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Messages - John Nelson

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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast - Road closures in Big Sur area
« on: September 21, 2017, 03:49:13 pm »
I want to know if you suggest me to bypass this section by taking a bus/train from Monterey to San Luis Obispo, or just wait for the roads to be fixed.

Neither. Take the Salinas Valley Detour.

Unfortunately, you'll miss the incredible scenery of Big Sur, so come back and do that in a few years.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Astoria
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:33:03 pm »
The ACA Pacific Coast map section between Centralia and Longview is rather meh.

My experience differs. Part of this is on Mandy Road which is so serene that it will make your whole day. I also really liked Woodside Drive in Cowlitz County.

Hwy 4 between Longview and Cathlamet is somewhat busy and narrow - but scenic.

This part I will agree with. It's a narrow, busy road that isn't much fun on a bicycle. But I did enjoy camping right on the banks of the Columbia River and watching the salmon fishermen bring in big ones and the barges going up and down the river.

I went across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and enjoyed it. Mackinac Island was a special treat. Eating all those pasties was a bonus. The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail in the Lower Peninsula is really nice.

The Lake Erie Connector (northern shore of Lake Erie in Ontario) was very nice too, and you get to see Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.

Routes / Re: Seattle to Astoria
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:43:11 pm »
I'm thinking of arriving in Seattle towards the end of May, so that I can start the Trans Am at the beginning of June.  I've heard that the passes over the Rockies are closed by snow, until mid June.  Again, advice on this would be helpful. 
It would be a very rare year that the passes in the Colorado Rockies would be closed until mid June, especially a major pass like Hoosier Pass. Besides, on your schedule, it will be late July before you get to Hoosier Pass. The Rockies aren't your problem. You're more likely to run into snow in the Cascades. A mid-June start from Astoria would be safer, and would probably avoid some rain too.

Routes / Re: TransAm Alternative
« on: September 05, 2017, 05:32:14 pm »
That's a lot of deviation to save one day of riding.

Routes / Re: TransAm Pueblo to Missoula
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:12:45 pm »
Oh, I thought you already said you were going from Pueblo to Missoula. Flip a coin. It's only a two to three week trip. The weather won't change much in that time. I might go west to east to try to avoid some headwinds in Wyoming, but it's a close call.

Routes / Re: TransAm Pueblo to Missoula
« on: August 31, 2017, 05:48:44 pm »
Any suggestion on which direct to take?

Here in Colorado, it's been four years since our big flood, and the bridges and paths are still not all repaired.

Routes / Re: TransAm Pueblo to Missoula
« on: August 30, 2017, 08:03:27 am »

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Choice for Bike Tour in Tibet
« on: August 29, 2017, 01:20:15 pm »
If I spend the week before I leave in the mountains of Colorado visiting mountains between 12,000 and 14,000 feet during the day, will that help me?
Yes, I think so.

General Discussion / Re: Recumbent trike practicality on routes
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:03:40 pm »
ACA routes have some of everything. The width of the trike can make it a bit more challenging on shoulderless roads. Make sure you have low enough gearing for steep hills. Make sure it handles well on fast, twisty descents. Make sure it can carry all your gear.

Routes / Re: TA vs Northern tier
« on: August 22, 2017, 01:07:45 pm »
With the exception of Glacier National Park, the TA is better in almost every way. Not to say that the NT is without highlights (Going To The Sun Road is perhaps the best ride in the US), but the TA is unquestionably better for the first timer.

General Discussion / Re: Altimeter
« on: August 18, 2017, 11:06:39 pm »
Depends on which version of the iPhone you have and how accurate you need the reading. In newer iPhones, the Compass app gives elevation.

Gear Talk / Re: Advice for choosing components to reduce gear inches
« on: August 12, 2017, 02:02:15 pm »
Very interesting question. One deserving of its own thread. No need to dredge up an old one.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica - Rose Lodge to Florence Option???
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:04:16 pm »
Most of that is on the Pacific Coast Route. It's beautiful. I suggest you just get the ACA map for the Pacific Coast, section 2. Or you can just ask the Oregon DOT for their Pacific Coast bicycle map. They are very similar.

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