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Routes / Northern Tier
« on: August 30, 2022, 06:08:26 am »
Leaving Sept. 7 for Spokane & riding up Hwy. 395 to Colville, Wa. That will connect me to Hwy. 20 (NT). Then continuing across Id. & eventually end up in Missoula. Anything I need to know about? Any info. would be much appreciated. 

Routes / Help in Northern N.M.
« on: May 31, 2022, 06:44:26 pm »
I am looking for help to get me from Tucumcari, N.M. to Durango, Co. Has anybody be that way?

Routes / Camping in Oneida, Ky
« on: May 21, 2022, 08:17:06 am »
I had heard (by nobody reliable) that they no longer let you camp at the firehouse in Oneida, Ky.
Is this true? I camped there about 7 or 8 yrs. ago & they were so nice. If this is true I hate to see this.

Routes / Re: Washingto Parks Rt
« on: January 31, 2022, 07:13:01 pm »
Thanks for your reply. 30 yrs. ago we rode Hwy. 20 across Wa. to Missoula. I remember it to be a butt buster. I am not as strong a rider as I once was. We would like to keep it between 50 - 70 mi/day. We would like to stay in hotels/motels each night as long as they are not to expensive. End up in Spokane to fly home. Any help would be much appreciated.

Routes / Washingto Parks Rt
« on: January 29, 2022, 11:22:38 am »
Planning bike trip in mid sept. starting in Seattle up to Hwy. 20 over Wash./Rainy Pass to Winthrop south on Hwy. 153??
We want to eventually connect to U.S. 2 to Spokane. I know what to expect till Winthrop, I've ridden that before. I will
be staying in motel/hotel this trip. My question is  how is Hwy 153 & U.S. 2 to ride shoulders, traffic, motels along the way.
Any info. would be much appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Are you postponing a tour to 2021?
« on: July 13, 2020, 06:40:54 am »
I did that ride about 25 yrs. ago, and you're right it was a tuff climb.  This time
we don't have the time so from Cody to Bridger to Billings.

Gear Talk / A must item
« on: July 11, 2020, 12:21:04 pm »
What item in your bicycle touring bag that's under $10 that you
can't live without.

I am not going cross country but I am going on an 8 day tour in Aug. from Jackson, Wy. to
Billings, Mt. I may have to do more dispersed camping than I like. Some of
the campgrounds in the towns I am going through aren't taking tents because
of the bathroom situation.   Those of you still planning on going on some sort of
tour, you might call ahead.

Routes / Plan B to Billings
« on: January 10, 2020, 01:13:23 pm »
I posted about a month ago about traffic through Y-stone to Cooke City to
Billings. I always have a Plan B, C, D, etc. Anybody ever ridden the route
from J-Hole, Dubosis, Riverton, Thermop., Meeteesee (sp.?) Cody, Belfry, Mt. Red
Lodge, Billings. How are the roads, traffic, shoulders, etc. I t would be much appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Traffic in Yellowstone
« on: December 10, 2019, 05:06:24 pm »
Yes you are correct about 2 of 3 things. I am from the Louisville area & i do have lots of touring experience but I am retired & loving the heck out of it. I have looked into Cody & you're right about the $$$$$. I really like the Yellowstone area. I have been Beartooth but I didn't go through Yellowstone.

General Discussion / Traffic in Yellowstone
« on: December 10, 2019, 07:03:21 am »
Been thinking about 2020 & were I want to go. I would like to go through Yellowstone.  Thinking of starting in Billings & going to Cooke City to Jackson Hole or vice versa. I haven't been to this part of the park before by bike. I have heard the traffic is bad & no shoulders. I have ridden from W. Yellowstone to Jackson Hole> There was a lot of traffic but if I remember correctly there was a ok shoulder. Thinking about leaving a few days after labor day. Any thoughts

I had mine replaced Jan. 10. I can ride using flat pedals. My knee doesn't
bend far enough to use clipless pedals. I am doing a self-supported 8 day trip starting this fri. in Mt.
You would think being in good physical condition before surgery helps but didn't help me.
I think i am the minority because all the people i know had smooth sailing. It's a case by case
thing. Do all the P.T. they tell you. The trip i am doing are days will be 40 - 60 miles. Normally,
go faurther. Good luck

Routes / Wise River, Mt to Butte, Mt.
« on: April 07, 2019, 07:33:28 am »
The info. i am finding, that it's interstate to Butte after the short
ride on Hwy 43 from Wise R. Is there a way to Butte without going
on interstate or going to far out of the way. Limited on time unfortunately.
We'll be on loaded touring bikes with 32mm tires. Any help would be
much appreciated.

Routes / Butte, Mt. - Bozeman, Mt.
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:37:46 pm »
Planning a trip from Bozeman, Ennis,Dillon, Elkhorn H.S., Wise R.,
Butte, Bozeman. It looks like all interstate. Anyway to avoid interstate
without going to far out of the way?

Check this site out this will get you from South Lou. to New Haven which is real close to the Trans am. . You need to figure out how to get to the starting point. If you start at the airport you are close. When using this cuesheet it is accurate but dated, i don't think K-Mart is open.

50.5   R   Hwy 49 (McDonalds)
60   BR   Fogle Rd.
   R   Hwy 457 (Unsigned)
   R   Hwy 52
   BL   Hwy 52
70      New Haven
If you check out the partial cuesheet above, it's backwards. I ride this way when I go to my lake house. I don't think New Haven is on the Trans am but the rest of the roads are. Once you get out of town use your map to find your way. From Lou. to New Haven is one of the flatest rides around. From New Haven to Bardstown, not so much. Hope this helps.

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