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General Discussion / Re: GDR in Montana
« on: May 21, 2014, 08:32:39 am »
Bob - thanks for the suggestion will pull out the maps and check this route. Probably won't make a final decision until I reach Bozeman.  What color is that tent?

Gear Talk / Re: Advice on a Bicycle for Trip to France
« on: May 19, 2014, 08:54:30 am »
Max - as a father I was giving my 25 y.o. daughter a lot of advice about a bike when she was going to Ireland for a month.  Of course she did her own thing. Got on Craig's list before leaving and spent the first day in Dublin looking at used bikes.  Bought a nice bike, used it for a month and sold it on Craig's list before heading home to Colorado. France is a beautiful county for touring - spent a week there last spring touring in the southern Provence region. Low altitude and rolling hills - good food and wine.  The Alps were different - altitude lower than Colorado but much steeper and it seemed longer mountain passes, consider low gears for this region. Are you planning on camping or using hostels and Gites. Paris has rental bikes located all over the city - you can buy a pass to unlock these bikes, pay for the time you use it - leave it, then find another for your next errand (like looking for a bike).  Check out your ATM and credit card if using - we change to ones that did not have extra service fees for use in Europe. Also some US credit Cards do not work at some places like train stations since they have chips in their cards not the magnetic strips we use. If flying into Paris bring Euro's so you can take the train at the airport - you US credit card will not work in these ticket machines. Enjoy

General Discussion / Re: GDR in Montana
« on: May 19, 2014, 12:43:36 am »
Thanks for the update on conditions in Montana and snow links. I will start checking out the Stillwater Basin area. Hope conditions improve for the Great Divide Race this year

General Discussion / GDR in Montana
« on: May 18, 2014, 11:07:44 am »
I will be driving my daughter to Bozeman on 6/23 and have a week for bikepacking. Prefer dirt sections and would like to use my hammock instead of sleeping on the ground if possible. Any suggestions on were to ride?  If there are good rides other than the GDR route that would be OK. We still have lots of snow above 9000' in Colorado.

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