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Routes / Re: Chicago to New York City Route?
« on: March 13, 2017, 10:30:58 am »
The new route will be available in mid-May. The main route stays in northern PA and does use a portion of PA Route V. There is a Philadephia Alternate that uses the GAP and a portion of the C&O Canal.

Routes / Re: Great Parks North - best timing
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:52:57 am »
Here is what is online on the Great Parks North pages:

Great Parks North
This route should be ridden from early summer to mid-fall. Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is usually closed until early to mid June and has limited hours for cyclists which is noted on the map. Snow can occur at any time during the summer in the Rocky Mountains so be prepared with cold weather gear. Due to changing local conditions, it is difficult to predict any major wind patterns.

Jasper can be reached by rail service from Edmonton, Alberta. Along the entire length of the route, small towns at regular intervals provide ample services, but plan ahead due to crowded tourist conditions, especially in the Canadian Park System and in Glacier National Park. Reservations at both hostels and campgrounds are recommended.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Route
« on: February 23, 2017, 11:37:15 am »
The Logistics tab on the Southern Tier page answers the question about when is the best time to ride:

Routes / Re: Best 10 days;
« on: February 22, 2017, 10:12:41 am »
The Whitefish Bike Retreat may offer shuttles. You'd have to check with them. A link to the Great Divide shuttle list is on the web page under the Logistics tab.

Routes / Re: Best 10 days;
« on: February 21, 2017, 11:58:24 am »
The Montana portion of the route is quite scenic (thought I am biased, living in Montana). You might be able to go from the U.S. border south the Jackson, WY, where there's an airport. It's about 872 miles following the route. You could fly into Kalispell, Montana, and get transport up to the border. Or pick up the route from the Kailspell area and head south, about 760 miles, to Jackson. Beginning in late June/early July would be best since we've had a heavy snow year in the northern Rockies.

Routes / Re: How to get home. Anacortes to NJ
« on: February 13, 2017, 03:50:47 pm »
The Bremerton ferry arrives in downtown Seattle. It's about 3 blocks from the ferry to one of the Link light rail stations which can take you to the airport. And I think it allows bikes but you need to check that to be sure. So you really wouldn't have to cycle in downtown Seattle very far. Where will you ship your bike from? I think that's the key question. The Sea-Tac airport has a station to take your bike apart.

Or, as you said, return to Bellingham and fly from there.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast route
« on: February 13, 2017, 12:25:15 pm »
ACA's Washington Parks Route shows routing around the Olympic Peninsula.

Routes / Re: Hi Everyone! First Timer Cross Country Rider - ROUTES NEEDED
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:14:21 am »
You can also get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for Utah and Arizona. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators and some online materials:

For more tips and ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:

For lodging, once you have determined your route, you can look at state tourism sites. In Montana, the tourism site lists towns and accommodations.

Since Utah and Arizona have smaller populations and less roads (as compared to states in the east) you'll most likely ride on U.S. and state highways with variable shoulder widths, and not county roads. It's possible you can ride on the interstates also, if you want to do that. They at least have wide shoulders. But check with the state bicycle coordinators to see if it's allowed. And I bet SLC and Phoenix have bike maps, google each city and see what comes up.

You can also go to and review online biking journals. Search to see if anyone has written about riding from SLC to Phoenix.

Routes / Re: New ACA Chicago to NYC Mapped Route
« on: January 23, 2017, 10:10:34 am »
The maps will be available in mid-May.

Routes / Re: Another way to cope with dogs
« on: January 17, 2017, 12:49:04 pm »
We have discussed the dog issue in Kentucky on the TransAm numerous times in the office, and have listened to various solutions. The most suggested one has been to change the route. The difficulty in doing that is that we can't guarantee a cyclist won't run into dogs if we move the route to Maryland or West Virginia or Pennsylvania or North Carolina. Rural areas are more likely to have dogs that are left to run loose. Dogs are used as an "early warning" if someone approaches a house, and are used to protect property. As someone said, this happens in other states, and not just in the Appalachians.

Routes / Re: Deception Pass State Park, Washington
« on: January 10, 2017, 06:18:28 pm »
The bridge itself does not have much of a grade. But I'm guessing the road to reach Cranberry Lake Campground and the beach on the west side might be that steep, though it's been a long time since I was there. Hopefully someone else can comment on this.

We have just heard that the closed road is now open.

Routes / Re: Arkansas Highlands Mountain Bike Route
« on: October 04, 2016, 09:57:09 am »
At this point in time, nothing has been scheduled.

The I-90 interchange at turn B is under construction. The work is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2016. From the MN DOT: Pedestrians and cyclists travelling on the Northern Tier and the Mississippi River Trail will be detoured along the Apple Blossom Trail during the construction of the new interchange. The detour is to remain in place until further notice and circumvents the current Mississippi River Trail corridor from La Crescent to approximately 5.5 miles north of Dakota.​

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