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Routes / Re: Boulder,CO to Missoula,MT
« Last post by filip on May 29, 2024, 10:59:10 pm »
thanks yall, transAm it is!
Gunnison County Public Works says Kebler Pass will open Friday afternoon, May 31st.
It is a high-quality gravel road and pleasant with low traffic.
BUT - it will have fairly heavy traffic until Blue Mesa bridge on US 50 reopens in July.
I would advise camping halfway thru the gravel section so you can ride early and late.
Plus, it's beautiful up there - but still a bit snowy.

As of spring 2024, this construction is still ongoing (way past its initial estimated completion date), but hopefully will be completed later this year. Continue to check for information. Also, an unofficial Facebook page is posting updates as well:

In addition, the bridge over the Blue Mesa Reservoir (about 12 miles east of the construction in Little Blue Creek Canyon) is closed due to a failed inspection. See more information in this forum post: or CDOT's website:
Routes / Review of OTET (Ohio to Erie Trail)
« Last post by Ty0604 on May 29, 2024, 03:00:23 pm »
I recently completed the Ohio to Erie Trail NoBo from Cincinnati to Cleveland and wanted to provide some feedback on the route.

On day 1 I rode from Cincinnati across the currently closed Purple People Bridge into Newport, KY and then across the 4th St Bridge to Covington where I crossed the Roebling back into Cincinnati. OTET starts at the base of the Roebling. The trail is well marked with Ohio Bicycle Route 1 signs as you leave the city and head north. Slight confusion near Lunken Airport where the trail splits. The sign before the split indicates you should stay straight but you actually need to take the slight left at the split. I stayed at a campground in Morrow called Morgan’s Riverside Resort. The owner let me set up camp under the pavilion as overnight rains were forecasted and indeed it poured most of the night.

On day 2 I took the Little Miami Trail to Yellow Springs and did some hiking at Glen Helen before taking the highway a short distance to Clifton to visit the historical Clifton Mill. From there it was a short ride on country roads to Cedarville to rejoin OTET. The folks in Clifton are working on a grant right now to build a MUP between Yellow Springs and Clifton. Camped at an AirBnB/Hipcamp called Little Darby Outdoors in Galloway.

Day 3 took me through Columbus where it poured allllllllll morning. It was a torrential downpour for hours on end. You have two choices here. The official OTET route is on the Alum Creek Trail which goes east of town or the route I took, the Olentangy Trail, which goes west of town through Ohio States campus. If you choose the Olentangy Trail you’ll rejoin OTET in Westerville. The midpoint of OTET will be just north of Columbus in Centerburg. I grabbed a hotel in Mount Vernon this day to dry out and refresh.

On day 4 I got into the middle of Amish Country in Holmes and Wayne Counties. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of trail in this section so most of the day was spent on the roads. The stretch between Glenmont and Killbuck on Highway 520 wasn’t fun. It’s a narrow two-lane highway with a lot of blind curves and high speed traffic. Outside of that it was rural country roads with more horse and buggy than automobiles. So many hills today but they were fun. Absolutely beautiful part of the country. I camped at a campground in Canal Fulton, one of my favorite towns on the route. It was my longest day at 92 miles.

On day 5 I had a short day to Peninsula so I could do some hiking at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The route skirts Akron on this stretch. I camped at Valley Overlook Campground which just opened in 2023. They don’t take cash normally but the owner made an exception for me since I don’t travel with plastic. After setting up camp I headed into the NP to do some hiking to Brandywine Falls. I left my bike at the Stafford House in the barn with the rangers permission. They do have a bike rack but I do not carry a lock when I travel.

On my last day I rode the trail to Brecksville where the trail is closed M-F until mid June but I wanted to see the bridge. From here it’s a short backtrack to the Bike & Hike Trail ran by Summit County to get around the detour. I spent some time riding in/around Cleveland went to Edgewater Park where OTET ends. I ended my ride with a trip out to my WarmShowers host in Cleveland Heights. Same folks I stayed with on my 2016 cross country ride.

I ended up riding 406 miles due to all the extra riding I did.

Some other info:

Maps: I didn’t find them useful. The trails are well marked and I never used them. Furthermore they’re just paper and not waterproof so beware if trying to use them in the rain

Food/Water: Plentiful. A few remote sections but never was without either. A lot of places are closed on Monday/Tuesday in small towns but most trailheads have water available at least.

