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Title: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: Ty0604 on April 21, 2019, 06:12:38 pm
I've been off the internet most of the year so this thread is a bit late but....

Where and when will you all be touring in 2019?

I've decided to take a break from long distance touring in 2019 after 3 straight years of cross country rides and instead will be focusing on a few long distance backpacking trips.

I do have one short tour planned this year though. We'll spend 10 days this September bicycling the Black Hills of South Dakota. We'll start at the southern terminus of the Mickelson Trail and then head north to Wind Cave NP, Keystone (Mt. Rushmore), then east to Badlands NP via the southern route, back west to Rapid City via the northern route, and then back onto the Mickelson Trail with a final destination of Spearfish.

Happy Touring and please be safe out there!
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: John Nettles on April 21, 2019, 10:03:33 pm
This too is a semi-off year for me.  I currently have four shorter 4-12 day trips planned this year.  My dad is 97 so I don't want to do any long trips and/or trips I can not get home quickly if need be.  Will probably do another 7-12 day trip in the early fall from Atlanta to the East Coast depending on his health.
Wishing good travels to everyone, John
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on April 22, 2019, 07:35:22 am
Flying out June 15th:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29428535?beta=false
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: John Nettles on April 22, 2019, 08:16:50 am
Bikelicious Babe. you will enjoy the stretch along the St Jo river.  Very quiet and pretty pretty. Sort of like what the Lochsa river was 30 years ago.  Enjoy.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on April 22, 2019, 10:17:24 am
Bikelicious Babe. you will enjoy the stretch along the St Jo river.  Very quiet and pretty pretty. Sort of like what the Lochsa river was 30 years ago.  Enjoy.
Thanks. I am planning to camp maybe 9 miles before Avery then do the Hiawatha and NorPac to Wallace the next day.

How is the climb from St. Regis? I know it's not paved until the summit at the border with ID.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: dedgren on April 22, 2019, 01:55:04 pm
The 102 day Side2Side transcontinental US bike ride I will do this summer is just over 5,000 miles/8,000 kilometers long.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29772173

I will ride an average of just over 56 miles/90 km each day I am on the road, six days out of seven each week.  The ride is unsupported and I will be camping 75-80% of the overnights.  I'm 66 years old- will turn 67 during the ride- and, at 275 pounds/125 kg, am a Clydesdale rider.  My bike, a 2016 Surly Disc Trucker with a Rohloff hub, will weigh in fully loaded at just about 90 pounds/41 kg.

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Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: hikerjer on April 27, 2019, 11:40:43 pm
Hoping for a cross country tour starting in mid-July from the  Oregon coast to Savannah.  A few things have to fall in place, but at this point it looks favorable.  I had to abort last year but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this summer/fall.  Gad, I hope so. I'm not getting any younger.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: BikePacker on May 25, 2019, 08:22:35 am
Hoping for a cross country tour starting in mid-July from the  Oregon coast to Savannah. 
When you reach Savannah ... hope you will consider heading on out to Tybee Island to dip your wheel.
I believe you will find Tybee to be an enjoyable venue (be careful of traffic timing & shoulders from Savannah to Tybee).
- Wishing you a wonderful trek.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: markusl on June 08, 2019, 09:54:39 am
We’re doing a “credit card tour” around and near the Elk Mountains in Colorado in July. 1 week, mostly paved, some gravel, pretty relaxed pace.

Then in October we’re doing a supported ride of the Kokopelli Trail from Fruita, CO to Moab, UT. Should be fun!
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: jwrushman on June 08, 2019, 09:13:16 pm
Currently in Birchwood Wisconsin heading West toward Anacortes.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on June 10, 2019, 06:57:39 am
Heading to Missoula on Saturday:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29428535?beta=false
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: BikePacker on June 10, 2019, 08:09:38 am
Heading to Missoula on Saturday:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29428535?beta=false
What a great looking spin.
Would love to learn more about that specific route.
Is there a YouTube anywheres out there?
What % is non-paved / paved / etc?
Please keep us posted of your progress if / as you can send updates?
- Wish you the best of rides.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on June 10, 2019, 01:26:39 pm
Heading to Missoula on Saturday:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29428535?beta=false
What a great looking spin.
Would love to learn more about that specific route.
Is there a YouTube anywheres out there?
What % is non-paved / paved / etc?
Please keep us posted of your progress if / as you can send updates?
- Wish you there best of rides.

Thanks, but I am not much on staying connected while out on the road.

