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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Adirondack Park Loop - 2011
« on: August 30, 2011, 09:39:32 pm »
The Enterprise and the Albany Times-Union reported that Rt. 73 east of Keene Valley is "gone", according to Governor Cuomo. NYS DOT hope to have the road re-opened before winter. Rt. 9N from Elizabethtown has reopened. but is still closed from Keene to Wilmington.

(Why am I posting this from MN?  ??? Because, for many years, prior to moving to MN in 1988, this was my summer "stomping grounds" and I still have many friends in Keene and Keene Valley.)

Ride safe...watch the sky,
Hans

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General Discussion / Re: Best touring blog sites?
« on: August 23, 2011, 11:35:06 am »
I use a combination of my website, (www.twowheeledexplorer.org), blog (http://twowheeledexplorer.blogspot.com/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TwoWheeledExplorer) Timbuctu.me (a social network for missionaries) and SPOT Adventures for anyone who wants to track me in real time. Although I have a spot on CGOAB, I have never used it because it takes all evening to keep the others updated! ;) Consquently, the FB page gets the most info and attention. I can update it from (the little, tiny QWERTY keyboard on) my cell phone. The SPOT Tracker is pretty much hands-free after you turn it on.

Much of my travels are Christian missions trips, so I try to keep our supporters and team member's families as informed as possible on our progress.

Ride safe,
Hans

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General Discussion / Re: Camping after Labor Day - Northern Tier
« on: August 01, 2011, 05:46:55 pm »
In these times of fiscal austerity, particularly in the budgets of state and federal park and land management agencies, it is a good idea to check the web and call or e-mail ahead to see if the facilities you want to camp at are open after Labor Day.

On the plus side, the worst of the biting bugs and extreme heat should be over by then, making for a much more enjoyable trip.  ;D

Ride safe,
Hans

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General Discussion / Re: Location-tracking website (route-specific)
« on: August 01, 2011, 10:26:16 am »
Last month I used SPOT Tracker with some success on the Lewis and Clark Trail east of Pierre, SD. Unfortunately, the weather turned against me and we had to bail after the heat index hit 105F and the winds were 25 MPH in my face, so it was only about a 20 mile test.  Have not decided about using it on the make-up (it was a fund-raising ride) on the Paul Bunyan State Trail, at the end of August. Our "base operator" in Minneapolis, was able to access the info on the SPOT website and keep track of our location and status.

"TrackMyTour" sounds good, but I have a Blackjack, not an I-phone or Droid, although with the "planned obsolescence" of smart-phones, I probably will have an I-phone sooner than later. I like the SPOT because even where the cell doesn't work, the SPOT will, and if I get in trouble in one of those "dead zones" I can still call for help.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / Re: Novara Randonee Bike - 2011???
« on: July 28, 2011, 04:29:14 pm »
I've noticed REI/Novara has "commuterized" both of their touring bikes. The Safari like I have used to be one of the few (if not the only) "trekking" bikes available in the US. (I don't remember when Koga started selling the World Traveler here.) Now it has a standard Chromoly frame and 700c tires. It's basically a commuter bike. Sounds like the Randonee may be going the same way. Even though they sold out of the 26 inch, aluminum frame Safari every year, have to go where the $$$ are. :'( I wish somebody would come up with an affordable (I love the Co-Mo Pangea, but it costs more than I paid for my car!) trekking-type bike on this side of the pond again. :(

Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / Re: Novara Randonee Bike - 2011???
« on: July 26, 2011, 07:06:38 pm »
Novara touring bikes are good machines; I have an '07 Safari. But you can spec an LHT almost any way you want it. 700c or 26in wheels, "s" couplers, your choice of brakes and drivetrains, bar-end or STI shifters, etc. I would give it every serious consideration if I were in the market for a new ride. (And I may be, next spring!) It is a true "semi-custom" touring bike.

A new arrival on the touring scene is the Marin Four Corners. I have yet to ride one (or even see one in person) but the specs look really great.

Ride safe,
Hans

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The campground at Ft. Thompson Dam is also under water, and will probably be closed for a while after the water recedes, to repair damage.

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Much of the Pierre/Ft.Pierre waterfront is under water and still sandbagged, but the river is receding. Parks and campgrounds are still closed on the Missouri. The Iron Nation campground, NW of West Brule, is open. The entire route from Ft. Thompson to Pierre is open an passable. 

