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Routes / Libby to Kalispell on Rt #2 OK to ride?
« on: February 18, 2012, 09:49:38 pm »
Who has ridden Rt # 2 from Libby to Kalispell and how was traffic and shoulder? We'd be doing it in 2nd week June.

And from Kalispell to West Glacier?  Route?  Conditions?  I note that Google Map Bike has some options from Kalispell to Columbia Falls that are off #2. From Columbia Falls to West Glacier seems to be primarily on #2. Shoulder w/o rumble strip?


Routes / Re: Bighorns
« on: February 14, 2012, 09:28:11 pm »
I don't think you can go wrong with either 14 or 16. Have driven both several times and pedaled 14 ( not loaded) in mid Sept. ( too late for flowers but they were taking the cattle and sheep off the highlands and that was cool to see) Almost no traffic, but schools were in session. Loved the eastbound downhill on 14....wheeeeeee + great views. Big Horns are a treasure. You will want to go back.

Routes / Re: Eastbound route through South Dakota, Minnesota
« on: February 10, 2012, 07:04:42 pm »
We did leave the Badlands and headed east; used # 44 through most of SD; hit a bit of Iowa; Southern MN into Lacrosse WI and then ENE to Manitowoc WI to catch the Ferry to Ludington MI and from there Lakes Connector into Canada; NY VT ME.

You can get the details here:

Be sure to stop in Interior and Scenic.  I never found that route through southern SD boring. Corn and soybean fields in MN for a day or two did get boring, but that led us to the Spam Museum in Albert Lea MN..a must stop for a chuckle.

Enjoy your ride no matter the route and contact me if you have questions.

Routes / Re: New York - Buffalo to Albany Options
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:35:42 pm »
Opps..half of my msg was not posted. "Google" the Erie Canal Towpath closings and you may find a link to a closing dated  Sept. 11.  There was a section closed near the eastern portion and a nea -by road as well, but that was in Sept.  All in all...the Canal Path (including the on road sections) is the quickest route. I rode a touring bike with 700x28 tires and had no issue with the surface, tough it is a little slower than  a paved surface.

Routes / Re: New York - Buffalo to Albany Options
« on: February 02, 2012, 04:49:27 pm »
Lynn..I live south of Rochester and have biked Buffalo to almost Albany on the way to finish a WA to ME trip. We left the Towpath around Johnstown to get to Saratoga Springs and Manchester VT and then east. (Ended at Wells ME)

If time is a constraint you can't beat the Erie Canal Towpath. It is flat and it can be boring at times, but the small towns add their own variety; 1/3  of it is on roads close to/parallel to the Towpath. I am not up to date on any sections closed due to flooding. General info here (

Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Full Set of TransAm Maps (2009, $50)
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:51:28 pm »
Do you still have these maps?

Routes / Re: Montana 83 riding conditions?
« on: January 30, 2012, 09:51:40 pm »
We rode  # 83 in late Aug in 2008 south to #200 and thought it was a great ride.  Our blog reported "light and friendly traffic". Not sure day of the week however. Camped at Holland Lake.

General Discussion / Re: transam
« on: January 30, 2012, 09:41:14 pm »
Hey Webm8;  Your idea to put up a cut and paste list of other peoples blogs that deal with places to stay on the TA is not a bad idea. 

BUT the blog you selected for Berea KY with it's reference to "homoshexules" was very poor judgement, and should I hope have no place on your cut and paste list, nor on the ACA Forum IMO.

Routes / Re: Summer heat on the TA
« on: January 30, 2012, 02:04:16 pm »
Thanks for the 'skeeter' heads up for the west. I was not aware of that.  The "group" is doing NT to Glacier; then south to Missoula to pick up the TA. Not sure which legs I am doing yet, but bug dope will be on my packing list no matter what.

Routes / Summer heat on the TA
« on: January 29, 2012, 01:18:13 pm »
I'll be on the TA  in MO, IL, KY and VA in July-Aug. How bad is it for heat & humidity? ( mosquitoes, gnats ?)

I am used to 80's in western NY and wonder how much I will suffer further south. I notice the "ave" temp for  most of the TA route is 90º, which could mean high 90's are not unusual.  We are primarily camping, but will use motels as needed.

What has been your experience?  Thanks.

Routes / Re: Vermont to Maine thoughts?
« on: January 26, 2012, 11:05:24 pm »
I did a southern VT, NH ME trip that ended at Wells ME. It was at the end of a xc trip so we did it efficiently   in 3 days. Manchester VT using US #11 to Georges Mill NH;  to Rochester NH; to Wells Beach.

General Discussion / Re: New York State cycling Maps
« on: January 24, 2012, 09:17:47 pm »

I live in and pedal Western NY....great rural roads...many with shoulders...scenery...yes  there are hills...great campgrounds..

Where are you trying to get to/go?

Routes / Re: Southern MN through Southern SD
« on: May 04, 2011, 08:56:07 pm »
Hi L-Bunny,  I did southern SD and southern MN in 08. I grew up in Jackson MN and our route was south of I90 the entire way. The Root River Trail in the SE corner of MN was great; Spam Museum in Austin a must stop; and small rural towns with County roads with little traffic. Our route is blogged at:
Read days 35-46. Most may consider the route less than spectacular because it is a " rural plains culture trip". We were traveling west to east and those 2 states ( and 2 days in Iowa) were our last vestiges of the "west" (live in NY now)
If you want more details than the blog has let me know.
Jim K

Routes / Re: Route Planning: Off the Lake Erie Connector
« on: April 19, 2011, 10:46:27 pm »
Be sure to ignore the signs at the Sparta-Elroy tunnels that tell you not to ride in them. It's a thrill ..but do keep a headlamp on so no one else runs into you.  Just keep your eye on that needle of light at the other end.  I had no trouble with the surface with 28's. We rode the Root River Trails on the Minn side and they were nice, but that would not get you north.

General Discussion / Re: The Adirondack Park Loop ride
« on: April 18, 2011, 10:22:45 pm »
What month are you planning to do the "ADK loop"? May and early June is "black fly" season. Mid-June to late Sept. should be the best weeks. If camping check NYS Parks for their season and availability. It is a beautiful place to visit.
Jim (Finger Lakes area)

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