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Routes / Re: Banff to Roosville Route Questions
« on: June 15, 2010, 07:51:25 am »
Hi Jessie,

Are talking about using an Adventure Cycling route? If so, which one? We have two that will cover the distance between those destinations.

Great Parks North, (, a road route


Great Divide Canada, (, a mostly off road route

From the Routes & Mapping FAQ (

How many days does it take to ride X number of miles?
Each individual and group will need to first determine how many miles a day they plan on riding (our road group tours average 60 miles per day.) When you have figured this out, take the total miles for the ride and divide it by the miles per day; this will give you the number of days it will take to complete your ride. Remember to add in a few layover or rest days, and keep in mind that some days you may exceed your expectations and some days you may not. (Total miles to be ridden/miles per day + layover days = # of days it will take to ride.)

Riding off road you generally cover fewer miles. It takes more energy to negotiate uneven terrain and navigation can be trickier than on road. You'll find some guidelines for average miles per day in our Bike Touring 101 article:

I hope this helps.


Routes / Re: Colorado Bicycle Ban -Link
« on: June 14, 2010, 02:41:30 pm »
Yes, this does have an impact on an ACA Route, Great Parks South, Section 1. To that effect, there is a discussion going on in this forum:

A blog post, with a second one to come in the next 24 hours:

And our Facebook page: (scroll down to mid-day Friday)


Shouldn't that read Map 6 (not 7)

If you're referring to the list here then it would be 6. I was referring to the map panel number, the number given to each piece of the route within the section, not the section in whole.

As I interpret it, the trouble is that you're coming in (if coming from the south) on 279, and they have closed their portion of 279 to cyclists.

It's an issue regardless of the direction of travel. There is only one paved road through that area and they are restricting access to it to anyone who wants to cycle through. You may walk your bike only.

More information to be be posted on our blog later this afternoon or early tomorrow morning,


International / Re: UK Route Resources
« on: June 14, 2010, 09:11:06 am »
You might check with the CTC (The UK's National Cyclists' Organisation):

And Sustrans:

Hope that helps,

Thanks for the heads up on this construction. Would S. Chodikee Lake Rd. to S. Riverside Rd to Lloyd be a reasonable alternative? Or has the county established a detour?


Hi Martha,

Thanks for your input on this situation. Unfortunately, if we were to detour cyclists on the Great Parks South route using SR 119, it would be a very long detour taking cyclists far south before returning to the current routing. There is only one paved road from Central City to the I-70 corridor the route aims for and through Black Hawk is the only way to access it. We are keeping an eye on the situation and may have to consider this longer alternative but would really rather not.


The city of Black Hawk, Colorado has prohibited bicycles from being ridden on most of their roads, including those used on Great Parks South, Section 1, Map 7. Tickets are regularly issued for violating this law. Our suggestion is to walk your bike the distance across town, ~ 0.5 miles.

For more information, see our blog post pertaining to this situation:


We have been alerted by Rocky Mountain National Park that major road construction will be occurring the park this summer and possibly into next summer. There is no detour, riders should expect delays. This affects the route on Maps 4 and 5.

From the NPS website:
Cyclists Should Expect Extremely Rough Road Conditions Due To Major Roadwork On Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park During this summer and possibly the summer of 2011, a major resurfacing project is taking place on a 19 mile section of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park from the Colorado River Trailhead to Rainbow Curve. This project will also involve resurfacing of all major overlook parking areas, pull offs and the parking lot at Alpine Visitor Center.

Park visitors can expect 20 to 30 minute delays through the construction area on Trail Ridge Road. There may be multiple areas of construction occurring concurrently, and in that case the combined delay time will not exceed 60 minutes. There may be some temporary night closures as well, which will likely occur sometime after mid-July. Work will not take place on weekends or holidays. Cyclists and motorcyclists should expect extremely rough road conditions throughout the summer. Because weather conditions may change rapidly, park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly and are encouraged to call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded phone line at (970) 586-1222 for the current status of the road. Park staff will update the recorded line during and after regular office hours, when the road status changes. For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park information office at (970) 586-1206 or check the park’s website at

General Discussion / Re: Mountain Biking the Colorado Trail
« on: June 10, 2010, 08:31:14 am »
Though not specific to the Colorado Trail, you might want to read Aaron Teasdale's article on Ultralight Touring for some suggestions.


