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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.


Hi Craig,

On the WA Parks Map I have (BC-2501-08), there is no Youmans Rd.. I think you mean E. Hoquiam Rd.. Google maps lists it with both names. I rode it last year but darned if I can remember how it is signed. From the Google map view, it looks like it is signed as E. Hoquiam Rd..

We received a notice from a cyclist on the road that the road name is Youmans Rd. so we changed it on the newest map, BC-2501-10. The change is noted on the addenda for BC-2501-08. Maybe it's signed differently at either end? We'll have to keep an ear out for future updates.


General Discussion / Re: Sierra Cascades - how tough a route?
« on: June 01, 2010, 08:59:14 am »

As for the ACA maps, each of the routes I'm contemplating has about five different maps and each map costs $60 according to what I saw on the website.

The cost you've quoted above is for an entire route, in this case -- Sierra Cascades -- meaning 5 map sections. Each map section costs $11.75 for members and $14.75 for non-members when purchased individually. Each map section covers from 300-500 miles and includes information like services and points of interest. You can see more details of where sections begin and end by choosing those specific sections in the online store or downloading the pdf from below.

I hope this helps.


Routes / Re: Best resupply points on TransAmerica Route?
« on: May 28, 2010, 11:47:24 am »
Good job with the zip codes: I honestly had no idea that this is why they were in the ACA maps.

I wonder how many other people have this same experience. We don't specifically mention it anywhere that this is why we include the information. I did talk about it in a blog post:


Routes / Re: Water Filter on the Sierra Cacades Route?
« on: May 28, 2010, 11:45:08 am »
Pete and I heard from Bil and this is what he had to say about the need for a water filter on the Sierra Cascades:

I'm the guy [Bil Paul] who developed and researched the Sierra Cascades route and glad to answer your question about carrying a water filter. Most places, there are enough towns and campgrounds along the way for you to get your water supplied. The places where there aren't that many resupply and piped water points are North Cascades National Park in WA, the area around Mt. St. Helens (Pinchot National Forest) in WA, the area between Mt. Hood and Detroit Lakes in OR, the area south of Lake Isabella (before Techachapi) in southern CA, and perhaps Road S1 south of Julian -- I think it's also called the Sunrise Hwy.

Myself, I always carry a water filter on all tours as a matter of course. I carried one on my last tour along a portion of the Western Express route and never used it once, but still nice to have.

So there you have it. I hope that helps!


We have just learned of road construction occurring in Grays Harbor County, on map 10:

May 25-June 17 the road will be closed from 8:30am - 3pm.
June 22-September 30 the road will be closed 24 hrs/day.
Project should be complete by September 30, 2010.

Counterclockwise (CCW) detour narrative: from intersection of US 101 and Youmans Rd., continue on US 101. *17.6(28)Aberdeen. Turn left onto Heron St. which becomes Olympic Hwy./US 12. *27.8(44)Exit US 12. Turn left onto Devonshire Rd. *28(45)Turn right onto Pioneer Ave. Rejoin route in Montesano.

Clockwise (CW) detour narrative: from intersection of Pioneer Ave. and Wynoochee Valley Rd., continue straight and enter Olympic Hwy./US 12. *10(16)Turn right onto Alder St. which becomes US 101. 27.8(44)Continue straight on US 101. Rejoin route.

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