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I appreciate the Adventure Cycling Route map showing the fire incidents.  However, the simple icon designation for "fire" doesn't adequately distinguish between big fires and little fires, in my opinion.  Thus, I still look at Inci to determine what I'm dealing with.  I've cancelled my trip to Idaho for this year.

The Pioneer Fire is currently the largest forest fire in the country, over 100,000 acres.  There are two fires with more acreage this fire season, but those were grassland fires.  The Rough Fire does also have area closures.

It would be great if the ACA map can sometime incorporate the outlines of the fire areas as served up by inciweb. :)

Yes, I agree, checking with Inci is definitely important to get all the facts straight on a fire situation. They keep their site more up-to-date than they refresh the data that populates our interactive map.

I don't know if perimeter data is available from InciWeb directly or if it would be measurably better than the USGS fire perimeter layer we are currently including on the interactive map layer options. Check the box next to "USGS Fire Data (Active Perimeters)" to see this.

Sorry you had to cancel your trip due to the fires. I hope you try again!

Jennifer

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GPS Discussion / MOVED: Cycling from Utah to ACA HQ
« on: August 17, 2016, 12:11:44 pm »

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Routes / Re: Why does the PC route bypass Olympic Peninsula?
« on: August 17, 2016, 12:10:12 pm »
Well, as I've said, conditions at the time dictated why we routed the Washington section of the Pacific Coast Route as we did. When we added the Washington Parks Route, we felt conditions had changed and we used roads closer to the ocean for the Main Route but did not opt to change Pacific Coast to match, rather adding that routing as an Alternate on WP.

I don't know of any plans to change the Pacific Coast Route to be coincident with Washington Parks Main Route though we are open to suggestions if you have them as to how to improve that routing.

If you want to make some specific suggestions about different routing between Elma and Astoria (or any of our routes), I would encourage you to put it in a RideWithGPS route with some specific reasons why it is a better route and submit it to us for consideration the next time that section gets updated. You send it to me directly or to our cartography email address. I will warn you that both of these map sections were just updated in early 2016 so it will be a while until we could seriously consider any changes.

Best,
Jennifer

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Routes / Re: Cycling from Utah to ACA HQ
« on: August 16, 2016, 10:47:27 am »
While we do not have a route with those specific endpoints, I suggest you take a look at the routes we have mapped to see which parts you could potentially use. You can view our interactive map and download an Overview Map (pdf) from the page below to see our network and how it intersects with itself:

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

The next step is to get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/state.cfm

Once you have an idea of routing, you might want to solicit feedback and refinements back here on the forums.

Good luck and have fun planning!

Jennifer

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Routes / Re: Why does the PC route bypass Olympic Peninsula?
« on: August 15, 2016, 10:37:31 am »
What it boils down to is route selection is somewhat subjective. We take in as much information as we can, distill it to what we've decided are the most important factors and determine a route from there. There will be some cyclists who like and agree with the routing we choose and others who dislike and disagree with what we choose. We listen and make changes or add new routes/alternatives/options where we can.

What you have to remember for this route in particular is that when it was developed in the 80's, there was a lot of logging going on in the area and US 101 carried much of that traffic with little to no shoulders. Safety is a large factor in our selection process, it won out over other considerations.

Thanks for the lively conversation. Personally, the Pacific Coast is on my bucket list of routes I'd like to ride one day. At this point, I don't know which routing I would choose, inland or peninsula. Something to think about in my daydreams!

Jennifer

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Thanks for reporting on the fires you're seeing on the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route. I hope things work out for you to do your trip.

You can also see where the fires are located in relationship to any of our routes on the interactive route network map:

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

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Click here for Route Conditions and Additional Layers" to turn on InciWeb layer as well as USGS Fire Data. When you click on the icons that appear with these layers, they will lead to more information and links.

Jennifer

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Routes / Re: Why does the PC route bypass Olympic Peninsula?
« on: August 10, 2016, 01:35:00 pm »
Hi,

At the time the Pacific Coast Route was researched and developed, the roads on the Olympic Peninsula were more problematic than they are today. Also, services were harder to come by. As can happen over time, conditions improve. In this case, they improved enough that we created the Washington Parks Route. Washington Parks, Section 1 takes in these Olympic Peninsula roads while being contiguous with parts of the Pacific Coast route.


I hope this helps!

Jennifer

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Southwest / Re: Rental shop in Austin
« on: August 08, 2016, 11:52:12 am »
Hi thall,

My contact at Bike Texas suggested you might also want to check with Bicycle Sport Shop (tell them Bike Texas sent you!).


I hope this helps. Have a great Hill Country tour!


