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General Discussion / Re: Filling in the Gaps
« Last post by indyfabz on April 17, 2017, 03:50:11 pm »
Ive managed to find a word document online that provided quite extensive reviews from cyclists who have navigated the transam trail over the years and have given their reviews for places to stay and eat!
And how dated is some of this information? Things come and go over the years. A great example is the recent closing of the Jackson Hot Springs Lodge in Jackson, MT due to the death of the owner. Fortunately, a place with indoor lodging and camping opened up across the street a few years ago, but unless someone re-opens the lodge or the café in town fills the void left by its closing, there will be nowhere to get breakfast in town as the café is only open for lunch and dinner. Heading west, you will have to go another 18 miles to Wisdom.
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Routes / Re: Gravel Roads/Alternative Routes along the Northern Tier
« Last post by Wilierboy on April 17, 2017, 02:29:54 pm »
You can take pretty nice, mainline forest service roads all the way from Winthrop to Tonasket, bypassing Loup Loup Pass. The Winthrop Gran Fondo goes that way. They might be snow free in late May this year, check with the forest service first.

The Skagit Trail should be fine by then too.
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General Discussion / Re: Is touring the Pacific Coast in July safe?
« Last post by Daveymac on April 17, 2017, 12:10:03 pm »
Good afternoon guys!
Thank you for the feedback..
I think:

- bright cycling top
- lights (in fog)
- a mirror (optional extra)
- then just relaxing and using common sense , particularly in busy traffic

Should add up to make the journey safer...

To be honest with you... I'm really looking forward to it... & just a little bit anxious!

Dublin Dave.

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General Discussion / Re: Filling in the Gaps
« Last post by hon_cho on April 17, 2017, 12:04:29 pm »
You're in no danger of starving along that section and you're in the home stretch to Astoria so you'll be very in touch with what your body craves for fuel. 

by the way,  we were in Williamsburg, VA for Easter Sunday and I was thinking of all the cyclists starting their journeys in Yorktown.   

Let's see what I remember from last summer.  My tandem partner has more refined and healthier tastes than I do so I don't remember anything other that the basic  food groups:  Fat, Sugar and Salt

Tillamook:   The Tillamook Creamery.  You Scream, I Scream, We Scream for Ice Cream.  Generous (huge) servings of ice cream,  free cheese samples,  other food available. 

Rockaway Beach:  Pronto Pup.   

Cannon Beach:  Some expensive restaurant, we were dining with family and friends.  Lots of choices because it's a touristy place. 

Astoria:  Custard King (Get a Kale Salad!) but you're at the end of your journey so eat and enjoy whatever you want.

 

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General Discussion / Re: First section of Trans Am in June
« Last post by ERS on April 17, 2017, 11:50:53 am »
So... no one riding the Trans Am in June???
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Routes / Re: Lewis + Clark to Trans Am West to East in May?
« Last post by joefincher on April 17, 2017, 10:35:58 am »
I will follow the same route, but plan to start around 10 June

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Routes / Re: Gravel Roads/Alternative Routes along the Northern Tier
« Last post by indyfabz on April 17, 2017, 09:01:38 am »
1. Yaak Valley - Turn onto CH 508 just inside Mont. - paved, services at Yaak, comes out near Rexford
Incredible riding along Yaak River for miles - big climb and descent to Lake Koocanusa

I am planning to ride through Yaak this June. Was then going to head straight to Libby but found a journal on CGOB written buy a guy who did Kookanusa to Yaak. Sounds amazing so I plan to ride it. You can see the route he took here between mile 297 and 338:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19192705
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Routes / Re: Gravel Roads/Alternative Routes along the Northern Tier
« Last post by indyfabz on April 17, 2017, 08:55:39 am »
I know Indyfabz has some knowledge here.  You've given some good tips in the past on here.  Do you have any suggestions?
Can't help you in WA, but I am planning on being on parts of the NT in MT this June, and I have been trying to incorporate more dirt in my trips.  One thing I have been considering to avoid some of U.S. 93 south of Eureka is this:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20375773

Don't have any experience, but from the profile you can see that there is a short, nasty section with a ruling grade above 15%. It puts you back on U.S. 93 just north of Olney, so you don't miss the town store juts off route.

And are you aware that the official route takes a break from U.S. 93 just south of Lupfer? It uses Farm to Market Rd. and Twin Bridges Rd. west of U.S. 93. Very nice back there.

When did you take NF-228/92? I was under the impression that it was paved, at least now it is?
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General Discussion / Re: Is touring the Pacific Coast in July safe?
« Last post by staehpj1 on April 17, 2017, 07:33:37 am »
Do you think this route is safe?
Yes, but do have bright colored clothing for the inevitable fog that seems to roll in or out at seemingly random times of day.  The PCH is a great ride IMO and I highly recommend it, at least the portions I have done.  I did the parts between Seattle and San Luis Obispo and loved the Oregon and California portions.  I was less crazy about the Washington portion and suspect I would also be that way about the most Southern part, but I would do them if I wanted to say I completed the whole coast.

I really didn't give the traffic that much thought before going and still wouldn't be concerned much about it after having ridden the coast.
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Routes / Re: Gravel Roads/Alternative Routes along the Northern Tier
« Last post by dguthrie5 on April 16, 2017, 11:11:57 pm »
Check https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/northcascades/ for North Cascades highway status.

The page currently says "SR 20 remains closed between mileposts 134 and 171 but the spring reopening work started Monday, April 10. 
Clearing work may take as many as 8 weeks which would be the latest since 1974's June 14 reopening."

There has been generally severe weather in NE Washington so there may be significant damage to other roads. Best to check with various counties.
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