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Offline EmilyG

Cross Country, combining routes
« on: January 02, 2018, 12:01:37 am »
To celebrate our 50th birthdays, we are headed east from Central Oregon, ending in Boston.  Leaving May 15th, and expecting to take 10-12 weeks.  This is our first long tour, after doing a number of short, one-week trips last summer. 
After reading in this forum for a while, and seeing the incredible wealth of knowledge here, I wanted to share the route we've put together, just in case there is a problem or issue that we have not foreseen. 
  • Taking Trans-America route from Central Oregon to Missoula.
    Then Great Parks North to connect up with the Northern Tier route in Columbia Falls.
    Take Northern Tier route to Osecola where we'll go off on the North Lakes route, crossing Lake Michigan at Manitowoc.
    On the east side of Lake Michigan, we'll hook up with the Lake Erie connector. 
    Take Lake Erie connector either down to Sandusky and along southern edge of Erie, or around the northern edge to Buffalo, still not sure.
    Either way, hook back up with the Northern Tier, and  either continue to Brunswick, where we'll move over to the Atlantic route to take us down to Boston.   OR take a US bike route from Lebanon, VT, down to Boston).
We have family and history in Boston, so it's important to end up there.

Any thoughts?  Ideas?  Errors in our ways?
Thanks in advance,
Emily

Offline Ty Dawley

Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 12:29:23 am »
To celebrate our 50th birthdays, we are headed east from Central Oregon, ending in Boston.  Leaving May 15th, and expecting to take 10-12 weeks.  This is our first long tour, after doing a number of short, one-week trips last summer. 
After reading in this forum for a while, and seeing the incredible wealth of knowledge here, I wanted to share the route we've put together, just in case there is a problem or issue that we have not foreseen. 
  • Taking Trans-America route from Central Oregon to Missoula.
    Then Great Parks North to connect up with the Northern Tier route in Columbia Falls.
    Take Northern Tier route to Osecola where we'll go off on the North Lakes route, crossing Lake Michigan at Manitowoc.
    On the east side of Lake Michigan, we'll hook up with the Lake Erie connector. 
    Take Lake Erie connector either down to Sandusky and along southern edge of Erie, or around the northern edge to Buffalo, still not sure.
    Either way, hook back up with the Northern Tier, and  either continue to Brunswick, where we'll move over to the Atlantic route to take us down to Boston.   OR take a US bike route from Lebanon, VT, down to Boston).
We have family and history in Boston, so it's important to end up there.

Any thoughts?  Ideas?  Errors in our ways?
Thanks in advance,
Emily

Have fun! I rode 5,177 miles in 2016 from Portland, OR to Portland, ME and passed through some of the areas you mentioned. You can see the route I took below. Click on the one that says “Portland2Portland Actual Route.” Hope it helps. Happy to answer any questions you may have.

https://secure.travellerspoint.com/member_map.cfm?user=Ty0604
Instagram: Portland_2_Portland

Offline EmilyG

Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 12:46:01 am »
Thanks for sharing your map!   You did cover some of the same territory.  Looks like you took a chunk of the Lewis and Clark trail? We lived in Vancouver for a time, and did some of the local part of that route.  Had an awesome ride to the coast through Portland.

Because we live in Central Oregon, near Bend, we are jumping on the Trans-America trail, which means we can ride out of our home to our adventure.   

I am curious about your route from Rutland to Boston.   How did you find that part of your journey, and how did you select that route? Is it USBR?
Thanks!!!!

Offline Ty Dawley

Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 01:06:47 am »
Thanks for sharing your map!   You did cover some of the same territory.  Looks like you took a chunk of the Lewis and Clark trail? We lived in Vancouver for a time, and did some of the local part of that route.  Had an awesome ride to the coast through Portland.

Because we live in Central Oregon, near Bend, we are jumping on the Trans-America trail, which means we can ride out of our home to our adventure.   

