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Forum: Touring
06-09-24, 12:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By jamawani

The "new" Teton Pass Road opened in 1970 - so it...

The "new" Teton Pass Road opened in 1970 - so it stayed for 54 years.
There are at least 8 avalanche chutes on Teton Pass - with closures every winter.
Not sure if the decision to fill was because...
Forum: Touring
03-30-24, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By jamawani

Best Place to Start/Finish in the Pacific NW?

Like most people touring, I want perfect weather, perfect roads, perfect camping, etc., etc., etc.
Therefore, I keep touring and touring and touring always in search of the holy grail.

Well, I...
Forum: Touring
02-26-24, 08:42 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,699
Posted By jamawani

It is gone - - I suspect it was a beta test...

It is gone - -
I suspect it was a beta test that was supposed to be in beta mode,
but somehow it went live by mistake.

Popups have become ubiquitous - in almost every website.
Sometimes you...
Forum: Touring
02-25-24, 07:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,699
Posted By jamawani

Really, Fish. Was that necessary? You may...

Really, Fish.
Was that necessary?
You may like it. I don't.
Skip the sweeping moral judgments.
Forum: Touring
12-07-23, 10:13 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,254
Posted By jamawani

I've cycled to Alaska, the Yukon, and the NWT six...

I've cycled to Alaska, the Yukon, and the NWT six times.
And did some pretty gnarly roads/trails.
Love the rough fire roads in the Canadian national parks.
(I ditched my low-rider front rack well...
Forum: Touring
12-02-23, 07:45 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,254
Posted By jamawani

And backpacks. Backpacks raise your center of...

And backpacks.
Backpacks raise your center of gravity and make you sweat like a pig.
I mean - it's kinda like back in the 1970s.
Nobody would be caught dead with a transistor radio
when you could...
Forum: Touring
10-21-23, 10:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,497
Posted By jamawani

I should add that bike touring is a luxury ...

I should add that bike touring is a luxury
completely out of reach for so many.

It was 40 years ago - and even more so today.
I could sublet my apartment for the summer -
And even if I didn't...
Forum: Touring
09-28-23, 05:10 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,970
Posted By jamawani

Debris-Lite?? Is that a new microbrew I haven't...

Debris-Lite??
Is that a new microbrew I haven't heard of?
Forum: Touring
08-25-23, 03:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,500
Posted By jamawani

Except for the fires ... and the smoke ... and...

Except for the fires ... and the smoke ... and the closed roads.
Forum: Touring
08-05-23, 04:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,589
Posted By jamawani

On two different occasions I have been totally...

On two different occasions I have been totally ignored by Backroads tour riders.

The first was on the Northern Tier at the Newhalem store.
I was sitting out front and said, "Hi!" a few times.
It...
Forum: Touring
07-24-23, 06:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,070
Posted By jamawani

I found about a half dozen paved/unpaved errors...

I found about a half dozen paved/unpaved errors the day their pavement app came out.
When I posted my criticisms I was called a Debbie Downer.

RWGPS, Google, and other apps often route you on...
Forum: Touring
07-21-23, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,263
Posted By jamawani

YMMV Washington State Ferries and the San...

YMMV

Washington State Ferries and the San Juan Tourism Board both strongly suggest advance reservations and warn about long waits without.
I have seen the car line at Anacortes snaking back all...
Forum: Touring
07-20-23, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,263
Posted By jamawani

I guess you don't know the San Juan Islands. ...

I guess you don't know the San Juan Islands.

First - are you going to have a car with you or just bikes?
Because reservations are essential - and hard to come by - if you want to take a car on...
Forum: Touring
06-14-23, 07:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,970
Posted By jamawani

Roads You Really Shouldn't Ride in North America

I'm not talking about unpleasant -
Or steep, or without any services, or boring.
I'm talking about downright dangerous.

Please, identify the road by its name and location,
then explain why it...
Forum: Touring
06-01-23, 06:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,192
Posted By jamawani

I have ridden over in Louisville. The old Big...

I have ridden over in Louisville.
The old Big Four railroad bridge is now a maghificent bike/ped crossing.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Four_Bridge

In western Kentucky, the US 45 bridge at...
Forum: Touring
05-14-23, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,119
Posted By jamawani

Raybo - Done US 50 a bunch of times across...

Raybo -
Done US 50 a bunch of times across Nevada.
But US 6 is even more remote - 168 miles with zero services Tonopah to Ely.
But certainly worth it.
...
Forum: Touring
04-14-23, 01:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,608
Posted By jamawani

In my 30s, I could regularly do 80+ miles per day...