Jennifer


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Routes / Re: Trans America through Kansas next week
« on: August 08, 2016, 09:00:39 am »
No worries! Now you're in the know. ;)

Jennifer

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General Discussion / Re: Trans am route, map or gpx Garmin.
« on: August 08, 2016, 08:58:02 am »
We do have gpx files for purchased from our online store here:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/cyclosource-store/route-maps/digital-route-data/transamerica-bicycle-trail-digital-data/

They contain all of the same route information as the maps. However, you don't get the Riding Conditions, Field Notes, Index Map or Weather Charts showing average precipitation and temperatures.

A TransAmerica Trail Route app is in development. I would expect it to be ready for a 2017 tour. Watch the website for an announcement.

Jennifer

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Routes / Re: Trans America through Kansas next week
« on: August 05, 2016, 02:56:56 pm »
Hi Kimberly,

If you look on the other side of your TransAmerica map there is an area called the Service Directory. Whatever information we have about the services indicated by the symbols on the map panels, is spelled out within this area. In this case, camping in Alexander is allowed at a rest area west of town.

As another poster said, a lot of the camping locations on our maps are in city parks and school grounds. They won't show up in a Google Map search for campgrounds because they are often not technically campgrounds.

I hope this helps,

Jennifer

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Routes / Southern Tier Sec 1, California and I-8 - Summer 2016-2019
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:58:59 pm »
We recently received the press release below regarding a long term construction project on I-8 in Imperial County, California.

While this doesn't impact the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier route directly, it will affect cyclists who alter the route by riding I-8. Caltrans has asked us to help spread the word to cyclists that if they want to avoid the shuttle and ride the entire distance, they should stick with the published Adventure Cycling Southern Tier Bicycle Route across Imperial County on SR 78 through 2019.

Jennifer


PRESS RELEASE

Date:                          Monday, July 25, 2016
District:                     District 11 - San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact:                    Carmen Sandoval
Phone:                      (619) 688-2556
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Imperial County Bike Shuttle
To Begin on Interstate 8
 
EL CENTRO, Calif. - Beginning Monday, Aug.1, bicyclists traveling on Interstate 8 (I-8) through Imperial County will have a new option to assist in completing their trips as major construction continues on the I-8 Update Project. The shoulders of I-8 and segments of Evan Hewes Highway will be temporarily closed to bicyclists and a shuttle will be provided to carry cyclists in both directions.  Touring cyclists are encouraged to use an alternate route such as State Route 78 to Blythe/Interstate 10 to Arizona.
 
Bicycling enthusiasts can plan ahead and call to schedule a shuttle pickup at four locations along I-8. The four pickup locations are: State Route 115, State Route 98, Ogilby Road and 4th Avenue in Winterhaven. The free shuttle service will operate from 7 a.m. to noon, seven days a week.  Pickups can be scheduled by calling (760) 337-1759 at a minimum of one hour before.
 
Cyclists are encouraged to be safe and not enter construction zones.  “The safety of cyclists is a very high priority for Caltrans,” said Laurie Berman, District 11 Director, “This shuttle service will ensure they can complete their trips through the Imperial County during the construction.”
 
The I-8 Update (http://www.dot.ca.gov/d11/projects/8CRCPavementProject.pdf) is a multi-year project that will construct 48 miles of Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement and replace asphalt shoulders. The project, to be constructed in five segments, will provide a smoother ride and significantly extend the life expectancy of the roadway. Completion of the project is expected in 2019.
 
More information about the I-8 Update Project can be found at: www.dot.ca.gov/d11/projects/.
 
Follow @SDCaltrans on Twitter and visit CaltransDistrict11 on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CaltransDistrict11) to keep current on transportation information in San Diego and Imperial counties. Motorists are reminded to Be Work Zone Alert and to Move Over a lane when safe to do so, or slow when highway workers are present with amber lights flashing.
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Routes / Re: Source for USBR GPS Data?
« on: July 27, 2016, 09:13:07 am »
Hi Steve,

Since USBR routes are designated on a state-by-state basis, they are the keepers of any data associated with them. You would need to contact the states individually to find out what they have available. You will find links to each state's resources here:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/us-bicycle-route-system/maps-and-route-resources/

I hope this helps.

Jennifer

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California / Re: PC BIKE ROUTE
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:16:35 am »
I can't say why Google would route cyclists that way. However, I can tell you the Adventure Cycling Pacific Coast Route uses SR 1 for most of the distance between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Jennifer

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Corridor 90 Implementation / Re: Corridor 90
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:08:13 am »
It is the USBR corridor that roughly follows the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier route across the southern U.S. from California to Florida. You can see it on the National Corridor Plan Map:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/us-bicycle-route-system/national-corridor-plan/

Best,

Jennifer

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