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Routes / Re: Mojave Desert Touring Conditions
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:16:39 am »
2) It is now (since when?) legal to ride the shoulder of I 40 between Barstow and Needles. I saw a bunch of "Share the Road" signs along the way. This is key because Old Route 66 on that section has some of the worst pavement on the planet, and there seems to be zero motivation for fixing it. Also, once past Fenner, I 40 is by far the safest route down to Needles. There are some bridges under reconstruction west of Fenner, so be warned, but touring cyclists should be down in the Amboy region on Route 66 anyway--much more scenic and quiet.

This happened just before the Bicycle Route 66 maps were published in February 2015. See SOLUTION: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns blog post. Since that time, bridges have been repaired and technically I-40 is only open to cyclists from exit 23 to 50. Of course, this can change with the next major thunderstorm bringing rains that turn into flash floods in the desert.


Routes / Re: Deception Pass State Park, Washington
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:00:22 am »
I rode across the Deception Pass bridge in the autumn of 2015. Yes, it is narrow and the sidewalks are not really suited for walking or riding a bike on. I was with my husband and we rode side by side, taking full use of the lane to prevent automobile drivers from trying to pass us. I would suggest stopping short of the bridge and looking for a fellow cyclist to cross with you. Regardless, I believe taking the lane is the safest option in this situation. It's not *that* long and the views are gorgeous.


General Discussion / Re: Connecting with other members to ride trans am
« on: January 09, 2017, 09:11:45 am »

I've tried to place an ad in the "companions wanted" section a couple times but it does not seem to work as I can't locate my own ad.

Two things to note about our Companions Wanted listings:

1. You must be a current member to place a listing. You can call us at 800-755-2453 or use the Contact Us form on the website to check your membership status.
2. Each ad must be approved by a staff member in the office. You will not immediately see your listing as it may take a day or two for it to be reviewed and accepted.

I hope this helps.


« on: January 03, 2017, 09:58:18 am »
FYI: You can also determine the current printed version for each map section by looking at the appropriate page in the online store and looking for the text "Current Printed Version: 2015".

Start here for the Atlantic Coast Route maps:


As you climb Togwotee Pass, keep your fingers crossed for clear weather just over the top for a view of the Tetons.  It's the most magnificent view I know.

That reminds me...When I did that portion of the TransAm back in '00 there was a joint ACA/U.S.F.S. cyclist only primitive camp site on the west slope of Togwotee, maybe 5 miles up from Moran. If it still exists and is listed on the map, I highly recommend it. It has an amazing view of the Tetons. It was a bit difficult to access. There was a post-rail fence with a gap in it and a sign indicating no motor vehicles were allowed. I had to push my through the gap and up a small hill and walk with the bike a bit further, but it was worth it. There was a bear locker and, IIRC, a picnic table or two, but that was basically it. Saw some moose tracks and stumps that had been ripped up, likely by bears looking for grub. No water or toilet, so you'd have to practice primitive camping techniques. You'd also have to carry everything you need from DuBois. (I was going east to west.)

Ah, that was an early Cyclists Only campground we established at the suggestion of a Bridger-Teton National Forest staffer. Unfortunately, the staffer moved on to another forest and interest in maintaining the site waned. It was officially closed it when they realized state Game & Fish were dumping elk and deer carcasses (road kill, etc.) in a spot very close by -- a veritable grizzly bear snack stand. I don't know if that situation still exists though I would guess remnants of the campground still linger.


Routes / Re: Help with route
« on: December 30, 2016, 10:42:27 am »
I don't have a specific route suggestion but I can point you to some tools.

You can 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 and some online materials:

For more tips and ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:

I hope this helps!

Gear Talk / Re: Best bike computer for bike tour on the Pacific Coast?
« on: December 23, 2016, 01:08:18 pm »
I'd suggest reading this thread in the GPS Discussion:

And this information from our Digital Data for Devices section of our website:

GPS Devices:
Mobile Devices/Apps:

You can purchase digital data for use in both devices for the Pacific Coast route either by section or the entire route:

I hope this helps!


Routes / Re: Camp Pendleton - access North to South for touring cyclists
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:52:57 am »
Hi Peter,

I don't know what the odds are that you will get through without pre-registration. I've heard it go both ways. However, if you don't want to chance or are denied access when you try to get through, note the following from our addenda:

For cyclists who do not register in advance or who are not eligible to receive access to the base, you may legally ride on the shoulder of I-5 between Las Pulgas Rd. and Oceanside (Exits 62 to 54). For safety reasons, cyclists should exit and re-enter the freeway at the Aliso Creek Rest Area about midway through this stretch.

I hope this helps.


Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Southern Tier Route
« on: December 13, 2016, 10:49:20 am »
Early March is a good window to shoot for. You might want to read this blog post for other thoughts on when to ride the Southern Tier Route:


Pacific Northwest / Re: Walla Walla, WA on the Lewis & Clark Trail
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:32:33 am »
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?


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. 

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?


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:

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!


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


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.

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:

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

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

I hope this is helpful!

Jennifer Milyko

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.


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