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General Discussion / Re: Yellowstone for up to 4 days
« on: December 11, 2010, 01:54:13 pm »
Once again, THANKS!

Am leaning toward spending 2-3 days @ Yellowstone.
Then over to Cooke City
Then over Beartooth Pass and into Red Lodge.
Then up 78 to Roscoe & Absarokee before rejoining NT at Columbus area & continuing east.

If anyone has recommendations re where to stay or what to see ... don't be bashful!  ;-)

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: December 10, 2010, 09:39:53 pm »
Kelty Gunnison 2; two vestibules, plenty of interior room, and plenty of room to sit up in when you are stuck in the tent in the reain

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades North to South, When?
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:40:42 am »
Can't help w/ your question, but it's good to hear we may have another well-written journal to look forward to on CGOAB.   :)
Good luck!!

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.

Classifieds / Re: How to use the Classifieds
« on: December 07, 2010, 08:14:10 am »

General Discussion / Re: Funny......but not so much fun.
« on: December 04, 2010, 08:24:07 am »
Farmer's blow.  Beware of overtaking roadies.  :o
Ya gotta do what ya gotta do .......................

Routes / Re: Routing between NT & Atl Coast Routes
« on: December 03, 2010, 11:19:37 am »

Thanks for the post.

Yeah, I don't wanna assume anything when it comes to Google maps.   ;)
That's why am looking for confirmations or recommends.

Any heads-up you think useful re route down to Boston would be greatly appreciated.  My daughter lives in Somerville.  I'll most definitely read your journal!

Kancamagus ... yep, definitely on the route and one of the sections am looking forward to.  It's such a scenic piece of road!


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 / Re: Yellowstone for up to 4 days
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:14:03 am »
So far, EXACTLY the type info I was hoping for!
Yes, I'd like to include some riding i the Cody & Teton areas.
This will be my 1st visit to this beautiful area of our country and would like to make the very most of it.
Thanks for taking the time to reply & looking forward to any additional info/recommendations.

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?


General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier...Food storage at night
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:08:51 am »
+1 to staehpj1's post, particularly keeping sleep separated from cook/eat area.

Used the Opsak  odor-proof barrier plastic bags on last couple tours. 
Yeah ... no midnight dramas!

Routes / Re: Northern Tier - travel direction
« on: November 21, 2010, 11:01:42 am »
Thanks to all!

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 / Re: Is it ok to travel solo...
« on: November 19, 2010, 04:58:32 pm »
merzperson .... GREAT post!
And welcome to the forum.

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