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  • Amy Ellis

    Last time, you came down through the Transpecos and went south. I would recommend coming in on the Amtrak to Alpine and heading NORTH through Fort Davis, and ride up through Balmorrhea for their beautiful springs. You will see a different side of this desert area. Fort Davis is in the middle of a fire that has charred 166,000 acres of grassland – when the rain comes this summer it will be the most incredible, green paradise.

    Of course, that’d be for later in your trip.

    April 14, 2011
  • Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
    http://www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm

    April 14, 2011
  • Oh and The Lost Sea!
    I went there in 1985(ish) and still remember it to this day.
    http://www.thelostsea.com/

    April 14, 2011
  • Devils Lake State Park.
    I visited it in 1987 and 89. I still want to go back and do some climbing.
    http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/

    April 14, 2011
  • Definitely Lake Tahoe, California or Nevada side:) Beautiful in any month, good luck with your planning.

    April 14, 2011
  • Chelsey

    You should come to the Black Hills in South Dakota. We seem to have a very underground bike community. Every year I see more and more bikers riding around Rapid City. There are bike organizations, but they seem to be very hard to find information on. When I moved here in 2005 I seemed to be one of the only people biking around town. Now there are bikers everywhere and the city is working on making the city more bike accessible. You should come interview our Mayor and do a presentation. The black hills are amazingly beautiful and have many crazy sites to see. We aren’t near any trains, but the area is an a amazing place to see.

    April 14, 2011
  • I second Devil’s Lake in WI.

    April 14, 2011
  • bran

    You need to come to Ottawa the Capital city of Canada. Believe it or not we have had bike lanes for over 50yrs. You can also see the world’s longest skating rink (however in summer it is a canal). You have a place to stay and you can help my SO get that desire to travel and meet fine folk like you guys.

    Bran/Bikeboy999

    April 14, 2011
  • Craig

    You need to ride Amtrak into Sedalia Missouri and then jump on the Katy Trail, the longest rail trail in the country. My wife and I could ride out and meet you at the end of the trail in St. Charles, MO and we can put you up for a night, a few nights, whatever.

    April 15, 2011
  • michael

    …you definitely should try to get out of the US this time. maybe over to Europe. your perspectives on life will change.

    April 15, 2011
  • Paul Steckler

    Yellowstone National Park, but watch out for grizzlies!

    April 15, 2011
  • Greg

    Calgary’s Cyclepalooza runs June 17 to 26. You won’t be toooo far away in Misoula. Not sure about train service, though.

    April 16, 2011
  • Dave

    The place to be on July 24 will be Glenwood, IA for the start of RAGBRAI 2011. I’m going to get to the ride, do the ride and then ride home all by bicycle this year. It’s going to be the best vacation ever! Checkout RAGBRAI.com

    April 16, 2011
  • There is a place that is actually on the way from Portland to Missoula! There’s a little town North of Walla Walla Washington called Waitsburg. In that town is a small brewery called Laht Neppur which the woman working there told us meant “Drink to Life” or something along those lines and also happens to be the oqners name spelled backwords, which would make him Ruppen Thal.Don’t know if I believer her but it is a good story. And if you like beer it could be worth a stop. And you asked for funky. And the Palouse area is beautiful for riding.

    April 16, 2011
  • bob k.

    i think you guys should go to where ever i’m at so we can hang out and eat good food and drink a couple of beers. okay, i know i’m being selfish, but it would be fun. for reals: hit the appalachians, super beautiful in spring through the fall. the great allegheny passage rail trail is amazing and for bonus points there is a 15 mile stretch of abandoned turnpike near breezewood, pa, complete with tunnels under mountains and not a car in sight.

    April 17, 2011
  • et

    @Bike Hermit
    Ruppen Thal = Ruppenthal

    April 19, 2011
  • Jimmy

    You gotta checkout roadsideamerica.com… I always see if there’s anything cool/weird along my route. There usually is :-)

    April 20, 2011
  • I’d second RAGBRAI. I’m doing it before heading off on a cross-country ride. The Amtrak goes right to Omaha and it’s only 30 miles to the start in Glenwood.

    April 20, 2011
  • Though I see you already have it on your map, the Twin Cities (my present home) are a wonderful place for many things, bicycling among them. Assuming you’re here over the summer there will certainly be some sort of excellent group ride to join, a festival to attend (likely near one of our lovely bodies of water) and a plethora of amazing local food places to check out. I would love to give recommendations on any of the above :)

    http://mplsbikelove.com/ is the resource for nearly all things bicycle here, from rides to advocacy to trail conditions.

    Happy riding!

    April 21, 2011
  • Tom Howard

    There are many great areas around Missoula. Keep in mind that Amtrak goes through Whitefish, about 130 miles north of Missoula. At Whitefish, you’re on the doorstep of Glacier National Park, one of the crown jewels of the continent.

    April 21, 2011
  • Though we do supported touring and therefore aren’t as cool as you, we are riding the Oregon Gorge and Adventure Cyclings’s Teton ride this summer. In between we are going to Coeur d’Alene just to ride the rails to trails and the “Route of the Hiawatha” which looks tourist-funky. There’s a 1.7 mile, 1908 Rails-to-Trails tunnel. There are seven high-steel trestles. Not really much of a “ride,” but we’re doing it as part of a larger trip and it looks like fun. Google it!

    April 24, 2011
  • Stuart Knoles

    Uzbekistan

    April 25, 2011
  • Mitchell Connell

    I’m glad you guys liked the idea of the map with the pins! It looks really cool. Make sure you check out Arches state park. Edward Abbey would be proud.

    April 25, 2011
  • That Guy

    Heading out of Portland be sure to see Palouse Falls in the SE corner of Washington state! Amazing place- you can walk out to the edge of where the falls drop. It’s not like Niagara, no guardrails over the drop!

    April 26, 2011
  • Erin W

    Olympia Washington of course. And you can ride to the end of the beautiful Chehalis Western Trail while you’re here.

    May 26, 2011

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