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Routes / Re: Cross-US Trail-Based Route - Feedback Please!
« Last post by John Nettles on April 17, 2015, 12:18:26 pm »
Sounds like a great family trip!  A possible thought (not a suggestion but maybe something to look into) is to finish the Katy Trail in Clinton, take county roads over to Osowatomie, KS, and do the trail to Council Grove, KS then north to Norfolk, NE via county roads and some rail trails.  The New Franklin to IA border will be somewhat hilly but it would be shorter overall.

You do know the Cowboy Trail basically parallels US-20 in Nebraska, correct?

I would suggest the McKelson rail trail in South Dakota and take some time around the Black Hills.  Really nice.

Whatever route you choose, wishing you have a great time!
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Routes / Re: Cross-US Trail-Based Route - Feedback Please!
« Last post by whitebirch on April 17, 2015, 11:28:18 am »
Whoa, thanks for the heads up on the Big Savage Tunnel, indyfabz!  My first thought was "Nooooooooooo!  The whole trip is ruined!"  Then I got off the floor, went on the googlewebs, and found out that it's only a 9-mile closed section with an 11-mile detour and a shuttle option.  That sounds very work-aroundable!  So the trip is back on!

Come on, what else you got to throw on me?  Is that the best you can do?    :)

Rob
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Routes / Re: Cross-US Trail-Based Route - Feedback Please!
« Last post by Pat Lamb on April 17, 2015, 10:46:49 am »
A few more notes to think about:

First, if your daughter wants to do this ride, I think age 10 is mature enough that she should be able to handle riding on low-traffic roads. (If SHE doesn't want to do the ride come February 17, fuggitaboutit!)  Also, it seems like most of the viable towns in Wyoming and Montana, and then west from there, are spaced at about 50 miles apart.

Your "southern" Yellowstone route has a huge plus, IMHO: the view from  just west of Togwotee Pass looking to the Tetons is the most spectacular scenery I've seen.  It also has a few minuses: (1) it's a 50 mile ride from the Jackson Lake (last settlement in the Tetons) to West Thumb (first store/grocery/restaurant/campground in Yellowstone); (2) from the Yellowstone gate up to Lewis Falls is a decent climb, with no shoulders, and a steady flow of traffic; and (3) the southeastern corner of Yellowstone has the least to see.  But you'll be close to Old Faithful, and to get out through the north gate, you'll end up riding past plenty of geothermal features and some nice, scenic ridges.  If you stick to 25 miles a day, you can probably grind those miles out starting at dawn and miss most of the tourist traffic in Yellowstone.
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General Discussion / Re: Pac Coast Ride
« Last post by mucknort on April 17, 2015, 10:12:51 am »
This is from an itinerary I saw someone else do:


Crescent City to Arcata = 74 miles
Arcata to Garberville = 80 miles
Garberville to Westport = 53 miles
Westport to Point Arena = 65 miles
Point Arena to Bodega Bay = 63 miles
Bodega Bay to Inverness = 37 miles
Inverness to San Francisco = 43 miles

Here's the CA Park listing of hike or bike sites:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex
(You have to click on the "by feature" button and then check mark the hike/bike box)
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General Discussion / Re: Hello newb here looking for advice
« Last post by mucknort on April 17, 2015, 10:02:31 am »
I find 40-80 mile days are a lot more fun as far as being able to check stuff out along the way, especially doing an incredibly scenic route like the Pacific coast.

Reasons for doing coast N to S:
-yes, winds are very consistent N to S
-wider/better shoulder on Southbound side
-you get the BEST views of the ocean and cliffs and shore and wildlife!
-90% of bike tourists go N to S, it is fun to meet up with folks and keep bumping into them/camp with them as you tour.

Many hiker/biker campgrounds at State Parks along the coast that charge only $5-12 night.
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General Discussion / Re: Shipping bicycle back home question
« Last post by mucknort on April 17, 2015, 09:49:56 am »
Another option is a company called shipbikes.com. Their rates are unbeatable and they use FedEx. I've used them when I've bought and sold used bikes.


http://www.shipbikes.com/home3.html

....or do what I did after a cross country ride. We needed a new used car, so at the end of our trip I found a great deal on a car in SoCal on Craigslist and then drove back to New Hampshire, taking a completely different route than our bike trip.
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Routes / Re: Missoula to Anaconda via Rock Creek
« Last post by indyfabz on April 17, 2015, 09:43:51 am »
Thanks for the info.  I think we have decided to do a counter clockwise circle from Missoula to Lost Trail pass, then to Anaconda then back to Missoula via Rock Creek.  3 days.  Just don't want to have a mess for the Rock Creek section.

In three days? More power to you. Measured from the Missoula KOA it's about 262 miles to the junction of Rock Creek Rd. and I-90 assuming U.S. 93 to MT 43 through Wisdom towards Wise River then MT 569 to Anaconda, MT 1 to P'burg then Rock Creek Rd.

If you can squeeze in another day or two you might consider Wisdom to Jackson then Big Hole Pass to the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway to Wise River then MT 43 to MT 569 to Anaconda.
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Routes / Re: Cross-US Trail-Based Route - Feedback Please!
« Last post by indyfabz on April 17, 2015, 08:31:11 am »
A lot to digest here, but I will note at this point that the Big Savage Tunnel on the GAP usually does not open until some time in April. As the official trail web site points out, there is no easy workaround.
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Routes / Re: Maryland to Maine route? (Breast Cancer Awareness Ride)
« Last post by kelso on April 17, 2015, 08:30:23 am »
I suggest you look at the East Coast Greenway web site (http://www.greenway.org/).
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Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Bike type and solo?
« Last post by rs7trout on April 17, 2015, 12:22:18 am »
Have you ridden any part of the route before?? First--I've only ridden different parts of the sections including some of the singe track before it became the Idaho Hot Springs Route. I had planned on doing the loop last year --when life kind of got in the way!! I too had the choice for both a cross and a full suspension and was going to ride the full suspension---Just think you'd be a heck of a lot more comfortable! I too would not do the single track on the route--it's one thing doing it without a loaded bike--but with--ay--more power to those that do! Although having said that there are a couple places where you could camp--take an extra day or part of a day and do a single track loop back to camp (if you road your full suspension--like Fisher Creek--which is really awesome!).

If the snow level is down--and it was possible to do it in first part of June--am considering it as I have the time--but thinking snow may get in the way of the plan!

Good luck with your plan- I'm sure there are those that have done the loop that will give a better response--but just thought I'd add my thoughts!

Ron
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