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Routes / Re: Portland to Boise
« on: May 16, 2011, 08:20:01 am »
Planning to ride Portland to Boise self contained but not camping so need lodging.  Thinking of staying nearer I-84 (but hopefully not too much on I-84).   Route advice?

Shouldn't be a problem. Just take the nice downwind ride along the north side of the Columbia River, cross over to Umatilla on the bridge (Ignore the "no pedestrians or bicycles" sign) and head southeast alongside I84. Where there is no parallel or frontage road or "old highway" ride the shoulder. I don't see any really long stretches without a town.

Actually, there is a bicycle/pedestrian crossing facility over the river. It is accessed on the Washington side from Christie Rd. and ends at 3rd St. in Umatilla. Also, you'll be following I-82 south before you meet I-84.


The St. Marks Trail out of Tallahassee, south of (SR 319) to Woodville is closed for resurfacing. The detour is to ride on SR 363.  It has a four foot shoulder and smooth pavement. We received this information from our Southern Tier Tour leader. To stay up to date on the situation, you can check the following website:


Underground Railroad / Re: Flooding
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:46:02 am »
If you have any specific information about how the flooding is impacting the ACA Underground Railroad Route, please post it in our Temporary ACA Route Road Closure discussion (



Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:44:23 am »
Very excited about this project.

I live in a rural western Oklahoma town directly on 66... It would be a dream to have a route at my front door!

Oklahoma recently made advances on a state project...

I've got some ideas for routes west of OKC. Anyone else out there in OK?

Great! I've sent you an email to follow up.


Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades, north to south or south to north??
« on: May 12, 2011, 12:22:40 pm »
Hi Esther,

Looking ahead and coming back to the original question: Tioga Pass. I think we are still about 2 weeks away from it, but looking at the opening dates throughout the previous years, nothing seems to be guaranteed. Does anyone have a suggestion on what alternative routes to take, if the pass is still closed?

I'd suggest calling the Yosemite Park Ranger to find out the most up to date information and their suggestions.

I'd love to hear a report back on how it went.


A couple of years ago, I remember there being the Golden Circle Route on the Adventure Cycling Association page. People could either start in Skagway or Haines, Alaska, ride to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, then ride to either Haines or Skagway at the other end. If I remember correctly, it was available as both a guided and non-guided route. If the Adventure Cycling Association has dropped this route, it would be nice to know if any of the materials still exist to help people plan their route.

This is a test of memory question! I do know we have never offered any maps for bicycle touring in Alaska however, there was likely a "Golden Circle Tour" at some point in the past. Alaska is often part of the Tours rotation of tours.

For non-Alaskans interested in this route, Sockeye Cycles in Skagway and Haines offers a nine-day guided version of this route, Also, if anybody plans to do much riding or driving in Alaska or on the Alaska Highway they should get a current copy of The Milepost,, which has mile-by-mile listings of all the businesses and attractions you'll find. The Milepost also has info on elevation gain and mileages between communities (realize that most highways in Alaska are two lanes, one each way, and some of them have minimal shoulders). For more information on Alaska cycling, go to the Alaska Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance page (check the resource links down the right column),

Outside of the Alaska Bicycle/Pedestrian office (Bob Laurie, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, phone: 907-465-6989), The Milepost is the guide I most often suggest to cyclists wanting to tour in Alaska.



Thanks for following up with how it went in Florida!


Congrats on motivating your students to do this! I hope you'll report back how it goes.

For planning a route, I suggest taking a look at the maps the state has available for bicycle routes:

Also, you can get in touch with the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian coordinator, who should be able to help you with routing suggestions:

And, of course, once you start laying out your route, check back here and see if anyone has a recommendation of one route over another.

Good luck and have fun!


Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route Changes?
« on: April 27, 2011, 08:11:38 am »
Thanks for the info.  I checked my maps which I thought were 5 years old.  They are over 10 years old! So I just bought new ones today.

Probably a good move! There have been changes in the northern half especially.

In regards to addenda and changes to the route: We don't always post the details of route changes unless it is a critical safety issue or a permanent detour due to a bridge/road closure and the like. Even though your maps will be new, they will likely come with an addenda sheet. You will also want to check it against what is online before you leave. We add to the addenda on a regular basis so what was available the day you purchased your map is only accurate up to that date. You can find the addenda here:

Indyfabz said:
I suggested a route a while back and I think it was adopted. (Judging from the addenda, it appears that it was.)

You were working with Carla on this, right? I believe most - if not all - of your suggestions were incorporated.


Hi Dan,

You might want to see if any of the maps Florida lists on their Bicycle Touring page would be helpful:

If not, try contacting the Bicycle and Pedestrian Office for their thoughts:

Dennis Scott
State Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator
phone: 850-245-1527
fax: 850-245-1554

Dwight Kingsbury
Assistant Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator
phone: 8502451520
fax: 8502451554

You can get their email addresses on this page:

Good luck and have a great trip!


General Discussion / Re: Need advice from you! (the pros)
« on: April 26, 2011, 08:16:52 am »
I have a copy of Donna Ikenberry's, "Bicycling the Atlantic Coast." I am seriously considering following her recommended path, except for the side trips she took to expensive campgrounds. Even though the book was published in1993, I think long stretches of her route follow much of ACA's mapped out route of today. It is still a bit too cool up north to start very soon. I do not want to carry cold weather gear. It weighs and it takes up a lot of space in panniers. Who knows, maybe when I get to to Cape Henlopen Park I will take off west across the Trans Am. NOW! That would be a great ride.

I haven't looked recently at the route Donna took back in the 1990's but I would guess that our Atlantic Coast Route has changed since then, mostly in urban areas and in the northeast. I know for sure we made changes to the route recently. You can read about them in a blog post I wrote last spring: There have probably been other alterations over time, both North and South Carolina come to mind. I'd have to pull the maps out to compare.


And if you are an Adventure Cycling Member, you receive an 10% discount on your Better World membership:


Routes / Re: Upstate NY to CT
« on: April 21, 2011, 08:15:32 am »
You should also check with each state's Bicycle and Pedestrian program. They often have maps on their site or at least someone to contact and ask for advice.


Routes / Re: For Those Planning N. Tier West to East
« on: April 21, 2011, 08:12:20 am »
Anyone know if there's similar info for OR's McKenzie Pass?

I'd keep an eye on this page:

Also bear in mind they often open the pass to cyclists before it is entirely cleared for motorists.


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