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Routes / Re: Great Divide Rooseville, MT to Helena, MT
« on: Today at 09:53:46 am »
I would estimate about 5-10% is on pavement between Roosville and Helena.

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Routes / Re: Adventure Cycling Maps - Missing Routes ?
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:43:34 pm »
ACA has mapped specific routes over the past 38 years and developed what we call the Adventure Cycling Route Network. There are groups, state and local agencies and regional organizations that also have developed/are developing bike routes, for example the East Coast Greenway and the Mississippi River Trail, Inc. And the Rails to Trails Conservancy had helped get numerous railroads beds converted to trails. We don't see these trails, and others like the GAP and C&O as a part of our AC Route Network. They certainly add to the overall choices where one can go on a bike, and we're happy to talk about them. We even use them on some of our tours. Many of these trails already have online maps or guidebooks. John is correct is saying that we try to stretch our resources instead of duplicating what is already available.

As far as I know, there isn't an online site or organization that lists all the different bike routes and trails all over the country.

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Instead of going around Flathead Lake our Great Parks North map takes cyclists up Hwy. 83 through the Swan Valley, and uses mostly smaller county roads to reach Glacier NP. If you do want to cycle around the lake US 93 has shoulders and more traffic, as compared to Hwy. 35 which is narrower and in many places has no shoulder.

If you are visiting the office you can view this map.

After you leave the Grasslands National Park you should head farther north and not stay along the border. In eastern MT and western ND the Bakken oil field is booming and this field extends north into Canada. There will be high amounts of large truck traffic and gravel roads, the same as there is in the U.S. Google "Bakken oil field map" and you can see its range.

Here is the site for online cycling journals. You could search for Saskatchewan and Manitoba to see if anyone has cycled through those provinces with suggestions of routing.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/

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Routes / Re: before I'm 70
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:09:35 am »
Here are tips for planning your own route:
You can get in touch with the bicycle coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through and need routing. Many have online resources as well as printed materials. As mentioned earlier, 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:
http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/state.cfm

For ideas on how to create your own route, see this blog post on the topic:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/how-to-create-your-own-route/

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Randy:
You are wrong about the Basin to Butte re-route not being shown on the most recent map. It is shown - all the 6 U.S. maps were updated and reprinted in May 2014. The re-route doesn't show on the 2011 maps.

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Aaron at Gravity Sports in McCall called about the riding conditions on the Secesh Option. Basically it is unrideable in a couple of sections due to an excessive amount of downed trees and/or rutted trails:

1) From Twentymile Trailhead to Foolhen Meadows Trailhead - he was out here himself and said it wasn't suited to loaded riding of any kind right now due to the number of trees down. He only got about 5 miles in before he had to turn back.

2) From A to F on the map, in addition to downed trees, the trail is quite rutted - this was reported by cyclists coming into the shop. They had spent hours climbing over the downed trees and were frustrated by the amount they encountered.

Aaron talked to the local forest rangers and they stated it would be at least mid-September before they would have a chance to get in there and clear any of it. Apparently this is common due to the nature of the area.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« on: July 09, 2014, 09:49:53 am »
Depending on where you want to go in Seattle you can continue to the end of the Northern Tier in Anacortes. Then use the Pacific Coast Route to go south. In Bremerton there is a spur to reach the Seattle-Bremerton ferry. You can take the ferry across which brings you into downtown Seattle.

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: N. Tier Westbound from Missoula
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:48:44 pm »
Hwy. 200 to Sandpoint, ID. If you email me I can send you a map pdf that gives services information.

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Thanks for mentioning this. Waverly is on #4. Due to multiple comments from cyclists we have changed the routing in that area to avoid TX 150 and updated maps have been available since November 2013. For more information please read this blog:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/reroute-on-the-southern-tier-austin-texas/

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At mi. 5.9, in June 2013, the Fording River Mining Road was washed out in a key cliffside section. It was taken out by the flooded Fording River. From reports, it has not yet been fixed. The road is maintained in a partnership by Teck Mining Co. and Tembec Timber (recently sold to Canfor). We do not know when the road will be repaired. Late last summer a few riders were able to ford the river to bypass the slide, but early season 2014 riders will not be able to do this safely. Use Prov. Hwy 43 into Sparwood as an alternate. It has a decent shoulder.

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Routes / Re: Connector Advice: WE to Northern Tier
« on: April 29, 2014, 10:37:30 am »
You might want to go look at the crazyguy site to see any journals in the area:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/

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Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Bike Route GPS
« on: April 23, 2014, 01:05:14 pm »
We are planning to have the waypoints available by June 1st.

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Routes / Re: Need help mapping out DETAIL Route. San Juans to San Fran
« on: March 06, 2014, 02:29:27 pm »
On the link below, click on the word Detail after numbers 1, 2, and 3 which are the Pacific Coast maps #1, #2, and #3. You will see detail maps showing you where that map section goes. From Orcas you can go to Anacortes and begin there.
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/pacific-coast/

If you want to include the Olympic Peninsula we also have a route that goes there. Again, click on the word Detail after number 1 which is the Washington Parks map #1. This map joins the Pacific Coast #1 map at Elma and you head south from there on the Pacific Coast maps.
http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/washington-parks/

Guidebooks are helpful if they were recently published. The older the book is the more likely that the service information they mention is out of date.

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Routes / Re: Gravel Road Touring in Napa Valley with a 4 year old
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:57:04 am »
Try looking at this site for bike maps north of San Francisco. They produce suitability maps so you can pick and choose the route you want. And I think the maps show gravel roads.
http://www.krebscycleproducts.com/

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Connecting ACA Routes / Re: ACA Northern Tier
« on: February 17, 2014, 01:39:40 pm »
John:
You might want to begin at this website and order the bike book.
http://www.exploremaine.org/bike/

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