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Routes / Re: Cowboy Trail
« on: May 31, 2012, 11:19:05 am »
Im planning on riding it when I get to Nebraska; in about 2 1/2 weeks or so.

Routes / Re: Route Advise Needed: Across Wyoming
« on: May 07, 2012, 04:02:37 pm »
OK, that looks really good to me.  I've got options (if I'm ahead of schedule, ride further, if not, ride more direct). 
I think I rode down 287 some thirty years ago (when I rode from Seattle to Denver) and remember it as a pretty boring ride.

I know, I should have kept better track of my routes - but I was young.

Routes / Re: Route Advise Needed: Across Wyoming
« on: May 05, 2012, 12:15:23 pm »
One more thought.  What about coming straight (more or less) across form Crawford, Neb on 20 and work my way across the middle of the state to Jackson Hole?  Probably not as scenic, I know, but I'm more concerned about ride quality (road surface, traffic). Thanks.

Routes / Re: Route Advise Needed: Across Wyoming
« on: May 05, 2012, 11:25:30 am »
Yeah, its amazing what's available - if you know.  That's why I ask. 

Jamawani, Do you mean turn off toward Burlington, and take 14 to Cody, rather than 30 and 120?

Thanks for all the advice guys.

Routes / Re: Route Advise Needed: Across Idaho
« on: May 03, 2012, 02:07:31 pm »
That is exactly the kind of advice I was hoping for.  It looks great!  It appears that the rail trail runs further north from Island Park, but no convenient way for me to access it (via paved road from Yellowstone) eh?
Thanks so much John.  Cheers.

Routes / Route Advise Needed: Across Idaho
« on: May 03, 2012, 12:09:32 pm »
For my cross county ride this summer, I need advise on crossing Idaho into Oregon.  Im looking at riding 20 thru Yellowstone.  Riding A2 into Dubois, 22 to Arco, 20 to Interstate 84, where I would work my way up to Boise (67 and 78) and catch 26 across Oregon. 
Is anyone familiar with these roads.  Are they reasonable, or would I be better off catching the ACA route up to Missoula and back down?  Thanks.

Routes / Route Advise Needed: Across Wyoming
« on: May 03, 2012, 12:02:47 pm »
For my cross county tour this summer: I'm thinking about coming north-west from the Cowboy Trail in Nebraska (via 385) to the Black Hills (southwest corner of South Dakota) and across northern Wyoming. 
This would be: 16 from Custer City, thru Gillette, Buffalo, & on to Ten Sleep.  Then 30, & 120 to Cody.  And 20/16 on into Yellowstone.
From here I will work my way across Idaho (another post).  Is anyone familiar with these roads?  Thoughts?  Thanks much.

Routes / Re: TransAmerica from DC, but I need to go east first.
« on: April 09, 2012, 03:29:25 pm »
Well, Im liking all your perspectives.  Ive done quite a bit of touring in the past - and Ive never been one to collect "trophies".  Im not sure why I feel I have to ride "coast to coast"  this time.  Certainly the route Im looking at will be adding several hundreds of miles to a direct ride west.
As Im flying into Reagan National and have a friend to stay with in Chevy Chase (with nearby transit), riding out via the C&O would certainly be easiest.  And perhaps Point Lookout would be the logical compromise.

Routes / Re: TransAmerica from DC, but I need to go east first.
« on: April 06, 2012, 03:21:05 pm »
Thanks all,
Yes, I think you're right: It will be a combination of gathering paper maps with some ACA maps and preplanning, and some seat of my pants. I'm also trying to download maps to my new smartphone.

I figure the first section at 63 miles/day and the second at 50 miles/day; that's with 1 day off/week.  No, not really hard, (and ive certainly averaged more), but Im older, and in poorer shape.


Routes / Re: TransAmerica from DC, but I need to go east first.
« on: April 05, 2012, 01:04:22 pm »
Sorry about my lack of clarity.
I intend to ride across the county - to Portland, OR and then on (probably to Astoria).
I will not be following, for any length of time an official ACA route.  I probably will be on it from Monroeville across Indiana, and from Missoula down into Oregon.
I want to ride, more or less, as good roads will allow, from DC across to Peru, IL, and then up, maybe through the Black Hills or Bad Lands, to Missoula and then into Oregon.
I have 18 days to get from the Atlantic to Peru, IL (northcentral Illinois). I know this is not unreasonable, but in starting out, I'll not be in the best shape, and there's always other things.
I have 55 days to ride from Illinois to the coast - which I believe should be plenty of time.
I realize that in not following and official ACA route, my planning will be complicated.  I have, in the past followed ACA routes (Illinois to Denver, Seattle to Denver, Oregon coast), but I have also, mostly, followed my own path.  However, before I've not had time constraints.

Thanks all!

Routes / TransAmerica from DC, but I need to go east first.
« on: April 04, 2012, 06:36:25 pm »
Mid May I fly into Washington DC to begin my ride to Portland, Oregon, but first, to make it official, I need to ride another 120 or so miles to the Atlantic.  I've heard about a shuttle to Rohoboth Beach, but cant find info on it.  Any other ideas?

And, as long as I have your attention, Im thinking about riding the C&O/Allegheny Trail, from DC towards Pittsburg.  Good idea?  Which route should I take if it's raining.

I should mention that, while I've done quite a bit of touring in the past, for the first time, I'm dealing with time constraints.

Thanks all.

Pacific Northwest / how to get car from Portland (or Bend) to Brookings
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:45:25 am »
Morning all, my wife and I are planning to cycle the Oregon coast (for her 50th birthday), beginning on Labor Day from Astoria to Bookings.  We live in Bend, and are trying to figure out how to get our car from Astoria or Portland to Brookings, or thereabouts.  We have about a month for the ride, and will be using a (Burley folding) trailer, which makes busing difficult. 
Any ideas?

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