« on: June 22, 2015, 09:55:35 am »
Would you feel comfortable on a shoulderless road if that road only had one car per hour? Most of the ACA roads do not have shoulders, but most of them have very little traffic. Everybody has their own preferences, but I vastly prefer a low-traffic no-shoulder road to a high-traffic road with a good shoulder.
Interstate highways have the widest (but debris-strewn) shoulders, but I hate riding on them. Main corridor federal and state highways also usually have good shoulders, but I don't much like riding on them either. Back country lanes usually have no traffic except for the people who live on those lanes. Those are the roads I enjoy riding on, and the ACA uses such roads a lot.
The Northern Tier uses US2 through a lot of Montana. This road has small shoulders and medium traffic, but I almost always rode in the traffic lane except when cars were passing. The winding rustic roads in Wisconsin are delightful, but most have no shoulders and very little traffic. You get far fewer flats riding in the traffic lane.
There are always compromises, everybody gets their own take on the tradeoffs, but there is no perfect solution.