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Routes / Help planning from WI to Yellowstone
« on: February 17, 2010, 12:52:09 pm »
We have most of our Boston to Seattle to LA trip planned, but need help in the middle. Gonna ride from Boston to Albany, NY then take Erie Canal trail to Buffalo. From Buffalo we'll follow AC Erie Connector/North Lakes to WI. We don't want to follow Northern Tier maps through MN, ND, MT, prefer going through MN, SD and WY to see Badlands, Black Hills, Tetons, etc. At that point we'll follow TransAm trail to Missoula, then No. Tier trail to Anacortes, WA Parks loop, then Pacific Coast down to SoCal.

Would appreciate any advice for roads/route from central WI (we have cousins on a dairy), through SD and WY to join w/ TA trail.

Thank you, Thank you, Erik

General Discussion / Which Erie Canal guide book "best"?
« on: February 16, 2010, 02:19:19 pm »
Which Erie Canal guide book is the "best" if I pick just one?
As part of our cross country bike trip this summer, we will take the Erie Canal path from Albany to Buffalo. AC's Northern Tier Route veers off to the north, so I'd like to carry one book for that section. I've found 4 (there are probably more) books and am wondering if anyone would recommend which to buy? Thank you!

This one will have most recent update, 3rd edition comes out March1:
Erie Canal Bicyclist & Hiker Tour Guide

Cycling the Erie Canal

Cycling Along The Canals of New York State, 2nd Edition: Scenic Rides On The Historic Waterways Of The Empire State

Cycling Along The Canals of New York: 500 Miles of Bike Riding along the Erie, Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca, and Oswego Canals

Gear Talk / Rectangular vs mummy sleeping bag
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:21:24 pm »
5 month tour. June to November (last 2 months on west coast). Husband and wife.
Need to update bags for this tour. Mummy is warmer, Rectangular when zipped together allows snuggling and room.

General Discussion / Forum search suggestion for admin.
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:58:24 am »
At this time these are the only 2 options available under "options" on the "Search" page:

-Show results as messages
-Search in topic subjects only

To make searching easier (as I've seen on other forum's search boards) may I suggest adding a
 "Search in topic titles only" option.

Thank you, Erik

Cycling Events / 1st Annual Recumbent Cycle-Con - Oct 16-18, 2010
« on: February 01, 2010, 11:01:50 pm »
(I'm not a part of this event, but wanted to share it for those interested in Recumbents and that will be in SoCal next Oct.)

Announcing the 1st Annual Recumbent Cycle-Con - Oct 16-18, 2010

Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine is pleased to present the first annual Recumbent Cycle-Con Trade Show and Convention, an all new event designed specifically for the recumbent bicycle industry. Industry-Only Hours will provide time for recumbent cycle and accessory manufacturers, dealers and distributors to conduct business together. Public Hours will provide opportunity for excited recumbent enthusiasts and the interested public to see and test-ride bikes right on the grounds of the Pomona Fairplex.

The Pomona Fairplex is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, California. (Google Maps address: 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768). The Fairplex is a world-class exhibition facility, and is an excellent venue allowing nonunion booth setup / tear down, no charge for electrical hookups, and much lower space rates than events such as Interbike. The exhibit building is also fully carpeted - no extra charge for booth carpeting.

The Fairplex a very large fairgrounds allowing secure demo and test riding areas free of any vehicular traffic. Camping and quality hotel facilities are located right at the Fairplex, with additional camping and hotels nearby - all at rates much lower than Las Vegas. For Interbike exhibitors, affordable drayage and storage from Las Vegas to the Fairplex will be provided. (Interbike 2010 is September 20 - 24)

The Fairplex has a very strong marketing team which will help promote the public portion of the event to the millions of people living in the Fairplex's southern California market area, so a large number of new recumbent enthusiasts can be expected to participate. The Fairplex staff is very excited about this event and is committed to helping plan for a smoothly-run event.

