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Routes / Re: Pacific Coast - 1st leg via San Juans, and then?
« on: June 26, 2012, 05:12:16 pm »
You have several options....
Begin in Vancouver and ride south to Anacortes. From Anacortes, you can catch a ferry to Lopez Island, and from there you can ferry hop to Orcas and San Juan islands. Then you can go back to Anacortes and continue south. You will be riding onto Whidbey Island from there. Our WA Parks section 1 map shows this routing:

The San Juans are very scenic through hilly. If this is the only time you'll be in the area I'd cycle them. Bicyclists pay the passenger fare so it's much cheaper than automobiles. See the WA State ferries pages for more info:

If you don't want to return to Anacortes you can go to Sidney on Vancouver Island and ride south to Victoria (a very interesting city with lots to do). Then you can take another ferry to Port Angeles which is located on the Olympic Peninsula. The alternative to avoid Shelton would be to ride west and south along the Olympic Peninsula from Port Angeles. At Elma you can rejoin the Pacific Coast Route. That section 1 map I mentioned above will show you how to do that.

This might help you make up your mind also:

Routes / Re: Atlantic coast - statesboro bike shop rave!!!!
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:57:12 am »
Please nominate this shop for ACA's Sam Braxton Bicycle Shop award:

You are correct that Hell's Canyon RV Park is located on map 24, not map 23.

I just called the Clearwater Forest Supervisor's office and they said yes, the Jerry Johnson Campground is closed for 2012 and 2013 due to funding cuts. The seasonal comment for Jerry Johnson on the weblink you sent does say it'll be closed for 2012.

Routes / Re: Transam trail from Twin Bridges to Missoula, Montana
« on: May 18, 2012, 09:22:27 am »
I'm not sure since I don't have the book but I think it was published in 1996 and has it been updated since then? If you do follow her instructions to go through Butte you will end up riding on the I-90 interstate between Butte and Missoula for a ways because there are no frontage roads to ride on.

No, it's not. The roads are open again.

Routes / Re: Novice riders with a baby
« on: April 19, 2012, 11:14:41 am »
It sounds like a separate bike/pedestrian path would be ideal for your family. I am not familiar with that part of CA but you could look at the Rail to Trails Conservancy website to see if there's a trail near you.

Routes / Re: GDR-budget
« on: April 15, 2012, 03:41:20 pm »
You should go to and in their Forums area click on the Ultra Racing discussion. Please ask your question there. You'll find other posts about the TourDivide Race.

Just to clarify, Adventure Cycling does not sponsor or does not have any official ties to the TourDivide Race. We sell the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route maps which is the route that the TourDivide uses. 

Routes / Re: Northern Tier: Change of route May 2012
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:42:51 am »
Yes, this re-route is too large to publish in the addenda. I don't know where you saw that the maps wouldn't be available until late May. We expect them in the office in late April. It usually takes 3-4 weeks for printing and they are going to the printer this Friday. Occasionally there's a delay at the printer so that's why it might be early May. If anyone wants directions as to how to set up a mail stop please email me:

Routes / Re: Spokane - Missoula - Spokane Loop
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:33:03 am »
I can answer question B. There are no continuous frontage roads between Taft (exit 5 on I-90 where you access the east portal of the Hiawatha Route) and St. Regis (exit 33). So you'll have to ride I-90 shoulders. There is a road, and it was paved many years ago, called the Mullan Gulch Rd., between Henderson (exit 22) and St. Regis but it goes up and over a pass. I don't know if it is still paved. From the east portal of the Hiawatha there's about 2-3 miles of dirt/gravel to reach the Taft exit. And it costs to ride the Hiawatha.
And I just noticed on this map at the east end it shows Forest Service gravel/dirt routing between Mullan and Taft:

On maps 1 and 2, the Ambridge-Aliquippa bridge is closed for repairs. It will reopen in November, 2012, and close again next spring, 2013, for another 9 months or so. Here is a  9 mi. detour. Ohio River Blvd./SR 65 has a narrow shoulder and curbs so this detour takes you off the highway where it can. If you don't want to ride off and onto the highway you can continue on it for the entire length.
NB: On map 1, from the corner of Merchant St. and 11th St. in Ambridge, continue straight. In 0.2 mi., turn right onto 14th St. In 0.2 mi., turn left onto Duss Ave./SR 989. In 2.5 mi. enter Baden. Route becomes State St. In 1.0 mi., merge right onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 0.4 mi., at Virginia Ave., bear slightly right/continue straight onto State St. which becomes Beaver Rd., then 1st Ave. in Conway. In 1 mi., merge onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 1.5 mi., merge onto 3rd Ave. and follow it through the town of Freedom. In 1 mi., merger onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 1.5 mi., in Rochester, rejoin route at the junction of SR 51/65 and SR 18. See Detail A. 
SB: On map 2 Detail A, from the junction of SR 18 and SR 51/65 in Rochester, continue southeast on SR 51/65. In 1.5 mi. merge right and over SR 65 onto 3rd Ave. in Freedom. In 1 mi., merge right and over SR 65 onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 1.5 mi., in Conway, turn left onto 11th St. Go 1 block and turn right onto 2nd Ave. Go 1 block and turn right onto 10th St. Go 1 block and turn left onto 1st Ave. which becomes Beaver Rd., then W. State St. In 1 mi., at Virginia Ave. at light, use crosswalk across Ohio River Blvd./SR 65 and turn left onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 0.4 mi., turn left onto State St. Baden. In 3 mi., in Ambridge, turn right onto 14th St. In 0.2 mi., turn left onto Merchant St. In 0.2 mi., rejoin route at the corner of Merchant St. and 11th St.   

RE: Ted's ACA route suggestion. After the ferry, instead of taking the North Lakes Routes south to Monroeville, IN and across OH eastward you can pick up the Lake Erie Connector which goes along the northern shore of Lake Erie which will take you to Buffalo, NY. This routing would be shorter than what he suggested.

Here's a link for the PA bike routes:
And WI bike maps:

Routes / Re: New Jersey to Vermont
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:16:24 pm »
You might have to piece together your own route. You can get in touch with the bike/pedestrian coordinators for the states in which you will be traveling through. The bike coordinators have a wealth of information that they can distribute for no charge. Almost every state publishes a bicycle map of their state that they will send out for free....and while the maps aren't as detailed as ACA maps, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Some states, such as Wisconsin, have outstanding information, while other states are much simpler. But every little piece of information can help. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle coordinators:

Routes / Re: I have an old Southern Tier map ...
« on: March 19, 2012, 01:25:01 pm »
No, it's not possible to get an addenda for a 1999 map version. We don't have them anymore. The Southern Tier route was changed after NAFTA was passed in the mid-1990s and many trucks began using Hwy. 94 between Mexico and the U.S., using the border crossing at Tecate and heading to San Diego and vice versa. We got quite a few reports of heavy truck traffic and the road was narrow and winding and without shoulders in many places. So we most likely changed the route on the version after 1999.

Routes / Re: How quickly are addendums updated?
« on: March 19, 2012, 01:16:56 pm »
We try to update addenda monthly. Some months we are busy with map printing deadlines so we will do it the following month. I can tell you the next updates to the online addenda will occur in April and June. And no, addenda are not added instantly when we receive them.

Routes / Re: Status of detour around Williston ND aera?
« on: March 08, 2012, 04:16:30 pm »
This blog tells the status of what we're doing to change the routing in North Dakota. Northern Tier map sections 3 and 4 will be available in May.

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