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Routes / Re: Eads CO to Sugar City
« on: June 20, 2024, 11:17:47 am »
Turned out to be a cold rainy day with a tailwind, so 3 bottles each was plenty.

For future reference by others:

Scoluar grain elevator on Haswell allowed us to use their restroom.  Also the gas station/propane supplier in that town was open (contrary to Google maps) and appeared to have a convenience store, but we did not go in.

Routes / Re: Eads CO to Sugar City
« on: June 17, 2024, 03:52:08 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.  I'll figure it out.

Had a nice surprise today, finding the Heartland Mill just south of Marienthal, KS on 96.  Restrooms, water, baked goods and drinks. Highly recommended.

We love these new 21 oz stainless steel water bottles from Camelbak and Bivo.  Excellent thermos

Routes / Re: Eads CO to Sugar City
« on: June 16, 2024, 02:13:35 pm »
Thanks, John.

Routes / Re: Eads CO to Sugar City
« on: June 16, 2024, 01:01:24 pm »
Yes, I am familiar with these tactics.     

Another tip is that coop grain elevators along route 96 may have offices that are staffed and have water, or cold drinks for sale.

Routes / Eads CO to Sugar City
« on: June 16, 2024, 08:49:42 am »
Any food, water, or restrooms in the 56 miles between Eads CO and Sugar City CO on the TransAm?

I assume not, sadly, but correct me if wrong.  Riding that this week.

...I also rode 126 east of Eugene, from Mackenzie Bridge to Walterville.  There's no shoulder ..

Not sure if 126 has changed, but looking at google street view, I can only find short segments with no shoulder, but I have not ridden it yet. 

Routes / Re: Trans Am Rockies Camping - Bears?
« on: February 23, 2024, 09:00:59 pm »
In terms of taking attractants inside your tent, can't you just put them in plastic bags? 

From what I've read, that will not work as plastic bags are too thin.   Most of us can't keep the outside of ziplocks perfectly clean either.

Annoying to hang or canister everything, I realize. 

General Discussion / Re: C 2 C
« on: February 20, 2024, 08:20:46 pm »
Do you enjoy any dirt/gravel road rides?   My wife and I ride 700x38 tubeless tires and find gravel roads peaceful albeit slower going.  Takes awhile to get used to steep climbs and rough descents, but worth it, imo.

We took the Green Swamp route south of the C2C due to the trail gap near Clermont so we could avoid route 50.  Sandy roads were a bit soft, but the Richloam General Store was fun to see, and we toured the FWC bass hatchery on the way out of the swamp. 

General Discussion / Re: C 2 C
« on: February 18, 2024, 05:39:55 am »
I rode C2C from St Pete to Flagler Beach (instead of Titusville) with my wife this month. Took the train to/from DC to get to Florida.  We used RidewithGps and Elemnt Roam computers to stay on the trail for the most part.  Got lost once near Orlando, probably due to my carelessness.  Signage is very sporadic, and usually listed the individual trail name but not the Coast to Coast trail.   I try not to screw up, but I find that my success on tour often depends on handling problems. 

Rt 1 is not pleasant, sorry you rode there - we did some of that ourselves. We wear lots of high visibility colors and used lots of lights.  We stayed 3 nights with kind WarmShowers hosts, which was great.  We have hosted for years, but that was our first time as guests.   We used hotels otherwise to charge my wife's ebike.   We met two guys riding the Huracan bikepacking loop, which looks interesting but awfully wet.   That had places to camp they said.     

The US needs more bike infrastructure of all kinds, for commuting as well as touring.  Meanwhile, I still enjoy quiet roads that go to interesting places, and do my best to survive roads like route 1 if I can't enjoy them. 

Anyway, ACA should get the credit for making great maps.  Tailwinds, John

Good to keep that straight, thanks

Routes / Re: Cycling the Parkways from Washington DC to New Orleans
« on: January 30, 2024, 08:23:09 pm »
Sounds like a wonderful trip.  I love camping next to the creek at Sky Meadows, and SNP and BRP in September are incredibly nice places to ride, especially if you can time it to avoid the weekend in the northern section.

Glad you had a nice trip


Thanks for all the time and effort you put into maps.  I am amazed at your persistent energy, and grateful for all the terrific maps. 

Routes / Re: Teton Pass from Jackson
« on: January 09, 2024, 11:10:48 am »
Ha ha, at least you had another couple gears available.

More than once, I have looked back and found with dismay that I was already in first gear.   Oy.  Thankfully, I prefer standing on steep grades, for the most part.  Not for one hour though...

Routes / Re: Teton Pass from Jackson
« on: December 29, 2023, 01:05:41 am »
Thanks for all the details

General Discussion / Re: C 2 C
« on: December 21, 2023, 04:28:59 pm »
You should be able to search for "Coast to Coast Florida" on ridewithgps and find several versions.  There are gaps which users fill in, so versions vary slightly.   If you Google it generally, there are a number of official govt and unofficial private organizations with info.   

Here is one:

There is a Facebook group as well with info, as you may have guessed.   

Florida roads and drivers are both a bit dangerous, imo, so the trail is welcome, but I have not ridden it.

My wife and I are riding it this February February, taking the train with our bikes to Tampa, riding to New Smyrna Beach instead of Titusville, and then back to DeLand to catch the train home.

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