuting now called the Tiket").  You can do the same with a standard road or cross bike if you get the frame builder to add those aluminum connectors and related hardware for the cables.  (See the Ritchy Breakaway for a retail example).  I loved my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket (drop bars, 8sp x2) until some jerk stole it.  Was my daily commuter ~7 years and I rode a 500 mile loaded tour on it up the Sierra Mountains here in CA.  The bike handles like any other road bike with the exception of feeling a bit quicker (but not twitchy).  And due to 20-inch wheels I do agree with a previous post that the tires seem to wear out a bit faster than expected.  I would buy another one in a heartbeat but I already had an old and unused cross bike.  Oh another nice thing about BF: they are not only designed but actually made in the USA.
Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Tour of OR - go or give up due to fires??
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 26, 2015, 08:41:58 pm »
Smoke can really cause havoc for a tour.  I have had some trips ruined and trips rethought.

I hope you can find a smoke free route.  Maybe hop on a bus or rent a car and go somewhere with no smoke?  Pacific Coast maybe?
Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Tour of OR - go or give up due to fires??
« Last post by esassaman on August 26, 2015, 06:23:18 pm »
Well the wildfires are making quite a mess of my plans to tour OR this summer. Plan was to head east from Portland along the Lewis & Clark map (section 7) then head south in the general vacinity of Highway 84 through La Grande and Baker City, where I link up to the TransAmerica (section 2 & 1) route heading west. Then Sierra Cascades section 2 heading north back to Portland.

Obviously the fires out near La Grande and Baker City are bad with, currently, tons of smoke. A detour from Pendelton south on the 395 is a possibility, since my planned route on the eastern border skirts some active fires (route 7 goes right by the Cornet Windy Ridge fire). The Canyon Creek Complex fire is close the Clyde Holliday state park near Mt Vernon on the 26, too.

All the rain deluge coming this weekend in the Portland area won't land in eastern OR at all so there's not much hope there. I'm getting a bit freaked out that this whole trip may be a bust. It will take me a week or so to get out to the eastern part of OR so maybe conditions will change. I'm so ready to just go and hope for the best. If things get worse I can turn around and head back west at worst.

I'm hoping someone along the 84 or 26 corridors can tell me what the conditions are like (yes I have the smoke maps at but they are not terribly detailed). Would you do any hard riding in your area? It's hilly so I'll be huffing and puffing up the hills for sure.
Is this campground still closed? I can't find any info on the fire at the site...
Classifieds / FOR SALE: Touring Bicycle
« Last post by dkoloko on August 26, 2015, 04:15:36 pm »
Fuji Custom 54cm Touring Bicycle, two years old, $475.

New saddle, brake lever hoods, brake blocks, and bar tape. Professionally tuned by bike shop for this sale to be ready to roll.

Shimano XT rear derailleur upgrade over stock Deore. Upgrade seatpost. Gearing lowered from stock to 16 gear inches; high, 103 gear inches. 46-34-22 chainwheel sizes are optimally chosen, and largest chainwheels are ramped and pinned. 12-36 9-speed cogset. Dura-Ace bar end friction shifters. Cantilever brakes, 700cx32 tires.

Braze-ons for racks front and rear. Drillings for fenders. Spoke holder. Cogset chain protector. Reflective patches on rims. No pedals. Minor touch-up/decals to look nice.

This bicycle sold for $1100 without upgrades. Others are asking same price for similar touring bikes 30 to 40 years old. Buyer pays $35 for professional packing and provides shipping label.
As of 8/21, a segment of the Lolo Trail/FR 500 is closed due to fire activity. The closure is between the route intersection with FR 560 and Pete Forks Junction, on map panels 91 and 91A.

Also the Wendover, Whitehouse, Powell and White Sand USFS campgrounds (maps 89-90) on US 12 are all closed due to fire activity.

Be sure to check the USFS Nez Perce-Clearwater Alerts and Notices webpage for updates:

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer
Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Last post by staehpj1 on August 25, 2015, 06:39:47 pm »
You may spend more time sleeping on top of it, for padding, than in it for warmth.

Yep that is very likely.  Still even one cold night might justify taking a bag warm enough for the coldest night.

In the mountains temperatures can be crazy variable.  I think we saw 110 F and 32 F in the same 48 hour period on the Sierra Cascades route.

On my TA it was mostly very hot, but there were a few moderately cold nights (32 F maybe).  We left a little earlier in the season than the OP is planning, but still in the mountains some pretty variable weather can happen.
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