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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.


Routes / Re: camping on the pacific coast route
« on: September 15, 2009, 08:08:43 am »
Any idea when "the list" will come out?

From what I can tell, it isnt' clear when "the list" will come out. We're keeping an eye on the situation though. Watch the following site for developments and ways to communicate to California. They even have opportunities for out-of-staters to share their thoughts.


General Discussion / Re: ocean in florence oregon
« on: September 14, 2009, 08:02:40 am »
If you have the BC-1511-08 version of the map (check for the number in the lower left corner of the cover), you will find directions to the Harbor Vista Park in the Service Directory. They are supposed to have good access to the ocean for your wheel dipping.


Routes / Re: camping on the pacific coast route
« on: August 31, 2009, 03:24:47 pm »
Let's please keep this discussion on the original poster's question: where to find camping on the Pacific Coast Route. It's fine to note that come state campgrounds may be closing or fees may be increasing, these are general knowledge pieces of information, but please keep the political commentary to Forums more suited to the topic.

Thank you,

Routes / Re: Utah Cliff Loop
« on: August 31, 2009, 07:53:10 am »
Have you already seen the info on this page? (be sure to click on 'more' for the rest of the story)


General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps are Way Small.
« on: August 31, 2009, 07:47:44 am »
Hi Kate,

I'm sorry to hear you are disappointed with the maps you've purchased. Much of the comments to this thread thus far are on the money as far as the considerations we take into account with the creation of our maps. These maps have always been this size and they are designed for use in handlebar bags. We do our best to keep the type size as large as possible. The "rule" is to never go smaller than a 6 pt type. Very occasionally we have to break that rule. I have heard of cyclists making enlarged copies of the narrative instructions to carry with them.

A GPS unit might be a good supplement for you. Be sure to take a look at the GPS Discussion if you have questions about good units to consider.

Good luck and happy planning,

General Discussion / Re: Packing panniers???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 07:35:25 am »
There is also a lot of helpful information in our How To department. Check it out at: Then come back here and ask your next round of questions.  :)


General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier East to West.
« on: August 31, 2009, 07:32:13 am »
If you are a member, you might also want to do a Companions Wanted ad. Check it out at:


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