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Routes / Re: Question about Service Directory listings on ACA maps...
« on: June 08, 2010, 08:48:02 am »
Specifically as regards the Motel/Hotels section, I'm curious if there's any particular meaning to be found in the order in which the motels/hotels are listed: it's obviously not alphabetical, but in doing some spot checking I didn't get the impression that they were listed in any order of cost.

There is no meaning to be found in the order of the lodging options on our maps. We generally try to find the three hotel/motels located closest to the route paying attention to list "reasonably priced" options over higher end establishments. This is not a hard and fast rule. Whenever possible, we also take into consideration hotels/motels that have been recommended by cyclists and include them even if they are not necessarily nearest the route or seem like the "cheapest".

The choice of overnight accommodations is a highly personal one. Some people prefer certain chains over others regardless of price, sometimes location trumps price, for others certain features (hot tub, wi fi, ground floor rooms) are more important than price. And how would we account for discounts (AAA, AARP, etc.) given? Consider that every map section has 15 map panels with 2-3 cities and 6-9 hotel/motels, that's an average of 300 establishments to contact and get rate information, for one map section. We have over 80 map sections to keep updated. I feel overwhelmed just thinking about those numbers.  :)

Thanks for the feedback and keep the ideas for improvements coming. Being so close to the maps we don't always see them. I'm just not sure the benefit outweighs the cost on this one.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: crossing the mississippi at vicksburg?
« on: June 03, 2010, 08:00:14 am »
made some enquires this morning at the visitor center. if going from east to west  you can ask the bridge maintenace guys for a lift across. they are next to the visitor center by the entrance to the old (closed) bridge. If i remember Ill ask them about going in the other direction.

Yes, please. We'd appreciate a report back on the situation.

Thanks!

.Jennifer.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: TransAm Section 10 2009
« on: June 02, 2010, 10:29:12 am »
I just received word from the Kentucky DOT that the maintenance repair project on this bridge is just about finished. In the meantime, it is open to traffic.

I hope this helps.

.Jennifer.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: TransAm Section 9 2009
« on: June 01, 2010, 09:32:09 am »
I don't see any notice about work continuing on SR 126 at http://www.modot.org/. You could call them and ask at 1-888-275-6636 if it is scheduled to resume. Or wait until you hit a town just before then and ask locals.

I hope this helps.

.Jennifer.

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Hi Craig,

On the WA Parks Map I have (BC-2501-08), there is no Youmans Rd.. I think you mean E. Hoquiam Rd.. Google maps lists it with both names. I rode it last year but darned if I can remember how it is signed. From the Google map view, it looks like it is signed as E. Hoquiam Rd..

We received a notice from a cyclist on the road that the road name is Youmans Rd. so we changed it on the newest map, BC-2501-10. The change is noted on the addenda for BC-2501-08. Maybe it's signed differently at either end? We'll have to keep an ear out for future updates.

.Jennifer.

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General Discussion / Re: Sierra Cascades - how tough a route?
« on: June 01, 2010, 08:59:14 am »
Hi,

As for the ACA maps, each of the routes I'm contemplating has about five different maps and each map costs $60 according to what I saw on the website.

The cost you've quoted above is for an entire route, in this case -- Sierra Cascades -- meaning 5 map sections. Each map section costs $11.75 for members and $14.75 for non-members when purchased individually. Each map section covers from 300-500 miles and includes information like services and points of interest. You can see more details of where sections begin and end by choosing those specific sections in the online store or downloading the pdf from below.

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/RouteNetwork.pdf

I hope this helps.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Best resupply points on TransAmerica Route?
« on: May 28, 2010, 11:47:24 am »
Good job with the zip codes: I honestly had no idea that this is why they were in the ACA maps.

