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General Discussion / Re: THE NORTHERN TIER
« on: January 26, 2017, 07:23:07 pm »
So....practice my bear hugging skills - got it.

Will certainly invest in the maps.

Thanks for the feedback - all appreciated.


General Discussion / Re: THE NORTHERN TIER
« on: January 26, 2017, 06:50:57 pm »
Hi Pat, Indy and John,

Thanks for the feedback.  I have cycled long-distance before (up the centre of Australia).  Im guessing there will be more services across the US, than there up through the centre of Australia - so water and food are not my problem.  Certainly wild animals - not interested in being a bear burger  :-\

I am taking similar bike to my last trip...hard tail mountain bike with touring tyres, and hitching a Bob Ibex trailer to it.  I know of the issues with descents, braking and jack-knifing - obviously to be avoided at all costs.  I have no problem taking a lane and riding with traffic either, but curious about how cyclists up that way are viewed, and is there heavy truck traffic?  In Australia I dealt with road-trains (trucks with up to 8 trailers), and they were brilliant - very considerate.

Head-winds, side winds...all part of the parcel - tail winds a rare blessing.  I anticipate 8 - 10 hours in the saddle each day.

I plan to start my ride from the East and head west, but I can certainly change that around if it means I am more likely to have access to Logan pass.

Will look up the Warm Showers hosts - that sounds interesting.  I don't know anyone up there, but being lonely is something I am quite good at.

Thanks again for the feedback, if anything else comes to mind, please let me know - information is invaluable.



General Discussion / THE NORTHERN TIER
« on: January 26, 2017, 12:42:35 am »

I am in the process of organising to ride the Northern Tier.
I will by cycling solo, camping as often as I can.

Has anyone already completed this ride?  If so, can you tell me of the potential dangers (animal, human or mechanical).

Thanks very much.



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