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Routes / Re: Montreal to Quebec City
« on: June 21, 2015, 05:21:17 pm »
Thanks -

An extra "." and another symbol got in there.

Try this -


Routes / Re: Montreal to Quebec City
« on: June 21, 2015, 04:44:47 pm »
Hi -

I rode from Lake Ontario to the Gaspe' and around to Campbellton in 2009.  The website is:

General Discussion / Re: Crash number 6.
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:24:07 pm »
Zerodish -

I have been riding for 50 yrs in all kinds of traffic and never been hit.  BUT, I am extremely defensive when I ride and follow every traffic rule.  I look for drivers to mess up and am prepared.  I hate it when I see other riders violate the rules by running stop signs, red lights, ride the wrong side of the road, etc..

I also know riders who ride very aggressively and then complain when they get hit.  I am sure you are completely in the right when you have been hit.  My question though - and not to provoke a huge thread - is to ask if that might be you. 

General Discussion / Re: dogs and security
« on: June 14, 2014, 04:04:11 pm »
I agree with bogiesan.  When I see a dog, my first action is to unclip and be ready to kick.  I yell first, kick second.  I never get off my bike.

My uncle used a spray bottle and then graduated to a 2' long stick (wood dowling) that he kept on his handlebars.  He would whack the dog on the snoot.

Now, if you are riding through Alaska and bears cross your path - none of this works if they come at you.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Cycling in Alaska
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:28:55 pm »
Muntasir -

Get a copy of The Milepost to guide you Banff.  Essentially, you only have a couple of options anyway.  During my 5 weeks through BC, we stayed in established campgrounds and never took bear spray with us and never had a problem despite seeing bears off and on in the distance.  Of course, we did not do much cooking in camp either.  Any bear spray you have will have to be bought in Alaska since I don't think you can fly with it.

The Milepost is your best bet.

Good Luck - it is a nice ride.

General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: March 31, 2014, 05:18:15 pm »
iwstamp -

10 years ago I rode across the country with a guy who only ate salads.  We were riding about 100 miles per day with a day off each week.

He was a basket case by the end of 9 weeks.

Regardless of what others have posted - the primary fuel source for the brain is carbohydrate.  As a competitive athlete for the past 40 years plus the riding, the optimal fuel mix for athletes as been (40 % (carbs), 30% (pro) and 30% (fat).  The study was done on world class aerobic swimmers.

Just keep these things in mind.


GF -

You are correct that the elevation gains are significant going the Whistler way - Tour de France kind of steep.  I think it is more scenic though than the Fraser Valley.

One of the most surprising aspects of my ride from Fairbanks to Vancouver (2005) was the fact that there No climbs that I considered significant other than the climb out of Lillooet.  BUT, in either direction, the road is seldom flat.  you are either going up or going down for short distance (100-300 yards) and these little ups and downs are steep.  SO, you really get beat up each day and don't have any climbing stories to tell anyone.  :)

Each way has advantages.  if you are hoping to avoid elevation, Fraser Canyon makes sense and you will pick up more traffic.

Good Luck - it is an awesome ride - especially the cassia Highway.


Routes / Re: Erie Canal Bike Trail - Stone Dust trails
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:46:40 am »
Hi Ben -

The description of quasi quick-sand is applicable when saturated.  Otherwise, it will ride fine.  Vs pavement, you will go 2-3 mph slower because the tires won't roll quite so nicely.

The only part of the trail that I dislike is around Rochester.  There are sections where the tree roots have pushed up the pavement and it a jarring/bumpy ride.  There are also some section where you integrate with roads and there was broken glass to deal with.  Only around Rochester though from my experience.

The "best" part is flat.  And, if you can arrange it, you can camp at many of the locks - for sure at the Marcy Lock.  Makes it a little easier than finding campgrounds or stealth.


George -

Is there a reason you prefer the Fraser River route vs going up through Squamish and Whistler and Llilouet to Cache Creek?  Just curious because I rode via Whistler in 2005. 

I cannot comment on your ride from Vancouver to Cache Creek.  After Cache Creek to Fairbanks, it is a nice ride and you should take these factors into consideration:

Leaving in Mid-May, you will encounter below overnight temps below freezing - especially as you get further north.

There are not a lot of huge climbs the entire way.  However, the roads are rarely flat, so you are constantly going up and down short steep little "pain-in-the-butt" hills.  It wears you out a lot.

The roads are mostly paved, but not smooth.  Plan for your bike to roll 2-3 mph slower due to this.

When you get to the Cassiar, you might be hitting there when the bears are active and have not moved to higher elevations.  And, there are no services for the first 100 miles of the Cassiar (when going north).

The bugs are terrible the entire way - drove us crazy.

As mentioned by others, there is not much in the way of bike shops after Smithers until you get past Watson Lake (north end of the Cassiar).

There is much more traffic northbound when you are going and the shoulders are not wide.  On 97, there are a lot of "chip" trucks that don't move much.  That all ends when you get to the Cassiar even though it is shorter than the Al-Can.  Lots of RV going north at your time as well.

My ride is recorded on if you want to see our day-to-day stops and pictures.

It is a great ride with outstanding scenery.



