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Routes / Re: Underground Railway why ...
« on: February 01, 2010, 06:03:35 pm »
Hi Tony,

We got in touch with the researcher for this route and this is his response to going off the bike trail/path:

The reason(s) that the current maps route riders to Clifton and later
re-join the bike path in S Charleston is to route people past the front door
of The National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce.
The route also takes people closer to Massies Creek Cemetery where Martin
Delany is buried.  Martin DeLany is known as the father of Black
Nationalism, he was active n the URR, was the first African American officer
in the US army, met with Lincoln in the White House and shared a strategy
for winning the war.  The original marker for his grave was small and had
his name misspelled.  The museum raised money for a more appropriate maker
for a person of his stature and they are very proud of the project. Another
reason for the current routing is that it takes people right through the
campuses of two HBCU's Wilberforce University and Central State University.
Both have supported riders using the route.

From a historical perspective I like the current routing.  From a pure
cycling perspective of getting from point A to point B staying on the path
would make more sense.  So those are the trade-offs.

I suspected it was a historical reason, but it's always nice to have confirmation.


Routes / Re: Chicago to west coast?
« on: January 26, 2010, 06:38:16 pm »
Hi Joe,

I am new to all this but I have a stupid question.  Why are there no routes that go say from Chicago to Boise ID?  Why do all route go so far north or south?  I am looking to go from Chicago to Boise.  Is the Lewis and Clark trail the only option?  Just curious?  I guess before I try to create my own route I should understand why no one has already created one.

Thanks for the education.

We have built our route network from a variety of reasons. Some historic (Lewis & Clark), some traditional (TransAm) and some to reduce miles (Western Express). Sorry this doesn't help you much for your trip. A good place to start your research is with the states you think you'd like to be biking through. You can contact them and their bicycle/pedestrian coordinators from links on the following web page:


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Florida Connector 2010
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:11:47 am »

thanks for this as will be the route I am taking, can I just double check for North bound riders should it be after SR40 go North on SR 11 ?

Ooops! Thanks for catching my error. It has been corrected.


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Florida Connector 2010
« on: January 21, 2010, 10:05:41 am »
There is a bridge being reconstructed across Little Haw Creek on CR 305 located on map C.

Southbound, the shortest detour is 8.7 mi. south on SR 11 then 6.9 mi. east on SR 40 to rejoin the route on CR 3.
Northbound, the shortest detour is 6.9 mi. west on SR 40 then 8.7 mi. north on SR 11 to rejoin the route on CR 304.

Be advised that Volusia Speedway Park is located on SR 40 so traffic may be especially heavy at times on race days.

Routes / Re: Myrtle beach to savannah
« on: January 19, 2010, 09:24:50 am »
Hi there,

Would you mind reposting this in English so others looking for this information might benefit?

Thanks so much,


Puisque vous êtes Canadien français, je vais écrire ceci dans Français et de le rendre plus facile pour vous. Où habitez-vous
au Québec? Nous avons un ami qui vit en dehors de Montréal. Nous sommes envieux de votre vélo route verte réseau.

Même si je n'ai jamais roulé tout le parcours, votre meilleure route est 17/701. Si vous laissez de Myrtle Beach vous pouvez prendre des entreprises 17, près de l'eau, vous allez être près de la plage jusqu'à ce que vous êtes un peu au nord de Murrells Inlet où vous serez en contact avec la Route 17. Je ne voudrais pas dévier, parce que la plupart des routes mèneront à nulle part. Vous allez passer par Francis Marion Park et continuer jusqu'à l'Ile des Palmes, au nord à l'est de Charleston. Je ne suis pas sûr si vous pouvez monter en toute sécurité à travers le pont qui relie le Mont. Agréable à Charleston. Il est très étroit, je voudrais d'abord vérifier. Charleston est une ville du sud de merveilleux. Je voudrais Donnez-vous quelque temps la bonne nourriture aussi.

Vous irez au sud-ouest, en dehors de Charleston, jusqu'à route 21 sud, tourner à gauche. Prenez cette route à 280, tournez à droite. Vous serez à proximité de Burton, SC près des États-Unis Corp base d'entraînement de la Marine. Apportez-la à la route 170, tournez à droite, suivez route 170 jusqu'à ce que vous reconnecter avec itinéraire alternatif 17 ou Speedway, boul., Juste au nord de Savannah. Prenez le pont et vous serez à Savannah. Vous serez séduits par Savannah. Le terrain est plutôt plat. Je crois que le kilométrage est d'environ 350 kilomètres. Je voudrais vous donner 5 jours pour Voyage, qui comprend sight seeing. Meilleur temps de l'année est d'avril à Juin. Je ne suis pas sûr de l'hébergement. Vous mai devoir faire un peu de camping. Il ya des parties qui sont peu peuplées. Bonne chance, et avoir un merveilleux voyage :) Bob

General Discussion / Re: Bike Rack Reviews
« on: January 13, 2010, 08:44:31 am »
I just re-joined AC after being away for too many years, so I haven't seen the Dec/Jan 2010 AC issue yet but until then this web site has all the info on racks I think I'll need.  Check it out.  BTW - what is LHT?

