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Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« Last post by Iowagriz on February 20, 2015, 04:30:14 pm »
Coming from the UK, then you definitely need to visit Glacier Park. One of the gems in our National Park system.

A few notes:
  • No bikes allowed on the singletrack/hiking trails in our National Parks.
    There is a bike path from West Glacier into Apgar
    There are restrictions on riding times up the Going to the Sun Highway, do your research on that
    But, you can take your bike on the shuttle bus and do the downhill, which is a fantastic way to see the park
So a good trip would be from Banff on the GDMBR to Whitefish and detour into Glacier, seeing the sights and riding out the east side of the park and working your way to Waterton Park (Canadian side). I'd bet you could get easy transfer to Calgary or Banff from Waterton.  If you need more days, go from Whitefish on the GDMBR to Seeley Lake and just backtrack to hit Glacier.  That part of the trail is so nice, you won't mind riding it in both directions (that is what we did).
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Routes / Re: ferry from Key West to Ft. Myers
« Last post by lindagould on February 20, 2015, 04:29:28 pm »
I did the ferry last year- I am the poster and there was absolutely  NO problem taking my bike and gear so I do not know what all the hoopla was about that I had to think about. Linda
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Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« Last post by CMajernik on February 20, 2015, 04:24:49 pm »
For a map of hiking trails in Glacier here are several sites. I think that the visitor centers would also sell hiking maps of Glacier.

http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hikingthetrails.htm
http://www.hikinginglacier.com/
http://www.natgeomaps.com/trailsillustrated
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Routes / Re: Logistics for GDMBR
« Last post by savagemountain on February 20, 2015, 03:54:46 pm »
Thanks for the suggestion - the photos on google maps look amazing! We are from the UK and have never been so it all looks incredible! That detour sounds like it would be a good idea.

Do you know if you can get good trail maps of Glacier National Park?
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by staehpj1 on February 20, 2015, 12:41:31 pm »
Although I have already purchased my flight to Seattle, it might be worth the lost $$ if the weather is going to be horrible.

You might check your airline's policy on the lost $$$.  You might not have to lose the money.  I have found that at least some airlines, while they won't give a refund on a non-refundable flight, they will give you a credit toward a different flight.  I have had good luck with that a couple years ago when a trip fell through due to family responsibilities.  The Southwest did require me to use the credit within a year of the date of the cancelled flight, if I remember correctly.  I think other airlines typically have a similar policy.
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by Prometheus on February 20, 2015, 12:33:30 pm »
I was just checking one of the Oregon campgrounds and every picture is sunny, so I should have nothing to worry about  :)
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by Prometheus on February 20, 2015, 12:30:35 pm »
Thanks again for all the replies.  Sounds like Oregon will have some great camping.  Thanks for the weblink to the CA parks.

Although I have already purchased my flight to Seattle, it might be worth the lost $$ if the weather is going to be horrible.  I don't mind rain too much (used to live in Olympia, WA), but head winds are not so much fun.  I have considered some optional routes including something along the lines that jamawani suggests.  The most important part of the trip is to finish in San Diego to visit family (and my wife is meeting me there).  I'm in Colorado Springs and thought if I could work over to the Southern Tier route either via the Grand Canyon connector or portions of the Great Divde route, that could work.  I would obviously have to reroute over the passes for the Great Divide (plus I've already ridden all of it through New Mexico), but I think that would be possible.  Good portions of the divide are paved or great dirt roads along that section.  No matter what I decide, thanks for all the information, it is a huge help.
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 20, 2015, 12:25:20 pm »
And here's where to find the Oregon state park camping:
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=visit.dsp_find
TIP: Click "hiker biker campsites" from the column on the left.
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by John Nelson on February 20, 2015, 12:21:04 pm »
The status of California parks is available at http://www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex/. I would pay very close attention to which parks have hiker/biker sites, as that can make a huge cost difference for solo bicycle travelers.
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Routes / Re: Primitive Camping on Pacific Coast Route
« Last post by adventurepdx on February 20, 2015, 12:04:29 pm »
Not sure about Oregon parks, but California parks have had multiple years of budget cuts. I would suspect that many are not open yet in March - especially those further north and on the coast.

Oregon's parks haven't suffered the same budget woes that have befallen California, or Washington state for that matter. And as far as I know, all the Oregon coastal camping parks are open all year round. The only parks that close for winter (west of Cascades) are inland, and these typically open mid-March.
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