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Forum: Touring
05-27-16, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks for taking the time to look this up. That...

Thanks for taking the time to look this up. That is one of the campgrounds on my spreadsheet but unfortunately it's only ~20 miles from our start point (about midway between Baddeck and Margaree...
Forum: Touring
05-27-16, 10:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By lennon_68

I went through and put all the campgrounds I...

I went through and put all the campgrounds I could find into an excel spreadsheet with the number of miles from the starting point. I found campgrounds that match up with our desired mileage for the...
Forum: Touring
05-24-16, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks for the campground links! I don't know...

Thanks for the campground links! I don't know why but I'm dreadful at finding campgrounds on the interwebs :/ If Margaree Forks is that forgettable we probably don't want to make it our "base of...
Forum: Touring
05-23-16, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By lennon_68

Thinking about Cabot Trail - looking for advice/thoughts

Backstory: My wife and I try to do a 1-week(ish) tour every summer around our anniversary (July 24). We've done three so far - Cascade mountains in Oregon, Adirondacks in New York, and Colorado...
Forum: Touring
07-21-14, 11:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By lennon_68

We made the y rip to Colorado safe and sound and...

We made the y rip to Colorado safe and sound and already conquered the first major challenge of our tour... forgetting our panniers!! Thanks to a very friendly and generous bicyclist in Colorado...
Forum: Touring
07-16-14, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By lennon_68

Ah cool. I tried to look that up but couldn't...

Ah cool. I tried to look that up but couldn't find anything saying why that area was green lol (I even looked up a bunch of the mountains in the area on wikipedia/google hoping something would say...
Forum: Touring
07-16-14, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks mje! So national forests is OK. I'm...

Thanks mje! So national forests is OK. I'm guessing the forest that Greenhorn Mountain is in west of Colorado City) isn't one of those though and I'm also guessing that dispersed camping in...
Forum: Touring
07-14-14, 06:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By lennon_68

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
Forum: Touring
07-11-14, 10:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By lennon_68

I can't believe we're supposed to start driving...

I can't believe we're supposed to start driving for this tour a week from today! I still have an embarrassing amount of planning to do. I took some time this morning to re-look through everything...
Forum: Touring
06-21-14, 10:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks so much for the route suggestion! I...

Thanks so much for the route suggestion! I forgot to mention that we'll be driving in from northern MN. I noticed the route there started at an airport but that won't be necessary. Wherever we...
Forum: Touring
06-19-14, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By lennon_68

Looking for help planning a Colorado tour in late July

My wife and I have had this penciled in on the calendar pretty much since we finished up the tour in upstate New York last year...
Forum: Touring
08-26-13, 04:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 928
Posted By lennon_68

Lol, not only is it there (in the middle of...

Lol, not only is it there (in the middle of nowhere), it's the coldest place in MN :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embarrass,_Minnesota
Forum: Touring
08-22-13, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By lennon_68

Just checking in from moriah, NY. Were right...

Just checking in from moriah, NY. Were right around half way through the tour and aside from the fact that we didn't train nearly enough for this were having a pretty darn good time :). We were...
Forum: Touring
07-17-13, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks for the replies guys. I was afraid of...

Thanks for the replies guys. I was afraid of that... I guess for now I'll just grab the last $50 one on amazon that matches mine and maybe grab something super cheap for the kids... They'll...
Forum: Touring
07-17-13, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By lennon_68

Cheap sleeping bag options?

A couple years ago I picked up an Alps Mountaineering Clearwater sleeping bag off Cheap and Steep for, well, cheap. It was my first "real" sleeping bag and I've been shocked at the size, weight,...
Forum: Touring
07-17-13, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By lennon_68

Awesome, this is exactly the kind of information...

Awesome, this is exactly the kind of information I need! As far as the starting point it was just an arbitrary point on the loop not the actual starting point for the tour. I'm going to take your...
Forum: Touring
07-17-13, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By lennon_68

That first route sounds pretty close to what I've...

That first route sounds pretty close to what I've drawn up. I did an optional spur north from LP (following the ACA route map) but figured it'd be a nice optional cutoff when we get to that point to...
Forum: Touring
07-17-13, 09:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks for the information! Sounds like I...

