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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  The particular states of interest do not publish bicycling maps with recommended routes (I think for legal reasons).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:

Utah has both a suitability map showing shoulder widths:,T:,275

and a traffic count map:,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.

I hope at least some of this helps.


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 (


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

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 (


Pacific Northwest / Re: Porttland Or, to Denver
« on: May 16, 2011, 08:36:26 am »
Hi smrachek and tomdett:

You might want to get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Most have resources of some sort as well as printed materials. The coordinators
have a wealth of information that they can distribute for no charge. Most every state publishes a bicycle map of their state that they will send out for free. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

When you get back, I'm sure others would love to hear what routing you came up with and how it went for you.

Hope this helps with your planning.


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!


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