Skeeters: Pretty early but they were miserable in Peninsula. I imagine they just get worse as the season goes on.

Ohio has some of my favorite bicycling in the USA so kudos to them.

If anyone has any questions etc feel free to ask. I’m sure I left out a ton of relevant information.
California / Re: Cycle touring in Napa and Sonoma
« Last post by MaineCoonMoon on May 28, 2024, 08:45:57 pm »
Hi folks,
Quick update on the bicycle campsite at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park:
In May 2024 the cost to camp at the site was USD $6.00. There is only one site for bicycle campers and it is pretty small, with room for about 2-3 tents comfortably. There is one picnic bench and the water tap and showers are close by. This is not an isolated campsite; you will be camping next to motor vehicle camp sites. The pool (very nice) was USD $5.00 to swim and the pool closed at 5:00 pm. There are lifeguards at the pool. I think the deep end was 8 feet and the pool is long enough to get in some respectable laps. There is an outside shower at the pool. If you are really cheap, bring your soap. hah! The pool distance is a longer walk from the bicycle camp (10+ minute walk?). Consider riding your bike to the pool. The park entrance kiosk doesn't make change for showers, change is provided by the campground host.

I hope this helps.

Take care out there and happy touring!
California / Re: Bike theft at California Hiker-Biker Campsite, be aware!
« Last post by MaineCoonMoon on May 28, 2024, 08:33:38 pm »
Hi folks,
Quick anecdotal update/context regarding the bicycle campsites at Francis Beach Campground at Halfmoon Bay State Park:

The bicycle camp is located on the north end Francis Beach Campground. Kelly Avenue goes right by the bicycle camp and turns into the Halfmoon Bay Coastal Trail.
Apparently, there are homeless people that frequent the Halfmoon Bay Coastal Trail and come into the campground area. On top of that, there is a bit of recreational pedestrian traffic that uses Kelly Avenue to get around the park and access the Coastal Trail.

The evening I was there in early May 2024 a fellow bicycle tour camper had is pannier stolen out of one of the wooden food lockers.
A homeless guy had walked through and looked into the locker and took his pannier. The bike camper was able to alert a law enforcement state park ranger.
The ranger made contact with the suspect and was able to get the pannier back to the bike camper. Close call.

Takeaway: this is a nice place to bike camp. The showers and water tap are close by and there are some cool trees to pitch your tent next to. There is a bit of open space between the bike camp and the motor vehicle campsites. The place can be windy, but there is ample grass/lawn to spread out on and it's a pretty relaxing place. But I would really watch your belongings when bicycle camping here. This is especially true to if you plan on leaving your belongings unattended. I would recommend locking your bicycle if you brought a lock on tour as well.

Take care out there and happy touring!
General Discussion / Re: Best weather app for GDMBR ?
« Last post by Noosa_nomad on May 28, 2024, 04:49:56 pm »
Thanks. I’ll have a look :)
General Discussion / Re: Bike Box for travel
« Last post by GiroRider on May 28, 2024, 12:28:26 pm »
I'm sure you can still get bike boxes for free from your local bike shop and even used ones at REI.  However, recumbents don't fit in the standard size boxes.  I know mine fits in an Amtrak box.  I've done that before but those boxes are big (70" x 41" x 8") and I would have to travel 300 miles round trip to get one (only sold at staffed locations).  YUK!  AND they exceed the airline limits. 
General Discussion / Re: Bike Box for travel
« Last post by John Nettles on May 28, 2024, 12:17:00 pm »
Welcome to the ACA forums!

While it is good to hear that you found a bike box, I am so old school, I easily remember when they were free so they didn't have to pay to get rid of them.

Glad it worked out.  Those longer bikes can be a PIA to box up. 

Tailwinds, John
General Discussion / Bike Box for travel
« Last post by GiroRider on May 28, 2024, 11:26:16 am »
My local REI sells cardboard bike boxes for $25.  I hope other REIs do the same.  Dimensions are : 62" x 34" x 11".  After some disassembly (pedals, seat, rear rack, rear derailleur) my Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT recumbent fits.  Finally a bike box that fits my SWB recumbent.   At 107" combined it is within the American Airline limit of 115".  Yahooooo!  Pacific Coast Route here I come!
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