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Old 02-27-17, 05:16 AM
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Who's planning or thinking of doing a Cross Country ride this year?

I think a do over would really be fun. It sounds like the wife might be willing??? The daughters might have more influence on her Decision with the new grandsons though.

Right now ride planning calls for 2 weeks riding in Colorado in June, one week in Wyoming in July and a cross state trip in NC in October. That might just be my excursions for this year. We'll see.....
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I am always thinking of riding across the county again, but until I get the time it's not going to happen.

Recently booked a flight to Missoula for a two-week trip in northwest Montana and Idaho in June. I am sure I will do at least one other week or so tour closer to home and several shorter ones, especially since I now get 5 weeks of vacation starting this year.
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I am always thinking of riding across the county again, but until I get the time it's not going to happen.

Recently booked a flight to Missoula for a two-week trip in northwest Montana and Idaho in June. I am sure I will do at least one other week or so tour closer to home and several shorter ones, especially since I now get 5 weeks of vacation starting this year.
I enjoyed riding through Idaho as much as any state I passed through. Unfortunately I only did 17 miles in Montana! I'd love to hear how your trip goes. I'd love to get back out that way again.
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I enjoyed riding through Idaho as much as any state I passed through. Unfortunately I only did 17 miles in Montana!
Here is the planned route:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19192705


I will only be in ID one night. (Wallace). I rode across the panhandle twice, staying in Sandpoint both times. The out and back to Glacier National Park may be somewhat pointless. They are getting a lot of snow this winter so Going to the Sun Road up to Logan Pass might not be fully open. While I would like to do it, I have done it three times before, so it won't be a total disappointment if I cannot make it to the pass.


I have done loops before out of Missoula in '09, '11, '14 and '16. It's quite convenient. I arrive from Philly in the early afternoon. The campground in town in 3 miles from the airport and about a five minute walk to the Missoula REI. I ship my bike and camp stove out there using bikeflights.com. REI has the bike ready for me to ride when I arrive and stores my bike box, and I can pick up fuel for my stove and any last minute items I might need at the same time. When I finish, I give REI the bike, stove and shipping documents and go have a beer.



Some photos from my 2016 loop from Missoula SE to Ennis with a detour through the Pioneer Mountains then north and west through Butte, Anaconda and Phillipsburg before heading down along the famed Rock Creek to Clinton and back to Missoula. It was a warm spring so not as many snow covered peaks.


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Trans America self contained race -Tour starts from Astoria for another year 1st weekend in June, I expect,

Last year there was a 2nd Yorktown Va starting group headed the other way..
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I just need to figure out a way to do one in 4-5 weeks, .

I think the West is the best part of the cross country trip and I live in the midwest. So I've been thinking of starting on the west coast and finishing up at my home. That cuts the distance down considerably and that is doable in 4-5 weeks since we're talking 2,000 miles or less. It also means that I have to deal with a bike on a plane for only one leg of the trip which is a plus as well.

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5 weeks is very doable if you can do about 100 miles a day for the 3400 miles. That's not really all that bad once you get started. 2000 miles over that time period would be very doable. I was very comfortable doing about 85 miles a day. I think I did 9-100+ milers on my 41 rides. Of course it would be easier if you shared the front with some others.

Don't dismiss the idea. Keep seriously exploring the idea. I continued to tell people around the time I retired that I was going to ride my bike across the US without much investigating into how or when. I finally had to just do what I said I was going to do......
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100 miles a day is doable but it's not what I want to do on a bike trip. Around 400 a week works for me. That's why I'm thinking of doing a half trip from the west coast to the midwest and spend the bulk of the trip in the mountains of the west.
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100 miles a day is doable but it's not what I want to do on a bike trip.

I also believe he had SAG. Big difference between that style and fully self-contained. Personally, I don't like to get much over 65 unless there isn't much climbing involved. And it's nice to have some time to explore beautiful areas, possibly with something like a hike.


This looks like it will be the hardest day of my upcoming tour:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18149964


Only 52 miles (plus another few out to the campground from town), but close to 4,700' of climbing. That second little hump entails 3.5 miles of climbing on dirt and 3.5 miles of descending on dirt, with grades close to 9% in places. The final pass exceeds 9% near the summit. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of climbing comes in the first 28 miles. Murray, at mile 19, is the only place to get any food and water (assuming the place is open), so I will have to carry snacks and plenty of water.
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I also believe he had SAG. Big difference between that style and fully self-contained. Personally, I don't like to get much over 65 unless there isn't much climbing involved. And it's nice to have some time to explore beautiful areas, possibly with something like a hike.


This looks like it will be the hardest day of my upcoming tour:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18149964


Only 52 miles (plus another few out to the campground from town), but close to 4,700' of climbing. That second little hump entails 3.5 miles of climbing on dirt and 3.5 miles of descending on dirt, with grades close to 9% in places. The final pass exceeds 9% near the summit. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of climbing comes in the first 28 miles. Murray, at mile 19, is the only place to get any food and water (assuming the place is open), so I will have to carry snacks and plenty of water.
Good point about a SAG and mileage. This trip looks beautiful; looking forward to seeing the pics when you post them.
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I just need to figure out a way to do one in 4-5 weeks, .
People do the Camino del Santiago Compostello Pilgramage in sections, as time permits .

