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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 / 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.

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.

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 / 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

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?

Gear Talk / Fixing panniers
« on: August 17, 2016, 01:49:50 pm »
I have 4 Madden Panniers that I bought about 15-20 yrs. ago. In Montana one year, my rear rack broke & by the time I
got my bike stop I had burned a hole in one of my panniers. To fix it, would a iron-on patch work or is
there something else that will work better? The hole is about as big as a penny. Thanks for any

Routes / Adirondack Park Loop
« on: August 11, 2016, 12:40:28 pm »
My buds & I are planning a week long trip along the Adirondack Loop. Leaving mid Sept. We like to keep our route between 45 & 50 miles/day. The Adventure Cycling map  has limited space to show all campgrounds; are there more campgrounds along the route that are not shown on AC map? Private, R.V. parks, e.t.c.
Thanks for any help

Routes / Adirondack Loop
« on: January 05, 2016, 11:14:25 am »
Planning a 10 day bike trip in 2016. Looking at the Adirondack Loop. Any thoughts on which way to go?(clock/counter clock wise)  We would like to ride 40-55 miles/day. Are there campgrounds each day that fit into this mileage range? Any other helpful info. would be greats

Routes / Missoula, Mt. to Bear Tooth Hwy.
« on: July 23, 2015, 07:44:46 pm »
I am trying to come up with a Plan B since the fires in Glacier are happening. We are thinking to start in Missoula & go to Red Lodge & climb Beartooth Hwy. into Yellowstone. Anybody know a route that will keep me off the Interstate?
Thanks for any help.

Gear Talk / Gearing for Touring Bike
« on: June 18, 2015, 01:59:50 pm »
Looking for some insight from the experts. i have a 32 tooth rear cassette on the back of my touring bike. i am not that strong of a climber. I used this gearing in Canada on the Iceberg Parkway & had a hard time. The climbs with the elevation got me. Is it worth the expense to move up to a different cassette, if so to what, or do i need to just suck it up? This year i will be looping around Montana so there will me plenty of hills.
Any help will be great.

Routes / Hwy. 49 from St. Mary, Mt.
« on: March 02, 2015, 05:59:52 pm »
We are planning to do 2 loops throughout Montana. Loop 1 is from Whitefish to Going
to the Sun Rd. to St. Mary. From St. Mary to East Glacier. Is there anybody out there
that can give me some insight on Hwy 49 to East Glacier. It would be much appreciated.

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