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Routes / Re: Green Mtns Loop
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:19:20 am »
As you can see from the route overview, there are far fewer services on the East Alternative. I did it as part of ACA's Cycle Vermont back in 2010. IIRC, we had to go off route for a campground. I think it was Harvey's Lake. If it is, the place is no longer in business.

While I have never done the main route, I cannot imagine it being nicer than the East Alternative. I addition to the Peacham area, the section between Groton and S. Royalton was very pretty. I went to high school in NW Mass. and did hiking and canoeing in VT. This are was quintessential rural VT.

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Routes / Re: Route advice - Oregon to Maine
« on: November 14, 2017, 01:40:11 pm »
Where is Meadow View Campground in Lowman, ID? I have been planning a loop from Boise and don't see it on Google Maps.

I wonder if he meant Mountain View CG (USFS) just east of town.

Jennifer
That must be it. Thanks. Missed that one as I was focusing in on the hot springs east of there.

BTW...Nice trip report.

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Routes / Re: Route advice - Oregon to Maine
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:18:55 pm »
Where is Meadow View Campground in Lowman, ID? I have been planning a loop from Boise and don't see it on Google Maps.

Also, did you stay at Lava Flow Campground at Craters of the Moon? If so, how was it?

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Routes / Re: Trying to remember the name of...
« on: November 07, 2017, 07:39:55 am »
There is a Campground Washington in Washington, LA. Look at Google Maps. One of the photos shows what looks like a motorcycle rally.

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Routes / Re: Trying to remember the name of...
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:22:34 am »
You can retire from the Hell's Angels? Wonder if they have a pension plan.  ;D

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Routes / Re: Going to the Sun
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:10:01 am »
Just rode the west slope again on June 28th. Stayed at Sprague Creek and started out at maybe 5:45 a.m. Road was closed to vehicles at Avalanche Campground when I started out. But the park opened the rest of the road later that morning. You have to summit by 11 a.m. Traffic wasn't that bad going up because the car crowd must have gotten late word. As I was coming back down the west slope, the traffic heading up was bumper to bumper from the Loop on up. All four of my trips up have been in June. Weather can be iffier than July, but I like to see as much snow on the peaks as possible.

Sprague Creek has nice tent pads and bear boxes for the $5 hiker/biker sites. And the host couple are very nice. They have been hosting there for many years. They gave me some firewood and freshly baked cookies. And the lodge is within walking/riding distance.

Whatever month you choose, definitely leave at the crack of dawn.

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Routes / Re: Should/could I take my dog on the Great Divide Route?
« on: October 28, 2017, 07:58:18 am »

I have not ridden the GDMBR, but places where I crossed it on my tours I got the impression that it had a good bit of road miles and required riding through towns.

I know of one stretch (Wise River, MT to the turnoff for Bannack S.P.) that is well over 40 miles of paved roads/highway. And the climb from Wise River to the summit in the Pioneer Mountains is about 26 miles and mostly up to one degree or another. And yes, the route goes through some larger towns, at least in MT.

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Routes / Re: Cumberland Gap closed to cyclists.
« on: October 26, 2017, 08:24:41 am »
The tunnel opened more than 20 years ago.

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Food Talk / Re: to cook or not to cook?
« on: October 25, 2017, 03:59:49 pm »
When you want to eat out, it can pay to ask around. This spring, on my way from Bigfork, MT to Sealey Lake, I stopped into a ranger station/ visitor center in search of water. When I mentioned food, a ranger told me that a place called the Black Bear down the road about 4 miles serves up a good lunch. She wasn't kidding. The fish and chips were really good. Never underestimate the recuperative power of fried food and tartar sauce. I have found several gems like that during my travels. During last month's trip across PA I was disappointed to find that many of the independent places along my route had gone out of business. Ended up with too many chain gas station sandwiches for lunch.

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General Discussion / Re: Oregon Hiker/Biker Rates go up Nov 1, 2017
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:28:01 am »
I know what you meant, and I know what you mean. Stayed at Bull Lake in the Cabinet Mountains in June. The sites with the farthest distance to walk from where you could park were empty. I snagged one. Nicest site in the place. Very close to the shore (which made for a great breeze at times) and offered a great view, especially on the solstice:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/35666410012/in/album-72157682904463522/

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General Discussion / Re: Oregon Hiker/Biker Rates go up Nov 1, 2017
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:04:13 am »
there are about a dozen nice sites where you park and have to walk 50 years to the site.

That's a long walk, even by the standard of the Proclaimers.  ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbNlMtqrYS0

Seriously...I like what MT has done at some of their state parks. The new hiker/biker sites have very nice facilities, including tent pads, bike racks, sheltered picnic tables and electricity. All for $12 for non-residents. I used them at Whitefish Lake and Wayfarers back in June.  IIRC, there are three others with the same facilities. And I was told at both places that even if all sites are full, cyclists won't be turned away. (BTW...There are two unadvertised hiker/biker sites at Thompson Falls. They will put you at one of the two day use picnic sites looking right out onto the river. Best sites in the park, although they don't have modern amenities.) Wish they had something like that at PA state parks.

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General Discussion / Re: Amtrak - Vancouver (Canada) to Seattle
« on: October 12, 2017, 07:01:18 am »
Yeah. I forgot to suggest that you make reservations way early and be prepared to box more than two bikes if some of the spaces are already filled, especially during the height of tourist season.

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General Discussion / Re: Amtrak - Vancouver (Canada) to Seattle
« on: October 11, 2017, 08:27:40 am »
The schedule shows checked baggage service, so it's possible they will also accept two boxed bikes as well. I would try to confirm.

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General Discussion / Re: Amtrak - Vancouver (Canada) to Seattle
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:10:12 am »
If you are talking about the Cascades service, the limit is 10. No boxing required.

https://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard

Show details for Carry-On service. Reservations required.

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