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Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark or Parks, Peaks, Prairies
« on: January 05, 2022, 07:04:18 pm »
Thank you.  This are great links!

Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark or Parks, Peaks, Prairies
« on: January 04, 2022, 06:44:00 pm »
"You don't tell us much about yourself.
I'm not sure if you are a newbie with long-distance touring.
I don't think you have much experience in remote parts of the West.
I also noticed that firt you were looking at BR66 then the Western Express."

I am fairly new to touring, east coast and mid west so far.  Not been out west.  And yes I am looking at all options as I plan.  I'll be riding Surly Ogre with 29x2.5 tubeless in the west if I stick to the P&C and other trails as outlined on the GART.  I would then swap them out for 28X2 in Iowa for the remainder of the ride.

Routes / Re: Lewis and Clark or Parks, Peaks, Prairies
« on: January 04, 2022, 06:34:21 pm »
Why not the P&C east of the Columbia?

Routes / Re: Palouse to Cascades Trail West of Ellensburg
« on: January 04, 2022, 11:39:52 am »

Routes / Lewis and Clark or Parks, Peaks, Prairies
« on: January 04, 2022, 11:33:58 am »
Looking for information to decide between Lewis and Clark or Parks, Peaks, Prairies routes headed east from Missoula area.  Planning on a W to E ride starting in Seattle and using the Great American Rail Trail to Missoula with the objective of getting to Iowa for RAGBRAI. Would be leaving early June.  Thanks.

General Discussion / Re: Is a TransAm Ride Coast-to-Coast
« on: December 28, 2021, 09:39:35 pm »

"Getting to the ocean from DC isn't easy.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge doesn't allow bicycles.
There is no public transport and the private shuttle is expensive.
Plus, the various route options have heavy traffic.

An alternative is Point Lookout State Park on Chesapeake Bay.
The passenger boat connections via Smith Island are iffy.
And Covid may have put them permanently out of business.
But if your group is willing to pay - it's a great way across the Bay."

Getting from DC to the Eastern Shore can be tricky but from DC to Annapolis there are a number of trails and back roads that are not bad. From Annapolis getting across the Bay Bridge you may be able to hitch a ride, but that is the trickiest part.  After that getting to the ocean is easy on back roads.  You can take Rt 50 as it is a designated bike route but it is extremely busy and I would avoid it.

General Discussion / Burely Django, Hepcat for touring
« on: August 03, 2019, 11:54:10 am »
I am interested in a cross US ride and am deciding on a bike.  I have ridden bents for 14 years and have 4 I could use.  The trike is not an option and is used for short rides with no gear.  The RANS F5 is comfortable but only accommodates 650 skinny tired wheels.  The Schlitter Encore is a possibility but I would have to have beefier wheels and probably pull a trailer.  The most obvious choice would be the Burley Django as is it comfortable and fairly compact, however would require carrying spares for different sized front and rear wheels.  I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has used a Django or Hepcat for long touring.  My other choice is to purchase a more upright diamond frame but would rather put that money into the trip then into a new bike.

Routes / Re: Rte. 66 or Western Express
« on: March 29, 2019, 05:28:22 pm »
Thanks.  The is the sort of information I am looking for.  With such long distances between towns, is it kosher to stealth camp midway?  Is this all desert? 

Routes / Rte. 66 or Western Express
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:46:33 pm »
I am in the early stages of planning a cross country West to East.  The idea is to start in either San Francisco or LA and ride east to Iowa to do RAGBRAI, then continue to my home in Maryland.  I would have to time this right to be able to attend RAGBRAI at the end of July so I am not yet sure when I would start, but probably sometime in May.  I am wondering which route would be best at that time of year, Rte 66 or the Western Express.  I would like to stop at the Grand Canyon either way, then continue to the Lewis and Clark heading north to the western border of Iowa where RAGBRAI begins.  After RAGBRAI I plan to follow the Great Rivers to the Trans America, then east to Richmond Virginia where I would pick up the Atlantic Coast and Tidewater routes to the ferry and to Smith Island and Crisfield.  From there I would ride to Chincoteague Virgina before heading home about 65 miles NW. 
I have read some about Rte 66 and the reviews seem mixed.  I know nothing of the Western Express.  Crossing the Rockies does not worry me except for the risk of road closure due to snow.  Crossing the desert is more of a concern.  I plan to camp/stealth camp most of the way.  Time, except for getting to RAGBRAI on time, is not a concern.  Any light you can shed on this would be greatly appreciated. 

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