Thanks for the information! Sounds like I shouldn't worry too much and should trust the ACA's route planning. Everything I've read says Lake Placid is a highlight of this tour so I think I'm going...
Forum: Touring
07-16-13, 09:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By lennon_68

Hmm, thanks for pointing that out. I'll have to...

Hmm, thanks for pointing that out. I'll have to look into it a bit more. I know the posts I read also mentioned it was the busiest highway on the tour and the shoulder is pretty nonexistent too but...
Forum: Touring
07-16-13, 02:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks! I appreciate the feedback :) One thing...

Thanks! I appreciate the feedback :) One thing I've come across in my limited searching is to try to avoid the climb from Keene to Lake Placid. Two different sources suggest this is a crappy climb...
Forum: Touring
07-16-13, 02:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By lennon_68

This is where I've started as well. I drew a map...

This is where I've started as well. I drew a map that's the ACA route cut down to 220 miles. Things I'm not sure about are:
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/247431633

- Are all these roads...
Forum: Touring
07-16-13, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By lennon_68

FINALLY chose a location and date - looking for help route planning - Adirondack Park

I hate to start a third thread asking for help planning our tour this summer but I updated and posted in the previous thread and didn't get any input (and I really feel like I shouldn't try to just...
Forum: Touring
07-15-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,070
Posted By lennon_68

So, I'd all but decided on La Route Verte when I...

So, I'd all but decided on La Route Verte when I found that we probably won't be able to get our passports in time. So with that out of the way I think I've finally decided on a tour location and...
Forum: Touring
07-15-13, 10:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 818
Posted By lennon_68

I did two tours on my 2001 Giant OCR 1 and have...

I did two tours on my 2001 Giant OCR 1 and have absolutely no regrets. That said I wouldn't try to talk someone out of buying a more touring-friendly bike either... I used to think I wanted to go...
Forum: Touring
07-01-13, 09:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,070
Posted By lennon_68

This option has come up several times as well and...

This option has come up several times as well and although it really appeals to me. The problem is I took a look at it and found that's it's so large I didn't have a clue where to start or where...
Forum: Touring
06-30-13, 05:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,070
Posted By lennon_68

Hmm, I'll have to look into what options we have...

Hmm, I'll have to look into what options we have for getting back. Living in northern MN we've lived a sheltered life in some ways. Not sure how comfortable we'll be with public transportation :o
Forum: Touring
06-30-13, 02:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,070
Posted By lennon_68

Hmm, a couple good looking ideas in here. The...

Hmm, a couple good looking ideas in here. The GAP/C&O option looks pretty darned good but so does the Sunrise trail... It does look like the GAP/C&O isn't inherently conducive to a loop tour. Any...
Forum: Touring
06-29-13, 11:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,070
Posted By lennon_68

So sorry I haven't been back and thanks so much...

So sorry I haven't been back and thanks so much for all the input! Things have been really busy lately... Plus I read the first couple replies and immediately started to second guess the Maine...
Forum: Touring
06-23-13, 02:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,070
Posted By lennon_68

Finally decided - Adirondacks in late August - need help planning a route

UPDATE:

OK, we've finally decided on a tour! We're looking to do Adirondack Park in upstate NY. I'm looking for advice and help planning our route and overnight stops.




I started a...
Forum: Touring
05-23-13, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By lennon_68

Nevermind... Google is your friend lol ...

Nevermind... Google is your friend lol

http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/primitive.htm

(sounds like it's the same as here in MN - OK just don't leave any trace)
Forum: Touring
05-23-13, 11:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By lennon_68

Nice! I'd love to do an extended tour some day. ...

Nice! I'd love to do an extended tour some day. We've still got young kids so it's hard to even get away for 7-10 days a year but some day in the not too distant future hopefully :)


Sounds...
Forum: Touring
05-23-13, 08:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By lennon_68

Any other suggestions or comments on the camping...

Any other suggestions or comments on the camping situation in these areas?
Forum: Touring
05-21-13, 10:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By lennon_68

I probably wrote this off too soon. Are you...

I probably wrote this off too soon. Are you familiar with the campsites in the area? If so are they more bike friendly (like what we experienced in OR) or not so much (like we experienced here)?
Forum: Touring
05-21-13, 06:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By lennon_68

Well, that was mostly just out of the options...

Well, that was mostly just out of the options here so far...



