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Routes / Re: TransAmerica from DC, but I need to go east first.
« on: April 18, 2012, 02:41:33 pm »
I did this route (DC-Waldport, OR) last year, and did the DC-Delaware leg also.  See

To get to Delaware, you need to get a shuttle to take you across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Contrary to earlier post, there is a shuttle: .  I rode the C&O Canal, but you will need a bike with at least 32mm tires, which most touring bikes have.  Connected at Cumberland, MD, to the Great Allegheny Passage, which is beautiful.  Then turned west to the Ohio at Connellsville, PA.  Across OH, IN, IL to connect with the Katy Trail across Missouri.  Then caught the TransAm north of Wichita and followed it out to Corvallis, OR, then over the Coast Range to the tire dip.

Routes for the individual days are posted on ; search on Goodrich.

Good luck.  It was a ball.

Routes / Route from Missoula to Bozeman
« on: March 21, 2007, 03:27:43 am »
I didn't go on the AC route you describe because the Bitteroot Valley was on fire that summer.  Hard on the paint job. It's supposed to be quite spectacular, and you follow much of the route of the Nez Perce in 1877.  Traffic should not be a problem on either route, and yours is probably shorter.  Can't go wrong either way.

Routes / Route from Missoula to Bozeman
« on: March 19, 2007, 06:52:48 pm »

I found a very nice, if roundabout route from Missoula to Bozeman a few years back, in the summer of 2000. It was inspired by the fact that the place was burning, and I was trying to ride where the fires weren't.

Follow Route 200 out along the Blackfoot River, of "A River Runs Through It " fame.  Stop off in the bar in Potomac and have one of the local brews, Moose Drool.  Brush up against the side of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  Stop off at Loonie's; you can tell by the giant metal dinosaur sculpture and the Harleys parked outside.  Pass through Lincoln.  Out of town, turn right and climb: Flesher Pass over the Divide. Sweet, tough and lonely.

Roll down into Helena.  Take the  I-15 south of town - it's okay for riding - but watch out for a nasty unmarked pass coming up on Boulder.  Be sure you have more than just a bottle and a half if it's a hot day. Turn off at Boulder and go south through the wild beautiful Boulder valley.  If you're lucky, the rancher will let you camp by his corral and you can listen to the coyotes.

Keep south and cross I-90, heading down to Norris.  Watch the rumble strips.  They tend to disappear on the hills, only to reappear at the bottom right about when you're doing 40.  At Norris, turn east to Bozeman.

It's been six years and I can remember each day vividly.  Good luck and enjoy.

Routes / Danube Bike Trail
« on: May 06, 2006, 11:37:17 am »
Hi folks,

We're looking to ride the Danube Bike Trail from Passau, Germany to Vienna in a couple of weeks.  Does anyone know where i can get information on the trail status?  There were big floods this spring on the Danube and I'd like to find out if the trail is rideable.


Routes / Idaho Route 12
« on: May 06, 2006, 11:50:13 am »
I've ridden a bit, and this is the most amazing ride I've had.  It is indeed remote.  Outside Lowell, there is a sign that says "Winding Road Next 77 Miles," and that's about right. No towns, or buildings really, until Powell. A steady, but not killer, climb for most of the way up to Lolo Pass, then a bit steep at the end.  I did it with a granny and a trailer.  At the Jerry Johnson campground after 60 miles of uphill, I was putting up my tent, and someone asked me if I knew about the hot springs. ??  Sure enough, about a mile into the woods (well marked), I come across a large steaming spring with about 8 naked people.  Quite a memorable day.  You should do this.

Routes / Better Route West of Missoula?
« on: November 19, 2004, 01:53:23 am »
I've ridden across Lolo Pass, and it is a glorious ride.  Some trucks, but not overwhelming. On the Idaho side of Lolo is the Jerry Johnson Campground, which has hot springs on a trail about a half mile into the woods.  Nothing better than a warm bathtub in the woods after a long ride.  Coming east from Lowell, Idaho, the sign at the edge of town reads "Winding Road Next 77 Miles."  That's what is it.  You hear the rapids on the Lochsa River, the ospreys, and your tires.  Very memorable.

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