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Routes / ACA Green Mtns Route in early Oct?
« on: August 23, 2014, 09:34:22 pm »
Thinking of spending a few days riding the ACA Green Mts route in Vermont early Oct to catch the fall colors and 200-300 miles on the bike..  Any local advice?  I will use camping.  I imagine the weather is unpredictable and will plan accordingly but what about the route and is this a good/bad time to ride in Vermont?

Thanks in advance for your replies.


Routes / Sacramento-Auburn, CA route advice please.
« on: November 16, 2013, 08:08:35 pm »

Any Sacramento area riders out there?  Can anyone advise a good route from Old Sacramento to Auburn, CA?

 I know it's only about 40 miles but it ends a long day riding from the Bay Area so my day will be 140 miles...about 9 hours.  I am planning to ride Nov  22 and it gets dark at 5pm so I'm looking for a quick and efficient route through Sacramento.  Not particularly interested in the scenic American River trail, although it's very nice, it meanders too much and is slower than I would like.

Seems to me Folsom Blvd to pick up Auburn-Folsom Rd is a straight shot but what about riding conditions?  Anyone with a better idea?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Routes / Ride across Nebraska route advice
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:57:25 am »
Hello everyone.

This site, and specifically the Routes forum, has been super helpful to me during planning of my Pony Express Route solo ride...Sacramento, CA - St. Joseph, MO.    I have broken the 2000 mile ride into 3 X one week segments to ride 1 segment each year.  Sacramento to Salt Lake City last year and SLC to Scottsbluff, NE this past July all went very smooth thanks to the careful planning and a bit of good luck.

I am planning the final phase of this trek for next Spring and looking for any good advice as to Nebraska riding conditions, good roads and roads to avoid.  I am not camping but traveling Credit Card style so anybody with info about where to stay or not stay is also helpful.  Currently in the initial planning stages so my route can be adjusted a bit but to stay true to the original Pony Express route it looks something like this:

Day 1- Scottsbluff, NE -Julesburgh, CO   
Day 2- J'burgh - N. Platte, NE            
Day 3- N. Platte – Kearney            
Day 4- Kearney –Nelson      
Day 5- Nelson – Marysville, KS         
Day 6- Marysville – St. Joseph, MO   

Thanks in advance for your input.


Routes / Edinburgh, UK route advice?
« on: August 27, 2013, 10:13:26 am »

I realize this site belongs to the AMERICAN Cycling Assoc but after some research I have come up empty looking for a simple answer.  Perhaps one of you can help.  To qualify: I am "American" and this site has helped me during my American trip planning so thought I would throw it out there.

I have 3 days to ride from/to Edinburgh, UK in early September.  I see many suggested "Cycling Routes" depicted in all different directions and wondering if anyone can suggest a general direction to head or better yet a specific route.  I prefer climbing but happy to ride on flat all day if that's necessary.  Will be staying at hotels/inns so no need to camp and can return by rail to make it a one-way trip.  The local cycling websites with route info are of the short 15-30 mile variety.  I am after an 80-100 miles per day plan.

Let's hear it...North, West or South?

Thanks!  -Ben

Routes / Advice for a ride beginning in NYC
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:34:17 am »

I am a West Coast rider and not familiar with the best routes in the NE.  Looking for your input.

I am planning. 4 day ride in mid-May to begin in the NYC area (Teterboro, NJ actually).  I will be traveling Credit Card style using motels/hotels and will plan to cover 80-120 miles per day.

Ideally I would like to ride one way and return by train but Amtrak seems to have bike restrictions on most trains in the NE with the exception of the "Empire Service" from Chicago which stops in Syracuse and Rome, NY so those would be good destinations.  My original plan was to head to Vermont but this idea was scuttled when I discovered the bike restrictions....same thing with Boston.

I suppose I could make a 350 mile loop out of it but would prefer to "go somewhere".  I have the option to rent a car and retun to NYC that way but this would be a last resort.

As you can see my plan is wide open so wondering If there's a general direction anyone can recommend?  Hudson Valley, Erie Canal, Finger Lakes, Pennsylvania? I'm solo and very flexible so any input of where to go, or where NOT to go, is appreciated....just looking for a good route or general direction to begin my planning.

Thanks.   -Ben

Routes / California Gold Country. Turlock-Oakhurst?
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:05:29 am »
Hi there.