This option sounds promising as well. Any specific route recommendation? For the Vermont mountains what kind of climbs are we...
Forum: Touring
05-20-13, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks for the input so far guys, very much...

Thanks for the input so far guys, very much appreciated!

indyfabz - that looks very promising. Peaking at the ACA summary maps it looks like there's several options to shorten the routes. These...
Forum: Touring
05-20-13, 11:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By lennon_68

Need some help planning a tour to the East Coast

OK, that title is an understatement... I actually need a lot of help :)

I've done a couple tours over the last two years and have really loved the experience. For the first my brother flew to...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-13, 04:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,578
Posted By lennon_68

Yup, got them in my watch list. He's had them on...

Yup, got them in my watch list. He's had them on the "local" Craigslist as well (local as in 250 miles away that is), might be able to pick up and save the $95 shipping :)



Correct, I'm...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-13, 01:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,578
Posted By lennon_68

Gotcha. I have that Casseroll in my watch list...

Gotcha. I have that Casseroll in my watch list but I think it's too small for me :( Like you I've been debating biting anyway. I'm 184 cm but with shortish legs for my height...

EDIT: fixed cm...
Forum: Touring
01-25-13, 07:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 733
Posted By lennon_68

Actually I probably will. That's what I had been...

Actually I probably will. That's what I had been doing with my Giant. I commute with a backpack so all the racks, etc. got pulled off between tours (since I was only touring about 1 week out of...
Forum: Touring
01-25-13, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 733
Posted By lennon_68

Hmm, looks like a flat bar bike. Interesting...

Hmm, looks like a flat bar bike. Interesting notes on the Casseroll I'll have to do some digging.
Forum: Commuting
01-24-13, 12:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,578
Posted By lennon_68

First off thanks for the responses everyone! ...

First off thanks for the responses everyone!

gerv and WalksOn2Wheels - Regarding the Windsor Tourist/Nashbar touring bike I believe they actually have a good reputation for a touring setup I just...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-13, 07:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,578
Posted By lennon_68

Commuting/touring bike options - Vaya or ?

I'm looking to buy a more touring-friendly bike than the Giant OCR1 I've been using (pure road bike with a pretty aggressively compact frame... I actually just sold it yesterday so I "need" a bike...
Forum: Touring
01-23-13, 07:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 733
Posted By lennon_68

Touring bike options - Salsa Vaya or ?

I'm looking to buy a more touring-friendly bike than the Giant OCR1 I've been using (pure road bike with a pretty aggressively compact frame... I actually just sold it yesterday so I "need" a bike...
Forum: Touring
01-16-13, 02:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,941
Posted By lennon_68

That's a good point, hadn't noticed that. I've...

That's a good point, hadn't noticed that. I've got big feet too... I think I've talked myself out of this purchase. I think I'd just end up wanting to upgrade right away so I wouldn't end up...
Forum: Touring
01-16-13, 09:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,941
Posted By lennon_68

I'm still waffling on this purchase. I was about...

I'm still waffling on this purchase. I was about to go for it until my brother pointed out the Windsor Tourist on bikesdirect (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm). I didn't...
Forum: Touring
01-11-13, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,941
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks for the input guys. Sounds like I'll need...

Thanks for the input guys. Sounds like I'll need to figure out how much $ I'd have to put into this to make into something I'd want then compare that to the price of a built-up LHT. After posting I...
Forum: Touring
01-10-13, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,941
Posted By lennon_68

Redline Metro Sport for touring?

I'm thinking about buying a more touring-friendly bike than the Giant OCR1 I've been using (pure road bike with a pretty aggressively compact frame). I set off on Craigslist to see what was out...
Forum: Touring
08-09-11, 12:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,435
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks for the tips guys I'll look into those. ...

Thanks for the tips guys I'll look into those. I'm not sure why it hadn't occurred to me before - being on such a budget - but I'm asking around for stuff to borrow from other outdoorsy people and...
Forum: Touring
08-09-11, 11:05 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,435
Posted By lennon_68

Thanks again for all the tips guys. Another...

Thanks again for all the tips guys. Another question - any good options out there for cheap sleeping bag? I have one but it's come to my attention that it's probably way too large to be hauling...
Forum: Great Lakes
08-09-11, 05:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,026
Posted By lennon_68

Got it, sending something now - not sure but you...

Got it, sending something now - not sure but you may want to edit that out :)
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