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Highway 243 is closed 1.5 to 10 miles from Banning due to a wildfire.  Headed southbound use hwy 79 then left on hwy 74 to reconnect.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Pacific Coast Map 19
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:01:41 pm »
There is construction on the Yaquina Bay bridge in the south part of Newport.  There are signs that direct you to use the sidewalk and walk your bike on the east side of the bridge (northbound direction).  This bridge has no shoulders, has narrow lanes and when it is foggy it is rather dangerous to ride in traffic.

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Gear Talk / Clothing to keep you warm and dry
« on: August 11, 2010, 08:18:08 am »
I was riding in Oregon this summer and it highlighted the problem of finding clothing that will keep me warm and dry.  The weather on the Oregon coast was cool and damp.  While it didn't rain it was so moist that there was a constant drizzle in some parts of the ride.  I can't seem to find the right combination of clothing that will keep me warm and dry.  I have several jackets that are supposed to "breath" and let out moisture but they don't work for me.  I can open all the zippers (openings) and I wind up just as wet inside the jacket as I do on the outside.  At times it was so bad I had a stream of water running down the inside of my arms. 

Anyone have any suggestions for clothing (or combinations of clothing)  that will keep me dry both inside and outside?

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Connecting ACA Routes / Portland, OR to Pacific Coast Trail
« on: June 28, 2010, 06:58:03 pm »
Plan on taking Amtrak to Portland and then riding south on the Pacific Coast Trail.  What is the best way to get from Downtown Portland to the trail?

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There is a temporary closure of the southbound S21 (Pacific Coast Hwy/Carlsbad Blvd) until at least 5/28/2010.  The actual closure is from Solamar Dr to Island Way.  There is a well marked detour that has you go left at Cannon Rd.  Make a right in .26 miles to Avenida Encinas.  Follow Avenida Encinas for 2.5 miles, make a right on Poinsettia Ln, in .25 miles make a left turn to rejoin the route.

The northbound side is ok.


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California / Removing Bike lanes in Placentia, CA
« on: September 26, 2009, 06:24:17 pm »
If you need an example of car-centric thinking look no further than Placentia, CA.  They removed the bike lanes near two intersections so that they could install left hand turn lanes.  They say it was done to comply with the county's master traffic plan.  The removal creates a definite hazard for cyclists on these heavily traveled intersections.  One intersection is about two hundred yards from an elementary school.  (The safe routes to school program is for naught.)  The city did place signs near the intersection that say share the road with a bicycle emblem (their first).  Instead of creating an environment conducive to people riding their bikes they make it more of a hassle.

At this particular intersection I was cut off by one driver after they were able to pass.  Before that this driver repeatedly honked their horn.  Imagine my surprise when I called the Placentia police department to report an aggressive driver.  I was told that it wasn't against the law to cut off a cyclist or to repeatedly honk the horn.  I was told they only way the police would take a report was if I was struck by the car. 
I was also informed by the city that bike lanes were a privilege and not a right and that state law only requires that bicycles be "considered" when planning a project.  It is not mandatory to include bicycle lanes on new construction. 

This is yet another example of Southern California being in love with cars and inhibiting people from using alternative transportation.

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Farm Road 1155 is closed to repair a small bridge.  The NB option is to make a left on 105.  The SB option is to continue on 105 to William Penn Rd.

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Cycling Events / Ride across the Nevada portion of Western Express
« on: June 17, 2009, 03:48:31 pm »
There is a supported ride that takes you across the Nevada portion of the Western Express.  This ride makes it an easy way to cross this section of the route.  I've ridden this ride 7 times and will be doing it again this year.  The ride is very well supported and the staff is very helpful.  It is even possible to continue riding the rest of the route when the ride finishes in Baker, NV. 

The web site is:  http://www.bikethewest.com/OATBRAN.html¬

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Connecting ACA Routes / Van Horn to Marfa, TX on Southern Tier
« on: May 15, 2009, 03:41:50 pm »
Instead of going from Van Horn through Kent and on to Ft. Davis and Alpine I chose to follow hwy 90 out of Van Horn.  I found the road to be good and not too rough from the chip seal.  There was very little traffic and I avoided the big climb up Mount Locke although there is a constant 1% or so grade up to Marfa.  This wasn't noticeable with the prevailing tailwind.  However, the distance between stops that had water was about 70 miles.  There is one small town, Valentine, between Van Horn and Marfa but it appears to be dying.  Anything that looked like it formerly provided a stop for travelers was closed.  Marfa is a neat little town.  It has several motels, an rv park and some good restaurants.  It has a classic town square with the courthouse in the middle. 

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Routes / Texas roads on Southern Tier
« on: May 12, 2009, 02:27:33 pm »
The Texas highway department must love chip seal.  It seemed that 95% of the roads were paved with it and it was rough.  The worst seemed to be between Sanderson and Langtry.  It was like riding a rumble strip for 60 miles. 

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