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Pacific Northwest / Re: Weather related Norther Tier
« on: April 24, 2016, 01:26:44 pm »
Jamawani is right.  The North Cascades of WA can get gnarly in late Sept and Oct.  By mid to late Oct you could have a storm dump considerable snow up there.  You could also have bluebird days with temps in the 60s  and even 70s.  I've been hiking up there for 45 years and and been snowed on in late June and know of similar storms in late Sept.  Such events are normally not sustained.  They can add to the "adventure", if you're so inclined. Late Oct, however....that could be more adventure than I'd be interested in.

General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« on: April 13, 2016, 07:48:57 pm »
Right.  And showers were only a few quarters 10 years ago all through Oregon and Calif.  For me, that's reason enough to use the campground if one is available, and along the Oregon and Calif coasts, they are very available.

General Discussion / Re: wild camping in WA, OR and CA
« on: April 12, 2016, 12:43:40 am »
I have wild camped all over the NW.  Just find a place out of sight.  In fact, I have wild camped in sight too, once on a little league field in plain sight and once on a golf course.  We made out escape in the morning when we heard the golfers getting closer. Usually, we just looked for a level spot out of sight of the road. 

iPhone and a basic bike computer.  The phone takes pretty good pics.  I may try an e-reader again. They are so small and convenient.  I used to have one but found I could not remember what I had read on it, unlike real books where I had no problem remembering. Seems weird, but others have had this problem too. 

Routes / Re: cycling from Seattle to Weiser, Idaho (route help!)
« on: March 28, 2016, 08:39:00 pm »
Don't try Snoqualmie Pass on the freeway. It's undergoing years of construction, as in forever. The John Wayne Trail is good there, though. 821 the "River Road" from Ellensburg to Yakima is not to be missed!  It is one of the best biking experiences you can have and should follow Old HWY 10 from Cle Elum to Ellensburg.  They are both through awesome desert canyons.  After Yakima, there are nice secondary highways, albeit some have fast cars so watch your mirror. From Cle Elum east, this country can be hot in June.   

General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 23, 2016, 10:22:33 pm »
"This Boy's Life", which I have read twice, was made into a good movie, too.

Urban Cycling / Re: Enhanced "Sharrows"
« on: March 23, 2016, 10:18:23 pm »
I get out of the way all the time.  I'll swerve into an empty parking place, carefully even enter the door zone, pull over and stop sometimes if I see I'm holding up a lot of cars.  Of course, unlike many cyclists, I use a mirror that I constantly monitor and therefore know when I'm holding things up. I really can't imagine biking in urban areas without a mirror.  It changes everything and tells you when you must take the lane, when you better not, when you're about to get right-hooked, etc, etc.  It allows you to actually control your destiny and safety to a much higher degree. 

Urban Cycling / Re: Enhanced "Sharrows"
« on: March 23, 2016, 11:28:17 am »
I'm in. but I bet it would irritate the heck out of drivers in Seattle. Of course, due to lack of vision and planning over about the last 50 years, Seattle drivers are always irritated because there are so many terrible traffic jams, at any time of day.  As a sometimes driver, it would irritate me too if you get oblivious cyclists that are real slow and make no effort to get out of the way.   Share the road works both ways. 

General Discussion / Re: Asking too Much?
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:50:36 pm »
I have wrestled with this problem for years.  I have toured with my carbon fiber Specialized Roubaix using a Burley Nomad trailer, but never for an extended tour.  It worked out fine. Now I'd like to try going light with the same bike and using a seat clamped rear bag that expands some and a front handlebar "roll" strapped on that includes the pad and sleeping bag.  Has anyone tried doing this on a CF bike? Just how much weight can a CF bike handle? I weigh in around 200, and want to get the gear down to around 20 #. I know the ultralite guys get their kit down to about 12 #, but the one I toured with once using that method had to eat all meals cold or in restaurants and I don't want to do that.

General Discussion / Re: So I bought a bike now which panniers?
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:42:08 pm »
Agree fully with the Ortliebs.  I tried so many others and basically wasted my $.  I would never again go with any that were not waterproof.  Messing around with plastic bags and covers is a hassle.

General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:38:01 pm »
Nice pic!  I've been there many times on climbing and hiking trips, but have not yet biked over that pass.

I'm wondering how you load pics onto the message?  I've tried a few times, but the site reject the photo every time.

Routes / Re: Fort Knox,KY restricted?
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:32:59 pm »
Gee, I wish it had been restricted from me in July of 1970, when I started my 4.5 hellish months of basic and AIT there! Actually, rumors at that time were that it was a lot better than several other Army bases at the time (Fort Leonardwood. Fort Polk.....). 

Actually, they did teach a good course on electronics at the time. Basic, however, was another matter.  Don't get me going; sometimes I feel like I'm still recovering.

General Discussion / Re: Rain gear in the summer: Why carry it at all?
« on: March 07, 2016, 09:10:13 pm »

I got rained, sleeted and snowed on descending an 8,000' mountain pass in MT two years ago. Some 26 miles of wet, cold downhill. A few days later I descended a 7,300' pass in a pouring, very cold rain. Again, that was in June. In each case there was no shelter from the storm.

I had the exact same experience on June 22, 2009 in Montana with an ACA tour.  Many were caught out in a blizzard of wet snow in Lost Trail Pass, including a certain ACA leader and his daughter who had very inadequate gear for this surprising place at this time.  It had been sunny and nice on the way up the pass.  One woman became hypothermic and had to be driven down to a motel in the closest town for warmth. I would never go on a multi-day tour w/o rain gear, including shoe covers and good gloves. As others have said, the rain coat serves as a good windbreaker, even when there's no rain.

General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 07, 2016, 09:02:07 pm »
On that subject johnsondasw, do you have an opinion on which of Angle Lake Cycle or Burien Cycle might be better a better choice?

I don't have current info on these 2 bike shops.  However, Angle Lake Cycle is much closer, in easy walking distance from Seatac.  I'd give them a call.   

General Discussion / Re: Bike shops near Seatac airport
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:20:42 pm »
I grew up about 3 miles from Seatac.  Angle Lake Cycle  (206-878-7457) is very close to the airport at 208th and International Blvd.  Also, Burien Cycle is in, well, Burien, a few miles away. 

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