If you don't receive the Dec/Jan 2010 issue due to when you rejoined, keep an eye on the Adventure Cyclist page Eventually there will be highlights from the issue posted there. If that article doesn't show up there, be sure to look for it in the publications archive


PS LHT is a Long Haul Trucker, the touring bike made by Surly.

Routes / Re: Need route from Pensilvania to meet up with Atlantic coast
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:46:05 pm »

Check out the routes Pennsylvania has mapped out.

I hope this helps.


Kathy (and all other interested in this route!),

I just heard from Kathy and Roger Cox who orignally did this trip. Here is the information they sent me. I hope it helps you to plan your trip. It would be great to get a trip report from you if you do it.

Here is the route description of our 800 mile Salmon Basin mountain bike tour loop we did in August 2001:
We left our vehicle in Salmon ID at a commercial campground, rode south a few miles on Hwy 93, took FR21 up Williams Cr, down Panther Cr.*  on FR55 to the Salmon River where we crossed it.  Headed upstream on FR30, past Shoup, then a steep climb up Spring Creek FR38 to the ridge and Montana line.  Continued NW along ridge on FR44*  and down the West Fork of the Bitterroot on FR91 past Painted Rocks Reservoir.  If you want to resupply near Conner, you can continue downhill, otherwise, we turned west and headed back towards Idaho and Nez Perce Pass on FR468.
 We continued west across Idaho on the Magruder Corridor (FR468) with the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness to the north and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to the south.  This is a beautiful, rugged, remote area, and expect to see maybe only 20 vehicles each day as you travel. When we reached the ranger station at Red River, we detoured up FR234 for some soaking and restaurant food at Red River Hot Springs*.  Inquire locally to make sure it is open.  Back at the ranger station, we continued west on FR22 until it joined ID SR14, where we rode west on pavement toward Grangeville.  Just before Grangeville, we took the Mt Idaho Grade Rd into town, for resupply.
Our original plan was to take FR221 south from Grangeville all the way to Riggins, but we were forced off it and detoured down Slate Creek to Hwy95 because of forest fire activity. After Riggins, we went east along the main Salmon River, turning south up the Seven Fingers Rd, FR 246, bound for Burgdorf Hot Springs*, and on to McCall.  From McCall we took the Lick Creek Rd to the S. Fork of the Salmon, and then headed upstream on FR674/FR474* to Warm Lake (store, restaurants).  We continued east on FR579 (Deadwood River, Deer Creek, Elk Creek, Fir Creek) to Cape Horn Pass, where the road changes to FR198 before joining ID SR21 into Stanley*.  When we got to Stanley, we were running out of time, so we took paved ID SR75 to Challis* and then Hwy 93 back to Salmon.  (We had hoped to ride the dirt from Sunbeam to Challis on FR70, the Custer Motorway, and did this section in the summer of 2009 as part of a more recent trip.)  North of Challis, the Morgan Creek and Panther Creek roads would keep you off of Hwy93.
*The asterisks note a hot springs nearby that we soaked in, some commercial, some wild ones on forest land, check a hot springs guidebook or ask locals – half the fun is discovering these for yourself.  To plan this trip we used Nat. Forest maps and the DeLorme Gazeteer for ID and MT. We encourage other cyclists to try this route or some variation, we found this ride to be truly memorable!


Routes / Re: Into Boston
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:15:39 pm »

oh and Jennifer guess who hasn't studied that section yet, slowly working my way north using ACA maps and Google Earth.  Next time will read all the literature before posting 

No problem. Things aren't always as clear as we'd like them to be so I find it's worth checking in. Let me know if you have any other questions.


Routes / MOVED: TransAmerica trail
« on: January 06, 2010, 07:50:54 am »

Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade Route
« on: January 05, 2010, 04:05:50 pm »
No worries, Tony. I'm glad I made sense to you.


Routes / Re: Into Boston
« on: January 05, 2010, 04:05:09 pm »
Hi Tony,

Is there a reason you don't want to use the Boston Spur available on the Atlantic Coast Route, Section 1 ( ride to/from the train station? I think the Boston North Station is only about a half mile from the route. Or maybe I don't completely understand your question.


Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade Route
« on: January 05, 2010, 01:46:14 pm »
Apologies for jumping in like this but can someone tell me where the Sierra Cascades are? Kinda got the idea it might be  close to the Atlantic coast routes and could spice it up a bit.  Or am I being an ignorant Brit about USA geography.  Tried looking on Google Earth but nothing comes up.

Thanks Tony

Sorry if this disappoints you Tony, however, Sierra Cascades refers to the Cascade Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, along the western perimeter of the US (though inland, not coastal US). You can get a better idea if you download our Route Network Map ( and see generally where the route is located.

I hope this helps.


Pacific Northwest / Re: Spokane to Kennewick
« on: January 05, 2010, 09:29:06 am »

In your planning process, you might also want to check out the maps that Washington state produces. I believe they show traffic counts and maybe shoulder widths of the main roads. You can download them from the WA DOT site,

Good luck and have fun,

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