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Offline askmeaboutmybeard

Possible Route Change...need help!
« on: May 01, 2012, 02:10:12 pm »
Hey Everyone,
My son and I are doing the TransAm route this summer. We originally planed to go east to west but may need to change from W to E.
The question I have is, we would need to start from the Bellingham Wash. area. Since we wouldn't be starting from Astoria, OR. as the maps show, what would be the best and quickest way to get back on the route from Bellingham?

Thanks so much!
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Offline John Nettles

Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 02:31:56 pm »
The question is a bit ambiguous  :) since quickest and best are not always compatible.  If you mean getting to Astoria, just take the Pacific Coast down to Astoria.  If you mean, how would I connect to the TransAm that is different.  If that, I would take the NT over to Glacier NP then down on the Great Parks route to Missoula then connect there to the TransAm.  The scenery is fantastic.  If you wanted to connect sooner, I would still take the NT to Idaho border then work my way down to Kooskia and join the TransAm there.

I have done both the TransAm and the NT and think WA-20 is one of my all time favorite routes.  However, the Lochsa river between Kooskia and Lolo, MT is also in the rides.  But so is Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier.

Those answers assume you meant your were riding.  If you meant traveling by train or something, I will not be able to give you a knowledgeable answer.
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline John Nelson

Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 02:33:20 pm »
I suggest you buy the map for section 1 of the Pacific Coast Route.

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Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 02:53:55 pm »
If you are set on getting from Bellingham to Astoria, you can use the ACA Pacific Coast Section 1.

Another option is to use the Kirkendall/Spring Bicycling the Pacific Coast book routing. The third edition had a route starting in Vancouver, going through Bellingham, and then crossing over to the Hood Canal. It then turned westward at Shelton to the coast at Aberdeen, then south along 101 to Astoria. (If I remember correctly they changed the routing of the "Inland Option" in the fourth edition.)

Either route is going to take about a week to get to Astoria. How far each day do you hope to be travelling?

Offline askmeaboutmybeard

Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 10:37:58 pm »
Thanks everyone...sorry I should have been more clear.
I was wanting to know the best way to re-connect to the TransAm route.

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Offline John Nelson

Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 11:34:35 pm »
Thanks everyone...sorry I should have been more clear.
I was wanting to know the best way to re-connect to the TransAm route.
That question seems less clear to me.

What do you mean by "re-connect"? Do you mean "connect"?

What is your definition of "best"?

What's wrong with the suggestions you received so far?

Offline askmeaboutmybeard

Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 11:40:06 pm »
Hi John,
Nothing wrong with the suggestions at all, I appreciate them...just clarifying.

I don't want to go down to Astoria but want to get on (connect) to the TransAm route as quickly as possible starting from Bellingham.

Thanks!
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Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 03:17:13 am »
I don't want to go down to Astoria but want to get on (connect) to the TransAm route as quickly as possible starting from Bellingham.

If you're looking at expediency, I would look at some variation of the RSVP/STP/Willamette Bikeway option. This would take you along the I-5 corridor for the most part, and be fairly (but by no means wholly) flattish.

The RSVP route (Vancouver BC to Seattle) is an annual ride put on by the Cascade Bike Club. Map and cue sheets here:
http://shop.cascade.org/sites/default/files/RSVP-Route-Map-2011.pdf

STP is the annual Seattle-To-Portland ride, also put on by the Cascade Bike Club.
http://shop.cascade.org/sites/default/files/STP-Route-Map-2011_web.pdf

That'll get you into Portland. From there, you can use this routing to get to Champoeg State Park, the start of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway:
http://shop.cascade.org/sites/default/files/STP-Route-Map-2011_web.pdf

And from Champoeg, ride to Eugene to connect to the Trans-Am via the WVSB:
http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/BIKE/WVSB_main.shtml

A few notes about all of the above: It will still take you about a week to get from Bellingham to Eugene (still don't know what the mileage per day you are aiming for.) You won't get to see the actual ocean on this route but you'll see some of Puget Sound between Tacoma and Bellingham. Some of the route is fairly meandering, so there are ways to straighten things out a bit, or detour off the route for more scenery (like Whidbey and Vashon Islands.) But all of the different routes above are well mapped, whereas detours not so much.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Possible Route Change...need help!
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2012, 11:42:19 am »
I don't want to go down to Astoria but want to get on (connect) to the TransAm route as quickly as possible starting from Bellingham.
I believe that the quickest way to connect to the TransAm is to go to Astoria, but you have ruled that out.

Let me assume that you what you want is not the quickest way to connect to the TransAm, but rather the quickest route to Yorktown using as much of the TransAm as feasible. I might also assume that you would temper quickest with a nice route (e.g., the quickest would probably be to use I-5 and I-90 to get to Missoula, but that would not be an attractive route to me--but maybe it would to you). I might also assume that you want to do this entirely by bicycle.

So I might suggest you follow the Northern Tier to Sandpoint, ID and then take Idaho 200 and Montana 200 to Missoula. There are many factors and tradeoffs, and I don't know your view of these factors, so this might not be the right option for you.