The Fairplex is easy to reach via freeway from anywhere in the Los Angeles metro area, and it is close to two International Airports for those flying in (Los Angeles International is about 40 miles away, and Ontario International is about 15 miles. A bus/train/shuttle from LAX will cost less than $20.00). The Pomona Fairplex is freeway-close to all the famous Southern California tourist attractions like Disneyland, Knotts, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain and miles of sunny beaches.

For more information, contact: Charles Coyne ~ Coyne Publishing ~ PO Box 337 ~ San Dimas CA 91773

Gear Talk / Big Agnes vs Theramrest
« on: January 27, 2010, 04:37:50 pm »
Looking for opinions regarding Big Agnes Air pads vs Thermarest self inflating pads.

Gear Talk / 3-4 person tent
« on: January 26, 2010, 09:49:00 am »
Trying to choose tent for 3 people (mom, dad, 11 year old) on long tour. Sure, a 3 person would sleep all 3 of us, but a 4 person tent would seem to give enough space to prolong sanity on tour.

Tents in consideration:

Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 (they now also offer a slightly heavier/less expensive option: Zeta 4)
MSR Mutha Hubba 3
Kelty Gunnison 4.1

Any comments on these or other similar tents in this size/weight/price range?
Thanks, Erik

Gear Talk / Portable Piano/Keyboard Recommendations?
« on: January 25, 2010, 10:34:28 am »
My wife and son do not wish to lose out on piano practice while on our tour. Anyone have a recommendation for a small portable piano? I've seen a bunch of older Yamaha Portasounds on ebay and Target sells small Casio keyboards, but would love to hear if another rider has brought something like this on tour.
Thanks, Erik

General Discussion / Best Cell phone coverage across US???
« on: January 22, 2010, 10:52:54 am »
We currently use tracfones for cell phones, but will be forced to enter the world of contract cell phones to use an iphone/blackberry for upcoming tour.
Our trip will go from Boston to Seattle to LA. Which company/plan do folks feel gives the most/best coverage from coast to coast? You can watch a Verizon or an ATT commercial and they both say their coverage is best and the other company stinks. For bike touring we really don't care about the best signal in metropolitan areas, thinking more "who has best coverage in the vast rural areas?".
Thanks, Erik

Classifieds / WTB: Northern Tier and Pacific Coast
« on: December 08, 2009, 01:38:16 pm »
Looking for a used set of Northern Tier and Pacific Coast maps.

Classifieds / Advice on selling Trek 720
« on: December 08, 2009, 01:36:12 pm »
I have an older, but decent condition Trek 720. Awesome touring bike, but I switched long ago to riding recumbents. Looking for advice on what to charge, how much upgrade to do to sell (tires, cables, brakes, etc.)

Routes / Northern Tier-ish suggestions
« on: December 08, 2009, 01:29:58 pm »
Our family will be riding from Boston to Seattle to LA starting June '10. The Seattle to LA section is a no-brainer, but wanted to hear of any suggestions, besides the ACA Northern Tier Route, for the Boston to Seattle part.

2 amendments were added to the US Transportation bill that would kill most Federal funding for Bike, Trails, and pedestrian projects. Please call your Senators today, Sept 16, to vote against Amend. 2370 and 2371.
Info and Senate phone number links on the Rails to Trails website:

Youth Bicyle Travel / Links to tours w/ kids
« on: August 27, 2009, 09:48:25 am »
Here's a link to all the bike tours with kids listed on
Yes, there are families doing it!

General Discussion / Bike Touring Blogs/Websites
« on: August 06, 2009, 05:19:11 pm »
Okay, here's a suggestion to the powers that be of this fine website. I'd like to see a section devoted to listing blogs/websites of folks that are doing long distance tours. One site that many folks use is . But a lot of folks choose to do their own thing, and it would be cool if links could be posted in one section. Here's one good example of a guy riding around the perimeter of the US:

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