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Routes / Re: Southern Tier Self-contained ACA trip spring 2011??
« on: July 16, 2010, 12:48:40 pm »
We will be offering the self-contained trip in the fall of 2011.

182
Routes / Re: california route 49 conditions?
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:18:34 pm »
Contact the CA state bike/ped coordinator. I think there are local folks spread throughout the state. Here's info on how to reach them:

CALIFORNIA
Web: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/bike/index.html

Ken McGuire, Chief
Bicycle Facilities Unit
Division of Local Assistance, MS-1
California Department of Transportation
PO Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
916-653-2750; Fax 916-653-1905
E-mail: ken.mcguire@dot.ca.gov

David Priebe
Bicycle Facilities Unit
916-653-0036
E-mail: david.priebe@dot.ca.gov

183
Routes / Re: Northern Tier Mileage Reduction
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:16:02 pm »
You can cut off miles on map section 2 by using the Marias Alternate which saves 90 miles and on map section 5 by using the Little Falls Alternate which saves 117 miles.

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Routes / Re: Banff to Roosville Route Questions
« on: June 17, 2010, 05:41:43 pm »
Jessica:
No one on our staff has ridden the entire Canadian part of the Great Divide, though some have done portions of it, though none of us have done the new re-route. Here are some links to things written about the new part of the route:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/display_resource.cfm?file=200906%5FWildestValley%5FTeasdale%2Epdf

http://blog.adventurecycling.org/2010/05/improving-great-divide-canada-route.html

What kind of questions do you have? I am familiar with the route, and maybe can answer them. Call me 406-721-1776x218.

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You can contact the ID bike/ped coordinator to see if she can give you info on those 2 highways:
Maureen H. Gresham
Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
Idaho Transportation Department
Box 7129
Boise, ID 83707-1129
208-334-8272; Fax 208-334-4432
E-mail: bikeped@itd.idaho.gov
Web: http://www.itd.idaho.gov

186
Routes / Re: Pacific Coast - starting in Bellingham or Seattle?
« on: June 03, 2010, 03:55:20 pm »
Here's the site that shows where all the WA ferries go:

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/


187
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.

188
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.

190
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.

192
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/

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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.

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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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