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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Shortcuts
« on: August 24, 2015, 05:14:11 pm »
There are "shorter" routes than what is mapped by ACA.  However you must bear in mind traffic, shoulders (or lack thereof) and available services.  For instance you could ride from El Paso, TX to Tuscon, AZ and then over to San Diego.  Unless you ride on the interstate where permitted that aren't that many services and there aren't that many other roads available.  When I've followed the ACA routes I always know how far I have to ride to the next place I can get food and/or water. 

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General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps vs. Google Maps - Southern Tier
« on: August 22, 2015, 02:19:47 pm »
ACA staff in previous posts have indicated their criteria.  Unless I'm mistaken tourist sites play little role in route selection.  A major factor is finding roads that are cycle friendly.  Not sure what the Google route is but having ridden the ACA route in Texas I can state that the roads are generally low to moderate traffic.  Very few many tourist sites.  As with any route there are always interesting places to stop. 

I rode hwy 190 in La and it was a miserable experience.  High traffic and rough road.

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Routes / Re: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:41:36 pm »
I recommend that you take Hwy 95 south from Las Vegas.  It will run into ACA's Route 66.  This will take you into LA.  You could take I-15 but it would be a very noisy ride with lots of truck tire debris that will likely result in flats. 

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Routes / Re: CA/AZ desert questions
« on: August 03, 2015, 07:39:25 pm »
I don't recommend cycling up the "hill" on 62 from I-10.  It has high speed traffic and in several places there is no shoulder with poor visibility for drivers.  I suggest getting on I-10 in Indo at Dillion Road.  You can ride on the wide shoulder until you get to Cottonwood Springs road.  Take this north through Joshua Tree National Park and connect to hwy 62.    If you ride early and late in the day you will most likely see some of the wildlife in the desert. 

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Broken screws are "common" in auto repair so there are a few devices available that will allow you to retrieve it.  Most auto parts store will most likely have one you can purchase.  Sears may also have them in stock. 

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Routes / Re: how should i go east from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon
« on: July 29, 2015, 11:17:43 am »
There don't seem to be many good roads to get to the Grand Canyon from Santa Barbara.   A good route might be to take PCH or the ACA Pacific Coast route to Santa Monica.  Then take ACA's new route 66 to the canyon.  There may be a more direct route from Santa Barbara to connect with Route 66 but I'm not familiar with those roads.   

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycle guidance
« on: July 17, 2015, 11:04:22 am »
Do a forum search on bikes.  There have been numerous threads discussing the various bikes for touring.  This includes their approximate cost as well as their pros and cons.  There are a number of bikes that have good reviews and they run a little more than $1000.  (not sure if that is in your budget)

I started touring by first starting on a supported tour using a road bike.  As I got more experience and confidence I bought a bike that was better equipped for touring and started my solo touring. 

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Routes / Re: TA to the Katy Trail from KS
« on: July 07, 2015, 10:19:43 am »
I followed the TA through Newton, KS and deviated shortly after leaving Newton.  I turned south on NW Butler Rd (good road low traffic) and connected with Hwy 196 east (Very good road with shoulder and low to moderate traffic).  Follow 196 until you pass over the 254 and I-35.  The road becomes W. Towanda Ave in the city of Eldorado (very good camping options)  At the 4 way stop head north on SW Boyer Rd and then go east when you Hwy 54.  Follow Hwy 54 (it connects again with the TA in Rosalia and then diverges again) until you get to Iola, KS.  In Iola take the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail (great trail and state park $3.50 per day to use) to Ottawa, KS.  Then get on the Flint Hills Nature Trail (another rail trail) to Osawatomie, KS.  Just north of Osawatomie get in 279 east which becomes W 343rd St.  South at Block Road.  Follow the paved road south until you get to W 359th St.  Follow that east to Drexel, MO.  There you connect to Hwy 18.  Follow that east until you get to Clinton, MO and the beginning of the Katy Trail.

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California / Re: Local advice for a UK visitor please?
« on: June 27, 2015, 08:10:54 pm »
You didn't say when you were coming to the U.S.  If you are doing the Western Express during the summer plan to start early and carry lots of water.  It will be hot and dry with literally nothing between towns.  Plan on riding about 70 miles between services in Nevada.  No need to worry about dogs or bears.

