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Routes / Re: Should I change my route?
« on: May 11, 2017, 04:11:01 pm »
As I wrote in response to your recent thread on Bikefourms, "yes."

Routes / Re: Central-Southern IL/IN Week Long Trip Suggestions
« on: May 11, 2017, 02:15:31 pm »
Have you looked at the Underground Railroad and Northern Tier routes? Both appear to pass within that drive time south and north (respectively) of TH.

General Discussion / Re: Arriving by Amtrak
« on: May 11, 2017, 02:06:15 pm »
"You rode your bicycle, alone, from Sacramento to Salt Lake City?" Cop was skeptical...Then I showed him my epic farmer tan.
Heh. I will have to remember that one in the event I find myself in similar circumstances. I have actually had women laugh at my farmer tan while on the beach shirtless and wearing swim trunks that were shorter than my cycling shorts.

Routes / Re: Chicago to NY Maps?
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:55:11 pm »
Told you so.  ;D

Routes / Re: Recommendation needed for Long Island/ NY
« on: May 10, 2017, 07:32:47 am »
A buddy of mine talked to someone in PA who helped develop the PA bike routes. He said the reason they stuck with highways under state jurisdiction wherever they could was because it eliminated the need to get permission from individual townships to post route signs. From my relatively limited experience, that worked out o.k. in many places. In other places, not so much. I can think of one place in particular where you end up on a busy state highway when there is a gorgeous, valley alternative that passes by Amish farms.

Routes / Re: Chicago to NY Maps?
« on: May 10, 2017, 07:25:47 am »
We are just about 1/3rd of the way through May. My guess is that they will be available in May.  ;D Looking forward to buying some myself.

Routes / Re: Recommendation needed for Long Island/ NY
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:40:37 pm »
Not sure why one would fly into that part of the world and hope to find remote cycling roads.

Maybe look into something along the Lake Champlain Bikeway, possibly starting in Burlington, VT.

Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route DC to Key West - Logistics
« on: May 04, 2017, 11:07:26 am »
I didn't realize this was an option in Miami.
The Trainside checked service has expanded as the new baggage cars have come on line. Note that you will have to remove your panniers and likely any tent, etc., strapped to the racks. It might be worth investing in a cheap duffel bag at the end of the trip to consolidate all your stuff. That's what I did when I rode the Vermonter service, which is true roll-on service, to the start of the trip. When I reached my destination there was a young woman with several smaller bags. I gave her the duffel to make things easier for her.

General Discussion / Re: Where are the rides, stories and pictures?
« on: May 01, 2017, 02:13:13 pm »
Not sure there is such a section dedicated to such on this forum.

Perhaps the comprehensive source for trip journals is this:

General Discussion / Re: Divide Ride
« on: April 30, 2017, 09:53:20 pm »
Seeley Lake area to Missoula and then fly home. Or get off and head to Bozeman and fly home. Or Amtrak from Whitefish as mentioned.

General Discussion / Re: Bike touring safety... USA...
« on: April 30, 2017, 09:50:33 pm »
Not an issue vis-a-vis daily living. In fact, maybe less than vis-a-vis daily living.

General Discussion / Re: Interested in 'electric assist' touring?
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:05:07 pm »
Who had any idea that at 73 one can still be able to dream and participate in life at its fullest?
My first tour was ACA's unsupported Northern Tier tour. The oldest participant was 76. He turned 77 during the trip. When it was finished, he started riding home from Bar Harbor, ME to the Philadelphia area until his wife said "Enough is enough!" and picked him up somewhere in CT.

Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« on: April 20, 2017, 02:55:56 pm »
I'm thinking that starting out on that same day could be complicated so I'm wondering where to rent a room....or should we hit the road for 20 miles or so?
Bay View State Park is about 13 easy miles from Anacortes, and you will have plenty of daylight. Sounds like a reasonable way to get you "feet wet," and means fewer miles the next day. Don't recall any grocery stores near the park. Closest was in Burlington, which is 8 miles each way. As such, you might want to carry from Anacortes. Howard Miller Steelhead County Park in Rockport has Adirondack shelters. They come in handy if it's been raining.

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