I have a random route question:

Riding SF Bay area to Bass Lake, CA. I have ridden most of this route before except one stretch.....Turlock to Oakhurst, CA

There are several options.  The obvious is Turlock Rd-Hornitos Rd-Old Toll Rd-Hiway 49.
Judging the route from Google Street View it looks adequate but is obviously the shortest route so likely has the most vehicle traffic.

Anyone out there with a better/more bike friendly idea?  I don't mind of it adds a few extra miles.


Routes / Any Wyoming riders out there?
« on: March 17, 2013, 06:47:30 pm »
I asked a vague question about my route a few months ago and got no response so hoping if I supply more info it might get me a few tips?

Following the Pony Express route Credit Card style in July from SLC-Scottsbluff, NE and looking for help.  It's a roundabout route to stay true to the PE but road riding options are sometimes limited. 

So you know I completed the Sacramento-SLC portion of this ride last year so not worried about extreme July heat at 7000' but I suppose anything is possible when it comes to weather

Route runs:

SLC-Evanston: Emigrant Canyon Rd-Chalk Creek Rd-Yellow Creek Road.  6 miles dirt.

Evanston-Farson:  4 miles on US 80 (yikes), 189 to Kemmerer, then 372 to Lower Farson Cutoff Rd.

Farson-Lander:  Hiway 28.

Lander-Alcova: 287 to 220

Alcova-Douglas: 220 to Douglas then Old Glenbrook Hiway to join Tank Farm Rd.

Douglas-Scottsbluff, NE:  Not sure about a route yet.

Any and all advice is welcome.  Thanks.


Routes / SLC-Casper, WY-Nebraska route advice
« on: September 10, 2012, 04:34:04 pm »
Hello riders.

I am struggling with a good route and hoping someone can help me.  I have searched this and other sites and come up with bits and pieces but would really like it if you guys can point me in the right direction.  My route doesn't appear to be very popular.

Planning a solo ride, credit card style, eastbound from Salt Lake City to Central Nebraska by way of Casper, WY to continue my Pony Express Route bike ride. I completed the Sacramento-SLC leg in June and this next segment would be June, 2013.

Anyway, there are no ACA routes anywhere near and there is no clear good route I can see.  Would prefer to stay clear of major highways of course.

I have 7 days to cover 800 miles from SLC to Central Nebraska.  The destination isn't crucial as the ultimate goal is to eventually get to St. Joseph, MO (the Pony Express Start/Finish) but this last bit will have to wait another year as I am making this journey in 1 week segments due to...wait for and job.

Would like to end up at day 7 where there is commercial air service such as North Platte, NE. 

In summary: A good credit card route from SLC-North Platte, NE by way of Casper, WY at 80-120 miles per day is requested.

Any advice is welcome.  Thanks. 


Routes / Hawai'i Big Island Belt Road (south)
« on: June 23, 2012, 08:21:19 pm »
Anyone ridden Hawaii's Big Island Belt Rd, rte. 11, south between Captain Cook and Hilo recently?  This road runs through the Volcanoes Nat'l Park.   I'm looking for riding conditions on that stretch for a 3 day counter-clockwise island circuit.

I've ridden Kona side-Hilo and back many times, both via rte 19 and Saddle Rd but never the southern route, and familiar with the "peculiar" riding conditions in Hawaii.....mostly very good with occasional bits a little hairy and nearly always quite windy. 

Wondering what the current situation on the route through Volcanos Nat'l Park, etc is like.

Any advice is welcome.



Routes / Delta to Slc route advice
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:47:36 am »
In June planning an 8 day ride to follow ACA Western Express from Sacramento but leaving that route in western Utah to get to SLC.  Last day of the ride is Delta, UT to SLC which has various options looking at the map but can't tell which is more bike friendly.

Any advice for a good Delta, UT to SLC route?


Routes / Riding South through Camp update please.
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:40:22 pm »

I've read numerous threads and web sites, most very old, regarding bicycle access through USMC Camp Pendleton, San Diego County, and its ever changing open/closed status?  Anyone up to date on access today?  Is there still some freeway shoulder riding required?

Plan is to ride Long Beach Airport to San Diego on Feb 28, 2012.

Thanks in advance for your responses.


I searched the site and came up empty so sorry if this has been discussed already.
I am planning a cross country ride and would like to bring along a GPS tracking device so family and friends can see where I am via internet.  I see a small unit called Zoombak, $100 + service fee,  that looks promising but from what I can tell it's meant for lost pets and kids and might not be the right fit.
I'm really after something that anyone, at anytime, can access via a website link to see my position.
Much of my route is out of cell phone service area.
Anyone have any experience with this or any other device they can share?

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