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General Discussion / Re: Bike across the US help
« Last post by BikeFreak on April 21, 2017, 07:50:45 am »
You need to determine how much luggage you will bring. It will tell you if you can use the road bikes or not. Maybe a BOB Yak Trailer? Anyhow, I heard about a couple who biked across USA on a tandem. They did not have any luggage at all! When they were showering, they were showering with their clothes on and would thereby automatically wash them at the same time. I also met a German guy biking across: He went to LA, bought a standard bike at a bike shop, then a small trunk bag for the rear rack (or was it mounted on the seat post? I cannot remember). He was biking from motel to motel using google maps and was washing his bike clothes every night in the sink.

Lucas

PS: I think it is great that you sold your house. You will not regret it.
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Food Talk / Re: to cook or not to cook?
« Last post by RussSeaton on April 20, 2017, 11:32:31 pm »
Breakfast at diners, or even at fast food places, are cheap and quick.  For lunch we get a sub.  For dinner we typically get something at a grocery store along the way, and eat it at camp.

Every diner I have ever eaten in has been expensive.  $5 minimum just to get a bare minimum of food.  Not enough to get you more than 20 miles down the road.  Fast food places are cheap, but not plentiful in small towns in rural America.  Subs are $5 plus at official restaurants and at convenience stores too.  Maybe $1 cheaper if bought at a grocery store.  Not cheap.  Good though.  Your grocery store dinner can be cheap.  But the breakfast and lunch options you mentioned will run you $15 total.  Does not fit my idea of cheap.
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Routes / Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by BrianW on April 20, 2017, 10:47:11 pm »
If you are a US citizen looking to cross the Canadian or Mexican land border on a bike trip, you should definitely look into the "passport card" option. This is a credit-card size passport equivalent that is durable and easy to carry on tour. If you get it the same time as you get/renew a passport it's about $30 extra. If you get it a la carte it costs a bit more. Still a lot nicer than lugging around a full passport while on tour. Note it is only valid for LAND (or sea) border crossings from Canada or Mexico (and some islands).
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Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« Last post by indyfabz on April 20, 2017, 02:55:56 pm »
I'm thinking that starting out on that same day could be complicated so I'm wondering where to rent a room....or should we hit the road for 20 miles or so?
Bay View State Park is about 13 easy miles from Anacortes, and you will have plenty of daylight. Sounds like a reasonable way to get you "feet wet," and means fewer miles the next day. Don't recall any grocery stores near the park. Closest was in Burlington, which is 8 miles each way. As such, you might want to carry from Anacortes. Howard Miller Steelhead County Park in Rockport has Adirondack shelters. They come in handy if it's been raining.
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So if I understand correctly, if I ship the bike to Vancouver from the US, I have to pay customs duties on the bike (even though I can later get them refunded). But if I fly with the bike to Vancouver from the US, I save myself the hassle of the customs duties. Is that right?
Thanks!
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Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« Last post by canalligators on April 20, 2017, 12:36:04 pm »
We almost always microplan the first and last days.  One option at the start is to ride to Bayview State Park, it's a short day from Anacortes.

The shortest way  from Michigan UP is to cross Mackinac and use North Lakes to go south around Lake Huron, across southern Ontario, then use the Northern Tier to Palmyra NY, then Erie Canal to Albany and NY Bike 9 to NYC.  The ride into metro NY is actually a decent ride, you don't enter the urban area until you cross the George Washington Bridge, then there's a bike trail down the west side of Manhattan.  Two blocks to Penn Station if you're taking Amtrak out, or consult the NYC Bike Map (online) for routing to JFK or LaGuardia.  Actually Newark is probably a better choice, though riding through Jersey City etc. will take some careful route planning.
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Routes / Re: Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by canalligators on April 20, 2017, 12:26:52 pm »
In response to the liquor question, we once told Canada Customs, "Six ounces of rum in a Nalgene bottle."  Agent smiled.  But then again, she was already smiling about the stuffed Marvin the Martian on the handlebars of a recumbent tandem.  Under a certain volume is allowed.
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Routes / Re: Best/easiest route from the Pacific to Michigan
« Last post by denisekessler1@gmail.com on April 20, 2017, 12:11:44 pm »
I must report that our plans have changed and we are now cycling from Anacortes across the Northern Tier.  After all of those specific directions and the Palouse Falls.  So, we will be going thru Glacier National Park.  Once we cross the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, we then will need to find the shortest route to the ocean.  With a string on a map it looks like the shortest route is near New York City (not doing that).  My son would love to end in Portland, Maine.
We are flying in to Portland Oregon on June 14 and then driving up to Anacortes (4 hours) the next day to where we will have shipped our bikes.  I'm thinking that starting out on that same day could be complicated so I'm wondering where to rent a room....or should we hit the road for 20 miles or so?  I was not intending to microplan the tour but each day or two make the plans for the next couple of nights ahead depending on how we start.  Is that okay?
We  will not have a support vehicle for the first two weeks so I am gathering tent and panniers and supplies for that time (and possibly 2 more weeks in the middle of the trip).  There will be myself, and a retiring friend, and my 14 yr old son, and then the first 2 weeks will have an additional gentlemen (all of us veterinarians....my poor son).
I would love to hear any and all suggestions.
Thank you.
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Routes / Re: Border crossings on Northern Tier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls)
« Last post by sdotkling on April 20, 2017, 11:38:23 am »
Crossed the Peace Bridge middle of last summer, Buffalo to Fort Erie, and I was expecting a hassle. But there was none. The American Customs people were completely uninterested in me, since the heavy trucks going into Canada were much more beguiling. The Canadian authorities were almost as blasé, showing my passport and answering a few questions ("Do you have firearms? Do you have liquor?") was about the extent of it. I had to consider whether the 4 ounces of Jack Daniels in my camping gear qualified as "liquor", but I decided it didn't.
One trick to know, though, is how to get out of the Canadian Customs plaza on a bike, which wasn't very obvious: Take the first hard right after speaking to the Customs booth person, and go up the hill to the nearby local street. A couple of local guys showed me how to do it, and I was grateful. The ACA route picks up once you cross the bridge over the toll/customs plaza.
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General Discussion / Re: Bike across the US help
« Last post by etsisk on April 20, 2017, 11:03:09 am »
In today's ACA email they gave a link to Cycling About, another website with tons of info, much of which seems to be exactly what you are looking for - check 'em out!
www.cyclingabout.com



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