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Routes / Re: NE Washington State: the Gravel Tier
« on: February 25, 2024, 10:05:17 am »
Doesn't the GDMBR take you over Whitefish Divide to Roosville, just north of Libby?

While I have only ridden on paved roads up there, I love the Yaak River Valley.  Last time I was up there, I met a guy at Pete Creek Campground out for short trip.  IIRC, he had come up from Libby via Pipe Creek Road to 17 Mile Creek Road to get to NF-92.

Routes / Re: Trans Am Rockies Camping - Bears?
« on: February 25, 2024, 09:56:43 am »
In terms of taking attractants inside your tent, can't you just put them in plastic bags?  Freezer bags, for instance, or garbage bags? I'm thinking about things like toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellant, trash; NOT food.   
When I backpacked in the backcountry of Glacier N.P., that was a no-no.  First of all, trash smells.  Maybe not to you, but a bear's sense of smell is WAY stronger than a human's.  Second, those bags are not completely airtight.  All potential attractants, including bug spray, got hung every night.

Routes / Re: NE Washington State: the Gravel Tier
« on: February 22, 2024, 01:30:12 pm »

I spent a night in Ione two different times while riding the NT, including one at Campbell Park.

To limit your load, I'd suggest one reasonably good camera and maybe one video device (like a GoPro).  Some people do much more, like the people 30 years ago who took two 35 mm SLRs and five lenses.  Have you thought where to put all your clothes, rain gear, spare parts, food, and cooking gear?
Heh.  Back in 1999, I took a medium format camera (Mamiya 645) with 3 lenses, metered view finder and power winder and a 35mm camera with one lens. Mailed home exposed rolls of film amd had new rolls mailed to me.

I agree with people about the time it takes.  And I only stopped to take still photos.  There is going to be so much else going on that will require your attention, not to mention the riding.  Unless you are moving at a snail's pace in terms of daily mileage, trying to produce high quality output is going to be tough.  And don't think you will always have connectivity.

Routes / Re: GDMBR Logistics
« on: January 29, 2024, 09:07:48 pm »
I will offer only a dated experience. In 2009, we did the Glacier Waterton Loop.  My ATM car from a large bank in the U.S. would not work in certain ATM machines.  Tried a convenience store and it did not work.  An hour or so later, in Fernie, I went to a bank ATM and it worked.  It seemed that some ATM's were not connected to the most popular networks.  Hopefully, that is no longer an issue.

As recommended, definitely tel your bank(s) including credit card banks) of your travel plans.  Locations, dates, etc.  Include all possibilities.  For example, if I will be flying from the east to Montana for atour there in ID and will have a layover in MN, I will tell my banks that it's possible I might use my cards in the MN airport.  The "logic" banks can use to protect you (themselves, really) once resulted in a credit card being frozen because I bought gas a few hours' drive from my home even though I was in my home state.  I didn't find out until I tried to pay for dinner two nights later.

Routes / Re: Teton Pass from Jackson
« on: January 11, 2024, 07:41:14 am »
Ha ha, at least you had another couple gears available.

More than once, I have looked back and found with dismay that I was already in first gear.   Oy.  Thankfully, I prefer standing on steep grades, for the most part.  Not for one hour though...
Having done the climb two years earlier, I became worried that there was something physically wrong with me, or at least the bike.  Something has to be holding me back.  Then I thought "Please don't let me look down and see that I forgot to shift into the small ring." Sure enough....That gives you an idea of how easy the first half of the climb is compared to the second half.

Here is the profile from Murray:

Some double-digit sections in there.  The first time I climbed it, it was warm and humid.  A river of sweat poured down from my face.  The second time, a thunderstorm moved in halfway up the steep part.  I had to pull off into the woods and out on my rain clothes.

And yeas...Hoping for, but not finding, one more low gear is saddening.

Routes / Re: Teton Pass from Jackson
« on: January 09, 2024, 10:52:20 am »

RWGPS says just under 4 miles long and 8.5% grade average.

