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In late Aug 08 I only rode on Rt 200 from the junction of #83 to # 279 (Ovando and Lincoln) but found it a good road and no traffic issues.  Good campground and restaurant in Lincoln.
Jim K

Routes / Re: East to West
« on: March 03, 2009, 08:51:33 pm »
 Like you I am a New Yorker and was/am new to touring and for my first tour (Aug-Oct 2008) ( I went west to east from Washington to Southern Maine in 10 weeks/3700 miles (SAG supported)
Getting a bike to the start point is a solvable problem and doing it from home is easier than doing it from the finish point.
Regarding winds:  We had more tail winds than head winds; but not by much.  We had more days of southern side winds than either tail or headwinds.
 For us riding towards home was the primary advantage of west to east.

Jim K
Canadice NY

General Discussion / Re: Independent fundraising tour 2010
« on: January 28, 2009, 11:50:00 am » might try to personalize the effort by working with local families who have/had a family member with diabetes and try to get a pledge from them for a dollar to dollar matching gift. That could give you a starting point. I think you will have more success with local stories and using that to reach out to people locally vs. strangers you encounter on the trip.

We raised $40K locally for a local land conservation group last year with a "matching gift" from one family that we dedicated the ride to. (our 2008 trip is blogged at


Routes / Eureka to Whitefish
« on: July 31, 2008, 02:56:16 pm »
That is REALLY helpful information. I feel a whole lot better about that
section of the ACA route.


Routes / Eureka to Whitefish
« on: July 13, 2008, 10:43:46 pm »
I will be following the ACA route (North Tier) between Eureka to Whitefish
but all the journal entries I read at CGOAB indicate it is a terrible road and
with much traffic. Any options here?
I will not be loaded and will be on 700x28's..fine with most gravel roads.

Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: December 04, 2008, 09:02:05 pm »
Dennis..we left the NT at Glacier and took the following route to
Yellowstone. I'll put it in reverse for you. We were very happy with this
route. I carefully researched it with Montana DOT bicycle map and
input from ACA Forum and elsewhere.
Exit Yellowstone at Mammoth via 89 ( and 540) to 12 to Townsend to
284 (Canyon Ferry) to 453 to 279 (Fletcher Pass not difficult) to 200 to
lincoln to 83 to 35 to 206 to Columbia Falls. Once you are near
Columbia Falls look at a Delorme for local roads that may be a better
We camped at Holland Lake USFS, Lincoln RV Park; Black Sandy Park;
Townsend City Park; Wilsal Motel back yard and an RV Park at
Emmigrant ( pricey)  Photos of the route at


Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:00:27 pm »
Dennis; I rode from Yellowstone to the Badlands (west to east)  this
past Sept. as part of a 10 week WA to ME trip.
We rode from Canyon Village in Yellowstone to the Rt 14 exit and onto
Cody. Most of the traffic was heading into Yellowstone that day so we
found the riding conditions perfect and the landscape was beautiful.
We went over the Big Horns at Granite Pass (Shell Canyon) 4-5% grade
on Rt 14. It was the most beautiful day of the 10 week trip and the
5'000 climb was 5 hrs long but worth it. (It'll be a great downhill) We
took the UCross Rd (14/16) and stayed at UCross Ranch. We went to
Devils Tower and onto Spearfish and Spearfish Canyon etc. to Hill City.
We got back to Interior eventually and then used #44 across the rest of
SD. (My vote for the 2nd lonliest road in US.)

Routes / Gaspe Peninsula
« on: January 27, 2008, 08:30:31 am »
See ACA Cyclist mag. 1/08 "Route Verte" shows the Gaspe.
We drove the entire Gaspe in and did see cyclist along the "Route Verte".
We did not see cyclist past  Mont-Joli. on Rte #132 along the Seaway.
 Forillon Parc is worth the trip.

Routes / Wyo Routes
« on: January 12, 2008, 12:39:17 pm »
Have been a viewer, but first time sender. Mapping out a first time touring
trip W2E supported "C2C4 Conservation" route (Aug-Oct 08). The plan
includes traveling thru Yellowstone, exiting on 14 to Cody-Graybull. I
have driven 14 thru Granite Pass to Ranchester and also 16 to Worland-
TenSleep-Buffalo via Powder River Pass. I recall that Granite Pass is steep
but Powder River more gradual. Thoughts on best pass?
Heading East next stop is Black Hills and Wind Caves. Best Route for a
Trek 520? Thx

General Discussion / PTS? Post Tour Syndrome?
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:15:54 pm »
Yeah... good point on obsessing is part of the "fun".  Embrace your PTS. I
finished  my first ever tour..10 weeks and 3700 miles and I began to
realize that it was like "dropping out". It was an escape. Getting back to
earth and all the challenges is a cold shower to say the least.

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