General Discussion / Re: touring in the rain?
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:14:58 pm »
Kittery -

As many mentioned, you are gonna get wet from the rain or from the sweat.  I like to put on the rain gear because, even though everything gets wet, the biking clothes don't get dirty from road spray.  I find cleaning/washing is easier in that case.

I did not find that shoe covers help much for dryness, but again - it helps keep the shoes from getting trashed from road spray.

As the one gentleman said - Get out and ride in it.  I have ridden through every storm - except one along the St. Lawrence Seaway because it looked really, really nasty.  My friend and I hid out in a DOT building and actually hid under a snowplow blade because we thought the building might collapse from the straight line winds.  :)

Good Luck.

General Discussion / Re: how to keep my feet warm!
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:51:37 pm »
I have a similar problem when temps get cooler, but it is not an issue or being cold  So...

Are your feet cold or numb?  If your feet are numb and you are attributing it to being cold, you might actually be dealing with some kind of nerve compression.  I had this when the ball of my foot was sitting directly over the cleat.  Cooler weather will make this worse.  Instead of extra socks, etc., try loosening your shoes to allow your feet to move around more thereby keeping the nerve was being compressed.


Routes / Re: Planning route from Anchorage to San Fransico
« on: December 02, 2013, 06:03:58 pm »

We did not wild camp because there were 8 of us and couple of the group wanted the SAG Wagon option, so 2 guys took turns driving the vehicle with a trailer attached (very long story).  Therefore, we needed to stay in campgrounds.  The cost ranged from $5 per night to $50 for the group of 8.  Many of the sites were honor system, so do what your conscious will allow there, I guess.

Having said that, some of the places we stayed sure seemed like wild camping (lol).  Wild camping is going to leave you even more exposed to bugs than a campground/RV site will have. You will want to be able to purify water or have the ability to carry 1-2 gallons with you at all times.

Unlike the US, the towns you will go through are very small and city parks (except in a couple of areas) were non-existent.

If you have access to the internet, you can find a lot of the Milepost info on their website.  You will have to print off things or make notes.

Having done the ride, I would suggest you find someone to ride with you - just in case.  Cell phone service will be spotty at best.  Bears will be prevalent in June.  The Black bears won't be much of a bother, but grizzlies can be.  In early June, you worry about bears.  In late June, as one park ranger told us, you won't worry about the bears because the bugs chased them away.  The Ranger was correct.  If you have a full body mosquito net, bring it!

It was an awesome ride.



Routes / Re: Planning route from Anchorage to San Fransico
« on: November 30, 2013, 08:19:06 pm »
Keeppedaling -

In 2005, 8 of us rode from Fairbanks to Vancouver.  The details are at

The Milepost is excellent and it is what we used for our planning - wonderfully detailed although some had gone out of business.  You will be on the Al-Can highway for the first part.  At Watson Lake you will have a choice to take the Cassiar Highway instead of staying on the Al-Can.  It is less traffic with a few less services, but awesome scenery.  It is a more direct route than going all the way over to Missoula.

Of course, if you go over to Missoula, you will also see some great areas by Banff and Jasper and the Icefields.

The nice part is there are not many options for roads between Anchorage and the States.  You won't need your GPS.

The bugs are terrible.  The campgrounds are set up for RVs, so your tent is often going to be on hard gravel.  The roads are rough, so your speed will be affected by 2-3 mph.  There are not any huge climbs, but the roads are not flat, so you are going up and down all day long.  We left Fairbanks at the end of Memorial Day weekend and got to Vancouver right around July 4th.  During the first week, we had overnight temps in the mid-20s, so a little chilly rolling out of bed. 

Headwinds were quite strong.  We were told by the locals that sunny weather means headwinds (going north to south) and rainy weather usually means tail winds.  Take your pick.   :)  We only had 3 days of rain.

In June, you will not have a lot of traffic on the Al-Can since most vehicles are going north.  As you get down towards Prince George, you will encounter significant logging traffic going very fast. Just have to be a little careful.

Do not think about going south to north because the traffic will be more challenging and, what climbs there are (around Whistler and Lillooet will be much steeper.

Good Luck - it is a great route to ride.  If you have questions, let me know.

Paul Windrath

Routes / Re: Missoula to Glacier?
« on: November 30, 2013, 07:56:03 pm »
Tandem Tom -

The detour is worth it.  It is a comfortable 3 day ride to get there or a fast 2.5 day ride.  You will want a couple of nights in Glacier to relax, enjoy the scenery, and plan your "ascent" to Logan Pass.  Then, a couple of days to ride back to Missoula.

Having been there a few times, I would really encourage you to do it - even if you had to rent a car to get there or come back.

There are a lot of blogs about Glacier - you can see some of the pictures at mine -

Good Luck!

Routes / Re: St Paul to Fargo via Bemidji
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:36:33 pm »
Bry -

When do you expect to be in Minnesota for the St. Paul - Fargo segments?  With you starting from RI in May, I would think you will get there in mid-to latter June.  Is that correct?

It can be pretty riding through that area if you like trees, more trees, and some lakes.  It is quite flat along with a lot of corn and soybeans.  The mosquitoes/gnats/no-see-ums will be bad due to so much water. 

As for "touring" value, you will not find many areas across the northern part of the country that are similar to that area unless you are coming through Michigan and Wisconsin.

Good Luck

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