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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.

General Discussion / Re: Tramsamerica bike shop, East start
« on: February 05, 2010, 10:28:44 am »
There are several bike shops listed in Williamsburg, VA on the map. Contact one of them. I'm sure they have helped other cyclists to begin their journey.

General Discussion / Re: TRANSAMERICA should start on the Atlantic!
« on: February 05, 2010, 10:25:15 am »
I contacted Lys Burden, the principal designer of the TransAm Trail back in the mid-1970s. Here's what she has to say:
The TransAm Trail was launched as a bicentennial project and focused on history as much as geography and suitable backroads for bicycling. The original west coast teminus was Reedsport, Oregon, but the trail was extended to the north to end at Astoria, to include, celebrate and honor the end point of Lewis and Clark's expedition. We looked for an equally historically significant and "off-the-beaten-path" place for the east coast terminus, and the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown seemed like the perfect place. We also had to factor in the total length of the trail, as we were trying to keep it in the vicinity of 4,000 miles. We reasoned that if it became too long, cyclists would not be able to complete it during a "summer vacation" time period.
Also as the route approached the east coast there were not too many viable options to find a good, continuous route of backroads all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. We had to make regional decisions as far west as the Cumberland Plateau in Kentucky. We decided to cross the Appalachians at a narrow spot and take the trail parallel to the trend of the mountains to the north through Charlottesville (to include Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello) and make an expedited crossing of the piedmont. To make a bee-line for the Atlantic, the trail would have to head straight east from Blacksburg, Virginia, through an endless expanse of piedmont hills, with not too many noteworthy or historic places... to end somewhere near Virginia Beach.

Routes / Re: Off road tour ideas for Idaho
« on: December 03, 2009, 04:41:16 pm »
IF you search ACA's online Cyclists Yellow Pages and click on United States, then Idaho and choose Type of Resource: Publications there are several guidebooks listed that have mountain bike rides:

Bikecentennial / Re: Wish I was there
« on: November 30, 2009, 01:01:05 pm »
The original 1976 route did not go through Lexington, KY - it has always gone through Berea. I looked at the trip offerings from 76 in the archives here at the ACA office and the trip I think GAmado is referring to was from St. Genevieve, MO to Berea, KY. Carbondale and Lexington were the 2 closest largest cities to those towns.

There are some maps here in Missoula but I don't know of anything online that shows the original 76 route. Amazingly, for its length, we have changed less than 150 miles of the route. There are short sections in VA, KY, IL. MO and KS that have been re-routed. The 2 biggest adjustments have been in CO and OR. In CO the route between Walden and Kremmling was changed, and in OR there is a new route between Eugene and Florence (which was always the shortcut to get to the coast) though the route officially began/begins in Astoria.

Routes / Re: Tulsa, OK to Seattle, WA summer of 2010
« on: November 09, 2009, 03:50:26 pm »
You might want to also consider using a portion of ACA's new Sierra Cascades Route which will be available next April, 2010. You can see where it's located here:

Routes / Re: Florida (again), Orlando to the Keys and back
« on: November 03, 2009, 11:57:39 am »
You can combine the Atlantic Coast section 7 and the Florida Connector map for a loop. See

Routes / Re: Our great lakes tour
« on: October 19, 2009, 11:05:06 am »
If you go to ACA's online Cyclists' Yellow Pages and click on the Great Lakes link you'll see several maps and guides about circling the lakes.

Routes / Re: Cross Country Bike Ride
« on: October 15, 2009, 04:21:47 pm »
You can get in touch with the bike 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. 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 / 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.

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