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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.

Routes / Re: Route Mileages
« on: March 01, 2012, 04:46:27 pm »
This has always been a bit of conundrum, especially when listing the Northern Tier + North Lakes Route since it has so many options. Many of the routes have alternates and spurs, some short and some long. Our basic rule is to list the main route number and you'll see that on the map cover. Alternates or spurs are not included in this number. On the longer alternates we will also list the alternate mileage on the cover. For example, Northern Tier section 5 is 227.5 miles from Fargo to Grand Rapids and the Little Falls Alternate is 256 miles. Only the 227.5 number is listed in the Cyclosource. When I add the mileages together using the main routes of the three different routes that make up Northern Tier + North Lakes Route it is 4,249 miles. And you listed several of the choices folks have on this routing.

So that is about 400 miles shorter than what is listed. To come up with the 4,651 number all the individually listed map section numbers were added together. In that 400 mile difference folks could add and subtract depending on whether they choose the main route or an alternate. So for this particular route it's easier for us to err on the side of caution with listing more miles.   

We can qualify that number by saying "4,249 mi.  main route" so on the next update of the Cyclosource we'll change the number.

Hope this explanation helps.

The Memorial Bridge over the Piscataqua River between Kittery, ME and Portsmouth, NH is under construction and will be closed until July 2013. Bicycles are not allowed on the two remaining bridges closest to the Memorial Bridge. A shuttle bus is running daily from 5 AM to 1 AM seven days a week and can accommodate bicycles. To see the schedule and pickup locations in both towns go to:
The website says nothing about recumbents so if you are riding one you should go the contact information on the website and ask if they can accommodate your bike.

Routes / Re: Piecing together a cross country route
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:35:49 pm »
If you want to purchase the Western Express plus the TranAm maps east of Pueblo the maps are already packaged in a set:

Have you done any reading about how challenging the Western Express is? Unless your son is an exceptional rider you might want to reconsider. There are LONG distances without any services that could really make him hate cycling. Read about it here:

There are also journals written about the route here:

Routes / Re: Montana 83 riding conditions?
« on: January 30, 2012, 12:29:04 pm »
ACA's Great Parks North section 2 map shows routing between Glacier and Missoula, and we recommend Hwy. 83 even though it doesn't have shoulders. It is much less traveled than the other options which go around Flathead Lake. US 93 which goes around the western side of the lake has shoulders (for the most part) but also carries the highest amount of vehicle traffic. And Hwy. 35 on the lake's east side is narrow, winding and shoulderless.

Routes / Re: touring route for california
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:30:59 am »
If you want to plan your own route you should take a look at Krebs Cycling Maps. They are suitability maps for the areas around San Francisco.

Routes / Re: Fort Erie, NY?
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:18:40 am »
Thanks for letting us know. We'll get it corrected.

State Hwy. 14 east of Cedar City is closed due to a landslide and the clearing/reconstruction will extend into the summer of 2012 so there's a detour to get around the closure. See this link for updates:,V:3571
Eastbound, from the intersection of Center St./SR 14 and Main St./SR 130 in Cedar City, head north on Main St./SR 130. At 4.1 mi., turn right onto Old US Hwy. 91 which parallels I-15. At 12.1 mi., cross I-15 and enter town of Summit (no services). Stay on Old US Hwy. 91. At 19.4 mi., enter Parowan (all services) and turn right onto E 200 S/SR 143. Begin climb. At 30.8 enter Brian Head (lodging and restaurant). At 35.3 mi., turn left following SR 143. The Cedar Breaks Visitor Center is 4.7 mi. S. from this point. At 40.1 mi., rejoin route at the intersection of SR 143 and CR 240/Red Desert Rd. 
Westbound, from the intersection of SR 143 and CR 240/Red Desert Rd., continue on SR 143. At 4.8 mi., turn right following SR 143. The Cedar Breaks Visitor Center is 4.7 mi. S. from this point. At 9.3 mi., enter Brian Head (lodging and restaurant). Begin descent. At 20.7 mi., enter Parowan (all services) and turn left onto Old US Hwy. 91 which parallels I-15. At 28 mi., enter town of Summit (no services), then cross I-15. Stay on Old US Hwy. 91. At 36 mi., turn left onto Main St./SR 130. At 40.1 mi., rejoin route at the intersection of Main St./SR 130 and Center St./SR 14 in Cedar City.

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