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...I also rode 126 east of Eugene, from Mackenzie Bridge to Walterville.  There's no shoulder ..

Not sure if 126 has changed, but looking at google street view, I can only find short segments with no shoulder, but I have not ridden it yet. 

Routes / Re: Trans Am Rockies Camping - Bears?
« on: February 23, 2024, 09:00:59 pm »
In terms of taking attractants inside your tent, can't you just put them in plastic bags? 

From what I've read, that will not work as plastic bags are too thin.   Most of us can't keep the outside of ziplocks perfectly clean either.

Annoying to hang or canister everything, I realize. 

General Discussion / Re: C 2 C
« on: February 20, 2024, 08:20:46 pm »
Do you enjoy any dirt/gravel road rides?   My wife and I ride 700x38 tubeless tires and find gravel roads peaceful albeit slower going.  Takes awhile to get used to steep climbs and rough descents, but worth it, imo.

We took the Green Swamp route south of the C2C due to the trail gap near Clermont so we could avoid route 50.  Sandy roads were a bit soft, but the Richloam General Store was fun to see, and we toured the FWC bass hatchery on the way out of the swamp. 

General Discussion / Re: C 2 C
« on: February 18, 2024, 05:39:55 am »
I rode C2C from St Pete to Flagler Beach (instead of Titusville) with my wife this month. Took the train to/from DC to get to Florida.  We used RidewithGps and Elemnt Roam computers to stay on the trail for the most part.  Got lost once near Orlando, probably due to my carelessness.  Signage is very sporadic, and usually listed the individual trail name but not the Coast to Coast trail.   I try not to screw up, but I find that my success on tour often depends on handling problems. 

Rt 1 is not pleasant, sorry you rode there - we did some of that ourselves. We wear lots of high visibility colors and used lots of lights.  We stayed 3 nights with kind WarmShowers hosts, which was great.  We have hosted for years, but that was our first time as guests.   We used hotels otherwise to charge my wife's ebike.   We met two guys riding the Huracan bikepacking loop, which looks interesting but awfully wet.   That had places to camp they said.     

The US needs more bike infrastructure of all kinds, for commuting as well as touring.  Meanwhile, I still enjoy quiet roads that go to interesting places, and do my best to survive roads like route 1 if I can't enjoy them. 

Anyway, ACA should get the credit for making great maps.  Tailwinds, John

Good to keep that straight, thanks

Routes / Re: Cycling the Parkways from Washington DC to New Orleans
« on: January 30, 2024, 08:23:09 pm »
Sounds like a wonderful trip.  I love camping next to the creek at Sky Meadows, and SNP and BRP in September are incredibly nice places to ride, especially if you can time it to avoid the weekend in the northern section.

Glad you had a nice trip


Thanks for all the time and effort you put into maps.  I am amazed at your persistent energy, and grateful for all the terrific maps. 

Routes / Re: Teton Pass from Jackson
« on: January 09, 2024, 11:10:48 am »
Ha ha, at least you had another couple gears available.

More than once, I have looked back and found with dismay that I was already in first gear.   Oy.  Thankfully, I prefer standing on steep grades, for the most part.  Not for one hour though...

Routes / Re: Teton Pass from Jackson
« on: December 29, 2023, 01:05:41 am »
Thanks for all the details

General Discussion / Re: C 2 C
« on: December 21, 2023, 04:28:59 pm »
You should be able to search for "Coast to Coast Florida" on ridewithgps and find several versions.  There are gaps which users fill in, so versions vary slightly.   If you Google it generally, there are a number of official govt and unofficial private organizations with info.   

Here is one:

There is a Facebook group as well with info, as you may have guessed.   

Florida roads and drivers are both a bit dangerous, imo, so the trail is welcome, but I have not ridden it.

My wife and I are riding it this February February, taking the train with our bikes to Tampa, riding to New Smyrna Beach instead of Titusville, and then back to DeLand to catch the train home.

Routes / TA Addenda - Bazine, KS Lodging
« on: December 21, 2023, 06:49:19 am »
GPX file for Bazine says 2 COL's, "Elaine's Bicycle Oasis" and "David LaRocque’s home"

Online addenda for Map 86 says "(Jun 2023) In Bazine, there is Cyclists Only Lodging available: Roomy Bazine Home, from junction of SR 96 and Main St. 3 blocks S., call or email ahead...."

Does this mean that the two listed in the GPX file are closed now, or is this an additional spot?   


General Discussion / Re: Touring with an E-bike or G-bike?
« on: December 18, 2023, 05:06:19 pm »
I'm not a fan of gas cars and motorcycles so gas bikes (aka, mopeds) is definitely not something I would like.  Since you are not looking to pedal at all (sigh), my response below will probably not apply to you, but to add my 2 cents....

My wife rides a Specialized Vado SL ebike which is about 32# with rack and fenders (I weighed it).  Main battery (included in weight) is 320 WH pedal assist and two extender batteries are 160 WH each (1100 g each or 2-1/2# ea).   You can dial in how much assistance the motor provides, so if you only need an additional 60W on average, that would last 10 hours of you have two extender batteries.   If you want an additional 120 W, that would only be 5 hours, etc

So, she still needs to provide leg power to go a long distance.  It works for us, and let's her go the same speed as me with only an additional 80 W or so.  It lets us ride together which is great.

Charging needs to be every night, though, and few campgrounds have outlets on a tent site.   Takes a few hours to charge, so charging at lunch is not very practical, except as a small boost.  So, mostly motels which is a problem if you don't know your schedule, don't have reservations,  and if you stop in a small town.   

I agree that bike trails can be dangerous,  and I'm embarrassed to say that I've had more accidents on bike trails (usually at intersections with roads) than on roads.

We did C&O and Gap trails last fall (out and back sorta) easily.   Cross country is going to be much, much tougher next summer, esp. the Western half of the trip.  The planning is daunting...

Routes / Re: Ride with GPS elevation errors
« on: December 16, 2023, 05:27:33 am »
Great detail, thanks

Routes / Re: Teton Pass from Jackson
« on: December 15, 2023, 09:20:02 pm »
Ok thanks. 

RWGPS says just under 4 miles long and 8.5% grade average.  Sounds like you agree with that assessment, more or less

Routes / Teton Pass from Jackson
« on: December 15, 2023, 07:29:50 pm »
I see the 4 mi climb from the Snake River to the top of Teton Pass is fairly steep for that length.

If you've ridden it, how did it compare to other TA climbs.  It appears to be steeper than most, or maybe even all, other very long climbs (excluding hills here).

Since I have questioned grades in another thread, if you have ridden it and recorded your ride, I'd be curious to know how it went. 

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