I wonder how many other people have this same experience. We don't specifically mention it anywhere that this is why we include the information. I did talk about it in a blog post: http://blog.adventurecycling.org/2009/12/zip-codes-in-service-directory.html

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Water Filter on the Sierra Cacades Route?
« on: May 28, 2010, 11:45:08 am »
Pete and I heard from Bil and this is what he had to say about the need for a water filter on the Sierra Cascades:

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I'm the guy [Bil Paul] who developed and researched the Sierra Cascades route and glad to answer your question about carrying a water filter. Most places, there are enough towns and campgrounds along the way for you to get your water supplied. The places where there aren't that many resupply and piped water points are North Cascades National Park in WA, the area around Mt. St. Helens (Pinchot National Forest) in WA, the area between Mt. Hood and Detroit Lakes in OR, the area south of Lake Isabella (before Techachapi) in southern CA, and perhaps Road S1 south of Julian -- I think it's also called the Sunrise Hwy.

Myself, I always carry a water filter on all tours as a matter of course. I carried one on my last tour along a portion of the Western Express route and never used it once, but still nice to have.

So there you have it. I hope that helps!

.Jennifer.

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We have just learned of road construction occurring in Grays Harbor County, on map 10:

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Local/wynoochee-wishkah-road-13-corners-realignment.htm

May 25-June 17 the road will be closed from 8:30am - 3pm.
June 22-September 30 the road will be closed 24 hrs/day.
Project should be complete by September 30, 2010.

Counterclockwise (CCW) detour narrative: from intersection of US 101 and Youmans Rd., continue on US 101. *17.6(28)Aberdeen. Turn left onto Heron St. which becomes Olympic Hwy./US 12. *27.8(44)Exit US 12. Turn left onto Devonshire Rd. *28(45)Turn right onto Pioneer Ave. Rejoin route in Montesano.

Clockwise (CW) detour narrative: from intersection of Pioneer Ave. and Wynoochee Valley Rd., continue straight and enter Olympic Hwy./US 12. *10(16)Turn right onto Alder St. which becomes US 101. 27.8(44)Continue straight on US 101. Rejoin route.

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You might want to check the Events listings on http://rideoregonride.com/.

.Jennifer.

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Hi Steve,

Not sure about the TransAm, but Northern Tier has Chilkoot Hill in Stillwater, Minnesota. It's a three-block stretch of 24% climb.  It rises 100 feet over a distance of 700. There is an annual professional cycle race  in Stillwater which includes this hill (Nature Valley Grand Prix). The first year, organizers tried to put pedestrian fencing on Chilkoot but it was sliding to the bottom. So this section during the race has a European feel w/o fencing.

ACA may want to consider mapping around Chilkoot.

-stevnim

Can you be more specific about the location of Chilkoot Hill in Stillwater?

Thanks,
.Jennifer.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Northern Tier Section 6, 2010
« on: May 26, 2010, 02:39:09 pm »
Due to a number of construction projects occurring on Minnesota SR 95, semi truck traffic has been rerouted through Stark causing a dangerous cycling situation. This may continue through spring 2011.

We recommend this detour on maps 80 and 81:

Eastbound detour: On map 80, from east of Grandy, at intersection of CR 6 and CR 36, continue straight on SR 6. 1.3(2)Route becomes Rush Point Dr./CR 7. *11.3(18)Rush City. Turn right onto CR 30. 18.1(29)Harris. Rejoin route.

Westbound detour: On map 81, from Harris, at intersection of Ginger Ave. and CR 9, ride north on Forest Blvd./CR 30 *6.8(11)Rush City. Turn left onto Rush Point Dr./CR 7. *16.8(27)Route becomes CR 6. 18.1(29)Intersection of CR 6 and CR 36. Rejoin route.

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I think it's highly likely you'll run into other cyclists along this route at this time of year.

Enjoy your trip!

.Jennifer.

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Also see the thread below for more information on a reroute:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=5959.0

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Best resupply points on TransAmerica Route?
« on: May 25, 2010, 10:36:21 am »
Hi RussellB,

I'm wondering if it might be worth the additional space on the official ACA maps to provide (at least in the case of the largest cities) mailing information like this for those five particular cities: I'm sometimes surprised at how many cyclists don't know about general delivery, or the FedEx Hold at Location service.

We include the zip code in the service directory for every town that has a general delivery post office for just this purpose. And, it's actually sometimes better to use the general delivery option in smaller towns rather than larger ones since there's only one post office in town.

.Jennifer.

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