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General Discussion / ShipBikes switching over to UPS
« on: April 13, 2022, 12:47:32 pm »
Seems like ShipBikes.com has lost their contract with FedEx…

Website is currently down with this error: “Sorry for the inconvenience. We have paused our service while we transition our system over to our UPS partner. We'll be back next week.”

It’s unfortunate because FedEx was always a lot cheaper than UPS. Last week I obtained a shipping quote from ShipBikes for my bike/gear from Denver to Philadelphia for a cost of $71. The same details on BikeFlights, using UPS, is $158. More than double! I’m regretting not purchasing the label last week.

I’ll definitely be touring less at these cost.

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Routes / Katy Trail (Connections to/from St. Louis/KCMO)
« on: March 24, 2022, 09:19:41 pm »
Considering doing the Katy Trail this summer. I’d probably fly into KCMO and out of St. Louis.

Has anyone biked from KCMO to the western terminus in Clinton and/or from the eastern terminus in Machens to St. Louis? Would like some suggestions on routes!

Searched this forum and the Katy Trail forums with no luck.

Happy Touring!

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Gear Talk / Chair
« on: March 06, 2022, 04:08:47 pm »
Does anyone else carry a chair with them while on tour? I hadn’t before last summer, when I took it on a two week tour of Montana. I purchased a Helinox Chair Zero and find it more comfortable than most of the picnic tables. I’m an ultralight tourer (10-15lbs) so this is a little heavy for me at 18oz. Love the comfort of it though!

No photo of the chair so here’s a link https://helinox.com/collections/all-chairs/products/chair-zero?variant=16664192286790

Happy Touring!




PIC: Going-to-the-Sun Road (Glacier NP) June 2021

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Routes / Delmarva
« on: February 12, 2022, 04:02:06 pm »
Now that the Delmarva maps are out, has anyone ridden any of it?

Will be leaving Philadelphia on May ~14th with an endpoint of Kitty Hawk, NC.

Will likely double back to Norfolk and fly home from there.

Open to suggestions etc!

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Classifieds / Pearl iZUMi X Alp Launch II Shoes
« on: January 31, 2022, 12:00:11 pm »
New without box

Men’s Size 13

Color: Yellow

$60 + shipping for USA

Local pick up available in metro Denver or Nashville

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Routes / Nashville ---> New Orleans Ride Report
« on: September 28, 2021, 06:06:42 pm »
Recently finished up a ride from Nashville to New Orleans on the Natchez Trace Parkway and the ACA's Great Rivers South route and thought I'd share a bit about my ride.

Day 1: Nashville --> Meriweather Lewis (76.46 miles) Getting from Nashville to the Northern Terminus of the NTP was kind of sketchy. It's about 16 miles from downtown to the NTP. I rode Highway 100, a busy four lane highway void of any shoulder. Once you get on the NTP it's smooth sailing to Meriweather Lewis. The Loveless Cafe before the NTP is your last option for anything until the next day. It's hilly leaving the city and it'll be a nice workout. There is a bicycle camp at MP408 (23 miles before Meriweather Lewis) but if you like history, the camp at Meriweather Lewis is near the spot where the famed expedition leader committed suicide at in 1809. His grave is a short walk from the camp. Potable water available. Free.

Day 2: Meriweather Lewis --> Colbert Ferry, Alabama (66.15 miles) More hills as you head south. Collinwood is a short ride off the trace. Has a visitors center and restaurants. Free bicycle camp at Colberts Ferry. Potable water and electric.

Day 3: Colberts Ferry ---> Tupelo, Mississippi (65.94 miles) The only "gas station" on the official map is long ago closed. I did notify park officials so it could be removed. Otherwise a long stretch of nothing. NTP Headquarters are located at Parkway, just north of Tupelo. They have a free bicycle camp there but unsure of the amenities. I opted for a hotel in Tupelo. The city isn't very pedestrian friendly as it lacks sidewalks and crosswalks. Birth place of Elvis, the house he was born in is a short ride from the NTP.

Day 4: Tupelo ---> French Camp (95.45 miles) There is a free campground 13 miles north of French Camp called Jeff Busby but opted for the Bed & Breakfast in French Camp, a town centered around an academy for at risk youth. Had the B&B to myself that night. $115. Restaurant and Dollar General in town.

