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Until an end is put to this foolishness, I am out of this forum.

Gear Talk / Re: Anyone using the Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad?
« on: January 17, 2018, 01:22:21 pm »
For the edification of others...

Having once owned a BA Air Core, I would never again buy a mattress with vertical baffles. Felt like I was resting on one of those inflatable pool floats.

Got this last year this and loved it for my 26 total days on the road, plus some nights of car camping:

Easy to inflate, and deflates in a nanosecond. And it doesn't slide around when you fold and roll. While I have never measured it, I think the packed size length for the large in overstated.

Routes / Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« on: January 17, 2018, 01:10:58 pm »
Hope McKenzie Pass to Sisters is open that early, at least for bikes.

You don't need to find something large enough for four panniers. I fly with four Ortlieb Packers every year. Two go in a duffel bag along with my tent, sleeping bag, mattress, cooking gear (minus stove and fuel bottle) etc. The 3rd. counts as my one free carry-on. The 4th is small enough to go under the seat in front of me and thus qualifies as a "personal item." Even if you have to toss the bag and buy a new one you will save over baggage fees.

And FYI...There is an REI on U.S. 83 about 5 miles north of north of Minot if you need to buy a new one. This place is in town:

And there are no fewer than three thrift stores in town. Gooodwill, Salvation Army and one other.

Unless things have changed, the maps contain charts for selected locations that show average highs and lows and average rainfall by month.

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:34:57 pm »
According to the specs, 8 0z. of fuel will last 1 hr. 20 min. at max flame. Average boiling time is 3 min. Sounds like a canister will last more than five days if all you are doing is boiling water for dehydrated food once or twice a day.

And while I don't know about Eureka (Was just there last June but didn't pay much attention to what was there), I agree that finding fuel in Whitefish, Butte and Helena shouldn't be a problem. E.g., Bob Ward's in Butte carries MSR, Jet Boil and Optimus stoves. It should have canisters. Montana Army Navy in Whitefish advertises MSR canisters on their website. I think the last time I was in Whitefish and needed liquid fuel I got some at Sportsman & Ski Haus. Both are on U.S. 93 just south of the center of town.

Routes / Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:19:35 am »
That schedule may put you in Glacier National Park when Going to the Sun Road is not open in its entirety. On June 20th of 2017 I rode up and back down the west side. When I started out early in the morning the road was not fully open to cars for the season, but bikes could ride the west slope to Logan Pass. Not sure if I the east side was fully open to bikes. A few hours later they opened the entirety of the road. Back in 2009, the road was not rideable when I wanted to cross east to west. IIRC, that was around June 22nd. Sometimes it opens earlier, sometimes later. Just something to think about as it would be a shame to miss it.

Edit: I actually rode Going to the Sun on June 28th of 2017.

Wayfarers State Park in Bigfork has nice hiker/biker sites with things like racks, tent pads and electric outlets for charging electronics, and you take a dip in the lake if it's hot.

Between C-Falls and Glacier don't be tempted to go off router and take U.S. 2 to the park because there is a section without a shoulder. Follow the official route. Much quieter and much more scenic. The few miles of unpaved road are easily doable, and there is a beautiful spot down by the river to stop and have lunch or just soak it in.

Also, if you can swing it I recommend doing the mileage up to Alberta and visiting Waterton Village. Good place for a day off.

Plenty of other ferry routes across the Hudson these days, although not all services runs on weekends:

New Jersey Transit also has several rail lines that could get you clear of the congestion. The most scenic but most roundabout way would be to take the Port Jervis, NY train to the end of the line and head south on ACA's Atlantic Coast route. (You could take the ferry from Manhattan to Hoboken and get the Port Jervis train there or take a train from Penn Station in Manhattan and change at Seacaucus Jct.) Very scenic ride through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and a New Jersey state forest with a great spot to camp along the way. Let me know if you want details. Have ridden through there numerous times.

General Discussion / Re: Bike from NYC to Las Vegas?
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:03:26 pm »
Google bike directions from the GWB says 2,800 miles.

What could possibly go wrong?  ::)

Have you looked at ACA's route options? Sounds like you are set on NYC to D.C. Look at the eastern end of ACA's NYC to Chicago route. It intersects with its Atlantic Coast route and that will take you to D.C. FYI...NYC is a pain to ride out of. There is only one bridge to NJ that you can bike over. It's way up north in Manhattan. If your wife will have a car consider starting in less congested part of NY or NJ. The ACA Atlantic Coast route down past the Philadelphia suburbs and through the rest of PA is nice. If you want to take a rest day in Philly and see the historical stuff, you can get into town virtually all on bike paths. There is an HI Hostel in a large park area that is within riding distance of the major historical attractions and, of course, the Rocky statue.  ::)

Routes / Re: Routes suggestions for seniors returning to cycling
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:30:32 am »
If you can handle unpaved surfaces, the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills is an option. Very pretty and well developed trail with water, shelters and restrooms in many locations. You could leave your van at one end and ride both ways. I also believe there is at least one shuttle service based in Hill City.

In the winter?? I understood O.P. to be asking for rides when it's too cold and/or snowy to ride in the Colorado mountains.

From the OP:

"Also suggestions for a spring/summer intro tour where we would have a choice of self supporting or hoteling it.  Not really sure of the daily miles or toughness of routes until we do more training.  Probably looking at days between 30 and 70 miles a day. Prefer bike paths/trails."

Routes / Re: Routes suggestions for seniors returning to cycling
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:50:37 am »
If you can handle unpaved surfaces, the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills is an option. Very pretty and well developed trail with water, shelters and restrooms in many locations. You could leave your van at one end and ride both ways. I also believe there is at least one shuttle service based in Hill City.

While you may not camp along the trail, there is camping, indoor lodging and food at Deadwood (the northern terminus), Hill City, Custer and Edgemont (the southern terminus).

The official website has lots of useful info.:

Routes / Re: Great Parks North Advice
« on: November 25, 2017, 01:24:26 pm »

Can't remember the Hwy. No. but from Eureka to Whitefish that road had lots of traffic
& no shoulders that i can remember.

It's U.S. 93. Where there is a shoulder it's minimal. Good amount of traffic when I rode it this year around 6/21. You can avoid some of it by taking Farm to Market Rd., which is the official route. The final couple of miles into the west edge of Whitefish were horrible. Whitefish Lake State Park has great hiker/biker sites and a no turn away policy. And the trains no longer blow their horns at the crossing.

Routes / Re: Green Mtns Loop
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:19:20 am »
As you can see from the route overview, there are far fewer services on the East Alternative. I did it as part of ACA's Cycle Vermont back in 2010. IIRC, we had to go off route for a campground. I think it was Harvey's Lake. If it is, the place is no longer in business.

While I have never done the main route, I cannot imagine it being nicer than the East Alternative. I addition to the Peacham area, the section between Groton and S. Royalton was very pretty. I went to high school in NW Mass. and did hiking and canoeing in VT. This are was quintessential rural VT.

Routes / Re: Route advice - Oregon to Maine
« on: November 14, 2017, 01:40:11 pm »
Where is Meadow View Campground in Lowman, ID? I have been planning a loop from Boise and don't see it on Google Maps.

I wonder if he meant Mountain View CG (USFS) just east of town.

That must be it. Thanks. Missed that one as I was focusing in on the hot springs east of there.

BTW...Nice trip report.

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