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General Discussion / Re: Great Divide Shuttles
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:39:15 pm »
You might also want to check with the services listed on the Logistics tab of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route description page:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/great-divide-mountain-bike-route/

.Jennifer.

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We recently received this report from a local cyclist in southern California. This information pertains to map panel 56:

I took a drive yesterday north of Ventura, CA specifically to check out some new Caltrans construction areas along SR-101 (aka U.S. 101) which we knew would affect cyclists along the Pacific Coast Route.

The construction area is about 10 miles south of Santa Barbara and begins (on its north end) at the Santa Barbara - Ventura County line (which is Bates Road) and extends south easterly for about 5-6 miles (i.e along south bound SR-101) to Seacliff Drive. 
 
The former south bound bike lane, which were actually located on the SR-101 roadway between those two points, currently is closed due to construction. The north bound bike lane between those two points has been somewhat rerouted but remains open behind K-rail construction barriers.

At Bates Road (i.e. the county line) exit at Bates Road and turn left, proceed under the SR 101 bridges and link up with the north bound bike path. Travel south bound on the north bound path until it rejoins the existing bike facilities about 5-6 miles south at Seacliff Drive.   

Riders should be made aware that they will be counter flowing against traffic (but behind a K-rail barrier), and that they will also be facing oncoming cyclists heading north bound along this temporary path.

.Jennifer.

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Thanks for keeping this thread up to date, TheBigLug!

.Jennifer.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: TransAmerica Trail, Section 9
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:57:40 am »
That is great news. Thanks for sharing the article, John.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: BR35
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:54:31 am »
USBR 35 is definitely firm in Michigan. You can see the entire route here:

http://bicycletouringroutes.com/section.php?sectionid=5

Have a great trip.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Florida to Ohio routes? maps?
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:15:19 am »
I'm sorry to read that you didn't get the additional information for cycling in Florida at that resource that you needed.

Also, it looks like the page I directed you to earlier has changed. If you now go to http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/state.cfm you can select Florida from the dropdown menu and see a number of resources below the contact information that might be more helpful.

Best,
.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades in april
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:07:36 am »
Is the pacific route really that nice? I have the feeling that cycling along the coast will just be very boring....  (I'm from Holland, and over here cycling along the coast is... BORING!) ?

For what it's worth, in corresponding with a Dutch friend who has seen parts of the Washington, Oregon and California coast (albeit not by bike, yet), he states the the Pacific Coast is one of the most stunning landscapes he's seen. As stated by someone else, I think your bigger issue is the high likelihood of rain in April.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Best way to build a route from scratch?
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:30:08 am »
The tentative route we have planned (and thanks to all of you again for all your help) takes us through hundreds of miles of west Texas. Has anyone had any experience with this? We are a bit concerned that it will be desolate at parts. We will be going through that stretch in late March/early April so we're not too concerned about weather. Would we be better off going the southern tier?

There will definitely be more desolate stretches in western Texas whether you create your own route or use the Southern Tier. I've read accounts where people ride the Interstate highway for the entire stretch and that works for them. You might also check into the resources from the state of Texas. The following site is a good start even though it's not cycling specific:

http://texasmountaintrail.com/

The cycling specific info is here:

http://texasmountaintrail.com/bike

.Jennifer.


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Hi Bob,

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I'm glad you are able to go spend some time with her.

Wishing you both the best transition possible in the circumstances.

.Jennifer.


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There are a couple of detour options as presented by the links below:

http://www.canals.ny.gov/trails/projects.html

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=13346

Best,
.Jennifer.

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General Discussion / Re: Hosting - WarmShowers
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:08:16 am »
Hi BillSNM,

I'll echo what others have already said, being a Warm Showers host has many rewards. Give it a shot and see how it goes for you, make adjustments as needed. In the last year I did a series on Bicycle Travel Etiquette on our blog that focused on hosting and being hosted in Warm Showers situations. You might want to give the posts a read for more ideas on how to know if this will work for you and what you can/should expect.

http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/category/how-to-information/bicycle-travel-etiquette/

I think you'll love it!

Best,
.Jennifer.

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Hi Bob,

Thanks for sending a note to cartography about the situation. I'd be curious to hear how it works on the ground if you're so inclined to report back.

Have a great trip!

.Jennifer.

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I was worried about the border checkpoint & how to get through it eastbound , so I called the checkpoint & was just told by a supervisor that I should stay on the access road, crossing to the north side access road at Lasca Rd. &  proceed east on the access road. An officer will interrogate me near the checkpoint.

This is different than what the map says, so I wanted to mention it here.

This is the kind of information we'd like to know about for map updates and addenda items.

Are you saying it is not necessary to ride on I-10 at Lasca Rd. when heading eastbound? And that eastbound and westbound routing should be the same?

Thanks for any further information you can share on the routing.

.Jennifer.

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General Discussion / Re: Natchez trace open?
« on: October 03, 2013, 09:34:31 am »
So it looks like the road is still open, but all facilities are closed

Yes, that appears to be the case for the Natchez Trace:

http://msbusiness.com/blog/2013/10/02/federal-shutdown-closes-natchez-trace-road-remains-open/

.Jennifer.

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We've been alerted that the border crossing shown on the Quebec Alternate (map 3) is closed. An alternate crossing is located just west of Richmond on map 2.

A possible alternate route can be found here: http://goo.gl/maps/6K4zb

The new border crossing info from Richmond is here: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contacts/ports/vt/0203.xml
Information on the North Troy border crossing is here: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contacts/ports/vt/0209.xml (called Derby Line)

.Jennifer.

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