In my 30s, I could regularly do 80+ miles per day - sometimes nudging a century.
Fully loaded, will all the camping gear & stuff.
30 years later, I can't do as many miles for some reason.
Forum: Touring
04-13-23, 02:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,608
Posted By jamawani

I love Yosemite - and have biked / hiked it many...

I love Yosemite - and have biked / hiked it many times.
One trip, the concession services took my bike & gear up to Tuolumne and I hiked up the John Muir Trail.
But this year is different - record...
Forum: Touring
04-13-23, 09:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,608
Posted By jamawani

Yosemite National Park has already announced that...

Yosemite National Park has already announced that Tioga Pass will probably not open until July.
https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm

Here's what the Tuolumne Backcountry Rangers have...
Forum: Touring
04-13-23, 05:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,608
Posted By jamawani

J'ai quelques questions - Allez-vous camper...

J'ai quelques questions -

Allez-vous camper or sejourner dans les motels?
On peut camper gratuitement aux terrains publiques dan l'Ouest - mais, pas dans l'Est.
Le camping est plus dificil a...
Forum: Touring
02-10-23, 05:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,858
Posted By jamawani

I have toured the Great Plains extensively -...

I have toured the Great Plains extensively - especially Nebraska.
And I am a historian of rural communities - primarily in the West.
I agree - there is spectacular beauty and wonderful small towns....
Forum: Touring
02-06-23, 11:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,422
Posted By jamawani

Indy - Back between 2014 to 2016 I was...

Indy -

Back between 2014 to 2016 I was diagnosed Stage IV.
(I still don't think they were right, but it was a shocker all the same.)
My first series of treatments - in 20212 - went south after a...
Forum: Touring
02-02-23, 07:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,109
Posted By jamawani

It can be yea, nay, or anywhere in between - I...

It can be yea, nay, or anywhere in between - I would hope.

I'm about 62.3% nay and 37.6% yea.
(Rounding may not result in 100%)
Forum: Touring
12-30-22, 05:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 339
Posted By jamawani

1988 Oregon Bicycling Guide

Wayback time machine -
I love the guy with the penny farthing on the cover.

Happy New Year!
...
Forum: Touring
12-26-22, 10:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,009
Posted By jamawani

Sergei Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto, 1st...

Sergei Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto, 1st Movement -
And Martha Argerich is a goddess.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS0SwRoYAW0

Photo - Argerich, 1966...
Forum: Touring
09-30-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,972
Posted By jamawani

Do you mean to say that I can't make $1000 a day...

Do you mean to say that I can't make $1000 a day working from home?
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 10:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,897
Posted By jamawani

Different strokes for different folks. Also, it...

Different strokes for different folks.
Also, it depends on your experience and comfort level riding on roads.
In rural areas with low traffic, I find roads far more interesting.
Yes, roads tend to...
Forum: Touring
09-22-22, 09:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,897
Posted By jamawani

The Great American Rail Trail is a huge...

The Great American Rail Trail is a huge promotional gimmick by Rails-to-Trails. Obviously, I'm not a big fan of RTC.
I'm of the opinion that RTC is another Washington-based heavy that sucks the...
Forum: Touring
08-28-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,014
Posted By jamawani

Freestanding = fast set-up. Also, stakes are...

Freestanding = fast set-up.
Also, stakes are not essential so you can do hardpan.

Pic - Payette River, Idaho, Sawtooth Mtns...
Forum: Touring
08-25-22, 09:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,126
Posted By jamawani

Righto! That applies to Pittsburgh and many...

Righto!

That applies to Pittsburgh and many other metro areas.
In the city itself, there are bike trails, bike lanes, and residential streets.
In the country, there are farm roads - often paved...
Forum: Touring
08-07-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,185
Posted By jamawani

Just FYI - Bicycles are permitted on interstates...

Just FYI - Bicycles are permitted on interstates in most western states - except on urban freeways.
In many parts of the West, interstates were built over the old highway, so there is no other...
Forum: Touring
07-07-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 980
Posted By jamawani

Sprague Creek has always had a hiker/biker...

Sprague Creek has always had a hiker/biker campsite in my many visits to Glacier.
In 2019 they also had wonderful camp hosts who kept comfy camp chairs in the bear boxes for cyclists to use.
It's...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,151
Posted By jamawani

Gauvins - Not sure what your overall route is...

Gauvins -
Not sure what your overall route is at this juncture - -
Still planning a Calgary down to Yellowstone tour?

