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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« on: August 25, 2015, 01:34:56 am »
Thank you for the reply. Yes, it's always a toss up and some sort of sacrifice. I don't mind a little traffic or slightly less scenery for a small portion if it'll save me a few hours of riding.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« on: August 24, 2015, 03:36:13 pm »
Bumping this topic because I have similar questions- specifically on the SD-Austin segments. From a quick glance looks like a lot of up and down? Thoughts from anyone who has ridden it? Thank you.

Routes / Re: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
« on: August 24, 2015, 03:29:54 pm »
This might be helpful:

Food Talk / Re: vegetarian trek on the transamerica?
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:30:59 pm »
I've done all of my bike touring- probably about 12k miles now- while being vegan. It's all about preparation and not being picky. Sure, in Kansas I was made fun of for eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches ("that's kids food") and in places like Chiapas we had to search a little harder but it's totally doable without being a pain in the ass.

Cooking- Oatmeal, couscous, ramen and parboiled rice are staples. Add dried or canned beans, any produce you can find. Boom.
Lunch- peanut butter, tortillas and fruit are caloricallly-dense and readily available.
Snacks- plenty of crackers, cookies, and other foods are available most anywhere. I rode Great Divide in 2006 and had no problems. I even found soymilk in middle america way back in 2001 on my first ever bike tour.

Eating out- Pasta with marinara is common, burritos and breakfast potatoes have been my go to foods. But honestly I prefer to cook to save money.

I've written a little bit about my touring here:

Good luck and have fun!

Food Talk / Re: Recipes
« on: August 29, 2013, 02:34:56 pm »
As a dietitian and a touring cyclist with over 10k miles logged I have an easy formula for eating while out there.

peanut butter + [anything] = full belly, happy miles.

My favorites:
peanut butter + ramen noodles = peanut sauce [add-on options: tofu, broccoli, anything].

peanut butter + banana + tortilla = easy to carry and eat, tasty, cheap sandwich. 

Peanut butter is cheap, healthy, readily available (usually), calorically-dense, easy to carry and versatile.

I once went through a jar in 48 hours!


General Discussion / Re: No ride reports???
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:31:30 pm »
I agree that a Ride Report thread would be a great addition to this forum. Doesn't need to be hyper compartmentalized by route/distance/etc, just there for others to read and get stoked on. Especially in winter  :)

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Seattle to Northern Tier
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:27:42 pm »
And here is the post about my trip with photos and some stories: if anyone is interested.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Seattle to Northern Tier
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:26:24 pm »
Hey all, I wanted update this thread with the route I ended up using: Google map bike route for Seattle, WA to Marblemount, WA / Northern Tier

The route was given to me by a member of the Seattle Randonneurs and is really great. Mostly low traffic and scenic. He included these enhanced directions to correspond with the numbers on the map:

7. Ignore the slight left, ride straight up Dearborn.

13. This left is at a pedestrian crossing.

14 thru 17. Ignore. Stay on the bike trail. Bear right (downhill) and cross the I-90 bridge.

19 thru 22. Follow the arterial; there no actual turns.

23. This left is onto the sidewalk, do not go through the intersection.

24. Go left on the sidewalk through a sort of a hole in the shrubbery. Then right/straight on 78th.

26. Mind the stop sign at the bottom of the hill in front of you. The Mercer Island cops are known to ticket cyclists.

32. Turn left to cross the street and resume the I-90 trail.

43 thru 45. After crossing NE 20 St (traffic light), go under the highway bridge ahead of you then take the first left into the parking lot. Ride all the way to the back of the lot, past Cash & Carry. Turn left and find the bike trail entrance. Go left on the trail.

48, 49. You are on the sidewalk here. Turn left then right and cross the bridge.

51. This is Wilmot Gateway park. It is pretty obvious. It has a big grassy area on the left, benches, trellises, and restrooms on the right.

55. There is a short bike trail to help you make the right turn. Sorry about the hill!

63. The turn onto Springhetti is on a downhill. Don't miss it!

65. Snohomish. There are public restrooms a block or two ahead on 1st St on the right. One block uphill on 2nd are gas stations and convenience stores. You can stay on 2nd & resume the route at Pine St. The next services are 20-some miles away in Arlington (204th St).

73-76. The trail goes onto the sidewalk along 67th. We usually stay on the road.

81. Darrington. Next services are 27 miles away in Marblemount.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Seattle to Northern Tier
« on: August 07, 2011, 10:16:03 pm »
Thanks everyone for the insight! I definitely want to go through the Cascades, as I don't mind the climbing. Also re the bus, I want to ride out the door from Seattle, even if that's at the expensive of annoying sprawl.

It looks like there is a bike path that avoids the 530 for a bit out of Arlington, but then I have to catch it into Rockport. This section of road should not be feared? 

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Seattle to Northern Tier
« on: August 01, 2011, 04:39:39 am »
Thank you! I'm studying up on that thread right now.

Connecting ACA Routes / Seattle to Northern Tier
« on: July 28, 2011, 05:20:34 pm »
I'm looking to ride out of Seattle and connect to the Northern Tier, eastbound. I would prefer to ride Northeast than straight North as I am on a bit of a time constraint (I'm Minneapolis-bound).
I came across this: which is helpful, but I'm looking for other opinions.
I'm an experienced cyclist and prefer direct routes over numerous turns at the expense of lighter traveled roads.
Thanks in advance for any input!

Routes / Re: trans am records
« on: July 28, 2011, 05:02:15 pm »

I'm interested in doing a speed run of the transam route, perhaps an attempt for some sort of self-supported record.  Any idea of where or if these are tracked?  I think I am done with the divide for a bit and that the trans am might be a new calling.

Are you familiar with these rides? JayP is applying the self-supported bikepack racing philosophy to the road. Amazing stuff.

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