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General Discussion / Re: southern tier, st francisville ferry...good news
« on: February 27, 2011, 10:53:25 am »

Routes / Re: Portland Amtrak station to Champoeg State Heritage Area
« on: February 27, 2011, 12:20:19 am »
You're welcome to stay at our house in OC, and start your journey with a warm breakfast and shower ;)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the kind offer.
I expect not much sleep will be had on the train from Chgo to Portland.  So warm brkfast/shower is VERY enticing.  I'm going to seriously consider this.
I'll pm ya as launch day from Chicago approaches.

I'm planning a somewhat similar route following visit to Yellowstone.  Similar in the sense that I need to get onto Lewis&Clark so can get to Williston and then head east on NT route.

I'm planning to leave Yellowstone via the east entrance on US212 to Cooke City, over Beartooth, and down into Red Lodge.  Then jumping on 78 up to Columbus.  At Columbus will get on L&C route.  

While Beartooth, at almost 11,000 ft, will be challenge it's also beautiful.  I'm told Red Lodge to Columbus on 78 is also quite scenic.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring weight
« on: February 26, 2011, 05:37:04 pm »

OK, ya'll are welcometo have a go at my clothes list .............

My tour begins 06/01.  Basic route is TA from Eugene to Yellowstone, get up to NT & take it to Manitowoc, WI, NL across MI & Ontario, back on NT around Niagara Falls continuing on it to Conway NH, and down Atlantic to Boston.

Street clothing ..........
   1 short sleeve polypro t
   1 long sleeve poly pullover t
   1 zip-off pants
   1 underwear

Warm weather riding clothing .........
   1 short sleeve jersey (also wearing 1)
   1 cycling shorts (also wearing 1)
   2 smart wool cycling socks (also wearing 1)

Rain weather wear ..........
   1 set rain jacket/pants
   helmet cover
   sealskinz socks
   full finger gloves

Cool/cold weather wear ..........
   windbreaker jacket
   arm/leg wamers
   merino wool sock cap
   merino wool sweater

Gear Talk / Touring weight
« on: February 25, 2011, 06:14:57 pm »
Wellllll, finally got around to weighing my gear list.  Ughhhh!

According to the Wii ..............
Bike, including racks & empty water bottles          33.5
Gear, not including water & daily food                 46.9
Total                                                             80.4

I was hoping to be at 40 or less on the gear.

Not sure where to go from here, but it's good to vent!   ;D

Routes / Re: SC through the Appalachian into KY - Yikes!!
« on: February 23, 2011, 07:22:39 pm »
That looks like a lot of mountain and I am wondering how absurd my route is? Is it doable or is that insane?

On a motorcycle I'd love it, for sure!   :D

General Discussion / Re: Novice looking for basic advise
« on: February 23, 2011, 07:18:44 pm »
If you want to worry about something worry about the guy who is driving a rental behemoth of a motorhome and talking on the cell phone.

 :( :thumbsup:  :(

General Discussion / Re: Novice looking for basic advise
« on: February 23, 2011, 05:08:20 pm »
Some of us going xcountry this summer are starting to post journals on CrazyGuyOnABike site.  More will likely start their journals in coming 1-3 months.
Also there are many many completed journals from previous seasons.
If you haven't already done so, may be useful to do a review there.

General Discussion / Re: Motorbike riders out there?
« on: February 23, 2011, 04:58:04 pm »
Well, I guess a Triumph Thunderbird 900 triple puts me in this column also.
Sure does!
You have a sweet classic ... what year?

General Discussion / Re: Compact carbs? Do they exist?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:09:54 am »
It doesn't answer your question but I think its cool.
:D  ;)  :D

Routes / Re: Setting out from New York City.....Good idea or not?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:02:08 am »
You can take the SeaStreak Ferry from Manhattan to the Highland Shore of Jersey and find bike shops, beaches, and a paved bike trail, too.  Take the JFK Express into Manhattan from JFK - then enjoy whatever you wish in Manhattan before heading down to the Battery and the ferry pier.  On your ferry ride, you will pass the Statue of Liberty and go under Verrazano Narrows Bridge.  Avoid the late afternoon rush hour on weekdays.
Believe this journal documents using this ferry to escape NYC.

General Discussion / Re: Traveling This Year? too
« on: February 18, 2011, 03:00:55 pm »
NT east to Grand Rapids, MN.
Where you can visit the Judy Garland Museum

Thanks for the heads up! 

General Discussion / Re: Traveling This Year? too
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:36:52 am »
Mid-May taking train from Chgo to Portland, OR.
Cycling from Portland to Eugene where will visit w/ daughter#1 for few days.
Then the REAL tour begins.
TransAm to Yellowstone.
Own routing over Beartooth Pass and up to Columbus, MT.
NT east to Grand Rapids, MN.
Own routing to visit Apostle Islands, WI, and then over to Conover, WI.
Rejoin NT to travel south to Manitowoc, WI.  Hop on ferry to cross Lake Mich.
Lake Erie Connector to cross MI and Ontario to Niagara Falls.
Rejoin NT to cross NY, VT, & NH.
Own routing down to Sebago Lake area where pickup AC route.
AC and possibly some own routing to get to Boston and daughter#2's place.


I find everything about touring entertaining except for one thing--please don't write about your love life. 
:o ;D :o

Routes / Re: Portland Amtrak station to Champoeg State Heritage Area
« on: February 14, 2011, 03:35:00 pm »
Yep, I can see how to get over Steel Bridge to Esplanade.
Gotcha on the Hawthorne Bridge.
Guess am good to go.
Told daughter living in Eugene that I'd be riding down from Portland.

Gonna reach 41F today!  So had to get out for a short 10 mi.
It's going to be relatively warm for next few days and rain.  So have opp to get rid of ALL this snow!

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