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Thanks for the additional information, everyone.

AKJeff, don't worry about getting out there and taking pictures. I trust what you and the others are saying. I noticed your route uses Old US 12 sooner than ours. We currently go from Sumach St. to W. Rose St. then Wallula Ave. before intersection with Old US 12. Do you do this for the access to services? Or better road conditions?

After I understand your choices, I may want to post your RWGPS link to our addenda as an improved route. Would that be ok?

Jennifer

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Walla Walla, WA on the Lewis & Clark Trail
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:06:35 pm »
:)  Walla Walla the town so nice they named it twice.  Section 7, Map 99 of the ACA Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail shows Detail A as crossing Hwy 12 at Lower Waitsburg Rd/N. Clinton St.  This highway crossing is not open to pedestrians/cyclists.  Coming in westbound on Middle Waitsburg Rd as you pass the airport turn left onto Blue Mountain Dr. and immediately right onto Rainer Dr./Wellington Ave. which will lead you under Hwy 12 and into Walla Walla.  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18002423 

Can you give me more information about why this intersection is not accessible to cyclists and pedestrians? Has there been recent construction there? All images I can find on Google Maps and Bing seem to show it as an intersection without any restrictions.

I have looked at your suggested change and it does look more pleasant than that crossing. Would you continue on Wellington Ave. to Melrose St. and reconnect to the mapped route from there?

Best,
Jennifer



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General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:45:02 am »
I understand that downloads for the northern routes are not available for RideWithGPS. 

Actually, the turn waypoints for these routes are available as a gpx track. They are rough and do not exactly follow the road. If you are member, you can also download the service waypoints. Both sets of files are available here:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/digital-data-for-devices/tracks-limited/

That being said, by early spring 2017 we hope to have the enhanced version of the data for the Northern Tier, Lake Erie Connector and North Lakes routes available for sale. You can learn more on our Digital Data for Devices page.

Have a great tour!

Best,
Jennifer


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Bikecentennial / Re: Trans-America
« on: November 29, 2016, 11:13:15 am »
Excellent! Happy to help.

Jennifer

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Bikecentennial / Re: Trans-America
« on: November 28, 2016, 01:55:05 pm »
Hello Clive,

This is great you are writing about your bicycle travels!

I wanted to clear a few things up and point you to some resources on our website that might help.

You mention the "Bike Travel Association." I've never heard of this organization.

As far as I know, there was and is no Bike Travel Association. It was a tagline used by Bikecentennial in the early years of the organization.


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You list the distance of the TransAm as 4275. I guess it might have been that when you rode, but the ACA currently lists the distance as 4228.

Indeed. While the TransAmerica Trail is still mostly the same as it was in 1976, there have been modifications made along the way. The result would be changes in total mileage for the route.


If you want to clarify your organizational history we have a detailed article available:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/history/

Also a timeline of when different things have occurred over the years:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/history/adventure-cycling-timeline/

And to reminisce about the story in one place along with some great photos, see our 40th Anniversary book about the Trail:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/cyclosource-store/40th-anniversary/sp/adventure-cycling-association-transam-book/

I hope this is helpful!

Best,
Jennifer Milyko


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GPS Discussion / Re: Roll Out For Enhanced GPS Data
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:18:26 am »
Hi Pete,

Thanks for asking about our digital data product. While we have an internal roll out schedule for the digital data, it is in some flux so we'd rather not post it publicly at this time. I can tell you the Great Divide data won't be out until 2018 when the entire route gets a refresh for the the 20th anniversary.

Best,
Jennifer

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GPS Discussion / Re: ACA Maps on my Garmin Edge 1000
« on: November 18, 2016, 09:14:56 am »
Hi Tom,

Not sure how the 200 waypoint limitation comes into play.

From the Adventure Cycling website regarding the 200 point limit on the Garmin Edge 1000 as it related to the service points:

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Service Points

We do not recommend using the service points on the Edge 1000 yet. We have found the following limitations:

The device can only store 200 waypoints at any one time, regardless of where the file is stored. In a majority of cases, that will be enough for one section only. As you travel from one section to the next, you will need to remove old points before adding new ones.
Deleting and replacing points is very difficult. We have found only 1 way to do this:
Manually deleting points one at a time on the device
Consider viewing service points using your mobile device. It offers larger screen, quick browsing, higher capacity for all points along a route, and more details about each point.

If you still want to use the service points on your Edge device accounting for the limitations, see the FAQ on this subject for more information.


I hope this helps,
Jennifer


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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: November 16, 2016, 12:11:17 pm »
I wouldn't recommend it in the fall. I've just rode from Seattle to San Fransisco this Sept/October. The weather was a challenge, headwinds and rain much of the way in Oregon and California. I got as far as Gualala and caught a buses to SFO rather than battle more rain and headwinds on narrow shoulderless roads.