I have done Thompson Pass from ID into MT twice.  IIRC, the hard part heading east from Murray is the final 4 miles at an average of 7.4%, with the second two miles of that averaging 7.8%.  That was quite taxing, especially when you I realized that I had started out in my middle chainring.  ;D

Gear Talk / Re: My cooking gear
« on: January 08, 2024, 09:15:44 am »
I love Sea to Summit stuff.  I have their collapsible cup and bowl, though mine are several years old and thus don't have that grippy finish that cup has.  They next inside each other and take up a tiny fraction of the space my rigid cup and bowl used to. (The StS mattress I have is also the favorite one I have ever owned.)

As for the rest of the kitchen, I do a lot more than boil water, so by cooking gear is probably more extensive than most.  Always induces either my MSR Dragonfly or Optimus Nova liquid fuel stove.  The former is for longer trips because it has a larger fuel bottle.  I also bring two pots that nest inside each other.  All in all, I think the collection is efficient for what it can accomplish.

General Discussion / Re: Stealth Camping? Sleep Site!
« on: January 02, 2024, 08:21:39 am »
I am willing to pay for a picnic table, water tap, toilet (even if only a vault toilet) and the convenience of not having to search around for an acceptable spot.

Routes / Re: Ride with GPS elevation errors
« on: December 15, 2023, 09:45:00 am »
I've mostly used the app in the mid Atlantic US.  But in my few years of use, I've never seen errors that remotely approach the scale of the GAP Trail errors.   Guess I've been lucky. 

It's dead on for the Skyline Drive for example.

As noted above, what you might be seeing are not really errors but the results of high bridges and/or tunnels, which exist on the GAP.

A great example is the Hiawatha Trail in MT and ID.  To illustrate, I made this map:

It follows the old Milwaukee Road right-of-way from Avery, ID to Taft, MT (except for a short detour around a tunnel that collapsed) and includes the Hiawatha Trail.  IIRC, there are more than a dozen tunnels along that route.  There are also some trestles that are hundreds of feet high.   If you dig deep into the profile, you will see grades of over 10%.  Of course, that is impossible even for a railroad right-of-way crossing a range of the Rockies.  That last hump you see at the end represents the 1.66-mile St. Paul Pass Tunnel, which crosses between MT and ID.  Look at the grades to the west of the summit.  Nearly 30%.  Impossible.

BTW...If you ever have the opportunity to ride that stretch, it is spectacular. 

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast to Empire State Trail in NYC
« on: December 15, 2023, 09:14:58 am »
This leg of the trip I'm coming up from DC. I missed the connection to the Chicago-NYC route from AC until you mentioned it, so that now looks like a great option from Conshohocken.

Check on the status of PA 611 north of Portland, PA.  It is still closed between Portland and Delaware Water Gap after a rockslide last December.  Work to repair things has not started.

You might be able to get through on a bike, legally or not. If you cannot, you will have to detour up into the hills.

Also, I have toured south from PJ may times and have taken to using U.S. 46 between Portland and Belividere.  It is not as scenic, but the roads on the PA side have some bad site lines and little or no shoulder.  Plus, there is a short but very nasty little hill shortly after you cross into PA.

Heading north, you would stay on Market St. in Belvidere and bear right onto Manuka Chunk Rd. At the traffic light, make a left onto U.S. 46, which has a good shoulder.  When you approach the overhead highway bridge, bear left onto Washington.  You will be going the wrong way on a one-way street, but the street is very wide, and I have never seen a car on that street. After a couple of blocks, at the intersection of Washington & Green, make a left onto the ped/bike bridge across the river to Portland.  Make sure to stop and look upriver.  You will see the bridge that is the west end of the Paulinskill Viaduct.  When it was completed by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in 1910, the Paulinskill Viaduct was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world.

Another fun fact:  Portland is home to the guy who wrote "All I want for Christmas in My Two Front Teeth."

