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Offline MrBent

Thanks ACA and this Forum!
« on: December 03, 2007, 11:42:35 pm »
I've recently completed a trans-American tour, one of the greatest experiences of my life.  Close to half of my route was on ACA maps--Northern Tier and Great Rivers.  With the aid of this forum and those maps, I had a wonderful experience.  I started in Bar Harbor, Maine, and finished in the Pacific in Ventura, California, Aug. 10th through Nov. 15th, 4,661 miles.  Thanks for all the help!  Everyone should do a ride like this at least once in his or her life.  

For those interested, I've got a blog:



Offline raybagg

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007, 09:26:41 am »
Hi Scott-

Congratulations, what a fantastic trip you must have had. You may remember, my wife and I met you in Long Lake NY as we were on our Vermont/Adirondacks tour. I look forward to reading your blog to learn more about your experiences.

So what's next for you? My wife and I will ride the Pacific Coast route next year from Seattle to San Luis Obispo, and hopefully ride the Trans Am in 2011 (when our work schedules will permit and I turn 50!).

Happy trails,

Offline MrBent

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007, 10:54:25 am »
Hi, Ray:  Of course I remember you two.  That was a great part of my tour.  In fact, the whole Northeast remains my favorite aspect of the ride although there was a lot elsewhere that was wonderful.

I think my wife, Jodi, and I may do a big Oregon tour next year--but we'll avoid the coast.  It's pretty, but we found the traffic in July to be unacceptable.  Go in the fall if you can.  If not, get up very early and try to finish each day's ride by noon.  We just found the constant noise and high volume of the vehicles to be a huge turn off.  We have a couple of possible routes in mind, maybe starting up through the eastern deserts, touring the Columbia River, then riding down the Willamette Valley, something like that.  We're also thinking about doing a pavement version of the Continental Divide though we wouldn't do the whole thing.

Then there's rock climbing.  We've really got the bug to get back into this sport, which has been a huge part of our lives in the past.  So lots of irons in the fire, so to speak.

Oh, one note about the Pacific Coast.  Jodi and I have ridden the central California coast a couple of times, and it remains one of our favorite rides.  Beware, however, the run from Pacifica south of San Francisco to Half Moon Bay.  There's a big climb right out of Pacifica called Slide Mtn., and it's a nasty stretch of road--narrow, tight, steep and packed with unhappy commuters.  We were very spooked about that part of the ride.  I'm pretty sure there's a transit bus that runs over the hill--with bike racks.  Look into it, but I strongly suggest you do this if possible.  Once at the bottom of Slide Mtn., the road opens up, a nice shoulder appears, and all is sweetness and light.  The hiker/biker camp in Half Moon Bay is VERY nice!

Be well, ride safely, endure that long northern winter!


Offline valygrl

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007, 12:16:57 pm »
Scott, congrats on your trip!  I took a quick peek at your blog, nice writing!

I'm a bike-touring-rock-climber as well.  Sadly, my boyfriend/climbing partner doesn't ride.   Too bad, or there would be some awesome heavily-loaded trips in the future.  WE did one trip to Australia a couple years ago, we spent 6 weeks in Mt. Arapilies climbing, then I road to Melbourne and around Tasmania.  :)

If you are referring to Devil's Slide just south of Pacifica, I rode it 2 years ago, it was just about done with widening construction.  Yes it was scary, but it's only about a mile or two.  You must have had worse traffic conditions than I did.  Just want to present another perspective to anyone else reading this.  


Offline driftlessregion

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007, 12:00:31 am »
Glad you both had great trips this year. As a starting point for your Oregon planning I invite you to see three routes I'm refining for a two week trip next summer. You can see them at a mapping site for cyclists. Look in Eugene for routes named "Eugene-Crater Lake Loop," Eugene-Crater Lake-Bend-Sisters--Salem Loop," "Oregon 2008 version 1."

Offline MrBent

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2007, 12:54:47 am »
Hey, Valygrl:  You're right: Devil's Slide.  If CalTrans has widened the bugger, well, very good!  Australia/Tasmania sounds like heaven--climbing and biking.  I've always wanted to hit Arapilies.  What a crag.  I'll be doing some easy climbing in Josh and some other desert regions in a couple of weeks.  Besides local rides, I don't think we'll tour again until the spring/summer.

Be well.