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Routes / Great Divide Route - Type of Bike
« on: December 02, 2008, 12:24:33 pm »
On the ACA website there is information on several pages on what type of
bike to use for the Great Divide. Here are the links:


Routes / Getting to Astoria?
« on: November 11, 2008, 12:28:16 pm »
You could ship your bikes to one of the Astoria bike shops, fly into
Portland, take a bus to Astoria, pick up your bikes, and be on the road.

There is also bus service between Portland and Tillamook (72 miles south
of Astoria). They take bikes but you would need to check with them to see
how many bikes the bus can carry. The website is


Routes / Northern Tier next summer
« on: November 07, 2008, 04:07:43 pm »
Logan Pass in Glacier National Park is sometimes closed beyond mid-
May. It depends on the season's snowfall - in 2008 the pass was not
open until almost the 3rd week in June. If it is closed there is an alternate,
lower elevation pass you can cycle over.


Routes / riding east/south/west/north routes
« on: October 09, 2008, 02:19:14 pm »
On the ACA website there is a page of resources and articles about
preparing for a tour. Here's the link:


Routes / North Lakes Route
« on: September 11, 2008, 02:40:31 pm »
Go to the following ACA website page and you can see where the route


Routes / Paved Great Divide maps?
« on: August 28, 2008, 11:44:02 am »
ACA is not working on a paved Great Divide Route. We are working on a
paved route that parallels the Pacific Crest. The route is called the Sierra
Cascades Bike Route.


Routes / natchez trace parkway
« on: August 28, 2008, 11:56:42 am »
Go to the following website which has many journals from traveling
cyclists. Maybe there is one form the Natchez Trace:


Routes / US 2 from sandpoint to everett
« on: August 26, 2008, 05:36:11 pm »
The state of WA publishes a bicycle map so you should try and find one.
Here is where to contact the WA state bike/ped coordinator who may be
able to answer some of your questions:

Paula Reeves, Local Planning Liaison
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Highways and Local Programs
310 Maple Park Ave SE
P.O. Box 47390
Olympia, WA 98504-7390
360-705-7258; Fax 360-705-6822


Routes / Hello fellow tourers!
« on: August 26, 2008, 05:26:48 pm »
A good website for info, insight, and encouragement that has many
journals from touring cyclists:


Routes / Allegheny Bike Route
« on: September 17, 2008, 01:47:57 pm »
I want to make a clarification from the last post. The route does NOT go
through any wilderness (bicycles are not allowed in wilderness areas) - it
uses a gravel road that winds alongside the Laurel Fork Wilderness

Camping is allowed anywhere in the national forests as long as you follow
the policy of "Pack it in, Pack it out. Leave no trace." There are
occasionally restrictions on certain areas so it's best to check with the
specific national forest.


Routes / recommended route for cycling with children
« on: August 25, 2008, 05:33:02 pm »
The US does not have many long distance separate paths for cycling the
way that Europe does. Here are several ideas you might want to check out
KATY Trail in Missouri,
Erie Canal in New York,

Be prepared for hot, humid weather in the mid-west and east. If you end
up anywhere in the west (not the coast) you'll have hot, dry weather.


Routes / Arkansas '09
« on: August 25, 2008, 05:08:27 pm »
Contact the AR bike/ped coordinator. Maybe he will have some suggestions:

Paul Simms
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Dept
10324 I-30
PO Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203-2261
501-569-2100; Fax 501-569-2597


Routes / Chicago to California
« on: August 11, 2008, 03:43:38 pm »
As for routing from Chicago to San Diego your son could get in touch
with the bike coordinators for the states in which he'll be traveling
through. The bike coordinators have a wealth of information that they can
distribute for no charge. Most 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's, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling
through their state. Some states, such as Colorado and 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 / Thoughts on Biking the Great Lakes
« on: August 11, 2008, 02:53:52 pm »
I don't know about trails along any of the Great Lakes - you'll have to use
roads almost all of the time, I suspect. Here is a website for Great Lakes
Bicycle Touring guidebooks:


Routes / Route suggestions, please
« on: July 30, 2008, 06:57:27 pm »
I would not suggest doing the New Mexico portion of the Great Divide in
January. The terrain north of Silver City is above 6,000 feet so snow can
fall at any time and gravel roads usually aren't kept open going through
forest lands. The days are also very short. The following website is a local
bike shop in Silver City, NM, and if you want to find out more about the
weather I think you could contact them and ask a few questions:


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