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Sierra Cascades Section 5 2010
« on: June 09, 2010, 01:11:07 pm »
Sections of Angeles Crest Highway/SR 2 are closed due to last year's Station Fire, winter rains and erosion. It will be necessary to detour. It is unknown when the road will be reopened.

SOUTHBOUND detour narrative: On Map 62, from intersection of Elizabeth Lake Rd. and Tierra Subida Ave., continue straight onto Palmdale Rd. Ride under SR 14 onto Pear Blossom Highway/SR 138. *25.3(41)Turn right onto Largo Vista Rd./CR N4. *31.6(51)Turn left onto Big Pines Highway/CR N4. *38.2(61)Continue straight onto Angeles Crest Highway/SR 2 to rejoin route on Map 64.

NORTHBOUND detour narrative: On Map 64, from intersection of Angeles Crest Highway/SR 2 and Big Pines Highway/CR N4, bear right following Big Pines Highway/CR N4. *6.6(11)Turn right onto Largo Vista Rd./CR N4. *12.9(21)Turn left onto Pear Blossom Highway/SR 138. *35.9()Ride under SR 14 onto Palmdale Rd. *38.2(61)Continue straight onto Elizabeth Lake Rd. and rejoin route on Map 62.


New York state has some cross state routes that could be helpful. You might want to check out State Route 5 in particular.

Good luck and have a great trip!


Routes / Re: Question about Service Directory listings on ACA maps...
« on: June 08, 2010, 08:48:02 am »
Specifically as regards the Motel/Hotels section, I'm curious if there's any particular meaning to be found in the order in which the motels/hotels are listed: it's obviously not alphabetical, but in doing some spot checking I didn't get the impression that they were listed in any order of cost.

There is no meaning to be found in the order of the lodging options on our maps. We generally try to find the three hotel/motels located closest to the route paying attention to list "reasonably priced" options over higher end establishments. This is not a hard and fast rule. Whenever possible, we also take into consideration hotels/motels that have been recommended by cyclists and include them even if they are not necessarily nearest the route or seem like the "cheapest".

The choice of overnight accommodations is a highly personal one. Some people prefer certain chains over others regardless of price, sometimes location trumps price, for others certain features (hot tub, wi fi, ground floor rooms) are more important than price. And how would we account for discounts (AAA, AARP, etc.) given? Consider that every map section has 15 map panels with 2-3 cities and 6-9 hotel/motels, that's an average of 300 establishments to contact and get rate information, for one map section. We have over 80 map sections to keep updated. I feel overwhelmed just thinking about those numbers.  :)

Thanks for the feedback and keep the ideas for improvements coming. Being so close to the maps we don't always see them. I'm just not sure the benefit outweighs the cost on this one.


Routes / Re: crossing the mississippi at vicksburg?
« on: June 03, 2010, 08:00:14 am »
made some enquires this morning at the visitor center. if going from east to west  you can ask the bridge maintenace guys for a lift across. they are next to the visitor center by the entrance to the old (closed) bridge. If i remember Ill ask them about going in the other direction.

Yes, please. We'd appreciate a report back on the situation.



Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: TransAm Section 10 2009
« on: June 02, 2010, 10:29:12 am »
I just received word from the Kentucky DOT that the maintenance repair project on this bridge is just about finished. In the meantime, it is open to traffic.

I hope this helps.


Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: TransAm Section 9 2009
« on: June 01, 2010, 09:32:09 am »
I don't see any notice about work continuing on SR 126 at You could call them and ask at 1-888-275-6636 if it is scheduled to resume. Or wait until you hit a town just before then and ask locals.

I hope this helps.


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