Day 5: French Camp ---> Madison (92.64 miles) The Cypress Swamp outside of Jackson was great as was the reservoir you'll be riding along for a bit. At the Reservoir Overlook a paved MUP gives you the first off road cycling since the route begin. Drops you off south of Jackson. Stayed with a friends parents in Madison, NW of Jackson.

Day 6: Day off in Madison: Avoid Jackson.... It's a complete disaster. One of the most disgusting cities I've ever been in IMO.

Day 7: Madison ---> Rocky Springs (55.05 miles) Be sure to stop in Historic Clinton on the way out of Jackson. Cute town. Visitors center and all amenities. Rocky Springs is a long ago abandoned outpost on the NTP that hasn't been manned since the 1980's. I was the only one in the camp that night. Bathrooms were locked and only porta potties available. Water shut off. Cockroach infested. I ended up setting up my tent in the long ago abandoned building near the entrance to the "camp." You don't really have any other options besides here though. Other camps exist but pretty far off route.

Day 8: Rocky Springs ---> Natchez (59.59 miles) Not a lot of services on this stretch. Be sure to stop by the Locust Inn, the only remaining Inn left on the NTP. Natchez State Park is just off route but opted for a hotel in Natchez even though I had reservations at the park. The NTP ends randomly without any signs on the outskirts of Natchez. Cool town. Spent the better part of the next day sightseeing around the town.

Day 9: Natchez ---> St. Francisville, Louisiana (69.68 miles) I decided to ditch the ACA route and take the direct route into Louisiana. It's 26 miles shorter I think. Highway 61 is a busy four lane highway without any shoulder but cars were all great and didn't have any issues. Once you cross the state line into Louisiana the shoulder opens up and it's smooth riding from there. 2,400' elevation gain today! Stayed at Shelby J's RV Park a few miles outside of town on Highway 10, a narrow two lane road with terrible traffic. The RV park was a mess. Cold shower and the "tent" area was under some trees behind an abandoned mobile home. $20. Electric. St. Francisville has a cool downtown area. 

Day 10: St. Francisville ---> Baton Rouge (38.22 miles) Nice ride but not a lot to see. Factories and heavy truck traffic. Stayed with a WarmShowers host and spent the day on the campus of LSU.

Day 11: Baton Rouge ---> LaPlace (75.14 miles) Was suppose to ride all the way to New Orleans today but ran out of daylight and still had 40 miles to go so caught a ride to my hotel in the city. 90*F with a 90% humidity. Mississippi River Levee Path leaves Baton Rouge and picks back up in Carville, gravel for sometime but still great riding. If not into gravel you can pick it back up in Reserve. Due to Hurricane Ida, anything south of LaPlace was badly damaged and mostly closed.

Day 12: New Orleans ---> LaPlace ---> Kenner (44.39 miles) Rode backwards along the MRLT to where I'd gotten picked up at in LaPlace and then back to Kenner where I shipped my bike home. Riding in downtown NOLA is alright but delivery trucks park in the bike lanes everywhere. Not a lot to see on the trail, just industrial.

All in all it was about 750 miles. Good short ride for anyone looking to do a mini tour :)

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Quick call to the Centreville (Mississippi) Police today and was told the bridge over the Little Buffalo River on Macedonia Road (Map 42, Great Rivers South Route Section 3) is OPEN!

I’ve sent in a map correction so the detour to Gloster can be removed from the addenda.

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Routes / Atlantic Coast Route Section 6 Map 65 update
« on: September 28, 2020, 04:50:59 pm »
Having issues with the map correction form so hope someone sees this and passes it on...

Atlantic Coast Route Section 6 Map 65

In Reidsville Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park is now named Jack Hill State Park

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Routes / Natchez Trace Parkway
« on: February 25, 2020, 02:33:24 pm »
Has anyone on here ridden the Natchez Trace Parkway recently?

We’ll be leaving Nashville on 4/23 and heading towards Natchez with a continuation onto New Orleans.

The map gives us two options on getting to New Orleans. 61 through Mississippi into Louisiana or jumping over to Louisiana from Natchez via 425 and riding 15.

Any suggestions would be appreciated! :)

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Classifieds / Complete set of Route 66 Maps
« on: February 04, 2020, 02:55:04 pm »
Complete set of Route 66 maps for sale.

