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General Discussion / network provider for cell phone
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:04:18 am »

for our bike vacations in the U.S. and Canada we are looking for a network provider for our smarthone / cellphone which offers good tariffs for calls and internet and, very important for us, which provides good reception even in the woods and wilderness.

Do you have any recommendations for us?

Thanks a lot!

Kind regards from Germany

General Discussion / Which cycling maps for U.S. and Canada?
« on: January 08, 2013, 02:40:51 am »
Hi there,

in summer we plan to cycle from Calgary via Vancouver to San Francisco. Now we are wondering which maps we should get. The ACA maps seem to be quite good but we would like to plan the detailed route "last minute" (Sierra Cascade vs. Pacific Coast or we might do a part of each). Therefore we need good maps of the States Washington, Oregon, and California, as well as British Columbia and Alberta. Since we don´t like to cycle on the highway shoulders all the time the maps should be of good map scale so the smaller streets and forest roads are in them, too.

We also think about taking our GPS with us and upload some maps. But without planning the route in advance we are concerned that the GPS itself is useless because of the small display.

Do you have any ideas or solutions for us? We appreciate it!

Thanks a lot!
Greetings from Germany

Routes / Re: Route from California to Canada - WIND DIRECTION?!
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:35:49 am »
Thanks John, for your reply. We also thought about doing the route from North to South. However our favorite months are June and July (more daylight, no holiday time, less people) and we would like to combine the US and Canada. Starting in June in Canada might be very cold and still some snow in the mountains.

We also think about taking a train, bus or flight but that might be complicated (and expensive) with the bikes. Does anybody has experiences with that?

Routes / Route from California to Canada - WIND DIRECTION?!
« on: September 26, 2012, 03:50:11 am »
Hi there,

I am new to this forum and very excited about the discussion and information from you "cycling friends and experts".

Next year in June and July we plan to cycle from the South-West of the US to Canada. We would like to start in the beginning of June in the South (either in San Francisco or somewhere in the southern part of Oregon) and cycle in 3-4 weeks to the Canadian border. However, we already read in the book "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" that due to strong winds coming from North-West it is not recommended to go from South to North along the coast. Now we are thinking about cycling the "Sierra Cascades"-Trail which leads from Woodfords (CA) - Truckee (CA) - Lassen Vulcanic NP (CA) - Mt. Shasha (CA) - Ashland (OR) - Crater Lake NP (OR) - Bend (OR) - Sisters (OR) - Hord River (OR) - to Yakima or Seattle. Unfortunately, we did not find any information so far about the wind strength and direction in this area in June. We hope that it is not too strong since it is away from the coast.

However, we would like to make sure and get some information from an "cycling expert" or local before booking the flights and plan everything in detail.

Does anybody know this route and has information about the wind and other aspects to regard? Thanks a lot for your help and advice!
Greetings from Germany

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