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Going Back Across


West to East on the Northern Tier, using the North Lakes and Lake Erie Connector

4,635 miles (7,459 km) over 64 days from June 12, 2012 to August 14, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Road bikes, 1-3 months, Lake Erie Connector, North Lakes, Northern Tier, West to East
Locales: North America, United States, Canada
Year: 2012

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

Copyright © 2012-2014 By John Meiners - (contact)

Status: Completed Aug 2012
Last update: Tuesday August 28, 2012 09:49 (US/Pacific) (edited Sun 21 Sep 2014 14:00 (US/Pacific))
56,578 hits since June 3, 2012 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Equipment List
Bike box

Washington: 493.6 miles

      Day 1. Bellingham to Anacortes to Sedro-Woolley: God bless the TSA
      Day 2. Sedro-Woolley to North Cascades National Park: The "why" question
      Day 3. North Cascades National Park to Winthrop: Confidence
      Day 4. Winthrop to Omak: Sun at last
      Day 5. Omak to Republic: Roger
      Day 6. Republic to Colville: Father's Day
      Day 7. Colville to Priest River, Idaho: Rain

Idaho: 73.8 miles

      Day 8. Priest River to Heron, Montana: GTTS Road opened today!!!

Montana: 321.0 miles

      Day 9. Heron to Lake Koocanusa: Fellow travellers
      Day 10. Lake Koocanusa to Eureka: Dam tour
      Day 11. Eureka to Whitefish: Tobacco Valley
      Day 12. Whitefish to Glacier National Park: Base Camp
      Day 13. Logan Pass: Going-to-the-Sun

Alberta: 77.3 miles

      Day 14. Glacier National Park to Waterton Lakes National Park to Cardston, Alberta: O Canada

Montana again: 551.2 miles

      Day 15. Cardston to Cut Bank: Weather
      Day 16. Cut Bank to Havre: The 129-mile rest day
      Day 17. Havre to Malta: Not much out here
      Day 18. Malta to Glasgow: Still not much out here
      Day 19. Glasgow to Wolf Point: 18 telephone poles to the mile
      Day 20. Wolf Point to Glendive: Survival
      Day 21. Glendive to Theodore Roosevelt National Park: Late begets late

North Dakota: 454.3 miles

      Day 22. Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Hebron: Strenuous life
      Day 23. Hebron to Bismarck: Independence Day
      Day 24. Bismarck to Napoleon: Flushing pheasant
      Day 25. Napoleon to Gackle: Giving back
      Day 26. Gackle to Enderlin: Longest straight road in America
      Day 27. Enderlin to Fargo: Misled

Minnesota: 455.3 miles

      Day 28. Fargo to Callaway: Taking the Long Way
      Day 29. Callaway to Itasca State Park: Farcaster
      Day 30. Itasca State Park to Pennington: Veritas Caput
      Day 31. Pennington to Grand Rapids: General Delivery
      Day 32. Grand Rapids to Aitkin: New wheel
      Day 33. Aitkin to Dalbo: Cookie Lady of the North
      Day 34. Dalbo to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin: Eastward again

Wisconsin: 312.5 miles

      Day 35. St. Croix Falls to Birchwood: You don't always get what you pay for
      Day 36. Birchwood to Clam Lake: Riding in the woods
      Day 37. Clam Lake to Boulder Junction: Need a beer?
      Day 38. Boulder Junction to Gaastra, Michigan: Rustic Roads

Michigan: 782.1 miles

      Upper Peninsula: 273.2 miles

      Day 39. Gaastra to Escanaba: I'm a yooper
      Day 40. Escanaba to Blaney Park: Riding with Kevin
      Day 41. Blaney Park to St. Ignace: Top of the Lake

      Lower Peninsula: 508.9 miles

      Day 42. St. Ignace to Petoskey: I'm a fudgie
      Day 43. Petoskey to Williamsburg: I'm a troll
      Day 44. Williamsburg to Luther: Cherry Capital
      Day 45. Luther to Clare: TerraTrike
      Day 46. Clare to Bay City: Pere Marquette
      Day 47. Bay City to North Branch: Left, right, left, right
      Day 48. North Branch to Marine City: Birthplace of the Motor Home

Ontario: 286.4 miles

      Day 49. Marine City, Michigan to Eagle: Uncle Tom's Cabin
      Day 50. Eagle to Turkey Point: Lake Erie
      Day 51. Turkey Point to Ridgeway: Smooth as silk
      Day 52. Ridgeway to Middleport, New York: Maid of the Mist

New York: 409.4 miles

      Day 53. Middleport to Rochester: One gear
      Day 54. Rochester to Fair Haven: Lake Ontario
      Day 55. Fair Haven to Boonville: Stormy weather
      Day 56. Boonville to Blue Mountain Lake: Pampered
      Day 57. Blue Mountain Lake to Ticonderoga: Adirondack Mountains

Vermont: 84.8 miles

      Day 58. Ticonderoga, New York to South Strafford: Which gap?

New Hampshire: 93.9 miles

      Day 59. South Strafford, Vermont to Lincoln: White Mountains
      Day 60. Lincoln to Naples, Maine: Rain, rain, go away

Maine: 239.3 miles

      Day 61. Naples to Woolwich: Drying out
      Day 62. Woolwich to Belfast: Up the coast
      Day 63. Belfast to Ellsworth: On the doorstep
      Day 64. Ellsworth to Bar Harbor: Fini

Postmortem

      Getting Home: More expensive this time
      The Numbers: More than you want to know
      The Equipment: Revisited
      The Wind: Results
      TransAm vs. Northern Tier: A comparison
      Epilogue: Thoughts on rural America, and FAQ


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