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Routes / Re: Planing a Trip on the Northern Tier or GDMBR This Summer?
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:01:21 pm »
What lower crossings of the CD in Montana are you referring to? So far the lowest I've found is Roger's Pass (5,600') on HWY 200 between Missoula and Great Falls.

Marias Pass (U.S. 2) between W. Glacier and E. Glacier is 5,213'. A local in E. Glacier told me it is the lowest paved crossing of the CD. It's on the NT route as the alternative to Going to Sun, which almost assuredly will not be open.

Routes / Re: Buffalo to Pittsburgh
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:11:18 am »
NY 5 is likely to have less traffic. I believe the Norther Tier route uses that road.

You can find look for campgrounds by searching Google Maps: "Campground near [name of town]". Stayed a bit east of Dunkirk at Sheridan Bay Park many years ago. There is Presque Islse S.P. in Erie. Very popular so a reservation might be a good idea. There are several other campgrounds along the lake just west of there.

Don't know how the UGRR route goes, but there is a really nice trail along the river from Oil City to Emlenton, PA, with free riverside camping in Franklin.

General Discussion / Re: Bag Storage
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:17:14 am »
Don't know about the storage part, but have you looked at in the event you ultimately have to ship?

Gear Talk / Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:26:21 am »
If you go with an inflatable mattress, make sure it's insulated as noted above. Some makers have insulated and non-insulated models. Personally, I would avoid one with vertical baffles. Had one. It was like sleeping on an inflatable pool raft. The Sea to Summit one I am currently using is easy to inflate and deflates completely in an n-sec. I open the valve while I am on it all the air comes whooshing out. Another nice thing is that the material it's made of is tacky enough that it doesn't slide around when you are rolling it up. I had a Nemo mattress that did that. Drove be batty.

Gear Talk / Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« on: March 06, 2018, 12:54:06 pm »
Got this last year and love it. Wait for the member sale and use the coupon.

Paired with a compression sack, this packs down to about the size of a football, and it's lighter and cheaper than the Nemo:

Routes / Re: Buffalo to Pittsburgh
« on: March 06, 2018, 12:39:07 pm »
Pennsylvania Bike Route A goes from Erie and passes close to Pittsburgh.

General Discussion / Re: border crossing
« on: March 01, 2018, 07:16:07 am »
Well this went down hill fast, but I am curious to know what the rumors (OP has been edited to remove the original mention of "rumors.") That information might help with informed responses.

General Discussion / Re: border crossing
« on: February 27, 2018, 06:56:51 am »
Some people on Cycle Vermont did it back in 2010. No problems. There was a lot of drug smuggling up that way back then. Border patrol actually stopped by our rest stop in Richford after he observed one of the support vans, which had VA plates, driving around the area. He was pleasant and told us that once he started seeing all the cyclists he realized what was going on. If your friend is not carrying anything illegal and has the proper paperwork, I don't see why there should be a problem. I have gotten far more scrutiny going into Canada than leaving.

General Discussion / Re: Routes by google maps?
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:58:11 pm »
Google Maps directions can put you on dirt roads. I have even had it plot routes on roads that no longer exist. Being able to see the roads on Street View is helpful, but not always possible. In short, take its routing with a couple of grains of salt and investigate as much as possible.

And 170 miles is what? Maybe 3 additional days? As John notes, going off the ACA maps will require more research re: services.

Routes / Re: July & August to Cycle Europe: Where should I go?
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:59:17 am »
Everyone travels in Italy in August. Expect large crowds in places popular with vacationers. Southern Spain will be hotter than hell in July & August.  Southern Italy can pretty darn hot as well.

General Discussion / Re: Most miles you have ridden in one single tour?
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:52:37 am »
About 6,000.

General Discussion / Re: Best Airlines for Bikes: US to EU
« on: February 21, 2018, 11:10:41 am »
Five years ago, U.S. Airways charged $400/bike round trip. The round trip ticket was only $1,500. So a 27% premium.

General Discussion / Re: Let's talk injuries!
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:34:48 am »
I missed a tour in Montana due to a knee injury.

Routes / Re: Traffic Free Trails
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:05:00 am »

BikeliciousBabe, thank you, the link for RoH and NorPac info is well worth knowing.   Goats Head thorns eh?   Tubeless I think :)
No goat heads that I know of.

Routes / Re: Traffic Free Trails
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:19:45 am »
+1 on the Mickelson

And as a point of clarification, the Great Allegheny Passage connects Pittsburgh and Cumberland MD. It's a former railroad right of way. The C&O canal path takes you from Cumberland, MD to D.C. It's a different animal from the GAP.

Using a FS road, you can connect the RoH with the NorPac Trail, which is the trail that takes you to Lookout Pass and then down to Mullan (or you can do the fast descent on I-90) where the Trail of the Coeur D'Alene begins. It ends in Plummer, ID. Alternatively, from the E. Portal trailhead of the RoH you can continue on the former Milwaukee Road right-of-way, which is known as the Olympian Trail, all the way to St. Regis. All this is available on Google Maps.

BTW...I have read some so so reviews of the Cowboy Trail which mention poor maintenance and lots goat head thorns.

In the east, there is the D&L Trail system in PA, although it has some gaps. In can be combined with the D&R path system in NJ. The Pine Creek Trail in PA is another option as is the Allegheny River Trail.

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