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Offline Django

Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:41:28 pm »
Hey,
I'm planning on hit the road around mid Augost from Brooklyn, NYC and need to get to Canada by September 10th (I'm not American, on a vwp).
I know that there's and official app but I don't wanna pay for maps.
I think I'll ride mostly Route 1, cuz I understand that cutting through new Hampshire is not a good idea because of hard terrain. I'm tight with time, therefore I will probably ride everyday.

Thanks for route suggestions,
Django

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2018, 03:14:33 pm »
Welcome to ACA.  You don't say if you have toured before, where in Canada, or anything else other than time.  Consider reading  https://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=14587.0  then updating your request.  Since the New England area is fairly congested.  US-1 in the majority of places is a major road you do not want to be riding.  Without knowing more, I HIGHLY recommend you spend the money on the map.  It will save you a significant amount of time researching a lower traffic route, lists where the services are, etc.
If you just flat out refuse to buy the maps, try using Stava's heatmap to at least see where the local riders ride.  That can show routes that are generally considered preferred riding by the local cyclists.  Note however, that Strava'a map does not break out by individual rider but rides.  In other words, a rider who commutes back and forth on the same busy, hilly, dog-infested, etc. route can skew the results. This is not too common but it is not uncommon either.

Finally, if at all possible, I also strongly recommend you leave the NYC metro area very early (dawn) on Sunday, September 9th since traffic is significantly less at that time. 

Hope you have a fun, enjoyable, and safe trip!

Offline canalligators

Re: Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2018, 10:00:16 pm »
Going up the coast is not the shortest route to Canada.  Going up the Hudson River and Lake Champlain corridor is.

Offline Django

Re: Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2018, 11:04:56 pm »
Thank you for your usefull advices.
I have 0 experience riding, but I have been hitchhiking across Australia before, and in a good shape, 10k sub40, swim...

I'm a big freeganism enthusiastic so I don't wanna waste money on maps. Seems stupid. I will think about your advices and will try to adjust

Offline canalligators

Re: Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2018, 07:53:03 am »
If you don't consult maps, you should allow extra time for your trip, because you're going to make inefficient decisions.  Especially since you have a deadline for leaving the country.

How about checking the free maps in the library?  Or even using free online bike maps? 

Offline Django

Re: Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2018, 05:38:06 pm »
Thanks. I would love to use online maps, harder to find than I thought.
Going up the Hudson River and then crossing near Montreal seems interesting. Following 9 then 2,
According to OpenStreetMap.org there's a bike trail along thease routes. Any safety tips?
Advices on altitude and mountains?
Seems really straight forward to Canada
« Last Edit: July 28, 2018, 05:56:04 pm by Django »

Offline canalligators

Re: Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2018, 08:08:07 pm »
Safety tips?  Sure.
- Obey the rules of the road
- Be predictable
- Read the PA DOT Bicycle Drivers Manual https://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/PubsForms/Publications/PUB%20380.pdf and use the information for proper lane placement.  Pay special attention to chapters 2-4.
- Avoid roads with heavy traffic and no shoulders

This may sound like a smart-a**ed reply, but I'm deadly serious.  You're new to cycling and you need to pay attention to the basics.  Please be smart and do a little reading.

The online NY bike maps are a trick to find.  Go to https://www.dot.ny.gov/bicycle/maps and click the tab that says Use The Map.  You used to be able to ask DOT and get a free paper map, but the supply is gone.

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2018, 09:10:44 pm »
If you don't mind some dirt, take the train or ride to Port Jervis, NY and follow this backwards:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27849657

St. Albans is not far from the border?

Free? Where do you expect to stay? BTW...The campground at mile 315 closes after Labor Day.

Offline Django

Re: Route for Google maps New-York to Canada?
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2018, 09:22:53 pm »
Thanks for the safety advices.
Also for the map.
I'm pretty close to Port Jervis at the moment, at Sussex (doing skydiving licence). Thanks for the link, I will look it up.
I'm happy for any comment or insight you guys have. I am new but open minded for learning before starting this journey