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If you go to San Fran, be really careful of you gear getting stolen. There are over 50 rental cars a day returned to SFO with a window popped out due to theft. Have a great adventure. I'm envious of your innocence!

General Discussion / Re: Lake Michigan tour advice
« on: August 05, 2019, 03:08:41 pm »
Is the North Country Trail bikeable?

General Discussion / Re: Lake Michigan tour advice
« on: August 04, 2019, 04:37:56 pm »
Michael B, keep us posted. I'll probably be coming up in mid-September and hammock camp my way along. The MDOT maps in the link above are great. Thinking of riding the road from Ludington up to the big Bridge and then the North Country Trail back south into Ludington. My schedule should be pretty flexy so I'll shoot for a good forecast!

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: July 19, 2019, 06:42:20 pm »
Thanks @amstache! Like to keep this thread open this summer. My intertia is overcoming me so I might push my ride back to September.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: July 19, 2019, 05:25:21 pm »
Any new data on road conditions on the route? Last I heard, a pass was still closed due to deep snow from an avalanche. Any fires brewing?

BTW, two questions: should I bring my hammock camping setup or a tent? Do I need to have a bear bag or canister?
Thanks gang!

General Discussion / Re: Dealing with boredom on long bicycle trip
« on: July 11, 2019, 01:41:24 pm »
When you get done with your "mini tour" up and over the BRIDGE (of death!<G>) I'll need a trip report! I want to bring my wife up later this summer for a 4-5 day loop and will need easy, flattish, hotel centric riding conditions. Trying to ease her back into bike touring after a long break.

General Discussion / Re: Lake Michigan tour advice
« on: July 11, 2019, 01:30:19 pm »
Driftlessregion, did you do 60 mile day, about 10 days on your trip?

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:25:28 pm »
I'm planning on going with a 700x50 (or a 2") tire on this route. Should be more comfortable on the gravel. Especially for my hands.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: June 05, 2019, 12:51:31 am »
Lindy, that's great info. Please keep us advised. My ride would start around August 12th from Boise.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: May 18, 2019, 03:01:49 pm »
Thanks Jennifer.
A wise man once told me, "Boy, when you get in your fifties you can't hardly find anyone with the same desires as you and when you do they can't get the days off. If you really want to go do something, you have to do it solo"...

I guess I can just go backpacking or something.

Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: May 17, 2019, 01:22:44 am »
Okay, I ordered the maps for a mid-August ride. Might have to use the cutoff since I could run out of days out there playing. Is it dangerous to ride the route alone?  What will be the best resource for finding out if the route is affected by forest fires?

Excited! ;D

General Discussion / Re: Western Express Bicycle Touring Video
« on: March 25, 2019, 06:13:08 pm »
I have the same question about the handlebars. To each his own I suppose.

General Discussion / Re: Walking your bike
« on: February 03, 2019, 10:27:18 pm »
If the surface is dangerous I might walk.
On uphills I ask myself, "do you really feel worse than you did 5 minutes ago?"  if the answer is yes, then I walk a little. I don't race. I don't want to be miserable...

General Discussion / Re: Salsa Vaya vs Masi Giramondo vs or?
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:41:04 pm »
What type of touring? Road or gravel?

I love the looks and simplicity of the Giramondo but they are like hen's teeth to find to get a test ride. I went with a Salsa Fargo so I can dream of the GDMBR (with 2.4" tires) and the only thing I'm not crazy about is a double instead of a triple chainring.

The disc brakes have been really bombproof on all of my bikes. Go watch some videos about servicing on YT or Park and see if you can do it. I haven't done that because the brakes have been so damn reliable.

Routes / Re: Trans Am Route Using Trails Where Possible
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:56:25 am »
Yeah, the TAT is a dirt bike (motorcycle) trail from the Atlantic to the Pacific. There is considerable blacktop but it is mostly dirt and very quiet. The Swallows (Sarah and her hubby) rode it on mountainbikes as a tour (you can read their report on It would be a grand epic ride!

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