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Routes / Re: Shoulders / Bike Lanes on ACA Routes
« on: June 26, 2015, 12:12:44 pm »
Sorry for the delayed response. We are in the midst of another map update, the last of which should be going to the printer today.

I will chime in on one of the original questions asked: Does ACA have some kind of formula for making their routes?

As John mentioned, we consider many factors when choosing a route. There is no specific "A+B= awesome route" formula but we do look at information such as road condition (shoulders, rumble strips, etc.), traffic counts, local input, service availability, and for historically-based routes such as the Underground Railroad and Bicycle Route 66, historic features. It is a balancing act for sure. And every cyclist has different preferences so we're never going to please everyone with every decision. We evaluate on a route by route basis and consider feedback about current routes making changes as appropriate or possible.


General Discussion / Re: What can towns offer cyclists?
« on: June 26, 2015, 11:46:04 am »
Hi Becky,

Thanks for wanting to support bicycle travelers!! We also have this page on our website that has lots of suggestions and ideas for you:


General Discussion / Re: Whitney's Cabins in Woolwich ME Closed
« on: June 26, 2015, 10:56:43 am »
I looked up their website and send an email to the address listed. It bounced back. I would guess they are no longer in business. I will have an addenda added online.


General Discussion / Re: shuttle or transport from Missoula to Banff
« on: June 17, 2015, 08:27:05 am »
You are so right, adventurepdx. I got in a hurry on my response. Will edit for clarity, thanks for pointing it out.

General Discussion / Re: shuttle or transport from Missoula to Banff
« on: June 16, 2015, 08:36:17 am »

The Whitefish Bike Retreat is pretty great! We've actually got them listed as a shuttle resource on the pdf I referenced above. =)


GPS Discussion / Re: Help Us Improve Digital Map and Data Offerings
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:41:39 am »

This blog post is the most recent update on this project:


Routes / Re: Info routes Clinton Mo to Denver Co
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:38:57 am »
I'd suggest looking at TransAmerica Trail sections 6-9 though you'll need to create your own route at both ends to make your connections. To do that, check out the resources in this blog post:


General Discussion / Re: shuttle or transport from Missoula to Banff
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:33:14 am »
You might start with the companies listed on our Great Divide Shuttle Options pdf found under the Logistics tab on the Great Divide Mountain Bike page:

Hope that helps,

We just received this notice from Reno County, Kansas of a bit of road construction that has closed a road on the TransAm:

There is not a signed detour; However there are road closed ahead signs posted at the closest pave road intersections  on the east and west side of the project with both of them only going south of 82nd Ave. If they wish to stay on paved roads to bypass this project; going west on 82nd, turn south on Hendricks St. to 56th Ave then turn West on 56th to Yaggy Rd then Turn North on Yaggy Rd back to 82nd ; going East on 82nd, turn south on Yaggy Rd to 56th Ave. then turn East of 56th Ave. to Hendricks St. then Turn North on Hendricks to 82nd.  This project is schedule to be completed on July 24, 2015 subject to weather.


Routes / Re: Foreigner needs assistance with epic solo bike trip.
« on: June 04, 2015, 02:13:51 pm »
Further information regarding the GPS data we have for the Allegheny Mountains loop can be found here:

The waypoint data (both service and route points) can be downloaded from the last link on the right side of the above linked page (Route and Services GPS Waypoints).


The detour for this closure will be to use US 101 to Astoria.

From (B), you will need to go west instead of east on US Bus. 101 then north on US 101.

Caution: this bridge has minimal shoulders.


GPS Discussion / Re: BR66 GPS Data ??
« on: May 20, 2015, 12:42:20 pm »
Hello John,

We appreciate hearing your feedback about our new data product. We consider this product as being in an evaluation phase. We are listening to the comments we receive and will look at making changes in the future to address them as needed.

In the meantime, have you seen the FAQ page that goes along with this information? ( I think it addresses some of your concerns, in particular the points below:

What is this new product?

Adventure Cycling is now offering GPS data in the format of GPX tracks. The tracks are navigational paths, following our Adventure Cycling Routes, that will display as a line on your device. When GPS is turned on, an indicator will show your location in relation to that line. This data may be used on a GPS device, smartphone, or tablet. Use it with the paper maps of the Adventure Cycling Route Network to improve your navigation, both on and off the route.

How is it different than what was previously offered?

This data is of higher accuracy, greater compatibility across multiple devices and is more user-friendly than the legacy GPS waypoint data.

Why am I now paying for this?

This data represents a significant commitment of time to produce and support. It is much more accurate and the intention is to update it more frequently. In 2014, we released some new digital data for free as a trial. We have made changes and improvements based on comments from those using trial data. New products are now available for purchase.

Again, I thank you for letting us know your feedback.


Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Places of Interest along Route 66
« on: April 28, 2015, 08:39:41 am »
To relive early Route 66 travelers’ experience of crossing mile after mile of seemingly endless, empty high desert, divert from Adventure Cycling’s route and ride New Mexico Highway 6 between Los Lunas and I-40 Exit 126.

I was just there, on an automobile-based road trip, and would have to disagree with this suggestion. On a Wednesday morning we encountered a lot of large truck traffic on NM 6. This traffic is why it was not chosen as the Bicycle Route 66 route.

“Sky City” of Acoma Pueblo is well worth the scenic 15-mile side trip south of Route 66.  The pueblo, the longest continuously-inhabited community in North America (since 1150) sits atop a 357-foot-high mesa, with spectacular views overlooking a green valley circled by cliffs and mesas.  A new museum and visitor center has an extensive collection of art and artifacts, as well as information about the pueblo.  Tours of the pueblo (the only way visitors are permitted) are very informative.  The visitors’ center has a good restaurant.  Roads from I-40 Exits 96 and 108 lead to the pueblo.

On the other hand, I agree and highly recommend visiting Acoma Pueblo. It is an especially gorgeous approach from the west, took my breath away at the top of the rise. This alternate is documented on the Bicycle Route 66 Section 4 map. Remember though that photography is prohibited on the pueblo unless you have a permit.


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