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Offline Avneroron

Northern tier crossing end of June!!
« on: June 08, 2022, 04:06:41 pm »
Leaving Anacortes end of June for the Northern tier crossing.
Looking for partners.
I'm a retired airline pilot. Biked in many countries all over the globe. But none as lobg as that.
Please use my email address
avneroron@yahoo.com

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Northern tier crossing end of June!!
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2022, 04:00:06 pm »
I am looking at this post. It is getting on toward the end of June. Are you still planning on crossing the USA buy bicycle starting at the end of June? If so, how is everything proceeding?

Offline Avneroron

Re: Northern tier crossing end of June!!
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2022, 01:09:03 am »
I'm not sure who sent me the response, asking how is it going (preparation for the Northern tier crossing).
Actually it's really close and, yes I'm definitely starting end of June.
That means flying long way to Los Angeles ang then Seattle with my bike.
What's worrying me?
Day 3 or 4, Crossing the 2 passes (Rainy and Washington..) l am still with no partner, and i don't carry camping stuff.
And then people mention bears.. What? Which kind?
So I am hoping to get some help and solutions once i start..
Or in here!!

Offline ray b

Re: Northern tier crossing end of June!!
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2022, 12:52:07 pm »
... yes, I'm definitely starting end of June....
And then people mention bears.. What? Which kind?....
So I am hoping to get some help and solutions once i start.
Great approach. Get on the road - that will alleviate a lot of anxiety about the unknown.

Relish the freedom of solo travel. You'll find lots of fellow solo travellers along the way. Enjoy the opportunity to set your own pace without need to prove your fitness to anyone else. Too many trips end early when excited, overloaded groups push too hard and don't allow for recovery of everyone in the group. That also leads to bad group dynamics with frustrated, physically endowed riders feeling like they are held back, and frustrated, less aerobically inclined riders hating every hill.

Even when hoteling it, I usually carry a small bivuoac sack - just in case I need to sleep outside, and need an extra 10 deg. F of comfort and/or to keep the bugs off.

If you're not sleeping outside at night and not doing a lot of riding after dark, - no worries about bears and other critters on this route. They are not as silly as we, and usually are not overactive during the day. (Only mad dogs and Englishmen....) As you might have noted from other threads, if you do sleep outside in bear country, don't sleep with your food.

Have fun. Sounds like a great trip.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2022, 12:56:22 pm by ray b »
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Northern tier crossing end of June!!
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2022, 07:58:02 am »
So where is your starting point for the day across the Cascades?  Marblemount area?  If so, that's going to be a tough day.

And do you have reservations for lodging in the Glacier N.P. area?  The park is going to be extremely busy again this year.  Logan Pass should be open by then, but there are no guarantees.  They recently got up to 2' of new snow along GTS that has created avalanche danger.

Offline Joey_Bai

Re: Northern tier crossing end of June!!
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2022, 07:31:34 pm »
Maybe I will meet you on the road! I'm doing the opposite direction, started a week ago. I'm at Rochester now.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Northern tier crossing end of June!!
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2022, 10:45:30 pm »
You are making good Headway. It should be smooth sailing. Remember one thing. When you are bicycle touring a long-distance like you are, nothing ever works out 100% as you want it to. I mean some things may. But you will find on several occasions that there are forces at work that will put a dent in your plans. Road work. Storms. Headwinds. Side winds. Rain. Just take those things in your stride and it will be smooth sailing all the way.