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Routes / Re: Denver - Anarcortes - San Francisco
« on: September 06, 2020, 05:14:17 am »

Hey John, I live just a few miles from downtown Denver. If you need anything while you're in the area send me a PM and I'll do my best to help. If I'm around when you start your tour I'd consider joining you for a portion out of the Denver.

Thank you very much!

Routes / Re: Denver - Anarcortes - San Francisco
« on: August 26, 2020, 04:52:53 pm »
Thank you very much for such a detailed post, as well as the map. That gives me plenty to be going on with and to think about.

Altitude sounds like it's something I need to think about also as I'm at sea level here in the UK. I guess at a minimum it would need several days in Denver at the start but I need to bone up. I've been reading the blog of a westbound eastern express rider who doesn't mention it, but I guess he acclimatised in the days preceding his arrival in Fort Collins.


Routes / Re: Denver - Anarcortes - San Francisco
« on: August 26, 2020, 10:43:36 am »
Thanks jamawani, that's very helpful.

I found the 8, I think, or the southern half of it anyway and a reasonable route might thus be to enter from south and then do a counter clockwise loop which goes along the western bank of Yellowstone Lake before looping round to Norris? Then back south to Old Faithfull if feeling so inclined and out the west gate? I guess I'd stop somewhere for a few days and explore; it's a long way to come to just whizz through.

Thanks again.

Routes / Re: Denver - Anarcortes - San Francisco
« on: August 26, 2020, 04:43:14 am »
Pat - thank you very much. Togwotee Pass would be bit of a pipe opener in which case, coming in the early days of a tour!

I saw an alternate route from Missoula on a blog which went via Thomson Falls, Spokane, Wenatchee before ending up near Seattle. There looks to be a plain of sorts in the middle of this route which may save a little climbing but busier I guess and no doubt not as attractive.

Yellowstone - it looks like a good area for a few days off. Jamawani comments about timing below (thank you) so an early start sounds a bit better. I'd just have to get up a bit earlier to avoid the buses I imagine.

Routes / Denver - Anarcortes - San Francisco
« on: August 25, 2020, 05:20:33 pm »
Hello Everyone, I write from the UK.

Assuming the US is open to visitors next year I'm thinking about various tour options. I don't really have the time or inclination to do the Transam but was thinking about the following and would be grateful for any observations. I'm just trying to combine two parts of the US I'd like to visit in one trip.

Denver - Missoula (on the Transam roughly I guess) - then head up to pick up the Northern Tier to Anacortes, say, and then down the West coast as far as time and enthusiasm allows. Would parts of this be very remote/mountainous? I usually like to do 50-60 miles a day and ideal reach a settlement of some sort at the end of the day.

I know that September is a good time for the West Coast and that would mean leaving Denver sometime in August. Temperature doesn't look too bad but is Yellowstone and so on over run with rv's at that time of year. Any other traffic/meteorological things I should think about?

Any thoughts welcome, thank you.


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