Try to get a campsite site at Worthington State Forest after you cross back into NJ via the walkway along the I-80 bridge.  Sites 11 and 12 are the best.  No RVs allowed at that end of the campground, and those sites have direct river access.  I would suggest trying to make a reservation if you are going to end up there during the week as the place is very popular.  (Unfortunately, NJ state parks require a two-night minimum to reserve for Friday and Saturday.)  Even if the place is full, ask about unadvertised space for people arriving by bike, boat or foot.  Try to talk to a real ranger and not just some "intern" who might be working the booth.  Secure your attractants in either a food storage locker or restroom.  There are most definitely bears in the area.  Saw a young cub in camp back in 2018.  Back in July, I was driving the route north of there on my way to NY when I encountered twin cubs playing in the road.

Further south, Dogwood Haven in Upper Black Eddy, PA, across from Milford, NJ (decent grocery store and several places to eat out), gives cyclists a discount.  IIRC, it's still only $10/night.  (Have some cash.)  The owner is a very nice guy.  Don't expect a fancy KOA, but it's a quiet, shaded place with mostly mature, seasonal campers who are very pleasant.  Cross the bridge from Milford into PA, make a left on PA 23.  Second right onto Canal Lane then make the easy walk down to the canal path before you cross the bridge.  The first road crossing you come to is Lodi Hill Rd.  Make a right there, cross the canal and the campground entrance will be right on your right.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast to Empire State Trail in NYC
« on: December 13, 2023, 08:26:56 am »
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll take a look at RWGPS to see if I can make it work. The suggested travel day (not a surprise) may be the problem since this will be towards the end of a multi-week tour.
I think I am a bit confused.  From where will you coming?

If you will be heading south on the Atlantic Coast route from above Port Jervis, NY, you could hop on ACA's Chicago to NYC route there, take that the GWB and then ride down the Hudson to The Battery on the Empire State Trail.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast to Empire State Trail in NYC
« on: December 12, 2023, 02:14:31 pm »
It's not an ACA route, but I'm looking for suggestions on getting from the Atlantic Coast route to the southern point of the Empire State Trail in lower Manhattan (Battery Point). I know I could take the New York Spur, then likely an NJT train in, but wondering if there is another alternative route.
Any suggestions (even - are you crazy!) would be appreciated.

Somewhere I have a roundabout route from Lambertville, NJ to the Staten Island Ferry, which will take you right to The Battery in Manhattan. It's actually a fairly low to moderate traffic route with some nice stretches (including one through the Great Swamp) until you reach Kenilworth.  You end up going through Elizabeth and over the Goethels Bridge to Staten Island, where you ride along the north "coast" to the ferry dock. Pretty long, though.  Maybe 80-85 miles to the ferry terminal on Staten Island.  Probably best ridden on a Sunday.

Routes / Re: Trans Am Rockies Camping - Bears?
« on: December 12, 2023, 02:00:36 pm »
I did the TA from Missoula to Fairplay, CO (east of Breckenridge) before hopping onto the Great Pars South to Cortez, CO.  I have done parts of the TA in MT a few other times.
Never once have I seen anyone with a canister or hanging food.  As noted, the NPs have food storage lockers.  Use them or you could get in trouble with not only critters but park employees.  A foolish cyclist did not at Jenny Lake in Teton even though there had been a young bear seen around camp.  He left his site to try to get a cell signal.  Guess who got into the guy's garbage then stuck his head in guy's tent and sniffed the cycling clothes drying on a clothesline before two women chased him away by banging pots and pans together. Campground host was not happy.

USFS campgrounds also had food storage lockers. Baker's Hole near W. Yellowstone, MT and Spring Gulch near Sula, MT come to mind.

When I stay in places that don't have lockers and bears might be a concern, I often try to store attractants in restrooms.

General Discussion / Re: camera choice
« on: December 05, 2023, 02:30:51 pm »

Sounds AI-generated.

What's even more interesting is that Alessa3322 keeps on digging up long-dead threads, then rayed responds shortly thereafter, generally with a link to a commercial website. (Or in at least one instance, it's rayed first, then Alessa3322.) Go check their post history. They both have about the same amount of posts, and registered a little over a week from each other in March of this year.

If these two are what they think they are, I find it fascinating that someone/thing finds this a good forum to do that on. But I guess with bots/AI, it doesn't really matter.

I did notice the necro thread revival and even mentioned it in another comment somewhere, but I did not notice the connection to rayed.  Good catch. 

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