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General Discussion / Re: Bike touring safety... USA...
« Last post by lvmelini@comcast.net on April 28, 2017, 10:59:09 pm »
Chris: You live in Wisconsin the most bike friendly touring state, at least in my opinion. My wife is originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. We have traveled over 2000 miles in Wisconsin during 2 tours. Do a tour there before your cross country trip to gain confidence. Your 1-10 scale would be at an 8 in our experience that would also include trips in Washington, Utah, Idaho, Montana and the Canadian Rockies. We sleep well at night. In Wisconsin I would rate touring a 10. I use Adventure Cycling Association maps as the "backbone" of most of our trips. Though there are no guarantees, you may find them helpful to put you on safer routes. You will also run into other cyclists using these routes which will provide a bit of comfort knowing others are on the same route. That's my 2 cents. Congrats on your Appalachian trail thru-hike. Julie and I completed a thru hike of the AT in 2016.

Louis and Julie Melini
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General Discussion / Re: Bike touring safety... USA...
« Last post by John Nelson on April 28, 2017, 10:36:49 pm »
Crime statistics are quite clear. You are much more likely to be a victim to somebody you know than to a stranger. So by going on tour and getting away from everybody you know, you're actually much safer.
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Routes / Re: Worth cycling around Olympic National Park on Pacific Route??
« Last post by adventurepdx on April 28, 2017, 07:52:19 pm »
Since my overall goal is to get to the Mexican border.. Those detours would take too much time so i think i will just follow Map 1!

How much time do you have? Do you plan on any major stops along the way?
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We have learned via our Tours Department that it is anticipated that the road through Lassen Volcanic National Park will likely remain closed through mid to late June. This is a couple of weeks later than "normal".

This is a potential reroute (going south to north):

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20613663

Jennifer

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Routes / Re: Help Building a Trip
« Last post by steveres on April 28, 2017, 02:16:42 pm »
For an App recommendation, Adventure Cycling just published route-specific apps for Trans America Trail, Bicycle Route 66 and Pacific Coast. You can download them from https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/adventure-cycling-route-apps/. The App shows the route on either Google or OpenCycleMap base maps, along with services like food, camping, bike shops, hotels, etc. It also has an embedded Google search feature, in addition to calculating distance along the route and showing elevation profiles. And if you plan ahead, you can download the maps to your phone or tablet so they works w/o cell service.

The apps have route sections that correspond to the paper maps so you can purchase just what you need.

Full disclosure... I built these apps in partnership with Adventure Cycling, so I'm plugging them here :)

-Steve
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ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Not showing distance and elevation profile
« Last post by steveres on April 28, 2017, 12:32:04 pm »
Have you tried shutting the app (by swiping up) and restarting it? I wonder if that will fix the problem temporarily, if not permanently.

Thanks.
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Routes / Re: Utah Cliffs Loop (ACA) in early May?
« Last post by wgscott on April 28, 2017, 11:20:17 am »
Thanks.  That's very helpful. 
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Routes / Re: Utah Cliffs Loop (ACA) in early May?
« Last post by JMilyko on April 28, 2017, 11:13:38 am »
According to this page from Utah DOT, SR 148 which goes through Cedar Breaks National Monument, it won't be open until late May/early June.

http://udottraffic.utah.gov/CLALertViewer.aspx?CLType=3

While the route doesn't go through the monument, it gives you some idea of the area conditions. The route DOES use a number of roads that are likely not plowed.

These conditions will vary from year to year. I suggest contacting the Dixie National Forest to get their take on it this year.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/dixie

Jennifer
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Gear Talk / Re: Wider tires on same rims
« Last post by DaveB on April 28, 2017, 09:06:16 am »
I'm probably going to go with 700C x 35, and the fenders still have a little bit of wiggle room.
You want to maintain that bit of wiggle room.  You want enough clearance between the tire and fender of allow some mud build up or a rock or stick to slip between them without locking up the wheel.
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Routes / Re: Worth cycling around Olympic National Park on Pacific Route??
« Last post by Daveymac on April 28, 2017, 08:19:26 am »
Good afternoon!

Thanks so much for such fab information.... I really appreciate it!
Since my overall goal is to get to the Mexican border.. Those detours would take too much time so i think i will just follow Map 1!

Taking the standard route down the Pacific Coast, are there any historical/scenic/natural/wildlife sights that would be worth detouring to go & see between Vancouver & the border...
I dont mind detouring, provided i am generally heading south?!

Dave Mac.
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