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Routes / Re: cascade rail trail
« on: June 01, 2010, 05:50:45 pm »
 A website is listed that gives information about the Cascade Trail on the map in the Riding Conditions text.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Utah Cliffs Loop 2010
« on: May 24, 2010, 02:19:39 pm »
05/18/2010
Zion Road Construction Schedule

Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that reconstruction of the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway will begin June 1, 2010 and end October 28, 2010. The road construction will occur from the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the East Entrance, a distance of 9.5 miles, including The Switchbacks. Delays and closures will occur Monday through Thursday, with Friday through Sunday open for regular traffic. The construction will not impact Zion Canyon, the most visited area of the park.

Bicycles and pedestrians will be prohibited in the construction zone. Bicyclists and pedestrians wishing to cross the park Monday through Thursday will need to arrange for a private vehicle to take them
between the Canyon Junction and the park's East Entrance.
 
Zion National Park will remain open for the duration of the project. People traveling to Zion National Park on State Route 9 from Interstate 15 will be able to enjoy Zion Canyon's recreational opportunities, access the park shuttle, campgrounds, and Zion Lodge, and frequent the businesses in Springdale without being in the construction area. Those traveling between US Highway 89 and Zion Canyon will be affected by the following
construction schedule.
 
CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE:
June 1-June 4
Short delays, no closures.
 
June 7-October 28
Monday through Thursday:
8:00am-6:00pm the road will be closed to all vehicles.
6:00pm-7:30am the road will be open for transit only. The last car allowed through will be at 7:30am. There may be short delays if night work is occurring.
Tunnel hours: 6:30am-7:30am and 6pm to 8:30pm through July 31. After July 31 the hours will shorten due to lack of daylight. All vehicles 7'10" wide or wider and 11'2" tall or taller are required to have an escort and can only travel during these times. This includes most dual wheeled pickup trucks, recreational vehicles and tour busses.
 
No vehicles will be able to stop or park at any time between the East Entrance and the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Monday through Thursday. Remember that Utah is in the Mountain Time Zone and is one hour ahead of Nevada and Arizona. All vehicles must be through the barricades by 7:30am to drive across the park.
 
Friday through Sunday:
The road will be open as normal.
Tunnel hours: 6:30am-8:30pm through July 31. After July 31 the hours will shorten due to lack of daylight.
The road will be graded gravel in the work sections and the surface may be uneven at times. Please use caution and low speeds in these areas.
 
Alternate routes of travel between Zion Canyon and U.S Highway 89 are Utah State Route 59 from Hurricane, Utah to Arizona State Route 389 (better for large vehicles) or Utah State Route 14 from Cedar City, Utah to Long Valley Junction (high elevation/steep grades). During the construction period, travelers may want to consider using one of these roads between Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon or Grand Canyon National Parks Monday through Thursday.
 
People visiting Zion Canyon via the park's South Entrance at Springdale, Utah, who are camping, accessing the shuttle system, staying at the Zion Lodge or in the town of Springdale will not be in the construction zone. Visitors in Zion Canyon are encouraged to use the town shuttle to avoid possible delays entering the park. Look for blue Park and Ride signs in Springdale and ride the free shuttle to the park entrance.
 
For updated information, Call 435-772-3256 (press 1, then 4) or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/zion.

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Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Grand Canyon Connector 2010
« on: May 24, 2010, 02:18:55 pm »
05/18/2010 10:02 AM

Zion Road Construction Schedule

Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that reconstruction of the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway will begin June 1, 2010 and end October 28, 2010. The road construction will occur from the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the East Entrance, a distance of 9.5 miles, including The Switchbacks. Delays and closures will occur Monday through Thursday, with Friday through Sunday open for regular traffic. The construction will not impact Zion Canyon, the most visited area of the park.

Bicycles and pedestrians will be prohibited in the construction zone. Bicyclists and pedestrians wishing to cross the park Monday through Thursday will need to arrange for a private vehicle to take them
between the Canyon Junction and the park's East Entrance.
 
Zion National Park will remain open for the duration of the project. People traveling to Zion National Park on State Route 9 from Interstate 15 will be able to enjoy Zion Canyon's recreational opportunities, access the park shuttle, campgrounds, and Zion Lodge, and frequent the businesses in Springdale without being in the construction area. Those traveling between US Highway 89 and Zion Canyon will be affected by the following
construction schedule.
 
CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE:
June 1-June 4
Short delays, no closures.
 
June 7-October 28
Monday through Thursday:
8:00am-6:00pm the road will be closed to all vehicles.
6:00pm-7:30am the road will be open for transit only. The last car allowed through will be at 7:30am. There may be short delays if night work is occurring.
Tunnel hours: 6:30am-7:30am and 6pm to 8:30pm through July 31. After July 31 the hours will shorten due to lack of daylight. All vehicles 7'10" wide or wider and 11'2" tall or taller are required to have an escort and can only travel during these times. This includes most dual wheeled pickup trucks, recreational vehicles and tour busses.
 
No vehicles will be able to stop or park at any time between the East Entrance and the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Monday through Thursday. Remember that Utah is in the Mountain Time Zone and is one hour ahead of Nevada and Arizona. All vehicles must be through the barricades by 7:30am to drive across the park.
 
Friday through Sunday:
The road will be open as normal.
Tunnel hours: 6:30am-8:30pm through July 31. After July 31 the hours will shorten due to lack of daylight.
The road will be graded gravel in the work sections and the surface may be uneven at times. Please use caution and low speeds in these areas.
 
Alternate routes of travel between Zion Canyon and U.S Highway 89 are Utah State Route 59 from Hurricane, Utah to Arizona State Route 389 (better for large vehicles) or Utah State Route 14 from Cedar City, Utah to Long Valley Junction (high elevation/steep grades). During the construction period, travelers may want to consider using one of these roads between Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon or Grand Canyon National Parks Monday through Thursday.
 
People visiting Zion Canyon via the park's South Entrance at Springdale, Utah, who are camping, accessing the shuttle system, staying at the Zion Lodge or in the town of Springdale will not be in the construction zone. Visitors in Zion Canyon are encouraged to use the town shuttle to avoid possible delays entering the park. Look for blue Park and Ride signs in Springdale and ride the free shuttle to the park entrance.
 
For updated information, Call 435-772-3256 (press 1, then 4) or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/zion.

184
Routes / Re: first timer- highway 1 from oregon to san francisco!
« on: May 07, 2010, 03:26:26 pm »
Rae:
One idea - go to http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ where many cyclists record their trips in journal format and search Pacific Coast. I suspect there are many entries from folks who have ridden the coast and you could get a better sense of the riding conditions. Be aware that the route will be much busier in the summer due to tourists. If you can go in early September there will be a lot less traffic. Also, have you read the info about the Coast on this page? http://adventurecycling.org/routes/pacificcoast.cfm


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General Discussion / Re: Google Maps Bicycling
« on: March 12, 2010, 01:48:13 pm »
We have been discussing our map data with representatives from Google. At this time our data is not in their system.

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Routes / Re: Great Divide New Mexico Secitons (5+6) - MTB required?
« on: March 10, 2010, 06:24:19 pm »
Yes, a mountain bike is really recommended. The combination of fatter tires
and (at least) a front shock will make certain stretches of the route much
more comfortable to ride-like in the Gila National Forest, where some of
the roads are quite rocky. They're steep, too, so the fatter tires, running
a little soft, also make riding uphill easier. Other sections in New Mexico
are clay-surfaced-rideable by just about any bike when dry and unrideable
gumbo by just about any bike (even the fattest of fat-tire mountain bikes)
when wet.

As to whether or not a mountain bike is absolutely necessary? Probably not.
But do try to put the fattest knobbies possible on your Surly.

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Routes / Re: Great Divide in mid May?
« on: March 05, 2010, 06:27:40 pm »
Leaving in mid-May from the south to go north is still very early on the Great Divide. It is very possible that many of the roads over the passes, especially in CO, will still be closed. These roads aren't plowed; passage on them occurs when the snow melts. I suggest that before you ride a over a pass, where you can still make a detour, that you contact the Forest Service Ranger District where the road is located so you can find out the status of the road. The local ranger district will have the best information. On the maps, in the text under About Map A and About Map B, we list the National Forest phone numbers. But each forest has several districts so you will have to find out the specific district and call them. If you go to the following website you can find the contact info for the specific districts where the route goes through.

http://www.fs.fed.us/

188
Routes / Re: Sierra Cascade Route, starting to sweat the release date
« on: March 05, 2010, 11:08:02 am »
Call the Sales Department (800-721-8719) in mid-April. The maps should be in the office around then. I can't give you an exact date because the printing process is always approximate.

