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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Transam Sec. 2 Connection from Idaho
« on: July 04, 2023, 07:08:10 pm »
Thanks a lot ! This just the answer I was looking for.

I have to admit, what scares me with the US 26 is the apparently rather substantial lack of services.
How about campgrounds ? I saw there is one in Brogan and apparently there are some, though rather remote, near Unity (?).
Are there any services near Austin Junction ?

Thanks a lot !

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Transam Sec. 2 Connection from Idaho
« on: July 04, 2023, 08:53:54 am »
Hi jamawani,

thanks a lot for your reply and the gps-link !

Do you have experience with the I-84 north of Boise heading to Baker City ? Would that be another option or would you strongly discourage from using it ?

Thanks a lot !

Connecting ACA Routes / Transam Sec. 2 Connection from Idaho
« on: July 03, 2023, 09:12:13 pm »
Dear All,

for several reasons I will end up in a couple of days in Boise, Idaho. My current plan is to cycle from there to Ontario and then follow the nr. 26 via Brogan to Austin Junction to connect to the Trans-America ACA route, sec. 2.
I was considering cycling to Baker City, however, this would involve the I-84, which I would like to avoid.
Are there any better suggestions ? Boise is more or less a fixed point.

Thank you in advance for any ideas / suggestions !


would it also be possible to just ride along I-40 between Calumet Road and Bridgeport ? Is this just discouraged or completely fobidden ?

Thanks a lot !

Urban Cycling / Re: Touring in New York City?
« on: May 07, 2023, 07:15:50 pm »

depending on your panniers, Ortlieb offers what they call „anti-theft“ devices:

They are really more like „theft-delay“ devices, the wires can probably be cut easily with a Leatherman - still, they might keep the occasional burglar off.

The are a bit tricky to attach to the panniers, though, you are always looking for your third hand.

International / Re: Amsterdam
« on: March 14, 2023, 06:17:26 am »
not sure how acute your question still is:
It's been while since I was at Schiphol-Airport (and never by bike). There are several hotels in the vicinity and, as far as I remember, most of them have a shuttle-buses - similar to the larger airports in the US.
The Netherlands are the most bike-friendly country in Europe and the train starts directly from the airport - so you might want to consider going a bit further away from the airport, although with a boxed bike this might not be convenient.
Storing the bike-box at one of the larger hotels is probably not a problem - usually they have storage rooms, but they will probably not guarantee that the box is still there when you return.
I found this on the web
you might want to ask there, (some sort of dutch cycling association), maybe they can give you a hint.
Have fun !

Urban Cycling / Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« on: March 13, 2023, 02:56:51 am »
By the way: Looking at the crossing 133rd Ave / Van Wyk Expy on google streetview, this seems to be an unpassable building site (pictures apparently dating from October 2022) - does anyone know whether this is still the case ?

Urban Cycling / Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« on: March 13, 2023, 02:02:23 am »
Thank you a lot for the replies and the clarification.

Maybe I was not completely clear myself:
My intention is to stay the night after my arrival in a Hotel near JFK (and go there by shuttle bus), use the early-morning-jet-lag-hours to assemble my bicycle and start from there.

After Avrin's post I was looking at the metro-possibility - considering the distance to the next metro-stations I might as well cycle into Brooklyn. I was also looking at the possibility with Howard Beach station, but that would mean going back into the airport (with an unboxed, assembled and packed bicycle -not sure if the Hotel shuttle bus will take me...).

According to the NYC bicycle map, there should be at least some bike-lanes in Brooklyn (?).

I will let you know about my solution if I survive Queen's traffic  :).

Thanks a lot for your concerns !

Urban Cycling / Re: Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« on: March 07, 2023, 12:33:07 am »
Thanks Avrin, though not really the answer I was hoping for. Are your concerns more related to traffic or more to general safety/security ?

Urban Cycling / Cycling Route JFK - Manhatten ?
« on: March 04, 2023, 02:27:47 am »
Dear All,

the first section of my bicycle adventure will be the ride from JFK Airport via Brooklyn Bridge to Manhatten. So I started looking on google maps and openstreetmap on possible (direct) routes and for streets which apparently have bicycle lanes. Does anyone have suggestions/advice on which streets to avoid at all costs ? Is it adviseable to take detours ? Always considering that I am an absolute New-York City newbie  :)

Thanks a lot in advance !

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: which GPS map for US ?
« on: March 04, 2023, 02:16:46 am »
So the latest reply from Garmin was: The Cycle maps are (surprise !) for cyclists, topoactive is for hiking - additional trails on the topoactive are apparently not suited for bicycles. So I decided to start with the cycle map and compared the details shown with the details and resolution of the topoactive for Europe. At least for details shown and resultion-wise, there seem to be only minor differences.

Thanks a lot for all the hints ! I was still wondering about taking the ECG, but this looks like it would not be a good idea.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / which GPS map for US ?
« on: January 15, 2023, 03:52:07 am »
Dear All,

for my plans for a bicycle tour through the US this year, I am currently wondering which map I should use for my Garmin GPSMAP device.
Garmin offers the US Cycle Map as well as the TopoActive North America - both based on openstreetmap data, similar price and apparently same coverage.
I tried to call Garmin, but the only person I could reach did not know either of the maps...

Does anyone know what the differences are (if there are any at all) ?

Thanks a lot !

General Discussion / Re: Grizzlies in Yellowstone and Glacier
« on: December 31, 2022, 11:02:50 am »
Hi Jamawani,

thanks a lot for all the good suggestions and advice. Based upon that I will probably invest in a new pair of panniers, as I used mine also heavily for grocery shopping.
I was thinking of something like the box in the picture - should still be portable on a bike and apparently you do not have to hang it. My plan involves part of Idaho and then Oregon, but I have no plans to travel into the outback.

Have a nice 2023 !

General Discussion / Re: Grizzlies in Yellowstone and Glacier
« on: December 30, 2022, 01:20:12 pm »
Thank you for the prompt answer !  :)

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