Newest set available

Used from April 7th until May 27th (2018) for tour. Normal wear and tear from being on the road but overall great condition.

$20

Free shipping anywhere in USA.

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Classifieds / Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Launch II Men's Cycling Shoes
« on: February 04, 2020, 02:34:34 pm »
New in box

Size - EUR: 45.5 (US: 11.5) (These run a little small cause I wear an 11.5 in tennis shoes but they were too small for me)

Paid $160

$100 OBO

FREE shipping to continental USA - Alaska/Hawaii & International shipping charges TBD

Details:
Whether you're racing enduro or just shredding the local lunch loop, the X-Alp Launch II delivers the high performance versatility to get you safely - and quickly - down the trail. A carbon fiber-injected composite shank improves power transfer, while the beefed up toe box provides protection from rock strikes. These shoes also feature EVA run shoe foam at the midsole for all-day ride comfort, and have a carbon rubber lugged outsole that delivers secure off-bike traction when you're scrambling over rocks to scout optimal line choice.

FEATURES:

1. Bi-directional Closure: delivers a semi-custom fit by gathering equally from both sides for even foot retention, with the precision of a micro-adjustable BOA reel
2. Carbon fiber injected composite shank for efficient power transfer
3. Low cut construction for a light, fast fit and feel
4. EVA X-Alp outsole/midsole for off the bike cushioning and comfort and on the bike power transfer
5. Carbon rubber lugged outsole for superior traction and durability
6. SPD compatible

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The pedestrian bridge connecting Maryland Heights to Harpers Ferry on the C&O Canal Trail is closed indefinitely due to a train derailment

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General Discussion / 2019 Tours - Where and when?
« on: April 21, 2019, 06:12:38 pm »
I've been off the internet most of the year so this thread is a bit late but....

Where and when will you all be touring in 2019?

I've decided to take a break from long distance touring in 2019 after 3 straight years of cross country rides and instead will be focusing on a few long distance backpacking trips.

I do have one short tour planned this year though. We'll spend 10 days this September bicycling the Black Hills of South Dakota. We'll start at the southern terminus of the Mickelson Trail and then head north to Wind Cave NP, Keystone (Mt. Rushmore), then east to Badlands NP via the southern route, back west to Rapid City via the northern route, and then back onto the Mickelson Trail with a final destination of Spearfish.

Happy Touring and please be safe out there!

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Routes / GAP and C&O Canal Towpath Trip Report
« on: October 19, 2018, 09:38:46 pm »
Completed my GAP and C&O ride last week and thought I'd share my experiences.

I took Amtrak from Denver to Pittsburgh with a transfer in Chicago. It was $100 for the ticket and then $20 for the bike roll on service ($10 for each train). 30 hours but cheaper than flying and didn't have to deal with the hassle of dismantling my bike.

I had a lot of time so it was nice relaxing. My longest day was only 60 miles.

Day 1: Pittsburgh ----> Buena Vista: The GAP starts at Point State Park, a short distance from Amtrak. Camped at the Dravo Cemetery. Free hiker/biker sites with well water and vault toilets. Fire rings with free firewood also available. They had 3 or 4 wooden shelters for tents and plenty of grass/trees for tents/hammocks.

Day 2: Buena Vista ---> Ohiopyle: Camped at Wilderness Voyageurs. They offer free camping for hiker/bikers in the pavilion behind their business. I used their pavilion to hang my hammock .They have a bath house with free hot showers. It's open 24 hours but they don't have electricity. If you're going east it'll be on the right BEFORE you cross the pedestrian bridge into town. If you cross the bridge you can turn left onto the highway and cross the auto bridge and it'll be on your right as soon as you cross the train tracks... Speaking of which, if you're a light sleeper I wouldn't stay here. The camping is 10 feet from very busy train tracks. They run all night long and blow their horn 4x and it's on a curve so their wheels screech. It didn't bother me though.

Day 3: Ohiopyle ---> Meyersdale: Camped at the Maple Festival Grounds in town. $15/night. Hot showers, bathrooms with electricity, pavilion for hammocks and a huge yard for tents. The pavilion and stage have lights and electricity. Free firewood as well. WiFi works but not the strongest signal. This place is only available when the grounds are hosting the Maple Festival or other local events so be sure to check the calendar or call ahead.

