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General Discussion / Car key found
« on: June 22, 2011, 11:41:17 pm »
This is probably a long shot, but I found a car key on the Northern Tier in Washington. On the way up to Washington Pass, half way between Colonial Creek and Rainy Pass, lying in the shoulder. It had a strip of Velcro attached to it.

Thought I'd post it here because I'm not sure why someone would lose a car key (with Velcro) in the middle of nowhere, unless the weren't actually driving a car. If you know it's owner or have questions, email me directly at I'm riding on the NT now but check email regularly on my phone.

General Discussion / Bikes on Trains
« on: December 04, 2010, 01:15:58 am »
I'd like to piggy-back a question on to this-- what is it like taking a bike on the train?  Is it easy?  Do you have to get a special bike box or pay extra?  Any suggestions?  It seems like a good way to get you and your bike back to your starting point, especially on the NT route, following the Amtrak empire builder.  

Routes / Different routes across Washington state
« on: November 11, 2010, 07:37:23 pm »
I'm looking into biking from Seattle to Minneapolis next summer, and I'm wondering what people think about different routes going across Washington state.  I know the NT route goes across Hwy. 20, but I know there is also U.S. 2 and even I-90 (or the bike trail that parallels it for a while).  The WA DOT has a great website and maps for bikers, but I'm wondering if anyone has experience with these routes.

My initial concern is that the Hwy. 20 route doesn't look as direct as U.S. 2 or I-90.  Would one route be more direct or take more time than another?  While I want to enjoy the mountains, time might also be a bit of an issue and I don't want take a super long time as I go.

Any input or advice would be appreciated!  Thanks. 

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