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At the end of my 2nd day a log truck forced me off the road in Abbeville, Al. Iwasn't hurt bad just banged up and very sore. But I damaged my right peddel enough I posponed the trip until next spring.
     I did use the In. state map site and I'll use your routes in In. from the other post

 planning for 2012.      Thanks,   Michael<><
       
 

Sorry to hear about your accident. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

.Jennifer.

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This section has been rerouted on the latest version of the map. Or you can read the addenda for the 2009 map: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/addenda2.cfm?id=305820196&rt=Great%20Divide

Hope this helps.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Portland to Boise
« on: May 31, 2011, 10:57:09 am »
Jennifer - what program do you use to see elevation?

The elevation profile I was referring to above is the one on our Lewis & Clark map, Section 7. These profiles were created for us by someone who wrote his own program to do so. We now use a GIS program (ArcGIS from ESRI) to create profiles for our new maps. Google Earth can also display profiles. After you create directions between two points, you can right click on the route and Show Elevation is an option in the drop down menu.

I hope that helps.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Portland to Boise
« on: May 31, 2011, 08:33:42 am »
Is it quite a flat route on the northside of the Gorge (HWY 14)?

How does it compare to the southside - I know that goes up and down a bit!

In looking at the elevation profile, it looks like it is flatter in general but there is a pretty good climb between Washougal and Skamania.

.Jennifer.

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General Discussion / Re: Spring Snow in the West
« on: May 31, 2011, 08:29:44 am »
The North Cascades Highway (SR 20) is now open:

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/northcascades

Cycle on!

.Jennifer.

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International / Re: Type of bike for international travel
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:26:00 am »
What type of bicycle do you use for your international travel?  Folding?  S&S couplers?  other?  Please specify.  How do you get it from one land mass across water to another land mass?  Thanks. ;D

You might want to check out this discussion going on in the General Discussion area for ideas on transporting your bike:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=8901.0

.Jennifer.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / UGRR Section 1 - Map 14
« on: May 23, 2011, 11:43:13 am »
We  just received a report from the road on Underground Railroad Section 1, Map 14.

Smithville Mississippi was hit pretty hard by the April 27 tornado. The gas station is the only building left standing, don't expect any services to be avaible. Red Cross and FEMA are in the area and the road is closed from 7:30 pm to 6:00 am.

.Jennifer.

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Hi Carl,

From what I can see on the Illinois Dept. of Transportation website, those roads are open.

http://www.dot.state.il.us/default.asp - see the Road Closures page from here.

Or call them for up to the minute information:

http://www.dot.state.il.us/contact.html

Hope this helps.

.Jennifer.

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Hi CHA7,

You might want to start your search with some state resources, check with the South Dakota and Wyoming bicycling pages. They road suitability and traffic count maps can be helpful in assisting you to avoid no shoulder and/or high traffic roads. Links follow:

South Dakota:
http://www.sddot.com/pe/projdev/planning_bp.asp

Wyoming:
http://www.dot.state.wy.us/wydot/safety/pedestrian_bicycle

If you don't see what you need, you can also contact their bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for more information.

Hope this helps,

.Jennifer.

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Hi PeddlrforChrist,

You might want to start your search with some state resources, both Kentucky and Indiana have pretty good bicycling pages. Links follow:

Kentucky:
http://bikewalk.ky.gov/


Indiana:
http://www.in.gov/indot/2957.htm

If you don't see what you need, you can also contact their bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for more information.

Hope this helps,

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Atlanta to Nashville?
« on: May 23, 2011, 10:06:03 am »
Hi Akmarcia,

Looks like you're getting some advice to get you started in your route planning. You might also want to check the resources that Georgia and Tennessee have on their state bicycling web sites. If you don't see what you need or have questions about a specific route, you can also contact the Bicycle/Pedestrian coordinators for those states. Links to their pages follows:

Georgia:
http://www.dot.state.ga.us/travelingingeorgia/bikepedestrian/Pages/default.aspx

Tennessee:
http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/bikeped/

Hope this helps.

.Jennifer.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: UGRR Section 2 - Flooding
« on: May 18, 2011, 07:56:52 am »
I received e-mails from a NB rider I met while on the UGRR. He gave up on cycling between Grand Rivers, KY and Cincinnati, OH due to flooding in KY and IN. Attached is a link to the KY DOT site. If you look on the right you will see a road closures map. You can zoom in on the map to see specific roads that are closed due to flooding. I could not find a similar map for Indiana.

http://transportation.ky.gov/

Here is a link to Indiana's travel advisory map:

http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf?WT.cg_n=INDOT_billboards&WT.cg_s=51711_01_trafficwise

.Jennifer.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Porttland Or, to Denver
« on: May 17, 2011, 09:07:07 am »
Have contacted the bicycle coordinators with less than great success.  The particular states of interest do not publish bicycling maps with recommended routes (I think for legal reasons).   Some have maps showing shoulder width but it is not combined with traffic volume and in some cases does not have the route identified with the lines so much is left to the user.   I found the standard state issued highway maps to be the most worthwhile resource for both Idaho and Utah. 

I am (also) very disappointed that the I-84 corridor with the Columbia and Snake rivers and major cycling cities is not on the US Bike Route System planning map as I think it makes a lot of sense.   

I am sorry to hear that you didn't find what you were looking for from the bicycle coordinators. Sometimes you can find better information by going down a level from the state and look at county-based resources. What states or specific areas are you looking for information on? Maybe I can point you to some resources. In the meantime, I have added some links to items that may be of use to you in your planning.

I found a traffic count map for Idaho you might find helpful:
http://itd.idaho.gov/planning/roadwaydata/

Utah has both a suitability map showing shoulder widths:
http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0::::V,T:,275

and a traffic count map:
http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0::::V,T:,528

Nevada is usually pretty responsive to requests, have you seen what's available in their Bicycle Travel section? If those aren't what you are looking for, try contacting them directly.
http://www.bicyclenevada.com/

I hope at least some of this helps.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Books?
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:26:18 am »
Does anyone know of any books that have been published on the Southern Tier route?

The only book I know of is available through Cyclosource on the Southern Tier. It is called Conquering the Borderlands by Lorraine Veisz (http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm/product/498/conquering-the-borderlands--a-southern-tier-journal-san-diego-to-st-augustine-by-bicycle.cfm)

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Tornadoes and the UGRR?
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:22:49 am »
All,

As we learn how these weather events impact our routes (road closures, detours, etc.) we will post them in the Temporary ACA Route Road Closures forum (http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?board=15.0)

.Jennifer.

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