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Alaska/Hawaii / Re: 2011 Hawaii
« on: September 21, 2010, 07:38:41 am »
Hi,

I received this reply to your query (via email). I hope the information is useful.

.Jennifer.

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Hey there--

Cycling around the big island is great!  I just did a 10 day trip around the entire island.  Though I definitely agree that the Kona side is less enjoyable due to the resorts and the higher percentage of tourists, I wouldn't say that the roads are bad.  They're more narrow in certain places compared to the other side of the island but I felt like those roads were safe and comfortable compared to a lot of what I experienced on the northern tier and pacific coast routes.  I will say that the feeling of climbing out of the dry, lava rock Kona side and then suddenly dropping down into the much more lush and green Punalu'u area was incredible.  You get a similar feeling as you leave Volcano national and drop into Hilo or Puna.  Landscape and scenery changes quickly and dramatically

I flew into Kona and rented a mountain bike and a BOB trailer from Kona Bike Works.  It worked out fine (especially on the dirt roads and trails that I chose) but I definitely missed my touring bike as I'm not used to flat bars or plastic-based saddles.

At first I just used the free map I was given on the plane but eventually purchased a map from the welcome center at Volcano National Park.  (It's this map: http://www.amazon.com/Map-Hawaii-Island-Reference-Islands/dp/0824826418).

I camped out every night at county parks except for 3 nights.  It's $5 for a permit ($6 online) and I found that was the cheapest option.  http://www.hawaii-county.com/parks/parks.htm  (I think Spencer might be the only place where they check permits but I didn't mind supporting the county parks.)

I also stayed at the Hilo Bay Hostel (really nice), Hotel Honoka'a Club (not as nice but close to Waipi'o and Honoka'a is a great town), and I camped one night in Waimanu valley which was a bit of a hike, though my favorite part of the trip.

Definitely go down and see the farms/beaches/surfing in the Pahoa/Puna area and also the Kohala coast in the north.  I think these are both areas that cyclists frequently skip since they're essentially side trips that can easily be avoided if your goal is just to go around the island.

Keep in mind that there's lots of climbing on that island! -- but it's worth it.  Hawai'i is such an intense place and it's sad to think about all the people that travel there and leave without any sense of what life is like there.

Good luck!

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Routes / Re: Farmington Canal Trail Question!
« on: September 21, 2010, 07:34:26 am »
Jess,

Is this the trail you are looking for?

http://www.fvgreenway.org/Maps2009/

I hope this helps.

.Jennifer.

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General Discussion / Re: Palm Springs Ca to White House in Washington DC
« on: September 20, 2010, 01:44:55 pm »
Each state will have some resources on bicycling. Check with the Bicycle and Pedestrian coordinators and/or check out their websites when available. Contact information can be found here: http://www.walkinginfo.org/assistance/contacts.cfm

Good luck and have a great ride!

.Jennifer.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Great Divide Section 1, Map B - 2010
« on: September 20, 2010, 01:18:59 pm »
At mile 216.6(348.5), FR 9814 is closed due to logging. You will need to detour onto State Hwy. 83 at mile 210.1(338.1). Beware that there is minimal to no shoulder on the highway. The duration of the closure is unknown.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Great Divide Section 1, Map B - 2010
« on: September 20, 2010, 01:12:52 pm »
FR 175 is closed from Mile 154.9(249.3) to Mile 161.8(260.5) at Morning Glory Mine due to heavy truck traffic and construction. This will continue until November 1.

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Routes / Re: East Coast USA Cycleway
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:06:29 am »
Sounds like you're seeing information on the East Coast Greenway. You can see more here: http://www.greenway.org/.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

.Jennifer.

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General Discussion / Re: east to west southern tier
« on: August 24, 2010, 10:41:49 am »
Another thing to consider when touring this time of year, the number of daylight hours available. This will limit how many miles you can cover in a day.

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: US Civil War Tour
« on: August 23, 2010, 08:46:09 am »
I would recommend when you contact each state for maps, you direct your request to their Bicycle and Pedestrian coordinator and check their website for resources. Contact information and web addresses can be found here:

http://www.walkinginfo.org/assistance/contacts.cfm

.Jennifer.

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Routes / Re: Avoiding Williston ND due to oil traffic
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:36:09 am »
Hi,

We are in the middle of the Lewis and Clark maps and have heard really bad things about Williston ND and all the oil traffic there.  Is there a good route we can take to re-join with the L & C maps while avoiding this city?

Honestly, I think much of western North Dakota is experiencing a boom of gas and oil exploration. Keeping that in mind, you might want to check this map on the North Dakota Department of Transportation website. It describes some road specifications and hopefully will at least guide you off the busiest roads:

http://www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/planning/hwyclassification.htm

You might also want to contact the ND Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for options:

Bennett R Kubischta
Local Government Division
North Dakota Department of Transportation
608 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505-0700
701-328-3555; Fax 701-328-0310
E-mail: bkubisch@nd.gov

Good luck and have fun!

.Jennifer.

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Hi Wouter,

While Adventure Cycling doesn't have a lot of miles in Tennessee, you might want to take a look at our Route Network map found here: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/index.cfm and then downloading the Map of All ACA Routes.

You may also want to look at the Tennessee Department of Transportation website. They have a few documented bicycling routes and contact information in this page: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/bikeped/routes.htm

Good luck and have a great ride seeing Tennessee and your friends.

.Jennifer.

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The five mile detour around the landslide is now paved and planning is underway for a more permanent road configuration.

.Jennifer.

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The Mt. Vernon Trail between Mt. Vernon and Arlington appears to be undergoing some construction and improvements with sections sporadically closed. The roads parallel to the trail are not heavily trafficked and may be used as an alternative throughout the summer.

.Jennifer.

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On Sierra Cascades Section 4, Maps 45 & 46, there is road construction on SR 89 between Meyers and Luther Pass leaving only minimal gravel shoulders. Some of the construction can be bypassed by using S. Upper Truckee Rd. from Meyers southward until it intersects SR 89.

.Jennifer.

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This is a great solution to the too many waypoints dilemma! Thanks for working it out.

.Jenn.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Portland, OR to Northern Tier
« on: July 19, 2010, 08:52:07 am »
You could use the Lewis and Clark Route, Section 7 (http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/lewisandclark.cfm) out of Portland to Clarkston, ID. From there, check the Idaho Bicycling map on this page (http://www.itd.idaho.gov/bike_ped/) for road conditions between there and Sandpoint.

Hope this helps.

.Jennifer.

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