189
What type of bike will you be riding? For the Great Divide Route it's best to have a bike with front suspension and wide tires. Here is something from our online info about the Great Divide Route:

The Great Divide Route is extremely hard on equipment. The weight of your gear exponentially multiplies the stress of riding steep, fast, rough downhills. Wheels, tires, and drivetrains (chains, cassettes, bottom brackets, chainrings) take a lot of abuse and might need replacing along the course of the entire route. Suspension equipment on the bicycle helps to mitigate the abusive nature of the terrain. That said, nylon pivots of some full-suspension bikes wear out extremely fast and are not recommended. Suspension seatposts, good handlebar grips, and front-suspension forks help smooth out the many miles of washboarded and chuckholed roads. Weighting a suspension fork with panniers works well, evens the weighting of the bike, and adds little extra stress to the fork. Trailers also work well and lighten the rear triangle of the bike.

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General Discussion / Re: Tramsamerica bike shop, East start
« on: February 05, 2010, 10:28:44 am »
There are several bike shops listed in Williamsburg, VA on the map. Contact one of them. I'm sure they have helped other cyclists to begin their journey.

191
General Discussion / Re: TRANSAMERICA should start on the Atlantic!
« on: February 05, 2010, 10:25:15 am »
I contacted Lys Burden, the principal designer of the TransAm Trail back in the mid-1970s. Here's what she has to say:
The TransAm Trail was launched as a bicentennial project and focused on history as much as geography and suitable backroads for bicycling. The original west coast teminus was Reedsport, Oregon, but the trail was extended to the north to end at Astoria, to include, celebrate and honor the end point of Lewis and Clark's expedition. We looked for an equally historically significant and "off-the-beaten-path" place for the east coast terminus, and the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown seemed like the perfect place. We also had to factor in the total length of the trail, as we were trying to keep it in the vicinity of 4,000 miles. We reasoned that if it became too long, cyclists would not be able to complete it during a "summer vacation" time period.
 
Also as the route approached the east coast there were not too many viable options to find a good, continuous route of backroads all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. We had to make regional decisions as far west as the Cumberland Plateau in Kentucky. We decided to cross the Appalachians at a narrow spot and take the trail parallel to the trend of the mountains to the north through Charlottesville (to include Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello) and make an expedited crossing of the piedmont. To make a bee-line for the Atlantic, the trail would have to head straight east from Blacksburg, Virginia, through an endless expanse of piedmont hills, with not too many noteworthy or historic places... to end somewhere near Virginia Beach.

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Routes / Re: Off road tour ideas for Idaho
« on: December 03, 2009, 04:41:16 pm »
IF you search ACA's online Cyclists Yellow Pages and click on United States, then Idaho and choose Type of Resource: Publications there are several guidebooks listed that have mountain bike rides:

http://cyp.adventurecycling.org:8080/4dcgi/index.a4d?action=cyp.online

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Bikecentennial / Re: Wish I was there
« on: November 30, 2009, 01:01:05 pm »
The original 1976 route did not go through Lexington, KY - it has always gone through Berea. I looked at the trip offerings from 76 in the archives here at the ACA office and the trip I think GAmado is referring to was from St. Genevieve, MO to Berea, KY. Carbondale and Lexington were the 2 closest largest cities to those towns.

There are some maps here in Missoula but I don't know of anything online that shows the original 76 route. Amazingly, for its length, we have changed less than 150 miles of the route. There are short sections in VA, KY, IL. MO and KS that have been re-routed. The 2 biggest adjustments have been in CO and OR. In CO the route between Walden and Kremmling was changed, and in OR there is a new route between Eugene and Florence (which was always the shortcut to get to the coast) though the route officially began/begins in Astoria.

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Routes / Re: Tulsa, OK to Seattle, WA summer of 2010
« on: November 09, 2009, 03:50:26 pm »
You might want to also consider using a portion of ACA's new Sierra Cascades Route which will be available next April, 2010. You can see where it's located here:

http://adventurecycling.org/routes/RouteNetwork.pdf

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Routes / Re: Florida (again), Orlando to the Keys and back
« on: November 03, 2009, 11:57:39 am »
You can combine the Atlantic Coast section 7 and the Florida Connector map for a loop. See http://adventurecycling.org/routes/atlanticcoast.cfm?pg=detail&s=7
http://adventurecycling.org/routes/floridaconnector.cfm?pg=detail

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