Day 4: Meyersdale ----> Cumberland: Camped at the YMCA, a mile off the route on a busier road. $12/night. You have full use of the YMCA until they close at 10pm. Showers, bathrooms, pool, basketball courts etc. WiFi is pretty crappy. Pavilion with electricity and poles to hang hammocks. Large grass area for tents. Much like Ohiopyle, this is right next to the train tracks BUT they don't run as often and they're much quieter.

That's the end of the GAP. The trail was amazing... That's where the nice trail ends and the C&O begins.

Day 5: Cumberland ----> Hancock: Camped at C&O Bicycle. $15/night gets you a hot shower, WiFi, outhouses, a place to wash your bike (you'll need it if it rained recently), lights, power outlets and a bunk in their "chicken coop" behind a locked gate right off of the trail. Their "chicken coop" is a screen off area with ~20 beds (10 sets of bunks). Mattress pads provided. The C&O was really muddy this day.... We rode the paved Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) the last 10 miles to Hancock. They're building more access points on the C&O to the WMRT so soon you'll be able to ride the last 12 miles to Hancock.

Day 6: Hancock ---> Harpers Ferry: Rode the WMRT until about a mile before it ended (the last access point to the C&O) and dealt with the mud until Williamsport. I wanted to see Antietam Battlefield so in Williamsport I jumped onto local highways to get to the battlefield. It was a nice change of scenery and vehicle traffic was minimal. A bit hilly and shoulderless in places but a great ride. Stop by the visitor center in Brunswick for detour directions if it's still closed. I got back onto the C&O at Dam #4. The C&O between Williamsport and Dam #4 was, at the time I was there, one of the worst sections. That played into skipping that section too. The last miles to HF were nice and not too muddy. I spent 2 nights at the Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA. It was extremely expensive. $65/night. Nice for hammocks but their tent sites are on a hill. They don't enforce quiet hours and overall it was a miserable experience. I spent my day off touring the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. $5 entrance fee for pedestrians. It was worth the day off.

Day 7: Harpers Ferry ---> Leesburg: Rode the C&O to Brunswick where the trail was closed. The official detour to Point of Rocks was along hilly country roads (nothing more than a 5% grade) with okay shoulders and minimal vehicle traffic once you leave the city. The C&O from Point of Rocks to Whites Ferry was the best section of the trail IMO. At Whites Ferry I took the ferry across the Potomac ($2 cash only fare for pedestrians) to Virginia. It runs 365 days a year unless the Potomac is flooded from about 6am to 10pm. Highway 15 was a nice ride into Leesburg until it spilt to the regular highway and the business route. The shoulder here disappears and the fog line becomes the shoulder for about 500 feet in the VERY heavily used stretch of highway. I waited until there were no cars coming and gunned it. Stayed the Red Roof Inn on Market St. $75/night in a newly remodeled hotel within walking distance to everything the town has to offer.

Day 8: Leesburg ---> Washington DC: Part of the reason I chose the Red Roof Inn was because the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&ODT) runs right behind it. The W&ODT is a paved trail that runs between Purcellville and Arlington. I rode this to Arlington and it was great. It's heavily used and towns are no more than 10 miles apart. In Arlington where the train ends you have to cross the street and go to your right. From there get onto the Four Mile Run Trail and follow the signs for the Mt. Vernon Trail. Once you're on the Mt. Vernon Trail follow the signs for Washington DC. It'll take you across the Arlington Memorial Bridge and drop you off right next to the Lincoln Memorial. A friend of mine lives in Dupont Circle in DC and that's where I stayed for 2 nights before flying home out of BWI.

Happy to answer any questions etc!

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Routes / GAP and C&O Canal Towpath
« on: July 29, 2018, 09:50:20 am »
Who here has done the GAP and C&O Canal Towpath?

I was thinking about doing it this October and was looking for some feedback. Which way did you go, how long did it take you, etc? Would you recommend it? Did any of you hammock camp without any problems? I'd be more interested in doing it if I could use my hammock instead of my tent.

I read somewhere that October is the driest month (and May the wettest) on the route. Cannot remember where I read that though....

I was looking to take about 10 days off of work... 1 day on each end to travel and then 8 days of the tour while taking a single day off. So it'd end up being about 50 miles/day.

Are there any other week long routes you think I should consider doing instead? I live in Colorado and want to get out of the state.


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