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General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:08:36 am »
It's always nice when I ride into town if there is some type of sign directing me to approved camping spots.  The symbols used on the ACA maps for signs would be helpful.  Often times I have to consult google maps to find the available services.  A big plus for me is the availability of a warm shower.

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Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 Disc - Compatible Fenders
« on: May 24, 2015, 07:05:50 pm »
I had this problem on another bike.  The fenders came with an adapter that kept the fender stays away from the brake.  Not sure but take a look at Velo Orange.  They may have some adapters or fenders that fit.

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This is the email I got from Caltrans.

Cleghorn Northbound Off ramp from the 15 freeway, and Cleghorn Northbound on ramp to the 15 freeway are closed until roughly June 12th; however, the Southbound side is open. Cyclists travelling on the Southbound 15 freeway towards the coast can exit at Cleghorn and take Cajon Blvd. south towards Kenwood Ave. If a cyclist is travelling north and exits at Kenwood travelling up Cajon towards Cleghorn, when they get to the Northbound 15 freeway on ramp there is nowhere to go due to construction. Northbound travelers would have the following options: (A) Take the Northbound shoulder on the 15 freeway past the Kenwood off ramp up to 138 off ramp, bypassing Cajon Blvd. (not recommended due to narrow shoulders at bridges and near construction areas); (B) Take the Kenwood exit north and travel up Cajon Blvd. to the Southbound 15 off ramp, and oppose traffic on the Southbound 15 freeway shoulder to the 138 Southbound onramp (not recommended due to opposing traffic on the freeway); or (C) get off on Kenwood and call for a taxi service to transport them up to a destination past construction, which would be either 138 if travelling on 138 or to Oakhill Blvd. if continuing north on the 15 freeway (Option (C), is the Recommendation).

We are working on getting a sign made providing the numbers to call for a taxi if they wish to obtain a ride through the construction zone. There will be one placed for Northbound travelers at Kenwood and at Cleghorn. This sign should be in place by the beginning of next week.

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There is ongoing construction on I-15 in the Cajon Pass that impacts the route.  This is from the email I received about cycling access.

Cleghorn Northbound Off ramp from the 15 freeway, and Cleghorn Northbound on ramp to the 15 freeway are closed until roughly June 12th; however, the Southbound side is open. Cyclists travelling on the Southbound 15 freeway towards the coast can exit at Cleghorn and take Cajon Blvd. south towards Kenwood Ave. If a cyclist is travelling north and exits at Kenwood travelling up Cajon towards Cleghorn, when they get to the Northbound 15 freeway on ramp there is nowhere to go due to construction. Northbound travelers would have the following options: (A) Take the Northbound shoulder on the 15 freeway past the Kenwood off ramp up to 138 off ramp, bypassing Cajon Blvd. (not recommended due to narrow shoulders at bridges and near construction areas); (B) Take the Kenwood exit north and travel up Cajon Blvd. to the Southbound 15 off ramp, and oppose traffic on the Southbound 15 freeway shoulder to the 138 Southbound onramp (not recommended due to opposing traffic on the freeway); or (C) get off on Kenwood and call for a taxi service to transport them up to a destination past construction, which would be either 138 if travelling on 138 or to Oakhill Blvd. if continuing north on the 15 freeway (Option (C), is the Recommendation).

We are working on getting a sign made providing the numbers to call for a taxi if they wish to obtain a ride through the construction zone. There will be one placed for Northbound travelers at Kenwood and at Cleghorn. This sign should be in place by the beginning of next week.

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I've been unable to contact by phone.  However I did get an email response.  This is the response I got  "Greetings, Our current SB 15 cyclist route is 138 to Cleghorn / Cajon Blvd. / Kenwood.
North Bound yes, the bridges are tight, and currently Cleghorn and the Truck scales are closed until June 12th."

Hope this helps.

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I've reread the Caltrans information a couple of times and this is my current take.  The shoulder will be available (just try to stay as far to the right as possible).  Even though the on ramp is closed you should still be able to get on the shoulder. 

You can access the dirt road (Cleghorn/Forest Service) directly from where Cajon Blvd ends at the interstate. 

Looking at google maps it appears you may be able to access the Santa Fe fire road where Cajon ends.  It will be a lot less time on a dirt road if you are forced to take one of them because you can't get on I-15.  I'll try to call Caltrans tomorrow to see what they say about cycling on the shoulder and let you know. 

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