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Routes / Re: Great Divide Elk Valley Trail
« on: July 20, 2022, 09:09:41 pm »
Between Sparwood and Elkford the southern section of the trail abruptly ended at a gravel pit operation. I opted out of the northern section. I’d highly recommend purchasing the gps file. Prepare for mosquitoes.

Routes / Great Divide Elk Valley Trail
« on: July 14, 2022, 03:24:14 pm »
I just completed the GDMBR and would like to comment on the Elk Valley Trail from Elko to Elkford in the Canada Section. The route is marked as a bike path with little round dots. It should be marked as single track. The 100 mile trail is poorly maintained with downed trees and washed out bridges. Navigation and finding trail markers can be challenging. Unlike the bike trail from Banff to Canmore (that has the same dotted marking) the EVT is no picnic.

Thanks Carla! Super helpful! This is why I'm an ACA member!

The Abiquiu to Cuba, NM link I believe should be
It's currently the same as CO/NM state line to Abiquiu, NM link

Thanks so much! I'll be out there in two weeks. Much appreciated.


Guys- it’s fine out here. Stealth camping. Take out food. Bottled water. So many flowers in bloom.

I plan to leave June 1. DM me for more info.

I'm gonna go for it. I had originally planned to do the Great Divide this summer, but that's not happening. My current plan is a June start out of Brooklyn on the NYC>Chicago route to Denver IN, then the Northern Tier route to Dickinson ND, and then Lewis & Clark route to Portland, OR.

Classifieds / Re: Garmin Edge Touring Basic Navigator
« on: March 21, 2019, 11:51:22 pm »
Still available (and it has a major coast to coast route loaded on it)

Classifieds / Garmin Edge Touring Basic Navigator
« on: March 17, 2019, 07:40:31 pm »
I bought this exactly a year ago. I used it for a tour and took good care of it. It's still in good shape. It comes with all original cables and attachments. $100 + $5 shipping

Gear Talk / Re: Gear weight
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:34:40 am »
Front left (rain/warm clothing) 5.6 lbs
Front right (tools/medical) 9 lbs
handlebar bag 4.8 lbs
seat bag 1lb
Rear left (stickers/cards/maps/books,clothing)  12.4 lbs
Rear right (clothing, power pack) 10.6 lbs
Luggage bag (camping) 11.6 lbs
Water (three 1 liter bottles)/lock 6 lbs

Detailed gear list here:

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight, tough bike lock
« on: May 10, 2018, 11:45:58 pm »
So, for example, you're camping somewhere and you lock your bike to the picnic table. Your tent is small, yet the handlebar bag always stays with you. But what about your panniers?

Gear Talk / Re: Gear weight
« on: May 10, 2018, 11:40:44 pm »
I'm heading out on the TransAm May 26th. I just returned from my shakedown ride. Gear (incl water) weighed 63.6 lbs.  Bike + gear (incl water) weighed 97.6lbs

Gear Talk / Re: My Bike Set-up for TransAm
« on: May 10, 2018, 11:36:56 pm »
I'm looking forward to your tunes! See you May 25th in Virginia!

Greetings fellow cyclists! I will be departing Yorktown May 26th heading west on the TransAm. I have started a blog with a planned itinerary and equipment list here:
I know of one other cyclist who intends to start from Yorktown the same weekend. Are there any others? We would be interested to start a Facebook group to share info and such. It would be great to hear from east-bounders as well.

General Discussion / Re: Across America 2018
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:30:35 pm »
I'm heading on the opposite direction, E to W, on the TransAm starting in late May. Will wave as we pass each other :-)


I'm also traveling the TransAm east to west starting in late May. I'd love to compare notes and meet up with fellow cyclists!

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