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Youth Bicyle Travel / MOVED: Thailand Tour in 2010
« on: October 26, 2009, 08:12:22 am »

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Washington Parks Section 2 2009
« on: October 19, 2009, 08:52:27 am »
Another resource for keeping track of this landslide and road closure can be found here: At this time, it also includes detour information since the temporary road is rough gravel and only open to residents. For further information, call the project hotline phone number: 509-577-1635.


Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Southern Tier to Trans Am via Santa Fe Trail
« on: October 15, 2009, 08:20:05 am »
Hi Eric,

Thanks for sending in this information. We are always open to new route ideas. I like that this one connects two existing routes in the network. I will make sure your suggestion gets filed for consideration.


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Pacific Coast 2009
« on: October 14, 2009, 09:41:47 am »
Due to a severe storm system, some California State Parks have been closed. Several locations are on the Pacific Coast Route, Section #4. For the most current listing of closures see:

Routes / Re: Maps other than ACA -
« on: October 12, 2009, 03:04:15 pm »
Hi Tony,

I'd recommend looking on the websites or talking to the bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for each of the states you are passing through on your trip. Often state websites will have mapped routes or at least suitability maps for shoulder widths and traffic counts for you to download. You can reach each state from the following contact page:

Good luck and have a great ride,

General Discussion / Re: new Hudson River crossing
« on: October 12, 2009, 02:50:50 pm »
Thanks for the update and the photo! It's nice to see where our route actually goes!!


There are a couple of nuggets of information to be found in answer to your questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page: (See the 3rd, 7th and final questions in particular.)

Basically, in the summer the winds on the Pacific Coast tend to be out of the north so riding north to south is advantageous, I'm not sure if it is reversed in the winter. Also, when you are actually riding southbound along the coastline, you'll get a better view because you're on the ocean side of the road. When traveling northbound, you'll see everything over the highway and have to cross the highway to take advantage of the scenic view points. Also, there can be mudslides at the time of year you are planning to ride, so stay in touch with CalTrans for road closures. We post them as well when we can.

As for safety, cyclists are generally common on this route though less so in November I'd guess, so car drivers tend to be courteous and aware of your presence. On the plus side, traffic should be reasonable since it is an out of season time.


Routes / Re: Badlands NP & Mount Rushmore is it possible?
« on: October 05, 2009, 08:31:48 am »
Hi Tony,

Is it possible to leave ACA route at Bonesteel SD and go east through Badlands NP and visit Mnt Rushmore and then pick up the Northern Route?

If you are planning to travel from Bonesteel, both Badlands NP and Mt. Rushmore are west rather than east. I would imagine it would be pretty straightforward to travel from Bonesteel to the Northern Tier Route across the southeast corner of South Dakota and northern Iowa.

Check out the links on South Dakota's bicycle and pedestrian page:

Also some options on Iowa's page:

I hope this helps.


General Discussion / Re: Newbie with bunch of questions!
« on: September 29, 2009, 08:24:38 am »
I plan on doing a lot of fishing for food, and working odd jobs along the route to pay for meals.

This part of your question caught my eye. Be sure you know the rules and regulations when you decide to fish. I believe a fine for illegally fishing can out weigh any benefit you might gain from catching your own meal. A good resource for this kind of information is:

Good luck and have fun!


General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps are Way Small.
« on: September 28, 2009, 08:05:37 am »
Hi Don,

Has ACA ever considered making the narrative portion of the maps available on-line with a password given to those who purchase the map? That way one could print out in large type size of one's choosing the various narratives to take on tour with the map.

No, we haven't considered it. I suspect it would be a pretty intensive project. I will be sure to share this idea with my colleagues and see what happens from there. Thanks for the suggestion.


General Discussion / Re: Penna to Georgia
« on: September 28, 2009, 08:02:34 am »
You can also contact the bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for the states you are planning to travel through. They will have the best resources through their states. Some of the state websites have readily available info, too.


Routes / Re: Riding on Interstates
« on: September 15, 2009, 01:01:18 pm »
Does anyone have a comprehensive list of which Interstates or portions of Interstates allow cyclists?  I am particularly interested in I-40 through AZ, NM, TX, OK, Kansas and MO.  Thanks

I wish there was such a list! (If anyone knows of one, please feel free to post it.) I've got a couple of generic links I'll give you:

Another tack to take is to contact the bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for the states you want to travel through and ask them. They will have the best information for their state. The list of all of them are here:

Good luck and have a great ride.


Routes / Re: Reno, NV to Las Vegas, NV
« on: September 15, 2009, 08:12:08 am »
Have you looked at this site:

It is part of the Nevada Department of Transportation. If you don't see what you are looking for, contact information is also listed there.


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