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Jennifer,
I crossed the Missouri on I-90 at Chamberlain about 4:30 PM today. Lowlands are all still very much under water, from what we could see from the overlook and the bridge. I will be in Pierre Sunday night, and will report back again with what I find. Riding both the Lower Brule and Sharp Lake portions of the L&C next week, "if nothing prevents." (Like the weather.)

Proceeding on...
Hans

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Gear Talk / Re: 26" v. 700...again
« on: July 08, 2011, 11:00:58 am »
It was me all along. Finished the course of antibiotics for the Lyme disease and was feeling stronger with each day. Did a rec. ride on the Safari today (Volpe is in the shop in prep for next week's trip.) and did my fastest average of the season. And I wasn't even pushing it...until I passed the garbage truck and had to stay ahead of him for a quarter-mile!  :o

Thanks for you advice!
Hans

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Gear Talk / Re: 26" v. 700...again
« on: June 29, 2011, 03:07:20 pm »
Well, my physical therapist may have hit the nail on the head: It's not about the bike (or the tires). It is a combination of physical symptoms from the ongoing TBI recovery coupled with a bout with Lyme Disease, for which I am still on medication. (It has not been a great spring for me.) She said that even though I feel better, it is going to take a while to recover my stamina and endurance.

Duh!  ::) I've been a Wilderness EMT for 30+ years. I should have thought about that part. And yes, for the moment, I am wimpy.  ;) This too shall pass.

Thanks,
Hans

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Gear Talk / 26" v. 700...again
« on: June 28, 2011, 09:07:35 pm »
Very simple question: Is it actually harder to pedal a bike with 26" (Conti T&Cs) than 700s, or is it just me? I have been riding my Safari for the past week and it just seems like a whole lot more work than the Volpe. (w/Schwalbe Marathon HRs) ??? I know I am not back in shape yet, due to my TBI recovery that took 9 weeks out of my ride schedule, but... Both sets of tires are inflated to optimal pressure, riding both on long stretches of new "road candy" asphalt.

Or am I just getting wimpy?  ::)

Ride safe,
Hans

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Gear Talk / High Compression Sleeping Bag in XL?
« on: June 20, 2011, 11:42:21 am »
I'm about 6'3", and 255 pounds. (Down from 280 and still loosing!) and a year or so ago bought a Eureka Summit Large for a summer sleeping bag. So far it has tried to kill me twice by suffocation, :o and otherwise does not allow a good night's sleep. It is just too tight across the chest for me to zip all the way shut, and if I leave it open, as I did last Saturday, I can breathe and get cold all at the same time! Plus side; I love it's compressibility. In a compression sack, it squeezes down to just larger than a (American) football. That was why I bought it.

Can anyone suggest a +20F (or warmer) Primaloft (preferably) sleeping bag that will fit a broad-shouldered, big chested, not-as-fat-as-I-used-to-be,  ;D  guy like me, that will compress into a small bundle?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Ride safe,
Hans

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Due to record snowfall, followed by equally high rainfall amounts, many communities along the Missouri River from eastern Montana all the way to Yankton, SD, are currently at or above flood stage, under water and in many cases being evacuated. Communities affected include Yankton, Springfield, Greenwood, Pierre in SD and Bismark and Mandan in ND. Flooding is expected to move to Sioux Falls, Sioux City, and on down the Missouri over the next few days and weeks. Check with local weather sources and highway/travel agencies for current conditions along the L&C in all low lying areas.

According to Pierre news sources, the US Army Corps of Engineers will be opening spillways to relieve pressure on the dams during the next week, which will add significant flow to the already high waters downstream from the dams.

Ride safe,
Hans

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How about this? Take the Mississippi River Trail along US Hwy. 61 to St. Paul, then the Gateway State Trail to Stillwater. At Stillwater, you can pick up the ACA's Northern Tier Route to Grand Rapids. (The Northern Tier is all mapped and available from the ACA.) From there you can head north on Hwy 38 and 6 to US Hwy 75 and follow it right into International Falls. That will take you from bottom to top, and you'll see a lot of beautiful country along the way. I can't speak for the part from Reno to St. Paul, but the Gateway Trail is off-highway and the route north of Stillwater, as mapped by ACA, is on low volume roads. Hwy 38 and 6 through the Chippewa National Forest, are fairly low volume but may be busy on weekends. Not sure about US 75.

An alternative would be to figure out a route to link together a number of the state trails, and stay off highway as much as possible. (Go to www.mndnr.gov for more info.)

Ride safe,
Hans

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