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Routes / Re: contemplating riding TransAm in many questions!
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:21:09 pm »
If you decide to start in Florence, nobody seems to know that United flies to North Bend, OR, 45 miles south of Florence on the coast.  You can ship your bike to Moe's Bike Shop in North Bend:

They can reassemble it for you. Take a taxi from the airport to the Parkside Motel right across the street from Moe's:

Routes / Re: ACA North Star 2014
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:41:22 pm »
Did anyone keep a North Star journal?

General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 24, 2014, 02:00:49 pm »
Tide with Febreeze

General Discussion / Re: Fighting off boredom?
« on: July 17, 2014, 06:28:19 pm »
I like to pick up books/pamphlets pertaining to the local history of the area I'm riding through.  Makes good reading in the evening and enriches the experience.

I love this idea. If only I could find time even doing my slacker 40-50 mile days. Just love to eat, screw around, take pictures, and visit too much. Then there's that pesky journal . . .

Routes / Re: Idaho - Trans Am
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:58:24 pm »
Thanks. I've become a much safer/better cyclist after touring with my husband, a CDL (big rig) truck driver.

Good luck & Idaho IS beautiful with all its rivers. You just have to share a shoulderless road with the big trucks for a couple days.
And because those rivers are hugely popular with sportsmen / RVs towing boats, trailers, and every manner of everything on the weekends, try to schedule rides towards towns like Riggins (the rafting capital of Idaho) for weekdays.   

Routes / Re: Idaho - Trans Am
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:36:05 pm »
I concur with what you've heard. This from my 2011 TransAm Journal, "Day 19: Cambridge to New Meadows, Idaho: A day of traffic"

"Simple steps to stay alive:
1. Ride together as much as possible, creating only one obstacle to go around instead of two.
2. Use a rear view mirror. If you see big trucks coming both ways at the same time, pull off to the side. Same goes for squirrely motorists.
3. If you see traffic backing up behind you on a long downhill, pull over and let them all go by. You don't want drivers getting edgy and impatient behind you."

General Discussion / Re: Fighting off boredom?
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:48:48 pm »
Keep a journal on crazyguyonabike. It will suck up any free time you have and keep us entertained at the same time   ;D

Interestingly, I NEVER had hand numbness on my mountain bikes. Just got a road bike & experienced it for the first time. Not sure if it's because of the harder (bouncier) ride or because I put more weight on my hands riding in the drops, but I really need the extra hand positions on the road bike. After adding aerobars, I use the drops way less, really love cruising on them. Don't know if they'd be comfy on a mtn bike or if it's worth giving up the handlebar bag for.

Bar ends are really useful on my Raleigh mtn bike as they let me lean down and get way forward (for a mountain bike):

On my more upright Schwinn High Sierra mtn bike, the riding position is too upright for bar ends to be comfortable or useful.

Stick with faithful steed. Have been C2C twice on a mountain bike. Slower but 1) you already own it and 2) you know it's reliable.

Thanks for posting Lucas. I remember staying at the armory in Williston on the NT.  One of my vet assistants moved there last year with her husband -  $80K/year not bad for a 20-something kid from Yuma with the country's highest unemployment rate (30.3%).  If our leaders were smart, they'd let the oilfields  turn this recession around and get us out of the middle east as a bonus.     

Routes / Re: Transam Motels around Jeffrey City, Wy?
« on: November 15, 2013, 06:36:22 pm »
Follow mathieu's link to Monk King Bird Pottery or friend them on Facebook for contact info. Be sure to call Byron & reserve the trailer if you're coming during TransAm's busy season as there's no other place to stay in Jeffrey City without camping equipment. I've also heard the church is no longer available. You can always call the pastor & ask, he's very nice. In a journal on CrazyGuy, two girls stayed in this room at the church in June 2012 without needing sleeping bags:

There's a guy in Muddy Gap who rents out 2 hunting trailers, his phone # is on the back of the Adventure Cycling map (I can look it up & let you know if you need it). Muddy Gap is another 24 miles past Jeffrey City going W to E, or 44 miles past Rawlins going E to W. Good to know cuz this is a really windy stretch of Wyoming and the road from Rawlins to Jeffrey City has potholes & heavy trailer truck traffic. So you may not make it as far as you planned on those days.

We rode W to E without camping equiment averaging a wimpy 43 miles daily & documented all lodging contact & cost info at:

General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier For Non Campers
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:05:47 pm »
Can't hurt to sign up but WarmShowers is least likely to turn up members in the remote areas where there aren't any motels.

Another thought on carrying a tent & sleeping bag just in case. If you discover a place where lodging will be too far between, buy cheap ones, Goodwill if you can, (maybe just bags & pray for no rain), in the town before & leave behind at campground with "free to good home" sign.

General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier For Non Campers
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:59:43 pm »
Another place to look for accommodations is Craigslist - people rent out vacation cottages. trailers in RV parks, or even rooms in their homes. I was able to find Craigslist lodging in a few tight spots on our credit card TransAm last year.  With reservations for the western half made well in advance, we pulled off no camping averaging 43 miles per day. Don't know if you could motel the Northern Tier without doing century days, it's been too long ago since I've ridden it.

Routes / Re: Best way to build a route from scratch?
« on: October 26, 2013, 06:08:17 pm »
<<  And why do you have to bike into Atlanta??  Urban riding can be the pits. >>

Actually, there is an outstanding PAVED bicycle path ~ 150 miles long from Anniston, Alabama into the Atlanta 'burb of Smyrna. Google Chief Ladiga Trail (Alabama) & Silver Comet Trail (Georgia).

Routes / Re: ACA North Star 2014
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:11:42 pm »
Oooh, the ride to Hyder I still remember to this day because on the little dogleg in, you ride closer to a glacier than anywhere on the route. I remember a sign saying instead of "Caution, Falling Rock!" something like "Caution, Falling Glacier!" and we all rode like hell by it as fast as possible. The other thing Hyder NOW has is a famous "grizzly bear viewing area" that my snowbird clients show me pictures of. You can stand on a bridge & literally watch grizz fishing.

We stayed in a hostel in Banff and camped at Lake Louise along the way to Jasper, where elk walked around town.  It was the most wildlife rich stretch of the trip other than the park service bus tour thru Denali.

Half of us alleviated the drudgery of weeks of wilderness by detouring along the (paved!) Alaska Highway to Whitehorse - we were not about to miss the capital of the Yukon!  Added plus: bartering veterinary work for bike repair  :)

Great idea to think about setting aside time to rent a car in Fairbanks and DRIVE to Inuvik. My only regret of the trip was nobody even realized the Arctic Circle was a possible til we came to the turnoff & met people going that way. Miles and miles of opportunity to find a polar bear shaped Yukon license plate.

And yeah, after Denali, people did their own thing.

An *extra* to consider is flying from Anchorage to Juneau to catch the Alaska Marine Highway to Bellingham - you can ride from there to the Seattle airport. They let you pitch tents on deck so you don't have to pay extra for a cabin. Though not a *real* cruise,  a park ranger gives talks & points out sights along the way. Takes 3 days and worth every penny of the (now) $379.

I kept my ACA North Star booklet (we didn't have an actual map) & will RV the route in a few years. At the time - pre Robin Williams - I kept thinking that "RV" would make a great horror flick   :-\


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