Help me plan a long bike tour.
June 5, 2012 7:16 PM Subscribe
I'm planning a bike trip in July. Portland to Minneapolis? What are your experiences biking east from the West Coast?
posted by rainperimeter to travel & transportation (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a fairly experienced biker tourist. I'm not concerned about gear recommendations so much, I've got that mostly dialed in (though if you have something you think is absolutely vital on your tours then let us know). I have a new custom built touring bike (hell yeah). But all my tours have been here on the Pacific Coast. Me and friends do a lot of over-nighters and regional touring. I've biked up to Canada for a couple weeks and down to San Francisco. But I haven't headed east! That's gonna change this July.
I lived in Minneapolis for a couple years and one of my best friends still lives there. I go to school and work part time in a pizza joint, so once finals are done this next week I'm gonna have tons of free time (also the folks where I work are super cool and don't mind me taking a month off with ample notice).
What are your experiences biking across Montana and the Dakotas (or eastern Washington and Idaho)? What routes did you take? Specific places I should try to hit up? Or avoid? I'm familiar with Adventure Cycling and their maps but I'd like to hear from you all in here. How long did your ride take? What kind of miles were you doing? Tell me your tales.