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Has anybody actually done this new reroute and blogged about it? Doesn’t sound very pleasant. I am planning to ride the ST starting in early March and am thinking I may be better off sticking to the old route where there appear to be more services and because it’s better documented abd more scenic. I assume it will be best to ride this section on weekdays. Thanks!

Any chance 20 will still be closed in late June?

Routes / Re: Northern Tier to North Lakes route
« on: April 20, 2017, 04:40:01 am »
Thanks for the advice. Believe I'll start with the tent and hammock and see how that goes.
Also seeking recommendations on places to stay along the way, at least from Anacortes to Erie. I did the Erie to Bar Harbor section last year as part of a ride from the D.C. area. I thought the best places I stayed on that section were the Brown Barn in Boonville N.Y. and the White Mountains Hostel in Conway N.H. I liked those well enough that I did rest days there. Evangola State Park in NY was also quite nice.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier to North Lakes route
« on: April 08, 2017, 07:45:32 am »
Yes, both the hammock and the bivy have noseeum netting. Thanks.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:26:47 pm »
I got chased twice by dogs while traversing Virginia last year, and they meant business! Two of the dogs, who were together, I outraced. The second, some kind of pit bull, miraculously stopped in its tracks after I yelled at it menacingly. Those experiences were enough to convince me I didn't want to try Kentucky solo. I ended up riding north to Bar Harbor instead and got barked at a few times. But the dogs up north didn't seem to be all that serious about the pursuit. So my takeaway was that I should stick to the northern routes unless traveling in a group. PS: I do carry a canister of Halt on my handlebar bag. But both times I got chased, the dogs were on me so quickly I didn't really have time to get the spray out. My other gripe about the TransAm route through Virginia was that there was a lot of traffic on some of the roads, and on several occasions, locals in their big diesel trucks seemed to try to see how close they could get to me on the shoulder before blasting me with their diesel fumes. I believe they call it "rolling coal." That seems to me to be far more dangerous than the dogs. Thanks.

Routes / Northern Tier to North Lakes route
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:14:17 pm »
Am planning to ride most of the Northern Tier route starting in Anacortes in late June. Last year, I brought both my hammock, which I prefer to sleep in, and a small tent along on a ride from VA to Bar Harbor via Pittsburgh and Erie and found that I used the hammock more than 90% of the time. This year, I am thinking of leaving the tent behind and maybe just bringing the hammock and a bivy bag for when I can't find a good spot to hang the hammock. Does that sound like it would work? Also, I am thinking about finishing the ride via part of the North Lakes route instead of riding through Illinois and Indiana. Any thoughts on that? Thanks!

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