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  1. Paulina Detour in Eastern Oregon during Fire Closure of US 26

    The owner of Kurt's General Store in Paulina is really helpful - -
    Anyone needing info should call - 541-477-3311
    He has contacted to school principal and the gym will be open to cyclists.
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    PS - The Dalles had 20-40 mph winds yesterday and...

    PS - The Dalles had 20-40 mph winds yesterday and already blowing this morning.
    (Sometimes you can get in the miles early in the morning before the wind picks up.)
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    There's a reason why Hood River is the wind...

    There's a reason why Hood River is the wind surfing capital of the U.S.
    I can recall fighting the headwind in my granny gear and cursing the fates.
    And it's an equal-opportunity wind on both sides...
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    Unfortunately, the HI movement in the U.S. is in...

    Unfortunately, the HI movement in the U.S. is in decline - - although they say their numbers are constant. Originally, hosteling was very decentralized with local councils offering rustic...
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    Vancouver's April weather is tolerable - but...

    Vancouver's April weather is tolerable - but hardly ideal for cycling.
    Avg Hi - 56F; Avg Lo - 42F; Avg Prec - 3.5 inches; Days with Rain - 15

    And that's probably the best weather in BC in April,...
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    Canada? In April?? Also, with the big dog and...

    Canada? In April??
    Also, with the big dog and the panniers, a wet Katy Trail would be no fun.

    Here's an April precipitation map:...
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    Here is an idea - From Pocatello - fairly...

    Here is an idea -

    From Pocatello - fairly level riding at first on Old US 91 - scenic, light traffic
    From Lava Hot Springs you take the old highway along the canyon -
    Then take a lovely Hwy 34...
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    If your wife is willing - - would she consider...

    If your wife is willing - - would she consider dropping you off near Garden Valley, Idaho?
    You could camp at a series of natural hot springs right alongside the Payette River.
    And the ride from...
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    PS - If you can develop a 300-mile route between...

    PS - If you can develop a 300-mile route between Portland and Kemmerer,
    then you will be a league with Einstein.
    My guestimate - - 800 miles minimum.
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    Now for the dirt - - are you willing/able to do...

    Now for the dirt - - are you willing/able to do dirt?
    'Cause the best rides are dirt - up into the Wyoming Range.
  11. Of course, Colorado is nice - - but Wyoming is...

    Of course, Colorado is nice - - but Wyoming is nicer.
    Most Wyoming roads have shoulders and light traffic.
    Few Colorado roads have shoulders and the traffic - - well.

    How 'bout on the border?
    ...
  12. Plan 9.

    Plan 9.
  13. Hat tip to staehpj1 - - which I pronounce "Stay...

    Hat tip to staehpj1 - - which I pronounce "Stay Heap" - -

    Roughly speaking -

    March 15 to June 15 - - Better starting in the East
    June 15 to Sept 15 - - Better starting in the West
    (With...
  14. It's an expressway with high speeds - Three...

    It's an expressway with high speeds -
    Three lanes on each side with no shoulder on the bridge -
    Plus ramp signs state "No Pedestrians or Bicycles".
  15. Remember, the toll on the Bay Bridge is only...

    Remember, the toll on the Bay Bridge is only eastbound - - so there are no longer toll booths or any waiting area on the westbound lanes on Kent Island. Traffic is generally moving pretty fast.
  16. I'm shocked! Horrified!! How can you live with...

    I'm shocked! Horrified!! How can you live with yourself?
  17. There are some lovely back roads on the Eastern...

    There are some lovely back roads on the Eastern Shore - -
    And it makes a great place to start a cross-country bike trip - -
    Except for getting across Chesapeake Bay.

    From SE Penna, you can...
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    Merciful Heavens! Fortunately, I live in a place...

    Merciful Heavens!
    Fortunately, I live in a place where there is little traffic and the natural world is at my doorstep.
    ...
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    The traffic isn't light enough until the one...

    The traffic isn't light enough until the one pick-up that I see all day stops and the driver asks, "Son, are you lost?"
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    "This is the 'West'." Do tell.

    "This is the 'West'."

    Do tell.
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    Different strokes - I guess. My sister has...

    Different strokes - I guess.

    My sister has lived in NM for 20 years - until recently between Santa Fe and Lamy.
    I've done a lot of cycling around in northern NM - but am not a native.

    The rail...
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    The problem with any trip starting in Santa Fe...

    The problem with any trip starting in Santa Fe heading into Colorado is that you have to get from Lamy (the train stop) to Santa Fe on a pretty busy stretch of US 285 then a service road along I-25...
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    You can get from Glenwood to LA - but it is...

    You can get from Glenwood to LA - but it is ridiculously roundabout.
    You get into Oakland at night - have to spend the night -
    then take the morning train to LA getting into San Diego at midnight....
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    Of course, if it were 1956 you could take the...

    Of course, if it were 1956 you could take the Yellowstone Special
    all the way from Union Station in L.A. to West Yellowstone.
    Service ended in 1960, however.
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    Probably your best bet using Amtrak is to take...

    Probably your best bet using Amtrak is to take the Coast Starlight up to Klamath Falls, Oregon. That means you have to leave super early from San Diego and you'll get back super late, but you arrive...
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