All but one of the miles of the 16 miles of that climb out of St. Regis are dirt. (The ID side is paved.) 9 miles of dirt to get from Avery to the Route of the Hiawatha, which is 14 miles of dirt. 2.5 miles of dirt to get down to the unpaved NorPac Trail, then 9.5 miles up that to Lookout Pass. If I take the NorPac down from Lookout (as opposed to I-90) that about another 9 miles of dirt. King Pass to Murray, ID is 6 more miles of dirt. South of Stryker, MT, I may try another 19 miles of dirt in order to spend less time on U.S. 93. There are some other unpaved stretches south of Columbia Falls that parallel Hwy. 206 and take me to SR 35. Have done them before. Pretty and quiet. Between there and Bigfork I am not sure what I will encounter because this time I am going to try some roads that parallel SR 35, which was pretty busy when I rode it in 2017.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: Ty0604 on August 19, 2019, 05:43:47 pm
Has anyone ridden the Mickelson Trail this year? We leave in 2 weeks for the trail as noted above.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: jwaynelee on August 22, 2019, 01:51:20 pm
I rode most of the trail in one long day on July 2 of this year, as part of a 3,200+ mile tour. The trail surface was in good condition then.

Here's a link to that day in my journal: https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/noflats/day-twenty-three-spearfish-south-dakota-to-edgemont-south-dakota/ (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/noflats/day-twenty-three-spearfish-south-dakota-to-edgemont-south-dakota/)
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on August 22, 2019, 03:03:57 pm
I rode most of the trail in one long day on July 2 of this year, as part of a 3,200+ mile tour. The trail surface was in good condition then.

Here's a link to that day in my journal: https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/noflats/day-twenty-three-spearfish-south-dakota-to-edgemont-south-dakota/ (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/noflats/day-twenty-three-spearfish-south-dakota-to-edgemont-south-dakota/)
Spearfish to Edgemont in one day? Zoinks. In 2015 I did the same route you did and was dead by the time I made it to Hill City. That climb up from Cheyenne Crossing is evil. Did you visit the fish hatchery museum in Spearfish? I camped in the municipal park, which is right next to it. Nicest municipal park campground I ever stayed in.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: jwaynelee on August 22, 2019, 05:28:44 pm
I didn't go in the museum - I remember passing it, but I was in a hurry. I do remember that the park looked very nice as I rode through it at dawn, but I was in motel mode for most of this tour, and stayed at one of them in Spearfish.

By the time I got to South Dakota I was in very good shape from lots of climbing, especially in Oregon and Idaho, and the climb from Cheyenne Crossing doesn't stand out as one of the hardest ones... I guess I was jaded by then, haha.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on August 23, 2019, 10:00:54 am
Yet not exactly easy. In your words:

"I turned left at Cheyenne Crossing and the road got MUCH steeper. I was now out of the canyon. I slowly pedaled up at 3.5 mph before I turned right after four miles."

I think part of it is that riding up the canyon and to the Cheyenne Crossing didn't feature anything too steep. Then this thing slaps you in the face. Also, I got a late start because I trashed my camera and had to wait for K Mart to open up. After a stop for food in Savoy (the fancy restaurant) and a side trip to Rough Lock Falls, I ended up climbing that steep hill at a time when the sun was beating directly down on me.
Title: Re: 2019 Tours - Where and when?
Post by: jwaynelee on August 23, 2019, 10:27:58 am
Yet not exactly easy. In your words:

"I turned left at Cheyenne Crossing and the road got MUCH steeper. I was now out of the canyon. I slowly pedaled up at 3.5 mph before I turned right after four miles."

I think part of it is that riding up the canyon and to the Cheyenne Crossing didn't feature anything too steep. Then this thing slaps you in the face. Also, I got a late start because I trashed my camera and had to wait for K Mart to open up. After a stop for food in Savoy (the fancy restaurant) and a side trip to Rough Lock Falls, I ended up climbing that steep hill at a time when the sun was beating directly down on me.

Definitely not easy, and I agree that the time of day makes a big difference. Probably the hardest single climb of my tour was from Ten Sleep, Wyoming to Powder River Pass. Ten Sleep is at 4,426 feet, and the pass is 9,666 feet, and I didn't start that until around noon in the hot sun, after already riding forty miles. According to Strava, I had 8,511 feet of climbing that day total (https://www.strava.com/activities/2488553937 (https://www.strava.com/activities/2488553937).

I think riding the other direction, from Buffalo up to the pass, might actually be harder... The ride down from the last "brake check area" down to Buffalo was a very memorable descent (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/noflats/day-nineteen-basin-wyoming-to-buffalo-wyoming/ (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/noflats/day-nineteen-basin-wyoming-to-buffalo-wyoming/))