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Routes / Re: From Detroit, Michigan to Citronelle, Alabama
« on: October 12, 2009, 03:48:35 pm »
I'd recommend looking on the websites or talking to the bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for each of the states you are passing through on your trip. Often state websites will have mapped routes or at least suitability maps for shoulder widths and traffic counts for you to download. You can reach each state from the following contact page:

Routes / Re: portland to SF realistic time frame and advice needed
« on: October 12, 2009, 03:46:00 pm »
The OR and CA state parks often have hiker/biker sites so that's the cheapest way to go though I'm not sure what the sites cost. Any commercial campground will be much more expensive, especially since the coast is a tourist destination. In June tourist traffic increases with children being out of school so families are beginning to travel in that month.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Washington Parks Section 2 2009
« on: October 12, 2009, 03:19:50 pm »
A major landslide occurred on October 11 on panel 18 west of Naches. Transportation officials have closed a 47-mile stretch of State Route 410 - from Mount Rainier National Park's Lake Tipsoo to its junction with U.S. Highway 12 at the Y west of Naches. Officials say it could be weeks before State Route 410 is reopened. For more information go to the WA DOT website:

Routes / Re: How often are printed maps updated?
« on: October 08, 2009, 11:59:33 am »
It is true that map sections are usually printed every 18-24 months but some popular sections sell out sooner, and others last longer. Our policy is to sell the existing maps before switching to the newest reprint, but at the same time we try to not have any maps backordered. So we usually know several months ahead of time which map sections we think we'll need, and those are the ones we work on. With 87 individual map sections for customers to choose from, we also don't reprint maps by route, so if you buy a set you'll most likely get sections that that were printed at different times. 

Routes / Re: Los Angeles to New York May 2010
« on: September 16, 2009, 01:58:59 pm »
Since you say you're fairly new to cycling and touring go to ACA's How To's on the website. You might pick up more info there:

The map that you mentioned has been updated from the instructions you sent. When the Walkway Over The Hudson is complete and open to the public ACA will update the map to use the new path to cross the Hudson River.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Northern Tier Section 1 2009
« on: July 28, 2009, 05:59:42 pm »
Map Panel #14:
N. LeClerc Rd on the Kalispel Indian Reservation in PendOreille County near Usk, WA. This section, from POC Mp 3.5 - 8.5, is under improvement for the remainder of the summer, with expected completion 8/31/09. Widening, surfacing and paving efforts will cause delays of up to 30 mins. Piloting vehicles will be in use. Cyclists may want to use State Hwy. 20 which parallels N. LeClerc Rd. from Ione (map panel #13) to Usk and then using the bridge at Usk to cross to S. LeClerc Rd.

Routes / Re: Sioux Falls, South Dakota - to West Central Wisconsin
« on: June 29, 2009, 01:36:37 pm »
I suggest you contact the bike/ped coordinators for SD and MN to see if their states have bike maps available. Here's a link to reach them: Wisconsin does have a nice set of maps:

From mile 84.1 to mile 88.5 the road has become private property so access is no longer allowed. At this point, June 4, 2009, ACA does not have a way around this closure, but we are working on it. We recommend that you use the Chaco Alternate between Cuba and Grants. As soon as we have new routing we will list it on the online addenda.

Routes / Re: help with North Lakes route???
« on: June 16, 2009, 04:32:59 pm »
Here it is heading westbound: from the intersection of Hawkins Rd. and Old SR 63 head west on Old SR 63. 5(8)Luther. Route becomes Front St. Bend right onto State St. following Old SR 63. 7.5(12)Bend right onto King's Hwy./Old SR 63. 8.5(13)Turn left onto Luther Hwy./Old SR 63. *14.5(23)Turn left onto SR 37. *15(24)Turn right onto 4 Mile Rd. *19(31)Turn right onto N. Brooks Rd. *19.5(32)Bend left onto 5 Mile Rd. Continue on Map H, North Lakes Route Section 2.

Routes / Re: Need South Bend to Chicago
« on: May 04, 2009, 04:14:01 pm »
You could contact the IN and IL state bike/ped coordinators to see if they have any suggestions. I know that IL has state bike maps available here: And here's a link to Indiana:

Routes / Re: Route 464 (Duck Lake Road) from Babb to Browning, Montana
« on: April 22, 2009, 03:42:23 pm »
My info is from 10+ years ago riding that road. It was paved, and there's a climb from US 89 onto a plateau. There was very little traffic. I think it would be a good alternate to use to shorten your trip.

Routes / Re: Great Divide starting point
« on: April 22, 2009, 03:37:38 pm »
This website page has Great Divide shuttle options: Look about halfway down the page.

Routes / Re: Starting the TransAmerica
« on: April 22, 2009, 03:27:38 pm »
ACA has been hearing that taking your bike with you on a plane has gotten very expensive lately. You should check with your airline as to what they charge. And yes, Richmond is the closest large city to Yorktown, the beginning of the TransAm. You can ship your bike to a bike shop listed on the map, and have them put it together for you if you don't feel like you can do it yourself. Another idea would be to ship your bike to a shop in Williamsburg (close to Yorktown) and then find out if there is a shuttle service from the Richmond airport to Williamsburg. Make sure you call the bike shop ahead of time to find out if they will reassemble your bike.

Routes / Re: Is there a better Southern Tier to Trans Am Connector?
« on: April 21, 2009, 02:00:43 pm »
ACA is not presently working on a route like you listed. I suggest that you contact the state bike/ped coordinators for the states you might think you'd go through. Many states do publish a bike map, but they vary greatly in the types of information they provide. Here's a link:

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