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General Discussion / Re: Empire State Trail to NY City
« Last post by jwrushman on May 25, 2023, 03:13:28 pm »
The logistics might not work out for your if you're staying in Poughkeepsie.  I stayed at the Bear Mountain Bridge Motel - in 2014 when doing the AT - it was $88.  In 2017, in my modified Northern Tier, I stayed there again for $96.  It's a tiny place, but clean. 
Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Across Michigan to Pittsburgh
« Last post by ghof on May 25, 2023, 12:16:20 pm »
Thanks...good idea!
General Discussion / Re: Empire State Trail to NY City
« Last post by BikeliciousBabe on May 25, 2023, 10:43:23 am »
Not suprising.  Hotel rates have gone up significantly. I stayed in Hyde Park in 2018.  Stayed there again in 2021.  The price was probably a good 33% higher, if not more.

Where do you plan to pick up Amtrak?  If from at Penn Station, you are going to have to ride more than to the tip of Manhattan. Penn Station is at 34th & 7th/8th.
Food Talk / Re: Thailand food
« Last post by JasonWills on May 24, 2023, 08:06:33 pm »
I stumbled upon this post and decided to revive this thread. Thanks for sharing your recommendations! Tom-Yum-Kung sounds absolutely delicious, and I'll definitely keep an eye out for it next time I watch a movie with Tony Jaa. As for Somtum or papaya salad, I'm always up for a spicy kick, but it's great to know that I can request a milder version if needed. On a related note, if you're ever in the mood for some different cuisine, you might want to consider visiting mexican restaurant near me. The vibrant flavors and diverse dishes are sure to satisfy your taste buds in a whole new way. It's always fun to explore different flavors and cultures!
Food Talk / Re: Thailand food
« Last post by AnthonyBako on May 24, 2023, 07:44:45 pm »
Thailand food is absolutely amazing, isn't it? I can't get enough of the delicious flavors and unique dishes. From Pad Thai to Tom Yum soup, there's something for everyone to enjoy. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend giving it a go. You won't be disappointed!
General Discussion / Empire State Trail to NY City
« Last post by eorogers on May 24, 2023, 07:29:53 pm »
I am putting together a TransAm/Northern Tier ride from Florence OR to Buffalo and then looking at following the Empire State Trail to Albany and down to New York City to pick up Amtrak home to western Colorado. 

Everything works down to Poughkeepsie, but I am having a heck of a time finding anything under $200 / night from there south and that is a real budget buster - I'm self sustained, camping as much as possible and cheap motels when necessary and used to urban riding.  If anyone knows the area and has any suggestions, I would sure appreciate it.

I have no need to go into the city instead of hitting the coast elsewhere, but it sounds like a real hoot to ride to the tip of Manhattan :-)

General Discussion / Crossing Tioga, Sonora, or Ebbetts Passes This Summer?
« Last post by jamawani on May 24, 2023, 11:16:40 am »
Here's a recent National Park Service video of plowing operations.
As of May 21, they were 15 miles  west of Crane Flats with 25 miles still to go.
Tioga Pass is not likely to open until mid-July.
Sonora Pass and Ebbetts Pass are cleared by Caltrans.
They usually open for Memorial Day - but this year will probably be mid to late June.

Keep this in mind if you plan to do the Sierra Cascades route.
Of if you have planned to hit Yosemite and Tioga Pass on a west-to-east ride.
The Western Express uses Carson Pass further north which is plowed all winter.
(But it also had a record number of closure days this winter.)
Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Across Michigan to Pittsburgh
« Last post by jwrushman on May 24, 2023, 08:16:26 am »
My suggestion would be to take the ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington, Lake Erie connector across Michigan to Marine City (or wherever the ferry is currently ), across Southern Ontario, ferry across Lake Erie to Sandusky, pick up Northern tier to rest of Erie, Pennsylvania, Underground Railroad Pittsburgh spur south to Pittsburgh.

Once you get to Manitowoc, you're on well-curated ACA routes , the rides across Michigan and Ontario are easy, and you get a couple more ferry rides!
General Discussion / Re: Your best single piece of advice
« Last post by Westinghouse on May 23, 2023, 11:25:22 pm »
Stay ahead of the weather.  Keep checking forecasts.  There are too many unprecedented extreme weather events coming out of nowhere.
General Discussion / Re: Your best single piece of advice
« Last post by lydiapschuldt on May 23, 2023, 05:55:27 pm »
Hi there! How exciting, your trip is coming up soon. My best piece of advice for bike touring is staying flexible, use the warmshowers app and pack a rechargeable battery pack. Having the rechargeable battery pack is essential when your phone dies. If you plan to get a sim card or just use offline maps your phone will die quickly. The battery pack saved me so many times in the middle of nowhere.

Also, make sure you stay flexible on the trip. Don't book accommodations every night and go with the flow- you never know when you might want to keep biking into the night for a few hours or if your body really needs a break. Make sure to sign up for warmshowers if you haven't yet.

If you want to learn more about what important items you should pack, check out this blog post 15 essential items to bring on a bike tour.

Happy biking!
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