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Routes / Re: 2 weeks in south-western British Columbia?
« on: May 10, 2021, 04:19:07 pm »
I'm glad  you asked. Here is a quick re-creation of a tour we took in 2016
Not exact of what we rode; we got off main roads as much as possible and I've lost some of those details. But you get the idea. I would do it again

I would never take a laptop on tour, but is just me. I use RWGPS then transfer to paper maps.

General Discussion / Re: Camping or not? Is the weight worth it?
« on: May 10, 2021, 03:29:46 pm »
" I love to stop for a diner breakfast after 10-30 miles if there is a diner"
We call that second breakfast, and often a highlight of the day; if the coffee is  good.

General Discussion / Re: Northern Tier 100+ miles a day
« on: May 10, 2021, 03:27:01 pm »
Why in the world would you want ride at that pace? Enlighten me please.

Gear Talk / Re: Dynamo - What are you using for a light?
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:17:15 pm »
Son Edelux II. No problems so far (12 months) and is great at night.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bike for 80% pavement, 20% gravel/dirt
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:14:43 pm »
A regular touring bike with 700/32  will be fine in my experience for the conditions you describe. Wider if you can but at least 32.

General Discussion / Re: Best pre-ride supplement?
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:11:55 pm »
eat a regular low protein meal an hour before the ride.

A little moonlighting business maybe. Could be done virtually I suppose.

Routes / Re: St Mary to Baab to Browning
« on: April 10, 2021, 06:38:21 pm »
Thanks, very helpful. We can't wait!

Bring one guy who is compulsive about keeping track and is good with numbers. In our group it is the engineer. Afterwards he sends a spreadsheet with all the bills laid out and how much we owe whom. Saves the rest of us  lots of headaches!

General Discussion / Re: Touring after Chemotherapy
« on: April 10, 2021, 06:34:43 pm »
Good luck to  you. It will be hard but doable. The fact is regardless of chemo we lose half of our conditioning every two weeks off the bike.

Routes / St Mary to Baab to Browning
« on: April 07, 2021, 12:23:35 pm »
Anyone have experience with  Mt 464 highway?
I'm not trying to save miles but here is an alternative
Scenery and safe roads are the factors to consider. I'll have had plenty of mountains and forests.

Gear Talk / Re: Kickstand love it or leave it?
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:35:41 am »
The cool thing about panniers is that if the bike falls over or laid down intentionally, no damage to the bike!

Routes / Re: Northern Tier through Montana
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:33:11 am »
I guess I'll carry a copy of an email I got from the supervising ranger that confirms the policy. In most state parks, it is a staff person in a gate house that we deal with not a host so that is different.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier through Montana
« on: April 03, 2021, 08:15:52 pm »
It is going to be tough this year for sure, especially for the campgrounds that don't have reservable sites such as the USFS sites. No private campground has ever said to use only the website and have been very cordial over the phone. A couple of campgrounds aren't answering the phone yet. I'm on a 12 day tour and dates are not flexible.  Montana state parks do not turn away cyclists even if campground is full. Wisconsin and Michigan are the same and we've had to remind the staff of this fact more than once.

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