We must have hit different weather windows. I did a stretch of the Oregon coast (Manzanita to Florence) beginning Labor Day weekend and in our 7 days out (including getting to Eugene, a day off and short mileage days) we only had a half day or so of wet and the winds were mostly crosswise rather than headwind. I can't imagine it was much fun riding any of it with a headwind.

Jennifer

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Routes / Re: How to know if newer map version has re-routes?
« on: November 08, 2016, 12:04:20 pm »
Hi Dave,

Just FYI, this question came up in the context of discussions I was having with our Oregon DOT Bike & Ped program manager and the Central Oregon DOT regional active transportation liaison about USBRS 76 adoption in Oregon (I didn't sense a lot of interest). This does raise an interesting question of how ACA changes to the TransAm route would impact USBRS 76 routes that were adopted and signed (sorry for the thread drift).

Since USBRs are designated by DOTs, they can also be modified by them in a similar process through AASHTO. When Adventure Cycling routes come up for updating, we are checking to see if USBRs have been designated in the meantime. In some instances, we have changed our routes to match USBRs. We do so on a case by case basis.

If you want to talk about this further, feel free to give me a call on my direct line at 406-532-2745.

Jennifer


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I think it would be tough to stay indoors every night on this route. If you have the maps in hand, you can rough out your expected daily mileages and check for lodging options based on them.

Jennifer

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Gear Talk / Re: Shifters-integrated vs bar-end
« on: November 07, 2016, 10:03:17 am »
See Adventure Cycling's kind of recent and excellent  article titled something like "the drive train dilemma" for details.

Are you referring to this article from April 2015?

https://www.adventurecycling.org/default/assets/resources/20150401_DrivetrainDilemma_DAmbrosio.pdf

Jennifer

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Gear Talk / Re: Shifters-integrated vs bar-end
« on: November 03, 2016, 09:24:19 am »
I have a thumbie set up and I love it. Saved my bacon on my last trip when I had to switch to friction shifting to keep going. If I'd had the fancier set up of my husband, I would have been SOL.

https://paulcomp.com/shop/components/shimanothumbies/


You can see them here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/45288400@N08/14382593076/in/dateposted-public/


Jennifer

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General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: November 01, 2016, 08:38:19 am »
There are not enough good things to be said about the AC maps.  Post offices,, food, camping spots you would never find yourself, bike shops, regional lore to catch up on at night, and on and on. 
Very true.

But do check the addenda. Before today I've rode 20 miles for breakfast to find a restaurant was out of business near Chemult OR. It was in the addenda as closed but I didn't check. A couple of times places have not been shown as closed in the addenda (a motel in Erie PA, a bike shop in Port Orford OR) and they were in fact closed, so if they appear to be the only show in town give them a ring to make sure they are still operating. And do submit an addendum if you find such a place.

Yes, please submit those closures when you notice them and have a minute! Your fellow cyclists (and we Missoula-based cartographers!) will thank you.

The easiest way to get us that information is via the online map correction card:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/map-correction-form/

Jennifer


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Routes / Re: How to know if newer map version has re-routes?
« on: October 31, 2016, 03:39:42 pm »
This is a good question and has spurred conversation here in the office.

Ever since the North Dakota reroute affecting the Lewis & Clark and Northern Tier routes, we have had a replacement policy for major reroutes.

While the interactive map is good for an overview and planning purposes, it isn't detailed enough to capture minor route changes we've made due to safety issues.

We are now going to institute a policy beginning with this latest round of Bicycle Route 66 updates, of sharing these smaller route changes due to safety.

For maps that have been updated but may or may not yet available for sale, we will post a link to a downloadable pdf of the changed map panels, narratives and any affected services.

Changes to routes due to safety that we learn about in between printings will be shared with a RideWithGPS.com link, also in the addenda.

Thanks for starting this conversation.

Jennifer

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We have received reports of a biting dog on Indian Ford Rd. Local cyclists have provided us with an alternate around the property where the dog lives.

Eastbound detour: "... [C] 27.5(44)TURN RIGHT ONTO REMINGTON RD. IN 0.2 MI., TURN RIGHT ONTO ABB PITTMAN RD. * 31.5(49)TURN LEFT ONTO INDIAN FORD RD. 31.5(51)MATCHLINE."

Westbound detour: "... * 1(1.6)TURN RIGHT ONTO ABB PITTMAN RD. 4(6)TURN LEFT ONTO REMINGTON RD. IN 0.2 MI., TURN LEFT ONTO INDIAN FORD RD. ..." (subtract 1 mile from each of the remaining narratives)

Jennifer

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