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Routes / Re: Southern Tier January
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:07:32 am »
Emory Pass does get plowed during the winter, but you should watch the weather reports as you approach it. If a storm is coming through it might not be immediately plowed, and you might have to wait out the storm.

Routes / Re: getting out of san diego, not on the interstate
« on: October 27, 2010, 03:38:40 pm »
The ACA Southern Tier used to go that way until truck traffic increased to the point it was unsafe. It was about 10 years ago when the route was modified to leave San Diego along the I-8 corridor. I suggest you check with local cyclists before using Hwy. 94.

Routes / Re: Highway 2 in MT
« on: October 22, 2010, 11:20:10 am »
In the past few years oil and gas exploration has expanded in the area of eastern MT and western ND, especially east of Williston, ND. ACA has made routing changes east of Williston to get cyclists off the smaller highways we were using onto US 2 and some parallel roads. Most of US 2 has shoulders as compared to the smaller shoulderless highways.

Routes / Re: jasper to kalispell
« on: October 20, 2010, 02:31:28 pm »
I don't know but there is rail service between Edmonton and Jasper if you don't want to cycle that distance. See

Routes / Re: Florida in December - lodging and other questions
« on: October 18, 2010, 10:58:20 am »
Go to for online cycling journals.

Routes / Re: Coast to Coast with child
« on: October 04, 2010, 04:43:07 pm »
I would be hesitant to undertake the Southern Tier in the summer, even without a child. Temperatures in the southwest can easily be over 100 degrees for days on end. On the ACA tours we've had instances of folks dealing with heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Of course you could try getting around some of the heat by riding from maybe 5 AM to 10 AM but you need to stay well hydrated. And once you get farther east you have to contend with the humidity along with higher temperatures also.

Have you thought of going coast to coast north to south - Canada to Mexico - via the Pacific Coast Route? That would fit better with an 8/9-week time frame. Our executive director, Jim Sayer, recently completed that trip with his family (daughters aged 13 and 11) and was gone 2 months from mid-June to mid-August. The weather along the coast is normally very good during the summer months though there is more traffic on that route then. Jim wrote several blogs about their trip - you can find them here and search his older posts:

Otherwise, with the weeks you have I don't think you'll be able to get all the way across the country going east to west (or vice versa). You'll have to adjust your abilities to what your son can accomplish (and young kids can do wonders) but what's important is that you and your son have a trip of a lifetime.

Routes / Re: how late to start the Sierra Cascades route?
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:12:09 am »
You can go to this website and see the pass closure dates from the past few years. The route uses Monitor Pass, Lassen Loop and Tioga Pass in California.

Routes / Re: Bellingham-Tierra Del Fuego
« on: July 26, 2010, 02:27:49 pm »
Go look at the following website. It contains journals from cyclists' trips from all over so chances are there is something on the route you are considering.

In the U.S. you could ride the Sierra Cascades Route which will take you from Bellingham through Yosemite to the border at Tecate.

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.

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:


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

David Priebe
Bicycle Facilities Unit

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.

Routes / Re: Banff to Roosville Route Questions
« on: June 17, 2010, 05:41:43 pm »
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:

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

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

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:

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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