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General Discussion / Re: Bike Touring/Camping
« on: August 28, 2020, 12:51:00 am »
I went through Yellowstone and Grand Teton mid-July I stayed at the hiker/biker sites at Grant Village and Jenny Lake. Great sites no showers were on but didn't have a problem getting a site.

For what it’s worth I was having the same issues back in June then I just made the decision to go. Had I actually done the trip when I wanted to do it I would have been able to do more than a 1/4 of my trip. I had to bail early because my furlough didn’t end up being as long as I thought it would be. So if you’re leaning towards yes, just go out and do it. Since your trip is not as long and you’re close I wouldn’t sweat the logistics too much because you’re not going far and you’re relatively close.

I started my cross country trek in Astoria, and rode through the Columbia River Gorge. I found that Oregon was the hardest state to as far as what campgrounds and such were open. This was a couple months ago I would think that things may have slowly opened up by now. Hotels were still open, and there were still plenty of take out food options available along with stores. The upside to also traveling during COVID is there is more availability at some of the small lodging along with some of the smaller campgrounds.

Routes / Re: TA Route Missoula to Tetons/Jackson
« on: July 10, 2020, 10:41:24 pm »
I started in Astoria OR, followed Lewis and Clark to Missoula. Going south on the TA next.

Routes / TA Route Missoula to Tetons/Jackson
« on: July 10, 2020, 10:17:37 pm »
It looks like the work gods have finally came and want me to go back to work. So it looks like I might have to cut my tour short but I’m going to make the most of it and change my plans. I was wondering if anybody could give me an insight on some realistic timelines of getting from Missoula to Jackson. Going to be coming off a rest day and so I’m hoping to be ready to go. It looks like I’m looking at roughly 455 miles. Just not sure how bad the climbs are, also once I’m in Yellowstone would I just follow US191 south to the Tetons and Jackson?

Routes / lewis and Clarke route Lewiston to Kaimah
« on: July 05, 2020, 05:52:53 pm »
How bad is the situation on Highway 12? Would it says it’s “discouraged” but is it just little shoulder and a lot of traffic. Trying to shave some miles for the day and this looks like an easy way to do so.

General Discussion / Re: 2020 Tours Where and when?
« on: June 15, 2020, 01:13:40 am »
I just got furloughed at the beginning of this month, but I've been trying to quickly plan a cross country trip from Oregon to NYC using the Lewis and Clark, the TA, the new PPP, and the Chicago to NYC routes. Buttoning up a few more logistical and life things, but also seeing the climate on how the COVID is spreading but hoping to roll out starting the end of this month.

Routes / Re: NYC westbound
« on: June 03, 2020, 01:36:52 pm »
Thank you everybody for the suggestions, seems like a cooler better way to go about this is starting west because then the time limit may not matter as much to me because I could bail if I get called back into work sooner. Now I just may have to figure out logistics of getting gear out there, good news I already have to buy a new bike anyways since my carbon road bike wouldn't cut it.

Routes / Re: NYC westbound
« on: June 02, 2020, 04:07:24 pm »
Are you wanting to cross the entire USA in 45 days?  From NYC?  If so, it IS doable but not very enjoyable unless you are VERY strong.  If that is what you want to do, read then reply to THIS post (not the link's post) and you should get some suggestions.

Tailwinds, John

John thank you for the right questions to ask as I am very new to this, and honestly kind of winging this whole thing because I have an opportunity and a window that could allow me to do this.

What is your timeframe for riding this route? Include at least beginning and ending months.

Looking to start towards the end of June like the 25/26. Ideally I would like to finish up by mid August at the latest.

What kind of riding do you like? Dislike? Consider things like scenery, hills, urban settings.
I scenery, some hills but I don't want to do nothing but climbs all day with a bunch of gear. I bike around NYC all the time so urban settings don't bother me but for this trip I'd like to kind of just pass through and not really tour around the big cities.

Are you interested in taking in historic or cultural sites? Or are you on the fast track?
I am definitely into the historical/cultural sites but I also am trying to fit the time frame.

What are your overnight preferences? Camping in campgrounds, stealth camping, hotels, Warmshowers, a combination?
Given the current COVID situation there will probably be a lot of camping, and hotels. I would like to meet up with some warm showers hosts if they are comfortable with someone coming. Prefer camping in campgrounds but understand that won't always be an option. I hope to get a hotel once a week.

What is your plan for eating? Restaurants or cooking in camp?
This one I really plan on relying on restaurants, and supermarkets I don't really want to be carrying a ton of food.

How many miles a day do you intend to ride?
I would like to keep an average of 65-70 miles per day, obviously some days would be more some would be less with some rest days built in.

I'm a complete novice when it comes to this type of riding, I am not sure if I am over my head or not. I am road cyclists and am used to putting on the miles but not like this. Honestly looking at trying to take an opportunity that I normally wouldn't have and I'd like to start in NYC since that is where I live.

Routes / NYC westbound
« on: June 02, 2020, 12:44:10 pm »
Currently going to enjoy my furlough life. looking to bike out west looking do the best trip that can get me across around 45 days, any suggestions?

Freshly laid off from work, looking to possibly start doing an east starting in NYC to west route. First time doing something like this, aside from using warm showers, any route recommendations and has anyone had any issues with COVID aside from some stuff being closed?

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