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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Connect PCH with SC
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:00:42 pm »
My wife and I will be making a similar connection this June and we're a little concerned about services on this stretch. Our plan is to take Hwy36 from Fortuna and make an overnight stop in Ruth Lake (Mad River). The stretch to Red Bluff just seems too long for one day but there doesn't seem to be many services after Ruth Lake. We even considered going north to Douglas City before continuing east.

Ay suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Swiss Alpine Bike Tour 2012 - Photo Gallery
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:46:12 am »
I have no clue what the next trip may be...

That quote sums up how my wife and I have been feeling the last few weeks. This summer we road toured from Anacortes WA to Traverse City MI. Our plan was to finish at our home in upstate NY but our trip was cut short due to a family emergency back home. We've been sitting around thinking, "what's next"! Then I found your photo's!

I hope you don't mind if I ask a few more questions as we seriously begin to consider our first mountain bike tour, following in your tire tracks. If you prefer I could give you my e-mail and we could communicate privately.

Here is our journal from a 2005 trip to southwestern France

And our 2008 trip back to Provence and northern Italy

Thanks again,

General Discussion / Re: Swiss Alpine Bike Tour 2012 - Photo Gallery
« on: October 02, 2012, 08:29:20 pm »
Hi Dan-

Fantastic pictures! What a trip that must have been. Having toured a few other European countries in the past, Switzerland has always been on my list. Now to see how you two have done it makes me want to do it even more.

Have you done a blog or any other type of online journal? I would love to get some more specific info as to your logistics; airports you used, ground transportation, general costs, etc.

Thanks for inspiring me to try an off-road tour.


Gear Talk / Madden Panniers
« on: October 07, 2007, 06:42:54 pm »
Thanks Paul, I'll check it out.


Gear Talk / Madden Panniers
« on: October 02, 2007, 10:19:25 am »
Does anyone have any info on Madden panniers? My wife and I have been using them for the last several tours and were looking to buy rain covers for them. ACA used to carry them but don't anymore. When I search online I find that they've been sold to Russi International but can't find any websites or stores.


Routes / Pacific Coast Route advice
« on: October 16, 2007, 09:51:21 am »


If you need suggestions regarding bike shipping and a possible ride to the coast depending upon where you start from), I can give you some thoughts on that as well.  Good luck, it's really the best ride!

Thanks ldtuttle, I may just take you up on that. The early indication is that we'll probably start in Seattle, and pick up the route from there.

Where on the east coast are you?


Routes / Pacific Coast Route advice
« on: October 01, 2007, 10:38:34 am »
Thanks for all the great advice folks. Looks like we're southbound in June!! I just received my "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" and have ordered the DOT Oregon Coast Bike Route Maps. Now comes the fun part, planning another bike tour.

Thanks again, see you on the roads.

Routes / Pacific Coast Route advice
« on: September 26, 2007, 07:43:01 pm »
Thanks for the great advice folks. Last night I ordered Kirkendall and Springs' book from our local bookstore and once we really finalize our plans we'll pick up the ACA's maps too.

It looks like our timing will lean towards late May or early June. We like the idea of no crowds in May but then there's the rain...June sounds great with the wind in our favor but then there's the crowds and traffic.

OTOH: does it make any sense to start early in May, at the southern terminus, and ride north? Is this just crazy?

Routes / Pacific Coast Route advice
« on: September 25, 2007, 09:06:59 am »
My wife and I are already looking ahead to next years tour and it looks like we've chosen the Pacific Coast route, following the ACA's maps. We are east coasters and don't really have much experience touring the west. Our window of opportunity is from early April to late August. Any reccomendations on the best time to go? Also I see a lot of chatter about Kirkendall and Springs book "Bicycling the Pacific Coast". Is this truly the guidebook to carry along this route?

Any other advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


General Discussion / Thanks ACA and this Forum!
« on: December 04, 2007, 09:26:41 am »
Hi Scott-

Congratulations, what a fantastic trip you must have had. You may remember, my wife and I met you in Long Lake NY as we were on our Vermont/Adirondacks tour. I look forward to reading your blog to learn more about your experiences.

So what's next for you? My wife and I will ride the Pacific Coast route next year from Seattle to San Luis Obispo, and hopefully ride the Trans Am in 2011 (when our work schedules will permit and I turn 50!).

Happy trails,

General Discussion / Saettle Bike Shop
« on: December 03, 2007, 11:38:16 am »
My wife and I are planning to ride part of the Pacific Coast Route, from Seattle to San Luis Obispo, in June of '08. We're hoping to ship our bikes ahead to either a bike shop or hotel.

Anyone know of a bike shop near the airport or near the Puget Sound Dock (Fauntleroy?) that may be able to accomodate us?

How about a hotel in the same area?

Thanks in advance.

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