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Routes / Red Lodge to Billings
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:35:38 am »
Am planning for next season's w-->e x-country ride.

Going to utilize sections from many of ACA's routes.
Basically TA from Florence to West Yellowstone.  L&C from Billings to Williston.  NT to Osceola.  NL to Wolf Point.  LEC to Buffalo area.  NT to Conway area.  AC to Boston.

There is a section that I'd like to travel, but ACA does not have routing ... Yellowstone going nw to Billings.  Looks like way to go is:
>> out of Yellowstone's NE gate using US212 to Cooke City
>> continuing over Beartooth Pass & into Red Lodge using US212
It's at this point I am uncertain.  Options appear to be:
>>>> continue on US212 nw to Laurel/Billings
>>>> take State308 out of Red Lodge to cutover to State72 & then US310 north to Laurel/Billings.

There's not significant distance difference ... 200 vs 210.
US212 route seems to have just 2 "towns" between Red Lodge and Laurel/Billings, while State72/US310 has 4.
Have no knowledge re relative merits of these roads between Red Lodge & Laurel/Billings for cycling.

Any info you can share will be big assist.

Classifieds / SOLD: Jandd rear & front panniers
« on: December 07, 2010, 06:28:13 pm »
1 set, Jandd Mountain Panniers .......... $120 includes shipping in continental U.S.
The Mountain Expedition Panniers are excellent high volume (6800 cu in) set of bags. Attaching them to your bike racks is a no-brainer thanks to Jandd's patented adjustable lock-on suspension. Features: Rear mount only, dual bottle holders with bottles included, each side has a huge main compartment with 3 additional compartments.
Good condition

1 set, Jandd Front Panniers ............... $60 includes shipping in continental U.S.
Includes secure fastening hardware.
Each side has main compartment and 1 additional compartment
Good condition.

If interested send personal message.

Routes / Routing between NT & Atl Coast Routes
« on: December 01, 2010, 02:52:09 pm »
Am planning to use NT going w-->e and then use Atlantic Coast route to go down to Boston.

Looks like NT & AC linkup somewhere around Richmond/Damariscotta, ME area (don't have my maps yet).  
But I don't want to go that far east to get on AC.  

In a somewhat perfect world  ::), looks like good place to cutover from NT to AC would be east of Conway, NH, and join AC at Standish, ME, at southern end of Sebego Lake.

Google Maps, w/ bicycling option turned on, came back w/ this from just east of Conway:
se on Mill St, continuing on Brownfield Rd & then Center Conway Rd
lt on River Rd, thru Brownfield, continuing on ME160
rt on ME113 (Pequawket Trail) thru Hiram and for about 22 mi
lt on ME25 (Ossipee Trail) into Standish
Any services avail @ Browfield or Hiram?

Confirmations of this route and/or recommendations for alternate route between NT & AC would be much appreciated!


General Discussion / Yellowstone for up to 4 days
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:42:55 pm »
During next year's x-c adventure I'm thinking of including up to 4 days in Yellowstone area.  Likely be there in 1st half June.
Interests (not counting cycling) include history, views, and wildlife.

What recommendations do you have re camping?

Where might I consider riding in the Yellowstone/Jackson/Cody areas?


Routes / Northern Tier - travel direction
« on: November 19, 2010, 06:31:24 pm »
I'll be including the "northern" portion of NT route in next year's x-country.

While Transam seems to be tossup as to wind bias, there seems to be definite w--->e bias for portion of NT through Montana & N Dakota.  Am making this judgement based on reading a number of CGOAB journals.

What is collective wisdom here on ACA Forum?


General Discussion / Wonderful Resource!!!
« on: July 28, 2010, 04:52:03 pm »
Just joined the forum & this is 1st post.  Next year plan to utilize portions of several ACA routes to tour from Eugene, OR, to Boston .... or vice versa.
Have reviewed a few of the topics and postings therein.
Want to say BIG THANK YOU to all the posters ... there is just a wealth of useful info here!!!

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