I see no reason why you cannot do a sectional version of the trans contenental ride ,

Return to where you left off , then continue from there , to enjoy being there , why race thru?


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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Here is the planned route:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19192705


I will only be in ID one night. (Wallace). I rode across the panhandle twice, staying in Sandpoint both times. The out and back to Glacier National Park may be somewhat pointless. They are getting a lot of snow this winter so Going to the Sun Road up to Logan Pass might not be fully open. While I would like to do it, I have done it three times before, so it won't be a total disappointment if I cannot make it to the pass.


I have done loops before out of Missoula in '09, '11, '14 and '16. It's quite convenient. I arrive from Philly in the early afternoon. The campground in town in 3 miles from the airport and about a five minute walk to the Missoula REI. I ship my bike and camp stove out there using bikeflights.com. REI has the bike ready for me to ride when I arrive and stores my bike box, and I can pick up fuel for my stove and any last minute items I might need at the same time. When I finish, I give REI the bike, stove and shipping documents and go have a beer.



Some photos from my 2016 loop from Missoula SE to Ennis with a detour through the Pioneer Mountains then north and west through Butte, Anaconda and Phillipsburg before heading down along the famed Rock Creek to Clinton and back to Missoula. It was a warm spring so not as many snow covered peaks.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349...h/27981747476/

Incredible photos. You just gotta love cows!! I talked to every herd I rode by.
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People do the Camino del Santiago Compostello Pilgramage in sections, as time permits .

I see no reason why you cannot do a sectional version of the trans contenental ride ,

Return to where you left off , then continue from there , to enjoy being there , why race thru?


I'm not racing; been there, done that, . I like the west best of all. I could be happy just doing long trips out West. Few if any bugs, the weather tends to be not as hot, and the scenery is as good as it gets.
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Incredible photos. You just gotta love cows!! I talked to every herd I rode by.
+ 1 on the quality of the pics. I like the food shots as well. @indyfabz is quite the camping gourmet chef.
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Incredible photos. You just gotta love cows!! I talked to every herd I rode by.
As any civilized person should. One day last year, I spoke to a small group of around a dozen cows. When I reached the far end of their field, I turned around a minute, and the herd had magically grown to somewhere around 100, and they were all following me!!! I still don't know where the others were hiding, but had a good little laugh over it.
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I forgot what the topic was, lol. I'm planning to ride most of the Ohio (River) To (Lake) Erie Trail in reverse, towards Cincinnati, then take US route 50 out to Colorado, probably Pueblo. I'm not really a mountain guy, but the Great Plains looks doable.
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I think a do over would really be fun. It sounds like the wife might be willing??? The daughters might have more influence on her Decision with the new grandsons though.

Right now ride planning calls for 2 weeks riding in Colorado in June, one week in Wyoming in July and a cross state trip in NC in October. That might just be my excursions for this year. We'll see.....
Let me know about Colorado in June, that might be achievable.
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Let me know about Colorado in June, that might be achievable.
I'm signed up for Ride the Rockies June 10-17. I'm thinking of staying and doing Bike Tour Colorado the next week. Heck, I'm retired why not???
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I'm planning on doing a roadtrip with my family from San Diego all the way up the coast.
We were thinking about renting a caravan but too afraid we'll just end up wanting to kill each other from all the time spent in just a small space.
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Colorado Tour Companions

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26901891

We are planning a trip that starts July 3rd. Motels and cooking. Companions are welcome. At the moment we have a single man and a couple, all in our 50's. Anyone interested?
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I'm really itching to do this, maybe vertically. (I just put together a 27.5+ rigid drop-bar steel mountain bike with the possible goal of the doing the Divide trail.) My wife (who has toured previously) is trying to guilt-trip me out of a road tour (she took over from my mother, RIP), but I would also be quite happy doing that. I can think of worse things that being dead (as long as it is quick).

Here is a pic from the first shake-down ride (before it got cold again here):


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I'm planning on doing a roadtrip with my family from San Diego all the way up the coast.
We were thinking about renting a caravan but too afraid we'll just end up wanting to kill each other from all the time spent in just a small space.
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I'm not planning any cross country trips, but I take 3 or 4 5-10 day rides each year. This year I'm planning part of the Ohio River Valley in April, Arizona in June, a National Forest in Michigan in July and part of Quebec in August. We'll see what actually happens.

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Doing RAAM on a 4 person team (different of course).

I'm also doing this stage of my x-country ride: https://www.cycleamerica.com/cc6-heartland.htm
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I think a do over would really be fun. It sounds like the wife might be willing??? The daughters might have more influence on her Decision with the new grandsons though.

Right now ride planning calls for 2 weeks riding in Colorado in June, one week in Wyoming in July and a cross state trip in NC in October. That might just be my excursions for this year. We'll see.....
So, is this a new wife? I think you must have a very understanding wife who enjoys the trip as much as you do.
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