I am curious about your route from Rutland to Boston.   How did you find that part of your journey, and how did you select that route? Is it USBR?
Thanks!!!!

You’re welcome! I lived in Beaverton at the time so I caught the train 20 minutes to downtown Portland and started my trip from Pioneer Square. I now live in Denver though.

I designed my own route based on where I had friends/family at. I did my ride to raise money for cancer awareness so I was also speaking at hospitals along the way. Therefore why my route zigzags so much.

The only ACA Route I followed on purpose was the TransAm from Missoula to West Yellowstone. I did follow part of the Lewis and Clark Trail but didn’t realize this until after the fact.

I left Portland on May 1 and hit some nasty weather so be prepared for that. You’re leaving a few weeks later so you’ll probably be better off.

You must be talking about Rutland, Vermont? (There’s a Rutland in Massachusetts as well that I didn’t ride through). I have a friend in Williamstown, MA so I made my way down there after visiting family in Upstate New York near the Adirondacks. From there he gave me a route south into Connecticut, east into Rhode Island and then north to Boston from Providence. The route took me through the Berkshires and through some covered bridges, both of which I’d wanted to see.
Instagram: Portland_2_Portland

Offline EmilyG

Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 01:16:42 am »
How cool (the route with covered bridges).
I wanted to ride to honor the indigenous peoples of North America, but that's more of a personal thing, not something I'm doing for anything. 
My partner is an ER nurse so when he hears about your ride, he's going to be very curious. 

Thank you for your information. 

Offline Ty Dawley

Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 01:20:34 am »
How cool (the route with covered bridges).
I wanted to ride to honor the indigenous peoples of North America, but that's more of a personal thing, not something I'm doing for anything. 
My partner is an ER nurse so when he hears about your ride, he's going to be very curious. 

Thank you for your information.

You’re welcome! Touring is great. I’m leaving April 8 and riding Route 66 Chicago to Santa Monica.

If y’all are on Instagram my username is below.
Instagram: Portland_2_Portland

Offline indyfabz

Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 10:19:35 am »
That schedule may put you in Glacier National Park when Going to the Sun Road is not open in its entirety. On June 20th of 2017 I rode up and back down the west side. When I started out early in the morning the road was not fully open to cars for the season, but bikes could ride the west slope to Logan Pass. Not sure if I the east side was fully open to bikes. A few hours later they opened the entirety of the road. Back in 2009, the road was not rideable when I wanted to cross east to west. IIRC, that was around June 22nd. Sometimes it opens earlier, sometimes later. Just something to think about as it would be a shame to miss it.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/35835483865/in/album-72157682904463522/

Edit: I actually rode Going to the Sun on June 28th of 2017.

Wayfarers State Park in Bigfork has nice hiker/biker sites with things like racks, tent pads and electric outlets for charging electronics, and you take a dip in the lake if it's hot.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/35666395262/in/album-72157682904463522/

Between C-Falls and Glacier don't be tempted to go off router and take U.S. 2 to the park because there is a section without a shoulder. Follow the official route. Much quieter and much more scenic. The few miles of unpaved road are easily doable, and there is a beautiful spot down by the river to stop and have lunch or just soak it in.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/35666403202/in/album-72157682904463522/

Also, if you can swing it I recommend doing the mileage up to Alberta and visiting Waterton Village. Good place for a day off.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2018, 07:32:16 pm by indyfabz »

Offline EmilyG

Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 03:11:40 pm »
Thanks, indyfabz, for the info
Given your input, we've re-routed, and plan to do the glacier park ride as a short summer ride in  2019.
Now we are taking TransAm 2,3, then Lewis & Clark 6, 4, Then Northern Tier 4-6, North Lakes, Lake Erie connector, and Northern Tier 9-11.
We're routing off of ACA routes, south-east around Sharon, Vt, in order to take major rail-trails down to Portsmouth, and then we'll take train into Boston.