Because of the routes mentioned, Hwy 83 has the least traffic and is the...
Forum: Touring
04-22-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,811
Posted By jamawani

Gauvins - I have done traffic count work for...

Gauvins -

I have done traffic count work for a number of cycling organizations.
I love poring over spreadsheets filled with numbers.(Sad, but true)
I hate programs that give you only one or two...
Forum: Touring
03-26-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,491
Posted By jamawani

Grizzlies in Yellowstone and Glacier

A Montana man was killed this week just north of Yellowstone.
Most likely by a grizzly bear - probably a bear just coming out of hibernation.
...
Forum: Touring
03-23-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,254
Posted By jamawani

Gauvins - It's a great ride and there are...

Gauvins -

It's a great ride and there are many ways to do it.
BUT - - when are you planning on doing this?
My guess is June 15 to August 15?

Two things about the start:
1) It's dicey at the...
Forum: Touring
03-16-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,328
Posted By jamawani

Solo or more than one? Low budget or mid...

Solo or more than one?
Low budget or mid budget?

A lot of folks who ride solo find cooking and clean-up a chore.
Plus being alone all day, it's nice to have a hot cafe meal.
Granted, eating out...
Forum: Touring
03-10-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,847
Posted By jamawani

(Come on, folks - let's keep it about Yellowstone...

(Come on, folks - let's keep it about Yellowstone since that's what the OP requested??)

I have lived in Wyoming since 1990 and have cycled every mile of Yellowstone over dozens of trips....
Forum: Touring
02-15-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,174
Posted By jamawani

You're out of luck, buddy. My style and...

You're out of luck, buddy.
My style and creativity account is already overdrawn.
Forum: Touring
01-24-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,257
Posted By jamawani

I've biked the C&O when it was a muddy morass and...

I've biked the C&O when it was a muddy morass and when it was a magical moment.
Although the section out to Great Falls is the best maintained,
March is more likely to be on the muddy side rather...
Forum: Touring
01-05-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,353
Posted By jamawani

Strava and touring are not the same thing. ...

Strava and touring are not the same thing.
Commuters want a direct fast route and are willing to put up with more traffic and hassles.
Speedsters want good pavement and a minimal number of stops,...
Forum: Touring
11-29-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,198
Posted By jamawani

I once took out an AAA paper map of the U.S. and...

I once took out an AAA paper map of the U.S. and put a red marker dot in ever place I got wasted. Needless to say, when I finished the map looked like it had chicken pox. Some cyclists can have one...
Forum: Touring
11-27-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,198
Posted By jamawani

That's what I said to my therapist ... And then...

That's what I said to my therapist ...
And then she asked me, "Do you always hear these voices?"
11-23-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,303
Posted By jamawani

Square Curbs

Just wondering what you think of square curbs?

I think they are death traps for cyclists -
and cannot understand why some cities continue to use them on higher-speed arterials.
They also cause...
Forum: Touring
10-23-21, 05:38 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,353
Posted By jamawani

What I miss? Three or four cyclists sitting...

What I miss?

Three or four cyclists sitting around a big table at Ernie's Birchwood Hostel in Missoula
poring over a map folded out all the way - taking up the entire tabletop.
Nowadays, it...
Forum: Touring
10-12-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,302
Posted By jamawani

Congratulations! And Gladys Knight sends her...

Congratulations!
And Gladys Knight sends her best, too.
(Not to mention she wishes your midnight train ride was better ...)
Forum: Touring
09-13-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,199
Posted By jamawani

Massachusetts Out-of-State Camping Fees

Just ran across this beauty today -
Nickerson State Park on southern Cape Cod



Well, that tells me - a Wyoming resident - "Get lost!"
Which is probably the same attitude I will have towards...
Forum: Touring
09-04-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,693
Posted By jamawani

I wanted to respond sooner - But I had to...

I wanted to respond sooner -
But I had to finish the bag of Doritos
And the carton of Haagen Daz.

Yep - I've put off two long tours - in 2020 & 2021.
After two serires of treatments, I have...
Forum: Touring
08-31-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,587
Posted By jamawani

Fig newtons - definitely. Pop tarts - never.

Fig newtons - definitely.
Pop tarts - never.
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,426
Posted By jamawani

NN - You've already answered the question. You...

NN - You've already answered the question.
You don't mind riding on unpaved - whether it's 20%, 25% or 30% doesn't matter.
But really, that's hardly any difference.

I tour with unpaved sections...
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