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Seasoned Cyclists on the Northern Tier 2008


A cross-country ride through the Northern United States

2,906 miles (4,677 km) over 48 days from June 1, 2008 to July 18, 2008

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Custom bikes, Equipment lists, 1-3 months, Northern Tier, West to East
Locale: North America, United States
Year: 2008

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/jaybrosnan

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Jay Brosnan - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2008
Last update: Tuesday September 9, 2008 13:44 (US/Pacific) (edited Tue 9 Sep 2008 13:45 (US/Pacific))
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Table of Contents

Introduction: How did I get into this?
Equipment: Gotta Have a Beast of Burden
The Schedule: Pacing for the Long Haul
Father Time Marches On: Better Living Through Chemistry and Metallurgy
Hurry, Scurry: Have to Get it Done, Have to Get it Done!
Packing the Gear and Bike: Hope they don't drop Old Mose from 40,000 feet.
Flight to Seattle: Old Mose Survives!
Life at the Green Tortoise: Ah, the Interesting Sights!
Seattle to Port Townsend: On the Road Again for a New Big Adventure
Port Townsend to Odlin Campground, Lopez Island: Beginning the prologue
Tour of San Juan Island: Some Days You're the Windshield, Some Days You're the Bug
Tour of Lopez Island and Return to Anacortes: A Little Gotcha Gets Us
Anacortes to Concrete: Heading East Again
Concrete to Newhalem: Happy Anniversary, Mary, But No Cell Phone Service
Newhalem to Winthrop: Now the Climbing Begins
Winthrop to Riverside: Another Day, Another Climb
Riverside to Republic: Just Another Pass
Day Off in Republic: Do the Chores, Eat Like a Horse
Republic to Colville: The Last Big Pass in the North Cascades
Colville to Newport: Listen to Motorists at Your Own Peril
Newport to Clark fork, ID: All Things are Better When Your Bike's in Shape
Clark Fork, ID to Libby, MT: Happy Birthday, Erin! The Big 43 -- That's My Girl
Libby to Eureka: Seen One Power Dam and You've Seen 'em All
Eureka to Whitefish: Hope the Roads Don't Get Any Worse Than Today
Rest Day In Whitefish: A Great Place to Chill
Whitefish to West Glacier: How Far Can We Ride Going to the Sun Road?
West Glacier to East Glacier: Putting the Mountains Behind Us
East Glacier to Shelby: Big Sky Country Now
Shelby to Hingham: The Headwind God Smites Us
Hingham to Harlem: More Tailwinds
Harlem to Sleeping Buffalo Campground: Still Another Payback
Sleeping Buffalo RV Campground to Nashua: Rain and Headwind -- Again
Nashua to Wolfpoint: The World Comes Unglued
Remembering Jim: A Great Friend and Cycle Tourist
Wolfpoint to Culbertson: Another Rough Day, Weather-Wise and Otherwise
Culbertson, MT to Williston, ND: Finally, a Strong Tailwind
Day Off in Williston: Get Some Necessities Done
Williston to New Town: Strange to be Riding Alone
New Town to Minot: More of the Same
Minot to Rugby: Did Some Smokin' on the Road
Rugby to Spirit Lake Resort: The Headwind God Owns North Dakota Too
Spirit Lake Resort to Cooperstown: Another Day of Headwind
Cooperstown to Fargo: North Dakota is Closed on July 4th
Day Off In Fargo: Relax and Catch Up on Necessities
Fargo to Tamarac Lodge: Solo Riding Again
Tamarac Lodge to Bemidji: I Did This Just to See Where the Mississipi River Begins?
Bemidji to Grand Rapids: Prayers Are Finally Answered
Grand Rapids to Aitkin: Hey, When Is This Going To Get Interesting?
Aitkin to Isle: The Thunderstorm God Foils My Plans
Hennepin State Park to Cambridge: Gracious Lady to the Rescue
Cambridge to Stillwater: Should Have Planned Better
Stillwater to Wabasha: Camping on the "Big Muddy"
Wabasha to La Crosse, WI: Hey, Where's the Wind?
La Crosse to Pikes Peak State Park, IA: Avoiding the Damage From Iowa's Storms
Pikes Peak State Park to Dyersville: Not Really as Smart as You Think You Are!
Dyersville to Muscatine: Heat, Wind, Hills, Heat, Wind, Hills!
Muscatine to Moline, IL: So Long "Big Muddy," Got To Go
Epilogue: A Wrap Up and What's Ahead


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